Title: The Perfect Blend
Author: Tess Masters
Publisher: Ten Speed Press
Online phenomenon The Blender Girl offers up 100 recipes for healthy living with tasty, crowd-pleasing dishes to help boost nutrition.
“The Perfect Blend “functions not only as a cookbook but also as a guide for how to lead a more vibrant and healthy life. Blogging powerhouse Tess Masters lays out a dozen healthy goals for readers, capitalizing on current trends such as gaining energy, boosting immunity, reducing inflammation, detoxing the body, and probiotic power. Then, using her fun, playful voice, Masters offers easy-to-follow recipes for smoothies, elixirs, snacks, salads, sides, soups, mains, and desserts that help get results fast. Including a guide to key ingredients, an extensive resources section, and optional nutritional boosters for each recipe, “The Perfect Blend” will help readers find their own perfect blend.
This is a well put together and designed cookery/ lifestyle book, with great photos to accompany each recipe. The book focuses on healthy eating and healthy living, highlighting the recipes and ways of eating that can lead to this, and there’s a lot of interesting information from Tess Masters on this subject.
I enjoyed some of the more unique smoothie and soup recipes, and the protein section was great and gave me some really good ideas for less obvious sources of protein in meals. The satay skewers, mushroom and bean burgers and classic cheesecake recipes in particular look really tasty! Now I have a half-decent blender it’s nice to have some more ideas for what I can create using it! Plus, it’s great for gluten-free and vegan ideas, as well.
For those who want to learn a bit more about living a healthy lifestyle, this is definitely the book for you. There’s loads of information on why certain foods are so great for you and why others aren’t, so you can really try and understand rather than just being told to eat something.
I didn’t find a huge amount of recipes I was really dying to try, as a lot of it focuses on ways of living, as previously mentioned, but it’s a really nice book for someone trying to be a little healthier or to give to someone as a gift, as it’s really nicely put together and the photos are lovely!