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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Gill & Macmillan Ltd (14 Feb. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0717159337
  • ISBN-13: 978-0717159338
  • Product Dimensions: 19.5 x 2.7 x 25.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 22,176 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Do you and your body a favour - read this book. Susan Jane White knows what's good for you and it doesn't hurt that she writes like a dream.' --Roisin Ingle, The Irish Times

'Eating well never felt so sinful.' --Brendan O'Connor

'This gal is living proof that you are what you eat. She is all glowing, shining bounce.' --Domini Kemp

'If anyone ever needed proof that super healthy food makes a huge difference to your energy levels, immune system and general vitality, then one look at the ever-effervescent Susan Jane White would tell you everything you need to know. With recipes such as F%*K Me Salad and Kate Moss Quinoa (because you ll feel like a supermodel if you eat this), Susan Jane s first cookbook, The Extra Virgin Kitchen, is jam-packed full of recipes for everyone, but, happily, for those with wheat, sugar and dairy intolerances too' . ----Rachel Allen Sunday Independent Life 30 March 2014

'If anyone ever needed proof that super healthy food makes a huge difference to your energy levels, immune system and general vitality, then one look at the ever-effervescent Susan Jane White would tell you everything you need to know. With recipes such as F%*K Me Salad and Kate Moss Quinoa (because you ll feel like a supermodel if you eat this), Susan Jane s first cookbook, The Extra Virgin Kitchen, is jam-packed full of recipes for everyone, but, happily, for those with wheat, sugar and dairy intolerances too' . --Rachel Allen Sunday Independent Life 30 March 2014

'This gal is living proof that you are what you eat. She is all glowing, shining bounce.' --Domini Kemp

About the Author

Susan Jane White is a specialist cook, food columnist with The Sunday Independent, former president of Oxford University's Gastronomy Society, and popular broadcaster on healthy eating. When she was 25, Susan Jane developed a serious immune disorder. The first year of her illness saw 12 courses of antibiotics, steroids, anti-fungal colon treatment and many futile vaccinations. And a bad sense of humour. On top of this, her digestive system appeared to be conking out. This marked the beginning of her nutritional pilgrimage. She discovered that her energy levels were intimately linked with the food she ate. So she avoided the foods that taxed her body -- anything processed or highly refined. And it worked. Two years later she was back to her bouncy bionic self, much to the wonderment of the medical community. Her condition has not since returned. But her sense of humour has.

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By M. Jones on 25 July 2014
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This is a fab book. I suffer terribly from eczema and have done for 35 years. A few months ago, it just seemed to reach a crisis point like never point, and referred back yet again to another dermatologist, I started looking for alternatives with an enthusiasm I'd not had before. I'm a real foodie. The idea of giving up any food, let alone dairy or meat is horrific to me. And yet here I am barely two months later nearly eczema free for the first time in, well, I don't know how long. First I found out about the alkaline diet, and then I found this book.

What I really want to praise about this book is how informative and helpful it is to anyone making big transitions in their diet and trying to make good sound decisions when there's so much out there, a lot of it pretending to be good for us and actually not. I've discovered by staying away from ALL dairy, processed food, refined sugar, eating non farmed or dyed fish and organic white meat occasionally, with lots of fruit and vegetables, brown basmati, quinoa and staying hydrated. The changes are phenominal. The information in this book is life changing if you suffer from all manner of health issues.

Looking at how I've suffered and the transformation, other members of my own family have started eating like this. I lost wrinkles, tiredness as well as improved my skin vastly. I think there's lots to praise about this book and I do reccommend it. I hope she does more, with less emphasis on quinoa, which despite it's many virtues, I don't find quite as thrilling as Susan Jane White seems to. I really hope she does a couple more books for baking and one for celebrations and festive occasions.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By mvbh2009 on 25 Feb. 2014
Format: Hardcover
I've had this book about three weeks now and I've already cooked loads of recipes from it. The way in which the book is written in terms of why certain ingredients are good for you and the benefits they have, is so useful. I've already bought one for my mum and I think other family members will be getting some copies too!!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Joey VINE VOICE on 5 Feb. 2015
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I became a bit more food conscious around 6 months ago. I have no illness, intolerance or allergy that means I need a restrictive diet but I have been wanting to put goodness in so to speak.

I have had this book a few weeks and have cooked several of the recipes. I would say that I have quite an extensive pantry with herbs, spices, oils, vinegars etc and was surprised by the fact I hadn't heard of some of the stuff in this book and the amount of things I hadn't even tried. My first port of call was the Chia bon bons - personal taste, I didn't like them, I now know chia seeds are not my thang.
I also make the quinoa with fennel and harissa; AMAZING. The harissa is going to be a firm staple in my house from now on, it was delicious and easy to make and clearly far better than shop bought. I'm not a massive fan of fennel but the flavours in this recipe complemented each other perfectly.
Last night saw the sticky wings and chilli dipping sauce. Again, personal taste, I didn't like the sauce but the sticky wings were great. My boyfriend practically licked the plate and was surprised when he realised it was from this book.

I've also made the banana loaf with home made nutella - quite bitter but you know it is better for you than the sugar filled, additive ridden stuff in the shops.

The greatest revelation to me was the Spiraliser - raw courgette was not something I would have thought appetising but I've had it every day for lunch at work!

My main gripe with this book is the cost of the ingredients. I have been using "healthy" cookbooks as I said for the last 6 months, For a family of 3, I have been feeding us all on about £60-70 per week. The week I decided to plan our menu from here, our shopping came to over £120!!!
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By SimonOz on 17 Mar. 2014
Format: Hardcover
Here’s a summary of what you’ll get:

(1) It’s massive – incredible value for 25 quid. Timeless.

(2) Humour – she’s really very funny, and makes us laugh every time we use the book. It’s the sort of book I’ve even brought to bed.

(3) Inspiration (a good one to keep in your office drawer, planning weekday meals)

(4) An introduction to superfoods
(although the downside to this is their expense. Usually they are 'optional' within the recipe, so it's not necessary to shell out on pricey superfoods. Thought it worth mentioning nevertheless)

(5) Breakfasts – the breakfast section alone is worth the price tag. I try to avoid gluten, so this is great for me (136 recipes are gluten free). Below I’ll list the options for you so you can get an idea of how delicious sounding and creative she is

- Badass Breakfast Bars
- Double Decker Amaranth & Banana Pudding
- The Only Granola Recipe You'll Ever Need
- Office Bombs
- Buckwheat Pancakes
- Chia Jam
- 6AM Toddler Cookies
- Chestnut Crepes
- Multiseed Bread with Caraway Spice
- Smoked Salmon Blini with Healthier 'Hollandaise'
- Sticky Cinnamon & Prune Cakes (I used brown rice flour to make them gluten free)
- Maple & Cardamom Peaches
- Brown Rice and his cousins (complete guide on cooking all the different brown rice available)

... and lots of quinoa recipes. No pasta. And 40 awesome desserts. I haven't even touched the chapter on salads, or soups, or curries but this should give you some idea.
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