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Little Book of Drinks: Juices, Smoothies and Cocktails for Work, Rest and Play [Hardcover]

Innocent
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Book Description

14 Jan 2002

A juicing book with a difference, which tells you how to make fresh and delicious drinks whether you’ve just got to work, are sitting on the couch on a Sunday afternoon or want to impress your friends by making bright green Martinis.

In 1999, Rich, Jon and Adam tested out their juices on the public at a little jazz festival. When their customers unanimously voted they should go into business, ‘innocent ltd’ (ltd stands for ‘little tasty drinks’) was born. They are now the producers of the nation’s favourite smoothies (according to the BBC, The Times and others). This book doesn’t assume that you’ve juiced before, and contains tips on equipment, how to choose and store your fruit and veg and the science behind why juice is good for you.

The book was written with the help of Professor Joe Millward, Director of the Centre for Food Safety and Nutrition. And while it also provides extensive nutritional information on the benefits of eating plenty of fruit and veg, it won’t bore you with facts and figures and it won’t urge you to go on a three-week juice fast.

Divided into three sections – Work, Rest and Play – the book features recipes that will prevent you from stapling your fingers together, drinks to pamper and comfort, and healthy cocktails to make you tipsy without giving you a hangover. Along the way the book answers questions on such things as seasonal ingredients, alcohol, organic produce, bio yoghurt and all fruit and veg imaginable. There’s also a picture of a monkey making some custard near the back.


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Product details

  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Fourth Estate (14 Jan 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1841157260
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841157269
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 19.7 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 190,054 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Author

My name's Dan and I wrote some of the stuff in the innocent drinks recipe book "Little Book of Drinks". But before we tell you all about the book, perhaps we should tell you about who we are. innocent began in 1999, when my friends Adam, Jon and Rich got a bit bored of the jobs that they were doing . The three of them realised that they were leading unhealthy lives, always working late and eating rubbish food when they got home, and they watched lots of telly too. The crunch came when they finally decided to put up or shut up - they'd been talking about starting a business for years, and now was the time for action. They bought £500 worth of fruit, crushed it all up to make smoothies and sold them from a stall at a little music festival in London. Above the stall was a big sign saying 'Do you think we should give up our jobs to make these smoothies?' and put out a bin saying 'YES' and a bin saying 'NO'. At the end of the weekend the 'YES' bin was so full so they went in the next day and resigned.

Switch to today, and innocent has got a bit bigger. There now 20 odd people working at Fruit Towers, and we sell our smoothies and yoghurt thickies all over the UK and Ireland. We've got a nice kitchen where Lucy makes up new recipes with all manner of fruit and veg, and we thought it would be nice to collect these recipes together, write a few words, take some pictures, draw some cartoons and put them all into a book. It took quite a long time, because we're quite fussy people. We were fussy about the photos, pernickity about the words and fastidious when it came to the recipes themselves. We made all of the drinks a million times, and then we asked a professional foodie to test them a million more times. Eventually we had a big list of drinks, so had to work out how to divide them up into sections. We ended up having sections for Work, Rest and Play. The Work drinks are very healthy blends, designed to make you feel human at inhuman times i.e. 9.30am on Monday, whilst the Rest recipes will have you purring in delight after a long Saturday lie-in. The Play recipes up the ante by adding a little alcohol to the equation, but all of the cocktails use absolutely fresh juices as well, meaning that you'll be doing yourself some good whilst impressing your friends with your breakdancing skills.

None of the drinks require superhuman powers in the kitchen - the bottom line with all of our recipes is that they should taste good and do you good.

Some of the nice things people have said about innocent include - "God-given and Glorious" Daily Mail Weekend.
"The smoothie to be seen with for the next millennium and beyond" Daily Express.

From the Back Cover

In 1999 Rich, Jon and Adam were selling fresh juices on a stall in Portobello market. When their customers unanimously voted they should go into business, ‘innocent ltd’ (ltd = little tasty drinks) was born.

They are now the producers of the nation’s favourite smoothies. Renowned for their quirky and innovative marketing as well as their emphasis on lifestyle, fun and healthy living, they now bring us the book: everything you need to know about making healthy delicious drinks from a huge variety of ingredients. It will contain tips on blenders, on storage, how to choose fruit and veg and where to find more exotic ingredients. And while it also provides invaluable nutritional information on how juices enhance our mental and physical well-being, it won’t bore you with facts and figures and it won’t urge you to go on a 3-week juice fast. Instead, it will urge you not to become a health bore.

The easy-to-follow recipes are tailored to people’s lives. Whether you’ve just finished a work-out, want a nightcap or are preparing for a night of excess, you will find the right juice. Divided into three sections – Work, Rest and Play – the book features juices to keep you bright and alert, juices to pamper and comfort, and juice cocktails to make you tipsy without giving you a hangover. Why is bio yoghurt so good for you? Does it pay to choose seasonal ingredients? How healthy, indulgent or intoxicating is the drink? The book answers all these questions and more while demystifying juice jargon. Creatively packaged, full of personality and humour, this is a juicing book unlike any other.


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Customer Reviews

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45 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simple and easy 20 July 2007
Format:Paperback
I can't help but continue to love Innocent.

Lets be fair, smoothies aren't cheap - especially these ones. Unlike other companies which would rather keep their recipes under lock and key, possibly with a small gnome guarding said key, here's a book of almost every smoothie they do and will no doubt release.

Wonderfully written, friendly, informative with handily little pockets of information thrown in. Fear not if you're new to idea of smoothies (or even vegetables), Innocent tell you exactly what you need to get started, including recommendations. There's even a list of all the fruit and veg used in the recipes and what goodness they contain.

I've yet to buy a juicer and can still do over half the recipes in this book and there's a great variety of them. From kids drinks to posh stuff, helping to ease travel sickness to breakfast 'thickies', there's sure to be something to suit your mood and taste.

So, if you're wanting to have great tasting smoothies, you can't go wrong with this book.
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77 of 79 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, Excellent, Excellent 26 Dec 2006
Format:Paperback
Not much to say other than Excellent Book. It's very light hearted, great humour and we have tried about 4 recipes to date and they were all really good. I would recommend this to all my friends and if you're looking to start making smoothies for the first time I couldn't think of a better book to use.
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80 of 83 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book 29 Jan 2007
Format:Paperback
I have been a fan of the Innocent range of smoothies for ages but paying £1.75 per bottle was beginning to get to me so I decided to invest in this book and a smoothie maker to save me a few quid long term and after a week or so I am very pleased.

The recipes are great, with a good variety of ingredients used in case there are some you can't get hold of or don't like.

In addition to the headings you would expect to find (smoothies, thickies, juices) there are also a couple of other helpful sections; Posh Stuff uses slightly more sophisticated ingredients (Cherry & Dark Chocolate a particular favourite of the girlfriend) and the chapter that recommends a particular smoothie for certain occasions is also very helpful (Orange, Mango & Lime to wake you up, Prunes & Nutmeg to get things moving!)

All in all a grear book that makes getting your 5-a-day fun.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I am a Smoothie convert! 5 April 2008
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I have never really liked smoothies, milkshakes etc but as part of a healthy eating plan, thought I would be better snacking on these than crisps! This book is great, it has a good selection of both smoothies and juices and also a good insight on which fruit to use and what they are good for etc. It is very well written and has some delicious recipes- yes delicious! One thing to mention is that you will need both a smoothie maker and a juicer if you want to make all the recipes.
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76 of 80 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Smoothie fiend 5 Jun 2006
By D'Arcy
Format:Paperback
I was given this as a gift and went straight out and got myself a juicer. After a bad day there is something very satisfying about murdering carrots, apples and even broccoli! A wonderful selection of gorgeous, unlikely combinations, for grown ups and kids and they are so nice that they ought to be really naughty - 'cept they're not!!
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105 of 111 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Smoothie Dreams 11 Jun 2006
By M. Haw
Format:Paperback
I LOVE this book. After buying cartons of Innocent Smoothies, it is a joy to actually make the smoothies myself each morning! I haven't bought a juicer as yet, but have bought a blender and followed their instructions of just using pressed apple juice for now. I love the quirky way the book is written, and have had a few giggles with them. Easy to follow recipes and lots of good hints and tips. A much more exciting to way to get your 5 a day than munching through apples! This book is a must have! Well done Innocent!
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48 of 51 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars smashing 10 April 2006
By Clare W
Format:Paperback
This book is great. At last I have found a smoothie book that does not just concentrate on bananas. The recipes are easy to follow, and they taste just like the drinks that you buy in the shops. I have only had the book since Saturday and already I have tried about 10 of the recipes.
The book is simply fantastic and is a must for lovers of great tasting fruit drinks. I especially love the recipe for vanilla, honey and yoghurt thickie.
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85 of 91 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is the one you've been waiting for 4 Jan 2002
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
I am sick to the back teeth of weird Californian wannabe doctors trying to get me to drink cabbage juice three times a day. I want this book instead. Great recipes, wicked design, boat loads of practical info and some hidden gags to boot. If you're hungover; if you want to get healthy; if you want to get drunk without the hangover in the first place or if you just want something interesting to read; this is the book for you.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Delicious smoothies
I made the most delicious smoothies! The guys from Innocent are very humble and inspiring.
Published 2 days ago by Noah Lovett
5.0 out of 5 stars Innocent Smoothie Recipe Book
A really good book for those venturing out on making smoothies etc. Good selection of easy to follow recipes.
Published 5 days ago by Angela C
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great book
Published 10 days ago by Green wellise
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good book... although wish there was more recipes in it.
Published 1 month ago by Miriam
4.0 out of 5 stars I would like to see more veggie juices
Lovely book & recipes. Personally, I would like to see more veggie juices, most recipes are for fruit or fruit/veggie mixes, nut pretty good overall
Published 3 months ago by Sally D.
5.0 out of 5 stars grate book
grate book it tells you all you need to know and how to make them I have tried some and find it easy to get on with
Published 3 months ago by z andra holland
4.0 out of 5 stars Great -easy to follow recipes the kids will love.
Straight forward, easy to follow, -especially for the kids- does exactly what is says on the tin !! Great results.
Published 4 months ago by buddy boo
3.0 out of 5 stars Good book
But took over a month to arrive, good selection of recipes easy to do at home, different varieties , worth the money
Published 5 months ago by Yvonne99
3.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as I expected
Have loved Innocent smoothies - so nice to have healthy drinks without additives and definitely the best of the ready-made smoothies. Read more
Published 5 months ago by J. A. Bailey
5.0 out of 5 stars Innocent Smoothie recipe Book
I have found the recipes simple, easy to follow, & full of good ideas for making interesting, healthy & fun smoothies
Published 6 months ago by Sarah Banner
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