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on 1 March 2015
Rather than a vegan recipe book focusing on smoothies and other quick-to-make-in-a-blender goodies, as I was expecting, I found this to be more of a guide to following food fads: there's food combining, alkaline diet, raw food diet, as well as probiotics and gluten-free. For me it was too faddy, with lots of on-trend ingredients, like chia seeds, stevia sweetener (although to be fair in one or two places she does mention alternatives), various powders and 'superfood' berries - you get the idea. In the 40-page introductory section, before getting to the recipes, there's some rather dubious and confused science to support the health claims behind food combining and acid/alkaline balance.
There were a few recipes that appealed - a couple of tasty dips for example, and 2 vegan cheeses that use a dessicator (low oven for me) to create texture, but some of the best are available on the Blender Girl website anyway. There was also a quite useful 4 pages on creating your own smoothie blends, although I was disappointed that so many of the 12 smoothie recipes contained sweetener. I found most of the recipes for soups & salads quite generic - nothing leapt out at me as 'wow - original!'.
If this is a way of eating that works for you, then fair enough, but for me it's definitely not a keeper - In a year or two it will probably seem quite dated as new food trends emerge. I think Isa Chandra Moskowitz, Happy Herbivore & Oh She Glows do quicker, easier, more healthy vegan food that will stand the test of time far better.