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Some good foundations
on 4 December 2009
People will come to this book from many angles and therefore with many different expectations. And publishers usually try to address as many of these. The result is a book that touches on many areas but fulfills none, and this is the case here:
- Juicing history and polemic
- Nutritional background
- Recipe book
As there are many juice recipe books on the market, I wouldn't suggest you approach this title for that matter. It doesn't compare favourably.
The history of juicing and its pioneers and practicioners is quite interesting, to satiate curiosity, inspire and, on a more practical level, provide further sources of information. However, this title often gets all evangelical, which is always off-putting in this day and age.
On the nutritional front, however, is where it becomes most useful. It offers a relatively comprehensive exposition of all vitamins, minerals and other nutrients, their usefulness/purpose, their sources, deficiencies etc. It helped me further my understanding of alkaline diets, for example, which vitamis to be alert about if on a predominantly vegetarian diet, why we shouldn't consume spinach more than twice a week and so on.
Juicing is an activity with profound implications on our health and, unfortunately, an area still shrouded in misconception and mystery, so a lot of background reading and research is required and this book is definitely a useful step on that process.