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Clean Food

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Clean Food – A Seasonal Guide to Eating Close to the Source
By: Terry Walters


This is a revised and updated edition of the 2007 hit book that introduced the idea of Clean Eating to the masses. Author Terry Walters is a holistic health counselor, food educator and motivational speaker, showing elements of each profession in this book that aims to get you eating seasonally and closer to the source.

Best of the Book

There is much to love about this book. One part reference book that helps you learn more about why it is important to eat clean  (non-processed) foods, how that impacts your body and what kinds of ingredients and tools you need to change your diet and one part cook book that offers a variety of recipes based on the season; this book can really help change how you look at your relationship with food.

The updates to this book are wonderful. New colour photos have been added along with 20 new recipes. Terry has even gone so far as to add options to each of the recipes to make them gluten free.

Simple recipes with clear and direct instructions make every dish accessible to every level of home cook.

Needs Improvement

The book is divided into seasons then by category that the recipe falls into such as vegetables, grains and legumes – this can be quite helpful if you know what you are looking for. But there are times when I wish it was organized by salads, sides and mains for a quick dinner plan. Honestly though, it isn’t all that hard to figure out – just takes a bit more reading!

Target Audience

This is a wonderful book for anyone looking to simplify their diets and eat clean, non-processed food in a natural way that looks to the seasons for inspiration. All of the recipes are vegan, and as mentioned the updated version includes gluten free options for every recipe – so this is also a wonderful book for anyone who has to deal with most food allergies or dietary restrictions.

Jodi Lariviere

Jodi Lariviere

Jodi has been blogging since January of 2008 with her first venture ‘Simply Fresh’ – a blog about the Ottawa food scene, local ingredients and other local foodies. She also contributes a food column to the Russell Villager and has begun her second blog, ‘Vegging for Two’, an expectant Mom’s guide to healthy eating. As a “friend in food” she writes Jodi’s Re-views covering cookbooks, health books and food fiction to keep learning about what’s going on out there in the beloved world of food! You can find Jodi by visiting her two blogs: Simply Fresh – www.simplyfreshottawa.com Vegging for Two – www.veggingfortwo.com Or via email: simplyfresh(at)live.com or Twitter (@SimplyFresh)


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