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We received a juicer as a present for our wedding back in August. It being something that we did not put on our wedding list, it was a nice surprise.
So the first thing I wanted to do once we had it, being a book fiend like I am, was to get a book on how to make juices, in fact I insisted that we wouldn't be making any until we had one!
We looked at several juices books, and if you have also looked for one, then you will appreciate just how many there are on the market! For the most part they are all much of a muchness - same sort of recipes etc. However, as a fan of hamlyn cookery books in the past, I looked out specifically for this one. At 6.99 and containing over 200 recipes, it is very good value for money.
The book is essentially paperback although the cover is firmer and has a smooth shiny exterior. The pages are semi-glossy, so if you catch any splashes and wipe them off early they shouldn't cause too much damage.
It starts with a short introduction and then talks about individual fruits and vegetables and their individual health benefits. Following this is a two page section which explains the basic method for preparing and making all juices and smoothies. Then it goes onto 'store-cupboard basics' - which lists basic ingredients that you need to keep hold of in order to form bases for juices and smoothies and an explanation for each eg milk, yoghurt....
The onto the recipes:
Each recipe takes up one page and a brief introduction which details the main taste component or benefit of that individual idea. The recipes themselves are unsurprisingly brief and largely centre around how to prepare the fruit and vegetables for optimum effect. It is also detailed how much liquid you will produce, how many calories it has, and what vitamin or mineral this is particularly high in. What is also useful is that there is also a one word description for each one to help you make a choice - eg refresh, calm, boost, satisfy etc.
The book itself is well presented, presented throughout in green and purple tones. There are no photographs, but to be honest they are not really needed anyway!
There are circa 100 recipes, so here are a few just to give you an idea of the diversity:
Strawberry and cucumber, rocket and watercress, carrot and celeriac, carrot, orange and apple (so lovely), chilli and pineapple, celery tomato and lemon, apple and blackberry.
`Rhubarb and custard, banana and sunflower seed, summer berry, banana and chocolate, vanilla and lychee, strawberry lassi, mango and blackcurrant.
As you can see there is certainly a wide variety of ideas here. However, the issue is as it always is with juices - and therefore not necessarily a fault of the book - often the quantities of ingredients required for a small amount of juice can be quite expensive. However, this one does bulk it up with other ingredients making the recipes the least excessive looking ones that I have come across, which makes it more likely for me to actually try them.
The recipes that I have tried have been easy to follow and nutritious.
In conclusion, if you are keen on starting to make your own juices, I would highly recommend this book - to be honest, you probably wouldnt need another.