I'm mixing things up a little. I'll be reviewing some different books now that I work for The Book Club Network and have a flexible schedule. I hope you enjoy the variety. I really was surprised by this book and the information and recipes inside. Enjoy!

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By Tess Masters

Published by Random House
216 Pages

Back Cover: The debut cookbook from the powerhouse blogger behind, featuring 100 gluten-free, vegan recipes for smoothies, meals, and more made quickly and easily in a blender.

What’s your perfect blend?

On her wildly popular recipe blog, Tess Masters—aka, The Blender Girl—shares easy plant-based recipes that anyone can whip up fast in a blender. Tess’s lively, down-to-earth approach has attracted legions of fans looking for quick and fun ways to prepare healthy food. In The Blender Girl, Tess’s much-anticipated debut cookbook, she offers 100 whole-food recipes that are gluten-free and vegan, and rely on natural flavors and sweeteners. Many are also raw and nut-, soy-, corn-, and sugar-free.

Smoothies, soups, and spreads are a given in a blender cookbook, but this surprisingly versatile collection also includes appetizers, salads, and main dishes with a blended component, like Fresh Spring Rolls with Orange-Almond Sauce, Twisted Caesar Pleaser, Spicy Chickpea Burgers with Portobello Buns and Greens, and I-Love-Veggies! Bake. And even though many of Tess’s smoothies and shakes taste like dessert—Apple Pie in a Glass, Raspberry-Lemon Cheesecake, or Tastes-Like-Ice- Cream Kale, anyone?—her actual desserts are out-of this-world good, from Chocolate-Chile Banana Spilly to Flourless Triple-Pecan Mousse Pie and Chai Rice Pudding. Best of all, every recipe can easily be adjusted to your personal taste: add an extra squeeze of this, another handful of that, or leave something out altogether— these dishes are super forgiving, so you can’t mess them up.

Details on the benefits of soaking, sprouting, and dehydrating; proper food combining; and eating raw, probiotic-rich, and alkaline ingredients round out this nutrient-dense guide. But you don’t have to understand the science of good nutrition to run with The Blender Girl—all you need is a blender and a sense of adventure. So dust off your machine and get ready to find your perfect blend.

Review: I’m thankful for the review copy of a book that introduced me to Tess Masters, “The Blender Girl,” this cook book and her blog by the same name.

I’ve started working a different job that has allowed me more time in the kitchen and less time driving to and from work. I was thrilled to explore this new way of cooking. I liked how this author first talks about “What’s the perfect blend for you?” Where she discusses her journey to getting healthy and what she learned along the way. Not everything works for everybody. She talks about healthy ideas that you might want to blend into your life style. She talks about being proactive about your health and says, “I make a point of eating foods rich in probiotics as part of an alkaline diet low in sugar and high in essential vitamins and minerals.”

She also makes a point to eat food that is in season where she lives. She mixes up eating foods raw and some that are cooked. She helps the reader to think about making small changes in their lives that can make a huge difference in how they feel and what’s best in the long run.

There is great information to assimilate written in an easy to read manner. She also talks about how your blender can become your partner in the kitchen. It can help your bring healthier snacks, drinks and meals to you and your family in a doable time frame.

There are a wide variety of recipes with ingredients that can be found in grocery stores that have a health food section (many do). I tried several of her recipes; they are Thyme for Corn Chowder, Fluffy gf pancakes (best ever), Orange dream sickles (yummy) and Dark Chocolate pudding (great surprise – loved it). My family and I loved them. They even asked for seconds.

Some of the other yummy looking recipes I want to try are Spicy Chickpea Burgers with Portobello Buns and Greens, Alkaline Tacos, Creamy Mushroom Stroganoff, Potato Pizza and many more.

The book is broken down into several sections. They are: Healthy Ideas to Blend In, Smoothies and Shakes, Appetizers, Snacks, Dips and Spreads, Salads, Soups, The Main Event, Desserts, Drinks, Juices, and Tonics, Condiments, Sauces, and Creams. I liked the variety.

This author walks the reader through how to choose a blender. She starts with your basic model and moves to the top of the line. She also discusses how to care for your blender so it will last a long time. Great tips.

I like how Tess shared about why certain veggies are beneficial to your body. She also mentions food combing and how certain foods work well together to make you feel your best.

I enjoyed the beautiful pictures throughout. I also liked the fact that these recipes can help the cook bring healthy meals to your family and yourself in a reasonable time frame. You do need to read the recipes all the way through before you start cooking. I like how Tess talks about things you might be tempted to do and warns you not to do it. For example when I made the pancakes they took 4 minutes on one side and 3 more minutes after you flipped them. If you rushed the process she tells you that you’ll have soggy pancakes. These pancakes take longer to cook but they are so worth the wait. She was right.

The recipes include many ingredients and the measurements were in cups and grams. The author is originally from Australia and currently resides in California. Her Blender Girl blog reaches people all over the globe.

I highly recommend this book to everyone who wants to start down the path to eating healthier and feeling better and are looking for a place to start. This book is also great for those of you that are already on this path. There are 100 Gluten-Free, Vegan recipes to try! I’m looking forward to trying more myself!

Nora St Laurent
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