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EAT BEAUTIFUL by WENDY ROWE REVIEWED

Eat Beautiful
By Wendy Rowe
Published By: Clarkson Potter
ISBN#978-0-8041-8958-3
271 Pages HB

ABOUT BOOK: Care for your body from the inside out with this cookbook that highlights ingredients and recipes designed to make your skin glow.

After more than 20 years of experience as a makeup artist and beauty consultant, Wendy Rowe’s approach is uncomplicated and holistic. In Eat Beautiful, she details how specific ingredients feed your skin, offering breakdowns of the vitamins and nutrients they provide. They include:  Pomegranate: The Elixir of Youth packed with Vitamin C, which stimulates collagen production to keep skin looking taut, young, and radiant.
Spinach: The Free-Radical Fighter whose iron moves your blood, helping to repair your skin cells.

Chili Peppers: The Circulation Booster famous for its capsaicin, which reduces blood pressure and improves circulation by encouraging blood vessels to relax and dilate, therefore acting as an anti-inflammatory. 

Natural Red Wine: The Youth Potion featuring a powerful anti-ageing antioxidant that slows the grown of acne-causing bacteria and fights disease-causing free radicals.
Rowe’s recipes showcase these essential foods to help target specific skin problems and alleviate common complaints. She even provides specific advice for what to incorporate or avoid depending on skin type.

Here, too, are suggestions on how to pamper yourself with recipes for homemade masks, scrubs, mists, cleansers, and toners, as well as an informative section for troubleshooting those confidence-sapping skin problems. Organized into the four seasons, you can dip in and out of this stunning cookbook, or follow it as a plan. Either way, it ensures beautiful, radiant skin all year round.

REVIEW: Wendy Rowe is a make-up artist who realizes to get great skin and a healthy glow you first need to get your gut healthy. She says, “I’ve come to see that skin troubles are a reflection of what’s going on inside. To get perfect skin and maintain it, you need the right balance inside and out…The skin won’t look good unless you pay attention to your health in general and your diet in particular…Your body will tell you what you need, but it doesn’t scream, it whispers, so try to listen.”

She starts out talking about how to generate good digestion and things to look out for. She describes what Detoxification is and gives a few recipes and then there is a page for Stress-busting tips I thought were helpful and doable. Then there was a list of Beauty “Betrayers and a list of Saviors.” This is a list of Dos and Don’ts to help keep you healthy and your skin looking radiant.

She then shares what’s in her Beauty Store Cupboard – Things to always have on hand in your kitchen and bathroom.

I like the list of Wendy’s Golden Rules the first two are 1. No, raw After 4p.m 2. Chew, Chew, Chew etc. The rest of the book is broken down into seasons and ingredients blossoming at that time which are most helpful in eating beautiful. The author goes on to say, “Skin care is important of course, but eating a range of good-quality, skin-friendly foods – seasoned and organically produced when possible – will provide the best foundation. This will ensure your skin has a healthy glow.”

Each season the author describes the healthy benefit of an ingredient. For example, she starts out with Almond Milk – She says “skin-friendly alternative to dairy.” She has a few paragraphs describing it’s benefits, then at the bottom she breaks out the skin-feeding nutrients.

After listing the edible items and their benefits for that season, there are recipes that include that ingredient. There are beautiful pictures of the dish.  I like the fact that you didn’t have to make a huge amount of the recipe. All the dishes are a servicing size of two.

The recipes that I made were The Pearl Barley and Chocolate porridge. I’d never had barley before. This reminded me of oatmeal and was very feeling and tasted good. The next recipe I tried was Roast Pumpkin Soup. I liked the soup and realized I was not a fan of fresh sage found in this soup. I hadn’t eaten it before. Next time I make it I might try put dried sage. Maybe it will be less powerful. I made the Carrot soup and was surprised how sweet and flavorful it was. Yummy. But the recipe my family LOVED was the Zucchini and Brown Rice Spaghetti. What a great combination of flavors and textures. The bonus factor was it was great for my skin and my family loved it. The book is sprinkled with beautiful pictures of young models faces and scenes from nature that depict the season being discussed.

The author wraps up the book with beauty tips and homemade recipes for Rosewater Toner, Magnesium Foot Scrub, Calming Lavender Mist, Coconut Oil Cleanser, Spirulina Face Mask and several other natural skincare formulae.

She does have a section on skin care issues and how to help them. There is a paragraph or two about mature skin, and how to care for it.

I can’t wait to try the other recipes in this book and see the results.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the Bloggingforbooks site. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”

Nora St. Laurent
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