Clean Slate : A Cookbook and Guide was a cookbook that really interested me when I saw it. I try to eat as clean as possible and prepare all of my own meals as often as I can, but sometimes that just isn’t possible. Life happens. Things get in the way. But, the editors of Martha Stewart Living put together a great book that shows us that eating well doesn’t have to be hard.
The photos are pretty. They didn’t wow me as much as some of the other cookbooks I own.
I think the SimpleTaste Cookbook has ruined me as far as cookbooks go. At least for a little while.
This cookbook is printed on thick cardstock for the pages.
The first half of the book discusses clean eating and what that entails. Then, it breaks each section down into a no-nonsense manner that is easy to understand. For those interested, I have a free clean eating printable. What I did like about this book is that it told you simple ingredients and why they are important. I have read a few clean eating books and most of them just tell you this is what you should eat and why you shouldn’t eat the other stuff. None of them really went into details about why you should eat the things mentioned. Another thing I liked about this book was that their were vegetarian options and lean meat options.
Now, what I didn’t like – aside from the whole Martha Stewart against bloggers fiasco (which, I always was amused by since she has her team of bloggers at Martha’s Circle) – some of the recipes are a little out there. I felt like someone looked at some of the most popular food blogs, made a list of ingredients and decided to toss them together to see what happens. I mean, some of the recipes are just – well, gross sounding and looking.
But, not all of them. Some of them look and sound quite good. Majority of the foods listed can be found at any grocery store. You don’t have to shop at a specialty shop. There is a whole section about shopping at the grocery store.
All-in-all if I were looking for a new clean eating book, I would gravitate towards this one. It’s packed full with the most amount of information, practical advice, and simple recipes. Besides, for every 4 ingredients I don’t like, 10 people do.
I’m going to dig through it a little more. Perhaps create a recipe or two. I’ll get back to you on this one! If you’d like to read a little more about what I think, you can check out the full article on my Detroit Healthy Food channel.
Have you purchased a new cookbook lately? I’d love to hear about it.