Clean Slate ~ Martha Stewart Living



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.

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    1. I read cookbooks like they are novels and I am picky about the ones I buy. My mother is always giving me new ones. They are fun to go through but I usually pass a lot of them along to others. She never seems to mind though. Pass it along she always says!

      1. I have several cookbooks that I read just for the fun of it. This does sound like a really nice one (even just the physical quality of the book!)

  1. I’ve had to get rid of cookbooks that were just too impossible to cook from. I need to check this out. I like that it explains why you shouldn’t eat certain things, rather than just telling you to avoid foods.

    1. I hear you about cookbooks that are impossible to cook from. This one seems to be one that would work for my family. I will need to check it out.

  2. I try to eat as clean as possible too, but getting my family on board has been a challenge. Martha always seems to have complicated recipes, so it’s nice that she breaks it down to simpler recipes here.

  3. I haven’t bought a new cookbook in ages. I tend to stay away from Martha Stewart items–maybe it is because she seems too perfect–not human like the rest of us? I really do not need a cookbook–for recipes I use my Mom’s and Grandmothers cookbooks!

    1. I totally understand about the Martha thing. She does have some good cookbooks, but the thing to remember is that most of her stuff is written by her staff and not her. Its just her company name on it. I have my grandmother and moms old cookbooks but I love some of the newer ones that use some lighter ingredients and have big bold beautiful pictures.

  4. I love cookbooks but have not purchased a new one in a long time. I usually use one that my mom made all of her kids. It has all the recipes she used to make us as kids in it. It is pretty neat to have around.

  5. My last cookbook was actually one I bought before I left at Christmas from Kohl’s for $5 since it helped out a good cause. I haven’t gone through it yet. I have to say I’m not entirely a fan of Martha Stewart so probably won’t even pick up her book.

  6. I haven’t purchases a new cookbook in forever. I am not a big cookbook collector but I do like to have a few in my kitchen. This one looks good.

  7. I haven’t purchased a new cookbook in so long! I think in part because I’m always perusing Pinterest. It’s nice though, to have that tangible copy to take out whenever you’re in the kitchen.

    1. I can’t remember the last time I purchased one. I get some to review and my mom is always giving them to me. When I do buy one, I am really picky about them.

  8. I literally just saw this in Target and I definitely want to put this in my cookbook arsenal! Thanks for the reminder I really want this book!

  9. I hadn’t heard about this cookbook yet, nor had I heard about M.Stew not liking bloggers (hilarious!). I’m really enjoying Danielle Walker’s cookbooks right now as I’m really trying hard this year to eat more paleo-ish… I have a hard time with grain, but I LOVE bread. My body hates it, but my palate… yeah. So, I love your blog and your comment on mine made me very happy. Let’s be friends. 🙂

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