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Clean Enough

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CLEAN ENOUGH is a cookbook that's based on the less strict philosophy of clean eating. While I love the idea of nourishing and healthy meals, I find myself raising an eyebrow when I see the recipe for lemon water. Really?? Who needs a recipe for lemon water? 

You see, this is my problem with the book. There are a lot of filler recipes like this.  I do love the cookies and cake recipes, though. I tried some of them and it's pretty tasty. I would recommend this book for those who would like to start the process of clean eating.
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A wonderful, informative book that has several recipes with great photos and easy to follow directions to make each meal. If you want to start eating healthier and cleaner, this book is a great place to start, as you have many delicious meals at your fingertips.

Not only are there ideas for eating healthy and clean meals, but also ideas for dessert. One can eat clean and healthy but also indulge in sweets and dessert, but the key is finding a healthy balance. This book is great for helping you to find that balance.

I loved the many recipes in the book and I am excited to give them a try.
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"Clean" eating is one of those health food buzzwords that you've probably heard recently--and maybe felt overwhelmed by. Guy-Hamilton sets out to balance responsible and reasonable eating in a "good enough" approach, and her cookbook includes many approachable recipes that even non-organic omnivores will appreciate. From mango sauerkraut slaw to Grandma's chocolate chocolate chocolate cake, there's something to appeal to every palate.

Readers may be simultaneously drawn to and intimidated by the Gwyneth Paltrow/GOOP-esque aesthetic of the photos and prose, with sunlit dining nooks and family anecdotes, but overall this is a good addition to any socially or environmentally aware cook's library.
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It's not often I find a book that fits my favorite eating style: vegetables and desserts. While I personally love the nearly 50:50 ratio, I'm sure others will wonder why there aren't more hearty veggie dishes.  I received an unedited proof so page numbers (for the dressing of a specific recipe) weren't there yet, which makes things difficult. I really appreciate the recipes having both cups AND grams. 

I've been on a kick of savory sides and the Blistered Miso Sweet potatoes fits the bill. Carrot, Sweet Potato, and Pickled Raisin salad is perfect - nice and crunchy with plenty of color and a punch of acid. I've been dying to make the Bright Bean Sprout Salad but can't seem to time my sprouts and cooking before they turn to a sludge in the bottom of the bag. When things warm up I"ll be making the Coconut Cake with Toasted Lime Meringue.
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Beautifully photographed book and wonderful message. I appreciate any book that promotes health and balance and does not support restrictive eating, and this book does just that. Every recipe I have tried has turned out well and Guy-Hamilton's experience really shines through. I love it and highly recommend it.
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I love cookbooks. Especially ones that have fresh new ideas. Unfortunately I was unable to read this copy on e-boo due to the poor quality of the print. I hope the book is better. I would love to have seen the recopies the pictures are beautify;
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I received an advanced copy of Clean Enough from Netgalley in exchange for a honest review.

French Culinary Institute trained pastry chef Katzie Guy-Hamilton has taken her years of experience in the food industry and created a new cookbook which elevates healthy food from the boring and mundane to unique and excitingly delectable treats.   She covers the basics of eating clean and the usual array of healthy items that should line your pantry shelves.  Then she takes those ingredients and flips them around creating new twists to old recipes. Each recipe is easy to follow and includes a note containing alterations or additions that can be made.  The pictures are beautiful and the desserts are new and appetizing.
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A gorgeous cookbook with delicious recipes and stunning photographs! All recipes are vegetarian and rich in plant-based superfoods. Pick up this book if you are looking to feel better and have more energy or if you are merely looking for new recipes and meal ideas. I can't wait to make some of the salads, soups and decadent desserts! 

Thank you, The Experiment and NetGalley for a digital advance reader copy!
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With beautiful pictures and easy-to-follow instructions for each recipe, I am excited to test - and share - many of the recipes provided in Clean Enough. I also really appreciated the introduction to the book, and to each section; Clean and Enough. This book is accessible to most, and encourages a whole food outlook to your diet.
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3 1/2 stars

At this time of year with good eating intentions still at the forefront of New Year’s resolutions, new recipe books on healthful eating are always welcome. Katzie Guy-Hamilton’s Clean Enough tries to find a niche by encouraging her readers to try new foods and adopt a healthier lifestyle while leaving room for dessert.

Honestly, none of the recipes in the “Clean” section of the book jumped out at me and begged to be eaten despite the fact that they are all vegetarian, although there is a gigante bean recipe that I might try. Many of the recipes are ones you will find in other cookbooks and sometimes better done. Take the guac recipe, for example. Why anyone would want a guacamole with red pepper flakes instead of fresh chilies and no fresh tomato is beyond me, both bring their own nutritional value to the table–or the dip–and add layered, healthy flavor.

As usual, there is a drink section with smoothies, and you may already know my opinion on those. The drink section does include a couple of nut milk recipes.  And there’s a recipe for lemon and hot water…those are the ingredients…that you put in a mug…and wait until it’s cool enough to drink.

Where Clean Enough really shines, however, is in the last section with the dessert. Guy-Hamilton was a pastry chef, and many of these desserts are mouth-watering. The roasted coconut cookies are tantalizing as well as several of the cakes, coconut, and pies, caramelized apple, for instance.

The one thing that immediately jumped out at me while I read through the recipes in Clean Enough is that many of the recommended ingredients are not within everyone’s budget. Also, a section on where to acquire some of the rarer ingredients (pine pollen?) would have been welcome.

Get this one for the desserts.

I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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I received an Advanced Reader Copy from The Experiment for my unbiased opinion of the book.  I loved the book dedication it made my heart smile.  The book is well thought out and laid out.  I appreciated the glossary of terms in the front instead of the back and the notes after each recipe for tips, tricks, workarounds.  I tried charred pumpkin seed broccolini, midnight carrots, velvet beet, fig newtons, and soft chocolate tart all memorable!  I can't wait to try all the rest of the recipes.  This a great reference book to start the process of clean eating and getting away from all that processed junk that will clog your body and brain!
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I received an ARC of this book to read in exchange for a fair review. Clean Enough by Katzie Guy-Hamilton is a collection of Vegetarian (she uses eggs and dairy) recipes. The recipes I tried were tasty and easy to follow ...Most of the recipes are made from ingredients already in your pantry or easily available at the grocery store. It’s January and you made that resolution to be healthier... this book will help you with some new ideas to set you on the right track. I found the writing style to be welcoming and engaging... not preachy at all. The recipes encompass healthy choices for breakfast lunch and dinner and snacks with some sweet treats to help you through any cravings. Publishing Date January 1, 2019 #CleanEnough #NetGalley #theexperimentpublishing
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This book is a recipe book for simple clean foods that you can eat at a meal or store in your pantry as a snack. It begins with the author's philosophy on why clean enough is the right path, rather than the strict clean eating that recent fads have called people to adhere.

Readers who are trying to move in a whole foods direction would benefit from the simple clean recipes and the brief philosophy shared by the author. The writing is a little flower en doesn't seem like an authentic and sincere explanation.  The book expresses ways to manage one's relationship with food, but I think it's lacking something. it is possible that it ignores the deeper affliction that many people have in their relationship with food and simply asks you to center yourself and eat tasty food to heal that relationship.
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I really love the idea of this book. Healthy meals, nourishing ingredients, and photos that are included look delicious. However, it has too many unusual ingredients in the vast majority of these recipes. The ingredients do seem to be repeated throughout the book so if one did want to invest in them they would not go to waste. The author is also a big fan of meal prepping so after reading this book I feel that to get the most of it you would really have to commit to eating from the book rather than picking a recipe here and there due to the fact that there are sauces, condiments, and veggie preparations that would take some time to do to have as a recipe ingredient. Most of the desserts in the “Enough” section use milk so are off the table for me. If you're someone who is into alternative healthy ingredients and eats that way the majority of the time, give this book a read. This isn't a practical cookbook for me.
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Great cookbook for those wanting a selection of clean recipes with some wonderful desserts as well.  There are many recipes in the clean portion of the book that are a bit too much for me, but generally, I found the recipes to be easy to follow and interesting to read.  Katzie has a way with words that makes even recipes enjoyable to read. 

*I received an advanced reader's copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
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This book contains a lot of interesting cookie and cake recipes. I was not a fan of the beverage recipes, and think having lemon water as a recipe is a bad idea. It felt like a lot of the recipes were filler recipes. I would buy the book just for the cake and cookie recipes though because they were unique.
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I've been a follower of the clean-eating movement for years, but sometimes, it's difficult to find or make a meal consisting of only whole foods. Katzie breaks it down and makes clean-eating simple again. She shares practice, real-life recipes (even desserts) that are easy to make and look delicious. This book is sectioned up in a way that makes it easy to navigate and she includes a glossary of her favorite clean ingredients that I found helpful. The photographs are simple and pleasing to the eye and complete this lovely cookbook. *Advance copy provided by the publisher in exchange for my honest review.
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Clean Enough from someone with the most intriguing author name I've seen in a while, promises to get you back to basics and still leave room for desert, and I think it achieves its aim. It's equally divided into two parts, the first titled 'Clean'. I'll let you guess what the second is titled! Clean is comprised of several sections, the first of which is Drink to your Health, featuring drinks to get you up and moving in one way or another, and including Designer Cashew Milk, Runner's Juice, and the Indiana Jones-sounding Holy Coconut Matcha Elixir.

Next up is Harmony Bowls, comprised of suggestions for breakfast which consist mostly of granola, eggs and oatmeal concoctions. There's a section on augmenting a common breakfast item by adding healthful foods such as avocado, mushrooms, tomatoes, and such to toast to taste! This idea works with the oatmeal too: start with something simple and basic and augment it to your own personal taste. After this comes a very full section on salads including some items you may not think of when you think of a salad. This is followed by prepared veggies including broccolini, onion, green bean, carrot, and eggplant, even though some of those aren't really vegetables.

Following this is a section on 'good starch' which covers rice, sweet potatoes, lentils, and quinoa, which I personally think we should call kwin-o-ah. Who can seriously get with keenwah? Really?! Keenwah sounds like a karate punch that will make you howl. I do not want that in my stomach. LOL! Remember starches (aka carbohydrates) are a required food for your body to function. It's not actually eating them that's the problem. Like everything else in your diet, it's the overeating of the wrong stuff that causes problems! After this section comes a short one on soups, which offers squash, tomato, beet, and coconut. The 'Clean' section finishes up with some suggestions for sauces and dressings.

The 'Enough' part covers a shocking array of desert items that will put weight on you just from looking through the pages. It features cookies (chocolate, molasses, raisin, coconut), cakes (the banana whiskey torte sounded really interesting!) and pies. That latter includes a Wimbledon pie which I'd never heard of, and which yes, contains strawberries, and which looks disgustingly irresistible from the photograph, although I cannot claim I've tried this!

Does anyone else find the name Wimbledon amusing? Okay, just me then. I asked around about this pie and it's not a racquet! It turns out that you get four servings and if you ace them all, you win.... The silk road custard tart looked scrumptious to me. It reminded me of such tarts I enjoyed when I lived in Britain (and no you are not allowed to double-entendre that!). Not that these deserts are Britain-based by any means. What you'll find yourself needing to remember in this section is that wholesome isn't the same thing as calorie-free!

Everyone has their own preferences when it comes to what one eats and some of those preferences are decidedly unhealthy. Eating whole foods rather than processed foods is healthier because those kinds of foods are what our bodies have evolved to digest healthily. Our problem is that we've been primed to gobble down fatty, salty, and sweet foods from when such things were scarce, but our bodies, which naturally sought out these things for perfectly healthy reasons in prehistory, cannot cope with this stuff now it's so very easy to come by.

Any eating plan (let's not talk about diets which rarely work) that gets you partaking healthily of good food, and which you can stick with is the plan to adopt for you, and while this book may not appeal to everyone, no book can! That's why my recommendation is to check it out and see if it fits your lifestyle if it does, you're on the gravy train! Or something like that.... I commend this as a worthy title.
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The first have of the book is clean eating and the next baking. I really enjoyed the baking recipes. But the clean eating recipes were a little too time consuming. I try to eat clean, but I'm also a a busy person and they seemed time consuming and also required a lot of different recipes. I think it's neat this book is broken into two parts. But, I wish it was two different books. I have some friends that would be all about the cleaning eating and other all about the sweets.
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I am the target market for this book - a (mostly) clean eater that focuses on vegetarian foods where possible, and with a strong bent towards cooking from scratch.

So you can imagine my disappointment when I see the first recipe in the book is for - lemon water. 

Does this really require a full page to explain you put lemon juice in water and drink it first thing in the morning? No. Perhaps the science behind it, or why it's effective/good for our bodies. The actual recipe, though? No, no, no.

I then moved to "Good as Gold Milk', which I assumed would be Golden Mlk or some variant - a tumeric/milk concotion with oodles of health benefits. One of my favorites, I drink this often and would love a new recipe. 

Now, it usually takes me a few minutes, at most, to make Golden Milk, so imagine my surprise when I see a surprisingly long ingredient list and a 3+ hour creation time! Okay, so you're making the (vegan) milk from scratch, I get it... but it's really unnecessary. 

I move to the eggs, and this is where I stopped. Do folks REALLY need to know how to make a soft poached egg? Or sunny-side up egg? Is this really necessary? There are four options explained to cook your egg for a "bowl", which consists of an egg plunked onto basically an expensive salad. 

Okay, I'm out. 

I wanted to love this book, and instead felt like it was geared towards Top Chef Kids - those without a lot of cooking experience that want to focus on high-end products and many-staged recipes.
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