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Tuesday, April 16, 2013


IT'S ALL GOOD: delicious, easy recipes that will make you look good
and feel great (Grand Central Life & Style, 2013,;distr. Hachette, 303
pages, ISBN 978-1-4555-2271-2, $32 US hard covers) is by Gwyneth
Paltrow. The prominent focusing food writer is Julia Turshen. Here,
Paltrow emphasizes the foods that promote her "clear eyes, glowing
skin, and fit body". Because she was anemic, deficient in Vitamin D,
and her adrenal levels were too high, she began an elimination diet: no
coffee, alcohol, dairy, sugar, shellfish, gluten or soy. Only organic
food and nothing processed at all. Earlier she had written the well-
received "My Father's Daughter" – a collection about family food. There
are some of those recipes here in this current book, along with others
from her website, The preps here are tied into three
categories, noted by icons: elimination diet, vegan, and protein-
packed. Nearly all diets follow the same rules (eat plant-based whole
foods, lean protein, no white flour/sugar/dairy, no caffeine and no
alcohol), and so this book is perfectly adaptable to all regimens.
There are also 35 menus, sorted by kind and by week.
Preparations have their ingredients listed in avoirdupois measurements,
but there is no table of metric equivalents.
Audience and level of use: dieters and others seeking a clean life.
Some interesting or unusual recipes/facts: tomatillo salsa, sweet
leftover quinoa, striped bass grilled with cucumber, Spanish chopped
salad, spicy brussels sprouts, "buttermilk" waffles, salmon burgers,
fish tacos, chopped salads, many-mushroom soup.
The downside to this book: too many pix of Paltrow and friends
The upside to this book: good sense.
Quality/Price Rating: 89.

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