Terry Walters states, "I hope that this book inspires and empowers you to nourish yourself with delicious, healthy, balanced meals." With both her recipes and her approach to cooking with love, Walters has inspired people such as Alice Waters, Charlie Trotter and Mario Batali, all icons in the culinary world.
Advocating a return to fresh and seasonal cooking, with a purposeful step away from processed foods that are rife with chemical additives, possibly even with pesticide residues, Walters begins with a primer on clean eating, goes on to list nine basic ways of restoring our balance with what nature has provided. These are not complex and require no advanced nutritional knowledge. Instead they return the flavor of foods and the sheer enjoyment of eating, not on the run, but slowly and with pleasure. She includes a guide to commonly used ingredients as well as a guide entitled "What's That?" to less common ingredients that may be new to the non-vegan reader. With her primer, you will find it easy to make changes. This is a book about empowerment in the kitchen and reading her section on organic foods versus conventional foods will have you running to the organic section of your market.
She moves on to the recipes - 223 of them, all quick to prepare (nothing is longer than a page), and filled with nutrition that happens to be bursting with flavor. To make seasonal eating easy Walters has organized by season, each one printed on different colored pages - spring green, summer orange, autumn grey and winter blue - for easy reference. Each season has an index page, also to make life easy for the cook.
The tantalizing recipes are primarily vegan, and even Mario Batali states, "Delicious and simple food has never seemed so healthful and beautiful....or is it healthful food has never been so delicious? Either way, Clean Food is the most exciting book based on fresh produce and simple recipes I have used in years. Yum." In the wide variety of recipes, many of which are perfect any time of the year, try Crispy Chickpea Fritters, or Spicy Thai Tempeh with Cashews, or Roasted Kobacha Squash with Cremini Mushrooms and Fresh Herbs, then top off with a sweet dessert, such as a vegan and sugar-free Chocolate Lover’s Tart or Blueberry Kanten with Cashew Cream. The recipes range from an elegant Shitake Mushrooms and Bitter Greens in Filo, to a simpler Stovetop Barley with Sweet Vegetables, or Sweet Dumpling Squash with Orange-Scented Quinoa Stuffing. "Yum," states Batali.
True to principles, Clean Food has been printed and bound in a sustainable manner using recycled materials and agri-based inks.
Enjoy clean food and clean health.