Whether you are just starting up with juicing or have been juicing for a while and feel like you are getting it’s nice to keep a few juicing books in your kitchen to keep your motivation high and provide new recipe ideas.
While it may be difficult to recommend just one juicing book to buy – as it’s hard to tell which is the best juicing book for you – here are a few book ideas to choose from. Each of these books is different, and all of them are worth their price to be able to reach for them whenever you want.
Complete Book of Juicing: Your Delicious Guide to Youthful Vitality by Michael T. Murray
This is the first book I purchased when I started juicing, and I still refer to it regularly. It provides wealth of information on the NUTRITIONAL components of fresh juice and its benefits for health. It has a section on the fruits and vegetables with the benefits of juicing each. There is a nice section on recipes(both with nutritional value and caloric content). There is a section on weight loss by juicing and a section which recommends different recipes to juice for different health problems.
Keep in mind that there are no photos or color illustrations in the book, so if you are a visual person you may want to check out the The Big Book of Juices instead.
The Juicing Bible by Pat Crocker
This book is a very comprehensive resource for juicing inspiration. It is much more detailed than your average juicing book. It’s separated into quite a few sections, ranging from simple juices to recipes for using the leftover pulp. Keep in mind that in most recipes she calls for use of spices, herbs, and some quite uncommon ingredients, for example, lavender, powdered licorice, powdered linden flower, borage leaves, acai berries, red raspberry leaves, stinging nettle, kelp, astragalus root, meadowsweet and apricot milk.
So if you are looking for a straight forward book that just offers simple, basic juicing recipes – you may prefer to go with “Complete Guide to Juicing” – as this is not for you; all of the extras will definitely turn you off. But for those of you looking for something that goes beyond your standard carrot-apple combination, this is sure to please. This book really goes above and beyond your typical juicing guide, with options for those that want to add a little more to their juices and really utilize every part of produce used.
It starts off with a mini-encyclopedia listing herbs, fruits and veggies which can be used in your juicing. Offered is a quick summary of each item, how to use it in juicing, and health benefits of each (good for digestion, cooling, antispasmodic, etc.). Then, there’s a section on common health illnesses which lists juices (and other juice-type items, all of which have recipes in the book) that may help the ailments, as well as dietary tips, foods and herbs that may help the disorder, and some lifestyle changes to try.
The rest of the book has the following sections:
1. Fruit Juices
2. Vegetable Juices
3. Cocktails — these are juices with a little something extra, like yogurt, milks, spices, etc.
4. Frozen treats — most of these recipes utilize leftover pulp from juices
5. Roughies — these are actual food recipes, using the juicing pulp from other recipes
6. Smoothies — uses juices and frozen fruit
7. Digestive Aids and Cleansers — the title section speaks for itself
8. Milk substitutes — recipes for nut milks, apricot milk, fig milk, etc.
9. Coffee substitutes
10. Teas and Tonics — these recipes are mostly for medicinal teas which are geared towards alleviating body ailments and/or aiding and encouraging natural bodily functions and processes.
The Big Book of Juices by Natalie Savona
“The Big Book of Juices” is one of the most creative books on juicing. It’s also one of the most beautiful – the pictures of the juices are amazing and you might be intrigued by all the different shaped glasses the author found to display the juices in.
The fruit and vegetable blends are especially delicious. Who would have thought that grapefruit would go so well with carrots and celery. And how about broccoli with pears? Yet these all seem to work well. Also, each recipe is “graded” on 5 areas with 0-5 stars; energy, detox, immunity, digestion and skin.
As a side note: If you’re not a fan of combining fruits and vegetables in the same recipe – as some people aren’t – this is not the book for you — virtually all of these recipes combine the two food groups.
While you need a juicer for most of the recipes, she also provides recipes for your blender. There are also some recipes for teas made with fresh herbs.
Juicing, Fasting, and Detoxing for Life by Cherie Calbom
The book focuses on detoxing your body in order to become healthier. It starts by talking about health, explaining the how’s and why’s of juicing, fasting and detoxing. Then it goes into the specifics of cleansing your colon, liver, gallbladder and kidney. In the final chapters the authors include information on the nutrient content in food, recipes to use while fasting and detoxing, and a nice resource guide.
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