Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Juice! Recipes for Juicing, Cleansing and Living Well

Recipes for Juicing, 
Cleansing, and Living Well
By Hayden Slater, Hedi Gores, Carly de Castro

Hardcover, 160 pages

I do love to juice and in fact I have two juicers. One for citrus and one for firmer produce. I have to admit though, I end up making the same things again and again and sometimes go a little too long without doing any juicing at all.

I know you know what I am talking about.

Most of us are fairly aware that there are great health benefits to juicing: more energy, less fatigue, healing the body and losing weight. So what stops us from doing it at home? Why are we quick to buy fairly expensive juices or, dog forbid, dead sugary juices when we can be making real live healthy juices in our own kitchens?

For some, like me, it is routine. You get in a rut and only break free once in a while. After a bit you realize you are half made of carbs and you need to cleanse your body. Get back your ability to wake up in the morning with a smile on your face and the energy to get through the day. And if you lose a little weight along the way? Even better! Well, for me anyway.

This book gives you the inspiration that you need. You learn the stories that got Hayden, Hedi and Carly to where they are. How they opened up the famous Pressed Juicery, and why they want to share all their recipes that made them famous with you. I love that.

You will find all sorts of great ideas for juicing and what juices go well with whatever is going on in your life right now.

So I'll make you a deal: We will both juice more. And use this book to come up with the healthiest and most delicious juices possible.

Chapters include:

Sharing the Juice

Drink Your Fruits and Vegetables
1. Here's to Your Health
2. The Basics of Juicing

The Juice Box
3. It's All About the Greens
4. Get Back to Your Roots
5. Citrus Appeal
6. Something Sweet
7. The "Milk Bar"
8. Smooth Operator
9. Savory and Spicy
10. Elixers and Flavored Waters

Push Reset
11. Choosing and Preparing for Your Cleanse
12. Getting the Most Out of Your Cleanse

Conclusion: Drink Up!
Cleansing Recipes
Measurement Conversions

From the Back Flap:

A lushly illustrated and accessible guide to juicing and juice cleansing, featuring 75 recipes for making organic juices, milks, and other concoctions at home to provide the vital nutrients a healthy body needs to function at an optimal level.

Once considered a fringe practice of raw-food zealots, juicing has gone mainstream. In this beautiful full-color health guide and cookbook–which requires only a juicer or blender to use–the founders of Los Angeles-based Pressed Juicery explain how juicing and juice cleansing can be part of a fit and healthy lifestyle. Featuring seventy-five recipes for the shop’s most popular juices–including greens, roots, citrus, fruits, aloe and chlorophyll waters, and signature beverages like Chocolate Almond and Coconut Mint Chip–this inspirational handbook outlines the benefits of juicing, explains how to do a juice cleanse safely, and shares testimonials from people who have experienced personal health transformations after integrating juice into their lives.

Founding partners (from left to right), Hayden Slater, Carly de Castro, and Hedi Gores.

Carly de Castro, Hedi Gores, and Hayden Slater are the founders of Pressed Juicery, a Los Angeles–based chain of juice shops that feature more than forty organic, cold-pressed juices and a simple series of multi-day juice cleansing regimens. With nearly twenty locations in Northern and Southern California (and many more opening soon), Pressed Juicery has been featured in Vanity Fair, InStyle, Details, Natural Health, Marie Claire, Vogue, the Los Angeles Times, and Entrepreneur, among many others, as well as on Today, Extra, and The Doctors. Carly, Hedi, and Hayden all live in the Los Angeles area.

Saturday, 12 July 2014

The Girls from Corona del Mar. A Novel.

The Girls from Corona del Mar
A novel
By Rufi Thorpe

Hardcover, 256 pages

I have barely moved since starting this novel. It grabbed me at the first sentence and never let go. I don't generally go for books labelled as Literary, Contemporary Women, or Coming of Age. They all sound boring to me. But there was something about this book that made me want to read it. And I am so glad that I did.

I have to say it is likely my favourite book  this year. And that is saying a lot. I cannot believe that this is the author's first published novel. It is brilliant in its telling and really gets you thinking about love and friendship and the bonds that we share. And also our own perspectives on the world.

It makes you think. It makes you want to call your friends and talk. And then give them a copy of this book.

In fact, I might do that right now.

From the Back Flap:

“Why did Lorrie Ann look graceful in beat-up Keds and shorts a bit too small for her? Why was it charming when she snorted from laughing too hard? Yes, we were jealous of her, and yet we did not hate her. She was never so much as teased by us, we roaming and bratty girls of Corona del Mar, thieves of corn nuts and orange soda, abusers of lip gloss and foul language.”

An astonishing debut about friendships made in youth, The Girls from Corona del Mar is a fiercely beautiful novel about how these bonds, challenged by loss, illness, parenthood, and distance, either break or endure.

Mia and Lorrie Ann are lifelong friends: hard-hearted Mia and untouchably beautiful, kind Lorrie Ann. While Mia struggles with a mother who drinks, a pregnancy at fifteen, and younger brothers she loves but can’t quite be good to, Lorrie Ann is luminous, surrounded by her close-knit family, immune to the mistakes that mar her best friend’s life. Then a sudden loss catapults Lorrie Ann into tragedy: things fall apart, and then fall further—and there is nothing Mia can do to help. And as good, brave, fair Lorrie Ann stops being so good, Mia begins to question just who this woman is, and what that question means about them both.

A staggeringly honest, deeply felt novel of family, motherhood, loyalty, and the myth of the perfect friendship, The Girls from Corona del Mar asks just how well we know those we love, what we owe our children, and who we are without our friends.

Rufi Thorpe

Rufi Thorpe received her MFA from the University of Virginia in 2009. She lives in Washington, D.C., with her husband and son. The Girls from Corona del Mar is her first novel.

Tuesday, 8 July 2014

Peter Pan Must Die. A Novel by John Verdon

by John Verdon
Hardcover, 448 pages

I have been waiting patiently (okay, maybe not so patiently) for this book to come out. I love the Dave Gurney series and the complex mysteries that John Verdon crafts.

We are always given all the information and yet the crimes are just as baffling to us readers as they are to retired Inspector Gurney, who can't seem to adapt to life off the force.

This is why I love Verdon's novels so much. They keep you thinking. You become a member of the detectives that are trying to get to the truth. Nothing is held back. And the puzzles have so many intricacies, I seriously have no idea how he manages to craft them.

But that doesn't matter. His job is to write - and he does it so well. Mine is to read - and I loved every minute of it.

Mystery/Crime fiction fans - this is your next read.

From the Back Flap:
In John Verdon’s most sensationally twisty novel yet, ingenious puzzle solver Dave Gurney brings his analytical brilliance to a shocking murder that couldn’t have been committed the way the police say it was.

The daunting task that confronts Gurney, once the NYPD’s top homicide cop: determining the guilt or innocence of a woman already convicted of shooting her charismatic politician husband – who was felled by a rifle bullet to the brain while delivering the eulogy at his own mother’s funeral. 

Peeling back the layers, Gurney quickly finds himself waging a dangerous battle of wits with a thoroughly corrupt investigator, a disturbingly cordial mob boss, a gorgeous young temptress, and a bizarre assassin whose child-like appearance has earned him the nickname Peter Pan.

Startling twists and turns occur in rapid-fire sequence, and soon Gurney is locked inside one of the darkest cases of his career – one in which multiple murders are merely the deceptive surface under which rests a scaffolding of pure evil.  Beneath the tangle of poisonous lies, Gurney discovers that the truth is more shocking than anyone had imagined.

And the identity of the villain at the mystery’s center turns out to be the biggest shock of all.

JOHN VERDON is a former Manhattan advertising executive who lives with his wife in the mountains of upstate New York.  His first three Dave Gurney novels, Think of a Number, Shut Your Eyes Tight, and Let the Devil Sleep, are all international bestsellers.