An often engaging book that offers original ways to bring variety to daily meal preparation—even for readers who aren’t...



This brightly illustrated, eclectic compilation of vegan recipes urges readers to find joy by changing unhealthful culinary habits.

Jayne’s debut reflects her wide exposure to international food methods and philosophies as well as the mental and physical benefits of yoga and meditation. The Australian author has traveled the globe, including during stints on cruise ships as a performing artist. Now she’s a naturopath, an advocate for Ayurvedic medicine, a yoga instructor, and an avid blogger. Here, she’s assembled a helpful introduction to the raw-food world. Without being doctrinaire, she urges her readers to craft personal diets based on food that’s “closest to its pure form, without adulteration,” in order to “work with, not against, the body’s natural intelligence.” This belief inspires her vegan recipe collection, which gives an effective overview of raw-food possibilities. Although some ingredients may not be easy to find in neighborhood groceries, many of them, including fresh coconuts, kelp noodles, lemongrass stalks, and hemp nuts, can be ordered online. She offers instructions for creating nut milks, butters, yogurt, and sauerkrauts, as well as recipes for smoothies, soups, salads, snacks, and main dishes that play on old favorites such as nachos (using creamed corn chips) and ravioli (made from thinly sliced beets mixed with red-pepper pesto). The dessert section is the most thrilling of all, as it makes indulging in sweets both healthy and guilt-free. It combines ingredients such as apples, nuts, coconut sugar, figs, and cacao powder to create delicious, nutritional treats, including fudge, chocolate baklava, custards, doughnuts, and a “5 Minute Chocolate Brownie” (a tempting nuts, raisins, and cacao powder combo). Newbies may want to start in this section. However, other aspects of the book may deter some readers, including its lack of a comprehensive index; light-colored, hard-to-read text; the repetition of the cutesy term “joyful preparation”; and its dependence on dehydrators and very strong blenders.

An often engaging book that offers original ways to bring variety to daily meal preparation—even for readers who aren’t ready to commit to a raw-food, vegan lifestyle.

Pub Date: Feb. 4, 2015

ISBN: 978-1452598819

Page Count: 366

Publisher: BalboaPress

Review Posted Online: Sept. 14, 2015

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Stricter than, say, Bergen Evans or W3 ("disinterested" means impartial — period), Strunk is in the last analysis...



Privately published by Strunk of Cornell in 1918 and revised by his student E. B. White in 1959, that "little book" is back again with more White updatings.

Stricter than, say, Bergen Evans or W3 ("disinterested" means impartial — period), Strunk is in the last analysis (whoops — "A bankrupt expression") a unique guide (which means "without like or equal").

Pub Date: May 15, 1972

ISBN: 0205632645

Page Count: 105

Publisher: Macmillan

Review Posted Online: Oct. 28, 2011

Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 1, 1972

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Possibly inspired by the letters Cleary has received as a children's author, this begins with second-grader Leigh Botts' misspelled fan letter to Mr. Henshaw, whose fictitious book itself derives from the old take-off title Forty Ways W. Amuse a Dog. Soon Leigh is in sixth grade and bombarding his still-favorite author with a list of questions to be answered and returned by "next Friday," the day his author report is due. Leigh is disgruntled when Mr. Henshaw's answer comes late, and accompanied by a set of questions for Leigh to answer. He threatens not to, but as "Mom keeps nagging me about your dumb old questions" he finally gets the job done—and through his answers Mr. Henshaw and readers learn that Leigh considers himself "the mediumest boy in school," that his parents have split up, and that he dreams of his truck-driver dad driving him to school "hauling a forty-foot reefer, which would make his outfit add up to eighteen wheels altogether. . . . I guess I wouldn't seem so medium then." Soon Mr. Henshaw recommends keeping a diary (at least partly to get Leigh off his own back) and so the real letters to Mr. Henshaw taper off, with "pretend," unmailed letters (the diary) taking over. . . until Leigh can write "I don't have to pretend to write to Mr. Henshaw anymore. I have learned to say what I think on a piece of paper." Meanwhile Mr. Henshaw offers writing tips, and Leigh, struggling with a story for a school contest, concludes "I think you're right. Maybe I am not ready to write a story." Instead he writes a "true story" about a truck haul with his father in Leigh's real past, and this wins praise from "a real live author" Leigh meets through the school program. Mr. Henshaw has also advised that "a character in a story should solve a problem or change in some way," a standard juvenile-fiction dictum which Cleary herself applies modestly by having Leigh solve his disappearing lunch problem with a burglar-alarmed lunch box—and, more seriously, come to recognize and accept that his father can't be counted on. All of this, in Leigh's simple words, is capably and unobtrusively structured as well as valid and realistic. From the writing tips to the divorced-kid blues, however, it tends to substitute prevailing wisdom for the little jolts of recognition that made the Ramona books so rewarding.

Pub Date: Aug. 22, 1983

ISBN: 143511096X

Page Count: 133

Publisher: Morrow/HarperCollins

Review Posted Online: Oct. 16, 2011

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 1, 1983

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