Drink Up! Books that take you way beyond soda


Reviews by Kristina Sepetys

drink the harvestDrink the Harvest
by Nan K. Chase and DeNeice C. Guest
(Storey Publishing, 2014)

Many fruits, vegetables, and herbs can be concocted into delicious beverages that are healthier and more economical than their store-bought counterparts. Drink the Harvest shows you how to create juices, ciders, wines, meads, teas, and syrups to drink now or put up for later in the year. From strawberry juice to pear cider, dandelion wine to spiced apple mead, citrus peel tea to kombucha, the book offers instruction for growing a beverage garden and harvesting ingredients for maximum flavor and quantity.

by Michael Dietsch
(Countryman Press, 2014)

Shrubs, Victorian-era drinks which rely upon vinegars for their tart edge, are enjoying a renaissance of sorts. The history of shrubs, described in this new book, is as fascinating as the drinks are refreshing. These sharp and tangy infusions are simple to make and use. Mix up some Red Currant Shrub for a Vermouth Cassis, or Apple Cinnamon Shrub to mix with seltzer, or develop your own with Michael Dietsch’s directions and step-by-step photographs.

JuiceJuice: Recipes for Juicing, Cleansing, and Living Well
by Carly de Castro, Hedi Gores, Hayden Slater
(Ten Speed Press, 2014)

The founders of Los Angeles-based Pressed Juicery explain how juicing and juice cleansing can be part of a fit and healthy lifestyle. The book features 75 recipes for the shop’s most popular juices, requiring only a juicer or blender. Find instructions for using greens, roots, citrus, fruits, aloe, and chlorophyll water to create beverages like Chocolate Almond and Coconut Mint Chip. This 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.

the blender girlThe Blender Girl
by Tess Masters
(Ten Speed Press, 2014)

A slow cooked meal is wonderful, but sometimes a quick meal mixed up in a blender is even better, especially when it’s nutrient-dense. The debut cookbook from the blogger behind theblendergirl.com features 100 gluten-free, vegan recipes for drinks and meals easily whipped up in a blender. Many recipes are raw, nut-, soy-, corn-, and sugar-free, and use natural sweeteners. Besides smoothies, soups, and spreads you’ll find recipes for appetizers, salads, and main dishes with a blended component, like Fresh Spring Rolls with Orange-Almond Sauce. Read about the benefits of soaking, sprouting, and dehydrating; healthful food combinations; and the benefits of eating raw, probiotic-rich, and alkaline ingredients.

nourishing brothNourishing Broth: An Old-Fashioned Remedy
for the Modern World
by Sally Fallon Morell and Kaayla T. Daniel
(Grand Central Life & Style, 2014)

Everything you’ve ever wanted to know about bone broths! Morell, the founder of the Weston A. Price Foundation and author of Nourishing Traditions, together with Kaayla Daniels, presents a comprehensive guidebook on the science and benefits of homemade bone broth. The authors explore the many ways bone broth can promote healing, treat a variety of ailments, and promote general good health. Find cooking techniques and nearly 150 pages of recipes for making various broths, from simple chicken broth to rich, clear consommé and shrimp-shell stock.