|I Arrived in One Piece!|
Terry self-published Clean Food before it got picked up by Sterling Epicure and Clean Start followed shortly thereafter. The recipes in both books are organized into the four seasons with some that work any time of the year. Terry shares plenty of judgement-free tips for healthy eating in both books.
|Me and Terry! I hung out with her for over an hour!|
Terry was chopping an onion when I arrived and I helped stir the ingredients as she chopped the celery, hakuri turnips, garlic, and parsley that went into the Red Lentil, Turnip & Parsley Soup from page 94 of Clean Start. Add to that some diced tomatoes, great northern beans, mirin, red lentils, and veggie stock, and a delicious dinner was served in no time! I had this strange craving for parsley on the rainy drive in to Boston, so this soup really hit the spot.
|Terry serving her Red Lentil Turnip, & Parsley Soup|
If you like eating healthy food and want to learn more about maximizing the nutritional value of your food and eating seasonal, locally sourced produce, Terry is the expert. Clean Food doesn't have any pictures, but it's a beautiful book nonetheless and is much more than a cookbook! There's a very approachable introduction to clean eating, with easy to follow guidelines for what to stock in your pantry and good descriptions of some of the ingredients you might not be familiar with (like kombu, teff, and mirin). I reference Clean Food all the time and love rereading the introduction for refreshers on proper grain preparation. Clean Start is full of beautiful pictures and has less obscure ingredients, so if you don't have a health food store near by or are new to cooking seasonal vegetarian food, it might be a better place to start (hence the title!). What I love about both books is how judgement-free they are. Terry just wants you to eat more vegetables, fruits, beans, nuts, and whole grains. She doesn't tell you what not to eat, but rather how to prepare the stuff that might come in a CSA box in a healthy, balanced, and delicious way. She has kids, so knows how to make healthy foods appealing to picky eaters, and is conscious of food sensitivities and allergies as well as busy schedules!