Crazy Sexy Kitchen by Kris Karr

January 14, 2013 Review 0 ★★★

Crazy Sexy Kitchen by Kris KarrCrazy Sexy Kitchen: 150 Plant-Empowered Recipes to Ignite a Mouthwatering Revolution by Kris Karr
Published by Hay House on October 30, 2012
Genres: Cookbooks
Pages: 286
Format: ARC
Source: NetGalley
The woman who made prevention hot is now making it delicious! Crazy Sexy Kitchen, the follow-up to Kris Carr’s New York Times bestseller Crazy Sexy Diet, is a Veggie Manifesto for plant-empowered gourmands and novices alike, and it’s filled with inspiration, education, cooking tips, and over 150 nourishing, nosh-worthy recipes. Infused with her signature humor, style, and personal stories, Crazy Sexy Kitchen redefines the kitchen as headquarters for America’s wellness revolution. The goodness born in the Crazy Sexy Kitchen will reach deep into the rest of your life—enriching your health, your home, your heart, and the planet.

Crazy Sexy Kitchen gives readers all the tools and know-how needed to adopt a joyful and vibrant Crazy Sexy Diet and Lifestyle. What is the Crazy Sexy Diet and Lifestyle, you ask? A nutrient-dense, plant-happy approach to eating and living that harmonizes your beautiful body at the cellular level. It’s a celebratory way of life that’s deeply connected, healthy, awake and engaged. Now that’s SEXY!

Like a long, luxurious meal, Crazy Sexy Kitchen is laid out in courses. You’ll start with a detailed review of the Crazy Sexy Diet. Next you’ll learn how to stock your culinary arsenal. Kris will show you how to find the best kitchen tools and equipment, and prep you with basic culinary skills and lingo. Handy symbols like, gluten-free, soy-free, kid-friendly—and for the time pressed—Crazy Sexy Quickies, help you to easily identify the recipes that are perfect for your dietary needs. Not sure how to put a whole meal together? No problem. Crazy Sexy Kitchen covers that, too—with a hearty dose of menu plans and recipes to inspire and delight.

Joined by Whole Foods chef, Chad Sarno, Crazy Sexy Kitchen offers over 150 delicious, nutrient-dense recipes designed to nourish the mind, body, and soul. From juicing to planning a three-course meal, Crazy Sexy Kitchen has all the essentials to fill your kitchen (and life!) with health, happiness, family, friends, and good times.

Crazy Sexy Kitchen is a follow-up to some of Kris Karr’s previous work, including the Crazy Sexy Diet, and the Crazy Sexy Cancer documentary. This book is, as the subtitle suggests, full of a meat free diet. And it’s full of a bunch of interesting and fun recipes to try.

I accidentally read this book all in one sitting late at night. Yes, that’s right, I read an entire cookbook accidentally. It wasn’t the first time, and it probably won’t be the last. Most of the time when I get a new cookbook I’ll skim through it in order to get a sense of what I can expect to find and to decide what is worth trying.

This cookbook was fun to read because it wasn’t just recipes. We get to learn a bit more about the author, Kris Carr, and Chef Chad Sarno, as well as about a few of the guest chefs that were asked to help create this cookbook. The legends are helpful, and I don’t often see a “kid-friendly” symbol, so it was a pleasant surprise to find one here now.

Another thing that makes this book worth more than just the recipes is the section on how to understand some of the terminology, a quick breakdown on cooking some of the basics, and information about the food itself. All of that was handy stuff, and it wasn’t full of jargon or written in a patronizing way. It’s there if you need it, but it can easily be skipped over if you don’t.

And then there are the recipes themselves. While I would have loved to see more pictures (it’s hard to decide to cook something without pictures, the pictures always make me want to rush right off and try that recipe now, now, now) the recipes are interesting and broken down into good sections, with juices and smoothies each having their own section, for example. But there are definitely quite a few recipes that I wanted to try immediately after reading this book! The French Toast with Amaretto Creme looked amazing, and it’s on my list of things to cook… probably for supper instead of breakfast, though! And I may need to try the Bean Chili sometimes this week.

All in all, this was a fun cookbook to read, and the recipes are fantastic. I would have liked to see more pictures, and probably some nutritional information, but regardless, it’s a great cookbook to have.

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