I’ve been juicing for a while, so I’ll be honest, I was a bit skeptical about this book. How much could I learn from The Complete Juicer: A Healthy Guide to Making Delicious, Nutritious Juice and Growing Your Own Fruits and Vegetables? It turns out, quite a bit. The author, Abigail R. Gehring, is the author of more than a dozen books on cooking and country living skills. She combines this skill set to provide rich information about flavor combinations, juicers, and growing your own produce.
Layout and design:
This hardcover book should hold up well to repeated use. As with most current books, the designer chose sans serif type, making it more difficult to read. But they did use black type on white pages, so that helps with legibility. Part I is All About Juicing: The Benefits Of Juicing, Choosing a Juicer, Choosing Produce, What NOT to Juice, A Few Cautions, What About All That Pulp?, Tips for a Juicing Detox, Healing Chart, Produce Nutrition Guide, and The Recipes. Part II is the Gardening Guide: The Benefits of Growing Your Own, How to Start Your Own Outdoor Organic Garden, Growing in Containers, Microgreens, Sprouts, and Wheatgrass, and Planting and Harvesting Guide.
There are full color photographs throughout the book.
While many of the recipes are fairly basic (and by that I mean, tried and true to give great results), some are intriguing: Skin Clearing Potion, Energy Blast, and Hair Miracle Grow.
What I liked about the book:
Very thorough discussion of each possible ingredient, how to juice it without clogging your juicer, and why some vegetables are not good for juicing. The gardening guide section was an interesting way to fill out the book, and would give home gardeners some excellent information about how to integrate their fresh produce into juices.
I wasn’t so keen on:
The design issues mentioned above. Some of the photographs are out of focus.
Anyone wanting to learn more about juicing and good combinations; vegans, vegetarians, celiacs, gluten-free eaters. If you know your triggers, this is fine for migraine sufferers, although I would caution about having straight (high-sugar) fruit-only juices. While there is no nutritional analysis included, this also should be fine for low-sodium eaters. Just be aware that some fruits and vegetables are naturally high in sodium, and juicing concentrates that (beets, spinach, celery, and carrots).
A note about my cookbook reviews: In the past, I tested at least three recipes from each book, took photos, and described my experience. Due to my dietary limitations (extremely-low-sodium for my Meniere’s Disease and trigger-free foods for migraine relief), it is no longer possible for me to test the recipes and do them justice.