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Book Review: The Blender Girl by Tess Masters

The Blender Girl by Tess MastersSpecial thanks to Blogging for Books for providing this review copy.

The Blender Girl Book Description:

The debut cookbook from the powerhouse blogger behind theblendergirl.com, featuring 100 gluten-free, vegan recipes for smoothies, meals, and more made quickly and easily in a blender.

What’s your perfect blend?

On her wildly popular recipe blog, Tess Masters—aka, The Blender Girl—shares easy plant-based recipes that anyone can whip up fast in a blender. Tess’s lively, down-to-earth approach has attracted legions of fans looking for quick and fun ways to prepare healthy food. In The Blender Girl, Tess’s much-anticipated debut cookbook, she offers 100 whole-food recipes that are gluten-free and vegan, and rely on natural flavors and sweeteners. Many are also raw and nut-, soy-, corn-, and sugar-free.

Tess MastersAbout the Author:

Australian-born TESS MASTERS is a cook, writer, actor, and voiceover artist. She shares her enthusiasm for plant-based foods at theblendergirl.com.

As a presenter and recipe developer, Tess collaborates with leading food, culinary, and lifestyle brands. She has been featured in the Los Angeles Times, Vegetarian Times, and Zeste and on Glamour.com, Chow, Epicurious, and AllRecipes, among other publications and websites. Away from the blender, Tess enjoys a diverse performance career. She has toured internationally with stage productions, worked in film and television, and lent her voice to commercial campaigns, audiobooks, and popular videogame characters.

Tess and her partner, Scott Brick, live in Studio City, California, with their West Highland White Terrier (and blender-cuisine maven), Cookie. Get to know Tess and see recipes at HealthyBlenderRecipes.com, on Facebook, on Pinterest, and on her Youtube Channel.

Book Details:

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Ten Speed Press (April 8, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1607746433
  • ISBN-13: 978-1607746430
  • Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 7.5 x 0.7 inches
  • Retail Price: $19.99
  • Electronic Version also available

The Blender Girl by Tess Masters

My Thoughts:

The Blender Girl, Tess Masters, is known for all of her concoctions in her blender, but this book isn’t just about blender recipes. While blender recipes may be the may focus of the book, it also delves into the reasons behind why it’s important to be eating our fruits and veggies. Yes, this book is a vegan-focused book, but Tess isn’t promoting a vegan lifestyle for everyone. She’s not a one-size-fits-all type of person. She advocates listening to your own body to determine what it really needs. Of course, in order to do this, you need to get rid of the junk, so your body can tell you what it actually needs.

Tess starts off by telling you her story and how she became the blender girl. She’s careful to explain that her journey to health won’t necessarily look like your journey. She’s just here to share the ideas and some recipes that work(ed) for her. Of course, she gives you tips on picking a blender – including her picks for a variety of price ranges. She talks about how to take care of the blender as well as the best way to load it to keep it running smoothly.

Once Tess goes over the basics, she dives more into food philosophy and the reasons why some foods and food treatments are better for your body.  The Foodie Geek in me really enjoyed learning about the different food combinations and why they work or don’t work for our digestive systems. She went into PH levels and finding the right PH for our bodies. All of this included lessons on soaking, sprouting, nut and seed milks, probiotics, cultured veggies, fermented drinks, and much more.

Having set the foundation for her approach to food, Tess jumps right into the recipes. The recipes are divided into 8 sections:

  • Smoothies and Shakes
  • Appetizers, Snacks, Dips, and Spreads
  • Salads
  • Soups
  • Main Dishes
  • Desserts
  • Drinks, Juices, and Tonics
  • Condiments, Sauces, and Creams

All 100 recipes are both gluten-free and vegan although some suggestions for variations or additions are not gluten free or vegan. While there are specific recipes for smoothies, Tess also talks about how to achieve different flavor and texture profiles in the smoothie. Unlike other recipe books, she encourages you to taste and tweak as you go to create smoothies that are perfect for you. The build-your-own smoothie section gives a great breakdown of liquid, base, cream, greens, boost, and magic with suggested measurements to help you create your own delicious smoothies.

Need to know where to find one of the ingredients or where to purchase one of the recommended blenders? No problem. She has a very nice resource list that includes websites for the various items. Need additional information on a concept covered? She has a resource section for more in-depth study as well.

The photos in this book are gorgeous and honestly, make me quite hungry and eager to try the recipes. I just wanted more photos as I love seeing photos of every recipe. While the blender is the central in the recipes, the recipes are not all drink based. In fact, there are recipes for baked items such as almond crackers and socca (flatbread). You’ll use the blender to create dressings for delicious salads. There are both raw food recipes as well as cooked recipes, so it suits all seasons.

Overall, I was quite impressed with this recipe book as it went beyond my initial expectations.

Disclosure: I received this book from Blogging for Books to help facilitate the writing of a frank and honest review. A positive review is not guaranteed nor expected. All opinions are my own.

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Wordless Wednesday: A Special Gift

Tara's Equine Design Package

A special gift from her best friend made from Munchkin’s Dixie’s (her horse) hair.

Tara's Equine Design Charm

Tara's Equine Design Bracelet

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Introducing Graham – Our Newest Little Guinea Pig

Munchkin and Graham

When Teddy passed away on Saturday, Munchkin’s search for a new guinea pig began. (That’s how she deals with a loss of a pet.) She wanted to adopt a younger guinea pig. She searched guinea pig adoption sites as well as craigslist. She finally found a couple of male guinea pigs that were less than 2 months old. We learned that one of them was still available, so we drove to pick him up.

Graham 1

Poor little guy has a big scab on his nose. He was like that when we got him, so we’re not sure what happened. Thankfully, it’s starting to heal up.

Graham 2

Graham is now getting settled into his new home and getting more familiar with his new surroundings.

Graham 3

He’s learning the ins and outs of being in our home including what its like to have a girl who loves to give him tons of attention. He’s already starting to spend time with her as she works on her school work. He seems to like relaxing with her.

Graham and Alvin

Alvin is doing much better now that there is another guinea pig in the cage with him. He’s even coming out of his shell a little more and being a bit more social with us. ;)

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In Loving Memory of Teddy

Baby Teddy
Theodore “Teddy” was born on September 4th to Rosita and Choco. He was quite the little guy back then. Munchkin had a blast taking care of him and babying him and his siblings. Eventually, we sold Rosita and Teddy’s sisters, so he and Choco were quite spoiled as guinea pigs.

When Choco passed away, Simon and his son Alvin came into our lives. Munchkin and Daddy had gone over to adopt Alvin from someone who needed to get rid of their guinea pigs, and they ended up coming home with both Simon and Alvin. Simon was a HUGE guinea pig, and he was very loving. He kept the two youngsters in check, but sadly, he passed away shortly after we got him. We suspected that his weight and the food the previous owners were giving him played a roll in that.

Theodore Teddy

It wasn’t long before Teddy and Alvin were buds. Teddy spent the most time with Munchkin as he enjoyed the human interaction more than Alvin. In fact, he liked to spent time with her while she did her homework. Alvin, on the other hand, preferred to stay in the cage and just interact with Teddy.

In Loving Memory of Teddy

Teddy had been experiencing a some health issues over the last couple months, but Munchkin continually nursed him back to health. On Saturday morning, Teddy was running around and squeaking for food as normal. On Saturday afternoon, Munchkin went to get him out of the cage to spend time with him as normal and found that he had passed away. With many tears, she said her goodbyes.

Thanks for the many memories, Teddy. You were a great animal companion for Munchkin. You spent time with her as she did her school work and comforted her when she was sad. We’ll miss your silly antics and squeaks. Rest in peace sweet guinea pig.

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Rain + Dirt = Muddy Horses

Phantom and Dixie at the Cabin

While we were at the cabin, we received a lot of rain which was great as it was way to dry up there, and the rain was seriously needed. At first, we thought the horses may have a hard time settling into their new location, but they took to it fairly quickly. They loved being able to hear the horses at the neighbor’s place, and the bigger place to run was immediately tried out.

Phantom and Dixie at the Cabin

In fact, they were so engrossed in the new place that, for the first couple of days, they didn’t immediately come when I brought their food in the morning. They were eating and drinking like normal, but they would get distracted and come and go which is certainly not normal for these two.

Phantom at the Cabin

It took us a couple of days to really get the turn out area where we liked it for them, and we still have a couple of changes we want to make. It will work for now, and it’s safe for the horses. They didn’t seem to mind that it wasn’t complete though. They were curious and enjoyed being able to do at least a little grazing while there. ;)

Phantom and Dixie at the Cabin

What caught me a little by surprise was how much they loved the mud after it rained. Our horses quickly turned from their white/gray to brown. They had mud everywhere. lol! Even their manes and tails had a nice coat of mud. Who knew that they really wanted to be brown horses. ;) We told Phantom that he had missed a spot, so he immediately went down and rolled around a bit more until that little spot was covered. Yes, he’s a ham – a mischievous ham.

Phantom at the Cabin 2

They loved their time there so much that it was not fun getting them to load into the trailer. They didn’t want to leave. Thankfully, once we got back home, they settled right back into their place here. I do believe that they are missing the cooler evenings/nights and their mud. Granted, it’s not normally muddy at the cabin, but they certainly enjoyed it while it lasted. It made more work for us, but it was fun seeing their excitement and pleasure with the mud.

Our neighbor told us that their horses always do the same thing when it rains. It’s just not something that we’ve experienced here as we have very sandy soil. Yes, they roll in it – wet or dry – but the results aren’t quite the same as rolling in real mud. :)

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