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As I mentioned here, I will be posting periodic reviews of my favorite beauty and health books, cookbooks, and beauty products, to culminate in a huge beauty giveaway at the end of June – so keep an eye out!

This time around I wanted to write about my favorite cookbook, The Eat-Clean Diet Cookbook by Tosca Reno. The cookbook is a companion to Reno’s diet book titled The Eat-Clean Diet, however, I have not read the diet book and have been using the cookbook on its own with no problems.

I have many cookbooks that are collecting dust on my bookshelf. The recipes seem appealing at first, but most contain ingredients that I’ve never heard of and cannot find in regular grocery stores. This is where The Eat-Clean Diet Cookbook stands apart from the pack – the recipes are delicious, easy to make, and contain ingredients that you don’t have to spend hours searching for. Most of the recipes can be prepared very quickly, and the helpful clock icons at the bottom of each page tell you exactly how much time you will need.

More important than the simplicity of the recipes is the fact that Tosca concentrated on making each one healthy and good for you. As the title suggests, The Eat-Clean Diet Cookbook meals are made using clean or non-processed foods. These recipes are chock full of fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean proteins.

Tosca is the prime example that eating clean is a great alternative to restrictive diets that never work in the long run. By eating clean and following simple principles mentioned in her diet book, Tosca went from a 200-pound depressed housewife to losing over 70 pounds and looking and feeling 20 years younger.

I’ve made many The Eat-Clean recipes and all were delicious, nutritious and got plenty of raves from guests! Check out The Eat-Clean Diet Cookbook on Amazon.com or The Eat-Clean Diet website.

P.S. The publisher has allowed me to share two recipes with my readers! Send me an e-mail, or post a comment here with your e-mail address, and I will send you PDF files with recipes for the Apricot and Chicken Curry a la Rene (center) and Baked Orzo and Shrimp (right).