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 Bring It!:  Tried and True Recipes for Potlucks and Casual Entertaining by Ali Rosen, Running Press,  US $25.00, Pp 240, March 2018, ISBN 978-0762462728

    The Clean 20:  20 Foods, 20 Days, Total Transformation by Ian K. Smith, St. Martin’s Press,    US $25.99, Pp, April 2018, ISBN 978-1250182074

Dinner parties are becoming more and more group effort to have fun and ease rather than formality. Bringing food is now just part of the modern-day dinner parties. But what to take to a dinner party remains a big question. This is especially a problem for people who frequently gather for dinners as you are not expected to take the same dish to a dinner over and over again. If you frequently go to potluck dinners, your next stop should be Ali Rosen’s Bring It! Rosen Ali says that the recipes in Bring It! are meant to take away the burden of playing host and bring people together around food they want to eat. They are for picnics in the parks when we want to make sure you have enough food to stay all day, for neighborly meals delivered to a family that needs a few weeks away from the stove after an illness or a new baby, for that holiday meal no one wants to volunteer to host, for block parties, school gatherings, or study groups, and even or especially for a weeknight meal at home. They are for building a community around food.

The good thing about Bring It! is that she gives all the practical nitty-gritty to prepare these recipes. These recipes range from ‘Pimento Cheese and Crab Dip’ and ‘Ham and Eggplant Toast’ as hors-d’oeuvres and dips to main meals like ‘Tahini Lamb and Rice’ and ‘Seafood Paella-ish’ to a super dessert such as ‘Goat Cheese Pumpkin Pie’ and ‘Mango Puffs.’ These all-occasion recipes are easy-to-make and delicious. They are for food lovers.

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If you are looking for a quick diet plan to clean your body of toxic material and enjoy the food as well, you should be looking for The Clean 20. The Clean 20 is a convenient purifying program that consists of twenty principal food ingredients that you will be consuming for twenty days. There are plenty of snack combinations that you can choose from as you improve your health. Ian K. Smith says, “Stick to these ingredients and they will deliver a tremendous amount of energy, greater nutrient density (lots of nutrition for fewer calories), and better fuel for your body’s optimal performance.” These twenty main ingredients include avocados, berries, cheese, chicken, chickpeas, eggs, kale, lemons, lentils, nuts and seeds, oatmeal, quinoa, seafood, squash, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, turkey, whole-grain grain, whole-wheat pasta, and yogurt. Dr. Ian K. Smith says that dairy is good under the The Clean 20 but no alcohol and no soda and no food with MSG (Monosodium Glutamate. You are however allowed freshly squeezed juices and a lot of water. No food with added sugar or artificial sweeteners is allowed. Fruits and vegetables are encouraged. Fried food and white floor are not allowed. Dr. Ian K. Smith asks you to be careful with condiments and salad dressings. Some canned and frozen food is permitted. The best thing about The Clean 20 is that whether you’re a vegan, vegetarian, carnivore, gluten-free, or anything else, you can find enough choices to satisfy you.

If you are a busy person and do not have much time to prepare your food, The Clean 20 is the solution. These recipes are not only healthy but also scrumptious. You are most likely to continue eating them even after the 20-day plan period. The Clean 20 is for the health-conscious people.

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