Title: Clean, Green & Lean, Drop the Weight in 30 Days
Author: Dr. Walter Crinnion
294 pages; Hardcover $25.95 US/$30.95 CAN
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Inc. Hoboken, NJ
Reviewed by, Chef John Vyhnanek, May, 2010

The review---

Clean, Green & Lean will make you think before you plunk yourself down in front of your TV while sitting on your carpet and eating a bowl of fresh fruit! That's because this book discusses the effects that chemicals have on our foods, our bodies and our environment. I must admit I already know some of this and always wondered about a vegetable farmer's tractor dripping oil into a field on top of where carrots were growing. My grandfather, father and the whole family farmed during and after the depression and the only real piece of machinery they had was a Caterpillar tractor. Mostly it was used for clearing land and towing the manure wagon to pasture land. I guess the team of horses and wood plough which my father guided through the fields could classify as organic farming today!

It's a fact that non-organic vegetables are sprayed today with pesticides to kill bugs. Your carrots apples and bell peppers are some of the worst! You can however detoxify them if you follow the instructions on page 44. Dr. Walter Crinnion also tells us that some of the least sprayed foods are available in the non-organic isle like asparagus, avocado and sweet corngo figure. Remember the carpet mentioned earlier, you were sitting on azulene, dodecane, formaldehyde and about 30 other chemicals added to make and treat it! You don't even want to know about dry-cleaningyeesh! Did you ever spray for weeds or ants in your yard and spill a little on your hands? Guess where it wentstraight to your blood stream! A double yeesh!

So what to do? Doctor Crinnion has hundreds of suggestions on how to detoxify your environment and body as well as your and your family's lives in this book. Some such as a homemade weed killer with soap and vinegar date back to my grandfather's time but are long forgotten. He suggests ways to clean up your living room, hallway, bathroom and all rooms in between and then some. After you clean and get your house green it's time for detoxifying your body, after all this book is really about diet and how to eat the proper foods that don't make you fat! How would you like to drop weight in 30 days?

How did we get away from such natural methods? Pesticide spray on fruit trees, DDT to spray for mosquitoes and the heavy use of chlorine to treat water led to the dreaded PCB contamination found just about everywhere today. Rachel Carson's book Silent Spring was a wake-up call to some but didn't carry the weight until the green movement took shape a few years back.

The doctor has included about 80 recipes for a new you, a mango smoothie, real eggs (organic) in a broccoli and Jack cheese frittata; scallops with risotto and artichokes. Those are the recipes I tested and I'll tell you they were quite satisfying and easy to prepare. If you need a bit more guidance, he has included a 14 day menu plan where you can incorporate his recipes and save time planning menus.

Times a wasting, get healthy, lose some weight, be green! Oh wait until you read the section about fabric softeners, air fresheners and even cosmetics. I probably wouldn't have bought this book on my own, but I am so happy to have received it to review. It is thought provoking and a great bookbuy it, read it and live it for a better, healthier and slimmer you.

This book is highly recommended buy goodcooking.com!

Dr. Walter Crinnion
Recipes tested---

Protein Mango Smoothie with Yogurt
(Serves 1)

1 cup organic low-fat plain yogurt
1 cup frozen organic mango
1 cup organic apple juice
2 scoops Amino ICG protein powder

In a blender, add the yogurt, mango, apple juice, and protein powder
Blend and add ice to the desired consistency.

Broccoli and Cheese Frittata
(Serves 4)

2 teaspoons organic olive oil
2 cups broccoli, chopped
8 organic eggs
salt and pepper to taste

cup organic Monterey Jack cheese
1 cup organic strawberries

Preheat the oven to broil. In a small saute pan, add about 1 teaspoon of the olive oil; Stir in 2 cups of the chopped broccoli and cook about
8 minutes over medium heat. Grease an oven-safe skillet with the remaining teaspoon of the organic olive oil. Add the eggs and whisk, cooking over medium heat. Add the cooked broccoli and salt and pepper to taste, continuing to heat until the eggs begin to set. Sprinkle
the cheese over the eggs and place the skillet in the oven for about 3-4 minutes or until slightly brown. Let cool, then cut into slices and
serve with the strawberries on the side.

Baked Scallops with Risotto and Artichokes
(Serves 4)

1 1/4 pounds jumbo sea scallops
organic light Italian salad dressing
Vital Choice Organic Salmon Marinade
dried basil
lemon pepper

1 cup Arborio rice
cup green onion, chopped
1 tablespoon organic olive oil
2 cups water
1 cup organic vegetable broth
teaspoon sea salt
dash black pepper
dash garlic powder
half a 14-ounce can artichoke quarters

Preheat the oven to 325T. Place the sea scallops (thawed, if frozen) in a single layer in a baking dish. Pour a generous amount of the salad
dressing over the scallops, ensuring complete coverage. Sprinkle the marinade, dried basil, and lemon pepper over the scallops. Bake for
20-25 minutes.

In a small saucepan, saute the rice and green onion in the olive oil over medium heat. When the rice begins to brown, add the water and
vegetable broth, and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to a simmer and stir in the sea salt, black. pepper, garlic powder, and artichokes.
Stir frequently for about 20 minutes, leaving the saucepan uncovered.

Spoon the risotto onto plates and top with the scallops.