Book Review: The Clean Plates Cookbook

The Clean Plates Cookbook: Sustainable, Delicious, and Healthier Eating for Every Body by Jared Koch with Jill Silverman Hough


Unlike most “healthy” cookbooks, this one isn’t about calorie-cutting, or reducing your diet to bland proteins and steamed vegetables. Instead, it’s a gourmet collection of recipes spanning nearly every diet style, from gluten-free to raw to Paleo, in keeping with Clean Plates [] founder Jared Koch’s nutritional philosophy that there is no single “right” way to eat. Instead, the book focuses on fulfilling dishes from both Clean Plates’ test kitchen and standout recipes contributed by A-list chefs, such as Jamie Oliver, Iron Chef winner Marc Forgione, and James Beard Award winner Michael Anthony of Gramercy Tavern. Koch’s theory is that by emphasizing organic, “real” foods—ones that readers can imagine growing in their natural state, and not coming from factories—and by paying attention to the body’s response to different foods (discovering which ones cause an energized, feel-good reaction, and which cause sensitivities), anyone can create their own ideal diet. The book also sets itself apart with more than 100 pages of nutritional advice from Koch, who is a nutritional consultant certified by the Teachers College of Columbia University, the Global Institute for Alternative Medicine, and the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. Readers will learn how to tell which foods are best for their body types, easy “clean eating” fixes anyone can make, plus surprising food trivia from how to lower your pasta’s glycemic index to a trick for lowering the cholesterol in scrambled eggs. Written in a friendly, accessible voice, the book is an inspiring way to get started on a healthier path, or to make any diet more fun and delicious.

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