I’ve always been a #TeamLauren kind of gal, so it was in a snarky spirit that I checked this book out from the library. I thought Lauren Conrad’s (also an alum from the Laguna Beach reality MTV show who famously graduated to another MTV reality show, The Hills) entertaining book was pretty, but I didn’t end up actually using any of the her ideas. Cavallari’s book has proved to be different; though it features lots of non-vegan recipes, I found myself turning down the pages in order to write those recipes down later.
A Wide Range of Tasty Foods
I don’t think for a second that these celebutants actually write these books. At the least, they are readily helped by ghostwriters. I am not so much judging the skill in which these types of books are written, but their utility, and Cavallari has included recipes that I am intrigued by. I appreciate her healthful message. The full title of Kristin’s book is True Roots: A Mindful Kitchen with More Than 100 Recipes Free of Gluten, Dairy, and Refined Sugar, she is obviously recognizing these additives as harmful, which is slightly ahead of the curve. She focuses on nutrient density rather than calorie counting. I liked the off-beat way she named her chapters (“Birds,” “Land Roamers,” “Last But Not Least”). There is a gamut of foods, her recipes range from fancy LA restaurant dupes to backyard BBQ staples. There is a sliding scale of effort represented as well: herbs and water for infused ice cubes or more complicated dishes like Maple-Mustard Lamp Chops.
Close, but no cigar
While Cavallari does mention casein, it’s only in passing, and only in reference to cheese. She even writes that she uses a certain type of cheese due to difficulties in digesting casein, yet includes several chapters dedicated to the eating of animals. So, Kristin is only half-way there: believing that because she eats “natural” beef, the problematic nature of casein ceases to exist. While I know that isn’t true, I appreciate such a public Millennial celebrity attempting to spread the word that the way we eat directly correlates to our overall health.
Were you #teamlauren or #teamheidi? Did you even care about Kristin? Sound off down below. Share if you’re proud of your girl for advocating clean eating.