Juicing, Fasting, and Detoxing for Life: Unleash the Healing Power of Fresh Juices and Cleansing Diets - Cherie Calbom, John Calbom

I made a mistake requesting this book - I am genuinely curious about juicing for both the nutritional benefit to my diet as well as the potential chemical detox, but I failed to notice a key word in the summary.

"More than a simple collection of recipes, this book guides readers toward a lifestyle that promotes alkaline balance by juicing, eating well, and cleansing the body and soul"

Yup.  I was interested in a health book and instead I got proselytization worthy of a snake-oil salesman and a lot of references to the author's other writing.  I really didn't want to read a book about the spiritual side of dieting, and personally I feel that fasting or special diets for spiritual reasons could be a whole different book.  The author seems to have done quite a bit or research, and this topic is something very close to her heart.  However I don't think she really wrote a book that is approachable for someone curious or new to juicing, which is how this is pitched.  The prose is stilted, the same information could have been presented in a significantly shorter book, and there wasn't a good cohesive organization of recipes, instead meal plans referred to recipes that were scattered through the book with one or two included within.