To explore the pages of Amanda Chantal Bacon's The Moon Juice Cookbook is to embark on an odyssey through a brave new world of wellness and beauty. It's a fantastical landscape filled with magic mushrooms, sex dust and cosmic connection. I'm not mocking. Paging through this sparkle-covered book, I was seduced by its promises of radiant skin, a robust immune system, an enlightened mind and spirit, energy for days and a cheerfully compliant digestive system. Who doesn't want those things? Who doesn't want this life?
I'm not too proud to admit I do. I sure as hell want that life.
In case you're not already familiar, Chantal Bacon is the proprietor of the Moon Juice, a café and shop that sells beverages and powders made with plant-based ingredients, some of which are based in Asian alternative medicine. Her Los Angeles shop has a cult following. Remember Gwyneth Paltrow's $200 morning smoothie? (I mean, that's how much it costs to buy all the ingredients for it, not how much an individual serving of the smoothie costs.) That's Moon Juice.
Now there's a cookbook so those of us who don't live in Los Angeles can discover what all the fuss is about, and discover you shall. I'm going to start with the largest barrier to participation, and that's cost. Holy hell, the Moon Juice lifestyle is expensive. Here's some of what's recommended to get started:
I do not have these things. And I would love to stock my pantry with the likes of Schisandra berry, mucuna pruriens and tocotrienols and just skip this month's mortgage payment. Surely the bank would understand, especially after I tell them about all the health benefits of my new Moon Juice lifestyle...? Ha-ha, surely not.
Having examined the book closely, though, and given it some thought, I'm pretty certain you can hack this lifestyle, and I'm going to tell you how.
A guide for us regular slobs.
Bottom line: I give away the vast majority of review cookbooks that come my way because I get so many. This one, I'm keeping.
Now let's try this golden milk recipe. My Indian boyfriend grew up drinking turmeric-infused milk whenever he was sick, but his version wasn't anywhere near this ambrosial. I love the funky, earthy scent of fresh turmeric if you can find it. See Bacon's note on using powdered.
Reprinted from The Moon Juice Cookbook by arrangement with Pam Krauss Books/Avery, a member of Penguin Group (USA) LLC, A Penguin Random House Company. Copyright 2016 Amanda Bacon
Inflammation tamer | beauty food | detoxifier
Golden milk is the cult moon milk.
Years ago, unaware of its Ayurvedic roots, I naively conjured the idea of an ancient yogic recipe that added turmeric juice and spice into milk. This is a blend that really wants to be on the planet: From its resurrection in the Moon Juice kitchen to now being widely enjoyed by the masses, it is a luminous recipe that is equally healing and pleasurable.
Turmeric root has a thousand and one virtues, including inflammation-soothing properties that are as effective as a painkiller for me. I find it works within about twenty minutes to address joint pain.
This nourishing Moon Milk delivers lifetimes of pleasure and a multidimensional taste experience. It speaks to the magic of medicinal traditions that expand beyond time and space, recalling the ancient phenomena of Ayurveda. If you can’t get fresh turmeric, you can substitute 1/2 teaspoon of ground turmeric but it will have a distinctly different flavor.
Yields 16 ounces
Moon Dusting: Enriching this golden potion with 1 teaspoon lucuma powder adds to the inflammation-taming benefits of the turmeric, and will help you cut down on the honey content, enhancing the inherent sweetness of the fresh turmeric root juice. Try halving your honey, or use none at all!
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