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December was crazy. Among the many things that kept me busy was shooting the images for Bon Appetit’s 2012 Food Lover’s Cleanse. Last year, I fell in love with the Food Lover’s Cleanse for its straightforward, reasonable, un-faddish recipes whose focus is more on eating wholesome, nutritious food that tastes good than extreme dieting. The recipes are amazing and hold up well year-round. So it was an absolute thrill to not only shoot but also cook every single recipe for 2012. It’s really hard to choose favorites, but here are a few that will undoubtedly become part of my regular arsenal. It was a tremendous team effort and I’m so proud to have been a part of it! Follow the link above to find each recipe tucked into the slideshow on their given day, which is noted below.

Miso Lime Dressing. Just delicious, and such a welcome variation on simple vinaigrettes. It will make any salad sing. Recipe in Day 1’s lunch. (Those lentils are also great.)


Who knew that pears with just yogurt and maple syrup could taste so amazing. It’s listed as a snack but I’d cast a vote for this as a perfect, simple dessert too. Day 4 snack.


I had been in a quinoa rut. Never would have guessed that all it took were ginger, scallions and garlic to get me out. Addicted to this stuff. Find the recipe on Day 9’s dinner.


This pork tenderloin is ridic. Ridic. Day 10’s dinner.

chocolate bark

I love the unusual addition of hemp seeds to this awesome chocolate bark. Not something I ever would have tried, but they add a really interesting nutty quality. Find on Day 7’s dessert.

  • Jenny @ Savour the Senses - Even though you’ve been busy, it sounds like a lot of fun! The pears with yogurt are calling out to me!ReplyCancel

  • leela - whoa mama! love these ideas and imagery. any cleanse that includes chocolate bark, i’m on!ReplyCancel

  • SG - Kimberley! This is fantastic- you are so talented! Congratulations! Very much looking forward to trying these recipes. mmm. I like that most nights end with dark chocolate and fruit.ReplyCancel

  • la domestique - Congrats on such a fantastic opportunity- nice job!ReplyCancel

  • Sasha - I am drooling.

    I love that cleansing now focuses on eating more whole and delicious foods instead of eating less in general.

    Can’t wait to try these recipes!ReplyCancel

  • Laurel - Lucky you! I found that idea so inspiring, it really helped me, and I am looking forward to a healthier year.ReplyCancel

  • Kasey - I am trying that miso dressing, stat!! Welcome to 2012 girl. Can’t wait to see you (hopefully soon!) xoReplyCancel

  • Anna @ the shady pine - I have just come across your lovely blog…these recipes look delicious and much more realistic that what’s involved in doing some ‘cleanses’.ReplyCancel

  • NicoleD - This is my kind of cleanse, too. The food looks so great. I’m trying that pear, yogurt, maple syrup snack asap. Thanks for sharing and congratulations!ReplyCancel

  • Lynda - Great photos and recipe roundup. I feel healthier already!ReplyCancel

  • Brian @ A Thought For Food - Every recipe sounds fabulous… and I know how delightful it is to try out a recipe like pears, yogurt and maple syrup and be pleasantly surprised by how delicious it is.ReplyCancel

  • Colleen - I did the BA Cleanse too, it was amazing!! Highly recommend to anyone. The salad dressings were a favorite of mine too. Your photos are great!ReplyCancel

  • Vicky - Sounds interesting. Never heard of the Food Lover’s Cleanse – I’ll have to check it out now!ReplyCancel

  • Roasted Eggplant with Miso Lime Dressing » The Year In Food - […] time I was determined to have an eggplant win. I recalled the tangy miso dressing from Bon Appetit’s Food Lover’s Cleanse and had a suspicion that it would be a great ally atop some slow-roasted eggplant. And it was. So […]ReplyCancel

  • BETH lEVESQUE - would love recipe for diet cleanseReplyCancel

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