reFresh: Contemporary Vegan Recipes From the Award Winning Fresh Restaurants by Ruth TalreFresh: Contemporary Vegan Recipes From the Award Winning Fresh Restaurants by Ruth Tal

reFresh: Contemporary Vegan Recipes From the Award Winning Fresh Restaurants

byRuth Tal, Jennifer Houston

Paperback | April 9, 2007

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One of Canada’s hottest restaurants puts a Fresh spin on vegetarian cuisine!

Toronto’s Fresh restaurants are consistently rated as among the most popular restaurants in the city. Appealing to vegetarians, vegans and those who enjoy meatfree meals as part of a healthy diet, Fresh has evolved from a humble juice bar into a chain of three dynamic and gorgeous downtown restaurants.

reFresh is a new edition of Ruth Tal’s first book, Juice for Life (Wiley 2000, 978-0-7715-7690-4). Completely revised and updated, reFresh offers the reader a sumptuous selection of the best recipes found on the restaurant’s menu today, all in a gorgeous full colour package that reflects the award-winning style and design of the restaurants themselves.

New in this edition:

  • Over 100 of the latest recipes from the three Fresh restaurants
  • A fresh new design that calls attention to the health benefits of various menu items
  • Information on nutritional supplements that can be incorporated into the recipes for an added boost!
  • Up-to-date information on buying and using a juicer at home
  • A complete recipe index
  • A new foreword by renowned chef Susur Lee
Ruth Tal (Toronto, ON) is the founder of the Fresh chain of restaurants located in Toronto. Jennifer Houston (Toronto, ON) is the co-owner and head chef of Fresh.
Title:reFresh: Contemporary Vegan Recipes From the Award Winning Fresh RestaurantsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:224 pages, 8.46 × 8.46 × 0.59 inPublished:April 9, 2007Publisher:WileyLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0470840846

ISBN - 13:9780470840849

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Beautiful photographs! I'll admit - the first time I thumbed through this book (on a visit to Ruth's popular Toronto veg chain restaurant, Fresh) I was a little peeved. What gives? I thought. There are so many repeat recipes (from Ruth's first two cookbooks). Do I really need this one for just a few new recipes? It wasn't until I read the preface at a later date that I learned that this book is actually a polished-up do-over of Ruth's first, and far more modest two-colour cookbook that came out in 2000 under the title JuiceForLife (which is also the former name of her resto). Best bits: Especially if you don't have JuiceForLife, this book is one that's well worth getting your hands on. It's beautiful and glossy and there's an immediate feeling that if you make the recipes that line its pages you will blossom into a virtuous, healthy being. It's full colour throughout with lots of beautiful photographs - a better reflection of Ruth's restaurants, really. It offers lots of tasty options for vegetable-packed meals (though as a nutritionist I'd say to just be sure to use only 2/3 of the rice called for in any of the Rice Bowl recipes). The recipe titles are creative, though not obscure-sounding. The recipe methods aren't complicated. I made the Fresh Burger and they tasted pretty good (though they didn't hold together as well as I hoped they would - and that they do when you order them at the restaurant, and the batch I made yielded 8 patties, not 6 as the recipe says, for what it's worth). Less-wonderful bits: Like I said, there's a decent amount of recipe overlap with her first book - it's the ones that are labeled "New!" that appear only in this edition. I'd like to see more of a push for local and organic ingredients in the book, but the lack of it is also in line with the resto's approach from what I know of the place. I might also note that some of the measurements are a little vague for my liking, like "1 shake cinnamon" or "4 slices pineapple" - I'd have to ask, what sized slices? or what if my cinnamon isn't in a shaker?
Date published: 2009-01-14

Table of Contents


Looking Back, Moving Forward.

Fresh Food.

Our Approach.

Food Tips.


Coconut Tempeh.

Indian Dosas.

Sweet Potato Wontons.

Mogan's Samosas.

Lucky Spring Rolls.


Vegetable Stock.

Black Bean Passion.

Butternut Squash and Pear.

Caribbean Coconut and Red Pepper.

Carrot and Coriander.

Cuban Chick Pea and Potato.

Florentine Bean.

Green Split Pea.

Marrakesh Curried Stew.

Nepalese Dal.

Red Bean and Lager Chili.

Spicy Tomato with Chipotle and Spinach.

Sweet Potato and Coconut.

Tuscan White Bean with Pesto.


California Classic.

Mega Life.

Quick Protein.

Mega Caesar.


Portobello and Walnut.

Big Sur.

Sandwiches and Wraps.

Holiday Wrap.

Nori Roll.

Kathmandu Wrap.

Black Bean Burrito.

Roti for Life.

Urban Cowboy Sandwich.

Magic Tofu Wrap.

Fez Pita.

Veggie Burgers.

Fresh Burger Mix.

Life Burger.

Miso Burger.

Thai Burger.

Mushroom Onion Burger.

Bunless Burger.

Rice Bowls.






Green Goddess.

Free Tibet.


Thai Noodles.

Sri Lankan Spaghetti.

Rainforest Stir-Fry.

Khao San Soba.



Wasabi Dill.

Balsamic Vinaigrette.

Creamy Caesar.

Creamy Sunfl ower.


Sauces and Marinades.

Coconut Curry Sauce.

Crispy Tofu Coating.

Garlic Dipping Sauce.

Mango Cilantro Dipping Sauce.

Marinated Tempeh.

Marinated Tofu Cubes.

Marinated Tofu Steaks.

Miso Gravy.

Ninja 2 Sauce.

Simple Sauce.

Spicy Mango Sauce.

Sri Lankan Spice Mix.

Stash's Hot Sauce.

Thai Noodle Sauce.

Thai Peanut Sauce.

Tahini Sauce.

Spreads and Fillings.

Black Bean Filling.

Curried Garbanzo Filling.

Herb Tofu Mayo.

House Mayo.


Spinach Basil Pesto.

Marinated Sundried Tomato Paste.

Tofu Sour Cream.


Vegan Pancakes.

French Toast.

Tofu Whipped Cream.

Fresh Fruit Sauce.

Fresh Granola.

Savoury Scrambled Tofu.

Breakfast Burrito.

Tofu Omelette.

Wild Western Sandwich.

Chocolate Chip Spelt Muffins.

Banana Muffins.

Maple Pecan Cookies.

Chocolate Brownie Cookies.

Luscious Juice.

Getting Juiced.

Juicing Tips.

Energy Elixirs.

Super Energy Cocktail.

Liquid Lunch Box.


Bionic Brain Tonic.

Einstein's Theory.

Lust for Life.

100 Metre Dash.

Woman's Roar.

Immune Elixirs.

Immune Boost.

Full Court Press.

Liver Flush.

Winter Sunshine.

Iron Maiden.

Deep Immune.

Lung Lover.

Singer's Saving Grace.

Wheatgrass Elixirs.

Singing Grasshopper.

Strawberry Fields.

Liquid Oxygen.

Hangover Helper.

Super Power Shakes.




Liquid Yoga.

Super Protein.

Blueberry Thrills.


Date Almond.

Espresso Shakes.

Rocket Fuel.

Mocha Mint.

Almond Java.

Vanilla Chip.

Fresh Fruit Smoothies.




Dragonfl y.

First Kiss.

Blue Lagoon.

Rise and Shine.

Pink Flamingo.

Zest for Life.


Negril Beach.



Hot Apple Pie.

Vegetable Cocktails.

All Green.

Beetroot Frappé.


Red Rocket.

Spring Tonic.


Sweet Surrender.


Root Juice.


Flu Fighter.

Supplements and Herbal Tinctures.



Recipe Index.

General Index.