Sara Snow, the host of "Get Fresh with Sara Snow," has her first book coming out on next week, but I was fortunate to get my hands on a preview copy. I spent the past couple of nights pouring over it. I found it to be filled with practical steps and well-written explanations on why those steps will improve the health of your family, your home and the planet.


The chapters are divided by room, and each chapter details the different actions that almost anyone can take. The first room discussed is the kitchen, which I obviously have a particular interest in.


Sara talks about food choices and tackles the question that keeps many people from changing their food choices, “Where do I start?” Her advice is practical and right on the money. Start with the foods that you eat the most and change them. She points readers to EWG’s Dirty Dozen, talks about organic and local, tackles seafood, and explains terms like “cage free” and “fair trade.”


At the end of the book, she has several recipes — both for healthy, high energy foods and for natural cleaning products. There is also space for readers to chart their fresh living changes in 3’s — three things they have already accomplished, three things they can change today, three changes they’ll make this month … all the way to three for a “much later date.”


It’s a lot of information, but it’s written in a logical, easy-to-understand method that isn’t overwhelming. As a fan of Snow’s television show, it’s easy for me to hear her voice come through in the writing, and her writing is as genuine as she is.


If you choose to get this book — and I recommend that if you’re looking for a blueprint to greening your home that you do — make sure you don’t skip her introduction titled “My Story.” She had a fascinating upbringing. She grew up in a family that valued the earth and healthy living and incorporated those values into every aspect of their lives. 

Robin Shreeves ( @rshreeves ) focuses on food from a family perspective from her home base in New Jersey.