I've made this in the juicer and it's pretty good.
1 cup finely shredded celery, leaves and all
1 cup finely shredded carrots
1/2 cup shredded spinach
1 tablespoon shredded parsley
1 quart water
1 cup tomato juice
1 teaspoon vegetable salt
Brown sugar or honey
Put all the shredded vegetables into the quart of water, cover and cook slowly for about 25 minutes; then add the tomato juice, vegetable salt and a pinch of brown sugar or honey. Let cook a few more minutes. Strain and serve.
Celery is a diuretic and tomato protects against prostate cancer. The clear broth tastes wholesome and comforting and faintly evocative of 1951, which is when the book where I got the recipe -- ''Look Younger, Live Longer'' by Gayelord Hauser -- was published.
Hauser was in the great American tradition of diet divinities, those who reveal the true path to health, happiness and longevity through proper eating. Like St. Paul on the road to Damascus, Hauser had his own miraculous conversion story. He was near death as a young man, suffering from tuberculosis of the hip. A Swiss monk put him on a regimen of fresh vegetables, and he lived to be 89.
This tall, slim Austrian with matinee-idol looks and easygoing charm that women of a certain age found irresistible, settled in Chicago in the early 1920's and began treating the socially prominent. Soon he was lecturing large groups throughout the Midwest. He moved to Los Angeles, rescued Greta Garbo from a strict vegetarian diet and acquired a Hollywood following. He published books, started a magazine and a health-food business and wrote a syndicated column for Hearst.
Oh, sure, he had his ''wonder foods'' -- yogurt, blackstrap molasses, brewer's yeast, wheat germ, powdered skim milk -- and there was the Seven Day Elimination Diet: a whole week dedicated to achieving regular bowel movements. But you could follow Hauser's eating plan and still live in human society, something that's tough to do on some of the take-no-prisoners diets all around us now.