Category Archives: Raw Food Books

Going Raw by Judita Wignall

I happened to spot Going Raw by Judita Wignall at the library in the new releases section. The cover art had a picture of stuffed mushrooms, some kind of raw burger with bean sprouts, and an absolutely delicious looking raw fruit salad with apples, nuts, and figs. I was sold just by the cover photo. I also liked the fact that it came with a DVD. This is really a perfect book for raw food beginners because not only does it have amazing recipes that actually look and sound appetizing, you also get video demonstrations of how to prepare the food and use raw food kitchen equipment. There are lots of great color photos and tutorials in the book but some learn better with a less disjointed format and the DVD provides that.

Some of the amazing recipes included are:

Berries and Cream Crepes
Orange-Cranberry Oatmeal Scones
Thai Coconut Soup
Miso Soup
Tacos (with a crunchy shell)
Asian Noodles Stir Fry
Classic Pizza
Coconut Curry Samosas
Trail Mix Energy Bars

Some of the DVD Tutorials:

Knife Skills
Making Nut Milks
Using a Spiral Slicer
Opening a Coconut

I give the book a big thumbs up for offering something unique and sticking with high quality recipes. Some of the recipes from other raw food books look like baby vomit or they require ridiculous dehydrating times. This book balances practical with delicious and I think raw foodies and non raw folks alike would really like this particular book. A+

As I mentioned, I got this book from the library but I have added it to my Amazon wishlist.

Raw Star Recipes

I interviewed Bryan Au of Raw in Ten Minutes and the new Raw Star Recipes over on my other blog today. Be sure to stop by and check it out.

I have more than 100+ recipes to choose from and anything or everything that you already enjoy I have a raw organic cuisine recipe or version of it that is fresher, faster, healthier and even more amazing! My goal is to make Raw Organic Cuisine the Main Food Trend in 2011 – Bryan Au

Ani Phyo’s Raw Desserts

ani's raw desserts

This is the latest raw foo book to hit the market and I can’t wait to get it. I LOVE my other book from Ani Phyo.

Ani’s Raw Food Desserts: 85 Easy, Delectable Sweets and Treats

You can have your cake and eat it too with innovative, delicious  raw desserts. From cobblers to cookies, pies to cupcakes, Chef Ani’s easy-to-make sweets are wheat-free, gluten-free, dairy-free, processed sugar-free, and cruelty-free. Deceptively simple, these treats pack loads of flavor and nutrition in every bite. Substituting these mouthwatering desserts for traditional baked ones will give your body much-needed nutrients while sacrificing none of the flavor. With lists of essential tools, key ingredients (including “superfoods” that enhance flavor and nutrition), full-color photos, and gorgeous design, Ani’s Raw Food Desserts proves you don’t have to sacrifice taste or style to reap the benefits of raw foods.
With recipes for: Raspberry Ganache Fudge Cake, Lemon Pudding Filled Coconut Cupcakes with Shaved Coconut Topping, Mango Sorbet on Macaroon Tartlets, Chocolate Crunch Cupcakes with Molten Mint, Fig Tartlets with Frangipane Cream, Oatmeal Raisin Cookies, Mulberry Pecan Cookies, Spiced Blueberry Cobbler, Pear Ginger Crisp, Nectarine-Raspberry Crumble, and Filled Chocolate Truffles.


The Raw Transformation

raw transformation bookAttn: Giveaway at the bottom of this post!

I love reading raw food books in general but I especially love reading books that share the personal journey to raw foods. Carol Alt’s book was my first raw food book and her story was so motivating!

A few weeks back I read another inspirational raw foods book written by Wendy Rudell called The Raw Transformation: Energizing Your Life with Living Foods. It is part memoir and part recipe book.

Rudell grew up in an unconventional household and her parents moved her to Trinidad when she was little. So she grew up in the sunshine, next to the ocean, climbing coconut trees. Then she went to college in Michigan for several years and she always felt something was missing from her life and after a vacation in Hawaii she found out what it was. She needed a simple life in warmth and sunshine with the ocean at her back and tons of raw tropical fruits to eat. Going raw felt like reclaiming a part of her childhood.

The book has lots of great info about what happens to your food when you cook it, the organic versus non-organic debate, and food combining. I am still not doing ANY meaningful food combining but the concept makes sense to me.

What I love most about her book is the collection of gorgeous pictures. They are fabulous full color pictures. The recipes are great too though! You might like Cherry Mango Cocktail, Coconut Thai Soup, and Shishkabobs with Teriyaki Sauce. The pictures of all these will have your mouth watering.

Funny story though…I have so many raw food books I seem to be losing track of what I have. I purchased a copy of The Raw Transformation: Energizing Your Life with Living Foods at Whole Foods a few weeks back and when I got it home I realized I already had it!!

So, I am giving away my extra copy to one of my blog readers. All you have to do is comment. For an extra entry you can Stumble, Twitter, or post on Facebook…just leave subsequent comments if you do extra credit. I will announce a winner on Earth Day, April 22nd. Good luck!!!

The Live Food Factor

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I have lots of raw food books, probably about 3 dozen in all. I can say with certainty though that the very BEST raw food book you can ever read is The Live Food Factor. It is the raw food Bible…there is just no equal. It has over 650 pages of fantastic, unparalleled info on the raw food lifestyle and the concept of natural hygiene.

It was written by Susan Schenck, LAc, MTOM,  a raw food eater who began eating raw with miraculous results. She ended up wanting to know every there was about why raw food is superior to cooked and the idea for this book was born. After she wrote her first draft she impressed a natural hygiene expert named Victoria Bidwell, PhD, EdD. Bidwell and Schenek teamed up to finish the book together. There are two forwards in the book too, written by Dr. V. Vetrano and Victoria Boutenko. That is some amazing talent that wrote this book!

So what makes it different than ALL other raw food books? The sheer amount of information! Other raw food books mention studies in passing or they mention only 2 or 3 scientific studies that prove raw is better. This book documents nearly 70 scientific studies done on the raw versus cooked debate. Most of them are listed alphabetically in an appendix so you can browse the scientific proof in the raw pudding one tantalizing detail at a time. Most raw food books are short on the science but not this one!

It also delves into so much more information I barely know where to start. live food factorIt covers just about everything you can think of. It has many personal testimonials with before and after pictures. It has many stories of people who cured their cancer and other debilitating diseases with the power of raw food. It delves into many of the nutritional controversies we are bombarded with. It has tips on going raw and staying  raw. It has lengthy sections on common pitfalls and raising raw children. And it has some recipes and great recommendations for other raw recipes books.

If you can only afford to get ONE book on this topic. It should be,  hands down, The Live Food Factor.

Anatasia and The Ringing Cedars

This is a review of mine that orginally appeared on my NatureMoms Blog.

Imagine for a moment that you traveled to a distant and ancient forest inanastasia Siberia and met a man 119 years old that claimed to know of a tree that had healing powers and that he offered to you and your family a piece of that tree. Imagine too that you meet a woman living in that remote forest who has no possessions, no home, no money, no clothes besides what is on her back and that living this way is her choice. She lives in complete harmony with her environment, she is the picture of vibrant health and mental clarity, eats only what the forest provides, and has even manged to befriend the animals in the forest like something out of a Disney fairytale. Sounds a bit incredulous right?

Well, this was the experience of a Russian entrepreneur named Vladimir Megre who went on an expedition to Siberia in 1994. He was there to establish commerce with remote Siberian villages and while on this expedition he met a Siberian elder that told him about “ringing cedars” or trees that had been esteemed since Biblical times for their curative powers and their ability to re-connect human beings with the Divine. The man invited him to go into the forest with a team to recover one of these trees that was in its third year of “ringing” and would soon die away and become useless. People could harvest its cosmic energy by cutting it into pieces and wearing the cedar pieces next to the skin and rubbing them.

Vladimir could not delay his expedition without great financial cost so he declined the invitation. After his expedition was over though he could not seem to get the experience out of his mind. He was compelled to research the cedar trees and a deep look into ancient folklore and Biblical record compelled him to believe that what the elder man had told him might be true. He went back to the taiga forest soon after.

On this latest journey Vladimir witnessed incredible spiritual phenomena connected to the ringing cedars and he met the elder’s granddaughter, Anastasia. She shared with Vladimir her unique perspective on life, gardening, child rearing, healing, sexuality, nature, and religion. This encounter transformed him and upon his return to civilization he abandoned his business and moved penniless to Moscow to devote his days to fulfilling Anastasia’s request that he write a book about what he had learned and share with the world.

When a friend of mine of related to me the background story of this author I was hooked. I had to read the first in this ringing cedars series entitled Anastasia. After reading it I can now see why it has been translated into 20 different languages and has sold over 10 million copies (just in Russia) making Megre one of Russia’s most celebrated authors. This series of books has in fact been transforming the culture of Russia with many Russians leaving the cities to live in garden communities, to raise their children closer to what is described in the books. It is an amazing piece of literature.

Whether or not you believe in all that Megre said happened on his journey (and it is hard to believe some of the things he said happened) it is still a good read and I will be continuing to read the series. If his story is to be believed I can see why he abandoned his previous life to dedicate his life to spreading Anastasia’s message. What other course could you take when you discover that everything you ever knew about the meaning of life was wrong?

There are some good lessons to be learned about healthy raw eating, the importance of raw foods, living an active life, and being in tune with nature on a primal level that most of us have no concept of. I love Anastasia’s attitude about food or rather her lack of attitude about food. It is hard to relate to her because food is such a HUGE part of our lives and culture nowadays but how much healthier would we be if it did NOT play the role in our lives that it currently does?

This was an excellent weekend read….Anastasia.

Evie’s Kitchen Book Review

Last night I dived into Evie’s Kitchen – Raising an Ecstatic Child. It wasevies kitchen even better than I imagined when I anxiously ordered it a few weeks back.

If you have been living in the raw food world for any length of time you most likely have heard of Shazzie. She is a raw food guru who lives in England and Evie is her adorable daughter. The book Evie’s Kitchen is her story as a raw child and it is truly a magical book. I particularly enjoyed it as I have a daughter who is only a couple months older than Evie…I kept thinking I wish we lived in England so they could be playmates.

The book chronicles what it is like in full detail to raise raw kids…the joys, the struggles, the need for supplementation, etc. It is also a book about natural and attached mothering as Evie was breastfed for 4 years, co-slept, was worn in a sling, never given a vaccine, and was treated in a manner respectful of her nature. Unschooling is even mentioned in the book. It really was like finding the diary of an admirable natural mom and child and following them on a journey from birth to age 4. I loved that Evie is being allowed to grow up wild and carefree and getting the best possible nutritional start. I thought I put a lot of effort into child nutrition but this book schooled me.

Shazzie did not try to make herself look like the perfect mom either. She talked about depression, yelling at Evie in moments of weakness, fights she got into with Evie’ father, and nutritional mistakes she made that she learned from. Seeing that other side of her coupled with the amazing way she and Evie are together, fully chronicled with hundreds of pictures, was a rare treasure. The photos are gorgeous, the many recipes sound and look delicious, and Evie really captures your heart… a true child of the wild…so beautiful. If only all children could have a small piece of that.

I highly recommend all moms read this gem… especially if you are a natural, attached parent and want to get the perspective of someone successfully living those principles. It is a great read for moms of little girls too.

The nutritional information about supplementation and raising raw kids is great for raw families as well. Enjoy!


Raw Family Book Review

Over the weekend I read Raw Family again. It really is an awesome book raw familywritten by the Boutenko family. It follows their story and how bad their health was. The mom was told she had heart disease and might die in only a few months. The father was told that a wheelchair was in his near future and that if he couldn’t slow his pulse down, he too would die soon. The son was diagnosed with juvenile diabetes and the daughter had nightly asthma attacks. They were in pretty bad shape.

Victoria (the mom) couldn’t make any sense out of all the contradictory health advice she was getting in books and from doctors. So she started looking around when she was in public trying to spot the healthiest most vibrant people she came across and ask them what they were doing. This is how she met a woman on a raw, vegan diet and that is what spurred the whole family to go cold turkey raw, vegan. Within a couple months the family ran a marathon together and all their ailments reversed including the heart disease, arthritis, asthma, and diabetes.

The story is told in part by each family member. My favorite part is when the family hiked the Pacific Crest Trail together…it is a dream of mine too.

Raw Family  is kind of small so you can easily get it finished in single evening. I highly recommend it!

Raw Food Preservation

For may raw foodies out there, cold weather is getting closer every day. So how do you handle eating raw raw foods in winter? People who are equally concerned about raw foods AND green living want to eat both raw and local but this is hard in the winter. Canning is not really an option because that sterilizes the food. Freezing does cause some damage to the food but is better than canning by far…it does require a lot of energy though. Are there any OTHER ways to preserve food?

Check out my review of Preserving Food Without Canning or Freezing -Traditional Techniques Using Salt, Oil, Sugar, Alcohol, Vinegar, Drying, Cold Storage, and Lactic Fermentation.

Eating in the Raw

Eating in the RawThis wonderful book is written by a model and actress named Carol Alt. You may have seen her in Sports Illustrated or some high fashion magazine. Perhaps on the Apprentice last year? Her story is actually quite inspiring as she spent years in an industry that puts a lot of emphasis on a beautiful body and no emphasis on having a healthy body. Carol was having a hard time maintaining a model appropriate weight and she was sick all the time.  She had terrible migraines, sinusitis, stomach problems, and she suffered from general malaise.

When she found herself consistently taking pain pills and tums, using a nasal decongestant, using NyQuil to fall asleep, and using coffee and scotch to wake-up, she realized she needed to get help. When a close friend recommended a good alternative doctor she was hesitant to call him up but she did. That was the start of Carol’s journey as her new friend Dr. Brantley shared with her what he considered vital to good health…raw foods and detox.

Within days of adopting a raw foods diet Carol’s ailments started to disappear. Her body took on an amazing transformation that prompted people to ask if she’s had plastic surgery. She felt better in her forties then she had in her twenties. She was a walking testimony for raw foods.

The book Eating in the Raw not only shares her story and her transformation it has a lot of raw foods basics for people looking to enter into eating raw food themselves. It really gives a blueprint for going raw…what to eat, what to stock your kitchen with, what to do when you go out to dinner, and much more. It also includes many delicious and easy recipes that Carol refers to as uncook book. I particularly liked this book because unlike many authors among the raw food movement, Carol Alt eats raw but not raw vegan. I myself would be hard pressed to give up the occasional meal that might include raw milk and cheese or sashimi. I love sashimi!

If you are interested in learning the basics about raw food this book is a great introduction and testimonial.