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
Tacos (with a crunchy shell)
Asian Noodles Stir Fry
Coconut Curry Samosas
Trail Mix Energy Bars
Some of the DVD Tutorials:
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.
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
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.
Attn: 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!!!