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Product Details

  • Paperback: 127 pages
  • Publisher: Book Publishing Company (TN) (February 10, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1570672024
  • ISBN-13: 978-1570672026
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 7.1 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #995,934 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Angela Elliott was raised by a world-renowned physicist/chemist stepfather and a gourmet French chef/writer mother whose occupations enabled frequent travel abroad. She is a practitioner in holistic endeavors, including Chinese medicine, nutrition, herbology, reflexology, culinary arts, living food, and intuitive healing. Angela also has extensive experience as a licensed paramedical aesthetician. She is the owner and operator of Celestial Raw Goddess Enterprises, which promotes raw food as a life-enhancing aspect of natural wellness. Angela currently resides in San Diego, California with her husband and teenage son, Ian, who has adopted the raw food lifestyle as well.

More About the Author

Angela Elliott is the owner and operator of Celestial Raw Godess, and the author of Alive in Five.
Angela's credentials are:
Medical and Master Herbalist
Classical homeopath
Nutritionist
Paramedical Aesthetician
Herbal Skin Therapist
Certified gourmet chef
Chinese Reflexologist
Jin Shin Juitsu Practitioner
Reiki Master
Polarity Practitioner
Teacher of Reflexology, Reiki, Polarity, Herbology and Jin Shin.
Holistic Health Practitioner
Holistic Animal Therapist
Angela loves to write and teach!
Angela Elliott's background~
Angela Eliott is an Arizona native. She was raised by a world-renowned physicist/chemist and a gourmet French chef/writer whose occupations enabled frequent travel abroad and instilled in the young Angela a life-long fascination with various cultures. Angela lived in different countries, attended school in two of the countries, and spoke Swedish and Dutch fluently.
Angela endeared herself to her lively Irish grandfather, a storyteller of some notoriety, and was encouraged to share her blossoming imagination with her peers. A passion for the arts was inspired by angela's grandfather and mother, and instilled in her a lifelong love of literature and writing.
Angela has contributed to various publications, including Vegnews Magazine and Vegetarian Baby and Child Magazine, and has taught gourmet claases, holistic classes, lectured, and on occasion toured with Lou Corona, a nationally recognized proponent of living food.
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Customer Reviews

All the recipes are easy to make and taste fantastic.
Candace Alvarez
It can be overwhelming and sadly, stressful and this book makes eating raw enjoyable and liberating.
A. Miller
Plus the ingredients are available in just about every grocery store!!
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502 of 517 people found the following review helpful By Ajax VINE VOICE on March 26, 2007
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I think the title of this book is quite misleading. I'm giving it two stars because I think the author is representing it as something it's not: "gourmet food".

While the recipes are not complicated, most of them are far TOO simple. Over and over, I kept asking myself, "for THIS I need a recipe book??" For example, "Cucumber Pizza", which sounds intriguing, is nothing more than chopped olives on slices of cucumber. "Scrambled Eggs", which sounds like something you wouldn't find in any ordinary raw food recipe book is -- are you ready for this? -- 3 ripe avocados mashed in a bowl, add salt and pepper! The "salad" recipes are the most basic of salads ... if you can chop some vegetables and lettuce into a bowl, add some lemon juice, olive oil and your favorite seasonings, you already know how to make most of the salads in this book.

There are several different nut milk recipes, each with a fancy, delicious-sounding name, but they're all the exact same recipe ... only the kind of nut you use is different.

Many of the recipes call for the pulp left over from making nut milk, and some of the soup recipes require nut milk. So unless you've taken the time to make nut milk, and have saved a supply of the pulp, you're out of luck.

One problem I have with many raw food recipe books is the inordinate amount of nuts, seeds and avocados called for. One recipe in this book calls for 5 avocados to make a dish that serves 3 people (just about all the recipes in the book make 3 servings). A taco recipe calls for 2 cups of soaked sunflower seeds in the pate', plus an avocado in the filling, and another cup of sunflower seeds to make the "sour cream" topping ... serves 3. I don't like gorging on fats, even if they are the healthy kind.
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53 of 55 people found the following review helpful By Sandy Edwards on April 8, 2008
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I recently purchased three raw cookbooks, this is the first I have tried.

I have tried all but two recipes of the first three days menu plan, plus two extras, sometimes they took a little longer than 5 minutes but I have enjoyed every recipes.

This is my fourth try going raw and I may make it this time because the foods in the book are readily available (except maybe one or two).

There is not a lot planning days ahead to soak, sprout, grind, dehydrate for three days so maybe it will be ready and hopefully you will still want it and remember what you were trying to make in the first place! With this book you see it, you check the frig and find the ingrediants, you make it, you love it!
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Smartypants on August 31, 2008
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I would recommend this book to anyone who is looking into or transitioning to raw food and anyone who is a busy person. It is simple, easy and the recipes really are ready fairly quickly. The food itself is very tasty and as long as you plan ahead you can be eating within 10 minutes of walking in the door. The "high fat" content alluded to in another review is much lower than a typical mainstream meal and it is my belief that when you transition to raw foods you need to have as much of the heavier foods around as possible, so that you feel satisfied as your body is getting used to the change. Worry about the fat later, when you are an experienced raw foodist. Chances are your body will tell you by then anyway! Enjoy this delightful little book and enjoy all the time you have not cooking!
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A. Miller on January 25, 2009
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Elaborate gourmet dishes are fun on occasional but this to me provided practical ways to make fabulous raw dishes every day. So far I'm made more out of this book than other raw books and some are destined to be family favorites that we make over and over. And yes, even the simplest ones were appreciated because when starting raw, it's not always easy or clear where to get started, what flavors combine well, what you can make without buying expensive equipment, and where to get a lot of unusual ingredients seen in other raw books. It can be overwhelming and sadly, stressful and this book makes eating raw enjoyable and liberating.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Petra Deason on March 23, 2010
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I am looking forward to eventually making some of the meals in here. However, the author has a list of appliances she recommends owning to prepare most of the food (including a food processor which I do not own). She also suggests having certain nuts or seeds sitting in chilled water in your refrigerator. However, she states these are only good for 3 days. Sometimes I have one meal planned in my head in the morning but when I get home from work, I decide to go with a quicker meal. I can't have seeds and nuts sitting in my refrigerator on the off chance that I might use them. If I don't, they'll quickly go bad and that's a waste of money.

I guess for someone who is committed to going raw all the way, this book offers quite a few ideas. However, for someone just trying to start a healthier lifestyle, this might not be an ideal book to jump to.
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful By JeffH on June 14, 2007
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This is a great book for those who want a quick,healthy meal that looks good and taste YUMM too. Bought this book for my daughter who has been doing the "raw lifestyle" for 2 years now. She loves all the easy to make recipes. Angela Elliott(the Author) makes the process so easy that even a person who can't find herself around the kitchen (like my daughter) could even create a great looking meal. Gourmet without the works. What a concept.
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