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VegNews.com, 2/23/12
“We’re already huge fans of Ani Phyo’s raw-food cookbooks, so it’s only natural that we’re stoked for her newest uncooked cookbook. Fat Blast answers your questions and concerns about a raw diet, and, if you’re looking to slim down, offers an easy, all-raw plan that will help you lose up to 15 pounds in 15 days. Losing weight while enjoying sushi and dessert? That sure beats the Master Cleanse.”

Taste for Life, June 2012
“If you’ve been putting off plans to trim down, Ani Phyo contends that her plan can help you drop 15 pounds in 15 days. While claims like these generally sound impossible and gimmicky, Chef Ani calls on nature’s fast foods—raw ingredients….[that] can boost immunity and reduce unwanted weight.”

Tucson Citizen, 6/11/12
“The program embraces what Ani calls nature’s fast food, namely raw ingredients straight from the refrigerator or shelf that require very little prep time. From Trail Mix cookies that are loaded with nuts, raisins, and sunflower seeds, to a Spicy Bok Choy Soup, the dishes are exciting and innovative.”

BlogCritics, 8/23/12
“A well-researched book on nutrition and dieting containing very interesting food preparations which are high in nutrients and lower in calories than the standard junk foods.”

About the Author

Ani Phyo is a renowned raw food chef and author. Her most recent book is Ani’s Raw Food Asia. She lives in Los Angeles.
 
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Da Capo Lifelong Books; 1 edition (May 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0738215228
  • ISBN-13: 978-0738215228
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1.1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (87 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #230,396 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ani Phyo is on a mission to show you how easy it is to enjoy healthy, organic, whole foods that are delicious, simple, and fast to prepare. Using seasonal, local, organic, fresh produce coupled with nuts and seeds, Ani creates tantalizing recipes that taste amazing, are good for you, and healthy for our planet. She teaches us why eating more organic, fresh, whole foods helps us maintain our ideal weight, lowers cholesterol, boosts our immune system, and helps us look and feel our best.

Ani learned these principles as a child. Growing up in upstate New York, her family had their own organic farm. She was raised on fresh, green juices and seasonal produce which cultivated the relationship she maintains with food today. She spent many years in the catering business and stumbled upon raw foods as a gourmet treat. After realizing the impact on her mental clarity and focus, she was hooked. She continued to notice positive changes in her energy level, productivity and sleep, and recognized there was more to raw foods than meets the eye. She's been dedicated to the raw foods lifestyle ever since.

Ani's the author of "Ani's Raw Food Essentials", "Ani's Raw Food Desserts", and "Ani's Raw Food Kitchen," awarded "Best Vegetarian Cookbook USA 2007". Ani has received 4 Best of Raw 2008 Awards for Best Chef, Favorite Cookbook, Favorite Educator, and won Sexiest Raw Vegan Woman in both 2008 and 2009.

Ani is the host of "Ani's Raw Food Kitchen Show", the award winning #1 uncooking show on 'YouTube'. Ani has been seen on the Travel Channel's Bizarre Foods, Channel 7 ABC, and has been featured in numerous magazines including Food & Wine, Alternative Medicine, Oxygen, VegNews, Delicious Living, Vegetarian Times, and Get Fresh.

Additionally, Ani has developed living food vegan menus for Carnival Cruise Lines, Adidas headquarters, STOMP, and Whole Foods Markets, amongst others. Adidas fitness center depends on Ani to consult their athletes on how to 'fuel up' with raw nutrition for optimal performance. Being an athlete herself and excelling in fields such as gymnastics and track and field in high school, Ani has a thorough knowledge of nutrition and understands the importance of fueling your body well in order to achieve maximum performance.

Her charity work includes teaching and speaking at events to help raise money and awareness for organizations like In Defense of Animals, Animal Acres, Farm Sanctuary and organizing cooking play shops for children ages 5-16. In addition, Ani volunteers at Project Angel Food, a non-profit organization providing 1,300 free meals per week to HIV and cancer patients, and teaches underprivileged kids how to garden and make food in urban areas at Community Services Unlimited in South Central LA.

Ani lives in Los Angeles with her Rhodesian Ridgeback, Kanga, who she rescued 9 years ago. Fifty pounds underweight at the time, Ani healed Kanga back to health with raw foods, applying the same principles that she uses for humans to her dog. She is currently working on her next book along with planning projects for TV, DVD, and Web. To watch Ani's videos, for free recipes, and to keep track of her latest projects, visit her at: http://www.AniPhyo.com.

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As a raw vegan I have found that I stick to the same choices when I shop so my meals and weight have been in a rut.
Many of the Super Foods suggested as bonus additives to the base recipes make me wonder how effective a change I can expect without them. I think I will start with Matcha and add one super food at a time.
The plan is simple. The book is straighforward and I was able to finish reading it in a few hours.
My copy was on pre-order and I wasn't expecting it until May 1st. It arrived after I did my shopping for the week. What I normally buy best fits the Phase 3 recpies and I am making most of the dishes from this phase. They are yummy and filling. I can easily double them up and save some time as the week goes on. I will begin phase 1 next week when I can shop with the convient shopping list in hand.
I reccomend this book. It is my first Ani Phyo book and I chose it over her others because the preview mentioned it would contain the best dishes from her past cookbooks.
I will update my results when I complete the plan as it is designed after the first 15 days.
I am deducting 1 star.
-A few photos of the finished dishes woukd have been nice.
-Some real people before and after photos whould also have added to my confidence in the results the book promises.
-When I went to make my first meal- the Blueberry Blast Smoothie, I checked my pantry for the ingredients as they are listed the night before. I normally use rice milk in my smoothies so I have never used raw nuts in a smoothie before. I used a high-speed blender. When I tasted it, the nuts had broken down to tiny hard pieces. I discovered the nuts should have been soaked in green tea or water overnight, but it's not mentioned with the recipe.
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I should start by saying I'm not new to raw foods, I've been eating raw food for the past 7 years on and off. For anyone new to raw a lot of this could be a little overwhelming, lots of food you may never heard of, but don't worry, you can find them in any health food store or online. Upon receiving my book I was a bit disappointed with there being no pictures. I thought maybe some testimonies would help as well, but there weren't any of those either.
I've been on the plan for 8 days now and have lost 4 lbs.
Some of the recipes I *love*, like the Coconut Tomato soup. One of the best soups ever, in my opinion:). The salads are really great too, even my husband loved them. He was eating the Spring Salad and saying over and over how it was the best salad he ever had. I made it with "Thermo Dressing". Some of the other recipes I haven't been crazy about, mainly the smoothies. I can't get used to not putting a banana in my smoothie.. so if they included a banana or nuts (for creaminess) then I was happy with them, otherwise it was like drinking slush-- except the Ginger Mango, which I made with brown rice protein and loved it.
As of today I'm in "Phase 3" where I get to add in more foods and even desserts. This is the phase the weight is supposed to "blast off".. fingers crossed.
I've found this plan easy to stick to, fun to shop for and fun to make the recipes. After reading this book I feel more inspired in general to be healthy. My sweet cravings are diminishing and I suddenly have the urge to do yoga like crazy. Crow pose and headstand finally accomplished. :)
If the book had included photos, testimonies, glossy (or just more substantial) pages I would have happily given 5 stars. The content is very informative, inspiring and effective!
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The thing I like best about Ani's 15-Day Fat Blast is that the recipes are simple to make and delicious. I have been following the meal plans in the book for the past few days, and find it very easy to stick with the plan. Since I started, I've already lost a few pounds,and my fasting blood sugar levels are going down. (I'm a Type-2 diabetic.) No hunger - no cravings. I think this book is an exceptional way to introduce people to a high raw diet, because it's so informative, easy to follow, and does not require hours of prep work in the kitchen. Many raw food books out there have very time-consuming complicated recipes that would be particularly intimidating for people new to this diet. Not the case with this one! Although Ani's new book is targeted to people who are new to eating a raw vegan diet, people with more experience with this diet would enjoy it as well, particularly for the refreshing simplicity of the recipes. I highly recommend this title.
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I just finished reading Ani's book. The recipes look simple and you can certainly get started without the need to buy a lot of unfamiliar and expensive ingredients immediately. Simple is the key and I'm looking forward to giving my Vitamix a workout! For that reason, I gave it four stars.

Why did I take off a star? The continual references - there were 31!! - to her other cookbooks made it seem like you couldn't really implement this fully unless you purchased more of her books. For instance:

* She suggests drinking kombucha or kefir, mentioning the expense. "Brewing your own is simple; you can find recipes...in Ani's Raw Food Essentials."

* Talking about sweeteners to use with this plan, "..the best sweeteners are always whole fruits. I make my own date syrup...recipe is on page 43 of Ani's Raw Food Asia."

* "Buy sale vegetables and pickle them...You can find many pickled vegetable recipes in Ani's Raw Food Essentials and Ani's Raw Food Asia."

It's fine to plug your other books, but this began to read like a sales letter instead of a raw foods plan after the 10th reference.

There were also 6 references to only one online store for ingredients that may not be found locally. Since most books will give several suggestions in a Resource section, it would have been nice to know why this was the only company she recommended. Perhaps it's their affiliate program? It would have been nice to know.

If you already own Ani's other books, the constant references are not an issue. But if this is your first purchase, just be prepared. The carrot on a stick was not listed as one of the recipes!
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