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The Complete Idiot's Guide to Eating Raw (Complete Idiot's Guides (Lifestyle Paperback)) Paperback – July 1, 2008
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Recipes so good you may want to eat this book.
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The Complete Idiots Guide® to Eating Raw is ideal for anyone looking to seamlessly adopt eating habits that will benefit overall health and boost athletic performance.
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I love this book! Now we know that raw foods are able to take complete idiots and turn them into total geniuses! Great recipes! Wow!
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Step by step instructions for soaking and sprouting methods (easy to follow chart included). I was too timid to attempt this process til I read this book. Way easy. My kitchen is sproutin' right now.
Recipes with easy to find ingredients is important. I've got to prepare food for 5 s.a.d. enthusiasts so I don't have alot of time or cash to fool around with. This book's got the recipes I can use. The live oatmeal recipe was easy to prepare and delish! It touches a couple of times on this or that being gluten free, which is vital for me. It clued me into nama shoyu...major gluten goin' on. Thanks, it sucks to have a recipe picked out and find out at the grocery store while reading a label that I can't have that specific thing. So, I run around putting the other ingredients back on the shelf coz that recipe's a wash! Another thing, Idiot's Guide tells you exactly what needs to be soaked for any given recipe. I ruined a recipe from another book because it didn't tell me to soak $12.00 worth of almonds. I had to go on you tube to watch other people explain it before one of them finally mentioned that they needed to be soaked. I was bummed. This book helps me not screw things up.
Idiot's Guide has great insider tips on kitchen appliances...wish I'd have read this before I bought my dehydrator, blender, food processor, and juicer. The dehydrator to buy is the Excalibur. The hours it saves in dehydrating time due to its design is crazy! Now I'm bummed with my cheapy Walmart one.Read more ›
Part One talks about the health benefits of raw foods, how to set up your pantry and what gear you'll need in your kitchen. Part Two teaches you about preparation, marinades, sprouting, dehydration and culturing techniques. It even includes a very complete chart for dehydration drying times and temperatures that I've found extremely helpful. Part Three contains delicious recipes for beverages, soups, sauces, dressings and lighter fare. Part Four contains more wonderful recipes for heartier fare including breakfasts, breads, wraps, main dishes as well as absolutely yummy deserts! Part Five talks about lifestyle changes, the transition into eating live foods and gives some fasting options as well as a wonderfully laid out 4-week Raw Food Success Program.
The writers have also included a resource section with helpful information on other books as well as web-sites for raw food and sustainability organizations, online publications, classes, retreats and workshops where you can learn more.
All in all I think this is one of the best "cook" books I've seen about raw foods. The recipes are tantalizing and delicious and the information is very accessible for everyone.
Well, this book didn't fit the bill for me. The recipes were far too involved--and I am not talking about dehydration time and sprouting. Just looking at the list of ingredients left me feeling overwhelmed. Maybe if I were single again with my life to myself. Today, however, I don't have the time to do that type of meal preparation. I needed a way to make this transition easy.
A much better book, as far as I can see, is Raw Food Made Easy, for 1 or 2 people, by Jennifer Cornbleet. That book doesn't require you to purchase expensive items for your kitchen right off. It gives recipes with fewer ingredients (a.k.a. less prep time) and more easily found in mainstream groceries. She gives a list of what to fill your pantry with, and then a SIMPLE weekly shopping list for one. If you have multiple diners, just multiply by the number involved.
The Complete Idiot's Guide to Eating Raw was accurate in the info it gives on dehydrators and other raw diet info, but the nuts and bolts (i.e. the recipes) were impractical for daily use for people with busy lives. (a.k.a.--people who don't dwell in their kitchens)
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Want to go raw? This is a must-have for your kitchen.. Great recipes.Published 6 months ago by BooBoo
Awesome book on the fundamentals of Raw Diet and TONS of recipes!!!Published 6 months ago by William R. Cole
I would say you need a very big kitchen. Because the food will spoil fast.Published 7 months ago by Skywalker
I'm not sure what kind of idiot would find this an "easy" guide but maybe eating raw is just too complicated for my simple mind. Lots of information... Read morePublished 10 months ago by VolleyballNut619