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Eating in the Raw: A Beginner's Guide to Getting Slimmer, Feeling Healthier, and Looking Younger the Raw-Food Way Paperback – December 21, 2004

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Clarkson Potter; First Edition edition (December 21, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 140005284X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1400052844
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 7.3 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (82 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #105,882 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

For more than two decades, carol alt has been one of the most recognizable names and faces in the world. At the age of eighteen, she became the youngest model to be the face of Lancôme. She then went on to grace the cover of more than 700 magazines, including two Sports Illustrated swimsuit issues. She has made calendars, posters, and exercise videos, all of which have sold millions of copies. She has acted on stage, screen, and television—more than sixty-five films in all. This is her first book.

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Mind you, this book is not bad, but it's not really good either.
A Customer
If you're interested in starting a raw food lifestyle but aren't sure if it's for you, then I absolutly recommend this book.
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This is a very well written and informative as well as entertaining book.
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203 of 215 people found the following review helpful By EnthusiasticOnlineShopper on March 7, 2005
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I absolutely love this book. Carol is the reason I started on the Raw-food diet nearly a year ago. I happen to catch a glimpse of her on one of those "celebrities and their diets" shows on E and while typing away on the computer and partially listening to the show I was able to put my cynicism for some of the diets aside long enough to listen to what Carol had to say about dehydrated chickpeas sprouts turning into raw hummus and other details about eating raw while she was pushing a cart around a Whole Foods market, a place I frequent. I initially thought who on earth would purposely eat this way. Apparently she said something in that short segment that really stuck with me because 2 weeks later, out of no where, I found myself searching for anything I could get my hands on to make since of this whole raw-food lifestyle. After one day of searching I was able to find a few websites to get me going and I started cold turkey with nothing more than my Vita-mix, which I already had. I felt great immediately, but found it somewhat burdensome that every other recipe required that I sprouted this or juiced that and when it came to resources I definitely experienced information overload. I didn't want to buy expensive equipment while deciding weather or not I would continue eating this way. Where on earth do I find Spirulina Flakes? I sure wish I had Carol's book then because she answers those questions and many more. So many of these recipes are basic and require no expensive equipment which is very appealing to someone with a busy lifestyle or to someone with no interest in investing hundreds of dollars before reaping the benefits of raw foods. If you are ready to buy there is a great guide in this book, which points you in the right direction.Read more ›
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108 of 113 people found the following review helpful By sw168 on October 25, 2006
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This was the first raw food book I read (a year and a half ago). It's a great introduction, but my mistake was jumping right in after this one book. Carol Alt says her boyfriend switched to raw overnight. I decided to switch overnight, but the detox experience I suffered through was unbelievably awful! Don't put yourself through the same thing I did!

Start with "The Raw Food Detox Diet" by Natalia Rose. It emphasizes the importance of transitioning (so you don't shock your system and make yourself sick like I did), and the importance of combining food groups properly for best results.

Since Carol Alt's book, I've read dozens of other raw food books. I'm dismayed at how many of them say you may go through a detox but just stick with it. What bad advice! Natalia Rose explains in her book why you shouldn't detox too fast - if you overload your system with too many toxins too fast, your system can't eliminate them all and your body might re-tox and turn on itself. It's important to transition slowly! But so few raw food books bother to mention that!

Also, Carol Alt's book doesn't give any information about the importance of food combining - something else I learned the hard way. She gives the impression that it doesn't matter WHAT you eat or HOW you eat it, as long as it's raw. Unfortunately, it's not that simple! An almond butter & banana sandwich on sprout bread (p. 140) is a horrible food combination! Don't rely on the recipes provided in this book until you learn more about food combining.

Despite all the things I now see are missing from this book, I have to say that it was extremely inspirational and convincing as my first raw food book - I committed to going raw and never looked back (I just didn't educate myself enough before jumping in).
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171 of 185 people found the following review helpful By Melanie on January 15, 2005
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As a long time 100% vegan raw foodist, I was excited as always to see a new raw book! I was very impressed with the overall layout of the book. The forward by Nicholas J. Gonzalez, M.D. was fantastic. His description of the raw food lifestyle is very well researched and beautifully presented. This alone makes me delighted to have the book.

I tried four of the recipes, and they were all good. My favorite two were Kelly's Macadamia Whipped Cream and Kelly's Lemon Custard. I was impressed by how Carol believes in and defends the raw food lifestyle. I also liked her honesty about her popcorn slip ups. I love how down-to-earth she is. I also loved how she pointed out in her book that the raw food lifestyle is not a fad.

The first raw food restaurant opened in 1917 and stayed open until World War II. There are books on raw foods that date back to 1925, and I'm sure if I did even more research I would find books dating back even further. As Carol puts it in reference to the books and restaurant, "That's too long ago for this to be a fad." I think Carol is wonderful for the raw food movement. People admire her and respect her, so it can only help push the raw movement mainstream.

My concern with book is that she mentions eating raw meat and raw dairy. I agree that we are all different, but I have not seen any value or benefit from adding raw animal products to one's diet. I have seen fabulous results with the raw vegan lifestyle mixed with exercise. I culture all my foods and feel that this is vital to our health. Perhaps this is why Carol adds raw dairy to her diet. It is quite simple to culture seeds, nuts, and coconuts and reap amazing health benefits from this.

There are a few drawbacks to this book.
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