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In this ambitious, well-designed cookbook, New York chef and restaurateur Kenney relies on some fairly hefty assumptions: "By now, most of us realize that heating foods above 118 degrees does destroy valuable enzymes and nutrients." Whether or not one "realizes" the benefits, the raw-food-curious will find some intriguing recipes in this book. Juices are especially appealing; Mango Raspberry employs a sweet hit of vanilla, and Sweet Green Juice is a sprightly concoction of carrots, cucumbers, apples and herbs.
More substantial recipes include a simple, tasty Cucumber-White Grape Gazpacho, a lighter take on the traditional tomato-based soup, and seasoned, dried mushroom caps called Portobello Steaks. But once dishes become more complicated, they also start to require specialized equipment, myriad substitutes and a lot of patience. Baked Macaroni and Cheese, for instance, is nothing of the sort-it's squash covered in a cashew sauce flavored with lemon juice and nutritional yeast; like most of the recipes here, it requires a Vita-Mix food processor and a dehydrator. Tomato Torta with Pesto and Macadamia Ricotta substitutes nuts for cheese, and Pad Thai uses jicama instead of vermicelli. These substitutions should be tempting to people who believe that nutritional philosophy trumps ease and taste; others will find cooking macaroni and cheese simpler and more satisfying with actual macaroni and cheese.(Publishers Weekly 2011-03-10)
Even if you don't eat raw on a regular basis, this cook book can be used to make quick treats like cookies and wraps...recommend.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
caveat!! do not buy unless u have a dehydrator and a vitamix!Published 5 months ago by Alexandra Collins-Del Sordo
Amazing book full of very nice pictures and wonderful recipes.Published 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
Very nice photos, but most of the recipes are a bit complicated and with ingredients that are missing in my country.Published 13 months ago by Maria Kabadaeva
I own several raw cookbooks, and find them inspiring, but often rather complex with tricky ingredients and techniques that require a lot of time, effort and shopping. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Reviews on Amazon