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.
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Enjoy raw food every day! This book is simple, straightforward, and easy to use. The recipes are for everyone interested in fresh, healthy, local, and organic food that tastes great. Whether it is a smoothie, a salad, or a midmorning snack, you will love the fresh and delicious recipes Matthew Kenney has created. The book also includes substantial main dishes, like Pad Thai and Tomato, Basil, and Ricotta Pizza, as well as decadent desserts like Frozen Goji Berry Soufflé and Chocolate Hazelnut Tart. The chapter Unbaked teaches you to make crackers and breads using raw food techniques and ingredients, and the chapter on Spreads, Dips, and Sauces is filled with favorites like Pineapple Mango Salsa and Roasted Pepper Hummus with Lime. Many of the recipes require no additional equipment, and others something as simple as a blender.
Everyday Raw is for everyday people who want healthy food and great flavor. If you want to eat well and feel great, this book is for you. Matthew Kenney is a chef, restaurateur, caterer, and food writer. He has appeared on the Today Show, the Food Network, and numerous morning and talk shows. He has been nominated for the James Beard Rising Star Award. Matthew has been the chef and partner of numerous successful restaurants, including Matthew's, Canteen, Commune, Mezze, and The Plant. Matthew's passion for raw food has taken him into new realms of creativity, flavor, and healthy living. He is the author of several cookbooks, including Raw Food Real World and Matthew Kenney's Mediterranean Cooking.