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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: North Atlantic Books; 1 edition (July 21, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1556437978
  • ISBN-13: 978-1556437977
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 8.1 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #138,145 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The Boutenkos have done it again. This excellent visual step-by-step guide makes raw food easy and approachable for anyone. A valuable kitchen resource."
—Ani Phyo, author of Ani’s Raw Food Desserts and host of Ani’s Raw Food Kitchen Show

"One of the most helpful resources one could ask for in raw food preparation, whether you are a beginner or skilled raw food chef."
—Alyssa Cohen, author of Living on Live Foods

"I love the delicious, creative food of the Boutenko Family. In fact, their journey into eating raw was a key inspiration for me to start my own company. . . . Raw Family Signature Dishes will be front and center in my library."
—Lara Merriken, founder of LÄRABAR

"Only someone with the vast teaching experience that Victoria has could understand so deeply what it is that people want and need in order to succeed at a raw food lifestyle. Absolutely brilliant."
—Nomi Shannon, author of The Raw Gourmet and Raw Food Celebrations

"Tried-and-true recipes that are delicious enough to eat week after week without having a lot of fancy equipment, expensive ingredients, or culinary expertise."
—Cherie Soria, Living Light Culinary Arts Institute

"Another cool book from the Boutenkos. Rawsome!"
—Chef Juliano, author of Raw: The Uncook Book and owner of Juliano’s Raw restaurant

“Have you ever made a recipe and found that it just didn’t turn out nearly as nice as the stunning color photo in the book? One thing that makes this uncook-book unique is its step-by-step guide with photos of each step in the process. With this book, no one can use the excuse that the learning curve for making raw is too hard…I have dozens of raw food recipe books, but this one is destined to become a classic—removing the mystique and fear of creating raw gourmet food once and for all!”
Basil & Spice

“A unique and different un-cook book than any I've received so far.”
Weekly Revvellations

“[Raw Family Signature Dishes is] an innovative recipe book that is perfect for raw food beginners.”
Raw Food Right Now

“[This book’s] simplicity is very comforting and almost like having an experienced friend in the kitchen with you.”
Eco Mama’s Guide to Living Green

“[Raw Family Signature Dishes] has a lot of pictures showing each step… making it fabulous for beginners and those of us who like to oogle over food photos!”
—Crunchy Bits

“I absolutely love this book! The pictures are awesome. I love the step by step instructions. This is a must have for someone just getting into the raw food diet!”
—Debra Garner, Vegan Family Style

“Any interested in the blossoming raw food revolution will find this primer, Raw Family Signature Dishes: A Step-by-Step Guide to Essential Live-Food Recipes, provides an outstanding selection of dishes.”
Midwest Book Review

About the Author

Victoria Boutenko teaches classes on raw food all over the world, and is an adjunct professor at Southern Oregon University. Her (and her family’s) teachings have inspired raw food communities everywhere. A regular contributor to such publications as Get Fresh, Just Eat an Apple, Alive, and Natuurstemmingen, she lives in Ashland, OR.

More About the Author

Victoria Boutenko is an author, teacher, inventor, researcher, artist and mother of three. In 1994, The Boutenko family, also known as The Raw Family, became seriously ill. Victoria sought out alternative health paths and discovered the raw food lifestyle which enabled the family to gain vibrant health.

Now Victoria Boutenko travels all over the world sharing her inspiring story and teaching classes on the raw-food diet. Based on the latest scientific research, Victoria explains the numerous benefits of choosing a diet of fresh rather than cooked foods and the importance of consuming large amounts of leafy greens. Victoria's most recent and powerful contribution is her research into the nutritional value of greens and the development of green smoothies, which have revolutionized the way people access health, no matter what their dietary or lifestyle choice.

To learn more about Victoria and her family visit www.greensmoothiesblog.com and www.rawfamily.com.

Customer Reviews

There is a total of 15 receipes in this entire book of 160 pages.
Sunny Griffin
The step by step instructions along with the pictures makes it very easy to recreate the recipes included in the book.
Sandra Mundy
Some of the recipes are simple, some more complex, yet the photos make even the complex ones seem easy.
Susan Schenck

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This book is filled with recipes that the Boutenkos would present during their workshops. "Core recipes," they have been retested and refined over many years.
Have you ever made a recipe and found that it just didn't turn out nearly as nice as the stunning color photo in the book? One thing that makes this uncook book unique is its step -by-step guide with photos of each step in the process.

Arguably, even an illiterate or non English reader could prepare these recipes! It makes you feel almost as though you are at a raw food demo workshop. (Incidentally, this was done because of complaints from readers that their recipes didn't turn out as good as the Boutenkos'.)

Years ago I paid $15 for a recipe booklet with photos of each step for Igor's bread--and it was worth it for just that one recipe! Now you can get ALL their core recipes in a sturdy book for nearly the same price! These mouthwatering recipes are sure to become staples in your diet, demanded routinely by family members, regardless of whether you "go raw" or not. Healthy alternatives to chocolate cake, bread, chocolate truffles, etc! Guilt free desserts, such as scones like they serve at Starbuck's, but without the constipating, mind-fogging wheat! Some of the recipes are simple, some more complex, yet the photos make even the complex ones seem easy. We learn that raw jams have half the calories as their cooked counterparts, and the sensational mousse cake recipe has only 1/6 as many calories as the traditional one! Yet, no taste is compromised, and in fact, the raw stuff actually leaves the cooked way behind in flavor.

There is even a guide (complete with daily photos) on how to make sprouts.
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66 of 70 people found the following review helpful By Wendy C. on October 4, 2009
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HOLLY WOW!!!!! This book is AWESOME!!!! Sure not many recipes but I have no less then 20 raw books on my shelves and I am OVERWHELMED with recipes. However I go on a roll and make a tonne and only 60% of them are awesome, the rest are yuk and that gets discouraging AND expensive! I agree, the extreme detail is wonderful even after doing this for 3+ years because I am SO tired of tweaking and crossing my fingers. I just want 'out of the box' great tasting stuff so to speak! LOL I have to say I have most of the raw food books of all the top authors, 1/2 dozen ebooks and all of the Boutenkos. I've hardly read half of them- I would get them and be so disappointed with the book layout or the recipes were too intense, called for stuff I hadn't heard of or didn't have or in one there are no pics at all- yuk! So many sit on my shelf unread. We are not 100% raw but we are trying. It's challenging with homeschooling, 2 little ones and a baby! LOL I do the best I can. ANYHOW...I haven't tried them all yet, but 3 recipes that were totally worth the price of this book were the Cranberry Scones (I used blueberries) , the Garden Live Burger MIx and Igors Live Flat Bread. I LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE the idiot proof pictures. I guess I am a visual learner because I whipped alll of these up in the kitchen in record time (ok dh helped) AND for a change I had ALL of the ingredients. (SO many raw food books always call for ingredients I don't have on hand). TOTALLY worth noting is that not only did my steak loving husband enjoy all of these, my 5 yr old and 8 yr old are currently chowing down on Igor's flat bread with the garden burger mix in the middle- although they did add that it's a bit hot (too much onion!). 2 thumbs up from both of them.Read more ›
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37 of 39 people found the following review helpful By C. McClellan on July 22, 2009
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This book is unique among raw food books because of the amazing step-by-step photos and simple instructions. It makes a great addition to my library (currently over 40 books) and is the first one I will recommend to others exploring raw foods.
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By lonebeaut TOP 1000 REVIEWER on November 12, 2009
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I must admit that, although I've been vegan for almost ten years, the raw foods department of veganism is new to me. Up 'til a month or so ago I had never even heard of a dehydrator, and now I own one (not a pricey, noisy Excalibur, but a cheaper, quiet Good4U, which I like). I'm still holding out against getting a food processor but it looks like I'll bite the bullet, because if I'm going to continue this way of eating I'll need one.

As an intro to raw foods I bought two books: The Raw Food Revolution Diet (Cherie Soria et al.) and the Boutenkos' Raw Food Signature Dishes. To start out, I've been trying out recipes from the latter book for the past week, including the garden burger (delicious), chocolate truffles (tasty and chewy but not chocolaty enough), green smoothies almost daily (theirs and my various versions), Igor's flat bread and the peroshkis. The last two are loaded with celery, which I've never been a fan of, but I thought maybe the flavor would be masked among all the other ingredients. Unfortunately not. They both pretty much reek of celery, and it's the dominant flavor. But I know it's good for me and I don't want to waste food so I'll eat it, slowly. And the next time I'll substitute something I like, maybe zucchini, for the celery.

The ironic thing about raw foods is that they actually require more of a time commitment than cooked foods. You have to run around collecting all the ingredients you need from various markets; you have to soak the nuts and seeds to get rid of the phytates (and then dehydrate them before you can use them); sprouting takes six days or so; dehydrating can take up to 20 hours or more. And it can take quite a while and quite a mess to chop/process/blend/mix ingredients for, say, the peroshkis.
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