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202 of 212 people found the following review helpful
on July 1, 2012
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I really like this book. The accompanying DVD helps, Judita is a cutie and the kitchen is trendy (complete with a gazillion other cookbooks in the background, likely intentional). The book is well organized, with WONDERFUL, LARGE COLOR PHOTOS. Collecting the materials mentioned in the book quickly turns into a scavenger hunt; finding the right, high quality goods for the best price. But it's all fun...unless you're piss poor, which many are. Some may grow disillusioned with 'healthy eating' as marketed by all but the Raw Food on a Budget book (and even that advises that one saves up for a Vitamix).

"Going Raw", like most other raw food cookbooks, require:

- Vitamix - centrifugal juicer - masticating juicer - bamboo mat - zester - wisk
- mandoline plane - slotted spoon - citrus juicer - dehydrator - food processor
- ice cream scoop - spiralizer - Ice cream maker - Cocktail shaker - wisk - microplane
- pie/tartlette pan - Colanders (varying sizes)- ceramic knives - quality boilers (tea; melt cocoa)
- Lg glass + SSteel mixing bowls - TONS o mason jars (+ sprouting top) - tongues
- Bamboo cutting boards - molds - rubber icetrays - glass measuring cups (vary sizes)
- spice mill/grinder (incl stone AND ceramic) - SSteel Sieves (varying mesh density)
- SSteel/plastic dry measuring cup

So, we're talking about some serious cash! Not to mention the obscure nutritional supplements, sea veggies, nuts and seeds, herbs, spices, fermented goods and the like. And once THAT'S all taken care of, you'll need the TIME to actually do this stuff. Perhaps that's why it's called a lifestyle. Perhaps that's also why the USA thinks that it's considerably more expensive to eat healthier, when in fact it really isn't.

So for those who have most or all of the above-mentioned items they generally will like such cookbooks while those that don't have these items will enjoy them less. Specifically, if you're wanting to make 'bread, fries or onion rings', you'll need to get all of this stuff, because all of these tools create the RIGHT TEXTURE and AESTHETIC closest to it's cooked, non vegan counterpart. And when you've labored over the dish, you'll want it to look like the beautiful pictures in the book.

There's a colossal hamburger and onion rings on the cover of the book, so I can't feign ignorance to the mimicking other foods rabbit hole. Though I don't understand the obsession with Raw Cookbooks immulating the very stuff that culture warns that I should avoid?! Why not simply create dishes that don't mock spaghetti or coffee cake? I don't want to eat meat. So i'm not spending $50 on nuts to crumble them up and ferment them to make fake meat. I have the equipment, so I'd better use this stuff, but is it REALLY necessary to create delicious dishes?

I do like how Going Raw has a fair amount of dishes that aren't seed and nut heavy. And it's fascinating the various manipulations of coconut meat to make things like phylo dough, tortillas etc. I also realize that for those who are truly raw, they don't eat such complex dishes all the time.

Going Raw encourage mostly healthy eating, by adding lots of greens to your plate. Though many of the deserts are nut and seed heavy.

Personally, I have no regrets for having purchased the book, or many of the tools required, as I approach raw cuisine as a hobby, not a way of life. Also, this book isn't as heavy on the seeds as many others are, and for that, I commend Ms. Wignall.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
on October 12, 2012
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I really want to eat healthier than I do now. I've eaten at "raw" restaurants when I'm out of town and I love the food. I was hoping that this book might be the answer, but I was let down. If you are a creative chef that loves to try new and exotic ingredients, this book might be for you, but it just didn't work for me. The first recipe calls for goji berries and camu camu powder. The third recipe calls for cacao nibs. Other recipes in the first few pages call for hemp protein powder, bee pollen, maca powder, hemp seeds, hulled buckwheat groats. Where in the world am I going to get all this stuff?

I just wasn't motivated to try any of the recipes because of the ingredients which I might never use again. If anybody can recommend a book with simple recipes with easy-to-find ingredients that an average guy can make, please leave a comment. I don't want to discourage anyone from buying the book, but consider your level of cooking expertise beforehand (and your willingness to search for unusual ingredients). I was lucky to find this book available at my local library so I was able to try it out before buying it. With all the 5-star reviews, people seem to love it, but it's not for everybody.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on August 20, 2013
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Good recipes, too time consuming. Sorry, I'm not using up my precious counter space with a food dehydrator going all the time. Also, a lot of the recipes rely heavily on fruit and natural sugars. Too much of even the healthies sugars makes me put on weight. Her other cookbook is faster, higher in fat, and lower in sugar.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on June 25, 2013
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Ingredients are too special, difficult to obtain in Hungary. Book material, the colours and the pictures, are all great however...
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on November 21, 2013
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Wish there was better recipes. Not much to my liking but I can see potential in some of the combinations. We are picky eaters and this may have just not been what we were looking for.
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14 of 29 people found the following review helpful
on November 24, 2011
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I have this wonderful book in hard copy, and as hard copy it definitely deserves five stars. However I bought the Kindle Edition to use away from home, at the grocery store, etc. While each section can be reached immediately in the Kindle Edition table of contents, one must scroll through endless pages of recipes and pictures WITHIN sections to find specific recipes, or else laboriously spell out key words. So while this book is a winner as a hard copy book, as a Kindle book it misses the mark.
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0 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on July 8, 2013
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I watched my daughter do this for a month and she dropped 20 lbs. I look forward to being as successful as her.
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6 of 22 people found the following review helpful
on November 23, 2011
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This book is very well formated, bright and clear. I don't think it is for the average person, it seems to be a bit advanced. Their are some nice recipes and some good information in the book.Overall this might be a really good book for someone. But it wasen't really what I exspected.
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