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I've had the pleasure of knowing Elaina since she began her very first raw food class in the fall of 1998. Elaina was one of the first raw food pioneers who took a relatively bland food movement and made it taste great. Since then, she has evolved into into one of the top raw food chefs in the world, and, as a chef instructor at the Living Light Culinary Academy, she has trained many of the other leading raw food chefs.
A number of the recipes in these two volumes evolved from the monthly classes she held in her home, which I attended for several years. Each month, those of us in the class would marvel at how she was able to combine foods, herbs and spices to come up with so many amazing recipes and menu plans. For example, her Thanksgiving holiday menu (which I believe was the first gourmet raw Thanksgiving menu available on the planet at that time) enabled me to enjoy a raw food meal so delicious and satisfying that it rivaled the traditional one my family were eating, but on a much healthier scale.
Using a series of her recipes for a "burrito" with "re-fried beans" and "rice" I once organized a dinner party where each participant brought one of the components of the meal (including raw, vegan sour cream, cheese, guacamole, etc). All of the attendees, myself included, were amazed at how such simple, raw, plant-based foods could do such an awesome job of coming so close to the classic tastes, while remaining healthy and raw.
For about a year, the Brownies (made with carob from before raw chocolate (cacao) made the raw food scene) were my breakfast staple, although my all time favorites are the raw pizza recipes.Read more ›
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Elaina Love is a professional Chef, Instructor and Detox counselor at PureJoyAcademy.com. She is a Lifestyle Counselor, Co-owner of Pure Joy Academy and Owner/Director of PureJoyPlanet.com, an online chef tools store.
Public Eye: Elaina has become known worldwide for her extensive raw food demonstrations on YouTube.com and other places on the internet where she teaches you how to make a variety of raw gourmet creations easily. If you do a google search for Elaina Love, you will find many videos, interviews and articles she created. She is the author of 2 recipe books and 3 DVDs, and has many published recipes in a variety of recipe books on the market which have a wide distribution. Her upcoming book is about the importance of Omega 3 oils which include recipes and is co-authored with Victoria Boutenko and Chad Sarno and will be released in 2012.
Tools: Elaina is the creator of the Amazing Nut Milk Bag (available on Amazon) which is sold and used worldwide as an integral kitchen tool for raw foodies, vegans and anyone wishing to make better food choices. She is the queen of kitchen gadgets and loves to show the tools she uses to make food prep fun and easy. From veggie noodle making tools to excellent knives and sharpeners, juicers, blenders and more you will love learning all the ways to use these integrative tools.
Teaching background: Elaina has been teaching raw food courses and giving talks worldwide since 1998. She was a Chef/Instructor at the renowned Living Light Culinary Arts Institute where she was on staff from 2000-2010. Elaina has been invited to teach classes all over the world, and has taught courses and provided raw, vegan meals at many events and retreats, including those for David Wolfe, Dr. Gabriel Cousens, M.D. of The Tree of Life, Living Light Culinary Arts Institute and many more.
Transformation: With a passion for sharing the knowledge she has attained through years of detoxing and cheffing experience, Elaina has helped people throughout the world bring about positive changes in their lives. Her teaching and support empowers people to lose weight and gain energy by making positive lifestyle choices and incorporating more living, raw food into their diet.