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“Ready your dehydrator, get set with a food processor, and proceed to first-time author Kirk’s more than 120 recipes for raw food and healthy eating.” (Booklist)

About the Author

Mimi Kirk is also the author of Live Raw. Voted PETA’s sexiest vegetarian over 50, she has appeared on NBC, CBS, and Fox News; and in VegNews magazine, Purely Delicious, and PETA Prime. Her careers span the gamut—from being a stand-in for Mary Tyler Moore and the designer behind Valerie Harper’s wardrobe on Rhoda to a costume jewelry designer; publisher of an environmental newspaper in Los Angeles; board game inventor; and author. She helped start the first film festival in Taos, New Mexico, and has worked with several nonprofits to help raise money and awareness about health and environmental concerns. Kirk enjoys spending time with her boyfriend, four children, and seven grandchildren. She lives in Ramona, California.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing; 1 edition (June 22, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1616082747
  • ISBN-13: 978-1616082741
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 8.5 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (198 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #131,325 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Just received the book and loving it. The recipes are delicious and easy. The downside about many raw recipes is that they have too many ingredients or are super laborious, but that is not the case with these recipes. After a trip to the market for produce, then ingredients like aminos, tahini, tamari and a few herbs, you're set to make a myriad of raw meals. Mimi also reviews tools essential for a raw kitchen (dehydrator, blender, spiralizer, etc.) so the book is great for people new to the raw path. Highly recommend!
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I ate a very processed classic meat, bread and potatoes diet growing up and got the majority of my vegetables from cans. Therefore, I found it hard to change to a healthier and what seemed to be less convenient diet lifestyle. Then I got a wake up call from a cancer diagnosis. It is my understanding that 80% of what causes a lot of forms of cancer is your environment. That would include what you eat and drink as well as many other factors. That empowers me and I feel very blessed that there are people like Mimi willing to share recipes to help people wanting to make the changes that will empower us to live a healthier life. As a result of my health situation I have a lot of books on eating better, but only two others that that I enjoy as much as Live Raw. The hardest things to give up, for me at least, are cheese, snacks and sweet treats. Mimi does a great job of presenting recipes for replacements for the things that are hardest for me to give up. I never intended to go completely raw, or vegan for that matter, but with Mimi's help I feel like I may be very close to making the change to a mostly raw diet. Please note that she does go on a rant about why she doesn't eat meat, but even though I may never give up eating meat completely I took the information as a learning experience and not a preaching experience. I don't think she means it to make you conform to her way, but wants to be sure to give the most complete information on why she believes eating raw is healthier. After all the research I have done on eating healthy I feel like her information is good and in keeping with other information out there. I have tried several of the recipes and love them.Read more ›
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Really. I want to be like Mimi Kirk when I grow up! She's 72 and looks like she might be pushing 40. She has the bubbly personality of a teenager and a boyfriend 20 years her junior. This amazing woman shares her diet secrets and life experience with warmth and humor in this fabulous new book. The recipes are surprisingly simple and absolutely delicious. Truly a must read for all the 30 and 40 somethings out there who refuse to grow old gracefully. Mimi provides her method for looking and feeling terrific at any age. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!
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The author is inspiring, but the book itself is just "meh".
It's very pretty with lots of pictures and high quality paper, but that's about it for the "pros". As for the "cons":

1) A lot of typos and errors. Lately, I've been encountering this a lot with books, and it's unbelievably irritating! I could understand a couple of typos (although, in a published book, there shouldn't be any), but this book had more than a couple. How hard is it to get a couple of people to carefully read your book before you start selling it? One example, that is fresh in my head - one of the recipes says "1 corn kernel". I'm assuming it's 1 cup, but who knows?
It seems like some recipes that she meant to include have been omitted. There's a section with suggestions for filling ingredients for sushi that mentions some recipes that are nowhere in the book. Either they've been erroneously omitted, or why would you mention a recipe and then not include it in the book? Very frustrating!

2) The book calls for a lot of uncommon ingredients. There are similar recipes in other cookbooks (or online) without these, so apparently they're not even necessary in most cases.
Firstly, I think that discourages beginners from trying these recipes.
Secondly, it may not be a problem for those who are lucky to live close to a specialty store, but most people have to order them online. These ingredients are expensive (especially when you add in the shipping), and seeing how even the basic raw diet is pretty expensive, I haven't tried as many recipes from this book as I would've liked to, because of the cost of the ingredients.

3) Some recipes I've tried from this book are just not good. (And I've never been a picky eater.
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i bought this after seeing a review on my favorite blog, Raw on $10 a Day or Less. most raw cookbooks are too "complicated" for me. i am a beginner and i find the raw lifestyle a very worthwhile endeavor, but most authors forget to talk to newbies and people who are just starting out. Mimi's approach is simple and described in plain English. her recipes range from "easy-ready right away" to "complicated-requires lots of equipment and time". i like that i feel i can grow with this book as i become more raw familiar. i have had a dehydrator for years that i never opened. her book gave me the courage to try one of the more simple recipes. i strongly encourage readers that have a dehydrator to try the blueberry pancakes...yum! anyway, the book is not preachy, though she has opinions about meat. as a meat eater, i was not offended by her brief sermon about eating meat. the book is also not too technical, which i find alot of raw books to be. i think it is a good place for beginners and the recipes are great no matter what stage you are at in your journey. the only MINOR negatives i note are the following: i wish the index were more comprehensive - listed by ingredients and recipe type and recipe name. also, i would love it if she gave options for the recipes that require a large, expensive dehydrator, for those of us who have not made that investment yet. one last thing, a nice addition to future volumes would be a weekly or daily guide for beginners - a day in the life where meals for each day are listed and a shopping list for some suggested grocery trips. i find it hard to plan meals at this stage of my game. on my 100% raw days, i am always starving! i would like to learn to get past that by planning better. (FYI- my background, i am not 100% raw or vegan. i eat fish and meats. i feed a family (including a toddler) that is vegan "supportive", but that eats meat and cooked foods daily. my point, i have picky eaters that enjoy the recipes in this book as well.)
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