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This extensive volume provides a compendium of information on the chic raw foods movement. Underkoffler, a Maui-based restaurateur and workshop facilitator, devotes several hundred pages to descriptions of fruits, vegetables and the other essentials of a raw foods diet; the economic and social effects of eating raw foods; and the health benefits of adhering to such a diet. Many of the volume's recipes make the prospect of eating all raw foods quite appetizing. Indonesian vegetable Pad Thai in Coconut Sauce, Golden Butternut Soup with Provençal Pesto, Pesto Stuffed Mushrooms and Crumble Apple Strudel Bundt Cake are all dishes that even non-raw converts might savor. And the author offers little tips to help soften the strict rules of eating raw. For example, she explains, "A wonderful secret of raw foods preparation is to serve soup in a warmed bowl. It allows the flavors to bloom a little bit more and keeps the soup warm without having to heat the soup to unhealthful temperatures upon serving." For readers who don't mind lukewarm bisque, or the significant effort that goes into preparing it, this book offers nice variety and valuable information.
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RenÉe Loux Underkoffler is a raw-foods chef and former co-owner of the Raw Experience restaurant in Maui. She facilitates health retreats and workshops worldwide, which incorporate yoga and living foods into a balanced lifestyle.See all Editorial Reviews
I love this book! I had read reviews for it and even the introduction and it got my interest. I found it at a local library and checked it out to see if it was worth it. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Rachel Plante
Nice book, but I don't always have access to some of the extravagant ingredients or the time to make the meals more eye appealing.Published 7 months ago by Rainer
If you want to eat high raw, this is the book. I found living the high raw way too cumbersome for my lifestyle but I will keep this book and love reading the recipes, looking at... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Kim Knebel
AWESOME Recipe book and great for beginners! Start with the salads and work your way out. Most of the recipes are just outstanding, flavorful, and healthy. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Panthurdreams
A comprehensive guide to raw foods nutrition and some great recipes to add to my repetoire - the author knows her material!Published 13 months ago by MGeller
This is the only cookbook I have ever bought that I sat and read it cover to cover twice. The information on the subject was well presented and the recipes were simple enough for... Read morePublished on July 13, 2013 by Mkki
If you're interested in making complex and delicious raw dishes, this is a wonderful book. Every recipe I've tried has been wonderfully flavorful and a joy to eat. Read morePublished on March 13, 2013 by Brooke W
I bought the book becuase I like to try new and varied dishes. The first (and only!) thing I made was the Ginger-Curried Pumpkin Soup. Read morePublished on December 8, 2012 by Heather F Goff