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Living Cuisine: The Art and Spirit of Raw Foods (Avery Health Guides) Paperback – January 5, 2004
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The first half of the book is a compilation of information, from advice and the benefits of going raw to a comprehensive list of foods, tools and techniques. Very useful for the beginner (even veteran raw foodists might learn a thing or two).
The second part of the book consists of Renee's delicious vegan recipes (no animal products or dairy). Everything I have tried is tasty, elegant and nicely balanced and her desserts are outrageous!
Unlike Trotter and Klein's wonderful but complex "Raw", the offerings here are very easy to assemble. My one complaint is that many of the side notes and paragraph headings are printed in very pale gray. The lack of contrast makes these very difficult to read... it's a design flaw but doesn't diminish the overall quality of the book.
As a raw chef, myself, I think Renee has done a masterful job of creating a book that will appeal to everyone. Simple, straight forward and delicious. There is a real sense of love and joy that pervades this book. Highly recommended!!
She does include some recipes for steamed vegetable side dishes, as she writes that some harder veggies may be difficult for some people to digest and assimilate in their raw form. Even if, as a strict raw-foodist, you were against this, I would still recommend buying this book. Everything is delicious, and very creative. The food is rich and luxurious, and if you are serving non-rawfood people, these are recipes that will really impress them. The first half of the book has in-depth information about raw food ingredients and techniques, such as sprouting, culturing, and fermenting. good for a raw foods introduction, as well as "advanced" cooks. If you are not a raw-foodist, you will still love the recipes, so if you would like to eat more fresh food, this is a great book. Some gadgets like a dehydrator and blender are necessary for some recipes, but others don't require them. Enjoy!
It is like a comprehensive reference encyclopedia of raw foods. It explains all the obscure ingredients you hear about and breaks down the different kinds of vegetables and the vitamins they contain and so on. I always wanted to know which bean has the most protein? Which veggies are the healthiest to eat? What needs to be bought organic and what can I just get at the local supermarket? What machines do i need to purchase for my kitchen and which ones are just hype? SHould I really buy a $200 Juicer or a $350 Vita-Mix?? Should I get a dehydrator? Whats the healthiest sweetner to use? How do I sprout my own beans or grow my own wheatgrass? Well, you get the idea.....She answers pretty much every question you could ever ask about being a vegetarian or being a vegan or being a raw-foods vegetarian.
I highly recommend this book, the recipes themselves are FANTASTIC, she is actually a world-renowned raw foods chef and gives away many of her secrets here. If you know nothing about raw foods this is the perfect book to buy to get started and even experts will enjoy the recipes. I am a cheap-skate that checks books out from the library and never buys them, but I bought a copy of this one because I use it all the time as a reference book and as a cookbook.
I have several Raw Food Books - this is simply the best!
The first half of the book is full of information - layout is easy to understand and follow. The second half - what a delicious treat - the recipes - it is almost sinful how good healthy raw food can taste - the pies and cookies are a must not to mention the delicious salad dressings - the salad dressings are soooo gooood! - you will just want to eat them straight out of the blender - who cares about the salad part!!!
I have even e-mailed Renee with questions - really not expecting a quick answer - if an answer at all. She e-mailed me back within 24 hrs. She has another book coming out this spring which I have pre-ordered myself called "The Balanced Plate". I also have the DVD "Go Further" which is very inspirational - so check that out also. If you are a Raw Fooder or a Vegan or just thinking about eating a little healthier - shame on you if you do not get this book!!!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Ingredients are not too far fetched. Very tasty results. Thoughtful, educational, and gourmet cuisine. Renee cares about health and food and it shows in this book.Published 4 months ago by Carol
Huge disappointment. Boring to read, not even a single raw porridge recipe. I really don't need to know what color cinnamon is, or that pecans are native to Americas. Read morePublished 5 months ago by SpinningMarie
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 7 months 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 12 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 14 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 17 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 18 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