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Natalia is a pure food chef, author and educator, focusing on living foods and their relationship to our health, happiness and beauty. Through innovative recipes, that are both luscious and simple, she is changing the face of healthy eating. She is the author of Pure Pleasures.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 62 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (July 27, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1463771576
  • ISBN-13: 978-1463771577
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.2 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,198,602 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Natalia Karoway is a lover of transformation. Through shamanism, yoga, and sacred ceremony, she is devoted to creating a beautiful, safe, and joyful space for our souls to come alive and remember our highest potential. She believes that when we are able to remember, we are able to heal.

Natalia officially stepped onto the shamanic path in 2011 when her own soul was calling out for deeper healing and deeper meaning. It was at this time that she experienced transformation unlike any other and in that moment, Natalia truly fell in love with life. Her training started with The Four Winds Society where she received certification in shamanic energy medicine. Upon completion, she began further training under Jose Luis Herrera, diving infinitely deeper into the authentic indigenous medicine of Peru. Natalia has also been blessed enough to receive rites of passage and training from multiple medicine lineages--and from the land itself--in the high Andes of Peru.

It is Natalia's honor to provide sacred healing space for groups. She guides shamanic journeys to explore empowered paths to self healing. She hosts despacho ceremonies, bringing beauty, intention, and service to the practice of prayer. Natalia also teaches yoga fused with shamanic wisdom as a powerful way to physically move stagnant energy. No matter the path, all of her work culminates in allowing you to step fully into a life that you can truly love.

Though she is a wanderer at heart, Natalia is currently living and loving in Massachusetts with her web designer husband where they enjoy exploring nature, sitting in ceremony, practicing yoga, and dreaming up their next adventure.

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Jason on December 4, 2011
Format: Paperback
I was so surprised that Natalia was able to create raw cupcakes that taste SO good! I've tried other raw dessert books, only to be disappointed by the standard "blend up some bananas, a million dates, and 1 gallon of agave nectar". I could tell that Natalia really put her heart and soul into this book, and every recipe is really creative. I've made several of the cupcake recipes so far, and each one has turned out to be delicious and beautiful, just like the photos. As long as you follow the instructions and use the right type of coconut flour, etc, then the cupcakes turn out perfect and fluffy. Just don't forget to defrost them for a little while before you eat them!

That brings me to another point i'd like to make about this book. I really can't stand recipe books that have no pictures, and I can see that Natalia probably shares that frustration when she looks at other recipe books. That's why EVERY recipe has a large close-up color photo of what the cupcake should look like once it's finished. That makes it very easy to quickly flip through the book, and make something that catches your eye. This is SO important to me, because i just can't buy a recipe book without pictures.

I own all of natalia's books now, and I really love her style. Whatever book she releases next is going to be an insta-buy for me :)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By E. Jones on May 19, 2012
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I purchased Cupcake Heaven based on my success with Natalia's first book; my kids lover her cakes. I own an obscene number of raw cookbooks and I think other than Raw Food Real World I've prepared the highest percentage of recipes from her books. I don't like nut heavy meals and especially desserts, finally raw desserts that don't require a nut/date base. The base for her cupcakes is an ingenious combo of pureed fruit and coconut - though the frostings are cashew based which I'm fine with. I am the first to say I'm not a huge coconut fan and go so far as to only use unscented coconut oil for the least possible coconut flavour impact and I do not find the coconut bases off putting.

I made a point of making a few of her recipes before posting here and have provided six photos showing the Strawberry with Citrus Lime frosting and her Almond with Chocolate Almond frosting. I was thrilled with the results. I'm a chocolate fan but the strawberry combo blew my socks off.

A few points I would like to share. I don't know how well these would travel as the bases need to be chilled/frozen and soften when warmed. Perhaps adding a bit more coconut oil would do the trick. Don't get me wrong, they don't fall apart when room temp just are less solid. With the super yummy frosting I suggest starting everything in a food processor THEN finishing in your Vita Mix as this went a long way to keeping my VM from overheating. And lastly, to avoid your cashews going grey when soaking ONLY soak for the suggested time and add a squirt of lemon juice to the water - it doesn't alter the flavor and does keep them from darkening.

Another person voiced their disappointment with her recipes and I would like to say that if you are going to pop these morsels in your mouth expecting baked butter, wheat and sugar you will be disappointed however if you open your mind to the brilliance of her creativity than you will not be disappointed.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Melissa on August 15, 2011
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The first time my two year old daughter tried these raw cupcakes, she excitedly exclaimed "Mama! This tastes like butter!!! Mmmm!!!" I love making cupcakes that are actually good for her. We make them in big batches now so that they are always in the freezer ready to defrost any time she wants a treat (and these are so healthy, I've actually let her have them for breakfast before).

This book is totally a delight for the senses (of course, like the cupcakes)... beautiful photography, really inspiring ideas, and easy to follow recipes. Once you make them one or two times, the whole process becomes quick and easy.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By PacNW Grrl on March 27, 2012
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This is a little book containing 25 recipes for raw food cupcakes. The book is beautiful with color photographs on the right and a clean, clear presentation of the recipe on the left. Yes, each recipe has a picture. I always appreciate it when cookbooks include photos so we know how the item is supposed to look when it's done. The book also stitch bound rather than glued, so it's meant to take the abuse of being pressed open on the kitchen counter for frequent use. Some good thought went into the construction of this text.

Though the recipes vary widely in flavor, one of the best reasons to buy this book, the essential recipe appears to be the same between them. The core ingredients are coconut oil, raw coconut flour, and some sweetener. The flavorings and colors vary according to the recipe, and . The coconut is an issue for me since I can't eat it, but I suspect I may be able to use the recipes here as a jumping-off point to create some variations using different nut flours. Raw food desserts are a little like making mud pies; it's just a matter of achieving the right consistency.

The author here has been very creative. The cupcakes are visually beautiful and sound delicious. The frostings, natural food colors, and creative presentations are certainly worth a perusal. This is a very well done cookbook. I look forward to seeing more from this author in the future, and I encourage her to try out some non-coconut flours for a little variation in her repertoire.
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