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RAWvolution: Gourmet Living Cuisine Hardcover – July 3, 2006
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About the Author
Matt Amsden has quickly established himself as one of the premier raw food chefs in south-ern California and the world. Matt's company, RAWvolution, is the first of its kind, delivering gourmet raw food meals throughout the United States. Originally from Ontario, Canada, Matt began eating a diet of 100 percent raw foods virtually overnight after hearing an interview with author/lecturer David Wolfe on the Howard Stern Show. Matt's desire to learn more about raw food preparation led him to Santa Monica, California, the heart of the raw food movement, where he soon began to share his talent with hundreds of people, including celebrities such as Margaret Cho, Woody Harrelson, Courtney Love, and Alicia Silverstone.
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Top Customer Reviews
Here's the "but". Many of the the recipes were not to my taste.....either tooooooo salty, toooooo oily, tooooooo much, as in overkill, on some of the spices. Don't get me wrong, I do love flavorful food...and when you're preparing raw foods alot of the volume/amounts of liquids, oils, spices depends on the main ingredients as to how much you will need to add. Just be aware of this if you follow the recipes in this book exactly as written....taste test as you can in the process.
If this is NOT your ONLY raw, living food (un)cook book, get it. BUT, don't let this be your only or your first. Not all of the recipes in this book "suck"; however, I would recommend any of the following books for the recipes before your purchase Rawvolution:
Raw Food Made Easy for 1 or 2 People, Jennifer Cornbleet
The Raw Gourmet, Nomi Shannon
Ani's Raw Kitchen, Ani Phyo
Living on Live Foods, Alissa Cohen
From my perspective, any of those will give you a better start to raw, living foods. Also, you'll get an understanding of what ingredients are good for crunchy or creamy, and options for sweetening, thickening and thinning so you can begin to create your very own fantastic recipes.
Juliano Brotman's RAW book is also very pretty and inspiring.....but there are definitely errors in several of the recipes.
Hope this helps. Don't hesitate to experiment....and do enjoy the renewed health and vitality that you are sure to experience by, at the very least, adding more "raw food" to your diet.
This book is definately not for someone new to a raw food diet, as it doesnt contain much informatoin about they why's and how's of what you are eating. It does however include a small chapter on what ingredients you should keep in your pantry.
With less than 200 pages from cover to cover it is on the small side for a cookbook. The recipe chapters include breakfast, soups, sides and starters, sauces and dips, entrees and desserts. The breakfast section is quite small with about 10 recipes. Although I usually have a green drink or juice I do like breakfast recipes to eat throughout the day, they're nice to have. Most of the recipes are pretty nut/seed patty heavy (using one nut loaf for 4 different entrees and a seasoned walnut meat for 3 others) but Matt does use more sunflower seeds than nuts which for me is refreshing. He also uses his onion bread recipe in anything that requires a crust such as pizza or sandwiches and for tostadas, no other bread, cracker or tortilla recipe is included.
The book is also light on dessert recipes. Whole fruit pies in a 5inch pan make up most of them. You will either need to purchase a 5 inch pie pan or make 1 1/2 the recipe to fit a standard 9 inch.
Some recipes that stand out are the mock tuna and mock chicken salad (my new favorite!), cheese pierogis, the big Matt with cheese (his raw version of a big mac), cheese sticks, cucumber dill salad, hummus, mashed potatoes and a fantastic chili.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I really wanted to love this book, and am glad I got the chance to check it out from my library first.
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We ate at his restaurant and loved it! I liked the book but wanted more wrap recipes and the recipe to the dessert we had at his restaurant. Very good book and I highly recommend.Published 8 months ago by monique l cassis
I LOVE this book! I am the person that gets cookbooks but never take the time to actually get recipes out of them. Read morePublished 9 months ago by K.B.
This is one of the best raw food cookbooks on the market - Matt Amsden does make his recipes a bit salty and oily but, with a little adjustment, his recipes are fabulous! Read morePublished 11 months ago by Denise R. Becknell