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Rawsome!: Maximizing Health, Energy, and Culinary Delight With the Raw Foods Diet Paperback – March 15, 2004

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About the Author

Brigitte Mars is an hebalist and nutritional consultant from Boulder, Colorado, who has been working with natural medicine for more than thirty years. She teaches herbal medicine through Esalen, the Boulder College of Masage Therapy, and the Naropa Institute. She is a professional member of the American Herbalists Guild. She is the author of several books, including "Sex, Love & Health," "Addiction-Free Naturally," "Herbs for Healthy Skin and Nails," and "Dandelion Medicine."
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 370 pages
  • Publisher: Basic Health Pubns; 1 edition (March 15, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1591200601
  • ISBN-13: 978-1591200604
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 5.8 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #639,685 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Brigitte Mars is an herbalist and nutritional consultant with over forty years experience. Brigitte lived in a tipi for two and a half years solely on wild edible plants years ago. She teaches Herbal Medicine at Naropa University, Bauman College of Holistic Nutrition, The School of Natural Medicine, Living Arts School, and Integrative Earth Medicine in Colorado. She has taught at Omega Institute, Esalen, Kripalu, and The Mayo Clinic, She blogs for the Huffington Post and Care2. She is a professional member of the American Herbalist Guild.
Brigitte is the author of many books and DVDs, including The Home Reference to Holistic Health and Healing, The Country Almanac of Home Remedies, The Desktop Guide to Herbal Medicine, Beauty by Nature, Addiction Free Naturally, The Sexual Herbal, Healing Herbal Teas, Rawsome! and co-author of The HempNut Cookbook. DVDS include Sacred Psychoactives, Herbal Wizardry for Kids of all Ages, Natural Remedies for Childhood Ailments and Natural Remedies for Emotional Health. Her latest project is a phone app called IPlant.
Brigitte and her daughter, Sunflower Sparkle Mars run Herb Camp for Kids in Boulder, Colorado. Brigitte's other daughter is world famous activist/yogini-actress/ supermodel, Rainbeau Mars.
Please check out www.brigittemars.com


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130 of 131 people found the following review helpful By Her Dotness on April 9, 2005
Format: Paperback
This is the single best reference and recipe book in one that I've found thus far. Mars provides a detailed food-by-food breakdown of nutrients as well as suggesting what conditions this food may help heal. Her recipes are practical, relatively easy to assemble and appealing. The strongest point in her favor for me, the only raw eater in my household, is that many of her recipes make only 2 servings, thus making Rawsome! an excellent choice for singles or couples who prefer not to have to downsize recipes.

Mars also summarizes five classic studies supporting raw foodism as well as recommending three titles for those wishing to explore the scientific support more extensively. I'd suggest Gabriel Cousens' Conscious Eating for people wanting more scientific support with recipes.

The most annoying drawback for me for a number of Mars' more appealing recipes is the unbelievable amount of time required to soak, drain, soak, drain, and dehydrate ingredients before you can even begin to assemble the dish. And then, my little bitty dehydrator often takes well over 24 hours to do its work. Too much hassle for me! (To be fair, however, lengthy preptime is common for quite a few recipes in all-inclusive raw recipe books.)

Nevertheless, there are many usable recipes in Rawsome! Consequently, it's still the best all-around raw recipe book I've found, easily the equivalent of Betty Crocker's "big red" binder cookbook.
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74 of 74 people found the following review helpful By K. Nordman on November 25, 2006
Format: Paperback
I am not entirely sure how I stummbled into raw foods but I am so grateful that I did.

Brigitte's book was one of the first that I picked up and a really great start for beginners. I was instantly converted reading her book. Although I have been a vegan for some time.. I did not feel entirely healthy. Brigitte's book really opened my eyes to eliminating all that processed foods (and even all those cooked veggies that I thought were so healthy for me!) and start really eating natural.

If you think you already eat healthy now.. read this book and you will be completely shocked! Not only is the introduction to raw foods she gives amazing and empowering, but her recipes are wonderful (and simple) for beginners. I do not have a dehydrator, but a lot of the recipes don't require it. I now drink homemade raw almond milk daily. I absolutely LOVE her recipe for Easy Almond Cheese Spread! Everyone I give it to can't get over it. Her shakes are absolutely fabulous I loved the Mango Lassi and Purple Haze. Brigitte has opened me to a whole new way of eating and all new foods that I probably never would have otherwise tried (I had never eaten almonds ever or drank coconut water! yummy!) Best of all even though I have only been eating about 75% raw for the past two weeks I am already noticing an improvement in my health. It is so exciting to know that for the first time in your life you are really doing what's right and natural for your body! I can't imagine ever going back to my old eating habits. If Brigitte's recipes weren't so good.. I may have given up on the whole raw food thing (as there are other gourmet raw recipe books out there that are so discouraging for newbies!). I take this book everywhere with me...it really is wonderful and I will recommend it to anyone who really has a genuine interest in being healthy. I cannot wait to see my health continue to improve.
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48 of 48 people found the following review helpful By Leland Fry on August 17, 2006
Format: Paperback
If you can only get one Raw Food book--this is it! It includes sprouting charts, drying times for dried foods, Lists of every vitamin and mineral with the corresponding foods--even an alkaline/acidity chart. The recipes are simple. If you wnat more gourmet type stuff, I suggest Juliano's RAW. But this book is a must for every Raw kitchen--the most accessible Raw food book I've come across, and Thank You Brigette Mars for including research on uncooked foods--good research--there's a lot of hocus-pocus, magical thinking out there in the Raw Food World, and this is a breath of fresh air, because it's smart and straight forward.
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40 of 41 people found the following review helpful By SC on August 1, 2006
Format: Paperback
I found and bought this book a few months after reading Kevin Trudeau's Natural Cures book which has finally allowed me to be cured forever of crohn's disease which I had been fooled into beleiving was incurable by the medical community, so I would highly recommend the Natural Cures book to anyone fooled into thinking their disease in incurable (hint: 100% of chronic diseases are direct results of poor food choices, and the one and only cure is to switch to a healthy diet, which is well proven to cure all chronic diseases including cancer).

To get on to Rawsome!, I bought this expecting to find recipes for cold soups, salads, and not much more. To my amazement, there are recipes for pizza, lasagna, samosas, "meat" balls, cheese imitation, pancakes, chips. Even more to my amazement, is that most of these taste WAY better than their "real" equivalent, and they are very filling. For example, the chips which are awesome and crispy like real chips, taste much better, yet I can only eat a few at a time because they are so nutritious.

The secret to making these foods raw but with the taste and texture of cooked foods is dehydration, rather than cooking at 350 F for 30 minutes for example, it's dehydrated at 110 F for 12-24 hours, which preserves the vitamins, enzymes and other nutritional parts of the food. Sure, it may seem long, but the result is great tasting, disease-preventing food.

I can easily see myself eating mostly if not only recipes from this book from now on. They taste awesome, a cheap to make, and extremely healthy.
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