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Product Details

  • Series: The Complete Idiot's Guide
  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: ALPHA; 1 edition (July 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1592577717
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592577712
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 7.3 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (90 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #180,007 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“I’ve seen a lot of raw foods books over the years, but none has left me so impressed.”
—Erik Marcus

“Recipes so good you may want to eat this book.”
Woody Harrelson, actor

The Complete Idiot’s Guide® to Eating Raw is ideal for anyone looking to seamlessly adopt eating habits that will benefit overall health and boost athletic performance.”
— Brendan Brazier, pro Ironman triathlete and best-selling author of The Thrive Diet

“I love this book! Now we know that raw foods are able to take complete idiots and turn them into total geniuses! Great recipes! Wow!”
—David Wolfe, author of The Sunfood Diet Success System and Eating for Beauty.

About the Author

Mark Reinfeld is the founding chef of the Blossoming Lotus Restaurant, which won Honolulu’s Advertiser’s 2006 Ilima Award for “Best Restaurant of Kaua’i.” Reinfeld won the 2006 Platinum Carrot Award for living foods, given to the top “Healthy Gourmet Chefs” in the country, and his cookbook Vegan World Fusion Cuisine has won nine national awards. Bo Rinaldi is a vegan, herbalist, and vegan cook, and co-authored Vegan Fusion with Mark Reinfeld.

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Easy to follow, well written, GREAT Recipes!
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It's well written, quite thorough (with lots of helpful hints and tasty tips scattered throughout the recipe sections) and yet simple and very easy to understand.
Barbara Andersen
I would highly recommend this book for anyone who wants to add more raw foods into their daily diet.
J. Romano

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

281 of 283 people found the following review helpful By Shelli on July 22, 2008
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I've got 3 other raw food books. I like this one the best. Not alot of hype. I appreciate that. It is written for idiots...begins by explaining the benefits of going raw. I'd been raw for a month prior to reading this book, but the motivation to continue was good.

Step by step instructions for soaking and sprouting methods (easy to follow chart included). I was too timid to attempt this process til I read this book. Way easy. My kitchen is sproutin' right now.

Recipes with easy to find ingredients is important. I've got to prepare food for 5 s.a.d. enthusiasts so I don't have alot of time or cash to fool around with. This book's got the recipes I can use. The live oatmeal recipe was easy to prepare and delish! It touches a couple of times on this or that being gluten free, which is vital for me. It clued me into nama shoyu...major gluten goin' on. Thanks, it sucks to have a recipe picked out and find out at the grocery store while reading a label that I can't have that specific thing. So, I run around putting the other ingredients back on the shelf coz that recipe's a wash! Another thing, Idiot's Guide tells you exactly what needs to be soaked for any given recipe. I ruined a recipe from another book because it didn't tell me to soak $12.00 worth of almonds. I had to go on you tube to watch other people explain it before one of them finally mentioned that they needed to be soaked. I was bummed. This book helps me not screw things up.

Idiot's Guide has great insider tips on kitchen appliances...wish I'd have read this before I bought my dehydrator, blender, food processor, and juicer. The dehydrator to buy is the Excalibur. The hours it saves in dehydrating time due to its design is crazy! Now I'm bummed with my cheapy Walmart one.
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93 of 94 people found the following review helpful By M. Perkins on August 26, 2008
Format: Paperback
After making another wonderful dinner from this book tonight, I decided that I should write my impression of the recipes. I have a lot of raw uncook books, so I am familiar with many recipes and food preparation techniques. These authors seem to have perfected the ingredients for soups and breads, and they really understand the concept of taste. I first made the Sweet Vanilla-Almond Dip - so simple but so yummy! I love it with apple. Then I made two salad dressings, the Tahini Dressing and the Fantastic Flax Dressing - both perfect and delightful! I made the Blueberry-Vanilla Macadamia Nut Granola and it is quite good. Then tonight I had for dinner the Carrot Ginger Soup with a sandwich made with the Foccacia. I highly recommend this book to anyone who wishes to try raw cuisine, and I intend to keep exploring more recipes!
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105 of 107 people found the following review helpful By Barbara Andersen on July 18, 2008
Format: Paperback
I am reasonably new to eating live foods and this book has proven to be incredibly helpful with the transition. The recipes are so tasty and not overly time-consuming to prepare. Even if you only intend to add some raw foods into your diet this is the book for you. It's well written, quite thorough (with lots of helpful hints and tasty tips scattered throughout the recipe sections) and yet simple and very easy to understand. It's divided into five main sections so it's quite user friendly when you're trying to access the various information it contains.

Part One talks about the health benefits of raw foods, how to set up your pantry and what gear you'll need in your kitchen. Part Two teaches you about preparation, marinades, sprouting, dehydration and culturing techniques. It even includes a very complete chart for dehydration drying times and temperatures that I've found extremely helpful. Part Three contains delicious recipes for beverages, soups, sauces, dressings and lighter fare. Part Four contains more wonderful recipes for heartier fare including breakfasts, breads, wraps, main dishes as well as absolutely yummy deserts! Part Five talks about lifestyle changes, the transition into eating live foods and gives some fasting options as well as a wonderfully laid out 4-week Raw Food Success Program.

The writers have also included a resource section with helpful information on other books as well as web-sites for raw food and sustainability organizations, online publications, classes, retreats and workshops where you can learn more.

All in all I think this is one of the best "cook" books I've seen about raw foods. The recipes are tantalizing and delicious and the information is very accessible for everyone.
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142 of 154 people found the following review helpful By Corin L. Baker on February 4, 2009
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I read the reviews for this book and thought it might be a nice place to start. I had one other raw food recipe book and thought its recipes tasty, but "involved." Since I am looking for a way to simplify my life, not complicate it, I have been in the market for recipes that can help me do that. The goal is to eat healthily, but not devote my life to kitchen time. (There is so much more to life... like three kids and managing a non-profit bookstore!)

Well, this book didn't fit the bill for me. The recipes were far too involved--and I am not talking about dehydration time and sprouting. Just looking at the list of ingredients left me feeling overwhelmed. Maybe if I were single again with my life to myself. Today, however, I don't have the time to do that type of meal preparation. I needed a way to make this transition easy.

A much better book, as far as I can see, is Raw Food Made Easy, for 1 or 2 people, by Jennifer Cornbleet. That book doesn't require you to purchase expensive items for your kitchen right off. It gives recipes with fewer ingredients (a.k.a. less prep time) and more easily found in mainstream groceries. She gives a list of what to fill your pantry with, and then a SIMPLE weekly shopping list for one. If you have multiple diners, just multiply by the number involved.

The Complete Idiot's Guide to Eating Raw was accurate in the info it gives on dehydrators and other raw diet info, but the nuts and bolts (i.e. the recipes) were impractical for daily use for people with busy lives. (a.k.a.--people who don't dwell in their kitchens)
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