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"Bravo to Nomi Shannon who has filled a crucial need... an inspiration..." -- Harvey Diamond, Author of Fit For Life

"Foods that are fun and foods that heal were once... incompatible...[no more!]...delectable... power-charged cuisine." -- from Foreword to The Raw Gourmet, by Brian Clement, Director Hippocrates Health Institute

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Living foods are the fastest-growing trend in natural nutrition. From Ann Wigmore's wheatgrass juices to Rev. George Malkmus' Hallelujah Acres raw food diet, uncooked vegetarian foods are all the rage. And you don't have to limit yourself to salads, juices and dips. Try Spinach Mousse, Pumpkin Seed Loaf with Walnuts and Yams or Mango-Lime Parfait, all are made with raw fruit, vegetables and sprouts. Discover the art of eating quick, simple, and nourishing uncooked foods.

This Hippocrates Health Institute inspired program, provides short introductions to the living foods diet, food combining and food preparation. Over 250 wonderful recipes with 125 full color photographs will help you to decide what you want to make for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or snack.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Books Alive (March 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0920470483
  • ISBN-13: 978-0920470480
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 8.3 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #137,240 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Nomi Shannon is an award winning author and world renowned coach. Her best- selling book, The Raw Gourmet, has sold over 250,000 copies, making it one of the best-selling raw food books of all time. Her latest book, What Do Raw Fooders Eat shows exactly what 46 raw fooders from all over the world eat-- with a one week food log from each person, as well as their personal story and great recipe ideas. Hot off the press is Raw Food: The Answers, How to Thrive Long Term -a book and CD set by Nomi with Dr. Ritamarie Loscalzo.

Nomi focuses on teaching busy women wise diet and health solutions so that they can live the life that they deserve and desire. On the professional coaching level, Nomi's helps bring out the natural brilliance and originality in women who have a passion to be a raw food teacher, mentor or coach.

From 2008-2011, Nomi received numerous Best of Raw Awards for: Best Raw Educator, Favorite Raw Chef and Favorite Raw Book (For The Raw Gourmet, Raw Food Celebrations, and best in Media for What Do Raw Fooders Eat) as well as best Blog, best Online Store and her personal favorite, Funniest Raw Woman.

She's not only a certified Hippocrates Health Educator; she actually ran The Hippocrates Health Institute's Certification Course back in the early 1990's.

Raw for over 25 years and still going strong at age 70, Nomi has been featured in Alive magazine, Get Fresh, San Diego North County Times, Galveston News, as well as numerous radio shows and other media.

Nomi is known for teaching people proven steps to keeping -- or regaining -- vibrant health. Her website offers breakthrough information, product reviews, delicious recipes, an ezine and an online course -- all free of charge. She also offers online coaching courses, her books, raw kitchen equipment, DVDs, phone consultations and live classes.

Since there's conflicting information about what's the "best" raw food diet, many raw fooders wonder what to eat. Nomi shows people a simple path to thriving on raw food and leaving the confusion behind. Just as important, she empowers people to whip up delicious meals quickly and easily, turning newbies into thriving home chefs practically overnight.

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190 of 192 people found the following review helpful By Revvell P. Revati on March 27, 2001
Format: Paperback
Whether you're just looking to add more fruits and vegetables into your food program, are transitioning into becoming vegetarian or going more into raw foods, this is THE book for you.
It's got great photos, sections on; the basics including a guide to using the book and ten raw food kitchen essentials so you can prepare a meal within 20 minutes of arriving home; breakfast; juices and blended drinks; fundamental flavors including soups, sauces, dressings, etc.; entrees and desserts. There is a section on sprouting, food combining, a 3-week menu plan; special occasion menu suggestions, sources and grocery guide.
In the grocery guide, Nomi explains foods which some people may not be familiar with and what they may be used for. Most of the ingredients are common and familiar to most people or, if not, can be substituted for those that are.
In the sources section, she tells where to get many of the ingredients included in the recipes. Living in California, I've found I can get most of the ingredients at my local "natural" (many of the foods I wouldn't classify as natural) foods store, but for someone living far from these sources, it's nice to know where to go. I and my friends have purchased from a couple of these places and found the service and quality of foods to be excellent.
I would suggest that if you don't have one, the minimum to get to assist in making many of these recipes is a good food processor and a good blender. You can always upgrade as you become more creative. Nomi also lists sources for dehydrators, juicers and blenders. I purchased the ones she recommends before I knew about this book and I agree with her assessments.
Nomi was introduced to raw foods over 10 years ago by a holistic physician.
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127 of 129 people found the following review helpful By Melanie on June 13, 2003
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...This is one of the most beautiful recipe books I've ever seen; it doubles as a nice coffee table book! I've always loved cookbooks that show you what the finished recipes are supposed to look like, especially when I'm new to a certain style of cooking (or in this case not cooking). Her book is over-the-top wonderful with lovely photos on every page.
Another thing that makes this book so different from other raw "cookbooks" is that Nomi shows you to find the time to prepare raw meals, sprout, etc. Extras include "Ten Raw Food Kitchen Essentials," a sprouting chart, information about food combining, a 3-week menu plan, and so much more!
The recipes are as varied and wonderful as any cooked food you've ever eaten, from breakfast grains to juices and salads to pies, cookies, and ice cream! Check out the table of contents to see the incredibly long list of different kinds of recipes she has included in this fabulous book. You won't believe how much you can do with raw foods!
I also liked that she includes a notation that shows you which recipes are "properly combined" for those new to food combining. If I had to choose only one of my raw foods recipe books to keep, it would be this one.
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77 of 80 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 8, 2002
Format: Paperback
This book does have beautiful pictures!! And the recipes are mostly not too complicated!! But it is not a basic book for a beginner...for much of it you need those harder-to-find ingredients, AND a kitchen full of uncommon appliances to prepare this stuff.
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44 of 44 people found the following review helpful By G. Gupton on February 27, 2005
Format: Paperback
I couldn't wait to receive this book after ordering it from Amazon. From the other reviews I had read, I was excited about seeing all the mouth-watering recipes. After all, one needs to have some incentive to eat raw food over and over again. And, I wasn't disappointed.

The first recipe I concocted was on page 186 'Orange-Date Dessert Bars'. YUMMY. Fun to fix and delicious to eat. As a matter of fact, the taste was very similar to some health-food bars for which I pay $2.85 EACH. So, right away I probably made up for the cost of the book. (Not including ingredients)

Anyway, the photos are, indeed, incredible and will easily help you decide which recipes to try first. There's such an assortment of salads, soups, and drinks that anyone can find something they like.

I don't have an expensive professional juicer. I use a Juiceman Jr. and I have a Cuisinart Blender/Processor Combo, which I found sufficient for use with the recipes found here. After using the blender, I poured the puree into a sieve and mashed it down with a wooden spoon to release as much juice at possible.

I'm very happy with the purchase of this book and plan to share it with others ( at least temporarily) to motivate them into getting 'healthy', too.

Gail Gupton, Author: The 31-Day Diet of Spiritual Enlightenment and Seekers of Truth.
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57 of 59 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 25, 1999
Format: Paperback
This book has the most wonder recipes that are sure to get anyone on the right track to raw foods. The tone is warm and friendly and you feel like a guest in her home. There is a chart on sprouting, and many other wonderful resources. She opens up with info you can't miss. Read it first (I know you want to get to the recipes first, so did I)
Now let's get down to business:
There is not one recipe that didn't make my mouth water. From the almond milk to the zucchini pasta. The raw Nori roll are the most delicious. The sinfully, scrumptious sunburger is a keeper, and the pizza's are made to perfection.
Soups and salads are simple yet flavorful. Don't miss the Hijiki & sweet potato medley it's a calicum/vitamin packed treat. There are many colorful recipes to brighten up your diet and satisfy your palate.
The deserts are to die for. If you love sweet treats without all the fat and artificial ingredients you are going to be in heaven. The apple pie is better than the one your mother used to make and definetly better for you. The sweet potatoe pie will knock your socks off as well as give your stomach a rest. No butter and cream needed here this is the real deal without the guilt.
What more can I say but BUY THIS BOOK! You won't be disappointed!
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