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5.0 out of 5 stars Don't have to be a vegan to love the recipes, August 31, 2009
This review is from: Raw for Dessert: Easy Delights for Everyone (Paperback)
You don't have to be a vegan to love this book. I LOVE it because we camp and backpack a lot and like making desserts that require no cooking.

The nice thing about the book is it has a huge variety of all season desserts, that even a non vegan would like. Love how the author begins on page 4 by listing all the ingredients that will be listed somewhere in the recipes, which allows a person to plan well for future dessert making. Starting on page 7 the equipment needed is listed and explained. The only thing I would have liked would have been substitutes that could be used. Like with a blender. Someone could invest in a food processor and use their blender blade, and a food processor is a multi use machine that takes up less kitchen space. And a food processor with a variety of blades can also do the job of a mandoline. A mandoline can be a tad pricey if you want one that will last.

And while I did invest in an Excalibur dehydrator, one need not buy a food dehydrator, since a mesh cookie cooler rack set on the oven rack and the temp set at 200* can dry food slow over night or all day. Same with page 10 where she says for dish's that one needs plates that are white and of various sizes. Use whatever plates you have .While I have no problem acquiring items like Agar flakes, agave syrup, carob powder, rose water,spy lecithin powder, and whole vanilla beans, some people in more rural areas or those without access to health food and natural food sections may have more difficulty.

The Chocolate Cake with Fudge Frosting on page 74-75 was excellent. The Jumble Berry Upside Down cake on page 72 is great since you can use pineapple, blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, which makes this a very in season dessert. Try the Ginger Spice cookies on page 81 are cookies kids and adults would love.
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Initial post: May 29, 2010 7:13:15 PM PDT
Greene Earth says:
200 degrees kill the live enzymes in food. 105 degrees is the optimal dehydrating temp to maintain live enzymes.

Posted on Jun 19, 2011 3:26:42 PM PDT
Shipper says:
Thank you for sharing that easy home way to dehydrate food without buying a dehydrator! :) I DO happen to own a cooler rack, so next time, something needs to be deydrated, I'm using that method (and at the lower 105 degrees the commenter suggested, thank you, as well). Can't wait to try this book one day, soon. It's on me Wish List.

Posted on Mar 15, 2012 10:01:34 PM PDT
A Reader says:
Thank you so much. I've been debating whether one must have a dehydrator; I don't really want to invest in one at this point. I love kitchen gadgets but have no space for one right now. Thanks for helping me venture into making more raw food dishes!

Posted on Apr 5, 2012 1:34:56 AM PDT
Leaving an oven on over night could lead to heavy exposure of carbon monoxide. The dehydrator is the best option.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 30, 2013 10:28:03 AM PST
if You want to eat healthier like raw style ,dehydrator is a must .....oven will kill life and nutrients....
dehydrators cheap ones are like 30- -40 usd on Ebay
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