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Juliano over-exposed; Recipes under-explained.,
This review is from: Raw: The Uncook Book: New Vegetarian Food for Life (Hardcover)I'm new to raw foods "cooking", so I'll start with the first salad in Juliano's "Raw". Let's see, the ingredients include: anise hyssop, borage, bronze fennel, chickweed, meadow rue... What the heck is meadow rue? Let's check the glossary, "a delicious leaf"...Thanks Juliano. I'll also need mizuna, salad burnet, society garlic and summer purslane. I've heard of some of these items, but I've never seen them in Seattle natural markets, and Seattle's a very vegetarian cuisine savvy city. Unless you can grow these things yourself, good luck finding them. I must admit that despite the fact that I prepare food from scratch quite a bit, I found Juliano's recipes too complicated and under-explained to attempt a single one. Other raw foods "cookbooks" explain raw foods prep in considerably more detail, such as "Warming Up to Living Foods" by Elysa Markowitz, and "Sproutman's Kitchen Garden Cookbook" by Steve Meyerowitz.
Juliano writes that the purpose of the book is to introduce or reacquaint the reader to raw foods, and to provide the tools to eat this way. Unfortunately, I'm not sure Julanio succeeds in these goals, although he certainly gave himself a nice modeling portfolio. Since most readers will be unfamiliar with raw foods, he needs to provide more guidance than most cookbooks in what are the ingredients, how to shop for them, the kitchen equipment needed, and how to prepare the foods. The guidance is too sparse and at times inadequate in these areas. A few of the many examples of inadequate instruction:
Which brings us to book's design. Some call it beautiful, and it's true it's full of beautiful colorful food photography. However, overall, I find it busy, wasteful and extravagant. The designers seemed to go wild displaying every design element they could. Every page is glossy and has multi-colored striped horizontal rules of varying thicknesses running through it, often bisecting an otherwise gorgeous plate of food. Some pages have writing at a 90 degree angle running up the page. I could go on with examples, but my point is, what could be a very visually appealing coffee table book is loud and annoying with a multitude of inconsistent design elements.
Despite the busy design elements, it certainly was inspiring to look at glossy photos of delicious-looking raw foods. (And if you like that Romance novel cover look, you might find it inspiring to look at glossy photos of Juliano. :-) However, I'm sticking to less expensive raw foods books that do a better job of explaining how to prepare this healthy, but often complicated cuisine.
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Initial post: Sep 15, 2007 10:12:01 PM PDT
Rebecca L. Columbus says:
"although he certainly gave himself a nice modeling portfolio"
lol - when i first opened this book i thought "is this some kind of joke?"
His pictures frightened me away, never mind the "delicious leaf" ingredient descriptions!
I completely agree with your review.
Posted on Dec 16, 2007 11:12:05 AM PST
i would agree with 'Groovy Vegan'.
great photos, but an impractical book for most.
Posted on Feb 15, 2008 8:27:37 PM PST
Classic Fiction Fan says:
Totally on-point review! As the book costs a whopping $35.00--which is a whole lot of money for one book in my world--I am trying to make a good faith effort by preparing some of these.
Posted on Apr 28, 2008 12:45:23 PM PDT
This was hillarious and very well written. This is true of several raw food books.
Posted on Aug 19, 2008 6:30:50 AM PDT
Juliano's book is very pretty, but his recipes are complicated and, for our taste, too salty or spiced. The initial taste of the recipes that we did try were good, but after a few spoonfulls, I lost my appetite and could not finish since the tastes were too overwhelming.
Posted on Sep 7, 2008 2:26:18 PM PDT
J Keistler says:
I came across this character on YouTube. In one clip he is assisting in an infomercial selling a juicer. In another clip he is being interview and stating that a blender is so much better than a juicer for raw food usage. In a third clip made at his restaurant he is juicing! I truly appreciate this review; I've bought far too many cookbooks over the past 3 decades that put style above substance. Certainly this Juliano is impressed with himself. I think his facial skin looks radiated, and I wondered when first seeing him whether he'd had some facial burns. Raw food diets are nothing new; I knew a number of people in the 70's who were into it. We just didn't have a toy boy like Juliano pushing it!
Posted on Jun 6, 2009 9:43:12 PM PDT
Lol! I leafed through his book the other day at Whole Foods; and although this review is very entertaining & true, I still want to try the receipes in his book. I also found some of the info in the book enlightening, such as "jalepenos give uncooked food heat." It sounds practicle. I'll try a jalepeno receipe and judge for myself. I however, think all the picture of Juliano "doing something other than food preparation" was a bit odd. LOL!
Posted on Aug 2, 2009 1:10:32 PM PDT
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Port Wynn "Yankee" says:
This for the previous comment of the man from Seattle. There is a place www.rawvegansource.com that ships food and answers all kinds of questions. It is also located in Redmond, Wa. not far from Seattle. If you feel like a longer drive there is Marlene's in Federal Way. Both offer generous selections. Marlene's also has a lunch bar,frozen food section, cosmetics and a place to sit,eat and read. I don't live near the Redmond store but I am told by others that it is great for a variety of reasons including consultations.
In reply to an earlier post on Nov 22, 2009 7:06:57 PM PST
Amazon Woman says:
This is one of my favorite raw books and I've "auditioned" a lot of them through my public library. I keep coming back to Juliano's book. He is the guy who started it all. The corny soup is amazingly delicious and so is the exquisite marinara sauce.
Posted on Nov 22, 2009 7:09:15 PM PST
Amazon Woman says:
Those exotic greens are in just a couple of his recipes, not all over. Also, there are plenty of simple recipes in the book. I've "auditioned" quite a few raw foods book through my local library and I keep coming back to Juliano's book time and again when I want something delicious and interesting instead of a plain salad or smoothie.