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Ani's Raw Food Essentials: Recipes and Techniques for Mastering the Art of Live Food Paperback – April 3, 2012
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I went back to a dairy free high protein diet and began to feel better, but reached a point where I could not even think of meat, never mind cook it for 2-3 meals a day. I started investigating veganism and raw food and spent several hundred dollars and hours researching books.
Of everything I've read, this is one of my top 3 favorite books for theory, usuability, and good tasting recipes. I love Ms. Phyo's flexibility about eating warm foods when the need is appropriate, making substitutions and taking a lot of the mumbo jumbo out of eating raw. She expands the horizons so one is not just looking down a long dull future of nuts, salads, and smoothies.
While I am still eating some cooked foods, I am looking forward to being at least 95% raw by the end of this summer and I feel very confident that this book (along with 3 of her others) will aid me in achieving that goal.
This books foods are incredibly delicious. I'm totally new to raw vegan food and I bought this book as a means to changing my diet around as best as I possibly can. Naturally I was scared that the recipies would be trying to hard to replicate the taste and textures of cheese or breads or anything else. Instead, they are their own textures and flavors and turn out to be very very enjoyable. Who'd have known you could make cheeses and milks and breads and crackers out of nuts and seeds? Not me!
Roughly 80% of the recipies or more in this book requires the use of a dehydrator which will run you at LEAST $150 if you want to get the one that Ani recommends. It would be nice if there were enough reicipies for me to get by without having to buy a dehydrator but, hey, I'm glad I did.
Something I found particularly interesting was the 'coconut bacon' that consists of coconut meat, nama shoyu, olive oil, and liquid smoke flavourings. I have not yet tried this, but have been debating it just to see what it tastes like although I am not against eating animal products I just believe that everyone could use more produce in their diet.
At the back of the book she also has a 'resources' section with tips, movies to watch, websites to visit, and measurement conversion charts. I found it a great read, and I learned a lot of valuable information. While there arent very many recipe pictures (a complaint I have stated with her previous book) I felt I was more forgiving with this book as its already quite a hefty size (323 pages)
I would like to say that if Ani ever decides to make some deluxe editions of her raw food books that include all her recipes in full colour, I would be more than happy to pay the price as I really like to have pictures.
Top international reviews
Easy to follow and she gives you lots of new ideas..
Indispensable to any raw kitchen...
I think this is a better introduction to raw food than her other books and would recommend it to anyone interested in learning the essentials (as the title suggests). It explains WHY to eat a raw food diet and HOW to get started as it runs through basic tools and equipment, basics (ie bread, sprouting) and then goes on to extensive recipes interspersed with useful information about the food we eat.
It's a nice looking book, it's clear and well laid out and the author is very passionate and inspiring about her subject. I would recommend it to anyone as an excellent introduction to raw food.