- Paperback: 288 pages
- Publisher: Da Capo Lifelong Books (July 1, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0738216879
- ISBN-13: 978-0738216874
- Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 0.8 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 89 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #496,568 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Hudson Valley News, 7/30/14
This book answers the questions, Can you get the nutrition you need from a plant-based diet?' and can those raw and vegan foods still taste satisfying and delicious?' And unlike many books of all kinds this one has an introduction that is truly a joy to read.”
Library Journal, 9/15/14
Among vegan cookbooks, this volume will appeal most to those who are interested in better understanding a vegan diet and curious about raw foods.”
Midwest Book Review, September 2014
Packed with details on how to embrace raw foods while on a budget, and discusses everything from getting enough nutrition from a plant-based diet to making the most of raw-based meals The result is a fine survey highly recommended for any interested in the basics of adopting a raw diet plan.”
T.O.F.U. Magazine, 10/15/14
As informative as it is delicious.”
Portland Press Herald, 11/5/14
Blogger and nutritionist Hamshaw pulls together 125 of her mostly raw but also cooked vegan recipes that will guide raw-interested readers away from the world of detox diets and juice fasts and toward healthy, hearty food. The book is loaded with answers to common questions, myth-busting information about raw foods and details about ingredients and kitchen tools.”
"I've been a fan of Gena since I first started reading her blog in 2009. Her approach is logical, and her recipes are easy to make, functional and delicious. Choosing Raw is an excellent book."Brendan Brazier, author of Thrive and Thrive Energy Cookbook
"A breath of fresh airand whiff of fresh cuisineChoosing Raw is a delightful take on food as is should be: colorful, beautiful, delicious. The recipes are a joy (they work!) and the informational portions of the book are Gena Hamshaw at her smart and friendly best, replacing the confusion that so often surrounds nutrition with good sense and great food."Victoria Moran, author of Main Street Vegan and director, Main Street Vegan Academy
"With menus that make meal-planning a breeze and recipes that fit easily into a busy schedule, Choosing Raw is the go-to cookbook and guide for anyone interested in incorporating more raw and vegan meals into their daily routine."
Kathy Patalsky, author of 365 Vegan Smoothies and creator of Lunchboxbunch.com
Will come in handy on all of those days when you don't want to acknowledge your stove's existence.”
Fantastic for beginners and healthy food veterans alike.”
"I'm one of those people who will eat healthy as long as it's easy; Gena's book has made that possible! The recipes herein are infinitely do-able, and tasty, and they're wholesome to boot."Kathy Freston, author of the New York Times bestseller, The Lean
"Warmly written and packed with recipes that are both simple and spectacular, Choosing Raw makes healthy eating fun, delicious and completely accessible. Gena's easy-to-digest nutrition information and foolproof food preparation techniques will let you explore the world of vegan and raw foods with complete confidence."Virginia Messina, MPH, RD, author of Vegan for Herand Never Too Late to Go Vegan
"As an integrative gastroenterologist, I can't think of a better resource than Choosing Raw for anyone interested in healing their digestive tract, or improving their overall health."Dr. Robynne Chutkan, author of Gutbliss: A 10-Day Plan to Ban Bloat, Flush Toxins, and Dump Your Digestive Baggage
Spirit and Destiny, August 2014
Looking for ways to make your diet healthier but feel raw food is a step too far?...A flick through this book could change your mind.”
Raw food blogger and author Gena Hamshaw has us swearing up and down to add more raw foods to our diet after reading her new release, Choosing Raw Her approach feels easy and refreshing, instead of intimidating.”
Portland Oregonian, 7/22/14
Following a raw vegan diet is widely perceived as difficult, intimidating and time-consuming, which is ironic when you think about it, since the idea of uncooked dishes seems like it ought to be easy. But nutritionist Gena Hamshaw shows that it can be uncomplicated and creative, going way beyond basic salads and green smoothies [she] strives to hit the right balance between cooked and uncooked ingredients, a commonsense approach that's more accessible than the extreme all-raw focus some books advocate.”
Sensible for people already thinking about eating more raw foodsfor whatever reasonChoosing Raw can be a reasonable place to get more information on how, if not why, to move into the raw-food arena.”
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1. Ch. 1: Your Health
2. Ch. 2: Beyond the Plate
3. Ch. 3: Vegan Nutrition
4. Ch 4: All about Raw Food
5. Ch 5: Frequently asked questions about Raw and Vegan Food
6. Ch. 6 Myths and Misconceptions
7. Ch. 7 Setting Up
8. Ch. 8 Getting Started
9. Ch. 9 21 Days in the Life: The Meal Plans
The Recipes are broken up in the following groups:
1. 15 Essentials
2. 5 Juices
3. 10 Snacks
4. 20 Dips, Dressings, Sauces and Spreads
5. 5 Meal-Size Salads (and Meal-Size Salad How-To)
Then, there are 3 different levels that are broken up into Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner. Then... there is a section called "Desserts for Everyone", ending with an index.
I have a collection of raw food books and some of them though well written, and beautifully illustrated -are functional as a coffee table book and little else. I am not a talented cook nor do I have hours to prep and for me, those types of books simple are unrealistic. This book - now these recipes I can do! They are easily explained, not overly complicated and most importantly they taste good!
This book has something for everyone -basics juices, snacks dips, dressings, then ,meals of different levels of technique and taste. As the author that writes the preface states: Gena is "On a mission to help you make raw foods a part of your life without letting them take over your life" ...and that pretty much sets the tone for the book. the author is a clinical nutritionist who understands that people want to eat healthier, but make it simple and a way of life not complex and unattainable!
The book begins by looking at diet and nutrition, addressing the need for a complete diet and looking at all aspects of food groups, dietary needs and vitamins / minerals as well as a comprehensive question and answer section. For this reason, this book would be good for beginners, those looking for more information but the range of recipes also make it a good read for those familiar with raw foods and looking for new ideas!
Then the recipes -these are generally simple but tasty. There are often just a few steps involved and most can be done in less than 30 minutes! Yes, there are some that require a blender and dehydrator, but some being the operative word -there are many that need few tools at all! I was also excited by the great snacks which I plan to incorporate into my kids lunches - the chick pea ideas were great as it was something I grew up with and loved; and I can now make for my kids.
This is my new go to book, the writing is great, the recipes easy to understand and the food is great! Glad I purchased this and it is a book I will refer to often!
I especially appreciated the first several chapters on overall wellness: how to eat properly as a vegan; common myths about diet and veganism; and some other interesting chapters that help put the diet into context. This was very interesting and compelling reading, and really helped to get me to think about why I eat meat in the first place - and to consider the ethical and economical consequences of doing so. I haven't made a total switch, but I think I'm getting closer to cutting out meat altogether. Very well done.