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Love Fed: Purely Decadent, Simply Raw, Plant-Based Desserts Paperback – March 17, 2015
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Midwest Book Review
"Love-Fed is a must-have for anyone who has a sweet tooth and dessert addiction (like myself!) looking to swap out traditional sugar-laden and gluten-filled desserts for vegan guilt-free superfood goodness."
Ani Phyo, health and wellness expert, bestselling author, and champion athlete
"Christina's decadent desserts are simple enough for novice chefs to prepare at home and full of nutritious superfoods that hardcore health foodies will swoon over. I can't think of a more beautiful and accessible book to help you take the guilt out of your everyday dessert pleasures!"
Jason Wrobel, celebrity vegan chef and host of How to Live to 100 on Cooking Channel
Forget sinful’ treats without nutritional benefits. Nourish yourself with love. Christina's creations are as healthful as they are divine.”
Matthew Kenney, chef, author, and entrepreneur
"As an unapologetic omnivore in the tradition of Anthony Bourdain and Andrew Zimmern, I must admit, Love Fed did inspire drool production in my mouth, especially the Banana Toffee Pie recipe. I suppose that makes this book drool-worthy!"
Eddie Lin, author of Extreme Cuisine and blogger for Deep End Dining
About the Author
Christina’s recipes and healthful lifestyle tips have been published in Natural Child World Magazine through her column Love-Fed.” Christina also contributes recipes and articles to popular sites and works such as RawfoodRecipes.com, Clean Food Living, Vegan Food Share, Organic Soul, Sheknows.com, Just Eat Real Food, RawGuru.com, and Kris Carr’s MyCrazySexyLife.com.
Christina keeps her many fans full of nutrient rich content through her blog Love-Fed.com and through television appearances, which have taken her to Chicago’s Good Day Chicago, as well as San Diego Living.
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Since Amazon doesn't yet have the "Look Inside" feature available for this book, here is an overview of the main chapters:
* Love Fed Basics -- includes how to make things like various sauces, mylks, and crusts
* Cakes, Pies, Cobblers, and Tarts
* Minis and More -- includes smaller, bite-sized treats for things like cinnamon rolls and doughnuts
* Puddings and Parfaits -- singer Jason Mraz even contributes a recipe here for Chocomole (an avocado-chocolate pudding)
* Ice Cream, Yogurt, and Frozen Treats
* Candy and Other Sweet Bites
* Shakes and Sips
* Fruit: Beyond Basics
The Table of Contents also includes a breakdown of every recipe in every chapter, which I prefer in cookbooks since it makes finding a recipe so much easier.
Some raw food books can call for hard-to-find ingredients, but once you have your pantry stocked, you should be able to make many of these items. When I read through the book last night, a few recipes called for items like Irish moss (a binder), orange blossom water, or coconut nectar that I don't already have on hand. To help, Christina gives a list of resources/online retailers at the back of the book. Many things I already had in my pantry, though, like coconut oil, coconut sugar/crystals, lacuma powder, cacao powder, chia seeds, and various nuts. If you've been using superfoods for awhile, you'll most likely have the basics stocked and ready to go.
For each and every recipe, there is also a gorgeous, full-color photo. I love cookbooks that include photos since they inspire me to make the recipes, and the photos in this made me bookmark enough recipes to keep me busy for the next few weeks!
Below each recipe is also a cute little boxed area called "Make It Your Own," where you can take notes on each recipe. What a clever idea! I often just write my own notes on cookbook pages, and so the idea of having a special place to jot things down is great.
Another bonus to _Love Fed_ is that, as I mentioned in my review title, none of the recipes require a dehydrator. You will want a quality food processor and blender (and an ice cream maker if you want to make some of the ice cream recipes), but everything else uses simple kitchen equipment.
As with most raw cookbooks, the recipes are all vegan, but a few use honey, the use of which Christina says makes a person a "beegan." She does, though, offer substitutes if you don't use honey, and she encourages her readers to purchase locally-sourced products.
If you're interested in other raw dessert cookbooks, I'd also recommend Rawsome Vegan Baking: An Un-cookbook for Raw, Gluten-Free, Vegan, Beautiful and Sinfully Sweet Cookies, Cakes, Bars & Cupcakes and Practically Raw Desserts: Flexible Recipes for All-Natural Sweets and Treats. Another one of my favorite vegan dessert cookbooks (although it's not raw) is Chocolate-Covered Katie: Over 80 Delicious Recipes That Are Secretly Good for You. All three of these, like _Love Fed_, use healthy, natural ingredients -- so eating dessert becomes a healthy, good-for-you meal, rather than something to feel guilty about.
And now, since I'm off work today, to go try my hand at the Crunchy Peanut Butter Cups . . . . Bon appetit!
I haven't ventured out to try too many of these recipes, sadly yet. Only because a lot of these recipes take a lot of time. It was an affordable raw cookbook and was easy to get into my hands so I definitely recommend it if you like to cook raw or you are on a completely raw diet.