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Practically Raw: Flexible Raw Recipes Anyone Can Make Paperback – November 18, 2014
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"The recipes on offer here are exciting and fl exible, and you’ll also fi nd they are very doable for even the most novice cook. With money-saving tips, nutrition advice, information on special ingredients, equipment and techniques, pantry lists, and directions for cooked options, this book is a wonderful entry into enjoying the raw food lifestyle . . . practically." (Russell James, The Raw Chef)
"Beautiful and immensely helpful. The perfect cookbook for omnivores leaning toward veganism, as well as vegans leaning toward raw foods." (Vegan.com)
"For anyone wanting to become more comfortable and familiar with the charms and benefi ts of a plant-based diet, look no further than Practically Raw." (Matthew Kenney, Founder, Matthew Kenney Academy)
"Amber’s approachable style to eating raw makes it easy for anyone to start making raw foods in their kitchen. Her recipes are inventive, balancing both raw and cooked foods, with an emphasis on health but never sacrifi cing taste. You’ll fi nd the recipes in Practically Raw are deliciously divine." (Christy Morgan, The Blissful Chef)
"Amber’s easy-to-follow recipes make this healthful cuisine easy, joyfully approachable, and a veritable feast for the palate. Whether you’re a raw food neophyte or have been enjoying this healthy lifestyle for years, Amber’s fresh perspective is nothing less than “rawsome.” Her Cocoa Corruption Smoothie is addictive." (Dynise Balcavage, Author, "Celebrate Vegan" and "Urban Vegan")
"It’s a raw food free-for-all! Amber takes the stress out of uncooked preparations, making delicious results accessible to everyone. Guiding cooks through the world of raw vegan food with gentle instructions and helpful hints all along the way, you‘ll want to get into the kitchen as soon as you open the cover." (Hannah Kaminsky, Author, "My Sweet Vegan" and "Vegan Desserts")
"I have been impressed with every single recipe in this book I tried. Practically Raw is a book for anyone who likes to eat good food that doesn’t take forever to make. I would recommend it to every person interested in adding more raw and vegan foods into their lives." (Eva Rawposa, The Uncooking School)
About the Author
Amber Shea Crawley is a certified raw and vegan chef and writer trained at the Matthew Kenney Academy and at the Living Light Culinary Arts Institute. Find her on Facebook at ChefAmberShea.
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Although I am a raw food chef and have a lot of experience with raw foods, I was surprised to learn a few things from this book that I never thought to question! For example, I've always considered coconut butter something expensive that has to be purchased in a glass bottle. To see the inclusion of a recipe for coconut butter, I literally could not believe I never made it myself, nor thought that it was possible to do at home! (The same can be said for some nut butters.) I'm really excited to try so many of the wonderful recipes that I've found myself bookmarking page after page, after page. There are so many flavors and textures, combinations and techniques that I get the feeling these recipes have been used, tasted, tested, and implemented from the vantage point of someone that actually makes these recipes for herself. This cookbook is not simply an exhaustive list of recipes/ingredients that happen to temp the reader with familiar ''cooked'' food flavors and/or creative ideas of all things possible while cooking in the raw. It is, instead, a wonderful addition to any raw food cookbook collection that will surely offer many great surprises, tasty recipes and certainly accurate information. Very creative, inspiring, and provoking. I hope to see more from this author in the future!
The thing that I really like about this book is that the ingredients used for all the recipes are not complicated, and most raw or vegan kitchens would have the ingredients to prepare the majority of the recipes. If there is an ingredient you are missing, then that is okay, as you can refer to Amber's substitutions guide which follows each recipe. This is great for people who are just starting out with raw food prep and may not understand what each ingredient's purpose is in the recipe- providing suitable substitutions takes out the guess work. I also really like that Amber has included the nutritional information for each recipe, so if you are watching your protein or vitamin or calorie intake this makes it really simple to calculate where you are at after eating one of these prepared recipes.
Another aspect that sets this book apart from other raw cookbooks is that it also includes cooked options for a lot of the recipes. I think this is a fabulous idea, as it takes out a lot of the rigidity that seems to happen in the raw circles which I don't think is really necessary or useful for most people who want to experiment with eating raw and who just want to eat healthier. Providing cooked options would also be great for raw foodies who have partners or family members who don't follow the raw food diet, as it would save time in having to prepare separate cooked meals. The cooked versions of these raw dishes would be really healthy and nutritious cooked variations. Also in relation to nutrition, Amber uses little symbols to indicate recipes that are lower fat for those who are concerned about the fat content in their raw diet. This all helps to really make this book a practical one.
The chapters in Practically Raw are also quite different to other raw recipe books, with Amber including a whole chapter dedicated to hummus, and another just to kale chips. I also enjoyed reading her breakfast and brunch chapter, even though most of the recipes are sweeter than what I usually would make for breakfast- but that is just me! The introductory chapter which outlines Amber's philosophies with raw food provides quite in-depth information about eating raw, which is great for those who are just learning the ropes or are curious in knowing more. She explains things in a simple and clear way and provides some useful tips and tricks as well as a nutrition guide to eating raw and a detailed pantry list.
Overall this cookbook is a great addition to my own raw library, and I can recommend it to anyone who is interested in raw foods as a good introductory book, that is as its name suggests- very practical. With over 230 pages of recipes, it is a good foundation point for those entering the raw world. It includes colour pictures, but not for every recipe (I'm always keen for pictures for everything!) and the quality of the pics on my copy seemed a bit over-saturated and with too much contrast. But the purpose of this book is not to be an arty cookbook but rather as one that is informational and usable and it certainly achieves that aim. Amber must be very proud of her efforts with this book, and I'm looking forward to trying more of the Practically Raw recipes soon.
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