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Editorial Reviews


“Raw food is a great tool for cleansing and healing, but for our everyday world, striving for a high-raw diet may make more sense. Victoria, Elena, and Chad explain why…. A must-have in every fresh kitchen.”
—Ani Phyo, author of Ani's Raw Food Asia
Raw and Beyond is a refreshing read.… With humility, surrender, and compassion, the authors write about what it means to come full circle on the journey and apply the wisdom of what really works. Anyone touched by the raw foods movement will find several ‘aha’ moments and great peace in what this book has to offer.”
—Elizabeth Howard, certified nutritional therapy practitioner and owner of Deep Rooted Nutrition
“A conscious leap upward in today’s shifting raw food paradigm…. A time-sensitive teaching that resonates with the spirit of natural healing and balance.”
—Ingar Brunnett, clinical nutritionist, reiki master teacher, and founder of Divine Light Studio
“‘Green Smoothie Queen’ Victoria Boutenko re-envisions the raw food diet under the lens of important omega-3 science. Chefs Elaina Love and Chad Sarno show that a diet consisting exclusively of gourmet raw food cuisine may not be so great for your health. All three authors have put their reputations as raw food gurus at stake to share the important information they have discovered.”
—Dr. B. J. Adrezin, CEO, POTENT FOODS, Inc.

“The book presents some excellent research … Raw & Beyond is a very positive book for the raw food world.”
—Frederic Patenaude, author of The Raw Secrets: The Raw Food Diet in the Real World

"Packed with nutritional information plus 100 omega-3-rich recipes-from raw to steamed and lightly cooked dishes—Raw and Beyond shows readers how to enjoy a healthier, more sustainable and energetic lifestyle."
Natural Health magazine

“Boutenko. Love. Sarno. Some of the biggest names in the modern raw-food movement, all one-time strident proponents of uncooked cuisine. … But now, in the groundbreaking new book Raw & Beyond, the trio tells all on the pitfalls of the raw-food diet, why they’re all now eating cooked food, and their path to discovering the most optimal diet for human beings.”

“This book contains 100 different recipes that will help you sustain a diet that is high in raw foods. Raw & Beyond is also highly focused on showing you how omega-3 nutrition is transforming the raw-food paradigm. … Raw & Beyond discusses the importance of getting enough omega-3s in your diet and avoiding foods and oils that are processed. You will see some in-depth nutritional information within this book as well as recipes for dishes ranging from raw to steamed or lightly cooked dishes.”
“Victoria Boutenko has teamed up with Elaina Love and Chad Sarno for her latest offering on raw food diets. … Raw & Beyond reaches the conclusion that the majority of raw foodist have an excess of Omega-6s and a deficiency in Omega-3s and to resolve this issue steamed and ‘lightly cooked’ foods should be added to a raw food diet.”
Got Greens?

“If you're a Raw foodie or if you'd like to delve into the Raw world, then I recommend you take a look at this book. Both to find out what others have done before you, but also to learn from [the authors'] very important message of Omega-3/Omega-6 balance.”
—Angela, The Suburban Jungle

"A groundbreaking book on the role of essential fatty acids in a raw vegan diet."
Raw Food Network

Raw & Beyond packs in over 100 recipes for a high-raw diet, and comes from three long-time pioneers in the raw food movement who consider the benefits and perils of an all-raw diet. Their personal stories of going 'beyond raw' to eat some cooked foods for a more balanced diet makes for a fine survey of the pros and cons of a high-raw diet, which most Americans lack. The recipes range from raw to steamed and lightly cooked dishes and easy for any considering a raw-based diet.”
Midwest Book Review

About the Author

Victoria Boutenko is the award-winning author of Green For Life, Green Smoothie Revolution, Raw Family, 12 Steps to Raw Foods, and Raw Family Signature Dishes. A tireless promoter of healthy living through green smoothies and a high-raw diet, she teaches classes worldwide. Her blog, GreenSmoothiesBlog.com, receives over 30,000 hits per month. She lives in Ashland, OR.
Elaina Love is the director of Pure Joy Culinary Academy, a holistic chef certification program. She was an instructor at the renowned Living Light Culinary Arts Institute for ten years, and has been teaching raw and whole food courses worldwide since 1998. Owner-director of Pure Joy Planet store and website (www.purejoyplanet.com), she lives in Patagonia, Arizona.
Chad Sarno is founder and director of Vital Creations (www.rawchef.com), an internationally renowned restaurant consultancy, personal chef and catering service, and food design firm. A former personal chef to Woody Harrelson, he joined Whole Foods in 2009 to help launch the company’s Healthy Eating Initiative. He lives in Austin, TX.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 168 pages
  • Publisher: North Atlantic Books; 1 Original edition (January 10, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1583943579
  • ISBN-13: 978-1583943571
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.4 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #398,760 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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There are an abundance of "gourmet" raw food cook books out there, but I haven't found one yet that's based in sound nutrition. Most of the books available rely heavily on nuts, oils, and sweeteners such as date paste, agave nectar, and maple syrup, to create appetizing "cooked food" like recipes. Raw or not, a diet that is high in fat and sugar is just plain bad news, whether it's from an organic food source or processed food. I'm not opposed to fat at all, as I eat a high fat diet, but fat combined with sugar is a recipe for disaster. I was so hoping that this cook book would be different from the rest, but unfortunately it has little to share in the way of sound nutritional guidelines for those who want to seriously pursue a predominantly raw food diet. I do appreciate and acknowledge that there is some information on Omega 3's with a comparison of the Omega 3 to Omega 6 food ratios in some foods; however, the list certainly wasn't comprehensive. There was also a food pyramid suggested, but again I have to disagree with making fresh fruit the base of the pyramid (fruit being high is sugar), when leafy greens and vegetables are clearly the most nutrient dense food choice and are also needed in the greatest quantity. Even with the slim amount of nutritional information, I was truly disappointed with the recipes offered. After reading each authors testimony about cutting the nuts, oil and sugar, five out of the first six recipes contained large quantities of nuts, sugar substances, or both. The first recipe alone called for 3 cups of walnuts, 1 cup of hemp seeds, and dates.Read more ›
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This book is an important one for anyone interested in the raw food lifestyle. The three authors have been long-time raw food advocates. Victoria Boutenko is one of the best-selling authors in the raw food world with her green smoothie revolution. For many years, she and others believed that the raw food diet was best followed 100%, no matter what. In other words: as long as it's raw, it's healthy. If it's cooked, it's not healthy, don't eat it.

As the three authors outline in this book, this philosophy is not only limited but also potentially damaging. Countless people, in their zeal towards a raw food ideal, have been hurt by the advice of raw food authors, who proclaim that their plan is without flaws.

Each author contributes a chapter to the book, and the rest is filled with recipes. A few recipes are cooked, but most are raw.

Victoria's contribution was particularly interesting, with her family's story of initially discovering the raw food diet and reversing many health problems, only to later be plagued by new ones. She describes how her green smoothies made things better, but ultimately it was not enough.

The other two authors also contribute excellent stories. Most interesting is the chapter by Chad Sarno. Chad is a world-renowned raw food chef. When he started to work for Whole Foods Market, he had his blood tested. Despite being a raw vegan, he found out he was at high risk for heart disease, even for American standards! His cholesterol and triglycerides were too high.

This led him to follow a low-fat, whole foods, plant-based diet instead, without any added oils. Just that change alone brought back his numbers in the healthy range.
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What I loved most about this book is that the authors pointed out that you don't have to feel bad about not eating raw 100% of the time! I am a newbie to the raw lifestyle, and reading this book alone has given me the desire to add much more raw foods to my diet.

I also love that they addressed concerns regarding eating too many nuts. I love all things Victoria Boutenko and am glad that everybody that was wondering how she could eat nothing but raw food and not be uber-thin will know why and now maybe she will be taken even more seriously. I also enjoyed reading about the other authors, Chad Sarno and Elaina Love.

I can't wait to try some of the recipes in this book. One of my concerns is that many of them call for Hemp seeds or oil, and I can't seem to convince my husband that he won't test positive for Mary Jane if he consumes these. I wish they would have addressed this issue in the book. I am also curious if it is okay for someone highly at risk for breast cancer to eat chia and flax seeds as they are so high in phytoestrogens. And I am a little confused about exactly how many oils are suggested to consume on a daily or weekly basis. EVOO has been so highly touted in this last decade... I am left wondering if I should now avoid it? My last is concern is if it is okay for someone that is hypothyroid to eat high amounts of goitergenic foods like kale, spinach, strawberries, peaches, etc.

A side note- I hope Chad Sarno continues his work running the "Health Starts Here" program with Whole Foods.
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