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Raw Food/Real World: 100 Recipes to Get the Glow Hardcover – July 5, 2005
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About the Author
Matthew Kenney and Sarma Melngailis are the head chefs and co-owners of Pure Food and Wine. Matthew Kenney has been the chef and partner of numerous successful restaurants including Matthew's, Canteen, Commune, Commissary, and Mezze. In 1994, Food and Wine included him as one of their Ten Best New Chefs of the Year. His other books include Matthew Kenney's Mediterranean Cooking and Big City Cooking. Kenney and Melngailis live in New York City.
Sarma Melngailis is the cocreator and owner of Pure Food and Wine and founder of the online boutiques One Lucky Duck and Shiny Happy Pets, through which she is expanding her reach with all things raw and organic. The coauthor (with Matthew Kenney) of Raw Food/Real World, she lives in New York City with her two cats.
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I am consider myself a gourmet cook, but the ingredients for the majority of these recipes cannot be found in the average market. I guess if you are NYC socialites like these authors, you can afford anything. If you are looking for a coffee-table book with self-indulgent authors plastering photos of themselves throughout, then this is the book for you. If you are looking raw food recipe book, then look elsewhere.
I am new to raw food myself and enjoyed their thoughts and stories. I am a mother of three and I am not a professional chef and I have made many of the recipes and love them. You do need the basic raw food equipment (dehydrator, blender, spiralizer etc.), but any good raw food book (and I have purchased many) will tell you that. Unless your going to eat just salad it will be pretty hard to get around it. Just like you wouldnt cook in a kitchen without a stove, oven, or pots & pans (those can be expensive as well).
I suggest starting with the 9 tray excalibur dehydrator (I got mine for $159 online), but there are smaller less expensive dehydrators. A food processor is also handy and cost anywhere from $39 to $200.00, I personally bought the Cuisinart 9 cup (mine cost $139),so I can make bigger batches and save time and I love it.
I also love the spiralizer and it only runs about $29.00 and makes all kinds of fun and tasty food(I have a 3 yr old & 11 yr old so it has to look good if they are going to eat it).
Most kitchens already have a blender, but the Vitamix is a commercial grade blender and makes really creamy soup and smoothies. The original design (the 4200 I believe) is around $350, the new updated 5200 is between $500 & $600, the only difference is the new one lets you adjust the speed and the old one just has a Hi and Low. I have the less expensive one, because I dont think its worth the extra money to adjust the speed and I love mine so far. You can add the other equipment gradually, it does not need to be all at once.
As with any raw food cookbook, it does take prep time, planning and forethought. I have a 3 month old baby (making a total of three children), so I do not have a lot of extra time. With all the obesity and diseases that are overtaking our country I believe eating healthy is worth the extra time to make healthy meals & snacks. Teaching our children to eat healthy is also extremely important. I dedicate one day (it doesnt usually take a full day) a week to prep for what we decide to eat for the next week. I make out a list of what I need and head to the local farmer's market and get what I need for the week. Some of their ingredients I may not have or I just dont like them, so I change them to fit my tastes and budget. I do purchase mostly organic, because I would rather pay the extra money and be healthy than spend it on health care costs down the road. When I use any cook book written by a professional chef I do not expect it to turn out exactly like theirs (as they have many years of experience), but i do find that my variations still taste good. If I'm going to eat raw food, I want it to taste good.