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Raw, Quick and Delicious!: 5-Ingredient Recipes in Just 15 Minutes Paperback – August 29, 2013
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Douglas McNish is also the author of the bestselling Eat Raw Eat Well. He's a two-time vegan iron chef winner, has been featured on national television, contributes to print magazine publications, and is a raw food consultant who is passionate about sharing his knowledge about the raw food lifestyle.
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If you're not familiar with raw food, it's preparing recipes that require no heat (or very little heat, such as if you use a food dehydrator; according to raw food experts, you don't want to heat your food above 105 for fear of killing healthy enzymes in the food). All raw recipes are vegan, and they rely on staples like nut milks, greens, and fruits. I don't eat raw, but I like to include raw recipes in our weekly diet since I like the focus on unprocessed, natural foods.
This particular book opens with some background information about tools to pick up and some essential ingredients for the raw pantry. This section was only a few pages long, which I liked since I have so many raw cookbooks; if you're new to raw recipes, though, this might not give you enough background on how best to stock your kitchen for making these types of recipes.
After the background section, the book is divided into the following units:
* In the Pantry -- 15 raw recipes that focus on the "basics," such as how to make nut mylk, various cream sauces, etc.
* Smoothies, Drinks, and Juices
* Pasta and Noodles
* Main Courses
* Buying Raw Ingredients
* Online Sources for Certified Raw Food Products
Unlike other raw cookbooks, none of the recipes require a food dehydrator, so this is a nice book for those starting out with raw foods.
So far, I've made two of the smoothies, one of the snacks, and an entree. All turned out really well! I like how the author puts together unusual ingredients in creative ways.
As another reviewer pointed out, a few of the main course recipes require the use of a sauce/pantry basic that also has to be made, so some recipes do take longer than fifteen minutes since you have to make the sauce plus the actual dish. There aren't many of these, though, and even having thirty-minute recipes is fine for me on busy work nights.
Also, I know it raises the cost of cookbooks, but I really like having a lot of photos in a cookbook, and this one only has a few, which are included in two inserts. I'm a visual person, and I like being able to have photos that inspire me to try the recipes.
Besides those two drawbacks, this is a solid book that I think will get a lot of use in our house.
If you're new to raw eating, I'd also recommend Practically Raw: Flexible Raw Recipes Anyone Can Make, which has lots of lovely eye candy and delicious recipes and which (along with her desserts book) is my favorite of all the raw cookbooks I own.
The wonderful thing about Raw, Quick and Delicious is that it is an easier way to make the more satisfying raw gourmet type dishes. Most dishes are 5 ingredients or less and aside from some chopping, processing or blending, they are fairly simple to assemble. I also will sometimes get stuck in a rut and make the same things over and over. The recipes for smoothies and salads in this book gave me some ideas that I hadn't thought of or forgot about.
I also am not that great at making raw salad dressings, and the ones in this book are easy and pretty good. My favorite is the raw creamy miso and the sesame garlic. Easy and delicious. I am not a huge fan of raw deserts, but I thought the cinnamon peach pudding was easy to make and delicious. I would have never thought to add peaches to my chia pudding. There are some great suggestions in the raw pasta and main dishes sections too.
Over all this is a nice collection of raw recipes that is not too difficult to make. I think experienced raw foodists and beginners would both benefit from this book. This is a nice collection of raw recipes and I can't wait to try more of them.
There is even a recipe for brownies that are actually healthy for you. We are from Gulf Coast Texas. Therefore, chili is a must. There is a recipe in Raw, Quick & Delicious! for chili made with raw ingredients. There is no cooking required.
If you or a loved one has been wanting to eat healthier but did not want to give up taste, now you can have both. We give Raw, Quick & Delicious! all five stars. The recipes are easy to follow and there are many color photos to entice you to try the recipes.
This would make a great gift for anyone on your list!
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