Raw Resources – Book Reviews

As promised, I am finally adding the titles of most of the books I investigated during my raw experiment. I am marking those that I like enough to purchase with an asterisk. Hopefully you’ll find this useful.

*The Raw Food Gourmet (Going Raw for Total Well-Being) by Gabrielle Chavez – I really like Gabrielle’s recipes. They are delicious and easy to follow and more creative and realistic than many of the others.

Raw (No Meat no Heat) by Lynelle Scott-Aitken – Beautiful pictures but the recipes just weren’t so unique. I made the creamed cauliflower soup and unfortunately I could hardly keep it down and ended up throwing out most of it – makes me upset to waste an entire cauliflower head and all the other good ingredients like olive oil. Just turned my stomach.

*Raw Food for Everyone (Essential Techniques and 300 Simple-to-Sophisticated Recipes) by Alissa Cohen – Many ┬ámany great recipes. I am buying this one for sure.

The Raw Milk Revolution (Behind America’s Emerging Battle Over Food Rights) by David E. Gumpert – A spirited and political discussion over what’s happened with food rights in this country and access to unadulterated foods.

Raw Food Formula for Health by Paul Nison – More educational with few recipes at the end of the book. More of a “how-to” book.

Raw Food Cleanse by Penni Shelton – This is a good book for beginners or for those looking to take on a raw food diet as part of a cleanse.

Raw Food (Quick & Easy) by Mary Rydman – I like the simplicity of this book a lot. The recipes are very appetizing and not too laborious. I’m considering purchasing it.

The Raw Foods Resource Guide by Jeremy Safron – just like the title suggests, this book contains travel tips, where to find tips, restaurants, drying methods. No recipes.

Raw family (A true story of awakening) by Victoria, Igor Sergei and Valya Boutenko – This family has attained quite the reputation in the raw food movement. I believe it was originally published in 2000 and the husband and wife are currently living apart, which is sad. A quick read.

Raw Food, real world (100 Recipes to get the Glow) by Matthew Kenney and Sarma Melngailis – Written by two chefs/restauranteurs, I didn’t really get into the recipes. Although the book itself is pretty, just wasn’t my favorite.

Eating in the Raw by Carol Alt – We’ve had this book for a while – more narrative than recipes, but there are a few nice recipes in the back. Worth checking out at the library.

Raw Food Life Force Energy by Natalia Rose – Contains a 21-day menu/plan and over half of the book is narrative with basic recipes in the back.

*Ani’s Raw Food Essentials by Ani Phyo – I didn’t use this book a lot during my experiment – it got a bit lost in the shuffle, but what I have seen of it I really like it and think I will either renew it or buy it. The pictures are beautiful and I am intrigued to try the Brazil Nut-Banana Pancakes with Blueberry Syrup and Sliced Bananas.

Raw: The UNCook Book by Juliano Brotman – This was the first raw recipe book that I ever purchased. I love the papaya salad recipe and he has many great recipes, but it isn’t always easy to come by the ingredients he uses, unless you live in a tropical climate or Southern California.

I Am Grateful: Recipes and Lifestyle of Cafe Gratitude by Terces Engelhart and Orchid. I love this book and the accompanying dessert cookbook Sweet Gratitude. I definitely recommend picking up this book as well as visiting one of their restaurants if you are ever in the Bay Area or Southern California. Click here to visit their website or purchase their book.

I am sure I am forgetting a few and if so I will update this list accordingly. Eat well, Love Much!

Adding on – Yes, I did forget at least four books:

*The Raw Truth (Recipes and Resources fore the Living Foods Lifestyle) by Jeremy Safron – I like this book very much. Jeremy used to own/run a raw restaurant in Hawaii and also I believe in Los Angeles. The recipes are pretty great and user friendly.

The Raw 50 by Carol Alt with David Roth – Another Carol Alt Raw book with very easy to follow and tasty recipes.

The Raw Food Revolution Diet by Cherie Soria, Brenda Davis and Vesanto Melina – Half informational/half recipe. I only made the fresh corn tortillas from this book and they turned out pretty darn well, so perhaps I need to dive in a little deeper.

Raw Food for Real People by Rod Rotondi – Another half informational, half recipes. It is a simple and easy to follow book – would be good for newcomers to the movement.

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