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Monday, March 30, 2015

Check It Out: Eat Raw, Eat Well

Spring is sprunging! theory that is...but that means fresh garden produce is just around the corner. Can't wait.

And that idea brings me to a new cookbook I have to share with you. Eat Raw, Eat Well: 400 Raw, Vegan & Gluten-Free Recipes. I've had friends who have taken the raw diet path, if even for a short spell, and I've always been intrigued by it. There are so many vegetables that lose something in the cooking process so I definitely understand the benefits, but wasn't sure if there were really that many decent recipes that you could survive off of...come to find out, there are at least 400.

Some of the recipes that caught my eye were the Kale Waldorf Salad, Mango and Pineapple Gelato, Red Beet Ravioli, Sweet Potato and Zucchini Mac'n'Cheese, but the one the parents and I decided to experiment with was the Fruit Gazpacho. YUM! (Recipe to follow soon.)

The book does a nice intro to navigating a raw good diet and equipping your raw food kitchen. If you are going to commit to an all raw diet, investing in a good food dehydrator is key. At least half of the recipes called for use of one, but there were still a LOT of recipes that did not.

So if you want to branch out and try something new, Eat Raw, Eat Well will be a great guide to discovery.

Eat Raw, Eat Well: 400 Raw, Vegan & Gluten-Free Recipes
Douglas McNish
Robert Rose Inc. 2012
ISBN 978-0-7788-0295-2 ($24.95)