This review of Raw Food For Dummies is made possible with a review copy of the book. All opinions expressed are my own.
As I try to eat healthier I find myself interested in a number of different diet concepts. Some people go for high protein, low carb diets. Others choose to give up meat and/or animal based products. Some will only eat light and low fat foods. When I was on a trip a few months ago I met someone who was a raw vegan and the concept was fascinating…how does one go about living on a raw food diet? Are you left eating carrot sticks and fruit every day or is it possible for raw food to be a bit more complex and interesting? I received a copy of Raw Food for Dummies to review and have learned quite a bit about what it means to live a raw food diet and why we should consider this type of diet to help improve our health.
Raw Food For Dummies
Author: Cherie Soria, Dan Ladermann
Publisher: For Dummies; 1 edition (December 10, 2012)
Format: 384 pages (paperback)
From the Publisher:
Celebrities like Demi Moore, Sting, Madonna, and Woody Harrelson as well as experts in diet and nutrition have drawn attention to the newest trend in eating: raw foods. As the demand for raw foods increases, so does the demand for informative and supportive facts about this way of life. Raw Food For Dummies shares reasons for incorporating raw food into your diet and life, tips on how to do it, and includes nearly 100 recipes.
Whether you’re interested in incorporating raw foods into an existing meal plan, or transitioning to a raw foods-only diet, Raw Food For Dummies will help. Main areas of coverage include the benefits of eating raw foods, tips for avoiding undernourishment and hunger, information on transitioning to the raw food lifestyle (including where to buy and how to store raw foods), along with coverage of the popular methods of preparing meals, including sprouting, dehydrating, juicing, and greening.
Like all of the For Dummies books, Raw Food for Dummies is more than just a cookbook. This book is perfect for any individual that is interested in learning more about the raw food diet but has no idea how to get started. Raw Food for Dummies gets you into the basics of exploring the raw food lifestyle and teaches you how to start on your journey. Throughout the book you will notice symbols in the side bars that will teach you about nutrition, give you a handy tip or two, or help you identify and avoid potential problems. The introduction gets into what exactly a raw food diet is and the drawbacks and concerns about cooking your food. In some raw diets, light steaming of foods is actually acceptable depending on what food it is and the temperature involved. You WILL actually get plenty of protein if you follow the right sort of diet but it will all be plant based and not animal based. There is some very helpful information about planning ahead, eating on the go, eating at restaurants, etc. Raw food diets are more challenging away from home but this book has some good information to help you NOT starve if you end up eating out. There is a sample menu that will help you on your raw food diet for the first month and a ton of recipes to play around with while you are living the raw food lifestyle. The section on gear and gadgets is helpful since raw foods may need to be prepared in certain ways. High speed blenders, juices, etc are all very helpful in a raw food diet. I would say about half of the book is made up of recipes and the other half is more a how to book so it is a nice balance of the two. The recipes themselves include something from just about every category. Start out slowly with raw smoothies and juices and then move into more complicated entrees and desserts. Very few of them have more than 7 or 8 ingredients but some do require advanced planning for soaking nuts or grains so pick your recipe out early and read through it carefully the first time you try it. The recipes have detailed directions to follow and they all seem simple enough that even the most beginner of ‘chefs’ can follow them.
Overall, I found that Raw Food for Dummies was a great resource and I look forward to trying more raw foods in my diet. I doubt I will decide to go completely raw but definitely see the advantages of including recipes like this in our everyday lives. As I try out the recipes in this book I will definitely post them to let you know how they taste!
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