It is co-authored by:
- Brenda Davis a Registered Dietitian and Nutritionist and author of Becoming Vegan and has been a featured speaker at nutrition, dietetic, medical and health conferences throughout the world.
- Vesanto Melina a Registered Dietitian, specializing in vegan and raw nutrition and healthful eating.
- Rynn Berry a lecturer and author and the historical advisor to the North American Vegetarian Society.
When Rick Diamond contacted me and asked me if I wanted a review copy of Becoming Raw I jumped at the chance. So what if I've never reviewed a book before? How hard can it be? I can read. I have and can form new opinions about stuff. I have the internet to give me guidelines, don't I? I have a blog with at least 7 regular readers, right? What can't I do?
Two books for the price of one! The first 249 pages of this 375 page book cover the history of the raw food movement in the United States, the benefits of raw food and very easy to understand and absorb information about nutrition, carbs, fats, vitamins, minerals, acid-base balance and enzymes. There are sections about the many theories and myths associated with nutrition and factually deals with concerns about the safety of such raw foods as buckwheat greens, sprouted legumes and alfalfa, mushrooms and sea vegetables. I would be lying if I didn't say I learned a LOT from this book and want to read it again! They don't rely on anecdotal information. I like that a lot about a book.
The second part of this book is a stand alone cookbook. With staples like smoothies and nut butters; energizing breakfasts like raw granola; snacks foods including crackers, nut pates, raw cheese and dips: delicious lunch ideas like soups, salads and amazing looking dressings; hearty entrees like raw pizza, pasta and Thai spring rolls; scrumptious raw desserts like coconut macaroons and raw vegan tutti frutti ice cream, there are enough easy to follow recipes for any aspiring raw chef to get started with. Blender, dehydrator and food processor are required for some recipes but not all.
I love this book! Not only is the cover just beautiful and the whole book is printed on paper with post consumer recycled content, processed without chlorine, which saved
5952 lbs of solid waste
51040 gall of wastewater
11,283 lbs of greenhouse gases
98 million BTW of total energy,
but it's exhaustive, comprehensive and the layout is easy to read and understand.
I have learned so much reading this and I definitely suggest it to any one considering a raw vegan lifestyle.
They give you the facts about raw and cooked food, good or bad, then allow you to come to your own conclusion about whether you want to adopt a raw food diet and to what degree and then give you some simple recipes to get you started.
I'd have to give it 5 hearts ♥♥♥♥♥ I love it that much! Thanks, Rick for turning me on to this book :)