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The author of the book: Ani Phyo
Edition: Da Capo Press
Date of issue: May 1st 2007
ISBN 13: 9780786733545
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 4.35 MB
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To be fair, I'm not a person who believes that a raw-food diet is superior to a "normal" diet, so I'm reviewing this from the perspective of someone who once had a weird but kind of good experience at a raw food restaurant and was momentarily inspired to order this book -- possibly by the organic wine I was served with dinner.
Anyway, I read through the whole thing and was motivated to go out and buy carob powder, agave syrup, more flax seed, etc. so I could try a few of these recipes. They looked pretty good in the pictures, and they sounded yummy. I recall making some coconut oil "pancake" of sorts that just did not turn out. I must be too set in my ways, because despite the fact that I actually believe myself to be a great cook, I was positively incapable of making them halfway decent. I believe I followed the instructions, but knowing me I probably did something to them that caused the raw food universe to implode and leave me with chunky patties. It was a shame. I made something else too, but forget what it was. I remember being disappointed. I would like to try some of her savory dips and such someday. I’ll have to be feeling open minded and free with money, because these recipes feature a lot of nuts and expensive oils, which I’m happy to splurge on in general, but when I do so I want them to stretch and actually go somewhere. These recipes don’t yield a lot for the price. It’s amazing how quickly a food processor can reduce your $10 nut purchase into a disappointing little pile of mediocre gruel. Her breakfasts looked nice – some “pudding” made out of bananas and avocado and something else. I bet that would be good spread on bread or crackers. But again, I think I have a problem (psychological, no doubt) being satisfied by pureed or liquefied foods. I like to bite down on something substantial, and wonder if I wouldn’t be happier just eating a banana and then some avocado smeared on toast.
I hope I don’t offend anyone, but I also heartily object to her trying to encourage people to convert their carnivorous domesticated pets to raw food veganism or whatever it is she’s promoting. I don’t care how earnestly she assures me her veterinarian is impressed, or how much she claims her dog loves being vegan and has a shiny coat. If I handed that dog a steak he would consume it voraciously. And so he should – there isn’t anything wrong with dogs eating meat. I love cows and pigs and chickens and I don’t want them to suffer, but my own childish wishes about the world don’t change the fact that some animals have evolved to eat meat, and they are healthy doing so. I also object to her pseudo-scientific babblings about what is and isn’t good for the body, but I’ll let it go. I’m glad this rather extreme diet works for her and she has had a good experience with it. I seem to recall her saying something about no longer needing to wear deodorant because of how her body is just running itself so well now because of the raw food. I’ll let everyone draw their own conclusions about that. I hope for her sake that she is correct.
To sum up, I think she’s making a lot of broad claims about nutrition based on various anecdotes from friends and her own perception of her self, but I don’t think it would hurt anyone to eat raw food occasionally. She does seem very cute and creative, and many of her recipes looked great. I’m sure there’s something in this book that tastes good. I just didn’t happen to make it.
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Read information about the authorAni Phyo is an organic eco chef, author, whole food and sustainable agriculture advocate and founder of SmartMonkey Foods. Phyo's book, Ani's Raw Food Kitchen: Easy, Delectable Living Food Recipes published by Marlowe & Company, is in its 8th printing. She is a well-known advocate of the raw foodism lifestyle promoting uncooked and unprocessed foods that are organic, sustainable, and supports green living.
Ani is also the host of the award winning most popular uncooking show on YouTube, Ani's Raw Food Kitchen Show.