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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Da Capo (1 Jun. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0738213772
  • ISBN-13: 978-0738213774
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 18.8 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 363,944 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'(T)here is a lot of interest in raw food and few titles...this is a good one to stock.'
--The Bookseller, February 2010

'Raw food is making a comeback, and offers high nutritional credentials, as well as eco benefits. With its range of delicious recipes, Ani Phyo's new book reveals how to reap the health rewards without sacrificing taste.'
--Country Living, April 2010

'If you are a beginner to raw food, this would make an excellent first recipe book, and even if you consider yourself an expert, you will find lots of ideas and inspiration within the 320 pages of this book.' --Funky Raw Magazine

'Ani's Raw Food Essentials is now right up the top of my list for Raw Food books that contain everything you need to know about raw food.... (I)t's fun and inspiring and can make you enjoy life a lot more by being healthier and contributing to less environmental destruction!' --Miss Eco Glam (Raw Food Blog)

'US raw-food chef Ani Phyo says raw is more than just diet, it's an environmentally friendly way of life. So why not give it a go?'
--Health and Fitness Magazine

`Ani Phyo is fast becoming the go-to girl for all things raw. This book provides over 250 recipes and tips that prove that you don't have to sacrifice flavour to reap the benefits of a raw food diet. Phyo explains that raw food is more than just a diet - it is a way of life. She teaches readers how eating fresh, organic ingredients can affect the way we look, feel and interact with the earth. If you've been thinking about going raw, this book provides easy transitional recipes and techniques to help you painlessly make the change.'

--Healthy magazine

About the Author

Ani Phyo is one of the US's premier raw food chefs. The author of Ani's Raw Food Kitchen, Return on Design, and Ani's Raw Food Desserts, she lives in Los Angeles. www.aniphyo.com

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50 of 50 people found the following review helpful By rawgirly on 2 Jan. 2012
Format: Hardcover
This book is a mammoth 'uncooking' book. It has so many recipes- everything from dumplings to custard tarts and amazing-sounding main dishes. There are lots of helpful tidbits throughout the book, and recipes have little icons next to them so you know what tools you need. Even though there are recipes that require expensive equipment like dehydrators, there are still lots of alternative recipes- like the instant pizza crust recipe- that do not. To get the most out of the book you will need a food processor (for grinding down nuts etc into powder), a blender and preferably a saladacco or spirooli (gadget that creates fine noodles from vegetables), though a potato peeler will suffice.

Sounds great right? Onto the bad news...

The savoury recipes mostly use salt, oil and raw soy sauce (Nama Shoyu). The sweet recipes mostly use lots of nuts and agave syrup (a tasty vegan syrup that tastes like a cross between honey and maple syrup). The problem with agave syrup, is that it's still a sugary syrup with not much nutritional benefit. It's refined too, even when companies say it's raw.

The problem I have with a lot of the recipes in Raw Food Essentials, is that the majority of the calories in them are coming from the fat or the syrup. This means that the dishes you make aren't much different from the non-raw versions in terms of nutritional value, just more expensive to make and more time consuming. This book suffers from the same problem as Matt Amsden's RAWvolution does- too many recipes rotate around the same few ingredients and the same flavours. Why do the savoury flavours have to all come from oil, salt, garlic and soy sauce? How about mixing tomatoes, celery, carrots and dates etc?
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50 of 51 people found the following review helpful By caroline on 12 Jun. 2010
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I like this book. It seems to be a good all-rounder in that it gives a good basic guide to raw foods and contains lots of simple recipes on which to build creatively on your own and then goes on to give variations on the basic recipe: so if you're new to raw foods it's a good introduction whether you are already a good cook or less confident in the kitchen but keen to learn.

I think this is a better introduction to raw food than her other books and would recommend it to anyone interested in learning the essentials (as the title suggests). It explains WHY to eat a raw food diet and HOW to get started as it runs through basic tools and equipment, basics (ie bread, sprouting) and then goes on to extensive recipes interspersed with useful information about the food we eat.

It's a nice looking book, it's clear and well laid out and the author is very passionate and inspiring about her subject. I would recommend it to anyone as an excellent introduction to raw food.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. Z. L. James on 2 April 2011
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I love this book. It not only gives recipes, but also explains the basis of them so you can extend. It's a big book with loads in it. Today I made courgette bread, flax crackers, nut cheeze, indian chutney and a raw version of nutella all from the book and all yummy! Her approach to life is good too - rather than advocating a strict 100% raw lifestyle she talks about cultivating an "attitude of gratitude". Ani Phyo is a legend!
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By crocus wood on 24 July 2010
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ive been into raw food for a few years and had many books including ani's firt book which i gave away as the recipes had too many ingredients in.
this is brilliant and from only a few flicks through ive made quite a few things ( all good)
id say its suitable for beginners to more experienced raw creators.
it has the usual things from drinks to breads to salads to sweet things , and easy to follow.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Sophie on 25 Jun. 2011
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This book was fine as for me as an introduction into raw food as I am a beginner. It has descriptions throughout about why Ani does certain things and why it is good for our health. There are alot of recipes that require a dehydrator, but the ones without are nice and easy to make. Generally good.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By spidress on 10 Oct. 2012
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Having decided to gradually go fully raw, I was struggling with the decision of which raw uncookbook to order as having searched recipes online, many USA authors have dozens of ingredients in one recipe, most of which you wouldn't usually have home, or anywhere in a local supermarket available for reasonable price at all times. But my friend suggested I took a look at Ani Phyo's books and so I decided to order this one. And I love it! It is so simple and easy to master and making you make up your own variations - it's just amazing! I am reallyreally glad I went for this one and from that time on I'm a definite fan on Ani Phyo! :)))
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By bella on 30 May 2012
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This is a great book, lots of ideas, clearly written and lovely pictures. The main draw back is that for most of the recipes need a machine to dehumidify the food and a decent machine costs around £300.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Helvetica on 21 Jan. 2012
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I was disappointed with my purchase of this book, as the synopsis suggests that no expensive or specialist equipment is needed but in reality most of the recipes required a dehydrator (costing £100s) or to leave your oven on all day, which in my opinion is not inexpensive nor very good for the environment. The amount of times Ani suggests that you invest in an Excalibur Dehydrator and raves about how great they are left me wondering if she had shares in the company.

The book is very appealing and Ani is persuasive about the benefits of the raw food lifestyle and I liked her radiant positivity, but unfortunately many of the recipes need quite a bit of preparation or fore-thought such as hours soaking nuts, making nut mylks, dehydrating items etc. Plus some recipes need baby thai coconuts - I have no idea where to source these from or how to adequately prepare one, although there are instructions included. I have a disability that would make all this fore-planning and preparation time impractical for me, which is a shame as I would like to include more raw food into my diet for its health benefits.

I think Ani's enthusiastic presentation style is very infectious, and the book is well put-togeher, and evidently the issues I have with the book will not apply to everyone. I just feel disappointed as I would have liked a beginner's guide with easy-to-prepare recipes, so I have returned this book and will look for an alternative.
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