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Raw Food/Real World: 100 Recipes to Get the Glow

Raw Food/Real World: 100 Recipes to Get the Glow [Kindle Edition]

Matthew Kenney , Sarma Melngailis
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Top New York chef and restaurateur Matthew Kenney and his partner, Sarma Melngailis, had been thinking of opening a Moroccan restaurant. But one night they were invited to a raw food restaurant -- and it changed their lives. They instead opened Pure Food and Wine, a restaurant devoted to creative, tasty raw food, and it has been drawing rave reviews. Dishes such as Zucchini and Green Zebra Tomato Lasagne, Golden Squash Pasta with Black Summer Truffles, and Dark Chocolate Ganache Tart with Vanilla Cream have given raw food a sexy new appeal.

The decision to go raw was shocking at first for these two ex-carnivorous chefs, but they soon found that preparing and eating raw food made them and their guests feel their physical best. Melngailis noticed a difference almost immediately -- "Light, clean, natural, and alive foods make you feel light, clean, and more alive. And sexy." This new way of life has changed their outlook on eating and cooking and connects them to the world around them. As Kenney says, "Raw foods and the lifestyle associated with it are so compelling and complex that we will be forever learning and growing. Already it seems that we have discovered some of the magic that life offers."

In this lushly photographed book, Kenney and Melngailis share some of that magic -- and show that preparing and eating raw does not mean bland, unsatisfying, or impossibly time-consuming meals. Using dehydrating, Vita-Mix blending, a nuanced understanding of spices, and unprecedented creativity, they explore a whole new outlook on raw food that transfers beautifully and easily from their kitchen to yours -- no matter what your present diet. And you'll immediately begin to reap the benefits of healthful, delicious, life-giving raw food.


A collection of raw food recipes by the head chefs of Pure Food and Wine draws on the authors' experiences at their popular New York restaurant to present practical advice on how to prepare appetizing raw food dishes using such techniques as dehydrating, Vita-Mix blending, and spicing. 30,000 first printing.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 4639 KB
  • Print Length: 384 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins e-books; 1 edition (28 Sep 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003V1WTS6
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
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109 of 109 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Raw Food Forever 28 Feb 2007
Two years ago I re-aquainted myself with the tenets of raw food, starting with Leslie Kenton who convinced me back in the mid 1980's. Many of my life and food choices changed with that. However, over the next 20 years my love of cooking became just that - cooking, with occasional forays into raw food again when I needed to lose weight/feel better. While holidaying in the US around 2000 I found "Juliano" who has been heralded with kick-starting the raw food movement there (with celebrity endorsements such as Demi Moore) but many of his recipes are very west-coast US specific with an emphasis on Mexican ingredients and mixing sweet and savoury things together which aren't to my taste. It inspired me with lots of everyday food but still didn't give me what I needed to provide a sophisticated "wow" when entertaining.

Back in the US for another year I realised I now looked like a local and needed to do something drastically to change. I turned first to Leslie Kenton who has updated her books, menus and recipes - hooray, inspiration to lose weight (20 pounds in 6 months thank you, I look and feel great). BUT I was stymied when entertaining..... then I found RAW FOOD REAL WORLD, oh man, this knocked my socks off. This is a raw food restaurant in NY city and I'm itching to go there one day. The book provides the WOW factor with the most astonishing combination of foods that we regularly entertain guests with. It is all vegan - not that you'd know it from the pictures - and please, don't let that put you off. This is not a tofu and beans book by any means, it is truly one of the most inspirational food books I've ever read and "cooked" from.

Try the Lasagne.
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52 of 52 people found the following review helpful
Their sentiment is sound and the writing style invigorating. I've tried a number of recipes but tend to go for the simpler ones bc of the time to a)soak and b)dehydrate involved for many of the dishes.

The greatest problem for us raw vegans in the UK is sourcing - whilst they list US websites, they don't do similar for the UK and I've only had partial success finding even half the ingredients they talk about.

So be warned!
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41 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE MOST BEAUTIFUL A N D USEFUL 30 April 2007
2 Weeks ago, before heading for my first trip to N.Y., which should include a dinner at PURE FOOD AND WINE, I finally ordered the book, though I swore myself to not buy any further raw food cooking books (the ones I own are more than enough).

The dinner at PURE FOOD AND WINE was impossible to describe. I had the highest expectations, but what we experienced was really overwhelming!!

My husband really was freaking out about the delicious food!!! We couldn't believe it was raw!!

When we came home the book was in front of our house door and it is our most loved souvenir now. But in fact it is the most beautiful book on raw foods I own. It's done in such an outstanding high quality layout/photos/texts/graphics, that you really will love to take it in your hands. The recipes are wonderful and vary from dummy-easy to a bit more complicated, but doable. If I had to choose only one raw-book to keep, it would definitely be this one!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Totally Rawsome! 15 Feb 2012
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I've been putting off writing a review for this gem, in order to properly assimilate the full wonder of it! As you can probably tell, I absolutely love this book. In my opinion, you can use it in several ways - it is accessible and well researched. It is most especially suitable for anyone who is really getting serious about making the transition to the raw food lifestyle. And yes, that does include getting new kitchen equipment. But Rome wasn't built in a day and there's still much to enjoy even without a dehydrator. But you'll probably realise that you want one, as you go through the recipes!

It's not to say that those just 'dipping toes' in the water will not enjoy - you will too. The inspiring, mouth watering photography in itself is a delight to the senses. The recipes are genius! But it's true that they are not necessarily easy. In fact one of my favourites so far, the celeriac and apple raw soup with truffles - takes a long time to make. But to be honest I think in a way, that is (or can be) all part of going raw. Raw food is not always fast food. But on the other hand, what could be faster than a perfect banana? Or a bowl of fresh juicy cherries? I feel that going raw is about getting back to real food, in it's purest and most unadulterated form. And this book might be the bridge to get you there. It's about getting your fingers juicy with fresh ingredients, smells, fun and with some of the recipes, patience is an unwritten ingredient.

Being a yoga practitioner, for me there is a special richness and value in eating this way. Plus, the energy, creativity, clarity of mind and joy that raw food gives you back in return, more than makes up for the time it sometimes takes to get your food on the table.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Half of it can be done in the real world 8 Aug 2008
I really like this book and do find it inspirational. However, many many of the recipes just can't be made. They take too long, the ingredients are difficult to find or prohibitively expensive.
I still think this book is worth buying though for the remaining recipes that can be made. The cool smoothies, salads, juices and some of the cookies and sweets.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant book
A very good book for lovers of healthy raw food. Inspirational - the authors look great on the photos, they clearly walk their talk themselves. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Inna McDonagh
3.0 out of 5 stars Looks great, way too complicated for daily use
This book is very restauranty, almost everything is dehydrated, most recipes take days / hours to prepare. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Austenacious
5.0 out of 5 stars very good! very creative recepies, clear instructions, entertaining...
Never imagined raw food could taste so good and be so varied. I tried many recepies already and all of them are quite easy to make and are very imaginative. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Jacqueline L. Honnebier
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book
It's good but alot of receipes are in american form so some of the produce is possibly difficult to get, plus it's receipes they use in restaurants and cafes so don't know if... Read more
Published 22 months ago by Jodie
5.0 out of 5 stars Really interesting book
This was a really interesting book and fantastic guide to living a raw lifestyle. Still have lots of interesting things to try out.
Published 23 months ago by Erica
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
I think this is one of the best books on raw 'cookery' I've got. At the moment, I am, however, someone who hasn't yet got a dehyrator, so haven't been able to try many recipies. Read more
Published on 23 Sep 2012 by Sensability
5.0 out of 5 stars Raw Food Real World: 100 Recipes to Get the Glow
This is a really good book for anyone interested in raw food. It's quite a big book too, with lots of colour photos of the food, so it's really good value and the price on amazon... Read more
Published on 27 April 2012 by Green Book Addict Librarian
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent recipes
I have had this title for various months and have tried a few recipes; all of these have turned into delicious meals. Read more
Published on 30 Jun 2011 by capirona
4.0 out of 5 stars Raw food, real world
Great food photography and it's well written. My only problem
With it is that they use a dehydrator for the majority of the recipes. Read more
Published on 2 April 2011 by marzipan
3.0 out of 5 stars OK if you have a dehydrator
At a quick glance the recipes are OK but further reading leads to using a dehydrator in most recipes, I for one do not have one and the cost is to high for an average family... Read more
Published on 8 Jun 2010 by Im L. Knox
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