Welcome to the world of raw and living foods! The goal of this book is to share with you new ways of preparing fresh vegetarian and vegan cuisine. This is an idea whose time has come.
Celebrities who have become raw foods enthusiasts include comedian Robin Williams; motivational speaker Tony Robbins; designer Donna Karan; musicians David Bowie and Sting; actresses Angela Bassett, Cher, Demi Moore, Alicia Silverstone, Lisa Bonet, Laura Dern, Leslie Bega (of The Sopranos), and Susan Sarandon; supermodel Carol Alt; actors Woody Harrelson, James Brolin, Frankie Lane, Andy Dick, and Ben Vereen; Canadian rocker Bif Naked; and chef Charlie Trotter. In addition, CNN and NBC news have both featured stories on the raw food diet phenomenon.
The approach in this book is gourmet vegetarian and vegan, which means the focus is on fresh fruits and vegetables, leafy greens, nuts, seeds, herbs, and spices. This translates into exceptional cuisine interpreted from the great culinary traditions of the world, featuring recipes such as Thai Green Papaya Salad, Sprouted Moroccan Lentil Soup, Italian Crackers, Chinese Kung Pao Almonds with Mung Bean Sprouts, and Indian-Style Curried Noodles.
There are no recipes containing eggs or meat (either cooked or raw). A classic raw foods diet minimizes many of the foods likely to cause allergies (such as dairy products, cooked grains, and shellfish). This approach also avoids numerous foods linked to disease. (For example, junk food and sweets have been confirmed as a factor in diabetes, and red meat has been found to increase cancer risk.)
Yet the raw foods diet is not about deprivation. It's a chance to discover an entire world of fresh new foods and explore their health benefits. From our kitchens to yours, enjoy!