I LOVE books, whether they are in German or English, and I have always had plenty of recipe books – now they are just raw recipe books instead.
☼ The first book I ever read on health was
☼ In 2002, I stumbled across Shazzie from the UK, she has written a whole bunch of books on Raw Foods. I recently got my copy of Detox Your World. It’s an amazing book, so much information in it, not just recipes but – as the title says – literally a guide on how to clean up everything, the gentle way. There are tipps on what should be in your natural first aid box, how to detox your house and belongings and a lifestyle plan on how to incorporate more and more clean, natural things into your habits and life, and let go of the rest. In addition, you learn a lot about Shazzie herself, and I find such personal stories extremely interesting, this is also why I started interviewing people myself! An absolute must read! You can get it here.
☼ Next up: Kate Magic, the Goddess of Irish Moss – She has her own books too and Eat Smart, Eat Raw is the one I have. It’s very practical as all the recipes in this book are from her everyday life with her 2 boys.
☼ Before all the above though, I read David Wolfe’s Sunfood Diet Success System. It was my first conscious and planned encounter with raw foods and what he wrote intrigued me immensely.
Other David Wolfe books on my bookshelf: Superfoods: The Food and Medicine of the Future, Amazing Grace: The Nine Principles of Living in Natural Magic and Naked Chocolate: The Astonishing Truth About the World’s Greatest Food – an Ode to Chocolate, written together with Shazzie. Lots of knowledge on chocolate and recipes you would never have come up with yourself. Think Chocolate with.. everything!
It still took years though until I really went for a 100% pure raw stint – until 2010 to be exact, which was when I discovered Matthew Kenney’s culinary writings in a local store:
☼ Everyday Raw! The photos in this book will make you drool and I recommend making double batches of recipes – once you try them, you’ll regret it deeply if you only have a small portion and cannot go for seconds. Love this book! Matthew has written several books already and has also been extremely successful with a raw foods academy and a raw restaurant in New York called Food and Wine.
☼ After Matthew’s book, I went onto a bit of a book shopping frenzy, and got Jennifer Cornbleet’s Raw Food Made Easy for 1 or 2 People. The words “easy” and “for one or two people” appealed to me, a lot. Jennifer’s recipes are indeed easy and the book is great for anyone who is just getting started with raw foods. Her other book is called Raw for Dessert, how could I ever resist? So I of course also got this one.
☼ Many years ago, I dated a chef and he owned what he called the Ultimate Raw Recipe Bible. Reason enough that I wanted to have it too. Raw: The Uncook Book by Juliano Brotman is beautifully written, 288 pages thick, and contains so many recipes it could indeed called be a bible for raw foods. I unfortunately lost it on my last move, alongside quite a few other recipe books. Maybe it was a sign I should come up with my own 🙂
☼ But how could I almost forget to mention the delightful, delicious Sweet Gratitude: A New World of Raw Desserts? Indeed a New World, just look at the cover! There is – gasp! – Tiramisu! on it! Raw Vegan Tiramisu? Oooooh yeah!
As you can see, my book collection is quite a large one, and I have even more – there is Gabriel Cousens and Mimi Kirk and Ani Phyo to just name a few. And then there’s the DVD shelf! I’ll get to those in a while, but first I’d like to know which books YOU have! Looking forward to your comments xo Lisa