With warmer weather and the summer harvest season just around the corner I’ve been craving more and more fresh, raw fare. Luckily there are some fabulous new books that have just hit the shelves – to inspire some culinary creativity and awesome eating. I’ve had a lot of fun playing in my kitchen this week with recipes from Judita, Ani and Brendan. Now that blogger is up and running again, I’m looking forward to sharing a few reviews in the coming days. First up, Going Raw.
When Going Raw arrived in my mailbox I was immediately impressed by the beautiful step-by-step photographs, the diversity of recipes and the comprehensive information that Judita Wignall shares, all in less than 200 pages. Judita fills each page with tips and recipes that she believes will equip and inspire you to start your own raw food revolution. If I wasn’t already a convert, I’m sure that one bite from her Garden of Eden Wrap would have convinced me of the most basic tenant of raw foodism – fresh tastes best. Quite seriously…I was blown away by everything I tried.
As many of you know, my diet is focused on whole foods, with a huge emphasis on raw fruits and vegetables. I’ve been eating this way for years – but the amazing dishes in Going Raw pushed me out of my recipe routine and introduced me to exciting new flavours and techniques.
But, you certainly don’t need to be a certified raw chef or a dedicated raw foodist to be able to prepare these sensational meals at home. Judita makes everything easy. She provides lists for stocking your pantry, information about ingredients and photographs that walk you through every new technique. The book even comes with a DVD of Judita demonstrating basic skills, including using a dehydrator, mandoline and spiralizer.
I’ve read a lot of books about the raw food diet over the years, beyond the food, what impressed me the most about Going Raw was how expertly it was edited. I don’t mean that the grammar was perfect (it could be but who am I to judge?), but that Judita shares the essential information to enable her readers to recreate her recipes and adopt components of the raw food lifestyle as they see fit, without it feeling overwhelming or pushy. Reading along, I felt like Judita was a great friend who had discovered something fantastic and just had to share the news.
I know, that’s all great but what about the food. Oh, my friends, the food. Every recipe I tried was simply, brilliant.
Garden of Eden Wrap (wrap made from dehydrating a blend of tomatoes, red pepper and avocado)
Trail Mix Energy Bars (I didn’t manage to share a single one – sorry friends.)
Mint Chocolate Chip Smoothie (yup, pretty much bliss in a cup)
Creamy Tomato Fettuccine
This dish of zucchini noodles in a tomato cashew sauce with fresh herbs could be my summer staple.
Maple Pecan Granola
If you know my devotion to raw granola then it will come as no surprise that I am absolutely infatuated with this variation.
I think this week’s eats bode very well for a delicious season ahead.
Have you been incorporating more raw foods into your diet now that the windchill reports have been replaced by the daily humidex reading?