Crazy Sexy Kitchen

January 25th, 2013 · Lisa · book review, Review · Comments

This world can feel pretty big and beautiful sometimes.

There are days when it becomes startlingly obvious that not everyone wakes up wondering if they remembered to soak some almonds or sprout their buckwheat. It is easy to feel different…misunderstood…unsure.

So when you come across someone who’s words speak to your heart. Celebrate.

If you know me, you know my celebrations involve a feast.

This is all my way of saying, I’d like to tell you about two people who are amazing inspirations in my life: Kris Carr and Chad Sarno.

You’ve probably heard of Kris before. She has an attractive energy that seems to make people glow from the inside out. She shares a warmth, an enthusiasm and clarity that really resonates with me. She has a way of reaching out and making you feel like a part of something spectacular. Kris has shared her story of reclaiming her health and transforming her life through film, books and blogs.

Chad, on the other hand has had less of a public presence in the past. I had the pleasure of meeting him at a conference where he delighted me with some of the most incredible raw food recipes I’d ever tasted. I had already been certified as a raw chef when I met Chad but what he showed me in an hour shifted my thinking and broadened my culinary perspective. His food philosophy has had a profound impact on my own recipe development. Plus, I think he’s a pretty amazing guy.

So…when these two teamed up to create Crazy Sexy Kitchen, I couldn’t wait to grab a copy.

As you’d expect it is packed of flavourful, nutrient-dense recipes that will fuel your life and nourish your body. Before you get into the recipes the book provides an excellent primer on pantry staples, kitchen equipment, culinary technique and habits for wellness. You’ll see Kris’ influence in two chapters devoted to tempting juice and smoothie recipes. If your goals for 2013 involve a focus on your health…these pages would be a good place to start.

Although Chad has worked in restaurant kitchens (life Saf in London) the recipes in the Crazy Sexy Kitchen are created with your home kitchen in mind. There are simple dishes like Avo Toasts, and fancier fare such as Chickpea Crepes with Mushrooms and Artichokes. Throughout the chapters you’ll find satisfying salads, warming stews and some spectacular sweets all developed with your enjoyment and health in mind.

As I sit here in Toronto, with snow blanketing the sidewalks outside my window, I flip through the pages of Crazy Sexy Kitchen and return again and again to cozy picture of the Sage Polenta and Nana’s Marinara Sauce. Making a shopping list shortly…

Earlier this month, when I was more interested in eating well rather than feeling warm, I enjoyed a number of great meals courtesy of Kris and Chad.

Since I had remembered to soak my buckwheat, I made a batch of Cinnamon Cherry Granola. Say it again in your mind. Doesn’t it sound incredible? Yes, it tastes just as good as you can imagine.

The crisp temperatures this month drew me away from the Sexy Summer Salad and toward the Warm Kale and Quinoa Salad on the facing page. A simple recipe the celebrates the flavours of the individual ingredients. Nutty quinoa, paired with pine nuts, the bittersweet flavour of kale and  raisins or cranberries for balance. Delicious.

I’m not much of a soup fan but stuff my broth will bold spices and you just might seduce me into seconds. The Wild Mushroom, Ginger, and Minted Brussels Pho Show is one of the best soups I’ve had in years. Ginger, mushrooms and brussels sprouts are incredible together in this brothy concoction.
DSC_0381 (2)Finally, I made this, For the Love of Nog! to enjoy in the quiet of an early, winter morning. Sipping slowly, the sweet combination of banana, almond, nutmeg, cinnamon and dates gave me everything I needed to pull on my coat and face another day full of possibilities.

That is the great thing about finding inspiration. They spark something in you. They fuel a fire. But you get to see what it illuminates.



  1. Posted January 25, 2013 at 4:55 pm

    I’ve been so excited to get my hands on this book! I already have several new-to-me cookbooks that I got for Christmas, but Kris’ book has been calling to me again and again. Your gorgeous pictures and kind words have done nothing to assuage that desire!

    • theveganlisa
      Posted January 27, 2013 at 5:48 pm

      I love Christmas cookbooks – they make January SO delicious. Kris’ would be a great addition to your collection but I have no doubt you have plenty to play with at the moment.

  2. Posted January 25, 2013 at 5:28 pm

    Everything looks delicious, Lisa! 🙂

    • theveganlisa
      Posted January 27, 2013 at 5:47 pm

      Thank you Janet.

  3. Mom
    Posted January 25, 2013 at 5:58 pm

    I just bought this book at Costco last week – excited to read your review!!

    • theveganlisa
      Posted January 27, 2013 at 5:47 pm

      I hope you love it. Peter Cervoni contributed many of the recipes.

  4. Posted January 25, 2013 at 10:12 pm

    This post fills me with deep elation because I was there, I was there, so many of these treats were in the fridge for me to taste when I was with you, and my heart is filled with joyful memories of laughter and love and hugs and you. xo

    • theveganlisa
      Posted January 27, 2013 at 5:47 pm

      Memories…like the corners of my mind…xoxoxo

  5. ElaHG
    Posted January 27, 2013 at 7:03 pm

    Yay for a post from you in my reader! I love to read your thoughts on new books like this. I take it this book combines raw and cooked offerings?
    But tell me now, sweet Lisa, what is the difference between this blog that came up in my reader and the posts I haphazardly found during MoFo, and how can I access the latter less haphazardly?

  6. Sarina @ Earthgiven Kitchen
    Posted January 27, 2013 at 7:44 pm

    I was just looking at Crazy Sexy Kitchen today and deciding which mouth-watering recipe to try first! I adore Kris Carr. Crazy Sexy Diet is one of my fave books of all times. Love your photos as always!

  7. Karen
    Posted February 15, 2013 at 11:45 am

    Made the Root Veggie Tagine the other day for supper and it was AMAZING!!!

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