Book Review, Raw Foods

Raw Foods Thursdays 8/23/12 and Eat Raw, Eat Well Review

11 Comments 23 August 2012

Raw Foods Thursdays 8/23/12 and Eat Raw, Eat Well Review

Welcome to Raw Foods Thursdays!  This week, along with our challenge to link up a raw foods dish, I want to share my new favorite raw foods cookbook!  (Can you call it a cookbook if there’s no actual cooking involved?)   Eat Raw, Eat Well by Douglas McNish is filled with over 400 raw, vegan, and gluten-free recipes that will help everyone add more raw foods to their diet.  I’ve been working my way through this book for the past month, and LOVE it!  The recipes are easy follow, the dishes are simple, and the results are delicious!

I love how McNish combines healthy, raw ingredients to create unique flavors like this Cinnamon Toast Crunch Smoothie.

Cinnamon Toast Crunch Smoothie

And would you believe that you can make raw bagels in the dehydrator?

Cinnamon Raisin Flax Bagels

And I am now in love with a simple condiment and ingredient made by pureeing dates and water.

Date Paste

Date paste goes into such recipes as Apple Crumble, “Baked” Stuffed Apples, Sweet Chili and Pecan Pate and this incredible Buckwheaty Hemp Chocolate Granola.

Buckwheaty Hemp Chocolate Granola

I’ve enjoyed all sorts of nut pates for lunch and snacks.

Almond Mock Tuna Pate

 And delicious sauces that will make any veggie come alive.

Tomato Basil Marinara Sauce

Poured over kelp noodles, who needs pasta?

Tomato Basil Marinara Sauce over Kelp Noodles

And you might remember McNish’s Yellow Coconut Curry Sauce that I served with Pakoras at our Indian Raw Foods Potluck.

With over 400 recipes, I still have hundreds that are calling my name, but I hope these pictures whet your appetite for raw deliciousness!  Now it’s time to share your creations!

Here’s how you can participate:

  • Simply link up a raw foods recipe (see What is Raw Food?), mention Raw Foods Thursdays, and link back to this post so your readers can join in the fun!
  • Please link to the recipe, not to a blog’s home page, so we can all find your raw foods recipe.
  • You may link up a recipe that you’ve made in the past. Just make sure to share something different each time you participate.
  • Be sure to leave a comment letting us know who you are and what you’re sharing.
  • Feel free to use the Raw Foods Thursdays blog badge created by the lovely, talented Heather Peters!

What are Raw Foods Meals?

  • Plant-based meals that are not cooked.  Dehydrators may be used no higher than 118 degrees.  (The raw foods community has differing views on temperature, but the range is between 104 and 118 degrees.)
  • Raw Ingredients: vegetables, fruit, dried fruit, nuts, seeds, gluten-free sprouted grains, beans, and oils.

What isn’t raw?

  • Anything cooked above 118.
  • Anything processed.  If it comes from a can or a package that lists more than one ingredient, chances are it’s not raw!

This week I created a raw Kale Nori Salad.

What did you create?

Your Comments

11 Comments so far

  1. Nice! I was fortunate to be served one of Doug’s 3-course brunch menus last weekend and it was delicious. I just picked up this book from the library and glad to hear you’ve had successes. Now I know what to try making. :)

  2. amber says:

    Happy Raw Foods Thursday, Heather! I just LOVE this link party. Thank you so much for starting it. That book sounds amazing (and that cinnamon toast crunch smoothie – gasp)! I have a few raw food cookbooks (un-cookbooks) :-), but disappointed they use grains with gluten, so I love the thought of one that is gluten free.

    This week I am sharing raw lemon cookies and raw cranberry applesauce – Skylar and Ethan loves these raw snacks!

    Have a lovely weekend.


  3. That smoothie looks incredible! We are big cinnamon fans around here. I am not linking anything up this week, but am looking forward to trying out some of the recipes in those pictures and others being linked up. This is such a great event every week!

  4. Wow, Heather, what a thorough review–great job! Those recipes all look pretty amazing. That Cinnamon Toast Crunch Smoothie is really calling my name though. 😉


  5. Hi, new here. Great initiative. I’ve shared some of my favourite raw soup recipes.

    great review, those dishes look amazing. I’ll have to talk to my partner about raising my montly (un)cookbook allowance :-)

  6. Hi Heather, I love your new raw food thursdays link up! I eat probably 70% raw foods so this is a delight for me to participate in. I have to check out the new raw cookbook you reviewed it sounds fabulous! My new cookbook is coming out in September and it has over 100 vegan recipes in it. You’ll have to check it out. Thanks for hosting!

  7. Daily Vegans says:

    What a wonderful post:):) I would have to agree, the Cinnamon Toast Crunch Smoothie looks amazing… I know my kids would love this (my kids love Cinnamon) and so do I:):):)

    I am so glad I found you, and I look forward to reading you future post…

    Thanks Again!

  8. Ricki says:

    I love that book, too! And I was fortunate enough to attend one of Doug’s demo classes–we got to eat a huge meal of his yummy foods!


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