Thursday, May 17, 2012
I recently received a copy of Practically Raw to review. If you haven't already heard of it, you better hop aboard and order yours today. Practically Raw is a great UNcookbook by fellow blogger Amber Shea Crawley of Almost Vegan. Upon arrival I excitedly went through the book scoping out recipes I wanted to try. I bookmarked many things but settled on four delicious recipes to start with. What recipes have you tried from her book?
Here are some of the great things about Practically Raw:
- Great for a beginner! Amber does a great job at breaking down all the info of the book into a way that someone new to raw food can easily take in.
-There's a wide array of recipes.
-Lots of color photos.
-There are cooked options. Amber encourages people to be flexible when it comes to food prep. You may not have all the required hours to takes to dehydrate, or don't have all ingredients on hand. Instead can easily incorporate some cooked shortcuts. That's a new concept in the world of raw recipe books and something that I think is more realistic for many people instead of trying to be perfectly raw and getting overwhelmed which can turn to eating easy junk foods.
-Great intro explaining equipment, ingredients, tools, etc.
-Substitutions and variations for every recipe. Don't have a particular nut on hand? No problemo. Use what you DO have!
-The recipes are easy and many are quick to prepare.
Since J and I have been kale chip monsters lately, I settled on making the pizza kale chips, nacho kale chips, and mediterranean flax crackers first....
... Then we sat in front of the dehydrator digging into the chips and soon as they were finished! We munched and crunched and oooh and ahhed.
The verdict on our favourite? The pizza kale chips win the prize. Crunchy, flavorful - they taste exactly like PIZZA!!! We love the other chips and crackers too.
Pizza Kale Chips
From Practically Raw: Flexible Raw Recipes Anyone Can Make by Amber Shea Crawley, (c) 2012. Used with permission.