By Carol Alt
Clarkson Potter, $18.99, 256 pages
Certainly not for everyone, but if you are convinced that eating raw foods is your thing, Easy Sexy Raw is a “cookbook” you must have on your shelf. Your food budget will also need to be seriously enlarged as most recipe ingredients are costly. This is not a vegetarian or vegan cookbook, as Carol Alt includes a few options with beef, pork, and fish (raw, cured, or marinated). The nine page introduction and thirty-three page informative section educate you on just what raw foods are and how to deal with them, including a list and discussion of ingredients and a shopping list for the raw kitchen.
“This book is going to make keeping or regaining your health fun—by making raw foods a part of your life.”
In this cookbook, raw means uncooked, unprocessed, un-roasted, unpasteurized and un-canned. If this is for you, your kitchen work is drastically changed. You may heat your creation (i.e. hot soup) up to 110⁰F and still consider it raw. The three primary kitchen equipment pieces are a blender, juicer, and dehydrator.
The index is excellent and well cross-referenced. Many useful tables are also included, such as a soaking and sprouting chart, tips to turn recipes or restaurant foods from cooked to raw, a list of basic raw foods, menu ideas, and a swapping list.
Reviewed by George Erdosh