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 Post subject: Choosing Raw: The Cookbook
PostPosted: Thu Jul 03, 2014 5:18 am 
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Gena's cookbook is finally out and it is great. I was a tester and she really listened to our feedback. I recently shared a recipe with my review along with a giveaway.

http://tastespace.wordpress.com/2014/07 ... ok-review/

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 Post subject: Re: Choosing Raw: The Cookbook
PostPosted: Mon Jan 05, 2015 7:50 pm 
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I got this for Christmas, and I made three recipes from it today! I didn't get a chance to read it all (none of the information chapters, and only the recipes before level 1), but I am already loving it.

I made the Spicy Southwestern variation of the roasted chickpeas, and whilst they were a bit too hot for my tastebuds, they sure smelled lovely and the recipe is a sure success for people who like spicy food. I then made the Red Lentil Walnut Hummus, which was much faster to make from scratch than is hummus with cooked chickpeas (except if you chose to make hummus with canned beans, of course), and this was another success. A tad too much on the spicy side for me, but that's because I am a wimp when it comes to spices (you may be wondering why I chose to make the Spicy Southwestern variation of the chickpeas; a mystery! :) ), so I would decrease the paprika to 1/2 tsp next time instead of 1 tsp. Finally, I made the Ginger Miso Dressing to go with a sushi bowl (brown rice, avocado, cucumber, and chopped nori sheet), and it was de-li-ci-ous. I will be making this dressing again!

Can't wait to explore more of the book now!


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 Post subject: Re: Choosing Raw: The Cookbook
PostPosted: Mon Jan 05, 2015 8:00 pm 
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I initially was going to overlook this thread because I thought it was 100% raw, but I see that it's a mix? That appeals to me a whole lot more.

I just got a ton of cookbooks for xmas, but I'll keep a watch on this.


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 Post subject: Re: Choosing Raw: The Cookbook
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petermares wrote:
I initially was going to overlook this thread because I thought it was 100% raw, but I see that it's a mix? That appeals to me a whole lot more.



This. So is it mostly raw but with some rice and stuff? Or how does it breakdown?

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 Post subject: Re: Choosing Raw: The Cookbook
PostPosted: Tue Jan 06, 2015 11:20 am 
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Yes, it is a mix of both - cooked and raw. Maybe a bit more raw but lots of cooked stuff. Most of the time, there is a cooked option if it is raw. The entire list of the recipes can be found here: http://vegansprout.com/detail/cookbook/choosing-raw/
You can see she uses whole grains, cooked beans, tempeh, tofu, cooked sweet potatoes, etc., which is not raw.

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 Post subject: Re: Choosing Raw: The Cookbook
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Thanks saveur!

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 Post subject: Re: Choosing Raw: The Cookbook
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I am reading the author's introduction, and she says she tried the raw lifestyle for a year and it didn't suit her well. She now has a balanced diet of both raw and cooked vegan food. Which makes a lot of sense to me; I plan on making her raw pesto, but tossing it on cooked pasta. Excited to try more recipes!


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 Post subject: Re: Choosing Raw: The Cookbook
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The pesto is wonderful. I find her recipes have flavors that are very well balanced. The only thing so far I haven't loved was the ginger basil noodle sauce.


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 Post subject: Re: Choosing Raw: The Cookbook
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Does it require the use of a dehydrator? Are the recipes fat heavy? I can really only do so many nuts due to my gallbladder. Many raw recipes that are fat heavy aren't generally my friend.

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 Post subject: Re: Choosing Raw: The Cookbook
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The few recipes that call for a dehydrator also include instructions for using an oven.

The cooked recipes aren't fat heavy, but all of the usual raw recipes with nuts and seeds are there: sunflower tuna, walnut taco meat, ravioli filled with nut cheese, cashew cheesecakes, etc.


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 Post subject: Re: Choosing Raw: The Cookbook
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I just ordered this book as I like the idea of trying some raw dishes and I like that this has a mixture of raw & cooked.

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 Post subject: Re: Choosing Raw: The Cookbook
PostPosted: Thu Jun 25, 2015 7:22 am 
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I've been making variations of the "Basic Vegan Pesto" with whatever herbs or salad leafs and nuts I have around (for example, cilantro and arugula with walnuts), and it's also a success; I love the versatility of the recipe!

I made the Curried Sweet Potato Hummus yesterday for a dinner party and everyone loved it. I did use tahini instead of the almond butter, and might have overdosed on the sesame oil. A nice change for a vegetable dip!


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 Post subject: Re: Choosing Raw: The Cookbook
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I just purchased this book about a week ago, and I too, love this book with its mix of raw and cooked. The hemp seed hummus is my new favorite hummus. I have also made the quinoa and black bean salad (I can't remember the title) several times...it's a perfect summer salad.


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