Raw Cookbooks

April 22, 2008 at 7:41 am 18 comments

Every raw cookbook has a different philosophy on raw foods…but each one offers new wisdom and insight into living foods. Even if I don’t agree with everything the book says, I love getting my hands on any information I can…knowledge is power!

What’s on my shelf?

Raw Food Real World
Living on Live Food
Living Cuisine: The Art and Spirit of Raw Foods
Ani’s Raw Food Kitchen
I am Grateful: Recipes and Lifestyle of Cafe Gratitude
Green for Life

I use every one of these cookbooks ALL the time…each one has unique and delicious treats.

Cookbooks I would like to own:

The Raw Food Detox Diet
Raw Food Made Easy for 1 or 2 people

What are your favorite raw cookbooks and why?


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  • 1. Sarah  |  April 22, 2008 at 11:36 am

    I really enjoy The New High Energy Diet Recipe Guide. It has some awesome low-fat raw recipes in it.

  • 2. Penni  |  April 22, 2008 at 1:19 pm

    We have the same taste in raw books! Do get Rawvolution…it has become one of my most favorites. And Sarma of Pure Food & Wine has her second book being released today, I believe. It’s got 100 more recipes for getting and keeping that raw glow! I preordered through Amazon, so I am super excited for it to come soon!

    Great post!

  • 3. Jentree  |  April 22, 2008 at 4:42 pm

    I have three of the same books on your list and have actually been using them quite a bit. For the last 2 weeks I have been eating raw, 10 out of 14 days…I kept running out of food on the weekend and it was easier to cook or go out with my dh.

    I have Green for Life, Ani Phyo’s Raw Food Kitchen and
    Raw Food Real World. These have all been great!

    For now, I’m eating some more cooked vegan foods, but still drinking the green smoothies, raw treats and huge veggies salads for lunch. I need to gain about 5 to 10 lbs because I’m underweight, and I don’t know enough yet about gaining weight on raw. I want to make sure that I can do it healthfully on raw before I start.

  • 4. Lara  |  April 22, 2008 at 9:29 pm

    Hi -I know you posted a while back about what you eat during your typical day. I was wondering if you could post another typical day eating wise. I do a green smoothie every day, but if I drink it in the morning, I find I am very hunger very soon! I usually work out in the morning also, maybe this is why? So I have been drinking them in the afternoon as part of lunch or afternoon snack.
    Thanks for all your wisdom and insite, you have really inspired me to go more raw and healthy!

  • 5. yielded  |  April 23, 2008 at 4:48 pm

    Sara, I have Raw Food Made Easy… somewhere in a box in the garage. Don’t know when hubby would have the chance to help me… but when I finally find it, I’ll check back with you.

  • 6. Laurel Sauls  |  April 23, 2008 at 5:25 pm

    I don’t have any raw cookbooks yet, but I really want to buy that 12 Steps to Raw Foods by Victoria Boutenko. I have heard good things about it. I also want to get the Living on Live Foods by Alissa Cohen. I really enjoyed reading your copy while you were here. In the meantime though (I am participating in the buy-nothing-april), I am loving http://www.goneraw.com, http://www.giveittomeraw.com, http://www.therawdivas.com, and have just discovered http://www.rawmom.com.

  • 7. kimberly  |  April 23, 2008 at 6:28 pm

    i went and bought raw food detox diet and read it cover to cover.
    i also ordered the video supercharge me 30 days raw.
    i drink green smoothies everyday. this is all because of you.
    thanks. i am still a meat eating junk food junky but i am learning
    and trying to make changes in my life.

  • 8. aimeed  |  April 23, 2008 at 10:47 pm

    Raw Food Made Easy is without a doubt my favorite. It’s the one I reach for and use over and over, and can always find something in it that I have the ingredients for. And it’s all delicious.
    Another good one is “Rawsome”. I frequently make the Mexican pate in there, scoop it onto romaine lettuce, and then top it all with tons of fresh salsa. So mmm.

  • 9. Megan  |  April 24, 2008 at 1:27 am

    I have Raw Food, Life Force Energy and love it! There aren’t too many recipes in there, but they tend to be really easy and not take special equipment. I’ve gotten Rawsome a few times from the library, but it seems dehydrator-heavy to me and I can’t try most of the really yummy stuff. I still want to buy Raw Food Real World, although a lot of those recipes seem like something I’d only do for special occasions as well.

  • 10. Katherine  |  April 24, 2008 at 4:26 pm

    What is a good first/basic Raw cookbook to buy? I am wanting to extend my Raw diet past the smoothies, and my husband and kids want to go for it too!

  • 11. Melissa  |  April 24, 2008 at 7:06 pm

    Yum, I love raw cookbooks. Whenever I’m struggling a bit with this lifestyle, I quickly I try a new recipe, and my excitement for raw living comes rushing back to me.

    My absolute favorite, by far, is

    ani’s raw food kitchen. I heart Ani Phyo. Her youtube demonstrations really helped get me started!!

    I also have …
    the complete book of raw food

    I read green for life one day at the book store (I couldn’t stop, lol) and I love that one, too. I just haven’t felt inclined to buy it yet.

    Raw Foods Real World was another book I picked up and thumbed through at the book store. Quite a sexy little book, but the recipes seemed a bit complex (more gourmet then my liking) for me, so I put it down. I would love to hear a “real person” review of the book. Are the recipes really as complex as they seem (time consuming, using a lot of specialty (ie – costly, lol) products)?

    Living on Live Foods is on my list. I frequent Alissa’s message board atleast once a day, and I’ve heard nothing but great things about her book.

  • 12. sara  |  April 25, 2008 at 1:02 pm

    I love Raw Food Made Easy by Jennifer Cornbleet. I also really like Baby Greens. I also love many of the books you already own. I have tried the bunny juice and the sun dried tomato hummus that you recommended and love those and green lemonade and green smoothies as well, so I am thinking our taste buds are down with the same flavors :). I also love raw food detox diet. That is one of my favorites, but that is because it has released me from feeling I need to eat 100% raw (though it is the highest vibrational choice) and I think because of this, I am choosing to eat more raw now. It has some really yum raw recipes and some really simple cooked food recipes as well.

  • 13. arile glenn  |  April 26, 2008 at 6:18 pm

    Hi Sara!
    I have a question for you about Vitamix blenders. I am saving up some money for one but went to their website and noticed that they have a new model out (the 5200) and wondered if you knew of what the differences are between that model and the 5000? I’d like the deluxe model as I like to grind my own grain for bread, etc. but am not sure about the 5000-5200 model differences and could not really make out any from the website material. If you have a moment, could you let me know about this?

  • 14. Barbara Smith  |  April 29, 2008 at 9:10 pm

    I like Natalia Rose’s book… it explained the whole philosophy simply and elegantly. Love your blog btw, and your amazing rv (saw it on apartment therapy!!) cheers!

  • 15. Laurie B  |  April 30, 2008 at 8:04 am

    I could never go raw (I love eggs, yogurt and cooked soups, grains and pasta way too much), but just wanted to drop in to say hi.

    Any plans to be in the Des Moines area soon?

    I should try some of your green smoothie recipes. Unfortunately, my boys don’t even seem to like the sweet fruity smoothies, so I don’t know whether they would try green, but I need to find a way to get some veggies into them.

  • 16. livelightly  |  May 2, 2008 at 8:52 am

    Wow! Thanks to all of you who recommended other cookbooks as well…I’m excited to check them out.

    For a first/starter cookbook, I always recommend “Living on Live Foods” cookbook AND the DVD by Alissa Cohen. It’s easy, fun, and informative. The DVD is so great if you really want to jump in and truly understand raw foods…the “why” and the “how”. Definitely worth the money in my opinion.

    Laurie…thanks for dropping by 🙂 We will be back in DM in August… can’t wait to see everyone! You might be surprised with the smoothies…it seems that the kids are LOVING them across the board. It’s just a matter of finding their favorite…Bella really likes this one:

    1 frozen banana
    1 whole peeled orange
    Water enough to blend/pour (2 cups?)
    1/2 packet of powdered stevia (optional)

  • 17. jessy  |  May 2, 2008 at 2:14 pm

    hey Sara – great post! raw foods are something i would love to try more of! and i am always looking for more awesome raw books!

    i saw that you would like “Raw Foods Detox Diet” and i actually have a copy i could share with you! i received 2 copies a while ago, and i only need one! i filled out my e-mail address in this comment form (it’s hidden i believe) – so shoot me an e-mail and i can send you my extra copy. no use in letting it go to waste!

    thanks for all the awesome posts and keep on raw’n & blog’n!

  • 18. amy lapain  |  June 21, 2008 at 3:31 pm

    I have been looking at the table of contents of these (or index.) I have 1000 cookbooks (Ok maybe 300) – and none that are raw. we have major food allergies and I find myself cooking raw because .well…it’s easier. I want a cookbook that does NOT just give me all smoothie recipes…and NOT just ‘desserts’ because it thinks that is what people want. I can make my own smoothie recipes- and there are mre than plenty dessert recipes on just this blog to keep me happy. I’m looking for ‘main dish’ inspiration. various off shoots of salads…but also other stuff (like the ‘taco’ recipe given here.) and one that has LOTS of pictures!!! I adore pictures in cookbooks. Given that criteria- which one (or two) do you folks think is best?


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