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Spartan but encouraging

  • Jan 14, 2009
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This is a difficult book to rate. There are aspects which are very good but others that are quite weak.


The first 53 pages are full of background, great commentary and information. Unfortunately much of the discussion of the health benefits of eating fresh foods is "preaching to the choir" as I imagine most people that buy this book are already aware of just how important eating good healthy food is.

The few photos in the middle of the book are beautiful and very helpful.


The description of "beautifully illustrated" is misleading. There are only 24 pages of photos (very nice color photos). My wife and daughter refuse to make anything that they don't already know what it is supposed to look like, thus any recipe without a photo is automatically ignored. I was hoping this book would have more pictures than a typical cookbook.

Even though the authors make a point of how everyone should be creative and not strictly follow a recipe, the actual recipes are rarely more than just a list of ingredients and a few instructions on preparation. It would have been very valuable to have included descriptions and commentary of why a particular ingredient was selected or how it contributes to the flavor, taste and appearance of the end result.

Without a photo to correspond to each recipe and with no description of the end result, the recipes are uninspiring and the only motivation to try them is the clever names or spotting an ingredient you know you like.

I'm left puzzling at the brief recipes, for example sauerkraut on page 158 is correctly in the "fermented foods" section but I highly doubt it is going to ferment much in the three minutes of "vigorous mixing" in the instructions. There is no mention of how long you should let it sit, nor anything about putting it into the refrigerator to slow the fermenting.


Overall I think this is an excellent book and well worth purchasing. But don't be surprised at the spartan recipe listings that give you only a list of ingredients and brief preparation instructions.

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“Raw food makes us healthy, reverses aging, and improves our appearance, and now you are holding in your hands the proof of raw food's value in rearing exemplary youth. On every page of this book, the authors will surprise and delight you with fresh insights and deep understanding into the child-parent relationship. Their intelligence is vivid, their wisdom is astute, and their love for others is stupendous. Whether you are a parent or child, you will gain insight from this book.”
—Tonya Zavasta, author ofYour Right to Be BeautifulandQuantum Eating

“Sergei and Valya share much wisdom and wit with sound nutritional guidance. They have been well taught and have a unique ability to share with others their perspective on the path to ultimate health.”
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“Valya's and Sergei's new book inspires and encourages people to explore, persevere, and also to be courageous and imaginative with their new way of eating. They offer helpful and practical guidance and recipes that provide a foundation for success and enjoyment on a raw vegan diet.”
—Vance M. Logan, MD

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ISBN-10: 1556437080
ISBN-13: 978-1556437083
Author: Sergei Boutenko
Publisher: North Atlantic Books

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