International Lifestyle Magazine Jan 2013 - Page 33

Raw Food For Dummies In Raw Food For Dummies, Cherie Soria and Dan Ladermann provide information designed to help anyone interested in raw food and learning about the different aspects of the lifestyle that goes along with it. The two authors have 40 years experience in vegetarian and raw vegan culinary arts as well as health education and years of experience living the lifestyle. Cherie and Dan start by exploring the basics of raw food on a fundamental level, starting the process of creating a solid foundation upon which to build. They share the benefits of eating raw food, along with nutritional facts and how to avoid hunger and overeating. The information is supported by month-long meal plans and over 100 recipes with the preparation methods described in easy to understand detail. While covering all of this, Cherie and Dan explain how to transition into a raw food lifestyle without having to be 100% raw and still benefit from these choices. The authors aim to bring this healthy lifestyle, which up until now has been referred to as a trend, to the general population. Raw Food For Dummies can be beneficial for the novice to the gourmet chef. The information can apply to anyone. The content ranges from what a raw food diet is, why cooking can be harmful to your health, and how eating raw food can increase the health of the planet. It also covers the many different approaches to eating raw food, getting proper nutrition and really embracing this as a lifestyle and not just a fad diet. The recipes range from simple to complex and each have their place in any raw kitchen. Not only are the authors’ delicious, tried and true recipes shared, but the book’s icons and illustrations provide a visual for creating nut-milks and cheeses, dehydrating crackers, granola and tortilla wraps as well as sprouting and gardening. The instructions are easy to understand and create excitement due to the simplicity and detail with which they’re delivered. There are also pictures to guide those who feel inexperienced with a chef’s knife, kitchen tools or equipment. Cherie and Dan explain through pictures and detailed descriptions how to prepare produce. You’ll learn things like cutting and pitting a mango, avocado and date; seeding and dicing cucumbers, peppers and tomatoes; and how to correctly cut a pineapple. You’ll also learn different ways to shred cabbage and all sorts of culinary tricks of the trade. Other aspects of the raw food lifestyle covered are organic food, CSA’s (Community Supported Agriculture), and GMO’s (Genetically Modified Organisms). Shopping, stocking your kitchen, traveling raw and how to get involved with the raw food community are also covered in supportive detail. These are some of the best raw tips and recipes I’ve experienced with consistency in the outcome. The authors naturally succeed at bringing this valuable information to the mainstream with an abundance of information covered while maintaining simplicity and accessibility. Their years of experience, constant research and sense of humor come through to motivate and inspire others toward improving their lives. About the author: Cherie Soria has been teaching the art of gourmet raw foods to individuals, chefs, and instructors for nearly 20 years. Dan Ladermann is a Certified Hippocrates Health Educator and raw vegan nutrition instructor. Together, Cherie and Dan own and operate Living Light International. Raw Food For Dummies® By Cherie Soria and Dan Ladermann