While the raw food diet is the fastest growing alternative approach to eating because of its health benefits, preparing raw food dishes is so new that many people don’t know where to start. With 500 color photos, this friendly, step-by-step guide gently walks readers through recipes to create amazingly delicious and nutritious meals. Victoria Boutenko and her family are known worldwide as the Raw Family, living on a raw diet and teaching classes since 1994. Throughout the years they have perfected scores of scrumptious recipes with the idea of not only spreading the gospel of the diet’s health benefits, but also making the raw foods lifestyle realistically possible and enjoyable.Mouth-watering rather than medicinal, simple rather than complicated, the recipes presented here include jams, scones, soup, crackers, nut milk, truffles, chocolate cake, mousse cake, and more. Complete, illustrated directions make it simple for both avid raw foodists and novice cooks alike to embrace the diet favored by Woody Harrelson, Demi Moore, Donna Karan, and other celebrities.
About Victoria Boutenko
Victoria Boutenko lives in Ashland, Oregon. She is the author of Green For Life, Raw Family, 12 Steps to Raw Foods, and several raw recipe books. She teaches classes on raw food all over the world, and is an adjunct professor at Southern Oregon University. As a result of her teachings, many raw food communities have formed in numerous countries. She continues traveling worldwide sharing her gourmet raw cuisine and her inspiring story of change, faith, and determination.
Boutenko’s Green For Life was nominated as a finalist in health and medicine for the Independent Publisher’s Award (IPPY) in 2006. She has published a monthly newsletter since 2003 on her website www.rawfamily.com. Boutenko contributes regularly to a number of periodic publications including Get Fresh, Just Eat an Apple, Alive, Natuurstemmingen, Neva, Die Wurzel, Naturaleza Cruda, and many others. She is a leader in the raw food movement and her works are recognized as having a profound impact on the development of raw food communities across the globe. Boutenko’s work is referenced in numerous books on the subject, and her books have been translated into nine languages. She has been a keynote speaker at a number of international expositions in Germany, England, Brazil, Canada, Belgium, Iceland, Holland, Jamaica, Spain, France, and the United States.
"The Boutenkos have done it again. This excellent visual step-by-step guide makes raw food easy and approachable for anyone. A valuable kitchen resource."
—Ani Phyo, author of Ani’s Raw Food Desserts and host of Ani’s Raw Food Kitchen Show
"One of the most helpful resources one could ask for in raw food preparation, whether you are a beginner or skilled raw food chef."
—Alyssa Cohen, author of Living on Live Foods
"I love the delicious, creative food of the Boutenko Family. In fact, their journey into eating raw was a key inspiration for me to start my own company. . . . Raw Family Signature Dishes will be front and center in my library."
—Lara Merriken, founder of LÄRABAR
"Only someone with the vast teaching experience that Victoria has could understand so deeply what it is that people want and need in order to succeed at a raw food lifestyle. Absolutely brilliant."
—Nomi Shannon, author of The Raw Gourmet and Raw Food Celebrations
"Tried-and-true recipes that are delicious enough to eat week after week without having a lot of fancy equipment, expensive ingredients, or culinary expertise."
—Cherie Soria, Living Light Culinary Arts Institute
"Another cool book from the Boutenkos. Rawsome!"
—Chef Juliano, author of Raw: The Uncook Book and owner of Juliano’s Raw restaurant
“Have you ever made a recipe and found that it just didn’t turn out nearly as nice as the stunning color photo in the book? One thing that makes this uncook-book unique is its step-by-step guide with photos of each step in the process. With this book, no one can use the excuse that the learning curve for making raw is too hard…I have dozens of raw food recipe books, but this one is destined to become a classic—removing the mystique and fear of creating raw gourmet food once and for all!”
—Basil & Spice
“A unique and different un-cook book than any I've received so far.”
“[Raw Family Signature Dishes is] an innovative recipe book that is perfect for raw food beginners.”
—Raw Food Right Now
“[This book’s] simplicity is very comforting and almost like having an experienced friend in the kitchen with you.”
—Eco Mama’s Guide to Living Green
“[Raw Family Signature Dishes] has a lot of pictures showing each step… making it fabulous for beginners and those of us who like to oogle over food photos!”
“I absolutely love this book! The pictures are awesome. I love the step by step instructions. This is a must have for someone just getting into the raw food diet!”
—Debra Garner, Vegan Family Style
“Any interested in the blossoming raw food revolution will find this primer, Raw Family Signature Dishes: A Step-by-Step Guide to Essential Live-Food Recipes, provides an outstanding selection of dishes.”
—Midwest Book Review