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Chef Ani Phyo is back with Ani’s Raw Food Essentials, full of everything you need to know to master the art of live food. Phyo shows you how to whip up simple, fresh recipes using what you’ve already got in your kitchen while also offering tips on dehyrating and more sophisticated techniques. Looking for innovative meals that are healthy and delicious? Phyo offers everythi Chef Ani Phyo is back with Ani’s Raw Food Essentials, full of everything you need to know to master the art of live food. Phyo shows you how to whip up simple, fresh recipes using what you’ve already got in your kitchen while also offering tips on dehyrating and more sophisticated techniques. Looking for innovative meals that are healthy and delicious? Phyo offers everything from classic comfort foods like nachos and burgers to Reuben sandwiches and bacon, along with more gourmet dishes like risotto, angel hair pasta, and her “you-won’t-believe-they’re-raw” desserts.Ani’s Raw Food Essentials once again proves that you don’t have to sacrifice taste to reap the benefits of raw foods, all while living a greener lifestyle. Recipes include: Broccoli and Cheeze Quiche, Kalamata Olive Crostini, Cashew “Tofu” in Miso Broth, Grilled Cheeze and Tomato Sandwiches, Cheeze Enchilada with Ranchero and Mole Sauce, Pad Thai, Pesto Pizza, and many more.


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Chef Ani Phyo is back with Ani’s Raw Food Essentials, full of everything you need to know to master the art of live food. Phyo shows you how to whip up simple, fresh recipes using what you’ve already got in your kitchen while also offering tips on dehyrating and more sophisticated techniques. Looking for innovative meals that are healthy and delicious? Phyo offers everythi Chef Ani Phyo is back with Ani’s Raw Food Essentials, full of everything you need to know to master the art of live food. Phyo shows you how to whip up simple, fresh recipes using what you’ve already got in your kitchen while also offering tips on dehyrating and more sophisticated techniques. Looking for innovative meals that are healthy and delicious? Phyo offers everything from classic comfort foods like nachos and burgers to Reuben sandwiches and bacon, along with more gourmet dishes like risotto, angel hair pasta, and her “you-won’t-believe-they’re-raw” desserts.Ani’s Raw Food Essentials once again proves that you don’t have to sacrifice taste to reap the benefits of raw foods, all while living a greener lifestyle. Recipes include: Broccoli and Cheeze Quiche, Kalamata Olive Crostini, Cashew “Tofu” in Miso Broth, Grilled Cheeze and Tomato Sandwiches, Cheeze Enchilada with Ranchero and Mole Sauce, Pad Thai, Pesto Pizza, and many more.

30 review for Ani's Raw Food Essentials: Recipes and Techniques for Mastering the Art of Live Food

  1. 4 out of 5

    Yahaira

    when pancakes take 8 hours to make, then this probably isn't the lifestyle for me. (when do you make them?! especially when you have to flip them halfway!) anyway, I like to play around with recipes but almost everything in this book requires a dehydrator. the recipes that don't sound uninspired or bland. even the almond milk sounded off. 1/2 cup of almonds with 5 cups of water?! homemade almond milk is already pretty thin but with this recipe why bother? nothing else really jumped out at me, th when pancakes take 8 hours to make, then this probably isn't the lifestyle for me. (when do you make them?! especially when you have to flip them halfway!) anyway, I like to play around with recipes but almost everything in this book requires a dehydrator. the recipes that don't sound uninspired or bland. even the almond milk sounded off. 1/2 cup of almonds with 5 cups of water?! homemade almond milk is already pretty thin but with this recipe why bother? nothing else really jumped out at me, that's how bored I was. all I can tell you is that ani has a dog and that she likes to wear short shorts...all the time.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Mary Beth

    Changing a diet is a tough thing to do; moving a diet towards more raw foods/macrobiotic fare while being a Mom to two finicky boys and a husband that prefers well-cooked veg is really tough. I got this book from my local library with hopes that it might give me some seeds of ideas for dishes that I can make and serve to my family with success. No dice, at least at this point in my life. Certain raw dishes are obviously easy to make, but I am the only one that will eat them in my family. Other r Changing a diet is a tough thing to do; moving a diet towards more raw foods/macrobiotic fare while being a Mom to two finicky boys and a husband that prefers well-cooked veg is really tough. I got this book from my local library with hopes that it might give me some seeds of ideas for dishes that I can make and serve to my family with success. No dice, at least at this point in my life. Certain raw dishes are obviously easy to make, but I am the only one that will eat them in my family. Other recipes look wonderful, but appear to take more time and space to make then what I currently have. I think I will revisit the idea of using books like this when my boys are a bit older. In the meantime, I will continue to make smoothies and raw and roasted veg soups with my VitaMix, and sneak in the macrobiotic grain-based dishes as I can. From a perspective of someone who basically decided NOT to cook from this book, the recipes did look good. My only disappointment was that the photos were mostly in black and white and did not translate as "yummy" in gray halftones. There is a small section of "beauty" shots in color, but I think if you are going to have photos in your cookbook, they really all ought to be in color.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Kevin Polman

    PAGE EIGHTY-ONE ...has a beautifully simple and healthy recipe for "heirloom tomato salsa" -- and there are hundreds more like it. ANI'S RAW FOOD ESSENTIALS is an excellent reference for both hardcore raw-food proponents and well-meaning vegans (like me) who appreciate a great variety of easy, adaptable recipes. I especially love the section on raw vegan cheeses, in particular "basic cheeze" on page 103. This book has useful resources and recipes to last a lifetime. ANI'S RAW FOOD ESSENTIALS is we PAGE EIGHTY-ONE ...has a beautifully simple and healthy recipe for "heirloom tomato salsa" -- and there are hundreds more like it. ANI'S RAW FOOD ESSENTIALS is an excellent reference for both hardcore raw-food proponents and well-meaning vegans (like me) who appreciate a great variety of easy, adaptable recipes. I especially love the section on raw vegan cheeses, in particular "basic cheeze" on page 103. This book has useful resources and recipes to last a lifetime. ANI'S RAW FOOD ESSENTIALS is well-written and is worth the cost to have a permanent copy in your home. "A key to living well is consistency and daily practice, not extremes. Extremes cause stress mentally, emotionally, physically, and spiritually. Consistency, on the other hand, practiced repeatedly over time, becomes a great habit." This review was written by Kevin Polman, author of SEVEN LAYER CAKE, SOMETHING, and THE EXTRA KEY.

  4. 4 out of 5

    DD

    No way I could do this This is probably a really good book if you're committed to a raw food lifestyle. There were some interesting recipes that are doable without a dehydrator, which ostensibly is an essential tool for a raw foodie. This book enlightened me to the fact that I could not follow this path. I also don't like the author's almost exclusive use of agave as a sweetener in a lot of these foods. From what I've read elsewhere, agave raises insulin response and isn't the best sweetener choi No way I could do this This is probably a really good book if you're committed to a raw food lifestyle. There were some interesting recipes that are doable without a dehydrator, which ostensibly is an essential tool for a raw foodie. This book enlightened me to the fact that I could not follow this path. I also don't like the author's almost exclusive use of agave as a sweetener in a lot of these foods. From what I've read elsewhere, agave raises insulin response and isn't the best sweetener choice.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Whitney Pittsenbarger

    I love all of Ani's books. This one feel sthe most complete though. I can make these recipes for my carnivores and they love them.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Kat

    I would not recommend this book for someone trying to transition to a raw food diet. I have read other raw food books that actually had information on why raw foods are good for you. This book was like a crash course in the basics to raw food with a bunch of recipes that are not basic. Seeing as how I do not own a blender, food processor, or dehydrator, i can not make half the recipes she listed. This was basically a recipe book. If you can't afford raw foods, herbs, nuts, seeds, and other rando I would not recommend this book for someone trying to transition to a raw food diet. I have read other raw food books that actually had information on why raw foods are good for you. This book was like a crash course in the basics to raw food with a bunch of recipes that are not basic. Seeing as how I do not own a blender, food processor, or dehydrator, i can not make half the recipes she listed. This was basically a recipe book. If you can't afford raw foods, herbs, nuts, seeds, and other random (korean) ingredients she uses then this book will not be helpful. and if you are like me and don't own a fancy dehydrator or high speed blender then you are SOL because after all, she lists the tools you will need in the beginning of the book as essentials. I am still searching for a raw food book that provides recipes that doesnt require cooking or "dehydrating" everything that sounds half way appetizing.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Deb

    *Eat to thrive* Essential for the raw food un-cookbook collection, _Ani's Raw Food Essentials_ provides the basics and beyond of raw food techniques. For those who are already a fan of Ani, you'll get yet another dose of her delicious, down-to-earth, and do-able approach to raw cuisine. And, for those who are raw newbies, this book is a wonderful guide and source of inspiration. (Be prepared to be impressed!) As other reviewers have noted, you'll need the basic raw food artillery of a food process *Eat to thrive* Essential for the raw food un-cookbook collection, _Ani's Raw Food Essentials_ provides the basics and beyond of raw food techniques. For those who are already a fan of Ani, you'll get yet another dose of her delicious, down-to-earth, and do-able approach to raw cuisine. And, for those who are raw newbies, this book is a wonderful guide and source of inspiration. (Be prepared to be impressed!) As other reviewers have noted, you'll need the basic raw food artillery of a food processor, blender, and dehydrator to be able to enjoy many of the recipes in the book. But, once you have these tools--and and the time and motivation--there's no end to the raw joy this book allows you to create. Once again, the goddess of raw food contributes a masterpiece for living--and thriving with--the raw food lifestyle.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Amorette Frances

    My "go to" book, and essential for anyone interested in taking up a raw diet.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Lily

    I was expecting more of a philosophical explanation for raw foods and some scientific data to back up this diet's case. Instead, Ani just gave a cursory introduction to her own personal lifestyle, listed essential ingredients and cookware for a raw food diet, and launched into a series of uninspiring recipes. I was interested in her kale chip recipe because she shows how to make kale chips in a regular oven (other recipes I've scanned all require a dehydrator), but for the most part her recipes I was expecting more of a philosophical explanation for raw foods and some scientific data to back up this diet's case. Instead, Ani just gave a cursory introduction to her own personal lifestyle, listed essential ingredients and cookware for a raw food diet, and launched into a series of uninspiring recipes. I was interested in her kale chip recipe because she shows how to make kale chips in a regular oven (other recipes I've scanned all require a dehydrator), but for the most part her recipes required a dehydrator or other special tools that I don't have on hand. I am still curious about raw food and might try to read some other books on it, but I wouldn't recommend this book as a good start.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Kym

    Although I'm not a raw foodist, I do believe that incorporating raw foods in our diet increases the variety and health of our diet. Ani provides raw versions of familiar food: pizza, smoothies, noodles, even pad thai! She uses the dehydrator a lot. The dehydrator is like an oven in a raw kitchen. Those who don't have a dehydrator can always use their oven, but the food won't really be considered raw. She explains how to do this. Her resources page is complete. I have seen most of the ingredients Although I'm not a raw foodist, I do believe that incorporating raw foods in our diet increases the variety and health of our diet. Ani provides raw versions of familiar food: pizza, smoothies, noodles, even pad thai! She uses the dehydrator a lot. The dehydrator is like an oven in a raw kitchen. Those who don't have a dehydrator can always use their oven, but the food won't really be considered raw. She explains how to do this. Her resources page is complete. I have seen most of the ingredients in our local health food store, so no problem there. There are not many colored pictures, but the recipes suffice. A good place to explore raw foods.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Jenny

    So I am interested in the RAW food diet so I wanted to do some reading on the subject. This book lacked actual facts and information (things were mentioned and referenced but never backed up with actual data or research...very different from the last book I real, Real Food). This was mostly recipes and techniques for a RAW food diet and lifestyle. Again, it is something I am interested in incorporating into my diet, but I would never do this solely. Fortunately Ani recognizes that and wants peop So I am interested in the RAW food diet so I wanted to do some reading on the subject. This book lacked actual facts and information (things were mentioned and referenced but never backed up with actual data or research...very different from the last book I real, Real Food). This was mostly recipes and techniques for a RAW food diet and lifestyle. Again, it is something I am interested in incorporating into my diet, but I would never do this solely. Fortunately Ani recognizes that and wants people to use her book in whatever way is best for them.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Brendan

    First Raw Food that I've read with interesting recipes; not interesting names. True she does love her lifestyle and I don't think the "research" is good enough to justify it too me. But I didn't get the feeling of someone calling what is clearly a salad: a pizza or spaghetti; or what is clearly a smoothy: some time awesome sauce or dip. I liked the connection to Korean cooking in some parts. I may not agree with the raw foods lifestyle but I can't wait to try some of the recipes when I get home First Raw Food that I've read with interesting recipes; not interesting names. True she does love her lifestyle and I don't think the "research" is good enough to justify it too me. But I didn't get the feeling of someone calling what is clearly a salad: a pizza or spaghetti; or what is clearly a smoothy: some time awesome sauce or dip. I liked the connection to Korean cooking in some parts. I may not agree with the raw foods lifestyle but I can't wait to try some of the recipes when I get home and have the necessary kit.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Sara

    I like the humility 0f this book. Ani's tone has changed since her first cookbook, and there is a compromise, non judgementL, do what feels right tone that is essential if you are thinking about eating raw. Good tips plus a lot of the regular stuff about cooking that we often forget. My favorite thing about eating is it is important to remember texture and what things taste like when combined: this books lends insight.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Lauri

    Wow! Ani's approach to raw foods is wholistic and devoid of pressure. The recipes are approachable (especially if you already have a food processor, Vita-mix, and dehydrator) and Ani makes even smoothie recipes inspiring. My husband and i are excited to add more raw foods to our diet and I know that this will be a go-to book for us for years to come.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Diana

    Ani is the queen of Raw Food. Her recipes are incredible - chock full of nutrients and flavor. There is soooo much information in this book, including tips on preparation, overall wellness and green living. Her recipes are simple, yet decadent. I highly recommend any of Ani's books, whether you're following a Raw Food diet or not.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Elaine

    I liked the first half of the book. It starts out great but quickly moves to recipes that are really to complicated. I would love some ideas that are quick that can be made easily while cooking for the rest of the family. So many of the recipes in this book need a dehydrator. I have a well stocked kitchen but I really don't want to spend hours on meals.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Amber Anderson

    I don't have a dehydrator-but now I really want one. The recipes that do not call for a dehydrator are excellent. The strawberry kream pie is waaaay good. The apple nut porridge is now a breakfast staple.

  18. 5 out of 5

    marmix

    The recipes didn't seem all that inspired to me, and as another review mentioned, they aren't very appealing to kids or husbands. I also would have liked more photos of the dishes. I often wondered..."is this what this is supposed to look like?"

  19. 5 out of 5

    Denise Messenger

    I met Ani and she is very sincere about her book and her cooking. If you are into raw foods, this is the book for you. The recipes are appealing and not too difficult to do. Takes alot of dedication to eat raw but so healthy for you.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Fullfaun Faun

    I really liked her recipes

  21. 4 out of 5

    Natalie

    Good recipes... liked the quantity and variety of recipes.

  22. 4 out of 5

    LaTricia

    Great recipes. Very easy to follow.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Synthia

    This book is great for someone already on a raw food diet and would like to transition into more elaborate food making, by way of utilizing a dehydrator and other specific tools.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie Ma

    I liked how she said to do what we are comfortable with. Going raw is hard and we should all listen to our bodies when it comes to changing our lifestyle.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Kleinert

    An interesting read- but she really needed a professional fact checker and a better editor.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Adra Cole Benjamin

    It's black and white! Need I say more? I really wanted more vibrancy from this book. But no one wants to consult a black-and-white cookbook for inspiration. This is sadly just collecting dust.

  27. 4 out of 5

    missy jean

    I've tried some of the recipes and they're fine. But just, like, WHO HAS TIME to make this kind of stuff on the regular?!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Julie Doherty

    I need to own this book! Great recipes.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    Great cookbook for people wanting to add more raw foods to their diet.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Laurel

    Some are really yum recipes. Others a bit too high in fat for my taste but inventive nonetheless.

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