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Alive in 5 Raw Gourmet Meals in Five Minutes

Posted Sep 04 2010 2:34am

Alive in 5 Raw Gourmet Meals in Five Minutes




Here is a great resource for anyone looking for easy alternatives to complex raw recipes that require lots of time and expensive equipment to prepare. Acclaimed raw chef Angela Elliot shows how to ship up mouth-watering lasagne, spaghetti marinara, stuffed mushrooms, broccoli in cheese sauce, apple pie, decadent whipped cream and strawberries, chocolate shake, and more – all in about five minutes, with easy-to-find ingredients and just a blender or food processor. She shares her personal wellness journey and her playful enthusiasm to make the book an enjoyable and inspriring guide to delicious living.
Includes Color Photos

Paper Back
Publisher: Book Publishing Company
Printed: 2007
Pages: 128

Foreword by David Wolfe
Preface
Acknowledgements
My Story
Why Alive in Five?
Why Raw Food?
The Raw Food Pantry
Essential Equipment
Helpful Tips
A Guide to Fruits
Storing Fruits and Vegetables
A Menu Plan for One Week
Beverages
Appetizers
Heavenly Salads
Soups
Sauces
Delightful Entrees
Scrumptious Desserts
Suppliers
About the Author

2 Stars So-So
I am looking forward to eventually making some of the meals in here. However, the author has a list of appliances she recommends owning to prepare most of the food (including a food processor which I do not own). She also suggests having certain nuts or seeds sitting in chilled water in your refrigerator. However, she states these are only good for 3 days. Sometimes I have one meal planned in my head in the morning but when I get home from work, I decide to go with a quicker meal. I can’t have seeds and nuts sitting in my refrigerator on the off chance that I might use them. If I don’t, they’ll quickly go bad and that’s a waste of money.

I guess for someone who is committed to going raw all the way, this book offers quite a few ideas. However, for someone just trying to start a healthier lifestyle, this might not be an ideal book to jump to.

1 Star For serious raw foodists looking for simple recipes ONLY
This is a book for serious raw foodists. Most recipes require pre-somethinged something, soaked raw nuts and they’re byproducts are most often called for. I just wanted to incorporate a few interesting gourmet raw meals into our regular diet. I didn’t expect to need many dollars of unusual ingredients. And I certainly don’t want to eat so many avacados! Thought raw meant lean – some of these recipes are very high in calories. And to echo another reviewer – I don’t see anything gourmet here. This certainly wasn’t for me.

3 Stars Ehh…
I found about every third recipe was good. I’ve tried many of them and many were disasters–just didn’t taste good, the amounts of certain ingredients looked off to me, and I should have trusted my judgement. A few very good recipes, though. AS my very first raw recipe book, this was hit and miss.

5 Stars Alive in 5 is a must in any kitchen
An awesome addition to any raw foods kitchen. All the recipes are easy to make and taste fantastic. I highly recommend it.

5 Stars Alive in Five: Raw Gourmet Meals
What a treasure for someone just starting to eat raw foods. Two of the soups will be

forever on my menus and the raw apple pie was a real success at a recent gathering. Easy

directions.

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