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Dehydration and (Un)Cookbooks

Posted Aug 12 2010 9:07pm

Thank you so much for all of your input! It really helped me reflect on why I get so upset when I can’t “fix” someone’s problems. Or if I can’t help them in the way that I would like to. When I try to help someone and they don’t understand, or they can’t take in what I am saying to them, I tend to internalize it and get really frustrated with myself. I feel guilty and upset that there is nothing I can do, and I know that this isn’t healthy for me. It is just my instinctive reaction. What I should really be doing is taking a step back from the situation. We can’t always help everyone with everything. There is only so much we can do, and sometimes other people just need to figure things out for themselves. And yes, sometimes we grow apart from our friends and we become so different that we no longer really know each other. This can be sad, but I think it’s just a part of life.

Anyway, I went out and bought something today that has brightened my mood a little: Ani’s Raw Food Essentials!

So I’m really not the type of person who gets excited about a cookbook. Yes, I think finding good recipes and making new types of food can be fun, but I’m not a typical foodie-blogger and I would usually rather buy a new pair of sunglasses than a new cookbook (I love sunglasses! Especially big ones…and aviators.I wear them so much that I usually end up breaking them, so I always need to have a few pairs on hand. Is that weird?). Also, I don’t feel like I really need cookbooks anymore…I always see recipes that I want to try when I am reading blogs. There is such an abundance of great ones that it’s a little overwhelming!

However, Ani Phyo is a whole ‘nother story. I’ve had at least 10 different people recommend this book to me on various occasions, so I knew that it wasn’t just like any other cookbook (or uncookbook, in this case). And I must say, Ani is living up to the hype. I haven’t made any recipes yet, but they all look so good. I really can’t wait to start experimenting with some of her ideas. The recipes aren’t the only awesome thing about the book though. I find Ani Phyo to be so refreshing. She is not at all pretentious about her raw food diet, and she encourages people to do whatever they can and whatever works for them. One of the reasons she is such a fan of eating raw is because it is more eco-friendly. Conventional ovens suck up a lot of energy, and Ani talks about the effects we have on the planet when we use this appliance all the time. I never feel like she is writing with a holier-than-thou attitude, which makes her ideas that much more appealing to me. She also has some great health tips and “green” tips for taking care of yourself and the planet. I think this is a great book, even if you are not vegan (or into raw foods, for that matter) because the recipes seem like they would appeal to everyone. There are some great looking pizzas, noodle recipes, cakes, cookies, and a lot of unique and interesting ideas. For every raw dehydrated recipe, you have the option of simply making it in the oven, so it isn’t mandatory to have a dehydrator.

BUT, I’ve been thinking about it, and I would really like a dehydrator. I don’t know if I can afford the super-expensive Excalibur right now, but I do enjoy the taste and texture of dehydrated food (which is SO costly to buy at the health food store) so I think it could be a good investment.

So I’m wondering: If you have a dehydrator, what kind do you have? Do you like it? Do you think it’s necessary to get the Excalibur over a cheaper smaller model like this one ? Ani Phyo recommends the Excalibur, but I’m wondering if some dehydrated foods could just as easily be made on the little guy.

If you don’t have a dehydrator (or even if you do) then what is your all time favourite cookbook? Or do you not use them at all?

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