I recently received a copy of Amber Shea Crawley’s new cookbook, Practically Raw: Flexible Raw Recipes Anyone Can Make
I’ve known Amber for three years and not only is she sweet and kind, she has a hilariously dry and witty sense of humor which I adore, but she’s also an amazing chef and now published author. And we both happen to have a big sweet tooth, another reason I love her.
Here’s a sampling of the raw or practically raw vegan food found on the pages of Amber’s new book:
Parisian Street Crepes
Mushroom Nut Burger
Flaxjacks with Miso-Maple Butter
Deconstructed “sushi” bowl
Build-Your-Own Energy Bars
What I love most about Amber recipes, not only in her book but also on her blog , is that she provides:
Substitution options and variations. If you don’t want to use maple syrup, use agave. If you don’t have basil, use parsley.
Cooking and baking options. You don’t have to be 100% raw to appreciate her recipes.
Her ingredients are also pretty mainstream and not too many “specialty” and hard-to-source ingredients.
She is also budget-conscious and does not have you running to the store to buy exotic and pricey ingredients to then use 1/2 teaspoon of it.
Also included in the book is a comprehensive first chapter covering nutrition, kitchen and cooking equipment, ingredient and pantry lists, and her overall , philosophy. The last chapter of the book includes sample meal and recipe plans. She did not miss a beat with this book.
Here are a few of my own favorite easy, raw, vegan recipes:
Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Balls (No-Bake, Vegan, GF)
Oatmeal Raisin Carrot Cake Bites (No-Bake, Vegan, GF)
Fresh Vegan Spring Rolls and 2-Minute Peanut Sauce (No-Bake, Vegan, GF)