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01-20-2005, 04:01 PM
I just finished reading Carol Alt's book. Here's my review:
--she is not vegan so she discusses eating raw meat, eggs, and raw dairy quite a bit (it sounds like she eats A LOT of raw cheese). She does say that she's cutting back on meat quite a bit in sympathy to animal issues.
--Her book, as advertised, is targeting beginners. I think it's always motivating to read how raw has affected people, and the book is really good from that standpoint, but if you're beyond a beginner that's the main value of the book
--The recipe section is pretty light, just a handful of recipes in each section...NOTHING like Alissa's book.
--Alissa's book, hands down, is still the BEST book out there for getting started. I think what's great about Alissa's book is you don't grow out of it like you quickly would with this book. I swear Alissa's book is a fixture in my kitchen because of the fabulous recipes.
01-20-2005, 04:21 PM
I sat and read through the book at the bookstore the other day and I wasn't thrilled about it. I didn't feel inspired by it - and the recipes are ok - but not enough for me.
I did try her hummous as someone else here eats it a lot - but after having Julioan's hummous the night before - it just didn't measure up.
My vote is - even for a beginner like me - I wouldn't recommend it.
01-20-2005, 04:23 PM
I just registered here and still am very new to Raw eating.
I picked up Carol Alts book a couple weeks ago and read it in about a day.
I chose to start eating better once I read the book.
Cant say that I like all the recipes. (guacolmole is good)
I really loved cooking and especially baking (now called dehydrating!)
and have a strong gourmet streak in me. :p
I liked the book though.
I also like this website! I checked out some others but this seems to be
the best! :D
01-20-2005, 04:33 PM
Hi Sabrina - Welcome ! hope to get to know you better as you go along!
I have Carol Alts book also, I read through it, I was a little interested in her journey. That's about it.
I don't think i'll ever browse through it again, I have some raw books that I carry with me almost everywhere, planning meals, annalysing recipe's etc...
I didn't think she was seriously into raw, rather just a model looking for a way to not eat fattening foods. :eek: *ducks and runs*
01-23-2005, 10:16 AM
i agree, i also have and read her book, and it doesn't compare to other raw books out there...it seems a little like a marketing gimmick on her part to me....like very commercial...but then again, that's what most people go for these days...it was alright but really not that great
01-23-2005, 02:52 PM
I have to agree about this website, Sabrina. I have looked at others, this one gets the message out with kindness (some of the others seem very militant to me!) IMHO
01-23-2005, 03:11 PM
Welcome! I'm glad you found us. Yes, we're a loving, silly and fun bunch of raw babes and dudes!! LOL! Okay, some of us are a bit sillier than others!! :p
Carol Alt's book is okay for beginners, but Alissa's book ROCKS!! It is excellent and has the best recipes. I would urge you to add her book to your collection. It's a staple (no pun intended) in my kitchen - sits in a basket on my counter.
Best wishes to you in your raw journey. I look forward to following your journey!
01-24-2005, 04:24 PM
I bought it last week! :D Cant wait to try some recipes. You guys
make the recipes sound great......They'll
be so good that my husband wont be able to refuse!!
(he's not nearly as health concious as I am)
01-24-2005, 04:34 PM
(he's not nearly as health concious as I am)
`SabrinaMost aren't Sabrina. That's why we live longer!!! ;)
BTW, I'm going to be in San Antonio March 4-6th!! I'm in my girlfriend's wedding. :)
01-24-2005, 06:58 PM
I liked Carol Alt's book. I've spent the last few months juicing and having a salad every day, but thinking I couldn't really do a raw diet until spring, when fruit is in season. Her book gave me some ideas (why did I never think of sprouts before??) and motivated me not to wait, but to go for it *now.* I have a few raw food books (not Alissa's yet!) but this is the first one that's made me feel like a raw diet is feasible for a normal person like me. I think her book is good as a bridge to introduce people to the concept and illustrate what it might look like in real life.
01-25-2005, 04:36 PM
I borrowed from the library Carol's book. I liked looking at some of the recipes from some famous places.
The library had at least 15 books in a pile, all this raw book by Carol, for people to borrow.
Patiently waiting to see Alissa's books lined up too. I know it's always great to own a great book, but for some economics is a factor even making compromises in other financial areas. Really, the library gets lots of use too!
I know for another book, I am number 31 on their circulation list and I think they own 10 copies already out. It's not even raw talk.
One of our pastor's last night told me he is RAW 100% since Jan. 1 and we are a predominately African American church, he too, with over 8,000+ who embrace greasy hot wings, pork, grease, grease and more grease, this has to be startling to the people if they hear about him. I am one of the few "white" folks out there, but I love everyone. I am working hard at trying to devise a program that makes my church the healthiest church in the nation. I am speaking to a "top" person right now in the church and not this particular pastor, but I am challenged to make it economical and not free for my time, etc. so that people can all get "sick" together as they change. I have lots of ideas, but right now, working on the plan and proposal I was challenged to present. Hoping to get it accomplished this week.
I did make one of the pastors last week, the head honcho a raw dish and hope his secretary gave it to him. He's allive as I see him visibily on the church platform.
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