View Full Version : Raw Food Real World - Is It Really Worth the Price?
06-27-2006, 02:08 PM
I have seen several references to this book, yet when I look it up, even on ebay, it amounts to at least $40 to buy and ship to Canada. It says it has (only) 100 recipes, but from the raves I have seen in various posts, (like Chocolate Ganach Torte w/vanilla cream) I am wondering if I should just bite the bullet and get it? I have almost every other raw book in print and I thought maybe I need to slow down my acquisitions and just get using the ones I have. Just my luck I will get it and it will contain recipes so much like I already have, that I will be feeling guilty about the cost of the book.
Sharon in Colorado
06-27-2006, 02:21 PM
I love this book - full of beautiful photos and great recipes. The macaroons are my favorite. I think the recipes are just so good since they are served an an upscale restaurant.
If you try www.campusi.com you can check any book for the best price. Not sure about shipping to Canada though.
06-27-2006, 02:22 PM
RFRW is a FANTASTIC book IF you like a little bit more complicated and/or gourmet recipes. It is a great read too. If you have lots of other books already, use them. Then ask for RFRW as a gift (I always have an amazon wishlist going). Good luck!
06-27-2006, 02:23 PM
I have this book and somehow I must have spilled water or something all over it as most of the pages are all stuck together! I really like the book though and would pay the high price again for it.
06-27-2006, 02:25 PM
I saw it on amazon.com for really really cheap. They have lots of raw books for more than half the price of what you will find at book stores.
06-27-2006, 02:34 PM
Raw Food Real World - Is It Really Worth the Price?
06-27-2006, 03:06 PM
YES YES YES!
However I state this assuming you already have Alissas book!
I found I did not cook from it for awhile, I just savored the beautiful pictures. But as I have become more comfortable with Raw I have been using it more and more. I have five things I make on a regular basis:
Coconut macaroons - I triple this super easy recipe and dehydrate as i need.
Cranberry maple Granola - makes a huge qty
Maple Buckwheat Crispies - super easy
Flatbread Pizza - yum
Creamy Carrot Ginger Soup W/Lime - OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :eek:
Our Favorite Filling Salad - wow
How many "cookbooks" do you have that you can say you actually make that many recipes out of on a regular basis? I know it's costly, I saved for a while before I got it.
06-27-2006, 03:12 PM
Yes, TOTALLY worth the price.
Though don't get too excited about the truffle pie, it's made with non raw stuff (maple syrup and roasted cocoa) and they say raw substituting won't be the same. They warn you on that one, that it won't get by the raw police.
In addition to the recipes, it's a good read, and the recipes are ALL winners. Not like some raw books where many recipes dissapoint. So you'll save that back on ingredients, and get some really yummy food and food ideas in the meantime.
It's nice to have all the pictures, that's some of what you're paying for.
06-27-2006, 03:20 PM
If you love gourmet food photos, you'll love this book. I love photos, so this book is worth it for me.
06-27-2006, 03:31 PM
This thread makes me want the book ***sigh***. I have set a goal not to buy anymore recipe books until I have created every recipe in the ones I have. Oh boy, it will be a while.
06-27-2006, 03:59 PM
I just received this book last night from Amazon.com. I can't wait to make the stuff inside. The pizza with hummus looks amazing, as does everything else. I started to tab pages, but then realized I was tabbing EVERY page. I can't wait until this weekend to start making the stuff inside!!! This is my fourth book, Alissa's being one of them!
06-27-2006, 04:07 PM
I started to tab pages, but then realized I was tabbing EVERY page.
I have the book also... LOVE IT. The book is an absolute gem! Along with Alissa's, it's a MUST HAVE in my opinion.
06-27-2006, 04:50 PM
I love this book, I love the pics, I love the recipes, they are fantastic.
06-27-2006, 05:36 PM
Try out www.addall.com. That is the cheapes place to get books and I saw it on there for much less than $40.
06-27-2006, 05:37 PM
doubleleg, why do you have to buy it on eBay and have it shipped to Canada from the USA? Don't pay $40.00...
amazon.ca and chapters.indigo.ca both carry this book for approx. $24.50 CAD$, shipping $5.90 for a total of around $30.00 plus GST, so like $32.00 grand total. If you purchase something in addition, if you spend $39.00 or more you get free shipping.
And YES, this book is totally worth the price. Not even just for the recipes, but for the inspiration, and all the raw tips and information throughout, and the beautiful photos, and, and, and... :)
06-27-2006, 05:45 PM
Raw Food Real World is readily available at big book stores in Canada (Indigo). I bought it in Toronto, and another copy in Peterborough (small town). I love big book stores!!
They don't have many raw books, but this one is beautiful and glossy enough to get their attention.
06-27-2006, 05:58 PM
I guess I was assuming doubleleg doesn't have a Chapters or Indigo nearby, but YES, that's where I bought my copy, right in the store at Chapters, but our Indigo has it too. So if you haven't checked your local Chapters or Indigo, do check it! You might be surprised that they have it. This is one of the very few raw books they carry. They have like 2 or 3 others, LOL! But it was a total blessing for me that they had this book because it was leafing through this book in the store that got me into raw foods!!! :D I found this site shortly after! The rest is history... :)
06-27-2006, 06:30 PM
Thanks everyone! And what a nice person to post those pictures! Yes, I am close to Indigo and Chapters, I just thought it would be pricey there and was trying to get it cheaper on ebay or half.com. With all those recommendations, I might just scoot over to Yorkdale tomorrow and pick it up!
And Yes, of COURSE I have Alissa's book. Wouldn't want to be without that. That is why I was wondering if this one under discussion was that much worth getting.
06-27-2006, 06:57 PM
Our local library actually has this book...at least they have it when it isn't checked out to MOI! ;) What I like about it is the non-gross factor. I know that if I put the effort into making one of the recipes, it WILL be yummy. I don't have to put all the time and effort in and cross my fingers.
The Cranberry Maple Granola is to die for!! :)
06-27-2006, 07:02 PM
Yes- Alissa's is my Fav-but this is also great!!! The pics are awesome & the recipes are divine.
06-28-2006, 10:29 AM
I have this one as well and really love it the Shakes......the Cereals are OMG :D I am using this book and Alissa's to transition DH. I have to say he is in love with the Corn and Avo salad of Alissa he wants this one everynite :p . I have a suprise for him to nite, we are having Pizza and of course Corn and Avo Salad on the side. ;)
06-30-2006, 03:15 PM
I agree with all the postive opinions on this book, it has beautiful pictures (which I love to see the completed recipes) and the recipes are excellent!
Try out page 70, the Pina Colada smoothie. It is so good, rich, creamy, and perfect for the lovely sunny weather we are having in the Seattle area today! I'm taking 2 quarts of it to a party this evening, yum!
06-30-2006, 04:02 PM
I tried the lasagne recipe last night - WOW!! People adored it (I made it for 24). Mmmm....
06-30-2006, 04:26 PM
Well I am off to get this book..............
06-30-2006, 09:21 PM
It looks like everyone else has done a good job convincing you to get the book, now let me tell you how to get it cheap. I found the book at this site:
I think the book was $16, can't remember the shipping but probably not much. I've actually got three well-known raw food cookbooks from this site, the trick is to check back often, and order right away if you see a book you want. Use search terms like "raw food", "raw vegan", and "living food" just to ensure you don't miss a book!
Oh, and I live in Canada too and the shipping from this site is very reasonable.
07-01-2006, 04:20 PM
Cool site, I've bookmarked it. Stuff must sell out really fast on that site because I did a search and "Raw food real world" didn't come up. :confused:
07-01-2006, 04:41 PM
DITTO :confused: :) :D
07-01-2006, 06:48 PM
This is my all time favourite recipe book!!! It is definitely worth the money.
07-01-2006, 07:03 PM
Yes, this book is fabulous, and I would buy it again, totally new, if I lost my current copy.
Today I made the Pineapple-Cucumber Gazpacho for my friend and she loved it. That is my absolute fav raw recipe EVER. I highly recommend their soups and shakes and deserts. I don't have a dehydrator or fancy-shmancy blender and I can still make lots of the recipes.
Another great thing about this book is that somehow it makes raw food seem hip and glamorous. The pictures of the authors/chefs are gorgeous and their testimonials at the beginning are so convincing that my non-raw dh almost converted to raw on the spot after reading a page or two!
I have had people beg to buy this book from me ON THE SPOT after glancing through it briefly. And I'm talking about SAD people. Amazing.
lil fairy z girl
07-03-2006, 06:44 AM
just a quick question about this book, does it have alot of recipes that do not need a dehydrater?
07-03-2006, 02:20 PM
It does have some, but not all. The soups, shakes, etc don't. A good portion of the meals doesn't either. Now to be fair I am going by memeory here, I don't have my book with me. You will need a really good blender though, they do use their vita-mix alot.
Sharon in Colorado
07-03-2006, 04:11 PM
I forgot to mention that there is one funny picture of Sarma looking kinda wasted, probably from one too many of their special mojitos. There are few alcoholic recipes in there...
...I can't even drink a glass of wine these days, I don't care for the way alcohol makes me feel...plus it kills brain cells.
That and the "pigtails and pudding" photo which is a bit of a crack-up.
I'm in the mood for that chocolate pudding now...it's really good... use honey or agave instead of the maple syrup, and it comes out fine.
lil fairy z girl
07-20-2006, 05:13 AM
well i recently just bought the book from an amozon seller, wow it is good. beautiful pictures and lots of alternative ways of doing things. i love this already, i cant wait to try some recipes :)
Yes ! This is an awesome book I use it weekly! Everythig I have tried has come out great!
Doubeleg did you ever get it? and do you like it?
07-20-2006, 01:14 PM
I have the book too. The only recipe I've tried is the seaweed salad, and it is delicious.
I keep looking at the other recipes and most of them just have too many ingredients for me (I'm really busy these days), but when I get some more time I'm definitely going to try some more of them.
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