View Full Version : Best overall book?
12-31-2006, 11:06 PM
what do you think is the overall raw food living, health, fitness, youth/longivity, and recipe book? thankx so much :D
12-31-2006, 11:27 PM
I've now purchased about 5 or 6 books and I always go back to Alissa's... I thinks it's the best, at least it's my favorite... it's very comprehensive with good information & advice, great recipes, lots of recipes in lots of categories, great photos and it's well put together (ie easy to find what you're looking for). If I had to choose just one of my books to keep, it would be Alissa's.
01-01-2007, 12:00 AM
You may get various people advising you on various books and it may even occur that you'll get a lot of votes for Alissa's Living on Live Food and it may seem that it's ONLY because this is her site, etc. etc...but I think that the best thing for you to do is to check the local library for raw food books, either thumb through them or check them out...order a few various ones...some of the main ones on most folks list are:
Living on Live food
Raw Food for the Real World
Raw Food Made for 1 or 2 People
Natalia Rosa's book
Any of Victoria Boutenko's books and a few folks here will recommend Doug Graham's or Gabriel Cousen's. IMHO, I think you should get a few of them and make the decision what YOU like the best.
What someone else likes, you may not and vice versa...we can make suggestions and such, but it's not going to be the same for everyone especially depending on what "type" of raw "diet" they're doing. Someone who's doing a more low fat type raw "diet" will not recommened something like Alissa's book or Raw Food for the Real World because those books are recipe-heavy and if those people are into eating a more simple raw "diet", they are going to recommend books based on their preference of how to eat raw. So it really all depends and varies from person-to-person.
Oh, and you can also do a quick search here by clicking on the banana icon up top and just type in something like "favorite books" or "recommended books" or "book recommendations" and you'll get an idea of what most people's favorites are/have been on RFT over the past couple of years.
Now...having said alla that, after purchasing approximately 10 different books on the subject of raw foods, MY completely unbiased vote is for Living on Live Food and you can find out why here: http://www.rawfoodtalk.com/forum/showthread.php?t=24382
01-01-2007, 01:51 AM
I like Alissa's video... I loan it out and give it as a gift to people I think could get an eye opening to the lifestyle since it's incredibly accessible.
For eye candy, nothing beats Raw Food/Real World.
My mom just borrowed my Rawvolution book and really likes the recipes.
I like Victoria Boutenko's books as well.
01-01-2007, 06:50 AM
I really enjoy Alissa's book (which I own) and Shazzie's materials (which I have seen). They are written so personally that I feel like they are speaking to me when I use them...Alissa's book is also designed for you to write your own thoughts, recipes, etc. in the margins. She also has cool and inspiring quotes! :-)
Alissa's book also has the DVDs. Her set is a great value for the $$$.
01-01-2007, 07:10 AM
Overall? I liked Gabriel Cousen's Conscious Eating.
-David Z. Mason
01-01-2007, 09:00 AM
Alissa's book is my all around favorite, her recipes are easy to follow and I don't like a lot of ingredients yet everything so far has been just great (last night I took the date nut tore to a New Year's Eve party...I added cocoa nibs to it and it was yummy!)
...I still buy books just cuz I like to read and get every angle of raw and it keeps me so motivated...I'm reading David Wolfe's book, Eating for Beauty and I like it, too...oh, another one...Green for Life..
Yes, it is good to read a lot of books and I'm sure we'll all have our own favorites...I take a book to work with me to read at lunch time and learn something new everyday...
01-02-2007, 07:18 PM
The Raw Food Detox Diet and Raw Food Life Force Energy (which just came out) by Natalia Rose!!
01-02-2007, 07:25 PM
War And Peace really got me on the raw path.
Quotes from Rawtruth and Misslinda did the trick too.
01-02-2007, 09:07 PM
thank you alll so much :D I have a few books (the grape diet, eating for beauty, and a sucky recipe book w/no pictures)... jus wanting to expand my knowledge :)
01-21-2007, 05:16 PM
just wondering... does anyone kno where I can get alissa's book for a cheaper price? ;)
currently, I'm jobless and live off my husband from pay to pay, so I really have no extre $ :(
thankx all :)
01-21-2007, 05:47 PM
I ordered mine from www.rawguru.com The price isn't any different, but the shipping is a couple of bucks cheaper.
01-21-2007, 05:51 PM
I love Alissa's book too....but for information on specific foods and simple recipes my most worn out----thus most used book---is Rawsome by Brigitte Mars. I love looking up specific foods to see what it is good for, etc....recipes are good too!
01-21-2007, 08:59 PM
I just read that book, cleared up some long time misunderstandings and pointed the way to overcoming long term problems. Clear, simple, well researched and inspiring.
01-21-2007, 09:31 PM
I have many Raw books-& I have to say that I think Alissa's is the best overall. I use it daily. :)
Lady Green Jeans
01-21-2007, 11:35 PM
Juliano's was my first raw book--bought years ago, but Alissa's is the most often used book of the ten+ raw food books I own. I enjoy flipping through and looking at the gourmet recipes and have tried several recipes in each of the books with varying levels of success (enjoyed/did not enjoy factor) but honestly use Alissa's for not only simple, everyday staple meals (several pates I am addicted to) and some truly wonderful raw soups, but even the fancier "fussy" or more "gourmet" recipes. She really has it all.
Is there a particular book you are thinking of purchasing and would like feedback on?
01-23-2007, 06:07 PM
no, not really... thankx all so much
I think Im gonna get alissa's... I jus have ta find a cheap one :D
03-17-2008, 01:31 PM
03-17-2008, 04:15 PM
If you have never heard of raw and want to get started, Alissa's book is the best one going. Alissa makes eveything sound so simple, BECAUSE IT REALLY IS! And it is FULL of recipes!
If you are already on the path and want to get more into it, I hands down recommend:
This is the newly revised, re-written and completely updated full-color, 2006 hard-cover edition. No where else will you find the kinds of empowering information and insight that is present on every page of this truly inspiring work. Success is inevitable with day-by-day menu plans, delicious recipes, and the best information available on detoxification, fasting, mineralization and success technology all neatly bundled into one book. Each chapter is filled with inspiring quotes, facts, and tips *- plus, dozens of beautiful, never-before-seen full-color images have been added to this brand-new edition, including many stunning Kirlian photographs. The Sunfood Diet Success System also includes a comprehensive listing of raw-food restaurants, healing retreats, and organizations. Be prepared for nothing less than total transformation!
I cannot recommend this book highly enough. It is so far & beyond just the food, it is the most empowering book ever! Good luck trying to get ahold of a copy though, they sold out FAST! :D
03-17-2008, 04:49 PM
Ooh, I've been looking at that one and it's good to hear you liked it. I love reviews :) Maybe that'll be my next present to myself.
I personally recommend Alissa's, and honestly I haven't found any others I like as much. I have Raw Food Gourmet, Eating Without Heating, and I borrowed Jennifer Cornbleet's and another one that I've forgotten the name of. They sound great, but I'm sad when books don't have pictures and they have a LONG list of ingredients.
03-17-2008, 11:46 PM
My favorite by far is also The Sunfood Diet Success System by David Wolfe. I like how it's very in-depth (not just telling you what equipment you need, a few benefits, and some recipes). It has a lot of things that aren't even specific to the raw food diet like goal setting. It doesn't just tell you one way to eat, but rather it explains different ways people can eat for different problems or to get different results. There's so much interesting information in that book that I haven't seen anywhere else. I feel like I'd need to read it at least 5 or more times to absorb everything.
03-18-2008, 12:00 AM
Victoria Boutenko's books... I love them!!!!
"Green for Life" is my fav.
03-18-2008, 10:46 AM
I posted a really long reply but it seems to have gone missing...
There are so many books to recommend and so many that I would consider my favorite. I think in the end I would say RAW by Charlie Trotter and Roxanne Klein. It is so well done and the photos are magnificant. I come from an ultra gourmet background so this book helped me realize I could have that while being raw. Also, while I love love love many of the imitation recipes (i.e. nut/shroom burgers, pastas, pizza, etc.) what I love about this book is how it does not present the food in a way that tries to mimic cooked versions, rather it showcases the high quality and taste that can be found in raw foods. Some say it is a non-practical book but the recipes are actually no where near as hard as they seem, just take time and practice. Plus, as Charlie and Roxanne say themselves, there is no need to follow every recipe strict to the letter.
Gabrile Cousen's book Rainbow foods is great, I love in particularily for his use of essential oils in the food. What a way to bring plant energy into your life!!
Raw food real world is fantastic and full of great color pictures and just purely delicious recipes. And of course one of my favorites is Renee Underkoffler's Living Cuisine. It is full of gourmet recipes that are not hard and taste out of this world. Her ginger miso salad dressing is a stable with me now and I have yet to make something out of her book that I do not like!
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