I have a few raw food books now - and this one looks to be a great edition. The sturdy soft cover format is large enough to be handy in the kitchen without being over large. The binding bends well without causing the spine to fold so I see this as being good for the longevity of the book.
The title of this book intrigued me because from my experience, most asian foods are generally cooked - even if it is just a quick stir fry - so I was interested in the idea of raw samosa and rice dishes. This book, in the week that I've had it, has given me many ideas to expend my repitoire of raw vegan cuisine. I am by no means 100% raw but I believe in healthy whole foods and eating mainly raw, unprocessed foods most of the time.
I have Ani Phyo's other books and I have seen a huge improvement in the way she presents her work. Don't get me wrong, her first book and the ones after are also great buys but this book presents itself so well in that there are more photos of finished recipes and it is beautifully set out. There are photos of the author and many great lifestyle tips and information about the more obscure ingrediants. She encorages substituting ingredients and altering recipes to suit tastes. There are no hard and fast rules. Here, she offers her take on raw asian cuisine and with her Korean heritage, she does a fantastic job of this.
Curries, noodles and rice dishes are the heart of this book but also covered with just as much care are accompaniments such as pickles, salads, soups, desserts and even fermented foods like kimchi! You have the ability to orchestrate a full asian style banquet of raw cuisine - and menus are suggested at back of the book by the author for anyone wanting to do this.
Most of the recipes can be made easily with very little preparation - as is Phyo's style - but certain things like dosa and kimchi may need to be prepared ahead of time as they require fermenting or dehydrating.
I highly recommend this book to anyone wanting to add an extra dimension to their raw food kitchen or even if just to enhance their healthy eating options. It's easy to read, navigate and full of gorgeous photos and information from a truly original chef.