I have been a huge fan of Matthew Kenney's for years and this is my favorite book of his so far. I had the opportunity to meet him a few years ago while attending a dinner at The Plant in Dumbo. His approach to food is complex and unique. What I love most about this book is that, in addition to extraordinary recipes, it offers more of a glimpse into the mind of this extremely gifted artist and chef. Socially and environmentally conscious, Matthew leads by example and has created a book dedicated to the natural lifestyle he leads. Matthew's creations are a true testament to the fact that it's not always necessary to look out at the wider world for inspiration. Each page of this beautifully designed book truly reflects his respect for nature (growing up on the coast of New England), as well as his passion for preparing food with seasonal, organic, and local ingredients.
Matthew's love for simple, delicious food in its purest form is contagious and refreshing. The recipes in this book can be best described as pure, elegant, innovative, and most importantly, sophisticated enough to please all palates. Matthew continues to push the "raw food" bar without going overboard with his culinary experiments.
As someone who has been eating primarily raw for a number of years, I will say this is an essential book to have in your collection! This book, overflowing with many ethnically diverse recipes, is an inspirational guide to expanding and testing your culinary experience with the use of fresh ingredients.
It is important to note that this is not a basic Introduction to raw foods recipe book, which includes systematic steps and notes on material and preparation methods. The recipes in this book are decidedly more sophisticated and delicate - sure to inspire you to create wonders in your kitchen! To me, this book serves admirably as a guide through the recipes' complexities, but as an experienced cook, I appreciate this approach. I read this book cover to cover and have prepared many of the dishes so far. Although some of the recipes have quite a few ingredients, I have found them to be delicious and easy to follow. I feel even those new to the kitchen will find this to be the case.
As an added bonus, this book is visually pleasing, encompassing lovely photos of organic and fresh produce, which gives the book a bit of an earthy quality.
I hope Matthew Kenney continues to showcase his culinary masterpieces for a long time to come. His recipes clearly demonstrate that he is a unique chef who is passionate about quality ingredients and living a sustainable lifestyle.
I don't think you'll regret purchasing this book! Enjoy!