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on March 17, 2011
When I went from vegetarian to raw vegan a few months ago, I considered buying Ani's Raw because of the reviews, but I went with the Rainbow Green Raw Cuisine instead. I did pick up this book later, though, because I had a gift certificate, and felt it might be worth the risk. It wasn't.
First of all, you're immediately whomped with so many pictures of Ani, it's totally beyond silly! Props to your self-esteem, girlfriend, but c'mon. There are about fifteen pictures of Ani in here for every picture of food.
I'm still a relative raw food newbie, but I quickly found at least one error, in that she recommends all nuts and seeds be soaked for at least eight hours. This is totally incorrect. Smaller seeds like sesame and sunflower need only be soaked for two to four hours. If nuts or seeds are soaked too long, they quickly go rancid. I haven't looked at the whole book yet, so I hope I don't run into too much of this kind of advice.
Ani recommends for some of the recipes in her book that we use her Special Monkey brand of granola bars. I don't want to have to go find and buy a product to create a recipe!! Graceless product placement.
Lastly, I doubt many people will appreciate her 101-level lecturing on social and environmental issues. Most people reaching for a raw cookbook are likely already living an ethically conscious lifestyle (and if not, they're aware of how to) and don't need flowcharts on how long disposables take to decompose. There is a lot of this type of filler in this book.
Ani must know some people, because she's inexplicably got several books out. There's no information in here that can't be found on the internet, but if you're looking for a quality cookbook with some humility, I recommend Rainbow Green.