- Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: Da Capo Lifelong Books (May 10 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0738214574
- ISBN-13: 978-0738214573
- Product Dimensions: 19 x 1.3 x 23.5 cm
- Shipping Weight: 839 g
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #367,463 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Ani's Raw Food Asia: Easy East-West Fusion Recipes the Raw Food Way Paperback – May 10 2011
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“Ani’s Raw Food Asia is more than a collection of recipes; it is a comprehensive guide to raw living, providing tips about non-chemical cleaning, the environment, and attitudes that will ensure a healthier, happier person.”
“Serves up a creative array of raw vegan dishes.”
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Having tried those amazing recipes, I can't wait to whip up the Garam Masala, Vegetarian Pho with Hoisin Sauce, and Chai Ice Kream with Chocolate syrup. And there is seemingly countless more after that.
Ani is a gifted writer, and her recipes are inventive and elegant. The book has a conversational tone. It's almost as if she is talking you through each dish. In addition, Ani threads much life-improving wisdom throughout her book.
Ultimately, this is a gift of a book. Never let it be said that healthy can't be tasty. This book clearly shows otherwise. Highly recommended.
many examples - Ani's raw versions of samosas and spicy soups are brilliant. Her version of hoi sin sauce is especially creative. She takes a sweet floury heavily processed sauce that normally comes in a bottle and is full of calories - and creates something light, fresh and delicious. Also her raw versions of rice have become a staple for me, although I often replace the cashews with almonds.
The only downside is the difficulty navigating around the ebook. Because of the flexibility of the ebook there are no page numbers to turn to. Therefore, it is no help to read page numbers in the recipe or the index. When a recipe refers to "red curry paste" for example, it is difficult to find. It is possible to find it by doing a search and sifting through, and then I can highlight the term so I can easily find it again, but this is a lot of work for the reader to do. Also I end up with a long list of highlighted items on the left to look through, because I cannot order them alphabetically. Surely ebooks can have better navigation built in. Just having a link to each recipe in the index would be a big help for starters.
The reason I am only giving it 4 stars is because of the navigation issues. The recipes are worth 5 stars due to their quality and innovation, ease of following and general deliciousness. I have quite a few raw recipe books and many just reproduce variations on a theme. This book has opened my eyes to new ways to create spicy delicious fresh raw foods.
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.