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Preaching to the converted - 12 Steps to Raw Foods was better
on December 28, 2013
I have read Victoria Boutenko's other books and have been living a raw food, green smoothie lifestyle for a few years so I find this book to be somewhat repetitive when held up against her other works. Her writing style is extremist, sometimes bordering on alienating and at other times just plain annoying. There seem to be many holes and contradictions in her arguments, which, while well researched, come off as scattered and incomplete at times. If you have read 12 Steps to Raw Foods, you really have no need to read this one too. Over half of the book is comprised of testimonials and questionnaires filled out by participants who took part in a short-term, underfunded study. The testimonials are written in such a way that each one takes on the same tone as Boutenko's own writing style, thereby seeming to be written all by the same person - Boutenko herself - and leaving one to question their integrity. In short, this book is a waste of time and money - not something to use to introduce skeptics to a raw food lifestyle, nor a book for those who are already converted. Spend your time and money on a better book, or better yet, put it towards a high quality blender.