Did you guess my Super Secret Project Numero Dos™ ? I’m writing a cookbook! Well actually, it’s an UNcookbook – a RAW foods “cookbook”.
It’s a hired assignment and truly came out of the blue. When I was first approached about the project – to curate the largest collection of 100% raw and 100% vegan recipes ever compiled in one place – I couldn’t help but think, “Why me?” I’m not actually a raw foodist, nor am I formally trained as a live foods chef. Sure, I eat a lot of my meals uncooked. I love the living foods lifestyle and I’m well-versed with the underlying philosophy. I have experience writing about, and experimenting with, extended periods of eating an exclusively raw vegan diet. And if I may be so bold as to say, I’ve made some pretty awesome raw recipes in my day. But with all that aside, I’m not a professional, no matter how you slice it. So I had to ask: why me?
The truth is that I adore – simply adore – eating raw foods. I start each and every day with a big green smoothie, because I love the way it makes me feel. I’m giddy for my greens and I swoon over fancy seaweeds. Fresh juice makes me feel like all my cells have been infused with a double dose of vitality. Will work for wheat grass. You all know how the Farmer’s Market sends me into a frenzy, and darlings, don’t even get me started on cashew cheesecakes! Raw foods taste amazing and they make me feel fantastic; lighter, brighter, and overflowing with *life*. I want other people to feel this way too!
The bottom line is that I’ve got a big bonfire of passion burning inside me, lit up bright for fresh, whole, unadulterated vegan food. And I just can’t wait to share all my knowledge and excitement!
Rawesome!, slated for release in January 2012, will allow me to do just that. I’ve signed on to edit this incredible collection, featuring over 300 recipes from some amazing chefs: everything from smoothies to entrees to decadent desserts, from simple techniques to intricate gourmet applications. And of course, a few of my own creations!