If you’ve been reading this blog for a while and had to bet on whether I do book reviews or not, you could confidently bet on ‘not’ and win.
I’m pretty happy with my modest collection of raw food recipe and nutrition tomes, but I also know that if I was to start reviewing each one, it could quickly turn into a full time activity. (Don’t know how my coaching clients would feel about that.)
I hear Amber Shea Crawley is releasing a book! Instantly I knew that once it’s out, I’ll happily smudge my own rules and do what ever I can for a girl, who over the past two years has become one of my closest virtual friends ever! And that’s a big call.
Scroll to the bottom to read Amber Shea’s professional bio, but I’m here to tell you what she never mentions in it…
Her blog Almost Vegan Chef is- hands clapping, tummy stitching, whole body bending, jaw aching, hiccup making- hilarious! I’ve been guilty of scaring Elliot with my random laughter outbursts while reading it, and not just once. And lucky me- my own eBooks Seduced and Festive have been featured in her giant, world-famous corner of vegan cyberspace.
So yes, I am a BIG fan of Amber’s writing. This girl has such a poetic way with words, I found myself reading her brand new book Practically Raw- Flexible Raw Recipes Anyone Can Make, for hours. Yep just sitting there and reading RECIPES! I don’t know about you, but I don’t really think that’s ‘normal’. I mean I would usually flick, turn, return, skim, zip, and blink through pages of recipe books, but I actually found myself reading (and loving) Amber’s, word for word.
It is just jam packed with helpful tips, various options, mini stories, flexible suggestions and substitutions, that were revolutionary to me! The book is structured in the most easy to use way and each recipe begins with a lovely introduction about it by the author. A huge bunch of recipes come with instructions on making them both raw or cooked and there is an entire section devoted to KALE CHIPS! OMG!
I also had the time of my life finding out what new name Amber would assign to each of her snacks, meals, sweets and drinks. Here are some of my top favourites: Pizza Kale Chips, Cocoa Corruption Smoothie, Naansense Bread, Famous Five-Minute Blondies, and Deconstructed Sushi Bowl. Pure awesomeness.
Oh and did I mention how cute she is?…
With well over a hundred incredible looking and sounding recipes to play with, I discovered I must have a group of chipmunks living inside my own head. Because why else would there be all kinds of little voices arguing over which recipe I ought to make first?
One got its way and if you remember my last post on a Three Course Raw Food Dinner, you might recall that winning choice! I just couldn’t resist the sound of the ingredients in Sopes con Mole Poblano and Wooweeee Amber Shea Crawley The First- did you know what you were doing when you rocked up with this sensation!
My guests couldn’t agree more!…
|Practically Raw fans (from left): Riki, Elliot, Tanya, Britney|
I served the Sopes with my Sauerkraut from the Raw Food 101 DVD. It is fermented and probiotic rich cabbage, which I also mixed with grated carrots and cucumbers for that summer touch. It complimented the recipe so well with a mix of flavours and textures, just irresistible to the taste buds.
Luckily for us all, Amber also happens to be the sweetest and most generous person, whom I didn’t need to beg in order to share her special recipe with my readers. Let me know how much you also love it in the comments below and make sure to get the book here>>