My first suggestion is read as many book reviews as you can and put them on hold at the library or just dive into some bookstores and browse – while browsing it would be a shame in my mind if you missed seeing the following:
The recipe book I have used most so far is Living Cuisine: The Art and Spirit
of Raw Foods by Renee Loux Underkoffler. These recipes are brilliant and I have said that too often on this blog. Also I use her second book The Balanced Diet by (this time) Renee Loux. This book is just incredible, it is also inclusive of gentle heating in some recipes. Many are iconed with the all raw icon system she has set up for the book. Again very organized, user friendly book and recipes. The indexes need more work because they are too small.
Good information intense Raw Book are:
Conscious Eating: Second Edition by Gabriel Cousens
David Wolfe has a lot of good info in his Sunfood Diet book (skip the
first 78 pages- annoying blathering about how “anything is possible”; there is dense raw food info afterwards, the guy is really into it and has learned ALOT and put it in this book). You may find you have to take his exhuberance with a grain of salt.
Rawsome by Brigitte Mars (I don’t like the crammed in format. There is alot of information which I like about books in general. Looks great and I have heard the recipes are very good…hopefully I can get to some of them this weekend. This is high on my I can’t wait to pour through it list.
After researching many many raw books I recently have chosen the following and will review more later:
Vegetables from Amaranth to Zucchini: The Essential Reference: 500 Recipes, 275 Photographs by Elizabeth Schneider (Hardcover – Dec 4, 2001); a resource like this seems invaluable!
A fun recipe book: Raw – the Uncook Book (full of photos-
I will be making my first recipes from it this weekend or maybe
tonight. This book gets great reviews from people.)
Renee (Loux) Underkoffler’s second book: The Balanced Plate: The Essential Elements of Whole Foods and Good Health
And lastly (2 I am less thrilled with):
Hooked on Raw
Living in the Raw