Raw Food/Real World
100 Recipes to Get the Glow
Matthew Kenney, Sarma Melngailis
Food/Real World got our attention via the back door.
Not through our stomach but our vanity. It's that cover
with its promise to "Get the Glow," and the attractive
couple sharing wine and what looks like dessert in a candlelit
tête-à-tête. They look sexy and they
drink alcohol! Hmmh. We'll be darned, they must be foodies,
sensualists even, not some self-righteous raw freaks. And,
who doesn't want that glow? A glow, which the cover
hints, can be achieved in other ways. Wine, candles,
dessert... We were hooked. Target market hit.
the "Real World," the sexy couple are authors
Matthew Kenney and Sarma Melngailis, both classically trained
at the French Culinary Institute, he a two-time James Beard
Rising Star Chef nominee. One night, the story goes, they
Georges in favor of a raw food joint, a decision that
would lead to a complete overhaul of their approach to food
and eating. Tossed were the pots and pans; out came the
dehydrator, Spiroli slicer and Vita-Mix. We reap the benefits
of their extensive studies and experimentations. In gorgeous
color photographs, succulent shakes give way to salads that
pop off the page, delicious soups (Who knew! You're
allowed to gently warm them on the stove over very
low heat!) entrées and desserts.
we started with the shakes. Kenney and Melngailis didn't
have to convince us that on busy mornings nutritious shakes
are the best way to kick-start your day and energy levels.
Pineapple Star Anise Lassi, Creamy Coconut Shake, Blue Sunset,
Bunny Spice… all you need is a blender. They're
filling and delish. Salads are easy, so we skipped ahead
to the soups. Celeriac and Green Apple Soup even allows
truffles, and again all you need is a high-speed blender
or the recommended Vita-Mix, which at about $400 is a good
investment. Basically, it turns out you don't need
a terribly expensive down payment to get started on your
raw plan. And the recipes, even full-on entrées like
Cauliflower Samosas or Zucchini and Green Zebra Tomato Lasagna
won't kill you. It's when it comes to items
like Apple Crêpes that we miss the real deal. These
raw crêpes are made from coconut meat, agave nectar
and flaxseed. It's all very healthy, but they won't
replace our dear Suzettes.
in all, this latest publication from the raw food front
is a delicious and less bumpy road to incorporating more
uncooked and meat-free items into your diet. The authors
have made a noble effort in being creative, playing with
textures and pleasing foodies with a great spectrum of flavors.
You don't have to subscribe to their mantra that cooked
food is inefficient and empty of nutrients. We can point
to numerous studies proving the exact opposite, namely that
certain vitamins aren't even released unless a vegetable
is heated. But we do not want to argue with such charming
cooks. And it's true, eat healthier foods for a few
days and you do develop a healthy glow. If that fails, and
you're just dying to stick a flame to something, go for
Trotter and Roxanne Klein.
by Lyndsay and Patrick Mikanowski.
by Sylvie Greil
(Updated: 12/18/08 SB)