Monday, 4 November 2013
Book Review - Raw, Quick and Delicious
I have Douglas McNish's first book (Eat Raw, Eat Well) too, and am equally impressed with this one, maybe even more so as none of the recipes require a dehydrator so all were available for me to make. (I'm getting one soon so will be able to revisit his other book and other raw books I have!) This book is laid out in a similar manner (same publisher) has easy to follow recipes, logical chapters, a small introduction, and like Eat Raw, Eat Well two colour photo inserts. Again the photos of produce I could have done without, but the actual food looks awesome. I tried to make a range of dishes to showcase all that was available in this book.
Page 29 - Sunflower Seed Hummus.
Nice and tangy - balanced just like hummus, though a little thicker. Great on crackers or with veggies.
Page 30 - Spiced Nut Crumble
Nice by itself but this is one of the recipes for ingredients. Super simple.
Page 95 - Creamy Cashew Red Pepper Dip
Very tasty - easy to make and fresh tasting. I spread on romaine lettuce leaves as a starter.
Page 109 - Parsley Almond Tabouli
Very like other (ie non-raw) Tabouli. Tasty, and even better the next day.
Page 124 - Sweet Pepper Slaw
Maybe the least favourite of all the ones I made, a little simplistic, but tasty enough.
Page 131 - Lemon Tahini Dressing
Smoky Variation. Garlic-y and smoky and good. Nice with a mixed salad.
Page 132 - Spicy Lime Avocado Dressing
Spicy and sour - reminiscent of tacos in a salad.
Page 161 - Lime, Tomato and Avocado Chili
I wasn't terribly sure about this one until I tasted it. A little salty but good. The next day the saltiness had mellowed and I enjoyed it even more with veggies.
Page 181 - Creamy Garlic Spinach
Super garlic-y, and surprisingly like cooked creamed spinach. I should have massaged the spinach a little to get it to wilt more but this one I'd make again for sure!
Page 197 - Pistachio Halva Balls
If I had any I would have melted some chocolate and dipped these in it as after dinner truffles. So very good - sweet, but not too sweet, and great textures,
Recommended? - I think this one makes a great introduction to raw food as there is no need to invest in equipment you may not use again. Even with my less that powerful blender and food processor I had no problems with the recipes - though I did have to blend for longer and give the machine more breaks than stated. So, yes, I would recommend this one!