I had just about settled on this month’s giveaway but I didn’t want to do two in a row where I required people to post recipes to enter. This time, I wanted to make it different. Several months ago, I was sent a book, The Raw Food Diet Myth by Ruthann Russo, PhD, MPH, to review. I’m going to do that tonight and offer it as the giveaway for the month of September, 2009. First, let me level with you. The problem I have with this book is the author first heard of raw food in March, 2007. She published the book in 2008. I have been eating raw food for over four years now and I don’t feel I am enough of an authority to write a comprehensive tome on the subject. That being said, let’s get started.
One of the reviews on Amazon states it is well-researched. In a way, I agree. It takes a lot of what you can find on the Internet and puts it in one book. In another way, it is very narrow in its scope. It makes no mention whatsoever of Dr. Douglas Graham or Dr. Rosalind Gruben-Graham. There is a brief paragraph alluding to Victoria Boutenko but if there’s any more about her than that, I couldn’t find it. To me, any book about raw food that talks about the pioneers and doesn’t even acknowledge the Grahams’ existence is lost on me to begin with.
The book is well-organized. I have to give the author that much. “The myth is that raw food is not just a diet, it’s a lifestyle.” Huh. I didn’t know that was a myth. I thought that was common knowledge. However, I haven’t read the whole book. It’s in a virginal condition. If she had given the Grahams their due, I would have sat down and given it a go. She didn’t and I didn’t.
It’s divided into three main parts, The Basics, The Food, and The Lifestyle. Then there is the Conclusion and Appendices. One of the chapters in The Basics is Your Story and it is set up as a self-assessment. I guess I did that on a more public level with my blog.
The leanings are more into high fat, low carb raw food. If the publicist had read my blog in any depth, it would have been obvious that I don’t subscribe to that philosophy. Google raw food and you can come up with hundreds, maybe thousands of raw food blogs and they picked mine?
She uses candida as a reason for her not eating fruit. The real myth is that fruit exacerbates the growth of candida. The truth is, it’s the combination of fruit and fat that’s the culprit.
I believe, as does Dr. Graham, that raw food should not be made into a religion. Chapter 13 is titled “Spirituality”. To me, that doesn’t belong in a book about eating raw food.
Bottom line, there’s a lot in this book that does belong, a lot that doesn’t and a lot that’s left out that should be there to make it complete. Win it, read it for me and let me know what you think. I challenge you!
The rules for the giveaway are, as usual, posted on the forum. The winner will be announced
two three weeks from tonight.
See the updated rules for the new deadline and explanation.
Note: If you want to read a more in-depth review of the book, click here.