First off, I must say the cover of the book, Becoming Raw, I have been given to review is beautiful. It’s very colorful with inviting fruits and veggies. Some of my favorites are pictured along with some I seldom eat but that’s my problem—not that of the authors or publishers.
I must be upfront about my opinion of this book. It’s another compendium of facts and figures that can easily be found by Googling on the Internet. However, the authors (or hunter/gatherers) have done the work for you and brought most of it together all in one tome. I say “most” because there is only one mention that I could find about the 80/10/10 diet and only one sentence about Dr. Douglas Graham. Those two subjects are combined. I quote that sentence here:
I, and I would imagine Dr. Graham himself, take issue with that statement because it is patently untrue. He considers himself a fruigivore. He doesn’t eat just fruit, nor does he advocate that for anyone else. He eats an abundance of leafy greens and veggies as well, according to the interviews I have listened to on more than one occasion. The amount of greens he recommends is 3 to 5% of total calories. If you don’t think that’s much, sit down and do the math.
And now, back to the book. There are charts and graphs and listings of foods for certain nutrients. Sample menus are included and none of them have less than 24% total fat for the day. The recipes are, mostly, ones that I would save for a special occasion. The first one looks good, though, in the nutrition and food-combining category. It’s the Pink Cadillac Smoothie. A blend of fresh squeezed orange juice, mango and strawberries is something I could drink with a clear conscience. Other than that, many of the recipes are heavy on fat. The recipe section is quite small for a 374 page book.
The back reveals two attractive ladies and a handsome man, all three with impeccable credentials. However, I haven’t been able to determine if any of the three is a raw foodist or has ever tried eating only raw food. Of course, I haven’t read every word. If someone out there who has read it would fill me in, I would appreciate it.
The references take up 37 of the pages and I saw that the interview with Doug Graham and Kevin Gianni I was listening to only today is listed there. I went through the chapter it referenced and couldn’t find anything regarding it. The index is comprehensive and repeats itself often.
For this giveaway, I’m asking for the entrants to name (by leaving a comment) a raw food book they have read and enjoyed or would like to read. Once again, each person can enter no more than once a day through next Sunday at 11:59 p.m. EDT. The random selection will take place on Tuesday, April 6 and the winner announced the following Sunday (April 11). Don’t forget to include a valid email address since that is how I will notify the winner. Be assured, your address will be used for no other purpose.
Good luck, everyone!