Raw: The Uncook Book: New Vegetarian Food for Life
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Raw: The Uncook Book: New Vegetarian Food for Life

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"When you eat raw foods you feel great. I just wanted to share that."-- Juliano
Raw [adj]. 1. clean 2. pure 3. uncontrived 4. free 5. safe 6.uncontaminated

Raw [adj]. 1. uncooked. 2. in the natural state; not processed or manufactured

Cook [v]. 1. to prepare food. 2. Brit. Colloq. to tamper with; falsify.3. slang to ruin

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Hardcover, 304 pages
Published April 27th 1999 by William Morrow Cookbooks
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By far the best cookbook I've read on the raw cuisine. Lots of wonderful colored pictures, something that is quite essential to a good cookbook. I wish I could visit Juliano's restaurant! Actually , one day I'm going to do just that. He knows what he's talking about, and I've got to try these recipes at home! So inspiring and easy to follow, whether you're interested in pursuing a raw food lifestyle or not.
recipes look yummy, am eager to try some.
One question: If you are a gay man, why would you want to look like a woman? Doesn't that seem very contradictory? LOL
If you're attracted to women, wouldn't that mean you're not gay? haha! love the pics! (hilarious( but they totally freaked out my kids. hee hee
Jeanette Johnson
Juliano is the Richard Simmons of the raw food world.

+ Great photos of finished products
+ He chops foods into smaller, bite sized portions in a way I haven't seen other raw chefs do. So when you are chewing, you are experiencing more flavors per mouthful; I like that concept a lot.
+ Gives you comprehensive shopping lists, important for beginners who need to stock up
+ Bread recipes I can't wait to try! The barbecue sauce was AWESOME!

- The ingredient list on some of the recipes are a mile long
- Ju...more
Actually a 3.5 for creativity, but not the best raw cookbook out there, in my opinion at least. Some recipes looked great, but a lot had expensive or harder to find herbs and ingredients. The prep times were long and the dehydration times were longer (which I would love for someone to tell me how dehydrating bread is NOT cooking it). I did get some recipes I liked out of it though and like I said, A for creativity effort. I would have given it 4 stars if there had been more pictures of the food...more
This is an amazing raw cookbook and everything i've ever made from it has been outstanding. There is only one issue, and the reason it got four stars instead of five, most of the recipes have 20 ingrediants; taking quite a bit of time and effort to make. If you are cool with that you will be highly rewarded with gourmet amazing raw delights. Oh, oh, oh! Let's not overlook the ultimatly halarious pix of Juliano, the flamingly gay L.A. author, that adorn the inside of the book. He is adorable!
This book is NOT for beginning cooks or basically anyone who is not a chef. Some of the recipes are easy, but many of them are ultra complicated and have a complex line of ingredients that led you on a scavenger hunt. Also, you need a dehydrator, obscure ingredients, a coffee grinder, food processor, and a blender....to say the least.
Jeanette  "Astute Crabbist"
Interesting book, full of Juliano's personality. If you were to live this lifestyle the way he's mapped it out, you'd have to be quite well-off and have lots of time, space, and patience. As another reviewer said, the recipes are quite complicated. Maybe someday when I have a personal chef I will get more excited about this book.
Oct 13, 2008 Kate added it
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Many of these recipes are raw versions of very traditional cooked foods, like pizza, nachos, and meatloaf, which seems kind of lame to me. Also, you need a dehydrator for most of the interesting stuff, like the simulated nacho cheese. I'd prefer something more basic with less prep, which is what normally keeps me away from raw food.
Detailed recipes and NOT for the beginner. Too overwhelming for me. Too many ingredients and complex directions, and let's not even talk about all the photos of the author. Sure would love to visit his restaurant and taste his gorgeous food, but have no inclination to painstakingly create them in my own kitchen.
Oct 15, 2011 Monica added it
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Beautiful book with wonderful pictures, but the recipes all take half a day to make - definitely special occasion meals. Even though "Juliano" goes on and on in the intro about how easy it is to go raw, the recipes in THIS book are not a sustainable basis for a 100% raw food diet.
Shanna Davis
If for nothing else, pick this book up to see pics of Juliano, I had the privilege of seeing him in his full long-haired, yoga pants wearing glory. His restaurant is AMAZING, but if you are inspired to make anything from this book, set aside about $40 and at least five hours.
I am not a raw-food vegan but the recipes in this book are great for hot summer days when you can't bare to have the oven on, or when you are having an outdoor gathering. There are beautiful photos of food and serving ideas in this book as well. Ahhh, fruit soup. :-D
Jackie Donnelly (Baisa)
This (un)cookbook had lovely pictures, but the recipes all had an ingredients list a mile long (and really obscure stuff). The other raw-foods cookbooks I've read have been a little less "out there" than this one. This was BEYOND gourmet...
Isis Isis
Some of these recipes are lacking in fundamental flavors, as in ultra sour/bitter - others are far too sweet. Take care in tasting/adjusting flavors to suit your palate. This is not a good introductory cookbook - its a good second book
Pretentiously complicated recipes by a once lovable turned Hollywood egomaniac raw food chef. There are much better, more realistic and comprehensible raw food recipe books out there. Don't waste your time on this one.
I noticed a lot of inconsistencies and typos. The recipes are pretty involved/complicated. The pictures are hysterical. I haven't been able to muster up the desire to wait a whole day for the prep of one of these dishes.
Interesting. Have been exploring the idea of eating raw. Still don't know if I can do it. It actually seems like more work, than cooking the food. But this book is glossy and glamourous and it also educates.
It was interesting to know that you can eat raw foods without cooking...but I am not into rawness eating. I was trying to eat healthier and trying some of the ideas to eat less meat....some were good!
This book is full of very yummy recipes...but they included lots of preparation and ingredients. Maybe it would be good for special occasions or the gourmet with oodles of time!
This guy has pretty hair (he likes putting pictures of himself in the book...), great pictures of food and interesting ideas. I keep wondering if I should try some.
My first book when I was I discovering the raw food diet and even though I am no longer totally on a raw food diet I still enjoy many of Julliano's recipes
Eric Rickey
I went to this restaurant back in 1996. Wow! That was awesome! Great food, great atmosphere. It got me hooked on learning how to make some of this.
I'm curious about raw cuisine, but this book is not as practical as others I've seen. But I admire the author, who was a pioneer in the raw movement.
Feb 25, 2009 Alison is currently reading it
Trying to incorporate more raw foods in my diet. This is a colorful teacher, lots of pictures with recipes, and lessons on raw food! I'm in love!
Lori Dyann
Mostly gourmet recipes, no health info, some color photos, but harsh on the eyes graphic designs.

Not the best choice for beginners.
There are tooooo many ingredients in each recipe and most recipes call for way too much oil. I wouldn't recommend this book.
Jan 09, 2008 Alicia marked it as to-read
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I am going to get this book. I just got a dehydrator used for $15 so I will get more out of this book.
Lorianne Sidhe
Inspiring and beautiful to look at, completely impractical otherwise.
lots of complex recipes. not for beginners. has awesome ideas.
Brandi Bates
Apr 05, 2011 Brandi Bates is currently reading it
So far, everything in this UNcook book appears delicious...
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