Choosing Raw: Making Raw Foods Part of the Way You Eat

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After her health journey led her to a plant-based diet, Gena Hamshaw started a blog for readers of all dietary stripes looking for a common– sense approach to healthy eating and fuss–free recipes. Choosing Raw, the book, does in an in depth manner what the blog has done for hundreds of thousands of readers: addresses the questions and concerns for any newcomer to veganism; makes a plant–based diet with many raw options feel easy instead of intimidating; provides a starter kit of delicious recipes; and offers a ...
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After her health journey led her to a plant-based diet, Gena Hamshaw started a blog for readers of all dietary stripes looking for a common– sense approach to healthy eating and fuss–free recipes. Choosing Raw, the book, does in an in depth manner what the blog has done for hundreds of thousands of readers: addresses the questions and concerns for any newcomer to veganism; makes a plant–based diet with many raw options feel easy instead of intimidating; provides a starter kit of delicious recipes; and offers a mainstream, scientifically sound perspective on healthy living.

With more than 100 recipes, sumptuous food photos, and innovative and wholesome meal plans sorted in levels from newcomer to plantbased pro, Hamshaw offers a simple path to health and wellness. With a foreword by Kris Carr,New York Times–bestselling author of Crazy Sexy Diet, Choosing Raw is a primer in veganism, a cookbook, the story of one woman’s journey to health, and a love letter to the lifestyle that transformed her relationship with food.

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"Gena's inspiring collection of fresh, uncomplicated, and mouth-watering vegan recipes prove that a healthy diet doesn't have to be intimidating or time-consuming."—Angela Liddon, author of the New York Times bestseller, The Oh She Glows Cookbook and creator of OhSheGlows.com

"I'm one of those people who will eat healthy as long as it's easy; Gena's book has made that possible! The recipes herein are infinitely do-able, and tasty, and they're wholesome to boot."—Kathy Freston, author of the New York Times bestseller, The Lean

"Warmly written and packed with recipes that are both simple and spectacular, Choosing Raw makes healthy eating fun, delicious and completely accessible. Gena's easy-to-digest nutrition information and foolproof food preparation techniques will let you explore the world of vegan and raw foods with complete confidence."—Virginia Messina, MPH, RD, author of Vegan for Her and Never Too Late to Go Vegan

"As an integrative gastroenterologist, I can't think of a better resource than Choosing Raw for anyone interested in healing their digestive tract, or improving their overall health."—Dr. Robynne Chutkan, author of Gutbliss: A 10-Day Plan to Ban Bloat, Flush Toxins, and Dump Your Digestive Baggage

"I've been a fan of Gena since I first started reading her blog in 2009. Her approach is logical, and her recipes are easy to make, functional and delicious. Choosing Raw is an excellent book."—Brendan Brazier, author of Thrive and Thrive Energy Cookbook

"A breath of fresh air—and whiff of fresh cuisine—Choosing Raw is a delightful take on food as is should be: colorful, beautiful, delicious. The recipes are a joy (they work!) and the informational portions of the book are Gena Hamshaw at her smart and friendly best, replacing the confusion that so often surrounds nutrition with good sense and great food."—Victoria Moran, author of Main Street Vegan and director, Main Street Vegan Academy

"With menus that make meal-planning a breeze and recipes that fit easily into a busy schedule, Choosing Raw is the go-to cookbook and guide for anyone interested in incorporating more raw and vegan meals into their daily routine."
—Kathy Patalsky, author of 365 Vegan Smoothies and creator of Lunchboxbunch.com

Food52.com, 7/8/14
“Will come in handy on all of those days when you don’t want to acknowledge your stove’s existence.”

StyleBistro.com, 7/1/14
“Fantastic for beginners and healthy food veterans alike.”

Spirit and Destiny, August 2014
“Looking for ways to make your diet healthier but feel raw food is a step too far?...A flick through this book could change your mind.”

CleanPlates.com, 7/22/14
“Raw food blogger and author Gena Hamshaw has us swearing up and down to add more raw foods to our diet after reading her new release, Choosing Raw…Her approach feels easy and refreshing, instead of intimidating.”

Portland Oregonian, 7/22/14
“Following a raw vegan diet is widely perceived as difficult, intimidating and time-consuming, which is ironic when you think about it, since the idea of uncooked dishes seems like it ought to be easy. But nutritionist Gena Hamshaw shows that it can be uncomplicated and creative, going way beyond basic salads and green smoothies…[she] strives to hit the right balance between cooked and uncooked ingredients, a commonsense approach that's more accessible than the extreme all-raw focus some books advocate.”

InfoDad, 7/24/14
“Sensible…for people already thinking about eating more raw foods—for whatever reason—Choosing Raw can be a reasonable place to get more information on how, if not why, to move into the raw-food arena.”

Hudson Valley News, 7/30/14
“This book answers the questions, ‘Can you get the nutrition you need from a plant-based diet?’ and ‘can those raw and vegan foods still taste satisfying and delicious?’…And unlike many books of all kinds…this one has an introduction that is truly a joy to read.”

Library Journal
09/15/2014
For Hamshaw, a popular blogger (choosingraw.com) and clinical nutritionist, a healthy diet is both vegan and infused with a variety of raw foods. The author devotes a third of her first book to motivating people to embrace this fully vegan, partially raw approach by providing an overview of the two types of nutrition, debunking many vegan myths, gently advocating for animal rights, offering advice on transitioning to a new diet, and exploring ingredients and kitchen tools. In the same spirit as the text, Hamshaw's simple recipes are designed to make complementing or replacing cooked foods with uncooked ones easy. They also demonstrate how cooked and raw can meet in the middle: cooked chickpeas in an otherwise raw dip or a cooked grain mixed with raw veggies. Buying resources and citations backing up Hamshaw's nutritional claims are helpfully included. VERDICT Among vegan cookbooks, this volume will appeal most to those who are interested in better understanding a vegan diet and curious about raw foods. Cooks looking for vegan recipes without the raw focus have lots of other great recent titles to choose from, such as The Oh She Glows Cookbook by and Isa Does It by Isa Chandra Moskowitz.—Jude Baldwin, Coll. of the Siskiyous, Weed, CA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780738216874
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press
  • Publication date: 7/1/2014
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 115,845
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author


Gena Hamshaw is a certified clinical nutritionist and author of the popular blog Choosing Raw. Her work has been published in O Magazine, VegNews Magazine, Food52,and Whole Living Daily. A former book editor, Gena is currently a pre-medical, post-baccalaureate student. She hopes to bring an integrated and evidence-based approach to a career in health care.
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