"When people on the Hollywood A-list want healthy but chic food at their parties, they call Akasha Richmond."
Pierce and Keely Brosnan
"Akasha combines a wealth of knowledge with artistic skill and real talent to create food that nourishes body and soul as well as the taste buds!"
Hollywood chef and caterer Richmond (The Art of Tofu) has created a cookbook that is both entertaining and informative. The kitschy layout uses titles from movies to organize the chapters and, in addition to over 150 recipes, is chock-full of health food history and famous names. Although a chapter is devoted to seafood, poultry, and meat, there is a heavy emphasis on vegetarian cooking-the author is a contributing editor to Vegetarian Times magazine-and many of the recipes could be adapted for a vegan diet. Ingredients such as spelt (a relative of wheat) and chia seeds (yes, like the pet) may not be easy to find outside of major metropolitan areas, but Richmond includes a list of mail-order resources. There are recipes for all occasions, and Richmond's easy manner and detailed instructions make it suitable for beginners. Purchase where interest in healthy cooking is high. Not to be confused with Nick Grippo's Hollywood Dish (1998).-Rosemarie Lewis, Broward Cty. P.L., Ft. Lauderdale, FL Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Akasha Richmond is the chef/owner of Akasha's Visionary Cuisine, which has prepared meals and catered parties for numerous celebrities and Hollywood events. She is the cofounding chef of Eaturna, an all-natural food company devoted to revolutionizing the way people eat, with delicious and beneficial meals for every day. She is also a contributing editor to Vegetarian Times magazine, a national spokesperson for Silk Soymilk, and a consultant to natural food companies and restaurants. Visit her website at chefakasha.com.