Top New York chef and restaurateur Matthew Kenney and his partner, Sarma Melngailis, had been thinking of opening a Moroccan restaurant. But one night they were invited to a raw food restaurant — and it changed their lives. They instead opened Pure Food and Wine, a restaurant devoted to creative, tasty raw food, and it has been drawing rave reviews. Dishes such as Zucchini and Green Zebra Tomato Lasagne, Golden Squash Pasta with Black Summer Truffles, and Dark Chocolate Ganache Tart with Vanilla Cream have given raw food a sexy new appeal.
The decision to go raw was shocking at first for these two ex-carnivorous chefs, but they soon found that preparing and eating raw food made them and their guests feel their physical best. Melngailis noticed a difference almost immediately — “Light, clean, natural, and alive foods make you feel light, clean, and more alive. And sexy.” This new way of life has changed their outlook on eating and cooking and connects them to the world around them. As Kenney says, “Raw foods and the lifestyle associated with it are so compelling and complex that we will be forever learning and growing. Already it seems that we have discovered some of the magic that life offers.”
In this lushly photographed book, Kenney and Melngailis share some of that magic — and show that preparing and eating raw does not mean bland, unsatisfying, or impossibly time-consuming meals. Using dehydrating, Vita-Mix blending, a nuanced understanding of spices, and unprecedented creativity, they explore a whole new outlook on raw food that transfers beautifully and easily from their kitchen to yours — no matter what your present diet. And you’ll immediately begin to reap the benefits of healthful, delicious, life-giving raw food.
About the Author
Matthew Kenney and Sarma Melngailis are the head chefs and co-owners of Pure Food and Wine. Matthew Kenney has been the chef and partner of numerous successful restaurants including Matthew’s, Canteen, Commune, Commissary, and Mezze. In 1994, Food and Wine included him as one of their Ten Best New Chefs of the Year. His other books include Matthew Kenney’s Mediterranean Cooking and Big City Cooking. Kenney and Melngailis live in New York City.
I delayed ordering this book for weeks based on the negative reviews citing “too many” photos of the authors. I’m so glad I finally listened to my own good sense and got this book. Yeah, there are some great photos of these gorgeous raw foodists throughout the book. Hardly, though, “too many” to be distracting. (Funny, I’ve not seen the onslaught on Ani, another raw food author whose books show photos of her on every page. Maybe these people are just *too* gorgeous.) What this book does have is gorgeous photos, period. The food photos and imaginative recipes take raw food from hippie to haute cuisine. They show that it is possible to entertain elegantly without looking like a cult member foisting your lifestyle on your non-raw foodies friends. I love, love, love this — and every — book that Sarma and Matthew have made. I don’t live in a tent and I don’t want my food to look like I do. Thank you to both of them for elevating raw foods to a place for those of us who enjoy serious nutrition AND gracious living.
- Title: Raw Food/Real World: 100 Recipes to Get the Glow
- Autor: Matthew Kenney
- Publisher (Publication Date): William Morrow Cookbooks; 1 edition (July 5, 2005)
- Language: English
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