The Best Raw Food Recipe Books

By May 16, 2014Lifestyle
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Even if you aren’t following a raw foods diet, it is still nice to have a few raw food recipe books on hand. The recipes in these raw “uncookbooks” are light and refreshing, often easy to make and obviously require no cooking (a godsend in summer months). Most importantly, they inspire you to use common ingredients in creative ways — like using zucchini noodles in place of spaghetti or blended cashews in place of cheese. These are some of the best raw food recipe books you will find and include recipes for beginners and advanced raw foodists alike.

 

raw foods made easyRaw Food Made Easy for 1 or 2 People
by Jennifer Cornbleet

  • Paperback and Kindle
  • Number of Recipes: 150+
  • Difficulty Level: Easy
  • Buy HERE

This raw foods book is considered a classic because it contains over 150 foolproof recipes which are easy to make. All of the recipes use common ingredients and basic equipment, and I like that nutritional info for each dish is included. You won’t have to worry about complex food combining or planning your meal days in advance with sprouting times and soaking schedules. The recipe book also contains meal plans, a chapter on green smoothies, and health tips.

 

raw food real worldRaw Food/Real World: 100 Recipes to Get the Glow
by Matthew Kenney and Sarma Melngailis

  • Hardcover, Paperback, and Kindle
  • Number of Recipes: 100
  • Difficulty Level: Advanced
  • Buy HERE

This book is a must for anyone who loves flavor and wants a better understanding of how to use spices in their everyday life. The dishes are truly gourmet but still fairly easy to make tools like a Vita-Mix or a dehydrator. I should note that most of these recipes are fairly advanced and often call for unusual ingredients. But the authors do a good job of explaining where you can obtain the ingredients and substitutions you can use.

 

ani's raw food essentialsAni’s Raw Food Essentials: Recipes and Techniques for Mastering the Art of Raw Food
by Ani Phyo

  • Hardcover, Paperback, and Kindle
  • Number of Recipes: 250+
  • Difficulty Level: Beginner to Intermediate
  • Buy HERE

If you want to get started with raw foods, Ani Phyo is the expert to turn to. In addition to having authored numerous raw foods uncookbooks, she is a certified Raw Foods Chef, nutritionist, TV host, and lifestyle coach. This raw foods recipe book of hers got amazing reviews all around and was named a top 10 vegan cookbook by VegNews. The book is aimed at newbies and all of the recipes are easy and won’t overwhelm you. But even seasoned raw foodists will enjoy the book because it gives them inspiration for new recipe ideas. I love that it has lots of Asian recipes, especially ones which use seaweed (great vegan source of omega 3 and calcium!)

You might also want to check out these raw foods recipe books by Ani Phyo:

 

raw and simple recipe bookRaw and Simple: Eat Well and Live Radiantly with 100 Truly Quick and Easy Recipes for the Raw Food Lifestyle
by Judita Wignall

  • Paperback and Kindle
  • Number of Recipes: 100
  • Difficulty Level: Beginner
  • Buy HERE

This uncookbook really lives up to its title. The recipes are super simple and don’t even require a dehydrator. Just because the recipes are simple, it doesn’t mean they are boring or bland. I love the herbed pecan pate recipe and the coconut soup was also delicious. All of the recipes are gluten-free and made with easy-to-find ingredients.

 

rawvolution continuesThe RAWvolution Continues: Gourmet Living Cuisine
by Matt Amsden and Janabai Amsden

  • Hardcover, Kindle
  • Number of Recipes: 150
  • Difficulty Level: Beginner to Intermediate
  • Buy HERE

This raw foods recipe book is another classic. The pictures are so gorgeous that they alone will inspire you to start eating more raw foods. I love how Amsden takes traditional unhealthy recipes and turns them into something healthy, like with the raw deep dish spinach pizza recipe and “chai spider ice cream float.” I also love how his recipes use lots of greens but without tasting like a green recipe. Yes, we all probably could use some more greens in our life!

 

raw food complete guide for every meal of the dayRaw Food: A Complete Guide for Every Meal of the Day
by Erica Palmcrantz Aziz and Irmela Lilja

  • Paperback and Kindle
  • Number of Recipes: About 100
  • Difficulty Level: Beginner
  • Buy HERE

This book is a good choice if you want more info on going raw as well as easy raw recipes. The book is divided into chapters like “Breakfast – The Best Way to Start Your Day”, “Snacks – The Cure for Sweet Cravings” and “Dinner – I’m Hungry and I Want to Eat Now!” The authors do a very good job of explaining how to make the transition to raw foods and the pictures are beautiful.

 

raw food for everyoneRaw Food for Everyone: Essential Techniques and 300 Simple-to-Sophisticated Recipes
by Alissa Cohen and Leah J. Dubois

  • Hardcover, Paperback, and Kindle
  • Number of Recipes: 300+
  • Difficulty Level: Beginner to Intermediate
  • Buy HERE

This raw foods recipe book has nearly 500 pages which are packed full of amazing recipes which are approachable even for beginners and inspiring for seasoned raw foodists. I love that there are a lot of quick raw recipes included for those days when you forgot to sprout or soak. The wild mushroom fettuccini with saffron sauce is a favorite, as are the numerous nut-based dips. I especially love how the recipes incorporate greens, utilizing complementing flavors so you can get your daily dosage of greens without it feeling like a chore.

About Diane Vukovic

Diane Vukovic is a vegan mom, health nut, and kitchen diva. When she's not deducing veggie nutritional facts, she's probably dancing crazily with her daughter or traveling somewhere in Europe.

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