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Practically Raw: a photo-packed mega-preview!

February 20, 2012

Hi all! I’m so excited to give you this photo-packed mega-preview of some of the recipes in my upcoming cookbook Practically Raw: Flexible Raw Recipes Anyone Can Make. I introduced the book to you a few weeks ago, and more recently blogged some of my recipe testers’ photos, but today, I get to show you some photos straight from the book and reveal more about the book’s contents. Practically Raw is due out on March 15, 2012, but it’s available for preorder on Amazon right now!

The recipes in Practically Raw are all:

  • raw
  • vegan
  • gluten-free
  • soy-free
  • packed with substitution options
  • adaptable to any kitchen, whether you have a dehydrator or not!

Let’s explore the book chapter by chapter, shall we?

Chapter 1: Raw, Practically is my lengthy introductory chapter, containing an explanation of the benefits of raw foods, the story of how I got into raw food, a nutrition guide, money-saving and make-ahead tips, a detailed ingredient guide, a raw vegan pantry checklist, an equipment guide, and basic techniques and recipe guidelines. As I told a friend recently, this chapter took almost as much work to write as the whole rest of the book combined, and I’m quite proud of it. I hope you’ll take the time to browse it and perhaps learn something new!

Chapter 2: Milks & Smoothies contains recipes for a variety of nut and seed milks as well as an array of colorful, nutrient-packed smoothies, such as Peaches ‘n Creamsicle Smoothie, Tropic Thunder Smoothie, and this Cocoa Corruption Smoothie.

Chapter 3: Breakfast & Brunch contains lots of morning favorites, from Biscuits and Sausage Gravy to a Breakfast Banana Split to this Apple Pie Oatmeal.

Chapter 4: Bread & Crackers offers a variety of raw vegan bread recipes, like Rosemary-Garlic Bread and Apple Cinnamon Raisin Bread, and cracker recipes, like Basic Flax Crackers and Zesty Corn Tortilla Chips.

Chapter 5: Cheeses, Spreads, & Sauces is a condiment lover’s dream, with multiple raw cheese recipes (like my Christmas Cheese Ball, above) and dips both sweet and savory, like Chocolate Silk Ganache andΒ Garden Fresh Salsa.

Chapter 6: Kale Chips is just thatβ€”an entire chapter of kale chip recipes! Cheesy Chili Kale Chips, Pizza Kale Chips, and Chocolate Kale Chips are some of my favorites.

Chapter 7: Hummus is dedicated to my favorite food of all time! You choose your base recipe (Classic Chickpea, Zucchini, or Cashew-Macadamia Nut Hummus), then add a variety of seasonings to craft creative variations.

Chapter 8: Soups & Salads will show you how to make Butternut Squash-Chipotle Soup, Chilled Watermelon Soup, and Kale-Tahini Salad, among others.

Chapter 9: Main Dishes is a monster of a section containing nearly 20 delectable entrΓ©es, like Vermicelli with Pecan Cream Sauce, Stuffed Peppers with Sunseed Hash, Sopes (Mexican Corn Cakes) con Mole Poblano

Deconstructed Sushi Bowl

…and Fiesta Taco Roll-Ups with the most amazing raw taco nut-meat you’ve ever had.

Chapter 10: Snacks & Sides contains a bundle of easy, no-advance-prep-needed recipes, including a quartet of seasoned nuts (clockwise from top): Mesquite Candied Pecans, Baklava Nut Medley, Curry-Glazed Cashews, and Cocoa-Dusted Almonds.

Chapter 11: Desserts may well be my favorite! Learn to make Cinnamon Crumble Coffee Cakes, Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Truffles, Spiced Pumpkin Spooncream

White Chocolate Coconut Fudge Bites

…and Raspberry Lemon Mousse Tart, among others.

Chapter 12: Menus & Resources gives you a variety of themed menu ideas and a list of where to find raw vegan ingredients, equipment, and educational resources.

Are you excited yet?!
Practically Raw: Flexible Raw Recipes Anyone Can Make debuts March 15th, but again, is available for preorder on Amazon right now. Have you reserved your copy yet?

Now that I’ve whet your appetite, I’m planning to share a recipe straight out of Practically Raw later this week, and I want you to choose which one I post! Please comment below and let me know which of the following recipes you’d like to see:

a) Apple Pie Oatmeal
b) Sopes con Mole Poblano
c) Deconstructed Sushi Bowl
d) White Chocolate Coconut Fudge Bites

I’m looking forward to seeing what you choose!
Thank you all so much for your support of Practically Raw…I can’t WAIT for you to see the book!


3 years ago this week…
Black bean-avocado enchiladas
Vegan French silk pie
Tuscan white bean dip
2 years ago this week…
Nutella-stuffed peanut butter cookies
Tofu-veggie breakfast scramble
Nutty carob chip cookies
1 year ago this week…
Almost Vegan in San Francisco, parts one, two, three, and four

115 Comments leave one →
  1. February 20, 2012 11:04 am

    I’m so excited for this book! I love experimenting with raw foods, but I don’t have a dehydrator. Thanks for thinking of people like me =)

  2. February 20, 2012 11:06 am

    Now I’m even more excited for your book!

    White Chocolate Coconut Fudge Bites, please. πŸ™‚

  3. February 20, 2012 11:06 am

    I am SO hungry and seeing all these pictures made me hungrier. I think I am torn between the sopes and the fudge… Lovely book Amber!! It looks fantastic.

  4. February 20, 2012 11:06 am

    mouth is watering – can’t wait to return from my vacation in KC to have this waiting for me at home – Apple Pie Oatmeal looks delightful πŸ™‚

  5. February 20, 2012 11:08 am

    Share whatever recipe doesn’t require any fancy machinery! (And I hope that means the white chocolate coconut fudge bites!)

    • February 20, 2012 11:08 am

      That would be ANY of them! Like I said, ALL the recipes in my book are adaptable to any kitchen, whether you have a dehydrator or not!

  6. February 20, 2012 11:10 am

    I’m drooling!!! Post the white chocolate fudge bites please!

  7. February 20, 2012 11:10 am

    White Chocolate Coconut Fudge Bites all the way!!! πŸ™‚

    Congrats, Amber, all your hard work is coming to life!

  8. February 20, 2012 11:17 am

    Congratulations. Oh you must me thrilled. It doesn’t seem like five minutes since your ‘i’m writing a cookbook’ announcement! So happy for you. will you be doing a book tour?

    • February 20, 2012 11:18 am

      Hehe, that feels like YEARS ago to me!
      I’m hoping to do a mini book tour, but I don’t have the funding for it at the moment. We’ll see!

  9. February 20, 2012 11:19 am

    My vote is for Apple Pie Oatmeal! I’m getting ready for my daily oatmeal now and my mouth is watering just thinking about this recipe! I can’t wait for your book!

  10. Katie M. permalink
    February 20, 2012 11:48 am

    It’s hard to choose! But because I have a sweet tooth I’m going with the Apple Pie Oats too!

  11. Tamara Lukie permalink
    February 20, 2012 11:50 am

    WoW, these look AMAZING!!!!
    Can’t just pick one, love the Kale chips & the cluster of nuts!
    drooling over here!!!

    • February 20, 2012 11:51 am

      While those aren’t among the ones I might share later this week, I promise you will go NUTS (no pun intended) over those recipe when the book is out!

  12. February 20, 2012 12:00 pm

    The photography looks stunning! Very professional. I am excited for this book as I am like so many others…no super powered blender (although I spotted Ninjas at Wal-Mart, yay!!) and no dehydrator. I had access to these things at work (highlight the word HAD…long story, you can e-mail me privately about this if you want to hear some funny, but actually sad, stores…), but not at home.
    I’m going for the apple pie oatmeal, ‘though I have a feeling folks are gunning for the fudge. πŸ˜‰ Which, I would be inclined to lean toward that, but I also love apple pie AND oatmeal and would to have another variation of this breakfast treat in my collection.
    Trish xx

    • February 20, 2012 12:07 pm

      Thank you! I’m not terribly confident in my photography skills, so it’s great to hear the photos look good to others!
      Uh-oh, something happened with Green Acres? You must let me know through email…
      Hehe, the Apple Pie Oatmeal and the White Chocolate Coconut Fudge Bites are neck-and-neck right now!

      • February 20, 2012 12:16 pm

        I have NO photography skills, so your pictures are stunning to me!
        It wasn’t Green Acres from the upper management stand-point (the owner is actually in incredibly understanding person and has a beautiful perspective on things, but she is also in and out and busy with opening a new location in Tulsa…), but just kind of some things that my direct manager and I weren’t agreeing on. We come from different backgrounds culinary-wise, so we were seeing through different sets of eyes and had completely different ideas. Yes, I’ll e-mail you privately on this. πŸ™‚

  13. Malgorzata permalink
    February 20, 2012 12:08 pm

    I vote for Sopes con Mole Poblano. Beautiful photos and very interesting content πŸ™‚

  14. bitt permalink
    February 20, 2012 12:10 pm

    Love hearing more about the book. Glad to see more green this time around, I noticed it was not as apparent in the last round up. Good to know there’s a whole chapter on salads even though it’s not your fave.

    Sopas are some of my favorite nonraw things! If the raw ones still have corn, they are still out for me right now, but I’d be curious about any of the recipes, whichever you feel comfortable posting. My mouth is watering at all this delicious food!

    • February 20, 2012 12:12 pm

      I’ll admit, the Kale Chips chapter is bigger than the Salads section! But still, I did throw a good half-dozen salads in there, even though they’re not my favorite meal, plus greens are featured elsewhere in the book.

      My Sopes do have corn 😦 Though now that I think about it, you may be able to get away with using a blend of pureed zucchini and perhaps bell pepper in place of the corn…

  15. bitt permalink
    February 20, 2012 12:11 pm

    oops didn’t see the oatmeal, I guess anything BUT oatmeal, no grain recipes please! thanks.

  16. Angela permalink
    February 20, 2012 12:21 pm

    They all look and sound great but the white chocolate coconut fudge bites really stand out!

  17. A Tablespoon of Liz permalink
    February 20, 2012 12:38 pm

    Everything in your book looks so amazing! I’ve always been really interested in raw foods, but have been kind of intimidated to try them, so I’m excited to get your book, it seems like it makes things easy! And I definitly want to see the recipe for those fudge bites, they look delicious!

  18. February 20, 2012 1:13 pm

    i’d like to see the deconstructed sushi bowl recipe! looks great!

  19. February 20, 2012 1:14 pm

    also, does your book use the dehydrator a lot? mine doesnt work very well, and i’m not currently in the market to buy one, but i’d loved recipes that dont need a dehydrator.

  20. February 20, 2012 1:25 pm

    The pictures are so beautiful and the types of recipes all sound very approachable for even non-raw eaters. I can tell you put a lot of thought into making this accesible for many different palates and diets. I’m really interested to hear what you used for the rice in your deconstructed sushi bowl, is it soaked rice or a vegetable? Awesome job and I can’t wait for the official release!

    • February 20, 2012 1:35 pm

      Thank you so much, Alayna! I know you can now relate to what it’s like to craft a thoughtful cookbook. πŸ™‚
      Hint: my sushi “rice” is cauliflower-based!

  21. February 20, 2012 1:27 pm

    An entire chapter on kale chips?! Holy shit! I cannot wait for this book!!!

    • February 20, 2012 1:36 pm

      YES! Since I’m not much of a salad girl, I had to pack some more greens in the book elsewhere – enter kale chips! πŸ˜€

  22. February 20, 2012 2:05 pm

    Would like a Kindle version of the book thanks!

  23. February 20, 2012 2:31 pm

    I wish I could buy this book. Unfortunately it probably would never be translated to my native language and I’ll have to order it from abroad 😦
    greetings from my non-raw country!

    • February 20, 2012 2:32 pm

      Although you’re probably right about the translation, look out for a Kindle/ebook version that you can purchase no matter where you live!

      • February 20, 2012 3:06 pm

        yeah, that’s what i am going to do πŸ™‚
        the only problem now is my english but i hope i can handle that…

        • February 20, 2012 3:09 pm

          at least i’ll be staring at all those amazing pictures… it all looks so delightful! πŸ™‚

  24. Tracy permalink
    February 20, 2012 2:42 pm

    White Chocolate Coconut Fudge Bites! Love anything fudge related πŸ™‚

  25. February 20, 2012 3:09 pm

    You go girl! I want to try that taco nut-meat. I work at Pure Food and Wine, and honestly, the taco meat from the tortilla wraps and taco salad, is one of my top 5 favorite things at the restaurant!
    The sopes also look fantastic. I’d love to see the recipe for that this week!

  26. Megan permalink
    February 20, 2012 4:55 pm

    Sopes! I think there’s enough of an overload of raw dessert recipes on the internet, so more savoury options are always welcome. πŸ™‚

    • February 20, 2012 4:57 pm

      I’m guilty of posting way more sweet stuff than savory recipes, so I agree with you – I’m actually surprised that the Apple Pie Oatmeal and the White Chocolate Coconut Fudge Bites are leading in votes right now!

  27. Tara permalink
    February 20, 2012 6:26 pm

    Apple pie oatmeal, please!! I’m really excited about your book. It comes out at the most perfect time for me, as I’m looking to incorporate more raw foods into my diet. Could you recommend a reasonably priced dehydrator for someone new to raw foods? I’d really appreciate it–thanks!! : )

    • February 20, 2012 8:13 pm

      That’s so great to hear, Tara!
      Unfortunately I don’t have any personal experience with the more inexpensive dehydrators – I use an Excalibur.

  28. February 20, 2012 8:10 pm

    I am so proud of you right now that I fear my heart may burst out of my chest. xoxo

    P.S. Fudge, of course! πŸ˜›

  29. Colleen permalink
    February 20, 2012 8:35 pm

    I’m voting for the fudge bites…woot woot!

  30. February 20, 2012 10:15 pm

    I’m so excited for this! My vote goes for the sopes, because that’s not something you see every day (and you know my opinion on white “chocolate”). πŸ˜‰ Not that I suppose my vote matters, since I already pre-ordered and will have ALL these recipes at my disposal within a month!

  31. February 20, 2012 10:39 pm

    Sopes con Mole Poblano!!

    Very excited about the book – looks great!

  32. February 20, 2012 11:01 pm

    Ok….so NOT fair, posting that photo of the chocolate smoothie! But I guess I would pick the apple pie oatmeal, as a consolation prize!

  33. February 21, 2012 3:52 am

    Hi Amber
    Big congratulations on your new cook book; I cant wait to get my hands on it!! I have been a “silent” reader for quite some time, so thought it might be about time I said hello. Love your posts and recipes!
    Now, I definitely think you should share the White Chocolate Coconut Fudge Bites with us…. – even though all the choices looks delicious! ( hey..if we beg hard enough, maybe you will share two of your masterpieces…? :-))

  34. February 21, 2012 8:36 am

    Deconstructed sushi please!!! Though it seems the oatmeal and fudge bites are winning out. I think you’re gonna have one over on a lot of other cookbooks because your photos are amazing and that really gets people to pull a cookbook off the shelf. Good for you πŸ™‚

    • February 21, 2012 9:54 am

      Aw, thank you Tanya! Like I said above, I’m not terribly confident in my photography skills, so that’s really great to hear!

  35. Pam permalink
    February 21, 2012 9:19 am

    I’m voting for Sopes con Mole Poblano only because it’s something different. It would be perfect for Lent. My husband is still a meat eater. He is willing to eat meatless once a week. Lent starts this week and this would be perfect. Can’t wait for your cookbook. Only 23 days!!!

  36. February 21, 2012 11:56 am

    B, please!

  37. February 21, 2012 1:21 pm

    I’m curious about the Sopes con Mole Poblano, because I’ve never had that before – but they all look good! Congrats on the cookbook, your recipes look amazing.

  38. February 21, 2012 2:10 pm

    I love that you have entire chapters dedicated to kale chips and hummus! Everything listed sounds delicious.

  39. Elaine permalink
    February 21, 2012 2:47 pm

    mmmm, definitely the white chocolate coconut fudge bites!
    Congratulations on your book πŸ™‚ it sounds pretty amazing :]

  40. February 21, 2012 8:24 pm

    Ooh! Apple pie oatmeal! I’m intrigued by the idea of how to make raw oatmeal for breakfast…

    I can’t wait to see the entire book, really! Now you’ve got me all excited for the biscuits and sausage gravy–probably my favorite breakfast food of all time!…

    • February 22, 2012 7:48 am

      It’s ridiculously simple – maybe even easier than making regular oatmeal!

      The Biscuits & Gravy recipe won’t fool anyone into thinking it’s the cooked kind, but it’s got a great savory taste all its own and is very filling! The raw “sausage” is especially great, IMHO.

  41. February 22, 2012 11:08 am

    Hard to choose, but I’d go with the oatmeal. What I really want is the taco meat filling. Guess I’ll have to buy the book. πŸ™‚ There are worse fates.

  42. alexia permalink
    February 22, 2012 12:03 pm

    raspberry lemon mousse tarts!! mmmm…they all sound amzaing, though.

  43. Meg permalink
    February 22, 2012 12:19 pm

    Cant wait! Recently purchased a dehydrator and I need more recipes!
    Would love to know the recipe for the apple pie oatmeal!

  44. February 22, 2012 12:30 pm

    Oh my gosh Amber — all of these beautiful photos are making me droooooooool!!! I want it all:) Especially Chapter 6: Kale Chips — an entire chapter of kale chip recipes? YES PLEASE:)

  45. February 22, 2012 6:49 pm

    Amber the book tease is great – really got my mouth watering! I’d like the white chocolate coconut fudge recipe… that sounds gooood!!! πŸ™‚

  46. February 22, 2012 8:23 pm

    A little behind w my blog reading but had to weigh in. If youre still taking votes, white chocolate coconut fudge gets mine.

    Im psyched about a whole chapter on kale chips. Woohoo! Cant wait πŸ™‚

  47. February 23, 2012 12:59 pm

    The countdown is definitely on. I’ll have to put your book on my wish list. My birthday is in April, and this would be a practically rawesome (okay, so it is rawesome) gift to receive. Gotta hint to my hubby.

    I’m loving the names of your smoothies, and all the different categories of meals you’ve covered. I want to see that Biscuits and Sausage Gravy recipes, but since you’ve narrowed the choices down to just four, I think I’ll pick the sopes.

    • February 23, 2012 2:48 pm

      I’m biased, but I agree that it’d made the perfect b-day gift for you Hint hint, Mr. Rawdorable! πŸ˜‰

      • March 2, 2012 5:30 am

        I’m hinting, but my bday isn’t until April. If I hint well enough, maybe it will be something he picks up for me early. Somehow though, I think I might just end up purchasing it myself sometime this month. I’m so impatient πŸ™‚

  48. February 25, 2012 8:51 pm

    everything looks fabulous!!!!! CONGRATS!!!

  49. February 28, 2012 3:54 pm

    I am so hungry now! Looking forward to the raw nut taco meat…..Mmmmm

  50. February 28, 2012 4:03 pm

    ::drool:: Everything looks so delicious! I can’t wait to get my copy.

    PS. Even if the cookbook started and ended with Chapter 7, I would so be sold πŸ™‚

  51. Linda permalink
    March 2, 2012 7:25 am

    Congratulations on your new book, the pictures are sensational. If I could pick any recipe, I would pick the TACO NUT MEAT, but since I can’t I choose the White Chocolate Coconut Fudge Bites. My mouth started watering when I seen the pictures!


  52. Michelle permalink
    March 16, 2012 6:12 am

    The book looks so lovely! I can’t wait to get it!
    Is there nutritional information with each recipe, as it is on your blog?

  53. April 9, 2012 11:11 pm

    I need to get my copy! Looks beautiful and mouth-watering. WTG, Amber! I wish you all the best with your first book and many more! πŸ™‚

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