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The Live Food Factor

5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Book on Health You Will EVER Read!, December 6, 2011
"The Live Food Factor" is one of the best books on health you will ever read. It addresses the issue of illness in a way I have never seen another book on health quite achieve. Susan Schenck is brilliant and the way she has organized the information in this book is a miracle. You will not only totally comprehend how you can stay well but you will also be entirely convinced that no one can keep you healthy like you can. By following the advice in this book you will know how to feed yourself for optimum health and longevity. If you are one of those people who wants to live to be 120 this is your book.

How can I heal from debilitating diseases?
How can I avoid the symptoms of menopause?
How can I get rid of cellulite and wrinkles?
How can I become super healthy?
What can I use as a substitute for salt?
Which dehydrator should I buy?
Are diet foods really making me fat?
Is grilled meat really as bad as smoking?

Susan Schenck and Victoria Bidwell answer all these questions and more. This book really explains how a raw foods diet can solve some of your worst problems. Almost on every page I learned something new. This is really such an exciting book that it is hard to put down. I read it over the course of a week and felt like I had gained 100 years of wisdom.

This book explains the difference between live foods and dead food. The authors also discuss food combining. The authors also explain how the body actually works. I was a little shocked to learn how bad salt really is although I mostly use Fleur de Sel (a sea salt) in all foods I make. Still I had not considered the seasoning salt I use quite often. I honestly didn't realize it was toxic! This book gives information on salt substitutes which I'm going to try even though I will have to order them online.

To be honest this is the most convincing book I've ever read on health. I think it should be required reading for all humans. Also, if you are looking for recipes there are 100 delicious raw recipes in this book. Susan Schenck also gives the names of many raw food cookbooks she loves. You can also now find them by looking at my "raw foods" tag list.

The only thing I have left to say is that the chapter on fasting is not detailed enough to make it safe for you to fast. I read three other books on fasting before trying it and I'd advise you do the same.

~The Rebecca Review


Diana Stobo's Cookbook


5.0 out of 5 stars Delicious Recipes that are Healthy Too, November 15, 2011

Diana Stobo has two really good cookbooks that encourage you to eat more fruits and vegetables and that is a good thing. When you can make so many delicious recipes suddenly junk food loses its appeal. One recipe in this book is for "Pecan-Pie Treats" and they are a healthy version of the real thing. Diana takes a Medjool date and removes the pit. Then she inserts a pecan halve and that is it. It is quite delicious and you won't miss pecan pie at all.

This cookbook also has a recipe for "Kiwi Lemonade" which calls for agave nectar but I used a packet of stevia and it was still delicious. The recipe for raspberry applesauce was quite the surprise and I'd make it again. But the best recipe I tried was the zucchini hummus which seems to be a favorite in quite a few raw foods cookbooks. I only used 1/3 cup lemon juice instead of a half and left out the olive oil and cumin. Then I added in an extra garlic clove and used one teaspoon salt instead of 1 1/2. It worked perfectly and all I needed was a blender. This is really good with cucumber, carrots and yellow bell peppers.

If you are really serious about raw foods you might want to get a Vitamix blender. A regular blender works fine in a pinch but you will get a higher quality of food with a Vitamix because it is so powerful. For recipes in this cookbook you may also want to have a food processor, dehydrator, coffee grinder, rice cooker, mandoline, sprouter, juicer and immersion blender.

Some of the other recipes which look really good include:

Banana Buckwheat Pancakes
Almond Date Milkshake
Butternut Squash Soup
Portobello Mushroom Fajitas
Plum Crisp
Spiced Bananas
Chocolate Fondue
Melon Smoothie

With so many great recipes I'm sure to keep using this cookbook for quite a while. The Hummus recipe is one
I'll use again and again.

~The Rebecca Review


Diana Stobo's Milkshakes


5.0 out of 5 stars Coconut Ice Cream, November 15, 2011
I was going to slowly sip my Apple Pie and Ice Cream dairy-free milkshake while I was writing this review but it was so good I kept sipping and finished it fast. It was made with apple, cinnamon, vanilla, nutmeg, rejuvelac (I used almond milk) and a delicious coconut ice cream called Coconut Bliss Vanilla Island. Fortunately I was able to find the ice cream at my local grocery store since they have a natural section. If you buy this book and then can't find the ice cream you could substitute other natural ice creams although the author does not recommend soy products.

The first milkshake I made was the Tropical Bliss on which is made from coconut ice cream, orange juice, mango and pineapple. I thought it would be better the next time if I froze the mango. Without freezing the mango it tasted more like a smoothie. So I left it in the freezer for a while and then ate it with a spoon.

The ice cream used in most of the recipes contains no sugar but does contain agave nectar. It is not overly sweet.

The one thing you will need for these recipes is a good blender. If you can afford a Vitamix that would be the best. I have another blender which works fairly well but I notice it doesn't puree the fruit as well as my aunt's Vitamix.

If you are interested in nut milks then this book will teach you how to make basic almond milk. You will need a nut bag for this recipe.

Some of the recipes require exotic ingredients like Goji berries. Other ingredients you may find at your health-food store include: camu camu, lucuma, maca root, mesquite pod, raw cacao, raw honey, raw vanilla powder, spirulina, tocotrienols powder and yacon syrup.

Some of the other recipes in this book include:

Strawberry Peach Daiquiri (no alcohol)
Mango Lassi
Blissful Nog (contains cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla and turmeric)
Strawberry Cream (made with coconut milk, ice cream and strawberries)
Creamsicle Bliss
Minty Fudge (dark chocolate coconut ice cream, mint leaves and cacao powder)
Mocha Almond Fudge

There are so many milkshakes to love in this cookbook. I can't wait to try more.

~The Rebecca Review


Raw Foods Recipes - Rawlicious


4.0 out of 5 stars Good Juice Recipes!, October 11, 2011
To make the most of this recipe book you need a few things: a juicer, a Vitamix blender , a food processor, a mandolin, coffee grinder, nut milk bag and a dehydrator. If you don't have these items you won't be able to make some of the recipes. The recipe I liked the most from this cookbook is called "Fruity Sunrise." It is a blend of pineapple, orange, strawberries and a wedge of lemon. I've put lemon juice in fruit juices before but realized that it is better to put a wedge through the juicer as it extracts some of the lemon zest and therefore tastes better.

If you are new to raw foods this book has a good introduction. It explains what cooking does to food and why you should consider eating more raw foods. According to this book eating raw foods will make your body stronger and you will get sick less and maybe even lose weight.

The authors of this book grow a lot of their own foods - you can tell from all the pictures. They also give detailed instructions for sprouting.

Now from personal experience I'd advise you not to make the "Radically Radish" drink. I personally can not handle anything with radishes in it, it won't stay down long as it is much too spicy.

To make some of the smoothies in this book you will probably have to order a few items like camu camu berry powder, spirulina, buchu powder, hemp oil, cacao nibs and goji berries. Or you might find these things at your local health food store.

The chapter on nut milks will interest anyone who is avoiding dairy. This chapter also has instructions for making nut butters. This is why you need a good blender. Who knew you could also make nut cheeses? The chapter on soups is also interesting and includes recipes for broccoli and leek soup, butternut soup with carrots and ginger and wild mushroom soup. But don't go foraging for mushrooms yourself unless you really know what you are doing. The same goes for the salad chapter. Knowing which flowers are edible is essential. There is a list of edible flowers in this book which might encourage you to grow your own.

Mmmm, the snack chapter talks about dipping dried figs in nut butter. Something I still haven't tried. There is also a recipe for raw cookies. Now the recipe I really want to try is the Mango-Gooseberry Cheesecake. It is made with a base of nuts and topped with passion fruit, raspberries and agave. It looks like I will have to buy a food processor after all.

To end the book there is a chapter on chocolates which includes a recipe for medicinal chocolates. Then there is a chapter on hot drinks like chai and hot chocolate.

Well this cookbook will probably appeal to the gourmet in you. The recipes in this book look so delicious but you need the equipment recommended to really make the foods presented.

~The Rebecca Review



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