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The Art of “Cooking” Raw Food May 22, 2013

Posted by nrhatch in Food & Drink, Health & Wellness, Humor.
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To counter health issues, my sister is on a Gluten Free Vegan diet with lots of Raw Food tossed into the hopper.

I equate Raw Food with crisp crunchy salads . . .


Fresh fragrant fruit requiring little or no preparation . . .


A plate of crisp crunchy crudités . . .


Or better still, a pairing of fresh veggies and fresh fruit . . .


But what do I know?

A few weeks ago, my sister went to a Raw Food Sampling Event in Mount Dora, Florida.  Attendees received samples to try and recipes to take home but did not observe any actual food preparation because . . . preparing Raw Food would have taken too long.

I find that amusing.


As it turns out, many Raw Food Recipes take hours longer to prepare than their cooked equivalents.  A few examples:

* White Basmati Rice takes 25 minutes to prepare in boiling water.  On a Raw Food diet, rice must be soaked overnight to become digestible.

* White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies take 8-10 minutes to bake, all the while perfuming the kitchen with delicious aromas that make it hard to eat just one.  In contrast, raw cookies must be dehydrated for hours before becoming (barely) edible.  And, even after all that time, they are still hard.

No, not hard to resist.  Just hard.


When I asked my sister about the sampling event, she said, “Interesting talk and good food, especially the crunchy raw live crackers.”

“Did you enjoy any of the samples enough to recreate the recipes at home?”

“No.  Probably not.  Too much work.”

“Don’t you find it ironic that RAW food takes longer to prepare than COOKED food?”

“I suppose.”

“At least they didn’t call it a Raw Food “Cooking” Demo.  That would have been oxymoronic.”

Aah . . . that’s better!

What are your favorite Raw Food “Recipes”?

Smoothies?  Salads?  Fresh Fruit?  Or something more involved?

Related Articles:  The Raw Food Diet, Overcooked (David Katz, M.D.) * Raw Food Diet (WebMD) * Pros & Cons of a Raw Food Diet (Prevention)