Literature

Raw Food

Raw Recipes and Wise Words

A few weeks ago, I ran across a couple of new uncook books at the library. I’m always tempted by new vegan and raw food books (they’re always so pretty and fresh looking!), but I admit that I hesitated to check them out. After all, I already own SO MANY raw food books – how much more new information could…

The Peach Keeper

Sarah Addison Allen: The Peach Keeper

Sarah Addison Allen said it best when she described her books as “Southern-fried magical realism.” That’s an almost perfect description of her work: her novels are always set in the Carolinas and food features heavily in most of them. But it’s the spark of magical realism that keeps readers coming back.

Ani's Raw Food Asia

Ani Phyo: Ani’s Raw Food Asia

I’ve been a fan of raw-food chef Ani Phyo since she burst on the scene in 2007. Her fourth book, Ani’s Raw Food Asia, was just released, and like all of her other books, it’s filled with fantastic recipes and eco-living tips. This particular book focuses on raw recipes inspired by the cuisines of Korea, China, Japan, Thailand, Vietnam, India,…

The Wishing Year

Noelle Oxenhandler: The Wishing Year

In this magical memoir, author Noelle Oxenhandler explores the power (and danger) of the art of wishing. After a series of tumultuous personal events, Oxenhandler finds herself divorced, spiritually bereft and raising her daughter alone in a rental house. Simultaneously envious and suspicious of her friend Carole’s ability to manifest her desires through wishing (a husband! a successful art career!…

The Kind Diet

Alicia Silverstone: The Kind Diet

Earlier this week, I promised you a review of Alicia Silverstone’s The Kind Diet, which I purchased and devoured last weekend. Alicia’s veganism is well-documented in Hollywood; a few years ago she was named PETA’s Sexiest Vegetarian. This book explains journey from carnivore to vegetarian to vegan, and why it was the right choice for her (and might be the…

Detox 4 Women

Natalia Rose: Detox for Women

I’ve mentioned Natalia Rose before, and now she’s back with a new book. There are a lot of detoxes and cleanses out there, and for every alternative healer who thinks detoxing is crucial, there is a doctor who says detoxing is bunk, and that our bodies are designed to detox themselves. I think I actually agree with both opinions.

Gluten Free Girl

Shauna James Ahern: Gluten Free Girl

So, I just read a pretty fascinating book called Gluten-Free Girl by Shauna James Ahern. In this memoir-cum-cookbook, Ahern chronicles her food habits as a child, her chronic illnesses, and finally her diagnosis of celiac disease, which renders her unable to eat foods that contain gluten (typically wheat, barley, rye and spelt). Rather than adopting a poor-me attitude, Ahern embraced…