Raw vegan is considered by many to be one of the more "fringe" lifestyles within the vegan movement. Even though many of the most reputable plant-based doctors don't recommend a fully raw diet, that doesn't mean that there's no place for eating raw food or even a diet centered around mostly raw foods.
The healthiest version of a vegan diet is centered around eating whole plant foods which can be a difficult transition for someone previously following a SAD (Standard American Diet). Eating more raw foods is a great way for people to learn to appreciate how delicious plant foods can be, even when raw and minimally processed.
Here are some of the best raw vegan cookbooks to help spark new ideas and help you appreciate the true beauty of plant-based cuisine!
If there is anyone qualified to write a vegan cookbook, it is Laura Miller. She is the creator and star of the insanely popular Youtube show, Raw. Vegan. Not Gross., which has garnered millions of viewers. Before becoming a Youtube star and author, Laura ran a vegan dessert company, Sidesaddle Kitchen. Although she stays busy, you can find recipes, videos, blog posts, and several other things on her website: https://imlauramiller.com.
Raw. Vegan. Not Gross. aims to provide vegans with delicious, easy, (mostly) raw meals that work with every occasion. The cookbook has recipes for every meal and several that are sure to be party pleasers. Some of the recipes in Miller's book include:
● Banana pancakes
● Sweet potato curry
● Golden gazpacho
● Cauliflower pizza
The banana pancakes are also super easy, yet satisfying breakfast option. It's not often you are able to find a really good pancake recipe that actually has nutritious ingredients, but this one definitely takes the cake, or rather, takes the pancake. The sweet potato curry, golden gazpacho, and cauliflower pizza are all meals that you can easily throw together on a busy week day.
After ridding herself of hyperglycemia, teaching cooking classes, founding multiple vegan businesses, and dedicating her life to raw foods, it is fair to say Kristina Carrillo-Bucaram has had a bit of experience she leveraged to write The Fully Raw Diet. Kristina is the founder of FullyRaw, and FullyRaw Juice, a raw vegan juice line. She is also the founder of Rawfully Organic, a non profit organization in her hometown of Houston, that feeds healthy, raw foods to hundreds of families each week. You can learn more about Kristina and her business on her website, http://www.fullyraw.com/.
The Fully Raw Diet aims to not only give you raw, vegan recipes, but also provide you with exercise plans and improve your overall health. It is a unique book that will help you gain weight, have more energy, and just feel like a better you. Some of the recipes you can find in this book include:
● Spicy mango basil salad
● Yellow squash fettuccine alfredo
● Orange ginger sesame dressing
As you can tell, there is a wide variety of recipes in The Fully Raw Diet. The mango salad is a great quick lunch that you can throw together in the morning and take with you to work. Or, if you already have a favorite salad, the Orange ginger sesame dressing is a light, delicious option that completes almost any bed of greens. And who doesn't love guacamole?
With multiple books under her belt there is no stopping Emily von Euw. Her passion for raw vegan food is evident by her award winning blog http://www.thisrawsomeveganlife.com. Emily has veganized countless recipes, particularly decadent desserts, and one look at her Instagram will make you a believer.
Rawsome Vegan Baking strives to provide you with raw recipes that are delectably sweet. Although probably still healthier than their non-raw counterparts, the desserts in this book are definitely binge worthy and shows a different side to raw cooking. Some of the recipes you can find in Rawsome Vegan Baking includes:
● Cashew coffee vanilla creme cake with cinnamon chocolate crust
● Buckwheat and berry cream cake
● Ice cream sandwiches
● Fudge bites
All of the recipes in this book work wonderfully when you are just craving something sweet but still want to eat healthy. You can make the ice cream sandwiches as a treat during those hot summer months, which is sure to be a crowd pleaser with the kids. The fudge bites are a fun way to indulge yourself during the week, and they're so good non vegans won't even be able to tell the difference.
Author Emily Monaco is an experienced writer and cook. Who is also the creator of food blog Organic Authority. She has a knack for writing about our flawed food industry, and getting all the facts to educate her readers so that they can make an informed decision on their food choices. Her work has been published in various respectable sources, including the Wall Street Journal. Aside from writing, Emily gives food and wine tours in her home of Paris. She is extremely knowledgable and can be found writing regularly on her blog http://www.tomatokumato.com/.
The Raw Deal aims to show you that healthy, raw eating can be easy and delicious. It also aims to teach you how to make a raw diet work for you, and provide you with a wide variety of meal options for your everyday life. When you buy The Raw Deal you will get the secrets to awesome recipes such as:
● Almond butter stuffed dates
● Cabbage, apple, and carrot Kimchi
● Balsamic strawberries with coconut whipped cream
● Berry mint smoothie
The simple, yet flavor packed dates are a great healthy snack. This can come in handy if you have stubborn kids who love sweets. They will be able to get yummy, homemade snacks, and you will be able to have peace of mind knowing they aren't filling themselves full of processed sugar. The Kimchi makes a phenomenal weeknight side dish for dinner, and you can finish it off with a berry mint smoothie for dessert.
Lisa Viger is a raw food expert and established blogger and author. She is passionate about writing, health, animals, and the environment. She loves to tell people all about the health and environmental benefits of a raw vegan diet and runs the successful blog http://www.rawon10.com/.
Viger's book Easy, Affordable Raw aims to push back on all those claims that a raw vegan diet is just too expensive to be practical. Viger breaks down the cost of each recipe and shows you that a vegan lifestyle is not all that hard to achieve. Some of her unique, affordable recipes are:
● Avocado and arugula pizza
● Almond pumpkin seed vanilla dried cherry cereal
● Cool ranch kale chips
● Creamy garlic and greens soup
With plenty of nutritious and filling entrees, such as the avocado pizza and garlic soup, to simple breakfast foods, such as the almond, pumpkin and cherry cereal, there is something for everyone's taste buds in this book. Viger even turns some of our guiltiest pleasures, such as potato chips, into healthy and affordable options, like cool ranch kale chips, along with several other flavors of kale chips.
Doug McNish is an industry pro. He has several books, teaches vegan cooking classes, and provides essential professional services, such as menu development. He is committed to health and the vegan lifestyle. He has won multiple awards for his work and is a very respected individual in the community. You can learn more about him on his website http://dougmcnish.com/.
Doug's book Eat Raw, Eat Well received the award for Best Vegetarian Cookbook in the World in 2012, and 5 years later it hasn't lost any of its luster. It aims to provide the reader with hundreds of meal and snack options for everyday eating. McNish also aims to help improve your health through clean, raw eating, the same way he improved his own health. A few of the 400 recipes (not all of which are raw) are:
● Moroccan chickpea soup
● Spinach, mushroom, and red pepper quiche
● Lentil chili
● Zucchini noodles
All of these four recipes be made as delicious dinners for the whole family, except the zucchini noodles may need another dish to go alongside it. The moroccan chickpea soup is hearty and packs a ton of spice and flavor. There is not much better than getting preparing high quality, nutricious food into well-thought out recipes, and McNish does just that.
Erica Palmcrantz Aziz is a veteran vegan chef and has several books on the subject. She has teamed up with Irmela Lilja on multiple books, and they compliment each other , considering they've developed quite a loyal fanbase over the years.
The mission of their book Raw Food: A Complete Guide for Every Meal of the Day, is pretty straight forward just by reading the title. While the title is rather blunt, the recipes in this book are nuanced and well-rounded. You're sure to learn a few new techniques and flavor combinations with recipes like:
● Raspberry coconut smoothie
● Fig and pear compote
● Zucchini pasta with marinated mushrooms
● Yellow Squash pasta with olive tapenade
The beautifully colored, yet light, raspberry coconut smoothie is a simply but filling way to start your day (or end it). The yellow squash pasta won't make you feel gross and bloated like a conventional pasta mean, but a perfect compliment for the salty, savory olive tapenade really makes you feel like you're treating yourself.
Mimi Kirk's resume is quite unique, compared to most raw vegan cookbook authors. She has done everything from spending 17 years in front of the camera in the film industry, starting her own jewelry manufacturing company, being a regional marketing director, founding a newspaper, and founding her company Side saddle, and that doesn't include her career as an author. Kirk has written numerous books about her vegan lifestyle and the recipes that she has created. She runs the site http://youngonrawfood.com/. She is passionate about her vegan lifestyle and about helping others look and feel their best.
This book aims to do exactly what it says, help you achieve better health and timeless beauty. Kirk herself says using these recipes and living a raw, vegan lifestyle is what keeps her looking so young and beautiful. When you buy this cookbook, you will be getting recipes like:
● Caramelized onion bread
● Corn chips
● Chocolate covered nutty candy
Based on those example recipes, It is clear that there is something for everyone in this cookbook. Whether you are looking to get your sugar fix, or looking for something more savory, it can be found in this book. The corn chips make a great healthy alternative to the usual bagged version as well.
Judita Wignall is a health coach, a raw food chef, and a nutrition educator. Like Mimi, she has a wide set of skills as well. She is a former commercial actress, model, and singer/songwriter. However, she left that all behind to follow her passion of holistic health, and has put out 3 popular books since changing path. You can learn more about her and get exclusive recipes by visiting her site http://juditawignall.com/.
With Raw and Simple, Judita aims to educate you on the benefits of raw eating and help make it a reality by providing you 100 simple yet delicious recipes. If the book does what it aims to, it will help you get healthier and feel better. Some of the recipes you will have access to in the book are:
● Root vegetable slaw
● Carrot ginger coconut soup
● Thai veggie noodles
● Apple pie smoothie.
Raw and Simple doesn't have as many of the crazy decadent treats we've seen in some of the other cookbooks, but there is a wide array of interesting recipes that make it worth checking out. The apple pie smoothie is such a great way to treat yourself without actually eating junk food. It's as close to the McDonalds Apple Pies as you can get. The carrot ginger coconut soup is a warm, comforting soup that we actually eat in my family year round.
While definitely not for everyone, eating raw can be a life-changing experience. For some, it result in feeling and looking healthier and breaking old habits of eating too much processed food. There are plenty of success stories about going from an unhealthy lifestyle to a raw lifestyle and seeing dramatic results, even from people who are already vegans. If you're considering incorporating more nutrient-dense raw foods into your life, any one of these cookbooks will give you tons of tasty options to experiment with.
Hey! I’m Michelle and I write product reviews for ThriveCuisine.com. I’m always preparing healthy / plant based foods and I’ve developed a knack for helping people get the best bang for their buck.