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Raw revelation.

If the thought of a raw food diet turns you off, you are I not alone. Still, there's no denying the health benefits of eating raw foods. Research indicates they may be able to help prevent cancer, boost energy, and delay signs of aging.

Fortunately, these ultra-nutritious foods don't have to be inedible and unappetizing. In his new cookbook Entertaining in the Raw(published in March 2009 by Gibbs Smith), chef Matthew Kenney gives raw foods a much-needed makeover by presenting innovative and inspired raw recipes for gourmet dishes to enjoy alone or with friends and family. Spanning the spectrum from savory to sweet, the book features recipes for decadent dishes such as yellow squash pasta with cream saffron broth and wild fennel, along with desserts such as mochi ice cream with goji berry, vanilla lemongrass, and green tea. There is room for experimentation in creating raw dishes. Rather than using fire for dishes such as pastas and pancakes, a number of the book's recipes rely on marinating and dehydrating foods to enhance taste and flavor. The raw-food diet allows food to be heated up to 118[degrees]F, so that the delicate natural enzymes in foods remain intact. Yes, some of these methods are certainly time-consuming, not to mention unconventional, but at least home cooks won't have to worry about reheating dishes in the oven.

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Title Annotation:bits and bites; raw food diet
Author:Bell, Laura
Publication:Celeb Life Magazine
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Mar 22, 2009
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