Why Cook? (Raw)

Olives, Guacamole, A Variety of Sprouts, and something called "Kush."

Olives, Guacamole, A Variety of Sprouts, and something called "Kush."

Almost no one knows that I began my vegetarian journey 25 years ago, after reading Dick Gregory’s Natural Diet for Folks Who Eat: Cookin’ With Mother Nature! This book was something of a raw food manifesto, and even though I never became a “fruitarian,” the many  ideas presented in the book made quite an impression on me.  No matter what I’ve actually eaten over the years, the idea that human beings were meant to eat, predominantly, foods in their natural states, has never left the back of my mind.  I’ve struggled with what I truly  believe and feel about this idea.  I love my cooked food.  Sometimes when I want to tell my children how much I love them, I even say “I love you like cooked food.”  But I’m never confused about the difference between eating what tastes good, and eating what’s good for you.

Anyway….this page is dedicated to my effort to put more raw foods into my diet.  I started with a Monday morning challenge to eat a raw breakfast and a raw lunch. (My raw lunch is what is pictured above.)  In general, I’m not crazy about sprouts.  I’m not crazy about cold foods.  I’m not crazy about green drinks.  All the same, I know that with repeated exposure to different foods, I can retrain my tastes.

To help me navigate these raw waters, I’ll be using a book that’s been collecting dust on my shelf for something like 13-14 years: Delights of the Garden: Vegetarian Cuisine Prepared Without Heat, by Imar Hutchins.   This is a sort of Raw Vegetarian cookbook, but with soul.  When it comes to using this book, I’m ridiculously late.  But no matter where I’ve been, I’ve always been pretty sure of where I thought I ought to be going.  So if I’m late as it concerns the raw food journey, well as they say, “Better late than never.”



3 responses to “Why Cook? (Raw)

  1. I love your “I love you like cooked food” comment. Sometimes I tell my kitties that I love them like cookies. I love raw foods too, so thanks for the links. Those books look like something I’d like to have in my collection of books I never read but like having around. 😉

  2. Fantastic blog! Do you have any tips and hints for
    aspiring writers? I’m hoping to start my own site soon but I’m a little lost on everything.
    Would you suggest starting with a free platform like WordPress
    or go for a paid option? There are so many options out there that I’m totally overwhelmed .. Any tips? Bless you!

    • Hi Jenny!

      I think WordPress is a great blogging platform to start with. Thus far, I haven’t used any other.

      My only tips are these:
      1) Write from your heart, using your own “voice.” (In other words, write as if you were speaking to a friend.)
      2) Try to make sure your posts are USEFUL to those who read them. (Include instructions, pictures, tips and tricks.)
      3) Tell the truth as you see it!

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