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.”