Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Entertaining in the Raw by Matthew Kenney

The holidays are upon us and what better way to celebrate than to have a festive gathering for your favorite people? How about something a little different this year? Something exciting. Entertaining in the Raw, by Matthew Kenney is a refreshing way to entertain your guests with healthy, vibrant fare. This is sexy, energizing, life affirming food and it's a visual feast as well.

Recipes for the artful and exotic, like Jackson Pollock Raviolo With Arugula Pesto are within like little secrets and the photos are gorgeous. Each recipe has a corresponding photo so you can see where you are headed on this adventure. Do not look at this book on an empty stomach. You can get a glimpse on Kenney's website HERE.

There is no doubt these recipes are for people who know their way around a raw foods kitchen. Most of it is over my head, but I'm having a lot of fun learning. Some recipes are very accessible, like the Cold Spicy Long-Life Noodles With Ginger Sauce and Summer Rolls And Red Chili-Pineapple Dipping Sauce. Certain ingredients might be a little hard to find for some and you do need the right equipment such as a high speed blender and dehydrator.

Here's how I feel about difficult recipes--I want to be inspired. I like the challenge. It might take a while, but it's something to aspire to, something exciting. Kenney's recipes are interesting enough to make you want to put forth the effort and the process is enjoyable.

If you have foodie friends, or raw food enthusiasts or just want to add one raw dish to your menu, this is a great book to have. I think it would also make a killer hostess gift for your more adventurous friends.


Mary said...

Spicy noodles with ginger sauce sounds delicious! I need to eat more raw foods, especially in winter. I don't have a dehydrator and don't plan to buy one, but there are always smoothies!

Eco Mama said...

Hi Mary,
I never thought I'd buy a dehydrator either but then I saw Real Food Real World, then Liiving Raw Food and I had to have one. Now I'm having so much fun delving into raw food cuisine.

Smoothies are great and my go-to energizer. I agree it's much harder in the winter, but thankfully it's not all or nothing, even a salad with hot soup is beneficial--and yummy.
Eco Mama

bitt said...

I have heard about so many great recipes in this book! I want to get my hands on one too.

Eco Mama said...

Thanks for stopping by Britt!
Eco Mama