Rawlicious Superfoods is a colorful follow up to Rawlicious – a book focusing on healthier raw foods. As the title implies, this is about superfoods – the most beneficial nutrient packed health items we can eat. Those who have read any recent health books will recognize most of these – though several have come from the authors’ travels and will be less familiar. The books is lavishly illustrated with very trippy water color paintings that liven up the snapshots.
Contents: The beginning of the book has brief vignettes/info bites: the authors’ backgrounds, what and of Superfoods, proof and cost, quality, how to use the book, superfood’s kitchen and how to stock it. Following the introductory pages are the superfoods – each with a brief background/history/care and then recipes. These superfoods are: aloe, baobab, goji berries, chia, berries, blue-green algae, camu camu, grasses and microgreens, hemp, coconut, sea vegetables, maca, lucuma, mesquite, bee product, raw cacao, and medicinal herbs.
The recipes are unsurprisingly brief – there’s not a lot of preparation when you are dealing with raw foods. Most of the directions are to blend (and the introduction provides recommendations on which blenders to use). The recipes are diverse – some items suited more for deserts and others for main dishes or snacks. There are some photographs of the recipes but most are pretty obviously just juice or blends that don’t need photographs. Many recipes are native to the geographical areas in which the fruit is grown, providing interest.
The book is lavishly decorated with hippy-style watercolors. They are quite distinct but the book definitely has a hippy feel to it (lots of long hair and naked kids’ bums). There is a good balance between encouragement and preachy in the introduction making for a very easy read.
There are several very unique recipes I’ve never seen before – or iterations that will take me awhile to track down the ingredients. I need a Whole Foods in my neighborhood, I think. Even something as simple as Kale chips have a very distinct ‘rub’ that goes on them before they are dehydrated.
In all, if you’d like to learn more about superfoods and how to use them, this is an interesting choice. There are certainly many items in here that I’ve never seen in any other health book and should be interesting to try. It’s also a lovely book to just enjoy the artwork. Reviewed from an advance reader copy provided by the publisher.