Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Book Review: Going Raw by Judita Wignall

Do you think raw food is for rabbits? Maybe you think you would be bored, malnourished or hungry. Thankfully, you would be very wrong. Judita Wignall is the author of two books that can show you how easy, tasty and fabulous a raw diet can be.

Today I'm taking a look at her first book, Going Raw (published by Quarry Books). It comes with a DVD where she shows you basic kitchen techniques in a very clear and easy to follow manner. The book provides wonderful information on what raw really means and why you should consider a raw diet. She provides a glimpse of why processed, junky food is so inexpensive (surprise, government subsidies).

The book offers fantastic nutritional information and answers the age old question of "How do you get your protein?' There is a section on the kitchen tools you will need to help make prep a breeze. It's no surprise that my favorite part of the book is the fact that it is full of gorgeous pictures and fantastic tutorials in living color! Oh and lets not forget the recipes! Each recipe includes prep times and when necessary, soaking and drying times to make it easy to plan. There are recipes for juices, smoothies, breakfast, lunch, dinner, salads, soups, desserts and snacks. All the bases are covered in colorful healthy fashion.

My pictures don't hold a candle to Judita's, but here they are. From Going Raw:

Blueberry Cream Green Smoothie (pg.61)

The crazy dark color is from the optional spirulina I added. Contrary to the way it looks, it was sweet, creamy and delicious.

Cucumber Gazpacho (pg. 90)

This was a must as we had a lot of cucumbers coming out of the garden. It took no time at all to whip this up and it made enough for a couple of days. This light refreshing dish is perfection in hot weather.

Orange-Chocolate Mousse Parfait (pg. 130)

This is some serious dessert. It is so rich and decadent. It's creamy texture was incredible! I only needed a small portion to satisfy my sweet tooth. 

Now it's your turn for an opportunity to Do it in the Raw! One lucky reader will have a chance to win a free copy of Going Raw by Jidita Wignall. Just leave a comment on today's post about something you would like to learn about raw food preparation or nutrition by midnight, Sunday, June 30 MST. Please make sure to leave a way to contact you.

I will be posting an interview with Judita and the name of the winner on Monday, July 1st. Now that's a great way to start July!!! I will also be giving away a copy of her newest book Raw & Simple in July! Make sure to check back on July 1st to see if you won!

US, Canada and UK residents only for this giveaway please. 


  1. I've been looking to eat more raw foods! It's been so darn hot lately and I've also found raw is the only way I digestion properly.

  2. Hello! I would like to learn to do a small plates, or tapas, variant on a raw supper. Or, an alternative way of saying it would be a multi-course (but small courses, not time consuming!)mealtime menu. i am Nadine at prairie_princess01@yahoo.com thanks to Kim!

  3. I am really interested in raw main courses - less the soups, smoothies and dips, but in putting together hearty and filling mains.

  4. I've been interested in eating more raw meals, but I haven't known where to start! I'm mostly concerned about feeling satisfied, I would love to learn how to add variety to raw foods.

  5. I'd be interested in learning some new raw recipes that aren't salad-type dishes.

  6. I'm a UK vegan and I have never "cooked" raw but I would really love to learn more about it. This sounds like a great book to help get started. I am sure that the DVD and section on kitchen tools will be really useful to help with "Going Raw." The nutritional information will also be an interesting addition. Great review. Thanks.
    PS: That dessert looks awesome!
    Chickpea (on theppk)

  7. I have made some raw desserts, but I need to be less lazy and do more raw meals :P Maybe they involve less costly ingredients or equipment? My small food processor found at Goodwill can only handle so much! Thank you for this opportunity!

  8. I'd like to know what are the best winter comfort foods on a raw diet? I don't know if I could do without hot soups, hot teas and big bowls of steamy hot pasta in the middle of February! :)

  9. Hubby and I have decided that we want to eat meals twice daily. We need more than salads and fresh fruit. Would love some new ideas. I have tried zucchini raw noodles and liked them :D

  10. I want to learn about the feasibility of maintaining a raw diet on a tight schedule? How can one plan and prep for a busy week of raw eating? What are strategies that can be employed to facilitate quick breakfasts, packed lunches, and simple dinners?

  11. I absolutely love this book! I have a lot of raw books, but this quickly became my favorite.

  12. How to use a veggie peeler to spiralize!