You have reached your limit of free articles this month.

Enjoy unlimited access to SpringfieldNewsSun.com

Starting at just 99¢ for 8 weeks.

GREAT REASONS TO SUBSCRIBE TODAY!

  • IN-DEPTH REPORTING
  • INTERACTIVE STORYTELLING
  • NEW TOPICS & COVERAGE
  • ePAPER
X

You have read of premium articles.

Get unlimited access to all of our breaking news, in-depth coverage and interactive features. Starting at just 99c for 8 weeks.

X

Welcome to SpringfieldNewsSun.com

Your source for Clark and Champaign counties’ hometown news. All readers have free access to a limited number of stories every month.

If you are a News-Sun subscriber, please take a moment to login for unlimited access.

Author: Raw food is the new gourmet


Question: When is a cookbook not really a cookbook?

Answer: When none of the recipes in that book actually involves cooking. “Everyday Raw Gourmet” by Matthew Kenney is that sort of a cookbook, there is no cooking. So perhaps we had better call it a food book instead.

Many of us are embracing healthier lifestyles. Are you trying to make wiser choices about the food that you consume? One could possibly consider eating more raw, uncooked foods. Books like “Everyday Raw Gourmet” are an indication that this particular dietary school of thought is surging in popularity.

There are dishes that you might consider serving the next time you entertain. The author writes that your guests might “marvel at their surprise to learn the food before them is composed of fruits, nuts and seeds, none of which have been cooked, canned, or processed in any way.”

And since you won’t be tied up in cooking for your guests you might have more time to sit down and enjoy their company. And there’s another added bonus: There won’t be any messy baked on pans to scrub up afterwards.

Matthew Kenney is described as “the world’s leading raw chef.” He has divided “Everyday Raw Gourmet” into sections that are unusual. Here are the titles of these sections: blossom, contemporary, inspiration, spice, radiance, revolution and meaningful.

In the “flower” section you’ll obtain recipes for dishes like squash blossoms with pistachio puree, green zebra fondue, pine nuts, and purple basil. There are a number of tantalizing desserts, too. The raspberry parfait, vanilla bean cream, dark chocolate sauce and coconut brittle looks really toothsome.

In the “contemporary” area you’ll discover recipes for things like ocean vegetables and squash noodles with oyster-mushroom escabeche, faded green caviar, and miso tahini sauce. In case you’re wondering, the “caviar” does not contain any fish eggs.

Chocolate lovers will appreciate the “inspiration” in several recipes.

Imagine eating chocolate chili tacos with marinated arugula, pear tomatoes, and pignoli “sour cream.” There’s also one for bitter broccoli ravioli and pine nut “cheese” in chocolate wrappers with orange powder and pinot noir sauce.”

In “spice” you could experience avocado tartare with tamarind-glazed cherry tomatoes, black sesame pappadam, and curry froth. “Radiance” reveals creamy eggplant and hummus cream in almond tart shells with green olive tapenade.

Our “revolution” breaks out with chocolate ancho chile tarts with lime-spiced mango chutney and cinnamon vanilla cream. There’s also picadillo santiaguero, aroz amarillo, y mariquitas, translation: portobello-meat stew with yellow “rice” crisp plantain, and macadamia “sour cream.”

“Meaningful” has the recipe for cold spicy long-life noodles with ginger sauce. There’s another one for spicy “fried” spring rolls with sweet tamarind fondue. Those rolls are not actually fried.

Most of the dishes do require advance planning and preparation. There are gorgeous photos here of every single one. And not a bit of cooking is involved. Raw, raw, raw, that’s the spirit that we have here!



Reader Comments ...


Next Up in Springfield Entertainment

Disney video appears to confirm theory that every Pixar movie is related
Disney video appears to confirm theory that every Pixar movie is related

One of the longest-enduring fan theories about movies is that in the Disney Pixar universe, all the films are related to each other. One theory by film reviewer Jon Negroni, aptly named, "The Pixar Theory," goes so far as to say that all Pixar movies take place within the same universe. The A.V. Club reported that, according to a video posted...
Madame Tussauds in London unveils Trump wax figure
Madame Tussauds in London unveils Trump wax figure

Other Madame Tussauds locations also have Trump wax figures on display, including Washington, D.C., Orlando and New York, according to The Telegraph.
Sanctuary show to focus on Great Women of Gospel
Sanctuary show to focus on Great Women of Gospel

Contact this contributing writer at bturner004@woh.rr.com. A Springfield native will pay tribute to the late Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and the civil rights movement in song. Lauren Kelley will take on the great women of gospel music at the next Sanctuary Series concert, 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 22, at High Street United Methodist Church. The concert replaces...
Michelle Stitzlein sheds new light on recyclable items
Michelle Stitzlein sheds new light on recyclable items

Contact this contributing writer at bturner004@woh.rr.com. What you throw out today, Michelle Stitzlein may turn into art tomorrow. What you consider recyclable, she may hang on a gallery wall. The Springfield Museum of Art’s McGregor Gallery will have the proof when “Industrial Nature: Works by Michelle Stitzlein” premieres with...
NFL dismisses report claiming Lady Gaga can't talk Trump at Super Bowl Halftime Show
NFL dismisses report claiming Lady Gaga can't talk Trump at Super Bowl Halftime Show

Pop star Lady Gaga is weeks away from headlining the Super Bowl Halftime Show, but one report says she won't be able to talk about the election or President-elect Donald Trump, who will be inaugurated as president by the time of the show. According to Entertainment Tonight, citing an unnamed source, Gaga will not be allowed to talk about politics,...
More Stories