Last week I received Emily von Euw’s new book, The Rawsome Vegan Cookbook: A balance of raw and lightly-cooked, gluten-free plant-based meals for healthy living. The book, which came out this month, is the newest addition to the bestselling author’s collection, including Rawsome Vegan Baking and 100 Best Juices, Smoothies and Healthy Snacks. I’ve been following Emily’s blog, This Rawsome Vegan Life, for some time, so I was very excited to have a physical copy I could have on hand in the kitchen.
I started my journey becoming plant based two years ago, when I was at the worst of my health and was desperately seeking a solution. I had intense fatigue, brain fog and mental health issues, and I knew that if I didn’t try changing my lifestyle things wouldn’t get better. So, I began with cutting out processed foods and introducing healthier ones. Since then I’ve gone from eating the typical North American diet my entire life to eating a diet rich in plant based foods, and I can honestly say I’ve never felt better. My mind is clearer, my fatigue is gone and my mental health issues are manageable. However, I’ve always loved food and cooking, and when I started eating this way I felt limited because I couldn’t enjoy the foods that I used to. Emily’s blog has shown me that I don’t need to give up my favorite dishes, and can instead enjoy them without the negative symptoms on my body and the environment.
Filled with beautiful, bright photos just like on her blog, The Rawsome Vegan Cookbook is the perfect gift to yourself this new year as you embark on your journey to become healthier. What I love about Emily is that instead of posting photos of her abs and emphasizing that eating plant based will make you more attractive, she concentrates on how good it makes her feel and the good it will do for the rest of the planet. Another thing is that she makes it known that she’s not perfect and that she doesn’t expect her readers to be either – sometimes she eats raw vegan, sometimes she eats cooked food. The one thing she does encourage though, is the importance of living well, as is evident on her Instagram that’s packed with pictures of her being active and eating well.
Emily says about The Rawsome Vegan Cookbook in the intro:
“This book is about finding happiness by eating plants. I believe health is the foundation for high-quality living, and when we have the ability to live well, we can achieve bliss! Think about it this way: We are alive because of our bodies – we exist and live through them – so doesn’t it make sense to keep your body (i.e, the vehicle that lets you experience the world) in the best shape possible? Heck yeah, it does.”
The Rawsome Vegan Cookbook has a lot of comforting meals that you might not have enjoyed in a while, such as pizza, lasagna and mac and cheese. The recipes are simple, with few steps, ingredients and tools – which is great for someone like me who hates measuring and following recipes in the first place. There are a lot of easy soups, hearty greens, Asian-inspired dishes and yams and tahini galore. My partner, who still eats a very North American diet, even said that he’s excited to try a lot of the dishes, such as the Pho Bowl and Soba Noodles. Other recipes that look particularly mouthwatering are the Green Coconut Curry, Sweet Potato Fries, Beet Ravioli and Onion Corn Bread Sandwich.
For more information about Emily von Euw and to order her new book, click here.
What recipes are you excited to try from Emily’s new book? Let me know in the comments below!