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I bought the kindle version of this book because I watched Chef AJ on YouTube video "Chef AJ from fat vegan to skinny bitch." I was hoping to find her program of food addiction recovery spelled out. Unfortunately, Unprocessed must represent the period in her life when she was a fat vegan. The recipes have far too many nuts to be good for weight loss (1 cup of pine nuts to stuff 12 cremini mushrooms!!!) Chef AJ herself no longer eats nuts or even avocado! I realize that Chef AJ's journey with food is dynamic and when she learned more she changed. Too bad this book can't come with a warning label.
I agree with other reviewers that Chef AJ's sweeping and often inaccurate nutritional assertions tarnish the message of the book. This book is really a cookbook with a too long introduction. Buy only if you are already vegan and know what you are doing in a kitchen because a lot of these recipes need modification for cost and for weight health. Some of her "raw" recipes aren't raw at all. It's not a big deal but speaks to a lot of the inaccuracies. I'm thinking about getting a refund. I will be constantly frustrated modifying these recipes.
I had seen that Dr. mcDougall had written an encouraging blurb about the book so I was surprised that the author used so many nuts in the recipes. Most recipes start with 2 cups of nuts and then also use huge amounts of dried fruit in them. Not a good cookbook for those wanting to lose weight.
The author's biography should have been cut in half or less.
This slim volume tries a bit too hard to be all things; it's a cookbook, it's a biography, it's a nutritional guide! The end result is a small collection of recipes buttressed by a lengthy backstory of the author's fall and rise to a more enlightened diet and lifestyle. While I'm not unappreciative of her struggles, I think her story could have been covered in only a few pages and still have made an impact.
I have been an almost lifelong vegan but am always looking for ways to make my food choices healthier which is why I picked this book in the first place. I had been anticipating the recipes but was disappointed to see that many of them are just variations on standard vegan food. Other recipes are fussy and several are just outright duds. As odd as this sounds, this is, frankly, one of the most joyless collection of recipes I think I've ever read. As a side note, I find it odd that a culinary professional would include soup recipes which list vegetable broth as an ingredient yet fail to provide a recipe(s) for preparing home made broth. The book brags that it contains 100 recipes however a good number of them contain only one or two ingredients and a way to process them such as the one for pistachio 'milk'. "Unprocessed", in my opinion, reads like something written by an enthusiastic home cook rather than a professional.
I believe I gave this book a fair chance, trying several recipes with very mixed results. All in all I was extremely disappointed and ended up offloading my copy to the local library.