Friday Giveaway: The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Raw Food “Detox”

by Gena on January 27, 2012

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Happy Friday! Nice responses to yesterday’s Vitamin-rich juice. I am so glad you all enjoyed the recipe. Today, I’m switching gears to offer you a Friday giveaway for two copies of the Complete Idiot’s Guide to Raw Food “Detox” (quotations mine).

I was offered copies of this book by Adam Graham, a wildly talented raw foods chef. I immediately said yes, please—a copy for me and one for one of my readers. Adam generously obliged, and made me the recipient of two copies of the book.

I was a little trepidatious when I first heard this book’s title: though I was once as influenced by the concept of “detox” as are most newbie raw foodists (including the years in which I started this blog), I gradually came to believe that the expression is overused and often misunderstood. People talk about “detox” without specifying the precise biological pathways by which they think it’s happening. Rather than defining the process biologically, they treat it as a mystical, unknowable, mysterious phenomenon that is specifically tied to raw food. For this reason—and because I have yet to fully explore and gather evidence for the idea of “detox” as it relates to what we eat—I’m incredibly wary of the word, and try not to use it sloppily.

When I received The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Raw Food Detox, I was immediately impressed with the awesome recipes. These include many useful recipes for blended smoothies and juices, which are a mainstay of mine during busy student days. The desserts and snacks are likewise delicious and often very ingenious. So I recommend the book heartily for its food! Note, however (it’s clear in the photo below) that bee pollen and honey appear in the book. So, if you’re vegan, you’ll want to modify with agave or maple syrup in those places.

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I will confess that I was less impressed by some of the health writing, which emphasizes “cleansing,” “detox,” and acid/alkaline balance without enough scientific support for my liking. It’s a great compendium of many of the theories about health that abound in the raw community, but they simply aren’t theories that speak to me any longer (of course, a lot of the information does speak to me—for instance, the parts about nutrient density, freshness, non-GMO foods, organic produce, and so on). Ultimately, I’d recommend the guide first as a resource for great raw recipes, and second as a good primer in raw foods theory. But since I’ve read up on the theory a lot already, I am going to offer both copies to two lucky Choosing Raw readers, and encourage them to draw their own conclusions about the health info therein.

To enter this giveaway to win one copy of The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Raw Food Detox, you can do any of the below. Each action counts as a separate entry, so please leave a comment for each action you complete!

  1. Leave a comment, telling me what you hope to get out of this reading experience.
  2. Tweet about this giveaway, being sure to include a link to the giveaway post.
  3. Follow me on Twitter.
  4. Like Choosing Raw on Facebook.
  5. Like The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Raw Food Detox on Facebook.
  6. Mention this giveaway in a blog post.

You have until next Friday to enter the giveaway. Good luck!!!

What are you all up to this weekend? Good things, I hope.

xo

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Ashley January 28, 2012 at 12:08 pm

I tweeted about the giveaway :)

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Ashley January 28, 2012 at 12:08 pm

I like CR on FB!

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Ashley January 28, 2012 at 12:09 pm

I like the book on FB too

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Kate January 28, 2012 at 12:25 pm

I just tweeted it!

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Kate January 28, 2012 at 12:26 pm

Recently diagnosed with extensive food allergies. I would love to expand my cookbook options to fit with my new way of eating! Thanks!

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HilJo January 28, 2012 at 12:34 pm

Hmm mostly I would like the book out of curiosity :) New recipes are always good too!

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HilJo January 28, 2012 at 12:35 pm

also I like choosingraw on facebook

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Suzanne January 28, 2012 at 2:05 pm

Thanks for this opportunity to win the book. I really appreciate it. I teach at the elementary school level and every new year brings children with serious allergies to food. We have also seen a significant rise in autism-spectrum disorders. While I know there is much debate about allergies and disorders in children being linked to food, but can we afford to ignore the rise of incidences? I would like to learn how I can supplement the my own childrens’ diet as well as better understand the physiology and biology of food consumption. I hope this book will help! Thanks, Suzanne

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Mara January 28, 2012 at 2:18 pm

I would really only use this book as a raw foods recipe reference since my repertoire is pretty limited. I am also cautious in regards to the abundance of food-related theories out there. Thanks for the give-away!

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Stephanie B. January 28, 2012 at 2:42 pm

I do really like incorporating raw foods into my diet as much as possible, but they’re usually in the form of cut-up veggies, fresh fruit, and salads – I’d love to really explore making actual raw meals. Thanks for a great giveaway!

Btw, I’m going to try making your seed and raisin snack balls to have as a snack throughout the next week :) I’m in law school right now, so I love when you give tips for busy students!

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Stephanie B. January 28, 2012 at 2:44 pm

I tweeted about the giveaway (@stephanieblind).

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Stephanie B. January 28, 2012 at 2:46 pm

I started following you on Twitter, too (@stephanieblind).

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Stephanie B. January 28, 2012 at 2:47 pm

I also liked Choosing Raw on Facebook.

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Stephanie B. January 28, 2012 at 2:49 pm

And I liked The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Raw Food Detox on Facebook.

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Cherry January 28, 2012 at 3:11 pm

I have food allergies and an auto immune disoder. Since I live in a small town that does not have options to eat out I cook all of my meals from home. I am always looking for a new cookbook with healthy recipes to try out. Thanks for doing a give-a-away!! Love reading your blog. :)

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Cherry January 28, 2012 at 3:12 pm

I meant to say my town does not have “healthy” options to eat out. ;)

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joan January 28, 2012 at 4:15 pm

It looks like an interesting read – I’m always on the lookout for new health info and recipes! The recipes look like they would be simple while being healthy, but not time consuming, like a lot of raw cookbooks. I’m following on twitter as well (@joanwallace)

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BillieJean January 28, 2012 at 4:23 pm

I am always curious as to find out what works for other people! And leave with some new knowledge about something.

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BillieJean January 28, 2012 at 4:25 pm
BillieJean January 28, 2012 at 4:26 pm

Follow you on Twitter!

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BillieJean January 28, 2012 at 4:26 pm

“Like” you on Facebook!

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BillieJean January 28, 2012 at 4:27 pm

“Like” Like The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Raw Food Detox on Facebook!

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Alexis@fitpossible January 28, 2012 at 4:29 pm

I have always wondered about the raw food diet. I would love to get my hands on this book and learn all about it.

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Alexis@fitpossible January 28, 2012 at 4:29 pm

I follow you on twitter

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Ariela January 28, 2012 at 4:42 pm

I hope to come away from reading this book with a better understanding of how consuming foods in their raw state is especially beneficial to one’s health. I’m also really interested in trying out more creative, raw dishes!

Thanks for the chance!

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Olyvia January 28, 2012 at 4:56 pm

I liked cr and tge book on fb!

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Morgan January 28, 2012 at 6:16 pm

I intend to use this book in conjunction with some of my other detoxing reading materials.

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Morgan January 28, 2012 at 6:17 pm

I liked Choosing Raw on FB!

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Morgan January 28, 2012 at 6:17 pm

I liked The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Raw Food Detox on Facebook!

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Alexia @ NamasteYoga January 28, 2012 at 6:54 pm

i have been reading david wolfe’s superfood book and truly like it, i would LOVE to win this giveaway to get even more insight in the world of raw foods and preparing them!

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Amanda B. January 28, 2012 at 7:28 pm

I’d love a copy of the book- I need some good, simple raw recipes in my life.

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Aimee January 28, 2012 at 8:40 pm

I follow you on Twitter.

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Aimee January 28, 2012 at 8:44 pm

I am interested in learning more about incorporating more raw food recipes into my diet.

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Psuke January 28, 2012 at 8:58 pm

I am very interested in the using raw food as a detox, and also getting more information about nutrient-dense foods and incorporating them in my diet.

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Psuke January 28, 2012 at 9:01 pm

I liked CR on FB

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Anastasia January 28, 2012 at 9:43 pm

I’d like to get to know a bit more about the benefits of raw foods over a long period of time :)

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Anastasia January 28, 2012 at 9:43 pm

I follow you on twitter :)

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Erika January 28, 2012 at 9:57 pm

I have been imersing myself in raw food/plant based eating for the past couple months. ANything I can get my hands on with good recipes to follow is so helpful. This is a whole new way of eating for me, and I am LOVING IT! Thanks for your wonderful site. I can relate to so much of what you discuss.

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Valerie January 28, 2012 at 11:31 pm

Need a lifestyle change, because I am done with having Dr visits where they tell me organs are falling apart and might have to come out……. need to learn raw food fast!

V

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Jill Ziegler January 28, 2012 at 11:32 pm

I would like to use this book as a primer- already use a ton of your recipes, but addl background material would be helpful. Thanx!!

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Jill Ziegler January 28, 2012 at 11:32 pm

I liked CR on FB!

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Jill Ziegler January 28, 2012 at 11:33 pm

And I liked the Guide on FB!

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K8lin January 29, 2012 at 12:03 am

As a student, I am always exploring new recipes for fast raw foods like smoothies. This book would provide me with valuable ideas, in addition to increasing my raw intake.

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Lindsey January 29, 2012 at 2:05 am

I’m intrigued by the recipes in this book! I recently started following the healthiest and most satisfying diet I’ve ever experienced (big deal for me since I’m a food addict), and I think this book could help give me some food ideas and keep me inspired.

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Lindsey January 29, 2012 at 2:05 am

Just followed you on Twitter.

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Lindsey January 29, 2012 at 2:06 am

Liked your Facebook page.

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Lindsey January 29, 2012 at 2:06 am

And liked the book’s page!

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Katie January 29, 2012 at 8:58 am

I am very new to this type of diet, and have taken a lot of your recipes for inspiration and have been experimenting with them. I am celiac, and the raw recipes are usually gluten free which is so great because it is so hard to find yummy gluten free recipes that are healthy! This book would just give me even more ideas to incorporate into my diet :)

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hipveganchic January 29, 2012 at 9:45 am

weve been getting more and more into raw foods over the past year. this would be a good springboard to launch us into a full-fledged relationship the healthy way.

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Nancy January 29, 2012 at 10:16 am

I would like to try the recipes as I am always looking for healthy, delicious recipes, and I love to read any raw food books.

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Nancy January 29, 2012 at 10:18 am

I now follow you on twitter.

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Nancy January 29, 2012 at 10:19 am

I liked you on Facebook.

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Nancy January 29, 2012 at 10:20 am

I liked the book on Facebook.

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Michelle R. January 29, 2012 at 11:50 am

I like Choosing Raw on Facebook :)

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Laura January 29, 2012 at 1:41 pm

I’d like to learn to eat raw. I’m a new vegan and would love to learn to eat raw vegan. I heard so many positive things about eating raw and how great it is for our bodies, that this year, my goal is to eat very healthy and start taking care of myself more by eating better.

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Laura January 29, 2012 at 1:41 pm

I like Choosing Raw on Facebook :)

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Laura January 29, 2012 at 1:42 pm

I like The Complete Idiots Guide to Raw Food Detox on Facebook :)

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Jacki January 29, 2012 at 2:01 pm

I how to get some wonderful recipes to try for me and my family!

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Leah January 29, 2012 at 2:41 pm

I recently made the transition to a vegan diet and would love to explore more raw foods.

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Kristin January 29, 2012 at 3:48 pm

I’ve recently been exploring a raw diet. My career as a buyer (in Las Vegas) pushes me towards such an unhealthy lifestyle with constant travel and client dinners and happy hours. I’m slowly teaching myself a new way of life and I’m finding that I feel and look better and my body is beginning to crave kale and green juice. Would love to try the recipes in this book to keep my diet exciting!

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Sarah Navarro January 29, 2012 at 4:16 pm

I liked choosing raw on facebook. Am now reading the info on chlorella. Thanks.

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stephenie w January 29, 2012 at 4:16 pm

I liked you on FB

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stephenie w January 29, 2012 at 4:18 pm

I am always on the hunt for more raw info as I try to transition myself and family to a healthier lifestyle. I love raw recipes and would appreciate more perspective on the subject. Thanks for the ofpportunity!

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Sarah Navarro January 29, 2012 at 4:18 pm

I liked The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Raw Food Detox by Adam A. Graham on facebook. I am going to explore their page now. Thanks

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Gloria Jackson-Nefertiti January 29, 2012 at 6:40 pm

What I want to get from this book is to learn how to detox my body from the damage I did last year (especially emotional overeating).

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Gloria Jackson-Nefertiti January 29, 2012 at 6:43 pm

I’m now following you on Twitter (my Twitter name is gloriajn).

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Gloria Jackson-Nefertiti January 29, 2012 at 6:45 pm

I “Like” Choosing Raw on Facebook.

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Gloria Jackson-Nefertiti January 29, 2012 at 6:46 pm

I “Like” The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Raw Food Detox on Facebook.

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Taya January 29, 2012 at 7:06 pm

Cool giveaway! I think this book would help me expand my raw food horizons – about 90% of my diet is raw, but I’m not very adventurous with my recipes. And maybe it would help my family “detox” from all the junk they’ve been eating!

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Ritika January 29, 2012 at 8:01 pm

I liked you in Facebook.

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Ritika January 29, 2012 at 8:02 pm

I like how the book has simple, raw recipes as I feel I can never have enough of those handy. It inspires to keep choosing raw! ;)

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Barbara January 29, 2012 at 9:06 pm

I’d like to get some more recipes & ideas to include more raw food meals in our diet.

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Barbara January 29, 2012 at 9:16 pm

I follow you on Twitter @BC704

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Barbara January 29, 2012 at 9:17 pm

I tweeted about the giveaway. @BC704

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Carol January 30, 2012 at 9:30 am

I have always been interested in raw food, especially with the making of homemade nut milks/cheeses/etc, it just has always seemed like such a hassle. This site has given me the encouragement to branch out and try some new things in the kitchen again :D

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Sarah January 30, 2012 at 9:59 am

First – I cannot wait as your training & education teach you what’s physiologically (sp) going on during a “detox”; and you hopefully share with us. I fell under the “detox spell” myself and have recently been wondering what’s really going on under the hood!

Second – I would love to have this book for the recipes.

Thanks!

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Kat January 30, 2012 at 10:14 am

i’d like to learn more about detoxing and check out the recipes

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Laura G. January 30, 2012 at 12:31 pm

I have type 1 diabetes and I’m always curious to see how raw food writers and coaches discuss type 1 and 2 diabetes, health, improvement, and “reversal.” Hoping to see good science…and respect! (I’m a medium-raw vegetarian, thriving for 32 years with type 1 D, lots of energy, low insulin doses, no complications, but not cured!!)

Anyway, I’d love to check out the book and try the recipes. Looking for motivation and good ideas! Love your blog….

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Sharon January 30, 2012 at 1:38 pm

Dabbling in RAW eating and would like to a) learn more about it b) have some go-to recipes on hand. Thanks for the awesome blog.

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shani January 30, 2012 at 1:40 pm

I am suffering from lots of digestive issues and am looking for resources to help me through it.

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Heather January 30, 2012 at 1:49 pm

It sounds like a simple way to cross over into more of a raw foods diet. I would love to try some of the recipes.

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Sara G January 30, 2012 at 8:34 pm

While I, too, am suspicious of any claims of “cleansing” and “detoxing,” as someone who’s just dipping her toe into the whole raw food thing, this book seems like a great resource. Thanks for such a cool giveaway!

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annelise January 30, 2012 at 9:18 pm

I want to rediscover healthy eating and what it means to really know what I’m putting into my body.

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Dawn January 31, 2012 at 10:55 pm

Liked Choosing Raw on Facebook

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Dawn January 31, 2012 at 10:56 pm

Liked the Idiot’s Guide to Raw Food Detox on Facebook

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Kotarah January 31, 2012 at 11:24 pm

I followed on twitter, liked, posted a blog which can be found here. http://kotaraw.blogspot.com/2012/01/nows-as-good-time-as-any.html I’m just starting out with raw food, so this would be amazing to have. It’s so hard to know what recipes to make sometimes, and it’s still hard to ignore those cravings for cooked food. I believe this would truly help me to gain a higher understanding!

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Nour February 1, 2012 at 10:29 am

I’d love to get new smoothie and juice recipes! I’ve been adding them to my daily menus–they’re so convenient when you’re in a rush!

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Karmalily February 1, 2012 at 10:45 am

I would love to gain some knowledge of raw food diets. During the summer I love to go to farmer’s markets to pick up freshly picked produce, and I’m usually at a loss about what to do with it. I’m sure this book would help with healthy, delicious recipes.

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Carissa February 2, 2012 at 11:07 am

Have you ever read 12 Steps to a Raw Food Diet? I’m reading it now, and while I don’t follow a raw diet, I do eat a large amount of fresh produce. I’d be interested in hearing your opinions, because some of the things she says really ring true to me, while other seem somewhat off.

(http://www.amazon.com/12-Steps-Raw-Foods-Dependency/dp/1556436513)

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Keri February 2, 2012 at 6:01 pm

I enjoy your website. My husband did the post bac premed program at voucher, so I know what you are going through. He is in his last year of residency now…hang in there the time will pass quickly. Now we just have to pay off all those loans…

I would love to win a free copy of the book. Our library doesn’t have a copy to borrow, and I would love a copy of my own. It would be so greatly appreciated.

Thanks for considering us:-)

Keep up the great work!

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Keri February 2, 2012 at 6:03 pm

Sorry, it meant to say Goucher… Darn auto type:-)

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Perrin February 5, 2012 at 12:11 pm

I’ve been on my raw journey for the past four months and while I’m loving it I need some help expanding my raw repertoire. I also made a new year’s resolution to simplify my life by only buying five new things this year, so winning this book would be a huge help!

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Valerie February 12, 2012 at 10:06 am

I’d love to read this book!

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