Confessions of an East Coast Raw Vegan

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East Coast Raw Vegan, 2010 - Cooking - 180 pages
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Confessions of an East Coast Raw Vegan is a guide to creating and maintaining a raw foods lifestyle while living on the East Coast of the United States or in other cold climates. In this book, Brandi Rollins provides you with simple and low-cost strategies for handling the cold winters while on the raw foods diet. Brandi reveals the benefits to eating raw foods while living on the East Coast, and provides recipes for green smoothies, juices and nut milks, breakfast, entrees and sides, soups, salads and dressings, and dips, as well as breads, crackers, and desserts. This book is perfect for raw vegans or individuals who are considering the raw foods diet but aren't sure how to do it. With over 50 recipes, gorgeous photos, nutrition information below each recipe, and seasonal food charts, this book provides an awesome resource for any raw vegan, especially those located on the East Coast!

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Born in 1979, Brandi Rollins grew up on the poor side of San Francisco surrounded by siblings, cousins, aunts and uncles, and grandparents. Since she was a child, Brandi has had a strong love for food. At age 8, she was already a pro at making fried chicken, French fries, ramen noodles, and pancakes. With the help of a home education class in junior high school, she eventually added breads, cakes, and cookies to the list, and became known as the Betty Crocker in the family. Though these weren’t the healthiest of foods, Brandi was a chef in the making. As she grew older, Brandi’s eating habits only worsened. By the time she graduated from college she weighed almost 220lb, and was fatigued, inactive, and unhappy. Something had to change and one day it did. While sitting at a cheap Chinese restaurant, Brandi decided to call a friend to chat. Little did she know, she was going to receive a 3-hour lecture on healthy eating. Fortunately, she got the message and immediately hit the books in search for the perfect human diet. As Brandi searched for the perfect diet, she eventually found the raw foods diet. It made complete sense. When you cook food, you destroy a lot of its nutrients. Can you guess what happens when you don’t cook food? All the nutrients are still there. Correct! Class is over and Brandi immediately jumped into the raw foods diet. Although she only ate raw foods for three months, this short experience changed her life. Being raw vegan ultimately gave her a glimpse into who she was. She was not a grouchy, tired, and unhappy person. Rather, she was a person who was full of life, joy, and laughter. Yippee!Eventually, life caught up with Brandi and it took her 2 years before she revisited the raw foods diet. The 2nd time Brandi became raw vegan it was not because she was searching for the perfect diet; rather, it was because she knew that this diet was going to allow her to fulfill her dreams and potential as a human being. “…I am trying to go raw again. I want to be able to do all the things I WANT TO DO. I want to do well in [graduate] school, publish papers, [do] research, read fiction, run, garden, crochet, dance (a lot), backpack, walk, hike, sew, and do many other things (as well as be happy). I want to have children that are raw. I want them to fulfill their potential. I want to be pregnant raw. I want to be able to say that for 10 years I have been raw. So, I have concluded that in order to do these things (especially the latter), I must be raw vegan.” (Excerpt from Brandi’s blog at the time)Since 2006, Brandi has been committed to fulfilling her dreams and maintaining her raw vegan lifestyle. Her recent book Confessions of an East Coast Raw Vegan: A Guide to Being Raw Vegan on the East Coast is one of those dreams. In her travels between California and Pennsylvania, Brandi noticed that eating raw foods on the east coast was a lot trickier than on the west coast. So, she decided to be a source of support and guidance for those individuals living in cold climates who dreamed of incorporating raw foods into their diets. Her book serves as a guide for these individuals by celebrating all the beautiful produce that the east coast (and other colder climates like it) have to offer. Currently, Brandi lives in State College, Pennsylvania where she is a PhD student studying the development of food preferences and eating for pleasure during childhood at Penn State University. Brandi enjoys gardening, writing, dancing, spending time with family and friends, hiking, being active, and making jewelry. In addition, Brandi is currently writing her next book Raw Foods on a Budget (edited by Gabriella Ballard and Rufiena Soro-Jones), which is scheduled to be released in April 2011. Brandi can be reached at

Jinjee Talifero is author of The Garden Diet, Raw Pregnancy: Ecstatic Birth, Raising Raw Children, Healing with Raw Foods, and the 21-Day Cleanse Program. Jinjee is also co-Owner of The Garden Diet,

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