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Visually, the book itself is very calming, like stepping into a spa. The recipes are printed in a nicely sized font with generous margins, so they are very easy to read. The photographs are beautifully styled with plenty of white to keep the look bright and clean. If you are a visual person, you will appreciate this book.
The recipes are simple, very much like spa cuisine, and thus also very accessible. Many similar books use plenty of exotic ingredients you might have to go to a specialty grocery store or even online to buy, but I found I had almost all of the ingredients (except for the various seaweeds) at home already. The ingredient lists are surprisingly short, and the instructions are refreshingly simple. Unlike other raw books, none of these recipes calls for a dehydrator; however, you will need a blender (preferably high-speed like a Vitamix), a juicer, and, for a few recipes, a food processor.
A whopping 64 pages are devoted to liquid recipes (juices, smoothies, and brewed drinks like teas and kefirs) and only 55 pages to solid foods like salads, soups, and porridges. At the end there are 4 pages devoted to natural, simple "skin and body tonics" such as scrubs and masks. That's a nice bonus.
I think this book is good for someone looking for simple, fresh recipes that don't require a lot of specialty ingredients or a lot of time. It would be an excellent intro into a high-raw, clean, vegan diet. You really could create your own personal spa menu with the recipes in here.
If you are looking for really complex, exciting new recipes to add to your raw food repertoire, this book is probably not for you. Likewise, if you are looking for an all-raw recipe book, this is also not for you, as there are plenty of recipes with cooked grains like quinoa and millet. Finally, if you like some garlic, onion, or shallots in your meals, you'll miss those too, as the authors subscribe to the belief that members of the allium family are too stimulating (rajasic).
Notably missing from this book are soaking times for nuts and an in-depth exploration of raw philosphy as you might find in other raw books. There is a list of basic, holistic, and practical detox "commandments," but there is not a lot of background information on raw foods, their benefits, or even what raw food is. That's probably because this book is not strictly raw but more focused on detox - eliminating wheat/gluten, sugar, dairy, and alcohol, and adding in foods that are of high quality and easily digested.