Top New York chef and restaurateur Matthew Kenney and his partner, Sarma Melngailis, had been thinking of opening a Moroccan restaurant. But one night they were invited to a raw food restaurant -- and it changed their lives. They instead opened Pure Food and Wine, a restaurant devoted to creative, tasty raw food, and it has been drawing rave reviews. Dishes such as Zucchini and Green Zebra Tomato Lasagne, Golden Squash Pasta with Black Summer Truffles, and Dark Chocolate Ganache Tart with Vanilla Cream have given raw food a sexy new appeal.
The decision to go raw was shocking at first for these two ex-carnivorous chefs, but they soon found that preparing and eating raw food made them and their guests feel their physical best. Melngailis noticed a difference almost immediately -- "Light, clean, natural, and alive foods make you feel light, clean, and more alive. And sexy." This new way of life has changed their outlook on eating and cooking and connects them to the world around them. As Kenney says, "Raw foods and the lifestyle associated with it are so compelling and complex that we will be forever learning and growing. Already it seems that we have discovered some of the magic that life offers."
In this lushly photographed book, Kenney and Melngailis share some of that magic -- and show that preparing and eating raw does not mean bland, unsatisfying, or impossibly time-consuming meals. Using dehydrating, Vita-Mix blending, a nuanced understanding of spices, and unprecedented creativity, they explore a whole new outlook on raw food that transfers beautifully and easily from their kitchen to yours -- no matter what your present diet. And you'll immediately begin to reap the benefits of healthful, delicious, life-giving raw food.
About the Author
Chef, author, and entrepreneur Matthew Kenney is the world's foremost expert in raw cuisine. His impact extends far beyond the walls of his restaurants, located in Santa Monica, California; Belfast, Maine; Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; and Miami, Florida (Fall 2014). Kenney's passion for raw cuisine is apparent in his dedication to education. His Santa Monica, Miami, and Belfast locations all include culinary academies adjacent to the restaurants.
Kenney has given two high-profile TEDx talks and frequently lectures as a keynote speaker at food and philanthropy events around the globe. He has authored 11 cookbooks, including, "Raw Food Real World", "Raw Chocolate", "Everyday Raw Detox", and the newest release, "Cooked Raw". Matthew Kenney Culinary Academies train professional chefs, as well as novices and enthusiasts, in a variety of plant-based cuisine courses. As a classically trained chef who developed an integrative distinct plant-based lifestyle brand, Matthew Kenney Cuisine offers hospitality, media, services, education, and products. In addition to the company's physical locations, Matthew Kenney Academy Online graduates students from all over the world.
Matthew has been named Food & Wine Best New Chef and was twice-nominated as the James Beard Foundation's Rising Star Chef.
Sarma Melngailis is the cocreator and owner of Pure Food and Wine and founder of the online boutiques One Lucky Duck and Shiny Happy Pets, through which she is expanding her reach with all things raw and organic. The coauthor (with Matthew Kenney) of Raw Food/Real World, she lives in New York City with her two cats.