I love raw snap peas. I like carrots better raw than cooked. I generally (with a few minor exceptions) only like fruit if it's raw. But am I ready for everything to be raw?
The truth is that the book is not, as the author acknowledges, "fanatical" about raw food. If you look carefully, a few recipes call for cooked ingredients: cans of consommé, bread or graham cracker crumbs, and that eternal retro favorite, gelatin, which is pretty lucky for me. People loooove nasty-ass gelatin:
Like German Herring Salad! It's one of the limited number of "raw" recipes that calls for boiling water uses it for the glorious purpose of ... well ... floating pickled herring, carrots, tomatoes, and dill pickles in onion-and-bay-leaf flavored gelatin.
The nice thing is that Yvonne Skargon provided illustrations to make the ingredients seem whimsical and appealing. Swim into that dill, little guys!
Reekie also insists this is not a diet book, but it's packed pretty full of diet or diet-adjacent recipes, like this alternative to Slim-Fast:
A little orange juice mixed with raw eggs, vegetable oil, and a bunch of milk? Living on this for three days would make those little refrigerated shakes from the grocery store seem downright decadent.
The cat perched above the recipe seems to think living on the milk might be all right...
...but my own experiences with my cats and dairy suggest the rug will need cleaning before too long.
There's also a classic dieter's "lunch":
Cottage Cheese Grapefruit Cups! The surprise ingredient is the cucumber. Yippee.
My favorite recipe, though, might be the one for something I usually love: strawberry yogurt.
Have you ever been enjoying a nice bowl of strawberry yogurt and thought, "You know what this could use? Some crushed garlic!"
Well, apparently Jennie Reekie thought that, and assumed that somebody would agree with her.
I will agree on one thing: anyone who gets a bowl of this is also getting a raw deal.