Hi Cookbook Gatherers,
Yes, I admit, I own too many cookbooks and too many books on food. Call it an endless quest for knowledge. I enjoy reading cookbooks – yes reading them. I read, absorb and mentally picture myself making the recipes. My challenge is to go from the mental picture to actually making the amazing food I see. I am usually missing ingredients and if I plan out a meal someone has eaten one of my ingredients. So I improvise and create my own recipes from each cookbook.
With Crazy Sexy Kitchen, I did the same for a couple of their recipes but also enjoyed actually following the directions. I also sourced several videos that gave me visuals to better understand the thinking or process behind the recipes. Let me tell you how I discovered this cookbook.
I first heard of Kris Carr when I watched Hungry for Change – a movie about health and wellness. I saw Kris on their website and thought who is this lady? After reading about her, I took out her video Crazy Sexy Cancer and then her book Crazy Sexy Cancer Tips from my local library. And then I discovered and took out Crazy Sexy Diet – the book the helped me really step up my eating approach and get into green juice. So when I heard Kris was coming out with Crazy Sexy Kitchen, I pre-ordered the book. Kris Carr and Chad Sarno did a great job of offering online cooking classes that were available after you pre-ordered your book online (still available when purchase the book). I was so excited I watched all the recipes before the book arrived and tried out several of the recipes and they are 10 out of 10 . The book arrived when we were in Thailand so I did a happy dance when we returned and it was ready for me to open and enjoy.
What I liked
- The photography is beautiful – both the food and the location shots.
- The layout is strong, simple and uses white space well with a good mix of fun fonts that are not imposing.
- The tone is sassy, uplifting, conversational and cheeky. I love Kris Carr’s writing style. She comes across as a great girlfriend ready to help you.
- The information is easy to understand, clearly well thought out and fun to read.
- Every recipe is a taste sensation that pushes you to try new flavour combinations.
What I think could be improved
- As a vegan cookbook, many of the items are nut-based which is great if you can eat nuts. I was super excited to share some of the food I made from the cookbook with my sisters until I heard that they were all sensitive/allergic to cashews.
- Pictures with every recipe – I can visualize what I am going to make better with a picture. It helps me to want to make the recipe. While the book does have full colour images, it appears that only 1 in 3 recipes have an image.
- If you already own Crazy Sexy Diet, the first 47 pages might be a bit of repeat but a freshen-up on your knowledge is always a good thing.
My favourite recipes
- Beetroot Ravioli (page 193) Not sure what this is – visit Raw Aura in Port Credit, Ontario and order it. I bet you will want to try making it too.
- Cashew Cream Cheese (page 237)
- Save the Tuna Salad on Rye (page 139)
- Chickpea Crepe (Farinata) with Mushrooms and Artichokes (page 113)
Looking forward to trying
- Hearts-of-Palm-Style Crab Cakes with Remoulaude (page 151)
- Avo Toasts (page 117)
- Fresh Citrus Olives (page 248)
I now own both Crazy Sexy Diet and Crazy Sexy Kitchen and I would highly recommend owning them to add to your wellness library.
May you find fabulous people who help you on your journey to wellness.
To Kris and Chad for a great cookbook.
Jo-Ann Blondin, your 9CupChallenge partner