The Essential Guide to Raw Vegan Diets

Brenda Davis RD
Vesanto Melina MS RD
Rynn Berry

The acclaimed authors of  Becoming Vegan: Express Edition, Becoming Vegan: Comprehensive Edition, and The New Becoming Vegetarian present the first authoritative look at the science behind raw food diets. The book is written for anyone who wants to eat more raw foods, either to lose weight, fight chronic health problems, or benefit from the high level of nutrients in uncooked or sprouted foods.

The authors offer science-based answers to tough questions about raw foods and raw diets, furnish nutrition guidelines and practical information, and show how to construct a raw diet that meets recommended nutrient intakes—simply and easily.

Professor Rynn Berry, a historian on vegetarianism, offers an overview on the anthropological, historical and religious roots of rawfoodism. A section of over 45 recipes provides dishes for any time of day and every occasion. Nutritional analysis are given for each recipe. A glossary, references, resources, and index are also included.

A raw vegan diet is to average dietary patterns what the summit of Mount Everest is to an average hill-an ascent to potentially exhilarating and life-changing heights, fraught with hazard. The health benefits of a judicious raw diet are apt to be considerable, while a reckless approach could be equally harmful. In typical Davis and Melina fashion, 'Becoming Raw' is thorough, thoughtful, practical, and balanced. It is, in fact, the gold standard on the topic. If the rarefied terrain of a raw vegan diet calls out to you, Davis and Melina are the best Sherpas in the business; don't make the trek without them!"—David L. Katz, MD, Director, Prevention Research Ctr., Yale University School of Medicine, Nutrition Columnist, O, the Oprah Magazine.

“Brenda Davis and Vesanto Melina do an outstanding job of nutrition research, bringing readers the most accurate and up-to-date information. Their books are a must-read for anyone with an interest in raw food and/or vegan diets.”—T. Colin Campbell, PHD, Professor Emeritus of Nutritional Biochemistry, Cornell University, author of The China Study.

"'Becoming Raw'is the definitive book on health and the benefits of adding more raw fruits and vegetables to your diet. This book is a treasure chest of easy-to-read, well-researched information for anyone wanting to improve their eating habits. I couldn’t put it down!”—Cherie Soria, founder & director of Living Light Culinary Arts Institute,  co-author of  The Raw Food Revolution Diet.

“I’m thrilled to see this thorough, insightful, practical overview of raw food nutrition. If you’ve been wondering where raw foodists get their protein from or simply feel confused about how to begin incorporating more raw food into your lifestyle, let this book guide you towards a healthier, brighter, more energetic you.”—Angela Stokes-Monarch,, author of Raw Emotions.

"Becoming Raw is an excellent resource for anyone interested in understanding the relationship between food and health. It is one of few books that covers raw, plant-based nutrition from a peer-reviewed scientific perspective, yet presents the concepts in a manner accessible to the general public. This book will be at the top of our list of suggested readings.”—Drs. Karin and Rick Dina, D.C., Instructors of the Science of Raw Food Nutrition courses, Living Light Culinary Arts Institute.

"Drawing on science, Becoming Raw presents a balanced and comprehensive approach to this sensible way of eating. As someone who truly appreciates the performance-boosting benefits of a high-raw diet, the value of information in this book should not be underestimated."—Brendan Brazier, Triathlete, Speaker, author of Thrive Fitness

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