Tuesday, July 07, 2009

ani phyo's raw desserts review and give-away!!




I was so excited to get a chance to review Ani Phyo's newest cookbook, Ani's Raw Food Desserts. This is the perfect time of the year to dive into a world of fresh, raw desserts while taking advantage of all the gorgeous produce on hand. While this book contains many simple recipes that shine the spotlight on a single ingredient such as watermelons or peaches, Ani Phyo's fans know that there is going to be much more. There are recipes for cupcakes, cheesecakes, even tiramisu. I was introduced to new ingredients (such as mesquite powder and lecithin), and also enjoyed reading Ani's tips for health, beauty, and green living throughout the book. There are even recipes using wine- Ani is a chef after my own heart!

So far, my favorite recipe that I've made from this book is the strawberry kream cheezecake (p. 57) (I subbed fresh blueberries for the strawberry sauce). Raw or not, vegan or not, this is by far my favorite cheesecake ever! Daiku and I are obsessed with it- it is creamy and tangy and has just the right texture and taste. I can't wait to try variations of it... hmmm, I went strawberry picking today...



Thanks to the generosity of the publisher, I have a copy of Ani's Raw Food Desserts to give away! If you'd like a chance to win this book, just leave a comment here. I will randomly pick one winner from all the commenters. Deadline for comments: Thursday, 9 July 2009, 11 p.m. EST. Winner announced: Friday morning. Good luck!


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106 comments:

Megan said...

that cheezecake looks yummy.

esme said...

i NEED an excuse to buy a better food processor...

No More Sad Geraniums said...

How, that cheesecake looks unbelievable!

Karyn said...

I wants it!

Paula said...

Hi bazu! that cheezecake does look super yummy! i am jealous of all your strawberry and cherry picking!

matt said...

love all raw food desserts

vague said...

That looks amazing. Having only recently begin eating vegan, I haven't had much of a chance to try out raw food recipes. I think dessert would be a GREAT place to start!

Sarah said...

i could use a push to try raw - looks yummy

panda with cookie said...

Hey there. Panda with cheesecake!

Case said...

Awesome! I love Ani Phyo! Her recipes are so good I'm not at all surprised to hear her cheezecake destroys all others. I can't wait to try this, thanks for the recommendation!!

Rachel said...

This looks lovely! Can't wait to see how the strawberries turn out.

vijita said...

A girl at my farmer's market sells raw goodies and she's been making a lot of the things from that book recently. Super-yum! And that CHEESECAKE!

erica said...

that cheesecake looks fab! i'd love to win that book. :)

kittee said...

oh yes yes yes yes yes. i want it. that pie wants to come to mama.

xo
kittee

T said...

Oh my goodness, that looks killer! And I dig her apron :)

Carrie said...

That cheezcake looks amazing!!

Animal-Friendly said...

Yum! That cheesecake looks so creamy! Is it cashew based?

Born to be Vegan said...

That cheezecake looks fabulous! My children have soy sensitivities so I have been researching raw food recipes lately but have yet to try any. But after seeing that picture.....

Josey Willow said...

Oh boy that cheesecake looks amazing!

What else do you love from the cookbook?

Anonymous said...

Oooh, her recipes make raw food sound sooo good! I'd really like to get that book!

Kristy said...

wow, that cheesecake looks amazing! so does the book!

Sina said...

Sounds soooo good!

Lebkuchen said...

I love Ani's other book and would love to win this one!

Bobbi said...

I was JUST reading about this book in VegNews and thinking I should buy it for yummy summer desserts, but free is better!

Valerie H. said...

I could use a copy!

Hannah said...

Raw desserts are so fascinating.. I would love to check this book out myself! I've certainly heard good things about it all around.

jacblades said...

that looks amazing...and i don't even like cheesecake! i didn't even know ani had a new book out.

Courtney said...

I never win anything, but would never pass up a chance to win a cookbook! I don't have AC and it is hot and humid...need I say more?!

Courtney

aimee said...

It's so nice to see you blogging more! And about such a great topic, too...!

Vicki's Vegan Vice said...

the blueberry kream cheezecake looks ahhsome! i hope i win ani's book!! i want to try raw desserts.

fatcat said...

Looks yummy! Me wantee!!

Diana said...

I've been wanting this book for soooooooooooo long! I've seen pic of the desserts and they look amazing

andy w said...

Pick me! Pick me!

poopiebitch said...

Yummmm! DO WANT.

Carla said...

I'd LOVE tyhis book. Perfect summer desserts, and that cheezecake looks to die for!!

zel(da) said...

oooh i would love that book! that cheezecake looks amazing, and i'm planning to do a raw food month coming up, so this would certainly make it sweeter. :)

HeyitsBeth said...

Holy crap that cheesecake pic looks gooooood!

Fat Bottom Bakery said...

Looks delicious. And what's that adorable little plate you've got it on? Too summery.

Kay said...

WOW that looks so good. I've been dying to get my hands on this book, or even any really good raw book! I love making raw foods, especially in hot months.

me said...

i was just drooling over this in the bookstore yesterday! holy wow.

~Sz said...

Want want want! Love Ani and love Bazu!

Justin said...

Holy goodness, I would love to have this book! Love Ani, love Bazu, love raw desserts...seriously, I need this book!

Natalie said...

Wow that book looks wonderful!!
I would loveee a chance to win that book. I am a big desserts/sweets person and sugar=love for me. Hehe

I have not tried raw desserts but would love too. "CHEESE"CAKE IS DA BOMB

Catalina said...

I could be completely raw if I were allowed to live off of Ani's raw desserts. That could be healthy, right?

sarchan said...

That cheesecake looks lovely.

Clea said...

I want to incorporate more raw, and desserts would be just the ticket...

Jessica said...

I think the only possible way to transition to raw foodism is to delve deep into the sea of raw dessert recipes. That cheesecake looks positively scrumptious!

Retro Vegan said...

What an awesome giveaway. I've heard so many good things about Ani's recipes and who doesn't love a yummy dessert?

I have my fingers crossed. :-)

Jess said...

Wow, that looks divine, i want to try a slice!

Grace Lee said...

i stink at baking so learning to make raw desserts would be great

Theresa said...

Wow, that cheesecake looks pretty incredible!

Carolyn said...

I would love a copy of this book. I live with an cook for an omnivore whose very open-minded to vegan food, and likes raw vegan stuff more than regular vegan stuff.

craftyvegan said...

I am salivating at your description and picture of the raw cheesecake.

Thalia said...

...Today is my birthday - the big 23! And so far it's been mostly a bummer so winning this cookbook would be phenomenal. I had the chance to take a trip down to San Fran but I had to trade it for rent money instead, ha ha! Maybe I could make myself a belated raw birthday cake? Just saying...

Jackie Smith (the other one) said...

That cheesecake is gorgeous. What else did you love from this book?

Pistachio and Cardamom said...

omg me want! i love ani! her recipes are simple, delicious,and taste "gourmet" without trying too hard. crossing my fingers!

Renee G said...

I would love to have this book. I hear a cheesecake recipe calling my name.

rsgrandinetti@yahoo(dot)com

Jodie said...

It looks like an awesome book!

Sara Beth said...

Me me me! I love raw desserts and would love to try these. With your review I'm going to get my hands on this book whether I can manage to win a copy or not. Looks delicious.

Natlay said...

Gasp! Do want!

I'm so intrigued by raw desserts, especially since finding about about my celiac-ness a few months ago. The prospect of having a dessert book that doesn't force me to modify anything is almost too good to be true!!

Nadine said...

Wow, an entire dessert book by Ani sounds amazing! I'm dying to get my hands on this!

Nathan said...

I have been a good person today, and I want to make that cheesecake!!!!

Mona said...

I love cheezecake and I would love to try a raw version.

sarahrahh said...

i still havent made a cheesecake! count me in

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Art You Dream About said...

I would love this book!

lao80 said...

That looks so good. I'm going to have to buy this book.

KimberlyNE said...

Cheesecake looks delicious - so do those blueberries on top!

vegan.in.brighton said...

Delicious looking cheesecake...was there a recipe for a raspberry / cocoa based cake in there? I remember that looking pretty delicious too!

AmKo said...

Is the cheesecake better than the raw version Isa posted? Even if it isn't, I can't wait to try out this book!

Carmen said...

oooh, pick me!

Heather said...

I love raw desserts! This reminds me that I need to make some...

Mihl said...

That cake looks really great, Bazu. I have such a limited access to vegan sour cream and cream cheese, so raw cheese cakes are always my choice. And they have good ingredients!

bukuchic said...

i would love to win this book!! gives me a much-needed push into raw and greener living!

bazu said...

hi all!
yes, the cheezecake is cashew based.
other recipes I've enjoyed from this book include coconut ice cream, chocolate covered bananas (with hemp seeds!), and canteloupe granita. I'm still eager to try the chocolate/raspberry cake Jojo mentioned...

Carla said...

This looks so very very good. Would love to win!

Luke said...

Looks tasty, now I just need a food processor! yeksuh5000atyahoodotcom

Karen said...

I am so, so happy your awesome blog is back! That cheesecake looks delish!

madness rivera said...

I wanna win!! That cheesecake looks unbelievable. I love Ani Phyo.

Paulina said...

I would love to win!

kmouse said...

I love Ani's recipes and this book looks great! I met Ani once, she's really nice and very sweet in person, and not to mention gorgeous.

Dingofoof said...

Raw vegan tiramisu! I want some!

Amanda said...

Yum! Raw desserts sound amazing..I'd love to check this book out!

denise said...

Ani's recipes are so good! Thank you for the chance to win!!

willwolf said...

That cheezecake sounds fabulous. I've never tried any of Ani's recipes, but summer seems like the perfect time to start!

aTxVegn said...

This book hasn't gotten lots of good reviews. I wouldn't mind a free copy!

alice said...

Wow - there are a lot of us here!

That cheesecake looks AMAZING. I would love a copy of my own, to see all of what else is inside!

Marina C said...

it's not like i need the calories, but the recipes sound SO good!

Laura said...

I made a raw, vegan, blueberry cheesecake a couple of years ago and it went over really well. I would not mind trying some other recipes!

megatarian said...

Granted, I have a massive cookbook addiction, but really, I think I'd just be happy with a slice of the cheesecake! :D It looks fantastic! I dig the fresh blueberries too -- as much as I love strawberries, I'm not a huge fan of them cooked.

Puppy said...

i saw this book at the store. it looks super good. winning it is even better! i like her first book and website too. very awesome.

Luciana said...

Luciana needs raw cheesecake!

Esther said...

That looks delicious!!

Jessica Bauer said...

This book sounds amazing!

Stella said...

I want to make sweet, sweet love to that cheesecake.

Jenna McKay said...

I hope this isn't a double-comment, my server connection was reset the other time I tried! Anyway, I HAVE to have that chocolate-raspberry recipe!

caribbeanvegan said...

I would like to win the cookbook as raw desserts interest me a lot more than the food. So I am crossing my fingers and toes!

michelle said...

Ooo ooo ooo I've been coveting this book!

Alicia (Vegan Guinea Pig) said...

I must have this book! Gimme Gimme Gimme!!!

Granolagirl Amy said...

I actually just started a high raw diet and could use some good "uncooked" books. This one looks great!

Love your blog! :-)

Susan said...

I LOVE anis other recipe book and would LOVE to win this. Thanks for offering it!! You're the BOMB!!

Susan

nora said...

Thanks for doing the giveaway! I have yet to make a raw cheesecake, but I've had my eye on Isa's strawberry one from the PPK blog.

Mel B. said...

I have never tried any of Ani's recipes, but I DO love desserts and they all sound awesome.

JENNA said...

I almost bought that book the other day...I hope the reason that I didn't buy the book is because I'm going to win it from you!!

Don't let me and Reno down Bazu!!

Julie said...

Ooh, that looks so good! Tried my first (vegan) cheesecake last week and was prepared to swear them off altogether. I flipped through the book at a store and would love to get this.

amyargh said...

well, I'm going to need you to give me that book. kthanks.