Great response to yesterday’s post, guys! So many wonderful observations between the tensions between ethical eating and gourmet eating, and how we’re all learning to transcend them.
In that post, I mentioned that my friend Kris Carr’s Crazy Sexy Diet hits bookstores this week. Woohoo! I’m excited for Kris, of course, but especially excited because I was a part of the book’s making. When you purchase a copy (which you should do pronto), you’ll see that a bunch of CR recipes made it into the book’s recipe bank—right along with recipes from my friends at Candle 79 and my pal Kristen. I’m so proud to be in that kind of company, and so grateful to Kris for letting me be a part of her work.
Most of the CR recipes included are dressings, but my raw peanut noodles make an appearance, and so does the famous banana soft serve. They’re in the company of some incredible recipes from Chad Sarno and many others. I can’t wait to sample the whole recipe round up for myself!
It’s worth saying that I didn’t only help Kris with recipes. As the book was going through its very early edits, Kris called me and asked if I would be its first reader. She was especially interested in my reactions as a nutritionist and raw foods coach—was it balanced? Did I think the menus were nourishing and approachable? Was there anything I would add, caution against, or take out?
To be honest, I was stunned with Kris’s humility. The raw food/vegan health world is full of big personalities and self-proclaimed “experts.” I’ve found—much to my dismay—that not all of the people writing about raw nutrition and health have bothered to do their homework. I also find that various experts in raw foods tend to prioritize the gloss of their work over its integrity: they toss out all sorts of mumbo jumbo that sounds alluring, but isn’t necessarily valid, simply to assure that readers are impressed. Kris is heavily concerned with the quality of her work, and with its accuracy, and she isn’t too proud to reach out to experts for feedback and criticism (this is why there are so many interviews with MDs and health experts in the book). In fact, our ongoing inside joke is that we have each other on speed dial whenever one of us comes across a shady raw nutrition claim.
Anyway, I’m glad Kris reached out, but I also had only enthusiastic things to say about Crazy Sexy Diet. No two people see nutrition exactly the same way, and of course she and I differ in perspective from time to time. But we agree on all of the fundamentals: fill about 50% of your plate up with plants, preferably green ones; eat all vegan and semi raw, if you can/want to; reduce inflammation with alkaline foods (which are almost always plant-based, whole foods); learn to love kale. I was impressed with her manuscript’s diligence and thoroughness, and with its fun, sassy, and compassionate writing style. Kris brings such tremendous generosity of spirit to her work as a cancer survivor, nutrition writer, and motivational speaker, and it shines through in every page of Crazy Sexy Diet.By the time I was done reading the book, I could only say, “Brava, friend.” In the acknowledgments of her book, Kris writes, “To Gena Hamshaw for validating my work and giving me the confidence to put it out there with pride.” You didn’t need validation, Kris, but consider it my pleasure.
To read more about Kris’s story (which is a pretty incredible tale of healing), to read excerpts from big names in the vegan community, and to find out more about her 21 day “adventure” program (which features easy-to-follow suggested meal options), check out Crazy Sexy Diet for yourself. You’ll have the added benefit of seeing some of your fave CR salad dressings in print, including my carrot miso, my avocado cumin, and my raw ranch dressings!
Today happens to have been my first day of class as a premed student. I only had one actual class, and all we did was review significant figures and measurement conversions, but it was still a nerve-wracking couple of hours for me (it’s been a while since I took physics, OK?). By the time I got home, I was more than ready for something that spelled comfort, which in my case means a big, alkalizing, nutrient dense salad. With Kris in mind—for she, too, considers alkalizing salads her comfort food—I whipped up a big batch of my green goddess dressing, which is featured on page 210 of the book. It had been a while since I had this one, and it was a tasty homecoming:
Romaine, red leaf lettuce, cabbage, carrots, avocado, steamed Japanese yam, and a healthy few tablespoons of my green goddess dressing. A good meal for healthy goddesses everywhere.
Hope you all had green and nourishing meals today, too. I’ll be back this week with a new kale chip recipe, a green smoothie that I actually like, and some other culinary highlights. Stay tuned!