Friday Giveaway: The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Raw Food “Detox”
January 27, 2012


Happy Friday! Nice responses to yesterday’s Vitamin-rich juice. I am so glad you all enjoyed the recipe. Today, I’m switching gears to offer you a Friday giveaway for two copies of the Complete Idiot’s Guide to Raw Food “Detox” (quotations mine).

I was offered copies of this book by Adam Graham, a wildly talented raw foods chef. I immediately said yes, please—a copy for me and one for one of my readers. Adam generously obliged, and made me the recipient of two copies of the book.

I was a little trepidatious when I first heard this book’s title: though I was once as influenced by the concept of “detox” as are most newbie raw foodists (including the years in which I started this blog), I gradually came to believe that the expression is overused and often misunderstood. People talk about “detox” without specifying the precise biological pathways by which they think it’s happening. Rather than defining the process biologically, they treat it as a mystical, unknowable, mysterious phenomenon that is specifically tied to raw food. For this reason—and because I have yet to fully explore and gather evidence for the idea of “detox” as it relates to what we eat—I’m incredibly wary of the word, and try not to use it sloppily.

When I received The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Raw Food Detox, I was immediately impressed with the awesome recipes. These include many useful recipes for blended smoothies and juices, which are a mainstay of mine during busy student days. The desserts and snacks are likewise delicious and often very ingenious. So I recommend the book heartily for its food! Note, however (it’s clear in the photo below) that bee pollen and honey appear in the book. So, if you’re vegan, you’ll want to modify with agave or maple syrup in those places.


I will confess that I was less impressed by some of the health writing, which emphasizes “cleansing,” “detox,” and acid/alkaline balance without enough scientific support for my liking. It’s a great compendium of many of the theories about health that abound in the raw community, but they simply aren’t theories that speak to me any longer (of course, a lot of the information does speak to me—for instance, the parts about nutrient density, freshness, non-GMO foods, organic produce, and so on). Ultimately, I’d recommend the guide first as a resource for great raw recipes, and second as a good primer in raw foods theory. But since I’ve read up on the theory a lot already, I am going to offer both copies to two lucky Choosing Raw readers, and encourage them to draw their own conclusions about the health info therein.

To enter this giveaway to win one copy of The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Raw Food Detox, you can do any of the below. Each action counts as a separate entry, so please leave a comment for each action you complete!

  1. Leave a comment, telling me what you hope to get out of this reading experience.
  2. Tweet about this giveaway, being sure to include a link to the giveaway post.
  3. Follow me on Twitter.
  4. Like Choosing Raw on Facebook.
  5. Like The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Raw Food Detox on Facebook.
  6. Mention this giveaway in a blog post.

You have until next Friday to enter the giveaway. Good luck!!!

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  1. I’ve been on my raw journey for the past four months and while I’m loving it I need some help expanding my raw repertoire. I also made a new year’s resolution to simplify my life by only buying five new things this year, so winning this book would be a huge help!

  2. I enjoy your website. My husband did the post bac premed program at voucher, so I know what you are going through. He is in his last year of residency now…hang in there the time will pass quickly. Now we just have to pay off all those loans…

    I would love to win a free copy of the book. Our library doesn’t have a copy to borrow, and I would love a copy of my own. It would be so greatly appreciated.

    Thanks for considering us:-)

    Keep up the great work!

  3. I would love to gain some knowledge of raw food diets. During the summer I love to go to farmer’s markets to pick up freshly picked produce, and I’m usually at a loss about what to do with it. I’m sure this book would help with healthy, delicious recipes.

  4. I’d love to get new smoothie and juice recipes! I’ve been adding them to my daily menus–they’re so convenient when you’re in a rush!

  5. I want to rediscover healthy eating and what it means to really know what I’m putting into my body.

  6. While I, too, am suspicious of any claims of “cleansing” and “detoxing,” as someone who’s just dipping her toe into the whole raw food thing, this book seems like a great resource. Thanks for such a cool giveaway!

  7. It sounds like a simple way to cross over into more of a raw foods diet. I would love to try some of the recipes.

  8. I am suffering from lots of digestive issues and am looking for resources to help me through it.

  9. Dabbling in RAW eating and would like to a) learn more about it b) have some go-to recipes on hand. Thanks for the awesome blog.

  10. I have type 1 diabetes and I’m always curious to see how raw food writers and coaches discuss type 1 and 2 diabetes, health, improvement, and “reversal.” Hoping to see good science…and respect! (I’m a medium-raw vegetarian, thriving for 32 years with type 1 D, lots of energy, low insulin doses, no complications, but not cured!!)

    Anyway, I’d love to check out the book and try the recipes. Looking for motivation and good ideas! Love your blog….

  11. First – I cannot wait as your training & education teach you what’s physiologically (sp) going on during a “detox”; and you hopefully share with us. I fell under the “detox spell” myself and have recently been wondering what’s really going on under the hood!

    Second – I would love to have this book for the recipes.


  12. I have always been interested in raw food, especially with the making of homemade nut milks/cheeses/etc, it just has always seemed like such a hassle. This site has given me the encouragement to branch out and try some new things in the kitchen again 😀

  13. I like how the book has simple, raw recipes as I feel I can never have enough of those handy. It inspires to keep choosing raw! 😉

  14. Cool giveaway! I think this book would help me expand my raw food horizons – about 90% of my diet is raw, but I’m not very adventurous with my recipes. And maybe it would help my family “detox” from all the junk they’ve been eating!

  15. I “Like” The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Raw Food Detox on Facebook.

  16. What I want to get from this book is to learn how to detox my body from the damage I did last year (especially emotional overeating).

  17. I liked The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Raw Food Detox by Adam A. Graham on facebook. I am going to explore their page now. Thanks

  18. I am always on the hunt for more raw info as I try to transition myself and family to a healthier lifestyle. I love raw recipes and would appreciate more perspective on the subject. Thanks for the ofpportunity!

  19. I’ve recently been exploring a raw diet. My career as a buyer (in Las Vegas) pushes me towards such an unhealthy lifestyle with constant travel and client dinners and happy hours. I’m slowly teaching myself a new way of life and I’m finding that I feel and look better and my body is beginning to crave kale and green juice. Would love to try the recipes in this book to keep my diet exciting!

  20. I’d like to learn to eat raw. I’m a new vegan and would love to learn to eat raw vegan. I heard so many positive things about eating raw and how great it is for our bodies, that this year, my goal is to eat very healthy and start taking care of myself more by eating better.

  21. I would like to try the recipes as I am always looking for healthy, delicious recipes, and I love to read any raw food books.

  22. weve been getting more and more into raw foods over the past year. this would be a good springboard to launch us into a full-fledged relationship the healthy way.

  23. I am very new to this type of diet, and have taken a lot of your recipes for inspiration and have been experimenting with them. I am celiac, and the raw recipes are usually gluten free which is so great because it is so hard to find yummy gluten free recipes that are healthy! This book would just give me even more ideas to incorporate into my diet 🙂

  24. I’m intrigued by the recipes in this book! I recently started following the healthiest and most satisfying diet I’ve ever experienced (big deal for me since I’m a food addict), and I think this book could help give me some food ideas and keep me inspired.

  25. As a student, I am always exploring new recipes for fast raw foods like smoothies. This book would provide me with valuable ideas, in addition to increasing my raw intake.

  26. I would like to use this book as a primer- already use a ton of your recipes, but addl background material would be helpful. Thanx!!

  27. Need a lifestyle change, because I am done with having Dr visits where they tell me organs are falling apart and might have to come out……. need to learn raw food fast!


  28. I have been imersing myself in raw food/plant based eating for the past couple months. ANything I can get my hands on with good recipes to follow is so helpful. This is a whole new way of eating for me, and I am LOVING IT! Thanks for your wonderful site. I can relate to so much of what you discuss.

  29. I’d like to get to know a bit more about the benefits of raw foods over a long period of time 🙂

  30. I am very interested in the using raw food as a detox, and also getting more information about nutrient-dense foods and incorporating them in my diet.

  31. I hope to come away from reading this book with a better understanding of how consuming foods in their raw state is especially beneficial to one’s health. I’m also really interested in trying out more creative, raw dishes!

    Thanks for the chance!

  32. I am always curious as to find out what works for other people! And leave with some new knowledge about something.

  33. It looks like an interesting read – I’m always on the lookout for new health info and recipes! The recipes look like they would be simple while being healthy, but not time consuming, like a lot of raw cookbooks. I’m following on twitter as well (@joanwallace)

  34. I have food allergies and an auto immune disoder. Since I live in a small town that does not have options to eat out I cook all of my meals from home. I am always looking for a new cookbook with healthy recipes to try out. Thanks for doing a give-a-away!! Love reading your blog. 🙂

  35. I do really like incorporating raw foods into my diet as much as possible, but they’re usually in the form of cut-up veggies, fresh fruit, and salads – I’d love to really explore making actual raw meals. Thanks for a great giveaway!

    Btw, I’m going to try making your seed and raisin snack balls to have as a snack throughout the next week 🙂 I’m in law school right now, so I love when you give tips for busy students!

  36. I would really only use this book as a raw foods recipe reference since my repertoire is pretty limited. I am also cautious in regards to the abundance of food-related theories out there. Thanks for the give-away!

  37. Thanks for this opportunity to win the book. I really appreciate it. I teach at the elementary school level and every new year brings children with serious allergies to food. We have also seen a significant rise in autism-spectrum disorders. While I know there is much debate about allergies and disorders in children being linked to food, but can we afford to ignore the rise of incidences? I would like to learn how I can supplement the my own childrens’ diet as well as better understand the physiology and biology of food consumption. I hope this book will help! Thanks, Suzanne

  38. Recently diagnosed with extensive food allergies. I would love to expand my cookbook options to fit with my new way of eating! Thanks!

  39. I have never tried a primarily raw diet, so this book would be extremely informative. Thanks so much for the chance to win!

  40. Can’t “like” on FB since I don’t like all these social media techies! Hope I can still win 🙂

  41. I would love new recipes! This is the time of year when I start to get a bit lazy with cooking and I always turn to foods full of carbs and unhealthy fats.

  42. I would love to have our two teenagers read it and give me their opinions, based on their current knowledge of the raw living foods lifestyle.
    Peace and Raw Health,

  43. follow you on fb and twitter. Would love a new recipe book to give me some creative ideas for my family!

  44. I would LoVe to detox and have a whole new book as a guide, tho I LOVE CR, one can never have enough information to help on our healing journey! Xo

  45. Wow! Nice giveaway! Seems perfect for this time of year as I tend to hibernate more and need something liek this. Thanks!

  46. I love your blog and I love raw food! I am currently working on getting my own blog up and running and am trying to learn as much as possible about nutrition and the raw food lifestyle. This book would be awesome! =D

  47. First of all, thank you for a great blog! 🙂
    Secondly, I’d like to win the book because I’m a bit on the unimaginative side when it comes to raw food. So the recipes will go to good use.

  48. I’d love to read this book to get some more non-sweet raw snack ideas. I love all my raw truffle recipes, but funnily enough there are times when I crave savoury 😛

  49. I would so use this book to help transition me to more raw (or fully raw) foods. I would also show it to friends so they understand how great raw food is!

  50. I’m vegan for a good part of the year (I’m Russian Orthodox Christian and we fast from meat, dairy, and eggs during Lent, Advent, and before other holidays), and I’d love to dip my toes into raw foodism! I don’t really know where to begin, so this would be a great resource for me. 🙂

  51. I’m trying to reestablish my diet habits and I work on the road, so have raw food ready to eat in my car would be healthy and helpful! I’m hoping I could find some good snacks in this book.

  52. I am looking to learn how eating raw can help improve my energy and digestion! Thank you 🙂

  53. Hi Gena, I love your offer and like that you are making it a game for us to play. I am currently working on a book called the Conscious Cleanse. I am looking to partner with one or some natural food chefs. Interested? So I am interested in the book for research and because I love raw food and love trying new simple recipes. I can only hope that if it’s for “idiots” that it’s simple. :o) Thanks! Julie

  54. I love collecting healthy, raw recipes and I hope to gain some new insight and new delicious food ideas.

  55. I’m very curious about this book and as a beginning raw food person, any help would be very much appreciated… I’ve read a few other ‘idiot’s guides’ and most are very good. I’m going to plan on being lucky!
    thanks for your wonderful recipes and ideas…

  56. I would love to win the book for the recipes! “Detox” is just a new, hip way of saying “diet,” but the recipes sound delicious!

  57. TGIF! This sounds like an excellent book, and I’ve been keen on incorporating more raw foods into my diet. Very excited that the weekend is here…although, besides teaching yoga and a friend’s birthday, it will mostly be catching up on work and errands. Sigh.

  58. This sounds great! Though I’m not completely raw I try to make raw foods a big part of every day. This sounds like a great way to do that without having the “prep” consume my life, as with some fancier books and recipes.

  59. I’m slowly working my way towards a future in health coaching/dietetics/nutrition, and will read just about anything I get my hands on. Living foods are such powerful healing tools for an array of ailments. I love to hear people’s different approaches and ideas. Knowing what’s out there helps me to grow and have a stronger stance on my opinions.

  60. I feel this book will help me improve my transformation to high raw vegan. I believe in researching and collecting data to make an informed decision. Because I love the CR blog and I agree with you, I would like the opportunity to review this book to make changes in my life, not only for my health, but to share my journey with others. I want to be able to begin a discourse with my friends and family how high raw vegan can contribute to their lives in a positive manner using solid information. It is also important to me to live by example to bring others to ask questions about my lifestyle. It’s all about positive discourse!

  61. I gradually came to believe that the expression is overused and often misunderstood. People talk about “detox” without specifying the precise biological pathways by which they think it’s happening. Rather than defining the process biologically, they treat it as a mystical, unknowable, mysterious phenomenon that is specifically tied to raw food. – I love this because it is so so true. Our bodies are basically one big “detox” machine, if you want to look at it that way. If you have functioning organs, you have “detox,” so to speak. I can’t tell you enough times how refreshing your perspective is.

  62. i am hoping for some new recipes to help inspire me to stay health for the rest of winter. 🙂

  63. I believe that raw food is our cure to a better life and I think reading experiemce will a good start for to flush out my sistem all the toxines acumulated till now.

  64. Thank you for your perspective on detox & alkalinity. The word “detox” makes me shudder. I prefer the idea of cleansing – as in cleaning up your diet, being mindful of the foods you eat (Lord knows I won’t become wealthy by proselytizing such crazy notions! Skip the expensive detox regimens and learn to shop, cook and eat in a more intelligent way).

    There isn’t enough scientific data to support much of what is shared on these topics. And to be frank, it’s really confusing to try to eat to balance your alkaline levels. If you’re a mostly healthy person, you can whip your diet into shape by simply eating more fresh, whole foods. I welcome this as a cookbook and primer, and look forward to the research you have to contribute to the field. xo!

  65. From this reading experience, I hope to learn more about the raw food diet and learn some raw recipes!

  66. I ‘like’ you on Facebook! Also, I’d love this book to learn more raw food recipes. I’m about to train to be a raw food chef! Plus I’d love it for easy, quick things to make for myself.

  67. following you on twitter @left_the_stars

    pumuckler {at} gmail {dot} com

  68. I hope to win, because the book contains some awesome recipes – and is also written in a way everybody can understand it

    Thank you for hosting this giveaway

    pumuckler {at} gmail {dot} com

  69. I would love to win this to be inspired to increase the quantity of raw foods in my diet and hope the recipes and concepts in the book would facilitate that.

  70. I have done detoxes before but always with supplements. Our bodies need a break sometimes and so I’m looking forward to some juicing recipes that would be great to give my body a rest from trying to digest my normal diet.

  71. Hi i would loveeee this book because i just recently moved out on my own and work two jobs. Time to think for myself about food just isn’t possible so the recipes and information will definitely help me to be able to create batches of things to have in the house all the time.

  72. I’m relatively new to raw foods. I probably never ate raw foods, pretty much at all, until last year. In June of 2011 I did the “Crazy, Sexy, Diet” cleanse. It really woke me up to the power of green juice and fresh leafy veggies! Now I can’t imagine a day without at least two meals involving green leafies! From the book I hope to get a lot of awesome new raw recipes. Though your website is already great for that! Love your recipes!!

  73. With this book, I would probably use the recipes to help myself recover from anorexia, as I am doing so now.

    Though with or without the book, your blog will always remain my #1 go-to raw recipe catalog! 😉

  74. I would LOVE to win this book. I am totally fascinated with raw foods and the amazing health benefits. Right now I am listening to Rapalooza. Eight days of raw food interviews and I am loving it. Thanks!

  75. I found your information in an Oprah magazine and it has changed my life. Since I have started reading your blog and making your recipes, I feel so renewed. At 53, my health and to stay healthy for myself and two grandchildren is of utmost important. Thank you for your helping to learn and keep healthier.

  76. Oh more recipes!!!! I just discovered your blog a few weeks and have been going through your archive of awesome concoctions (the zucchini dressing and sweet potato hummus are ridiculously good and easy to make)….I would love this book of course, but thanks regardless for making the vegan transition easier, healthier, and yummier 🙂

  77. I have always been curious about a Raw Foods diet, but haven’t made the plunge…’Idiot’s guide’ might have my name all over it 🙂

  78. I’m in week two of a gradual detox from meat, dairy, sugar and processed foods. I would love to win the book so I can try some new recipes! 🙂

  79. Already being familiar with the raw food “theories” I would love it for the recipes (the one you photographed sounds delish!) Thanks for the giveaway 🙂

  80. I would like the book for new raw food recipes. I just started doing a raw breakfast, lunch, and snacks and I’m running out of ideas!

  81. I would love to win a copy of this book! I feel that, no matter how many raw foods and nutrition books I read, I always learn something new with each one. I’m looking forward to discovering that something in this book. Thank you for the giveaway!

  82. I’d love to read your take on acidic/alkaline balance in our bodies! I know you’ve stepped away from food combining, which was great news. <3

  83. gena!!!!!!!!!!!! you are just too cute! and I might have gone ABOVE and BEYOND the 1-of-5 and done ALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL … so you’re on my blog post and on my twitter, facebook etc. 😀 and I am going to the beach this weekend with my aunt! winter beach in NC is the best! stay tuned for LOTS of photo shootin’ photos!

  84. I would like to read this book to learn more about raw food preparation and how to incorporate more produce into my diet. Tasty recipes should do the trick 😉

  85. I’d like to win because as I pre-med student, I too am skeptical of the word detox. However, many concepts that are scientifically proven today were mystical decades ago, so it is still interesting to read up on.

  86. I’m a brand new mom and looking for easy yet really healthy foods to get me through my busy nursing days. Somedays all I get is a toasted bagel for 6 hours due to my little man and would love some raw recipes for idiots (hopefully meaning they are simple to make). This book looks like it would be perfect for me!

  87. I have dived head first back into the raw/vegan lifestyle and have brought my family along due to a medical emergency — I hope to be a sponge and keep learning so I’m never lost for words when they challenge me on something!

  88. I eat a ton of fruit and vegetables already but I’d love to push myself towards a higher raw diet, I will have to check this book out either way!

  89. I follow you on Twiiter:) And, I would just like to add that I’m appreciative of your balanced summary of the book. (You don’t always get this from bloggers – not knocking anyone – just an observation.) I’d really like to expand my raw food knowledge, and would this book!

  90. I love cookbooks in the first place, plus I’ve been interested in more raw foods lately!

  91. I am vegan, but do not follow a raw diet. I am interested in learning more, which is why I enjoy your blog. You make it look so simple! A book on raw diets would help me learn the basics.

  92. Hi Gena,

    Like you, I was very excitable about the idea of “detoxing” during my first couple of years with raw foods. I was very disappointed that nothing “detoxy” happened after a year of nothing BUT. I became bitter towards the raw food movement after being so dedicated and not really seeing any new health benefits. (I actually gained 15 lbs which… sucked. Hah!) But your site has slowly eased me back into the raw foods world and helped me see that I don’t have to be so extreme to receive benefits of nutrient rich foods. Now, I like reading new books and blogs just to grow my knowledge base and maybe find a fun recipe I can enjoy now and again. It’s a lot less pressure, I have to say. Thanks for all of your honesty and great writing!

  93. I am a High School English teacher in Canada, who is often the willing brunt of good-natured teasing about my raw food lifestyle from colleagues who refer to my “Twigs and Dirt Diet”. This book would allow me to rightfully confess myself as a “Complete Idiot” and satisfy their need to mock me 🙂 and my need to collect untold numbers of uncooking books.

  94. Thank you for this giveaway, I would love to have a copy of this book! I’ll be mentioning it in my blog on Sparkpeople, and I’ll also “like” you on Facebook!

  95. I like The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Raw Food Detox on facebook also!!
    This is so interesting, I would love to learn more and try new recipes!

  96. As a healthy eater and nutritionist to be (completing my masters in nutrition right now!) this truly interests me. Sounds like there are some interesting information, plus I love new recipes and learning more about the different subjects related to nutrition.

  97. I “liked” The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Raw Food Detox on Facebook .

    I really could use this book as I am determined to learn more and make more raw recipes.

  98. I have recently given up meat for various reasons. My wife and I are on a new found journey to eating raw and abandoning out bad habits of toxic food. I am currently reading a few nutrition books purchased for me by family members and am serious about this life change. However, I seem to be quite the idiot on how to put together all these wonderful tasting foods.
    I am currently completing my degree that has nothing to do with food or health. However, I hope when I graduate in May to take a very deep look into health and nutrition and may begin studies for a license in nutrition or go back to school to add it on. Therefore, while this is a book with some questionable standards of health as you point out it is certainly something I would love to check out to grow my database of raw recipes. Thank you for your posts, they certainly are helping me and my wife make some great changes in our life together.

  99. I did the detox that yuo led in 2010 and enjoyed it very much, but for some reason I haven’t stuck to “cleanses” I’ve done on my own. I am fully vegan, but the recipes sound exciting. Seeing as it is a beginner’s book I can see why there isn’t much science behind it, but I would also like to try to cleanse again because it does feel good and I feel mentally cleansed as well. Thanks Gena!

  100. I need to learn to detox the right way, without giving up so easily and great recipes would do the trick. I NEVER win anything, though, so I guess I’ll eventually buy the book.

  101. My husband and I tried a 3 day juice fast earlier this month. We only made it 2 days! I think we would have fared better with a raw foods “detox” and I would love to learn more about incorporating more raw foods into our diets.

  102. I would love to win this book! I work out everyday and I have a healthy BMI, but I don’t have the best eating habits. My husband is over 400lb, and needs to shake up his diet, too. I think this would be a tremendous help

  103. I would love to start eating more natural foods. I’d have no problem doing it. I just am not creative and have no idea where to start. This book seems amazing! 🙂

  104. Definitely wanting to incorporate more raw food recipes into my diet!! I follow you on twitter and tweeted 🙂

  105. I’m interested in reading more about raw food theory, actually. I haven’t always been very convinced about some of the “detox” claims either, but I have lately become more interested in reading deeper. I’m not a scientist, but reading from lots of different sources would hopefully help make up my mind better about these claims.

  106. I’m just looking for more usable recipes. I’m still not 100% raw, and I’m not yet to the point where I can experiment on my own.

  107. I already like you on fb… also liked The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Raw Food Detox on Facebook.

    I;ve been dabbling with the whole raw/vegan diet the past month or two… but have yet to dive into the deep end. A book like this would definitely help educate me and give me a push in that direction 🙂

  108. I would LoVe to win this. I would love an really need some ideas on what to eat an I get overwhelmed a lot and then will a lot if the time skip important meals.

    I love you and the book on Facebook and twitter already:)

  109. i have similar apprehensions about the word “detox”, but i can put that aside because what im really looking for is more knowledge about the more rare raw foods. superfoods are super for a reason right?
    once i saw bee pollen in that recipe pictured i knew i had to read up on it and figure out what it tastes like, how to use it, etc.
    im always looking to expand my food repertoire, and its easy to do so with you as my inspiration gena.
    thanks for the giveaway.

    • Elise,

      You’re welcome, but this comment reminds me to tell readers that this is not a Vegan book, and that vegans havve to modify around the bee products. Will edit after class 🙂