I’ve been hard at work on my very first cookbook – Quick and
Dirty Clean: Raw Till Dinner Meals for Busy Folks. In fact, I just wrapped it up this morning. It’ll be officially for sale February 22nd!
The Quick and Clean cookbook is based around the concept of eating Raw Till Dinner, often also referred to as Raw Till 4 or High Raw. You get the best of both the raw and cooked vegan worlds. 1) Tons of water and vitamin rich raw fruits and veggies throughout the day. But also 2) cooked whole plant foods for your evening meal.
Behind-the-Scenes With My Recipe Testers
Working with 18 talented and super-helpful recipe testers was such an educational process. Paula, Steph, Sari, Denise, Alexsis, Jennifer, Mary Ellen, Kathy, Any, Julia, Cory, Kathryn, Gaby, Courtney, Sophia, Lisa, Tim, and Heather. Amazing people who took their job seriously!
I thought you might get some voyeur’s delight if I pulled back the curtains. I know I always feel a little quirk of curiosity and love seeing behind the scenes!
Many of my testers volunteered when I put out the call to Take Action Tuesday newsletter subscribers and others came to me when I posted in a couple of my favorite vegan Facebook groups.
Everyone got at least 2-4 recipes to test. They took photos and filled out a short survey for me. Their comments resulted in lots of tweaks in my recipes, and some of my variations came directly from their feedback. If you purchase my cookbook, you can thank them!
Recipe tester Alexsis’ husband Todd is a photographer. Lucky me! Together they made, staged, and photographed a bunch of my recipes. I love love love Todd’s photos, and they will be featured heavily in the book and cover. I’ve joked with Alexsis that Todd can use my cookbook as his portfolio.
What a bonus to get local vegan superhero Chef Steph from Veg Out involved. Her and Justin made an extra big serving of my Orange Tahini Macro Bowl after they finished testing so they would have leftovers for the week. Now that’s a compliment!
Now your turn. Share a time when you made a cookbook recipe and were extra proud of your results. Had any epic fails when making a recipe?
Feature photo by Todd Moore.