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Cookbook Club: Raw Food Recipes + Meal Plan


Hiya gorgeous!

As I mentioned last week, I’d love to explore new recipes and cook with you more. That’s why I’m kicking off the Crazy Sexy Cookbook Club! We’ll be getting creative, messy and deliciously inspired with a regular featured chef and cookbook–all with the goal of expanding our repertoire and having some fun. Whenever I grab a new cookbook I drag it around like a woobie. I take it to bed, on the bus, to the pool. I break that sucker in and cook my buns off. I hope this new club will motivate you to do the same and stretch your talented self in the kitchen.

To get us started this month, I teamed up with my friend Gena Hamshaw–raw chef extraordinaire! Gena and I created a 1-day meal plan, which includes all the raw food recipes you’ll need to enjoy a simple and tasty, plant-based blowout. This is a great way to hit the reset button on your health, try a new technique, or reinvigorate your love of high-raw, veg-happy foods.

Read about how to get involved with the Crazy Sexy Cookbook Club below, but first, a little more info about Gena and her gaga-glorious book!

I’m a longtime fan of Gena’s fabulous blog, Choosing Raw. It’s one of my go-to resources for plant-based recipes and nutrition information. Lucky for us, Gena’s intellect, energy, and quick-wit blend together in her first masterpiece, also titled Choosing Raw. Why “choosing?” Because this isn’t your typical raw food book. Rather than pushing a 100% raw diet, Gena gently encourages you to add raw foods to your diet, however quickly or gradually you want to (now that’s my cup of tea!). She allows us to decide how raw we want to go, and reminds us that cooked plant foods aren’t necessarily inferior to raw ones.

Choosing Raw features 125 recipes. All of them are easy, quick, and no-fuss. You also get a healthy serving of Gena’s hilarious, no nonsense approach to nutrition science, as well as her savvy (and spot on) responses to some of the biggest myths and misconceptions surrounding plant-based and raw food.

In addition to all of this, the book features handy information on why you might want to move toward a whole foods, plant-based diet, a list of resources for fabulous veg-focused living, a glossary of ingredients, and plenty of tips on transitioning over to more plant foods. I wrote the foreword to this amazing baby and I’m so proud of Gena!

Crazy Sexy Cookbook Club

Here’s how to join me and Gena on a tasty cooking adventure this week (August 5 – 11):

First, grab all your materials below. The packet includes:

  • Your 1-day meal plan
  • Your raw food recipe booklet (8 in all!)
  • Your shopping list. Take it with you the next time you hit the farmers market or grocery store. Note: We’ve included everything you’ll need for the meal plan, plus we threw in some essentials for any week of plant-based living (almond milk, greens, etc).


Next, stock up!

Whether you’re just trying one recipe or diving in kale-first and participating for a full day, pick up all the ingredients you’ll need to prepare your meal(s).

Prep & cook…

  • Prep & Cook: While putting together these meals (and beyond), try to see your kitchen as a soulful, self-care sanctuary and your time in the kitchen as an investment in your vitality and joy. These recipes are going to support your well-being and the health of those who share them with you—celebrate that!
  • Tip: This weekend might be the best time to join in, since you’ll have a few days to get ready and more time to spend enjoying your delicious meals.

Share & connect

  • Share: If you’d like to jump on the social media bandwagon with me and your fellow cooks, share snapshots of your meals and festivities on Instagram or Twitter with the hashtag: #crazysexycooks. I’ll be RTing and re-gramming my favorites!
  • Connect with Gena & fellow Crazy Sexy Cooks: Gena will be hanging out at my Facebook page all day on Thursday, August 7 (starting at noon EDT), ready to field your burning curiosities. Come on over and share your challenges and questions, whether you’re confused about an ingredient, need grocery shopping tips, or could use some kitchen assistance.

Choosing Raw Cookbook Giveaway

Update: This giveaway is now closed.

Your turn: I want to hear from you if you’re planning on joining in on the #crazysexycooks fun–have any questions for Gena?

Peace & Crazy Sexy Cooking,

Kris Carr

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32 responses to Cookbook Club: Raw Food Recipes + Meal Plan
  1. Awesome blog you have here but I was wanting to know if you knew of any user discussion forums that cover the same topics
    talked about here? I’d really like to be a part of group where I can get responses from other
    knowledgeable people that share the same interest.
    If you have any recommendations, please let me know. Kudos!

    • Hi Shellie, we do have our online community over at — it’s a discussion forum with a lot of great topics and a wonderful group of people.

  2. What a beautiful idea! :) Having community and support around health and lifestyle commitments is so important.

  3. Hooray!!!! So excited to be sharing with this wonderful and soulful community! <3

  4. SO excited about this new club. I love exploring new cookbooks and recipes. I read them like novels. :} Thanks for this opportunity!

  5. Awesome idea! It inspires me to start my own cookbook club with friends! Thanks so much! :)

  6. Just took a look at the meal plan and was excited to see chia porridge! One of my favorites, and tastes great sweetened with stevia as well. Thanks for the continually great resources.

  7. I am so excited about this. I may have to do this after I get back from my trip this weekend. But I am still going to do it. The food looks so amazing. I can’t wait to try some of those yummy recipes. Thanks so much.
    I have heard great things about her cookbook from other blogs.

  8. Hi Kris, sounds a great idea!
    I’m exactly the same, I LOVE reading cookbooks! x

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  10. Kris you always share the best info, people and products that nourish the spirit and body. I am so excited to make the chia seed pudding. I just bought coconut milk for the first time and now I have a fun healthy way to use it. Yeah for the cook book club!

  11. What a great idea! I have been wanting some great recipes and now we have it! Thank you!

  12. Love this idea! Great way to build community, share the love, and get people interested in great cookbooks!

    I just bought this one last week and I absolutely love it!

  13. This sounds great and really exciting!

  14. I just love the line “see your kitchen as a soulful, self are sanctuary and your time in the kitchen as an investment in your vitality and joy.” You can bet I’ll be quoting that one!

    • I loved this quote as well and a great way to look at our cooking areas, small or large.

  15. I have Gina’s cookbook, and it’s amazing! I, too, read cookbooks like novels:) I have so many pages earmarked, that I may as well have done every page! The recipes are delicious and simple, and the photos are lovely. Thank-you Gina and Kris!

  16. Love this and I will for sure be joining in. I can only go grocery shopping once a week as I live in a small community and have to go into Albuquerque to get my groceries since we have nothing close to a Whole Foods or La Montanita where I shop. But tomorrow is shopping day and I will make this on Saturday! It’ll prepare me for my juice cleanse on Sunday as well! Thanks for this Kris. Is this a monthly cookbook club?

  17. Hi, I love this idea.I’m an Indian living in Mumbai India.I would like to share some traditional Indian coconut /coconut milk based recipes with you.where should I put them?
    Love and light.

  18. I guess I’m a bit confused by Gena’s message. She seems to market herself to the raw / wholefood crowd but spends most of the time bashing our beliefs and equating our diet with orthorexia. I notice that she’s a protege of Gina Messina who also spends a lot of time bashing this kind of diet. Perhaps while Gena is over here she can take some time to clear up this confusion.

    Thanks in advance.

  19. I am very excited about a cookbook club. Great idea. BTW Love both of your cookbooks. I have a question. Do either of you have suggestions for vegans who struggle with low iron despite eating beans, broccoli etc… and taking supplements?

  20. How do I get onto the cookbook club- is this the way? or does it just come through your emails you post?
    Thanks Dawn

  21. love the idea of cookbook club!

  22. Was diagnosed stage 4 ca 9 mths ago. A friend dropped off a magazine with your story …you become my inspiration and have changed my life. Thank you . I have been eating a ketogenic, high protein, low carbs, no sugar diet for 8mths plusnow have your crazy sexy kitchen book as well to get into. Yaaaa. I would like to be part of your raw food cookbook club. Cheers sue

  23. What a great idea! I always enjoy reading your blog and I am so excited about the cook club idea!

  24. Is there nutritional information, and calorie counting also in her book?