I have released four recipe books so far:

The Best of the Sunny Raw Kitchen
The Best of Raw Freedom Community
Delightfully Raw and
Deliciously Raw

These feature some of the most delectable creations to have come out of my raw kitchen and will appeal to anyone interested in a healthier diet, regardless of their level of knowledge and experience. From easy one-step everyday fare to more elaborate and involved gourmet dishes and layered cakes, they offer something for everyone and every occasion. Incredibly tasty smoothies, creamy and comforting warm soups, sexy salads, delicious nut cheezes, satisfying entrees and scrumptious guilt-free desserts...

Healthy food never tasted so good!

To learn more about my recipe books, click here!

Monday, January 16, 2012

Voting Has Begun for the Best of Raw 2011 Awards!

It's that time once again! You can now hop over to the Best of Raw website and vote for your favorites for 2011!

The Annual Best of Raw Awards shines the spotlight on People, Places, Products & Media who are helping the world add more raw, organic plant foods to our diets. Educators, Chefs, Authors, Celebrities, Athletes, Musicians, Websites, Products, and more are all being honored and celebrated for the magnanimous work they are doing! (See Categories for complete list.)

Again this year my raw babies and I have the great honor of being nominated in several categories. Woo hoo!

Best Raw Simple Chef: Carmella Soleil

Best Gourmet Raw Chef: Carmella Soleil

Best Raw Vegan Blog: Sunny Raw Kitchen

Best Raw Vegan Community Site: Raw Freedom Community

Best Raw Vegan Book or Ebook: Delightfully Raw (Yippee!!!)

New Voting Process
This year, they're doing things a little differently: voting takes place in TWO ROUNDS. The first round of voting will be an 'elimination round', leaving the top four candidates in each category to 'go for the gold'. This first phase of voting goes live NOW, and will end at midnight on February 1st. The FINAL ROUND of voting with the top four finalists in each category starts on February 3 and ends on February 15.

So have at it! Have fun with this!

NOTE: Internet Explorer users, we suggest using a different browser. Internet Explorer has issues that make it incompatible with a lot of web functions including this voting platform.

About Best of Raw
Founded in 2008 by Laura Fox with inspiration from Giselle Tarres, Best of Raw is here to catalyze the Raw Foods Movement forward through promotions, events, including online awards events, offline chef competitions, video events and prize give aways. Laura has carried on the event for the last three years solo and is excited that the team is expanding this year to keep Best of Raw sustainable and growing.

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Giveaway of Russell James' New Homestudy Course and Extended Launch Period

I just took a batch of fresh Garlic Bread out of the dehydrator (mmmm!) and can hardly wait to bite into it! (If you've missed Russell James' recipe and video, make sure to check it out here!)

I got some exciting news for you!

For one thing, Russell has decided to extend the launch period of his new "How to be Your Own Raw Chef" Homestudy Course until next Wednesday 18th January at 1pm eastern time, 6pm UK time.

And now for the really fun part, he will be giving away 2 full sets of his Homestudy Course, which includes both DVD and online access! Wowsers, what a special treat!!!

How it Works
In order to enter the contest all you have to do is hop over to his Garlic Bread video (look for it on the right) and in the comment section fill in the following blanks...

"The Raw Chef 10 week homestudy course is the perfect course to help me ________________ and _________________."

If you've bought the course, or are going to buy the course before he announces on Wednesday who the winners are, don't worry, you'll still be eligible - Russell will just refund the purchase.

Remember that you now have until Wednesday January 18th to take advantage of his special launch offer!

Raw Chef Recipes Course

Now off to have a piece of that bread... ;-)

Friday, January 13, 2012

Russell James' New Homestudy DVD Course

In case you missed out, The Raw Chef Russell James has been recently treating us to some awesome free videos about how to be creative with raw foods. To my utter delight, in one of them he even shared how to make amazing spongy dehydrated Garlic Bread like the one served at the famous Au Lac restaurant! *doing the happy dance*

This week Russell is also launching a brand new and improved version of his popular "How to be Your Own Raw Chef" Homestudy Course.

You can learn soooo much (and a lot faster too!) when you can observe a pro at work, but not everyone is able to travel and attend live food prep courses. This is where Russell's genius comes in; he has designed a super thorough (and convenient) 10 week course that can be taken online, on DVD, or both as part of a special launch offer.

Russell feels that this is the best package he has ever put together, both in terms of an offer, and also in terms of the quality of the product itself. In this Homestudy Course, among other things, he covers Salads & Dressings, Pasta & Noodles, Main Dishes, Fermented Foods, Raw Cheeses, Breads & Sandwiches, Elixirs, Wraps & Rolls and Truly Raw Sushi. (He sure got me drooling! ;-) )

You can find out more about Russell's new "How to be Your Own Raw Chef" Homestudy Course here or by clicking on the banner below.

Raw Chef Recipes Course

PLEASE NOTE that the special launch offer has been extended until Wednesday 18th January at 1pm eastern time, 6pm UK time.

Special Discount on OMNI Blenders

Due to high demand in light of the Post-Holiday Detox Promo, Omni Blenders have been flying off Thomas' shelves. There is currently just a few left in his inventory, but the good news is that a new blender shipment will be coming in around the end of January.

To make up for the inconvenience of having to wait longer than usual for delivery Omniblender.com is offering a $25 discount. (Please note that the discount will be discontinued once Thomas receives notification from the forwarder that the blender inventory has arrived at the port.)

You can learn more about this awesome high power blender that costs significantly less than comparable machines here.

Remember that when ordering an Omni V 3 HP Blender during the month of January you get a chance of receiving it for free as part of the Post-Holiday Detox Promo!

To place your order for an Omni Blender click on the banner below.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Winners of the Sunny Raw Kitchen Anniversary Giveaway

Alrighty! Time to play Santa (it's never too late!) and name the winners of my Sunny Raw Kitchen Anniversary Giveaway! Woo hoo!

To enter the contest all you had to do was leave a comment on my blog or on my facebook pages telling us why you enjoy The Sunny Raw Kitchen blog and/or a favorite recipe that you have discovered here.

For some reason my post about the Giveaway and the resulting comments mysteriously vanished from my SRK facebook wall for a short while. I therefore didn't have all of the entries when I selected three names with the help of a random number generator. To be fair I decided to add an extra prize to be won among the comments that had been left out.

And the winners are...

Terry Mitchel
Autuhm Muntean
Aimee Bitt 
and France Deguire

Congratulations!!! You will each receive a copy of one of my recipe ebooks of your choice. If you have sent your entry via the comment section, please make sure to drop me an email at sunnyrawkitchen(at)gmail(dot)com so that I can email you the book.

Thanks so much to everyone who has participated in the Giveaway and for all of your kind words!

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Five Candles and Sunny Raw Kitchen Anniversary Giveaway

All day yesterday the thought that something important happened on January 2nd kept nagging at me, yet I couldn't quite put my finger on it. You see, I was sure that my blog's anniversary was on the 3rd, and had therefore planned to post today. Well, I just realized that it was 'officially' on the 2nd after all! hehe. Ah well, so it goes... ;-)

Five years ago I was stepping into my virtual Sunny Raw Kitchen for the very first time. My intention was to share about my personal journey towards a healthier and more fulfilled lifestyle, including my culinary explorations with raw and living foods. I had no real sense at the time of where that initial tiny step would lead. In fact, starting a blog wasn't even my idea in the first place, it was Don's! lol We had recently gotten a dial up connection to our home on a secluded mountaintop and the thought of being able to reach out to the bigger world out there seemed so thrilling and incredible. In our case it has more than lived up to its promise.

I sometimes pause - not often enough! - in order to appreciate how truly amazing a technology the internet is. It has changed so many things! I know that there's the shadowy side of it, but I prefer to focus on how it has been instrumental in allowing the spreading of knowledge and light in a way that not so long ago would have been impossible and for many, even unfathomable.

Creating The Sunny Raw Kitchen has certainly changed our lives in wonderful and unexpected ways. It gradually led, without the slightest planning on our part, to my releasing several raw recipe books and making a living doing what I most love to do, which is to learn, share and grow. I feel such depth of gratitude for Life having presented me with this medium to reach out and connect with you, wherever you are! It is such a privilege to, even if only a little, assist you in your own health and growth journey!

So how about we celebrate this blog's fifth year anniversary with a fun giveaway?

Sunny Raw Kitchen Anniversary Giveaway
To enter the contest all you have to do is leave a comment telling us why you enjoy The Sunny Raw Kitchen blog and/or a favorite recipe that you have discovered here. Tell us also which of my 4 recipe ebooks, The Best of The Sunny Raw Kitchen, The Best of Raw Freedom Community, Delightfully Raw or Deliciously Raw, you would like to receive. I will be announcing 3 winners (selected with the help of a random number generator) on January 12th.

Extended Raw Recipe Book Sale
In keeping with the festivities, I'm extending my Mega Raw Recipe Book Sale by a few more days. Until January 9th, you can order all of my books, in both electronic format and hard copy, at a savings of 15 to 25%! Find out how here!

Join Chef Russell James Live in His Kitchen!
Oh, and just before I go. While on the topic of freebies, The Raw Chef Russell James will be releasing several free new great and inspiring videos within the next few days about how to be creative with raw foods. Among other things he'll be showing how to prepare a spontaneous Italian themed dish, make raw Macadamia Cheeze and Garlic Bread. Sounds mighty yummy!

Make sure to check them out here or by clicking on the banner below!

The Raw Chef Recipes Mini Course

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Post-Holiday Omni Blender Detox Promo

2012. I've been hearing about this year for so long... you know, the end of the Mayan calendar and the world as we know it and all that. (You can read the clearest and most enlightening take I've come across about this here.) Now it's actually here and it fills me with both apprehension and excitement. We are always swimming in the great Sea of Unknowing, but where the current will lead us at this point in time promises to be even more awesome than ever before.

The holidays were super quiet for me here in lovely Santa Barbara. As it happened, I was alone, as my friend Diane is away traveling for a month. I know that to most of you this may sound like a sad deal but in actuality it's been really fine. Don and I haven't been celebrating Christmas for many years (for us it's a special, "Christmas" day every day - well, for the most part!) so I didn't mind being on my own. It gave me an opportunity to be completely in tune with the way I felt and what I'd truly like to do as opposed to being caught by a sense of obligation or someone else's momentum.

All day yesterday I was acutely aware of a profound sorrow swelling inside of me. This of course manifested as a strong discomfort. Thankfully I had enough energy to "stop the world" and just be with this feeling rather than going the easy route and attempting to escape from it some way. I was able to connect with how futile and, at best, temporary such relief would be. As Krishnamurti wisely points out in one of his journals: "You may run away from (sorrow) but it will be there to meet you again."

Exhausted in spite of my not "doing much" other than "feeling the pain", as Don calls it, I went to bed early. When I woke up this morning, the sorrow was no longer overwhelming and was replaced with a quiet sobriety; a familiar feeling that such intense encounters with pain always give me. I was moved to do some tidying up, something I rarely do, as it's normally Don's department. I suppose it had to do with wanting a clean start and making room for the new. Not a bad way to begin the new year. ;-)

And speaking of starting off on a good foot and cleaning up, Thomas Fox of Omniblender.com is having a special Post-Holiday Omni Blender Detox Promo. Hopefully you haven't been treating your body too badly these last few days, but whatever the case here's an incentive to whip up more wonderfully healthy smoothies, soups and other blended yummies.

Receive an Omni V 3 HP Blender for FREE!

Here's how this is going to work...

For the entire month of January every 15th purchase of an Omni V Blender with 1 jar or with 2 jars in either 110 or 220 volt ordered from among what Thomas refers to as his "Magnificent 7" (top 7 Omni Blender affiliates, which includes us) is going to be reimbursed for the full price to the customer within 2 days of the purchase. In other words, if you've been thinking about investing in an Omni Blender, this might be just the time to do it, as you have a chance of getting it for free! (Please note that other rebates, discounts, or offers cannot be applied.)

As you may remember, last winter we discovered the OMNI - a new high power blender that costs significantly less than comparable machines. At $250 it's clearly the 'value champ' and simply can't be beat at the 3 HP blender power level! (We've written a detailed post of our experience with the Omni V Blender here.) In fact I was so impressed with the OMNI that I accepted Thomas' offer to write a recipe book especially designed for it that is now included in each box. (You can find out more about Deliciously Raw here.)

You can place your order by email or phone (please make sure to mention that you've read about the promo on the Sunny Raw Kitchen blog so that it qualifies for the Post-Holiday Omni Blender Detox Promo!) or simply via the banner below.

My wish for you all, dear cyber friends, is that this year 2012 be a truly empowering, growth-full and abundant one in every way!