Gena Hamshaw’s new book – “Choosing Raw: Making Raw Foods Part of the Way You Eat”

“I’m 100 % Vegan and I’m as Raw as I need and want to be”  –  Gena

Let me say just one thing to start off my tale of just how creative and delicious Gena’s new book is and how happy I am for the opportunity to offer 1 copy to a reader in a giveaway.

This book is a joy to read.  And I don’t normally read cookbooks.

It’s going with me next month to Alaska.  May have to sneak it there.  But – it’s going!  No, I definitely won’t be cooking on my trip but I’ll be reading and learning from a great resource, one of the best in my mind, on how to eat the best food for your body and still enjoy it.

I’m a long time reader of Choosing Raw.  I’ve used Gena’s recipes and fallen in love with her writing and her ways.  She talks to people, not at them, about life, food and how problems can be solved in our diets.   She’s a truly gifted communicator and beyond that even……….she is smart as heck! 

You may or may not have your hands on a copy of Choosing Raw:  making raw foods part of the way you eat yet.  So I thought I would highlight a couple of my own favorites from Choosing Raw, the blog, first.  You can savor these first and then I’ll give you a peek into some of the recipes from the new book.   

First my blog favorites:

Gena's 'Chocolate Peanut Protein Balls' from

Chocolate Peanut Protein Balls

 These little raw chocolate gems are also going to Alaska with me.  They go lots of places with me since I’ve discovered how simple they are to make and how simply delicious they taste.  A must try for everyone who needs an easy, healthy snack on the go.

Gena's 'Spicy Peanut Kale Salad' from

Spicy Peanut Kale Salad

 An Iceberg Lettuce farmer’s nightmare.  Once you’ve learned the art of “Salad Massaging” you’ll never go back to limp greens!  Not only is the dressing in this salad as close to my own personal favorite version as possible, but then it goes on the kale and keeps, even over night, so that I can pack a salad all ready to go for lunch, the night before.  I actually think it gets better the next day.  Check it out.


 But now, on to the new book..…..

“After so many years of assessing a meal numerically, in macronutrients and calories and grams of this or that, raw foodism allowed me to pay attention to the beauty and value of my food. ” – Gena



 The best Vegan cookbook yet…and there are a bunch out there.  I was always thrilled with the recipes and writings from Gena’s blog, Choosing Raw.  She’s honest to a fault and brings such valuable information to us through her own experiences, trails and triumphs.  And you know, she’s pretty funny at times too!  This girl can cook, but more importantly, she can communicate.  I’m certain that this new book will become a Vegan bible of sorts for those new and old to the process of preparing cruelty free, nutritious and delicious meals.  Gena has gloriously simple ways of making things make sense when she writes.  Her descriptions and experiences bring the foods she prepares alive and make you just want to eat everything on the page!  And the brave, deliberate chapters explaining the how’s and why’s of Veganism are so relevant and heartfelt you can’t keep from feeling what she feels.  Gena takes you through how she got to the healthy living style she enjoys now.  A precious book that should be in everyone’s collection.  This one will stay on the counter, not buried on a shelf.


'Raw Peach Cobbler' Gena Hamshaw's "Choosing Raw: making Raw Foods part of the way you eat"

Raw Peach Cobbler – page 233


“Interestingly enough, it was in developing more awareness as a consumer–particularly with regard to animal welfare–that I was able to develop a joyous, meaningful, and lasting relationship with food”  – Gena

Raw Peach Cobbler
Summer is the best season for raw desserts. After all, what better way is there to show off a bounty of berries or stone fruits than in a decadent raw treat? In this raw spin on summery fruit cobbler, juicy peaches are married with a pecan crumble topping and kissed with a hint of cinnamon and nutmeg. The recipe is easy to make and even easier to devour.
  1. 1 cup Pecans
  2. 1 1/3 cups pitted Medjool Dates
  3. 1/8 teaspoon sea salt
Filling Ingredients
  1. 2 Tablespoons pure Maple Syrup
  2. 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  3. 1/4 teaspoon grated nutmeg
  4. 2 teaspoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  5. 4 cups skinned, pitted, and sliced peaches
  1. Whisk together the maple syrup, cinnamon, nutmeg and lemon juice.
  2. Drizzle onto the fresh fruit, and allow it to marinate for an hour or so.
  3. In a food processor fitted with the "S" blade, grind the pecans until they've become a coarse meal. Add the dates and sea salt, and process until the mixture is still crumbly but sticks together easily.
  4. Turn the peaches out into an 8-inch square cake pan, a pie dish, or a small, rectangular casserole dish. Sprinkle the topping over the peaches.
  5. Leftover cobbler will keep in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days.
  1. From Choosing Raw by Gena Hamshaw. Reprinted with permission from Da Capo Lifelong, © 2014

 And a few more gems from the book that I’ve tried so far:


Ginger Miso Dressing Gena Hamshaw's "Choosing Raw: making Raw Foods part of the way you eat"

Ginger Miso Dressing – page 128


 “Beyond all this arguing about how animals die, we often lose sight of the fact that animals die.” – Gena

Cherry Vanilla Tahini Ice Cream - Gena Hamshaw's "Choosing Raw: making Raw Foods part of the way you eat"

Cherry Vanilla Tahini Ice Cream – page 245


Carrot & Zucchini Pappardelle with Pesto & Peas Gena Hamshaw's "Choosing Raw: making Raw Foods part of the way you eat"

Carrot & Zucchini Pappardelle with Pesto & Peas – page 229


Chocomole -  Gena Hamshaw's "Choosing Raw: making Raw Foods part of the way you eat"

Chocomole – page 111 ( try this one first, it’s a dream come true)

I knew that this book would be special.  I knew that Gena would put her heart and soul into giving us the best from her knowledge of food and nutrition.  What surprised me was the bold, matter-of-fact section on Animal Welfare in the world.  I’ve never had more respect for a blogger than for Gena after I read this section.  In a first book, a food book, to go this direction with dignity and facts about our animal friends is truly exceptional for a new author.  Vegans are used to hearing the disgusting and intolerable facts and seeing the deplorable pictures of cruelty.  They don’t lose their hideousness over time.  And Gena has included this section knowing that non-vegans may be very surprised in her narration of just how factory farming is effecting our diets, the environment, and of course, the lives of animals all over the globe.  Without gore and guts, she’s opening the conversation to all.  Bless you Gena for having such a courageous and empathetic spirit for us all.  For the animals.


 Enter below to win a copy of Gena Hamshaw’s “Choosing Raw – making Raw Foods part of the way you eat”

Contest is limited to U. S. and Canadian residents only please.  Ends July 11, 2014.

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52 thoughts on “Gena Hamshaw’s new book – “Choosing Raw: Making Raw Foods Part of the Way You Eat”

  1. Terri Cole

    I eat a lot of raw foods but most of my favorite recipes have a cooked component. I would love to have this book so I could try some fully raw dishes. Thanks for the chance to win!

    1. Angela @ Canned Time Post author

      Well the book includes both ideas and we need both to have a balanced diet in my mind. Fresh foods are even more important and Gena has so many ideas. It’s a fabulous book and I hope that you get a chance to read it.

  2. The Vegan 8

    Wow. Her book sounds soooo incredible and she sounds like an amazing woman, especially if you speak so highly of her! I’m so intrigued and of course, you know how much I love making raw cheesecakes! That’s so amazing that she uses tahini in her ice cream. I haven’t really seen much anybody else do that. I love my chocolate tahini ice cream but am dying for hers now! Wow.

  3. Gena


    I love this review in so many ways, but what I love most of all is the fact that you loved the animal chapter (and that you always remember the animals in your dialogs, too). Ahimsa, always.

    Thanks so much for this giveaway and review!


  4. narf77

    You are certainly selling her book well Ms Angela. I could go one of those cherry cones right now and its 6C outside as I tap away here. ALWAYS good to see a new vegan cookbook gracing the shelves 🙂

  5. Maryann D.

    I do not have a favorite recipe yet, but my daughter (who is vegan) does make some delicious bars or cookies out of different fruits and nuts.

  6. Amber

    I love this review, and I love that she is so animal-driven. A lot of vegan authors shy away from that and focus only on the health aspects. And, I am more inspired and motivated by those that put the animals first. Especially recently with all the bloggers I’ve seen renounce veganism, it’s so refreshing how she says not to focus on what you’re taking away, but on all that you are adding. And to be forgiving with yourself. Love that.

    I eat a lot of raw foods [fruits and veggies] but have yet to make a fully raw meal. I definitely think this cookbook would change that! :]

  7. Cherie P.

    I would love to start eating right. Maybe even just veggies. This seems like a good way to start. I was diagnosed with Lupus last summer and really need to add more recipes to the ones I have tried. Thanks for sharing.

  8. Cherie P.

    I have been wanting to eat healthier an this seems like a great way to start. I have tried a few recipes. I was diagnosed with Lupus last summer and need to change my eating habits. Thanks for sharing.

  9. rika@vm

    What a beautiful cookbook review you’ve set up, I admire your writing style, Angela! I love Gena and her cookbook, that sounds exciting, I can’t wait to hear about your trip in Alaska, where in Alaska will you be staying in?

    1. Angela @ Canned Time Post author

      Thank you so much Rika. That means a great deal coming from you. We’re taking an 11 day cruise so a little bit of everything in store for us and hopefully a little rest along the way. I’m a little worried about starving the whole time but I’m sure that will go away once I’m there and see all my Vegan options.
      Gena’s book is a fabulous Raw / Vegan resource and she’s so good with words it makes you just think you know her. Hope you can get a hold of this one. You’ll love it. Thanks sweetie ♥♥

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  11. Jennifer

    I like raw foods but never have the patience to make it at home, but when I eat out I love raw lasagna or raw pizza

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  13. Jess

    I would love to sit down with Gena’s new cookbook and read it like a book!

    I have admired Gena’s blog for about 3 or 4 years now. One of my fav raw recipes by her is the kelp-noodles-dulse-cucumbers-and-date-mustard-dressing (which I looked for on the blog to link here, but couldn’t find it!). The dressing is amazing!!! So tangy. So delicious.

  14. Charlotte

    Raw vegan cheesecake of any kind is definitely my favorite. So decadent, with the added bonus of being cruelty-free!

    1. Angela @ Canned Time Post author

      There were so many that I wanted to make up right away, I couldn’t stop. Finally I said, enough, leave some for people to see for themselves!
      Hope you see for yourself and get to taste some of these. They’re all scrumptious!

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  16. Emma

    I just love raw fruits and vegetables, plain, as is, especially in the summer. I’m sloooowly getting into actually making “meals” out of them though, starting with some of Gena’s recipes.

    1. Angela @ Canned Time Post author

      Anything that fills you up, ya know? I have salads for dinner all the time so you can get used to it when it tastes good, right?
      Thanks so much Emma and good luck with the contest. I so want you to see the recipes from book!

  17. Meagan Breckner

    Would love to get my hands on this cookbook!! The recipes look delicious and we are just starting out a new lifestyle change this would make the perfect tool for us to help us along!


    I love to visit the Choosing Raw website and try all of Gena’s recipes. This book looks amazing. I can’t wait to try some of the new recipes!

  19. Brandie Mcnemar

    I have heard such great things about her book, I guess I need to get it! Been reading a book by a Dr. Tom Schneider called A Physician’s Apology. It’s has really opened my eyes to the fact that I need to eat far more healthy. I recommend his book, there are things we just don’t think about when it comes to our health and how it relates to our health care in general. Live healthy and less trips to the Dr. His site is Thanks for posting this and reminding me I NEED to read this one!

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