Greetings from Wisconsin! Benoit and I arrived in Chicago on Sunday after a long and tiring plane ride from Berlin. Right now I’m sitting at the dining room table at my parents’ house in Wisconsin, with a gorgeous view of snow, snow, and more snow from last night’s snowstorm.
Yesterday I walked to the local library, one of my favorite things to do when I come back to the States. It’s up there with watching the Netflix selection and being able to find much more food and health products available here.
Yes, there are libraries in Germany with a wide selection of English books, but the selection is of course better here, and I don’t have to spend a half hour or more on transport! Win.
When I got to the library I went straight for the cookbook and health section. I’m trying to read more than just books on nutrition and cookbooks, but over the past couple of years it’s really become what I gravitate towards. I did pick up a couple books that were food memoirs, and I like to think that counts as something. I was particularly excited to see what they would have for vegan cookbooks, as it is now March and that means…a new vegan cookbook of the month! I landed on the cookbook Raw. Vegan. Not Gross. by Laura Miller.
Laura has some pretty cool videos on her YouTube channel encouraging healthy eating and sharing some of her recipes and tips. She also has a pretty cool Instagram account. I haven’t read much about eating a raw diet. Truthfully it’s not something that I think I would ever fully adopt. But as eating fruits and vegetables in their raw form is the best way to get all of their vitamins and minerals, I would like to explore more recipes to incorporate them into my diet.
Each month I aim to hit around fourteen recipes, some from each section to get a good overview of the book. When I leafed through the book this morning, I counted 42 recipes I would like to try. 42! There’s no way I could get through even fourteen recipes this month given that I’m visiting my family and will be working for a few of the weeks here, so I decided that I am going to use both the months of March and April to cook my way through this book, allowing myself the time to really enjoy it.
You can follow along to see which ones I choose on my Instagram or Facebook accounts.
Here’s to a rawsome next couple of months!