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This article is courtesy of Vegetarians in Paradise
By Zel and Reuben Allen ANGEL FOODS
Healthy Recipes for Heavenly Bodies
By Cherie Soria
Illustrated by Kim Waters
Heartstar Productions, 1996
When Cherie Soria cooks, she has the assistance of a higher force
looking over her shoulder and providing inspiration for the delicious foods she prepares.
Thumbing through the pages of Angel Foods,one notices how the author has so
richly endowed the work with the energy of infused love and spiritual connection.
A book's introduction is an author's moment to become intimate with
the reader, to touch another's heart. Cherie Soria expresses her deep spiritual connection
to food in such loving terms that one instantly feels an emotional bond with her. She
tells the reader that if one infuses foods with genuine affection during preparation, this
outpouring of love will enter the foods themselves.
Since she has brought angels and celestial guardians into her life, the joy she shares
enters every fruit, each seed, indeed every food she touches with her loving energy.
Angelic spiritualism propels her life with happiness and serenity. This philosophy is
expressed on every page which is beautifully illustrated with original angel drawings and
brief prayers that ask for guidance.
It's obvious that Cherie Soria is a well-experienced hand in the
kitchen, but that's not all. Cherie is a certified hypnotherapist, an Essene minister, and
a metaphysical counselor. She brings all these facets of her life together to create a
book that truly stands out with foods that nourish the soul as well as the body.
The recipes offer the ideal balance between vegan and raw living
foods and are so clearly and concisely written, a kitchen novice could cook up an
impressive meal without a blink.
The chapter "Angels Have Culture" takes the mystery out of
the preparation of cultured foods like Cashew Yoghurt, Sunflower and Sesame Kefir,
and Almond Cheese. The Kim Chee, a spicy Korean cultured cabbage that
accompanies almost any Korean meal, is on our list of must-do recipes.
Tempted by the appetizers French Walnut Mushrooms and Stuffed
Raw Mushrooms, we went right to the chopping and mixing stage. They were easy to
assemble, the ingredients were readily available, and the flavors were superb.
Well on our way to a grazing experience, we progressed to the Herb
Cheese Spread for which we had done some advanced preparation. This we mounded onto
rye crackers, and as we were finishing, we recognized that Cherie Soria has a knack for
salad section offered many enticements, we were hard-pressed to decide between making the Thai
Spinach Salad in Peanut Coconut Sauce, the Mexican Fiesta Salad, or the Caribbean
Grated Vegetable Salad. We opted for the latter with its Lime Dressing that bathes a
colorful mixture of shredded beets, chayote squash, icicle radishes, butternut squash, and
yams with a tasty coating. Again, guided by Cherie's well-written recipes, we found the
Few vegetarian cookbooks present breakfast foods with a focus on
nutritious whole grains. Creamy Apple Grain Blend and Sprouted Grain Banana
Blend are examples of her tasty beginnings. There's even a recipe for a Multi-Grain
Essene Bread and one for Sprouted Rye Essene Rolls.
Feeling sated, we examined the main dishes for a future meal. The
Vietnamese Salad Rolls sounded like a fun item to share with friends, as did the Savory
Mushroom Roast with Sesame Tahini Gravy.
Divine Desserts certainly did sound divine while remaining truly
vegan with the use of brown rice syrup and Sucanat for sweeteners. Desserts were numerous
and provided vegan versions of some old standards such as Hawaiian Pineapple Upside
Down Cake, Sweet Potato Pie, and Apple Spice Kuchen.
The only negative feature of the book is the index. An important
tool in any cookbook, the index best serves the reader when recipes are listed
alphabetically and cross-referenced with key ingredients. Here recipes are alphabetically
listed under their headings such as Soups or Desserts. It's frustrating when you're not
sure which category a recipe falls into and equally problematic when searching for recipes
that contain a particular key ingredient.
Each chapter begins with a large drawing of angels sweetly preparing
food and an angel prayer. In her friendly, informative manner, Cherie provides answers to
common questions at the beginning of the book, questions such as how to get started adding
raw foods into the diet, why it's important to soak nuts and seeds, and what are the
benefits of fermented foods. For convenience, each chapter is prefaced with an
alphabetical listing of the recipes found there. The book ends with a generous offering of
resources for reading, retreats, organizations, videos, and sprouting supplies.
Angel Foods is a jewel among cookbooks and could easily
become the sort of favorite one hands down to a daughter or presents as a special gift to
a friend who enjoys cooking.
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