One of the ways I like to keep motivated about the raw food lifestyle is to continue to explore through reading raw books and watching videos. I recently came across an inspiring video of Aris La Tham, who has been referred to as the father of gourmet raw food cuisine.
La Tham, was born in Panama and descends from an African-Carribean family of culinary masters. He learned the art of food preparation from his mother and grandmother, who used fresh foods from local farmer’s markets to create delicious meals.
La Tham has been a strict vegetarian for 41 years and a raw foodist for 35 years. During this time he has worked as a master chef for the Hippocrates Health Institute, caterer to the United States Congress and private chef to numerous celebrities including Prince and Sidney Poitier. He was also voted one of the top Vegetarian Chefs in the USA by Vegetarian Times Magazine.
In this video you can see La Tham showcase some of his favorite raw foods including young coconut, jackfruit, ackee and papaya.
He also demonstrates some raw food recipes including:
- Coconut Almond Pie Crust
- Passionfruit Sky Juice
- Rainbow Garden Salad with Tahini Dressing
- Cashew Cheese
- Ackee Marinated Seaweed
- Nori Rolls
The last few minutes of the video are lacking in sound but most of the recipe instruction is completed by then. His food looks really enticing and it is wonderful to see a living example of a successful long term raw foodist who is sharing his passion about the power of the raw food diet.