Book Review - Unprocessed


I've been a fan of Chef AJ (short for Abbie Jaye) since I first heard her interview on the No Meat Athlete podcast. Shortly after listening to that episode, I listened to Chef AJ speak at our local Triangle VegFest event. I was really motivated by her presentation and the information that she presented, and have been following her career ever since.

So it seemed like it was time for me to give her book Unprocessed: How to achieve vibrant health and your ideal weight a chance. It was available at our local library, and so both my girlfriend and I gave it a read.

Although she spent the beginning of her life eating the Standard American Diet, Chef AJ has followed a plant-based diet for over 30 years and primarily works as a vegan/raw pastry chef in Los Angeles and is a keynote speaker and culinary instructor all across the United States.

The first half of the book begins with telling Chef AJ's story and then follows up with a ton of nutritional information and advice. The second half of the book features whole food plant-based recipes that Chef AJ created or modified.

I was more interested in the first half of the book—mostly because I have plenty of recipe books already, but also because I wanted to learn more about Chef AJ's life story. Since I was already so familiar with much of her nutritional advice, this book was mostly a review for me. It wasn't written as well as many of the other books I've read on the topic and the content didn't stand out very much, so I probably wouldn't go out of my way to recommend it over another book in this genre. However, it still advocates a whole food plant-based diet, which I am in full support of!

3/5 stars. 178 pages.