The Art of Raw Desserts Cookbook

I have some BIG news to share! I wrote my very first solo-authored cookbook! WHAT?! It sounds surreal when I type it out. I honestly never thought I’d write a cookbook and I wasn’t too keen on the idea at first. I know how much work it is and I wasn’t sure how it would fit into my already busy work schedule.

The process…

I had been approached by publishers before and always declined because of their ridiculous turnaround times and offers but this publisher was different. After my first call with them, I actually started considering it, I really liked their energy, they were really understanding of my busy schedule and willing to work with me. I said yes! It was very scary; writing a cookbook is not easy and I had a paralyzing fear that no one would like it. But I’m sure everyone has the same fear when they venture out on a project like this.

I accepted the offer in January 2021 and handed in the manuscript in March 2022. It took me over a year to finish it because I was also creating and launching the biggest online course of my business at the same time (I know what was I thinking!) I don’t think I have ever worked so hard in my life for that long. I have so much respect for anyone who writes a cookbook; it is one of the most challenging projects I have ever accomplished. Once I handed in the manuscript; then the photos were due (yes, I also did my own food photography), developmental editing, weight conversions, more editing, design approval, and lastly marketing.

The book itself is launching on December 6th, 2022, and I could not be more excited! It’s available now for pre-order here.

Why is it important to pre-order? Because when the book launches, you are guaranteed a copy!

What I have learned…

As I said, this cookbook was one of the most challenging things I have ever done (even more challenging than 12 days of silent meditation) but I learned so much throughout the entire process. It made me a better recipe developer, recipe writer, food photographer and gave me more confidence in the kitchen. It also made me a better raw dessert chef because of the number of recipes I had to create, I did a lot of experimenting. I wanted to create recipes that were unique with a variety of skill levels; so there is something for everyone.

The team I worked with at the publisher was amazing, during the writing process they really get you thinking about your readers and how they would interpret the recipe. I’m so used to doing online courses that are supplemented with videos so my students see the process of executing a recipe but if you’re only following a written recipe it’s a whole other ball game. You have to be very thorough; my recipe writing improved tenfold which was perfect timing when launching Raw Food Culinary Academy, I was able to implement my up leveled skills into the program and because of that it would not have turned out as amazing as it is.

Of course, I also learned so much about writing a cookbook itself; I had no experience (other than ebooks), and it was very interesting to learn all the ins and outs of the entire process. I am so happy I took on this challenge and I cannot wait for you to get your copy! 

A snapshot of what is in the cookbook…

Get ready to take your raw dessert game to the next level with this collection of insanely delicious and nutrient-packed vegan recipes. I show you how to make plant-based treats with fresh, creative flavors―from earthy lavender truffles to refreshing mint cream tarts. My straightforward directions make it easy to create fluffy cakes, gooey brownies and perfectly creamy chocolates using your dehydrator, freezer and other conventions of the raw kitchen. From beloved classics to desserts you never thought could be enjoyed raw, here are just some of the 50 delectable recipes you’ll find:

✅ Three-Layer Tiramisu Cake
✅ Chocolate Mousse Cake with Cherry Jam
✅ Blackberry Ginger Lime Zebra Cheesecake
✅ Pecan Pie with Rosemary and Orange
✅ Banana Cream Pie with Gingerbread Crust
✅ Mocha Donuts with Espresso Glaze
✅ Lemon Poppy Seed Coconut Shortbread Cookies
✅ Strawberry Rose Pistachio Cream Slice
✅ Double Chocolate Red Velvet Brownies
✅ Hawaiian Sunshine Crumble Squares

And many more! With this impressive collection of recipes, you’ll enjoy your favorite desserts without ever having to compromise on your health again.

Chapters included in this book: 

  • The Foundations of Creating Raw Desserts
  • The Building Block Recipes
  • Heavenly Chocolate and Truffles
  • Delectable Cakes
  • Perfect Pastries and Cookies
  • Healthier Pies and Tarts
  • Creamy Ice Cream Without the Dairy
  • Delightful Slices and Bars
  • Raw Frostings, Garnishes and Finishing Touches


I could not be prouder of this cookbook, it encompasses everything I know about raw desserts and I cannot wait for you to see it! Thank you for reading this post about my experience writing my first cookbook! Much love, Crystal. ❤️️