For the past few months Iâ€™ve been gravitating away from meat. (And sugar. And dairy, too, for that matter.) Perhaps itâ€™s a result of my various experiments in food: juice cleanses, gluten-free, chia seeds â€“ even a brief dabbling in colonic therapy. But thatâ€™s beside the point.Â What matters is that Iâ€™m feeling more energetic – and stronger – than I have in a long time; so naturally, save a few extracurricular burgers, Iâ€™ve embraced it. A resource thatâ€™s recently become a bit of a touchstone for me is Mimi Kirkâ€™s Live Raw, a review copy ofÂ which landed unexpectedly – and most fortuitously – on my desk last month. At 70, Kirk was voted PETAâ€™s sexiest vegetarian over 50, which makes her living proof that eating well is good for you both inside and out. Her book is sprinkled with must-have advice on detoxifying (so gravity wonâ€™t get you down), as well as what you need to eat to properly feed your body every day – and why. Emphasizing the roles that attitude and mindset play in the way we all look and feel, Kirk stresses that even though the end result might be the same, the difference between â€œdietingâ€ and â€œgetting healthierâ€ is tremendous. Live Raw includes tips for your looks, your attitude, and your health, but just as important, it includes delicious raw food recipes – a phrase I never thought I’d utter with a straight face – that anyone can integrate into a busy life; and even the most refined of palates can appreciate: stuffed portobello mushrooms with basil pesto, pomodoro lasagna, lemony cheesecake, and – my favorite – banana pudding. An engaging, one-of-a-kind guide, I can’t recommend it highly enough to anyone who’s flirting with raw food or simplyÂ interested in exploring veganism. Beyond its practical applications, Live Raw also makes for fascinating reading.