Mention raw food to people, and the first thing they will think of is something like trail mix or even more extreme, such as eating raw chicken. The raw foods we already eat and are familiar with (so we just need to eat more of them, and then add new ones we learn about) are things like salads, fruits, nuts (no, not the monster tub of roasted, salted nuts from Costco), and vegetables. However, if you scratch below the surface, there’s much, much more to raw food than meets the eye (or the tongue, more appropriately). There’s a cornucopia of gastronomic delights waiting for you in the raw food world. The next time you travel to a new city, do a search before you go and find the raw restaurants for the area and go eat at one – it will be an eye-opening, mouth-watering experience. But, before we go too much further, let’s start with: why raw food?