Created on: 22 Oct 2000
Q. Rynn, how long have you been a rawfooder?
A. In November, I'll be starting my sixth year as a rawfooder.
Q. Were you a vegetarian before you became a rawfooder?
A. Yes, I'd been a strict vegetarian or vegan since 1984, and a lacto-vegetarian since I was nineteen.
Q. What prompted you to stop eating cooked food?
A. I was working on my book Food for the Gods: Vegetarianims and the World's Religions, when I went to interview Professor Robert Kole for the section on Judasim; Professor Kole teaches Renaissance Literature at Queens College. I was taken aback to discover that his stove had been turned into a bookshelf and that he'd been a practicing fruitarian for several years. We discussed it at length, and he persuaded me to adopt the diet, which i did by fits and starts. It wasn't until some months later when I attended a lecture by TC Fry that I was inspired to go 100% raw, which I've been for going on six years now.
Q. Did you notice any changes when you went raw?
A. Well my energy level increased immensely, as did my stamina
A. I became an indefatigable hiker and swimmer. I don't tire easily. I also spent less time preparing food, which liberated me and enabled me to invest my time elsewhere. By abstaining from cooked foods I also felt taht I was making a small contribution to the planet's ecological health;; by not consuming fossil fuels for cooking and extraneious packaging, as I now buy my fruits and vegetables in bulk.
Q. Tell me about the new book you're working on.
A. It's called Fruits of Tantalus: A History of Vegan Rawfoodism, Fruitarianism and the Origins of Cooking. In the book, I'm attempting to show that humans stared eating cooked food relatively recently, and I marshal the evidence, anthropological, historical, and nutritional to make my case.
Q. Sounds faxcinatig. When may we expect to see it?
A. I hope it will be out in the latter part of next year.
Q. Do your current books Famous Vegetarians and Food for
the Gods: Vegetarianism and the World's Religions have
any rawfood information in them?
A. Yes, they do. Food for the Gods is packed with information about rawfooddism in the world's religons, and Famous Vegetarians features a number of portraits and recpes of famous rawfoodists like Pythagoras, Dick Gregory, et al.
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