By Kate E. Stephenson
In this third week of October 2012, I hereby call to order the 8th meeting of the Kate-Book.com Book Club. Every week, we shall be reading a tome either (a) penned by an author named Kate or (b) that includes a character named Kate. If you missed last week’s meeting, here’s what went down.
Club members, this week meet KATHY KRIVIT.
Did you know that October is Vegetarian Awareness Month? We did. That’s why we are proud to bring you this week’s author. While technically not a Kate, Kathy Krivit enjoys the same source name and was eager to share her book with the greater Katherine clan. Raw Deal: A Journey into Raw and Living Foods is a complete raw book authored to be an encyclopedia of raw reasons to go all natural and uncooked that provides recipes that show you how to painlessly clean and then listen to your own body to become your own best raw chef. Kathy wrote this book about her journey to recover her own health. It contains hints and guides to avoid many of the pitfalls which entrapped and weaken her. Being the King or Queen in your own kitchen and rule over the kingdom of your own bodily health and vigor and, yes, even weight is the mission of this book. The recipes and simple instructions provide a blueprint on how to claim or reclaim your reign over personal temple. Raw Deal, replete with color pictures, graphics, hints and variations to please every palate, teaches you how to participate in reinvigorating yourself. Kathy’s website offers recipes to get you started and an online bookstore where you can purchase Raw Deal in whole or bit sized pieces. Friend Kathy on Facebook for more great tips on living well and living raw.
How did you become an author?
I became an author out of desperation. I was unknowingly living with toxic mold and it was affecting, amongst other things, my ability to remember so I began to write everything I did in the kitchen down so I could replicate food I had made but could no longer remember how to put together. It got bad before I was rescued, to the point where I could no longer recognize food as sustenance. A friend came over to lay some floor tile and got me out of bed to make some fresh juice. I instantly felt a little better and gave him the go ahead to start the work. When he removed the baseboards, the mold fell out from behind the walls.
What was the muse for your first completed/published book?
Friends kept telling me to compile something because my food was very very good. Then I entered a contest sponsored by a big name in the raw and living food genre and won. That person pushed me to complete a book and for that, I am grateful. Slowly my confidence built up so I thought in spite of me not being the picture of health I could be of help to people. After all, I’ve long outlived my doctors’ prognoses by lots of years.
What are you currently working on?
I’ve converted Raw Deal to CD for a distribution at fair this past summer and throughout the year. Also, my freezer is chocked full of sample foods for interested shoppers to taste before buying the book.
What is your greatest accomplishment to date?
I don’t really know how to answer that. I think it would be a question better asked of people I’ve touched in my life for an answer. The fact that I am alive after 18 years of unknowingly living with toxic mold and now being ridiculously allergic to it, after carrying an undiagnosed squamous cell carcinoma around for 13 years, and while having a deadly blood disease I do not yet have under control is a testament in itself. My best advise is to keep well away from mold and other toxins which really can hurt you.
What’s your favorite word?
I love language and all forms of art, music, dance and expression. I’ve read that “lullaby” is the favorite sounding of all English words. “Melody” is fine too and must be a close second. This question is like asking a Mom which is her favorite child. Of course, the answer is “I love them all, equally.” Hmm, maybe “love” is my favorite meaning.
What’s your least favorite word?
Somehow this is easier. It is not really the word I abhor but the emotion it conveys. The word is “hate”. It is usually a just horrid waste of energy but can also express itself as an inability to feel compassion.
Who’s your favorite literary character?
I have two. First is Ishmael from Moby Dick and the second, pardon the joke, is Legion in that there are so many from Shakespearean to Mythical (Thor is my guy) to Jo from Little Women and and Scarlett O’Hara from Gone with the Wind.
What’s your favorite quote?
My mind is a blank. :-]
If you weren’t an author, what profession would you like to try?
I am of an age where I’ve already dabbled in many careers from artist to dancer to sailor to real estate broker. Being an author is the new game for me right now.
If you could do one thing in your life over, what would it be?
Given an opportunity, I’d do a lot of things over and over until I got bored but, as to whether or not I’d do them differently, there is no way to say. Besides, I’ve still got more to do that I’ve yet to get to doing. Admittedly, there are choices I’ve made where I wonder what else or different might have happened had I but chosen a different path.
Now for some healthy reading:
Two food facts:
Don’t let anyone tell you what is normal and proper and usual … at least regarding food. The human race has been eating 100% organically for thousands upon thousands of years until about the last 100 years when food industrialization, biological warfare, and genetic engineering picked up steam. these days, corporate food manufacturers are charging you extra to eat just as your forebears did. Isn’t that odd?
The food you buy at the market is more often product than produce. A naked bit of fruit or vegetable or root which has a sticker on it falls under the COOL rules and must be labeled ‘organic’ (a number which begins with a nine) or not organic (any other number) and must state where it was grown or imported from. Plastic wrapped produce (lettuce or oranges or brussel sprouts or whatever) are no longer considered produce but become product and fall under different NOP rules for products. That is to say that unless the bag label says “100% organic” you cannot be assured that it is 100% organic even if it says “organic” on the package label. How do you like them apples?
Did that make you go “hmmmm…” too? ’Til next time, Book Clubbers.
Kate’s Book Club is a column on Kate-book.com featuring interviews with authors named Kate, as well as reviews of books starring Kate characters. It runs on Kate-book.com every other Wednesday at 10:30am, and is written by the self-admitted bibliophile Kate E. Stephenson, who you should follow on Twitter here. Oh, and write to Kate to suggest authors and books we should read for future columns.