WILD PROFILE: JUDITA WIGNALL – ORACH SPINACH AND HEIRLOOM CARROTS
On her mind today: Oregon trail peas, heirloom carrots, candy striped beets, breakfast radishes and red orach spinach. I’m on a gardening kick this week so those are some of the new additions. I especially like unusual, heirloom edibles. I want to grow as much of my own food as possible in the next couple of years.
What she is currently working on: A raw vegan TV show pilot, as well as doing tons of recipe development for my next raw food book. I’ll be in the kitchen full time for the next several months.
What she thinks there is too much of, and too little of: Too much junk food and not enough readily available high quality, healthy whole foods. People need to get back to basics and start eating real food again.
With whom she would like most to go on a “ tête à tête”: Anthony Bourdain. He hates vegetarian and vegan cuisine. I’m sure he thinks raw vegan food is what they serve in hell but I would love a chance to prove to him it can be amazingly delicious and creative.
With whom she would like to run a country: My husband, Matt and I would be great presidents.
What she would do if she was the president: Throw out all the arbitrary nanny state laws and government bureaucracy. End all the wars, cut wasteful spending, legalize hemp and make America a business friendly place so we can create more jobs. Plus extend personal liberty and responsibility.
What her earliest memory is: Eating eggs in Israel. My family used to live in Tel Aviv.
What she considers a fashion “faux-pas”: Fur. You either have to be really ignorant or really heartless to wear something ripped off the back of a living animal. Sorry to get all PETA about it but the fur industry is the cruelest of the cruel.
What cracks her up: Mustaches, though, I wish the trend would end once and for all.
What kind of movement she would like to start: I like that people are starting to get back to the garden and getting more connected to the earth. I hope my work helps make this a bigger movement.
What she would like to leave to future generation: Books that inspire people to eat and live well.
Her WILD Wish: To one day run a beachfront Costa Rican B&B/health retreat. Everything would be organic, local, healthy and delicious. Monkeys would greet you and pick fresh coconuts off the trees every morning. Free roaming hens would leave warm eggs at the door and wild horses would take you for a ride down the beach. …a girl can dream can’t she?
More about Judita’s recipes can be found in her book, Going Raw: Everything You Need to Start Your Own Raw Food Diet and Lifestyle Revolution at Home, and on her website.
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