Also, Ann is apparently a huge fan of the oven -- the humvee of the kitchen, according to some green cooking experts. Most recipes -- including those for the salads! -- required turning on the oven. Well, it's very hot in L.A. right now, and my apartment has no air conditioning -- so all those oven-happy recipes were out, which left me with few options indeed. Luckily, raw food is also very hot in L.A. right now -- so much so that even Ann the oven-friendly macrobiotic-loving chef dipped her toes into this trend with a few uncooked recipes in "Vegan Family Meals."