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Bodies on Raw is an adventure in empowerment through food!” Lois Barber Co-creator and Executive Director of EarthAction, Founder of 20/20 Vision

Bodies on Raw is a celebration of the healing that can happen when people make healthy food choices. But more than that, it’s a celebration of beauty and a celebration of life itself.” John Robbins, Author of Diet For A New America, Co-founder of The Food Revolution Network.

“Marisa Ignacio Hormel and Melinda Lerner’s Bodies on Raw is the creative and magical fusion of food, art, and health. This book is a beautiful inspiration to those wanting to explore plant-based food as a gateway to mind-body health and vitality.” Allen “Buddy” Green, M.D. Founder and Medical Director of The Center for Optimum Health.


Bodies on Raw is an inspiring compilation of testimonials from pioneering individuals who with the help of raw food, vegan, or plant-based choices have either survived cancer or conquered high blood pressure, high cholesterol, Crohn’s disease, irritable bowel syndrome, depression, an enlarged prostate, as well as acne, constipation, migraines, and allergies. Their words take you on a journey through the scientific realities of the power of food to discover simple tips which guide you gently towards healing, health, and fitness. This unique book is born from Marisa Ignacio Hormel’s passion captured by Melinda Lerner’s prowess. Witness the results.

“Marisa Ignacio Hormel and Melinda Lerner’s Bodies on Raw clearly demonstrates that our strength comes from our fuel, whether that is food or thought.” Greg Cope White Food Network Host, Food Writer of Eat Greg Eat, and Author of The Pink Marine.


Marisa holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Georgetown University along with a Bachelor of Science degree from New York University. She is a member of the Actor’s Equity Association and the Screen Actors Guild. Marisa is the founder of “Yello!” a venue that melds the celebration of the performing arts with simple and gourmet plant-based foods. She is a proud sponsor of the New York Foundation for the Arts, Chillfest, Ark the LGBT Stories Project, the Professional Dancers Society, the Fruit Tree Planting Foundation, the Organic Consumers Association, and the Organic Farming Research Foundation.

“Marisa Ignacio Hormel and Melinda Lerner’s book is a unique and inspiring interweave of message and photography, celebrating the passionate values for healthy living shared by a community of kindred spirits.” Paul Winter Seven-time Grammy® Winner, Founder of Living Music and Creator of the Paul Winter Consort.


“There is something hidden in a smile, a darting glance, an odd pose. I rarely plan shoots. I prefer models to reveal their inner selves to the camera. I search for a subject’s innate qualities capturing spontaneity and playfulness… beauty within perceived flaws.”

Melinda is the author and photographer of King of the Urban Jungle, Dog Fight, and Child’s Play. Her subjects include the actress and singer Brittany Murphy. Her work is held in private collections and has been exhibited in numerous galleries from Los Angeles to The Saatchi Gallery in London.

“Marisa Ignacio Hormel and Melinda Lerner have created a beautiful testament to the transformational power of individuals who set about to change their lives and the world through making food choices which are compassionate and in harmony with the natural world. Bodies on Raw is a vivid, memorable, evocative guide to climbing the mountain within and to arriving at the top, triumphant in health, joy and wisdom.” Dennis Kucinich US Representative 1997-2013 and former Democratic Presidential Candidate.

“As a staunch supporter of compassionate vegan diets and sustainable organic foods, Bodies on Raw stands with me as a testament to the blessings a fresh, organic, whole foods, plant-based diet brings to our bodies and to our earth.” David Bronner President of Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps and dedicated Organic Advocate.

Bodies on Raw will crush any stereotype you may have regarding the raw food, vegan lifestyle. In a visually stunning and artistic manner, it distinctly demonstrates the power of plants to heal and transform our lives.” Mark Reineld Award-winning Executive Chef of Vegan Fusion, and Author of Healing the Vegan Way, The 30-Minute Vegan’s Taste of Europe, and The 30-Minute Vegan’s Soup’s On! Co-author of Vegan Fusion World Cuisine, The 30-Minute Vegan, The 30-Minute Vegan’s Taste of the East, and The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Eating Raw.

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