Episode 0065-Raw Vegan Radio-Roots Of The Raw Food Movement Revealed with Aris Latham

November 18, 2008

Today’s show features an exclusive interview with a true pioneer in the raw food movement, Aris Latham! You’ll discover the secrets to maintaining a healthy raw food diet in any climate! In addition, Aris shares his healthy living tips and tricks to live your life to the fullest! He is radiant and speaks from the heart! One of our best shows to date!

Visit Dr. LaTham’s website

Aris LaTham, PhD. Sunfired Food Scientist, Linguist & Educator The 2004 Oxford Encyclopedia of Food and Drink in America acclaims: �…the raw food movement owes much to Aris LaTham, a native of Panama, he is considered to be the father of gourmet ethical raw foods cuisine in America. He debut his raw food creations in 1979, when he started Sunfired Foods, a live food company in Harlem, New York.

In the years since he has trained thousands of raw food chefs and added innumerable recipes to his repertoire…’ Aris LaTham spent his early higher education years at the University of Legon in Ghana, as well as New York University, and graduated from the College of Staten Island (CUNY) with a B.A. in Education and Spanish. He also completed graduate studies at California State University Fullerton, with majors in Linguistics and Bilingual Education, where he was a polyglot scholar of Kiswahili, Sanskrit, Italian, Arabic, and Ebonics.

As an educator, professor LaTham taught Spanish, Kiswahili and English as a Second Language (ESL) at the secondary school level in New York City and the State of New Jersey. He was on the faculty of California’s College of San Mateo, Fullerton Community College, and Sullivan Language Institute. He also taught at Cornell University in New York and Brown University in Rhode Island. Mr. LaTham was an administrator at the Tanganyika International School in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. He also served as a Bilingual Curriculum Writer and Second Language Specialist for the San Francisco and San Bernardino Unified School Districts in California. Mr. LaTham was honored as a keynote presenter to the 36th World Vegetarian Congress in Florianopolis, Brazil and in 2005 at the European Vegetarian Congress in Riccione, Italy Aris was born in Gatun, Panama Canal Zone.

Aris is a direct descendant of an African-Caribbean family of Culinary Griots who has become a world renowned crusader in the area of wholesome foods. His linguistic and culinary interest has been shared with many diverse people throughout Africa, Asia, the Americas, Australia, the Caribbean and Europe Aris, who is self-learned in the Culinary Arts and Sciences through his private ten thousand volume library collection, is the originator of SUNFIRE CUISINE and PARADISE PIES. SUNFIRED FOODS have been featured by Black Entertainment Television (BET), the Food Network, Temple University Medical School Forum, Organic Food Producers Association of North America, Family Channel’s �Body by Jake’, CNBC: Alive and Wellness, ABC: Eye Witness News, CBS News, Jamaica’s CVM TV, and TVJ’s Frontline with Ian Boyne, as well as numerous Worldwide Radio Magazines. Aris was the Master Chef at the Hippocrates Health Institute in West Palm Beach, Florida. Aris LaTham, �The Sunfired Gourmet’, has been a vegetarian for 38 years and a living-�raw’ foodist for the past 32 years.

Aris was voted one of the top vegetarian chefs in the USA by Vegetarian Times Magazine. He has been featured in Essence, Jamaican Eats, Vegetarian Gourmet, Health Quest, Upscale, UK’s Balance, and Japan’s Tarzan Fitness Magazines. Newspapers, including the Washington Post, Harlem’s Amsterdam News, Jamaica’s Gleaner and Observer, have reviewed the Sunfired Cuisine… Aris was the featured chef at the Raw Food Masters Culinary Showcase at Swept Away Resort, Negril. He has served as an Executive Food Service Consultant to the Island Outpost Strawberry Hill Resort in Irish Town, and catered to the Kingston Hilton Hotel in Jamaica.

Aris is currently engaged in the training of vegetarian and raw food chefs for other major international resorts and hotels. �Sunfired Edible Arts’, education, nutrition, detox, catering, and consulting services are available through the SUNFIRE CULINARY INSTITUTE and SUNCUISINE ORGANIC RETREAT & SPA @ Coyaba Springs, River Gardens and Falls in Shaw Park Ridge Estate, Ocho Rios, Jamaica. Aris currently host CTV’s cable show “Healthy Lifestyles” on line at


17 Responses to “Episode 0065-Raw Vegan Radio-Roots Of The Raw Food Movement Revealed with Aris Latham”

  1. kevin on November 18th, 2008 7:48 pm

    excellent. where’s the audio?

  2. Andreas on November 24th, 2008 5:27 am

    Dear Steve,
    what can I say? BEST SHOW EVER!!!

    I really enjoyed listening to this episode.
    Finally someone who set it all straight.

    It really is that simple: keep it all fresh…the fresher the better!

    No need to buy overpriced, overhyped, dried, dead “superfoods” who have been on a shelf for weeks and months…
    No need to destroy the cells of your fruits and vegetables in a juicer and reduce the minerals and vitamins by exposing them to oxygen…
    No need to to eat weak sprouds that grow unnaturally on a plastic plate…
    No need to become a chocolate-addict…
    No need to listen to the commercial-shows of self-proclaimed rawfood-authorities…

    Eat it all fresh!!!
    (I couldn’t have said it better…)
    Andreas, from Germany…

  3. Marcos on November 30th, 2008 9:47 pm

    Hello Steve,

    I’m listening the episode as I write. I have seen Dr.Aris Latham in a local TV show in Brazil, but back then I wasn’t ready for his message, this episode brings a lot of awesome messages, I just cooked a big pot of rice… and I decided that I don’t wanna eat it anymore.
    I’m a vegan, I haven’t decided to go raw yet, but it’s on my mind every day, it’s coming for sure.
    I’m loving the show, found out about it a little while ago, I hope you keep it up for much longer, you’re doing a good job!
    Thanks buddy!

  4. Nicole on March 20th, 2009 4:27 pm

    The most fantastic interview! I learned so much!

    Dr. Latham has such integrity and is so wise. Thank you for making this available for us.

  5. Diana Christopher de Krajewski on March 27th, 2009 9:10 am

    Shalom, Shalom Steave
    I am from the sun rain city Colon rainbow city Panama not too far from where the great Dr lived. I am one of the wounded ones who only wanted to learn
    how to live eat right and to survive the unslaught of this world. But instead of learning truth and moving on and teaching others how to live I find myself still standing at the door trying to grasp the fundementals of what the raw movement is all about with an emty pocket. I woke this morning filled with disgust. I said a little prayer and I tuned into this show. What a wonderful surprise! Thank You very much for this show. Today I have learned something that made me feel so good inside and lighten my step. Gracias!

  6. Alivia on April 23rd, 2009 3:58 pm

    I recently listened to your interview of Dr. Latham. I must admit this was
    the most profound, intellectual and plain common sense talk on living foods I’ve

    I really can’t began to thank you enough for Freely sharing this one.

  7. olivia CLARK on May 26th, 2009 8:54 pm

    looking for a support group in DELAWRE AND PHILLY PA area want to make the complete change but don’t know how to do it

  8. barbara lowell on September 19th, 2009 11:39 am

    Hi, I was just getting disgusted with what seems like hypocrisy and opportunism in the current raw food world which I have returned to yet again. I have run into so many conflicting theories from when I studied with Steve Meyerowitz and Viktoras in person and thru early Ehret books starting in the mid or late 70′s thru Wigmore and Shelton, Harvey Diamond, TC Fry, etc. It felt for real and although esoteric, just plain right. No hoopla, just simple and clearcut and do-able. I even taught it for a while! I did 2 years of raw and quite a few years of mostly fruits, mostly mono meals, then moved to Hawaii which made it so much easier. When I moved back to the states 15 years later, I lost it. I scrambled for work and back and forth vegan/vegie mostly raw but breakdowns here and there always battling with potato chips. I recently started growing wheatgrass again and juicing and when I checked out Viktoras and Steve and Hippocrates on line I found them all right, but also what amounts to a questionable industry that seems to cater more to eating than eating raw. In other words, the focus is food, not health via food. A lifelong art-to-eat foodie, I am fascinated by all that can be done raw, but so much seems too rich and too sweet, and dense. I would not feel comfortable helping people substitute one addiction for another. This talk by Dr. Latham confirmed what was bothering me but I didn’t have words for, i.e.,concerns about the merchant aspect and people looking not all that fit and healthy for what they claim their lifestyle is. Photos of people 10 years ago when they started showed them as trim and beaming. Now some of them are fat and puffy. Surely some integrity is out here, and this gave me a heavy heart. Dr. LaThams talk gave me the key and I feel confident that the purity I crave as I return to the raw world is still there, but I am afraid the marketing aspect and catering to eating addictions, even raw, are just borrowing from the old world we are trying to leave. This left me so confused and unwilling to join something that now smacks of what I was trying to get away from. But so beautifully put, he says take what you wish from all the teachers, and make it your own. Thank you so much for this wonderful program and for the rawveganradio programming. We are among friends and soulmates and I don’t have to feel like a lonely weirdo anymore! I really do feel as though I have come home. Blessings, and Namaste to all!

  9. Malachi the Raw Chef on October 1st, 2009 5:23 am

    love this guy he has alot of wisdom andd is quite inspirational !!!!

  10. MARY on October 16th, 2009 1:45 pm

    Thank you, that was one of the best audio interviews I have ever heard. Angelic!
    Exquisitely tuned intition and insight. Deep, beautiful and God filled. I love the simplicity of the delivery…lucious! And what a divine face! Looks like an angel too!

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  12. Toni on December 10th, 2009 9:15 pm


    Mr. Prussack,

    Are you familiar with the raw vegan ICE Supreme, the World’s Healthiest Frozen Treat.

    We discovered it during a sample tasting at Whole Foods Market.

    Maybe you would like to interview the founder or the owner, as it may be a topic of interest to your radio listening audience.

    The website is By the way the taste is AWESOME!

    We appreciate you keeping us informed and introducing us to knowledgeable guests.

    Thanks, much!


  13. Teri on April 30th, 2010 12:24 pm

    I love Aris!!! Hi Aris! I am so glad to hear you. Refreshing! This is the way.

    Living a raw living food lifestyle is this. It’s genuine. It’s not about sell sell selling yourself! Some of my friends have become all about selling themselves — becoming rock stars of the raw food scene.

    The essence of the living food life style is just living. Finding your core. A natural man is just living his life, working his garden, swimming the waves, walking in the forest-he’s not conditioned to turn his knowledge and lifestyle into a stage, a “success.” Promote, promote, promote turns me away.

    Barbara Lowell, I so agree!!

  14. Sherry on May 28th, 2010 4:12 pm

    Has to be the best and down to earth interview on vegan, raw, living food ever!!!

  15. Tracie on September 9th, 2010 4:17 pm

    Today I found this radio station. wow I should probably go to sleep BUUUT I can’t due to my need to keep on listening to Aris <3. I just wish I had a better PC. Amazing thought provoking people who are caring to share and I love it. <3

  16. Richard Raw Tasca on September 10th, 2010 12:35 pm

    What a superb interview with an exceptionally intelligent man and also such a sweet soul. Thank you so much, Steven, for this gift!!!

  17. JUTI on December 15th, 2010 2:46 pm

    I throughly enjoyed listening to this interview. I was at the RawSpirit Festival, Santa Barbara 2009 and had the pleasure of volunteering my sign language interpreting services for all of the presenters, chefs and activities.
    Although I hear what is said, I do not always get to listen to what is being said so that I can apply it to my personal life. So this has been a real pleasure listening to this show. Please keep these interviews alive !
    Many thanks,

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