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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Grand Central Life & Style (February 5, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1455509337
  • ISBN-13: 978-1455509331
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 1.5 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (153 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #148,794 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Betty Goes Vegan is the most exciting culinary innovation since the original Betty Crocker Cookbook. This book is a masterpiece and a must-have for every kitchen." --Rory Freedman, New York Times bestselling author of Skinny Bitch

"This is a phenomenal no-nonsense book filled with comfort foods made vegan. The Shannons have outdone themselves with their creative versions of American classics. I only wish this book was around when I started cooking vegan." --Roberto Martin, New York Times bestselling author of Vegan Cooking for Carnivores

"Betty Goes Vegan is a celebration of nostalgic comfort food deliciously transformed into fun and fabulous vegan fare. Destined to be a classic, this groundbreaking cookbook will delight and inspire vegans and omnivores alike." --Robin Robertson, bestselling author of Quick-Fix Vegan, 1,000 Vegan Recipes, and Vegan Planet

"Funny, insightful and full of kick-ass vegan recipes. This is the ultimate cookbook! The kind of book you will pass down to your vegan children's vegan children. A joy from start to finish." --Sarah Kramer, author of How It All Vegan!

About the Author

Dan and Annie Shannon live in Brooklyn, NY. Annie has worked at the animal advocacy organization In Defense of Animals and as the Fashion Industry Liaison for the Humane Society of the United States. She does most of the cooking.

Dan was previously the Director of Youth Outreach & Campaigns for PETA and is now a Senior Strategist for the social movement strategy consulting company Purpose. He does the dishes.

Customer Reviews

Every recipe I've tried in this book has been delicious!
brian e. lundy
That being said there are a few (and i mean few) good condiment/sauce/soup recipes that don't call for fake cheese or meat.
K.M.R.
I am disabled and these simple vegan recipes are easy to make, delicious and fun!
Sarah

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91 of 93 people found the following review helpful By Lisa Michelle Barrett on February 8, 2013
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I was pleasantly shocked when I took this book out of the box. Firstly - It's HUGE! Secondly - the photos are absolutely gorgeous. I ran right out and purchased the ingredients to make the Chili Mac. YUM - the whole family enjoyed it.
For those citing processed ingredients - hellloooo, Betty Crocker came out in the age of casseroles and easily-fixed dinners using canned ingredients! I am pretty picky when it comes to fake/processed meat subs but the recipes in here look like they are really transforming the ingredients and I am excited to try them out. No - you don't want to eat processed foods every day but this books title isn't called the Whole Foods Organic Gourmet is it? I enjoy eating well but every once in a while you crave your mom or grandmas signature dish and this book gives recipes to mimic them. The range is enormous and not ALL of the recipes contain processed ingredients. There is something here for everyone. I'm looking forward to working my way through this one!
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78 of 81 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 5, 2013
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This review is for the Kindle version of "Betty Goes Vegan."

I've been looking forward to adding this vegan cookbook to my bookshelf for some time. As a reader of Annie and Dan's "Meet the Shannons" blog, this cookbook doesn't disappoint--and for those just discovering the "Betty Goes Vegan" project, you won't be disappointed either.

Annie has a down-to-earth --CUTE!-- writing style that not only fills in the basics (tools, pantry), but she really outlines and writes her recipes with specific instructions and techniques to do some crazy-creative stuff like "vegan fried eggs" (they look amazing) or "chicken wings" that look invitingly (or scarily, depending on your POV) real. I definitely recommend reading the recipes before you make them to get the details, and in some cases, the advance prep ready in your mind (and pantry) before you start.

:: What I Love ::

I usually gloss over the "What you need" sections of cookbooks, but this time I found reading Annie's suggestions and tips helpful and entertaining. She doesn't take herself so seriously that you can feel comfortable, even if this is your initial trip into vegan cooking. This section along with her recipes have quite a few nods to popular culture that are a nice touch and make this a fun cookbook to just read.

The Shannons take _everything_ on boldly and with a creativity that's shows the world that Vegan eating and cooking is a creative force and inspiring for the cook and guest alike: Denver omelet (check!), Coquilles St. Jacques (check!), bacon burgers (check!) Osso Buco (check!) It's GOOD FOOD for anyone. Period.

This Cookbook is thorough and well-organized.
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46 of 47 people found the following review helpful By adenostoma on February 9, 2013
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I grew up in the 1970s eating classic American fare like pot roast, burgers, meatloaf, chicken cordon bleu, quiche, tacos, etc., but never learned to cook any of those things since I went vegetarian in college and more recently became vegan. When I first heard about this book, I was intrigued to see vegan versions of the food I grew up with. While I enjoy non-traditional and international vegan recipes, it's nice to have the option of the Betty Crocker style of cooking. The cookbook is huge and packed with entertaining commentary. I have only tried a few recipes so far (cheese & garlic biscuits, toffee bars, quiche Lorraine, French dressing- all great), but I am looking forward to trying more. There are a lot of recipes calling for fake meat and cheese products, but the point of the book is to simulate some of these traditional meat-based dishes, so it makes sense. They provide a lot of information about meat and cheese substitutes to help readers decide what to use. Seasoned vegan cooks can even use their own vegan "chicken" or "beef" (seitan, etc.) or cheese substitutes if they choose. Great book so far- it hasn't even made it into my cookbook shelf yet as I spend so much time flipping through the recipes and scheming what to try to next!
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40 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Julianne Rowland on February 20, 2013
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Since 2011, I have been eating a whole-foods, plant-based, high-nutrient diet. The transition for me was painless and joyful, and my diet now consists largely of unprocessed foods.

My family, however, is another story -- they have remained largely steadfast in their unwillingness to give up animal products, despite all my efforts. Since purchasing this book, I have been able to prepare veganized versions of the traditional, "comfort" foods they tend to favor and have been thrilled with their response. My husband absolutely devoured the mashed potatoes with ranch dressing, and my daughter's preschool teachers raved over the carrot cake cupcakes with cream cheese icing!! Now, this is my go-to source when preparing meals for my family.

Although many of the main recipes are a bit too "processed" to suit my personal taste, they are exactly what I need at this point in time to nudge my family toward a healthier, more sustainable, kinder way of eating. So a big Thank You and kudos to the Shannons!
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35 of 39 people found the following review helpful By jesteph3 on February 16, 2013
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this is a great index of "american comfort foods" with a vegan perspective. now, if you know the old betty crocker cookbooks, you know how much meat and cheese they require. the old betty wasn't health conscious, so why would you expect a vegan version to be more healthy?!? for what this book is, a different way of conceptualizing classic "american" food, it's great! would i cook from it every day? probably not! but is it fun to have some new and interesting dishes to try out on my non-veg friends, or to have a different take on a brunch, or a new centerpiece meal!

other reviewers pointed out the reliance on soy based products and faux cheese...it's betty crocker. a little kitsch is required, i think. the original betty started relying on a lot of processed foods too...so if the task is to veganize betty, it would follow that you'd have to use some vegan cheese substitutes and soy products. if you want healthy plant-based-only meals, there are plenty of cookbooks for that (and i own many of them)... this is a book that i've shared with my mother (who has gradually started eating more vegetarian meals, and is starting to think about more vegan meals), and she loved looking at the ways it's possible to create vegan versions of meals she used fix when i was a child.

case in point, we made the cheezburger pie on p. 161 last night when i came up to visit. she was pleasantly surprised at the results, and although i felt a little guilty having seconds, it was instant childhood comfort food. again, i wouldn't eat like this all the time, but you really have to applaud an undertaking like this (veganizing an icon of the american kitchen!), and the creativity involved.
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