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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Fair Winds Press; 1St Edition edition (December 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1592334415
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592334414
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 5.5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (115 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #55,518 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The Complete Guide to Vegan Food Substitutions is a phenomenal guidebook and cookbook. It reveals exactly how to replace any ingredient in any recipe. The results aren’t just stellar—they're even better than the ‘real’ thing!"
—Rory Freedman, author of #1 New York Times bestseller Skinny Bitch

“A tremendously useful resource for anyone interested in a healthier and more plant-strong diet.
—John Robbins, author The New Good Life, The Food Revolution, and Diet for a New America

“It is not just right, it is beautiful; it is inspired and it makes a perfect gift for those relatives who always ask what on earth you eat!”
–Jeffrey Masson, Ph.D., bestselling author of When Elephants Weep, The Face on Your Plate: The Truth About Food, and The Dog Who Couldn’t Stop Loving

“Exasperated by eggs? Challenged by cheese? Your life is about to change, thanks to The Complete Guide to Vegan Food Substitutions! Fun and informative, the book discusses the science of cooking and baking and shows how easy it is to embrace a cruelty-free lifestyle. Filled with more than 200 tried and true recipes, this book is essential for any vegan or aspiring vegan’s bookshelf.”
—Tamasin Noyes, author of American Vegan Kitchen

“Fun and informative, The Complete Guide to Vegan Food Substitutions is a creative feast for the eyes, fuel for imagination, and most importantly, a true palate pleaser. Expect to be entertained and satisfied by this one-of-a-kind cookbook.”
—Alisa Fleming, author of Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living (www.GoDairyFree.com)

About the Author

Celine Steen is the co-author of 500 Vegan Recipes (Fair Winds, Fall 2009) and founder of the blog Have Cake, Will Travel. She lives in California.

Joni Marie Newman is the co-author of 500 Vegan Recipes (Fair Winds, Fall 2009) and the author of Cozy Inside: Delicious and Comforting Cruelty-Free Recipes. She was born and raised in southern California and currently resides in Trabuco Canyon, CA with her husband, Dan.

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Customer Reviews

This book is easy to read and the recipes are easy to follow.
Shelley Kimmel
It's hard to say this book is worth it for a certain recipe because there are so many good ones.
L. Rushing
I highly recommend this book to vegans and those transitioning to the vegan lifestyle.
Terri Merritts

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

102 of 105 people found the following review helpful By grimfarvity on December 21, 2010
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My vegan daughter is often worried how to approach the subject of food substitutes for her friends who want her to be comfortable at parties where there's a lot of food. I am giving her this book to help her out on this issue. I didn't expect it would be so interesting to me, but I read half the book already - it is awesome! I can even see substitutions I can make for my own diet that would be more healthy and natural. Thank you for writing this not only for vegans but for their moms too.
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46 of 46 people found the following review helpful By E. K. W on April 7, 2011
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I'm a rather new vegetarian, but eating whole foods already as an omnivore and having skill in the kitchen makes that easy. I want to make the transition to vegan, and that's where I need help.

The realization that I needed help subbing things started with a recipe for burgers. Vegetarian burgers? No problem. Then after my husband announced his desire to go vegan, he bought some ready-made vegan burgers. While they were tolerable, I'd rather make my own. I'm a DIY kinda girl. And then it hit me... OH CRAP!!! EGGS!!! HOW DO I BIND IT ALL TOGETHER?! And that got me thinking even more... what am I to use for leavening in baked goods in place of eggs? What about moisture? While I knew there were vegan egg substitutes out there, mixed starches can't work for every way one would use eggs. I knew there had to be a way to do it yourself, and different applications for different types of subs. And considering I can't use dairy like yogurt or sour cream to sub for eggs, I was pretty desperate for answers. This book gives them to you. It explains which substitutes work best for each application, and lists plenty of them. It also gives some recipes and ideas for making the substitutions yourself. Now THAT is MY KINDA BOOK! Making my own "sorta yogurt" with my choice of "milk"? Awesome. I can use that in place of eggs in baked goods! Mixing flax seeds and water to sub for eggs? It'll replace your egg, AND it happens to be a great way to get your omega-3s (normally consumed in fish by most people)! I'm looking forward to find my own ways of veganizing foods I already know and love with the information this book has given me.

I'm NOT a fan of store-bought pre-packaged foods. I refuse to subsist on ready-made vegan alternatives, or constantly stuff myself with soy products.
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73 of 77 people found the following review helpful By Jess on December 16, 2010
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I consider myself somewhat knowledgeable about vegan cooking (being one myself). I also own a very LARGE collection of vegan cookbooks! This book is definately a favorite of mine! It is extremely informative and very resourceful. It is great for the beginner vegan as well as the expert. Not only are there every type of vegan substutions that you could need, there are also delicious recipes as well! I am extremely happy with this book! Love and thanks to the wonderful writers!
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65 of 69 people found the following review helpful By J. Greer on December 30, 2010
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Wow! This book has increased my confidence in the kitchen tremendously! I've always been hesitant to dabble with cooking vegan meals because I was overwhelmed with the fact I didn't know where to begin. But now...my intro into eating vegan gets to begin with veganizing my favorite meals? Are you kidding me?? Awesome! I can't believe I never thought about veganizing things I am already comfortable with so this just blew the doors off my old way of thinking. I thought I had to scrap my old diet and 'turn vegan' thereby giving up everything I've ever known about food. Nope! This book has given me the hand holding I needed to give me the confidence to really start exploring the world of eating vegan. How marvelous is that?!?! And the cherry on top, the personality of the authors really shine thru on each page and the tone of this book is so great! It's truly as if I have the authors in my kitchen with me talking and walking me thru the experience telling me "Come on, you can do it! Get in here and let us show you how!"
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Courtney on January 8, 2011
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This book is wonderful. It is divided into sections by what you are looking to substitute, and before the recipes (which are awesome) it lays out why you would want to substitute said ingredient and how to do so. The authors give various options for substitutions and then give an example of HOW to "veganize" a typical recipe based on the ingredient(s) in question.

I have been a vegan for 12+ years, so I really wasn't all that interested in how to substitute things in recipes. I was interested in the recipes, and they don't disappoint! The Cheesy No Cook Sauce is worth the cost of the book alone! Everything I have tried so far has been delicious. And, even though I have been a vegan for a while, I still read the "substitutions" guides with interest and was reminded of and learned a few things, so experienced vegans shouldn't discount the book because they think they have been there done that. This book is perfect for both newbies AND experienced vegans alike!
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Kristen Ressinger on January 13, 2011
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Although I've been surrounded by many Vegan's in my family & friends circle, I never quite understood why they were truly making that life choice, until I began to read "The Complete Guide to Vegan Substitutions". Not only are there fabulous, easy to understand (and substitute) recipes, but each section starts off with a nice piece of writing, explaining why the Vegan option is helpful to EVERYONE's life. I found this to be very comforting and it sure makes it easier for me to cook vegan meals for myself & my family. The charts that break down all of the substitutions are also very handy! With a little understanding, even non-Vegans can be successful Vegan chefs!

p.s. The book itself looks absolutely adorable! <3
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