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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on May 21, 2012
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I'm a new vegetarian moving quickly towards vegan. I've been intimidated by the number of unfamiliar (to me!) ingredients in many veg/vegan cookbooks I've recently read, or when I did get up my courage, I wasn't able to find all the ingredients in our local upscale, but not a Whole Foods, grocery store, and I was hesitant to purchase a lot online, because I really didn't want to spend a small fortune or buy in such great quantity of an item I wasn't even sure I'd like.

This book is a great starter vegan cookbook with recipes that I'm actually able to make with my starter pantry of vegan ingredients and are very tasty! It's got a number of basic recipes that will definitely become the basis of my go-to vegan meals as I become more comfortable with veg cooking as I am with non-veg cooking.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
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when i preordered this, i thought it couldnt possibly be as useful and have as many amazing dishes in it as the first book (happy herbivore), which has never left my kitchen shelf to join my multitude of cookbooks on my main bookshelf. i use it every day! but of course i wanted to give her the chance, and im glad i did. i think this one will be even more useful to me than the first, if thats even possible. there are so many wonderful, easy, and FAST recipes, and i cant wait to get started! what i love more than anything is all of her recipes call for things you already have on hand, or can grab at the local grocery store NO MATTER where you live!! i have so many disappointing vegan cookbooks that call for weird eye of toad and leg of newt and things you have never heard of and neither as your grocer. not these! i own my own business, have 2 children, pets, and a house to take care of, so time to cook has always been a problem of mine for eating healthy. thank you so much lindsay, for taking that excuse away!!! if you are just browsing trying to decide on a cookbook to try, maybe for the first time or if you are new to veganism, THIS is the one you want!!
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39 of 47 people found the following review helpful
on December 21, 2011
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I had my book less than a month when it began falling apart. At first, only one page came completely loose. Then another. Now, two full sections have fallen out. The cookbooks I've had for more than 40 years are still together, but this one is dropping pages regularly.

That is a shame because most of the recipes are outstanding. There are a few that I didn't care for at all, but they are few and far between. The recipes use lots of spices, which is right up my alley. Most vegan cookbook recipes don't use enough herbs and spices to make the dish delicious. This author knows how to make vegan taste good.

Now if her book would just stay together, I'd be happy as a clam.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on January 29, 2012
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I am a working mother of a 5 year old and a 18 month old. Both myself and my children suffered from lactose issues so dairy was never a large part of our diets. Even though the majority says dairy is sooooo necessary. One day while surfing net flicks I came across a documentary called forks over knives and started watching. My husband over heard some of what they were saying and came in to watch with me. Afterwards we decided to go vegetarian. Since the kids and I usually went without dairy I said lets go all the way then. Let's go vegan. So we did but I was concerned about finding foods suitable and attractive to the kids. I went online and found the happy herbivore with some simple, healthy, and attractive looking recipes. I made them the blueberry breakfast bread- success, then we tried some soups and they went over great. Then I started playing with some recipient that I wanted to try but thought that the kids might appreciate just yet. I took Lindsay's spinach pancakes and substituted bananas for spinach. Talk about a hit! My daughter, the bird eater, named so because she picks at everything, ate 3 pancakes and didn't ask for butter or syrup to pour on top. Lindsay's recipes are very healthy and simple to use and they are a great way for meat eaters to make the transition without worrying about taste, price, and appeal.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on December 5, 2011
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I can't say enough good things about this book. I also have Lindsay's first book, Happy Herbivore. The recipes in Everyday Happy Herbivore are completely different, new and unique from those in HH. Her recipes are so simple and fast, and not to mention, fat free/low fat. It's really hard to believe that fat free can taste so delicious. Because of her, I have actually learned how to use spices (which my mom never did growing up) and finally I feel like I have an intuition for using them. There are many new flavors in this book too. I highly recommend this book if you are an omnivore (like my husband), vegetarian (like myself) or especially an herbivore.
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25 of 30 people found the following review helpful
on August 25, 2012
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I don't like to give negative reviews, but I have wasted so much money on recipes made from this book that I have to. I will admit that everything in here is truly quick. I also liked the intro. Here is a listing of the recipes that I made:
Granola bars - comment from my boyfriend was "tastes vegan". This was unfortunate because I like to show people how great vegan good is. These were really bland and cardboardy.
Dark chocolate pancakes - fine but not great
Spinach scallion pancakes - I liked the idea, but they were again pretty bland so I had to douse them in hot sauce.
Chocolate spice muffins - heavy like little bricks and didn't have the taste to make up for the texture.
Morning glory muffins - totally gross and again, like little bricks
Harvest cornbread - for something with canned pumpkin, this was really dry
Quick burgers - really truly quick, but totally bland
Red red stew - bland but I guess it was ok.
Dijon rice with broccoli - This was just really boring tasting
Quick pumpkin sage pasta - this was fine
butter bean cookies - really gross. I mean, really really bad.
chipotle mayo - this was pretty good
Everyday mushroom gravy - this was bland

I would recommend Robin Robertson's Quick Fix Vegan a hundred times over this book. I don't see anything anywhere about if Lindsay Nixon went to cooking school or ever trained as a chef and I assume she must not have. There is a way to put together a few simple ingredients to make them phenomenal and this woman does not get it. I am throwing this book away before I waste more money on ingredients.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on February 18, 2012
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I work full time, commute and share a kitchen, so I need recipes that are easy and fast. Before Lindsay, I was very much a "pop frozen food in the oven" or "just add water" type of gal. As a result of my work schedule, my boyfriend also did the bulk of the cooking and he has a heavy hand with oil and earth balance - which isn't healthy. I loved the sample recipes I tried on her blog, HappyHerbivore.com so I took the plunge and bought her cookbook. I am so glad I did! Her recipes are simple, quick, affordable and healthy and are soooooo tasty. You can tell that she put a lot of effort into making the cookbook user friendly. Most of the spices called for are dried, which is wonderful, because I hate buying an entire bunch of basil for a recipe that only calls for 2 leaves (however, you can sub fresh herbs if you prefer). She calls for canned beans, which is a huge time and effort saver, though you can sub out fresh cooked beans for most recipes as well. The instructions are clear and geared towards everyday people, rather than professional chefs who are already well versed in cooking terminology. The ingredients are all relatively easy to find and won't cost you a fortune. I can't tell you how many vegan cookbooks expect you to buy truffle oil when it's used for one recipe in the entire book - there's none of that nonsense here. The only ingredients you might have to search for are miso and nutritional yeast, which are available at health food stores or online. I feel so amazing after eating the meals. The last few times I've gone out to eat, I've actually found myself wishing I had stayed home and cooked instead.

So far, I have made the following:
Fruit Crisp - This was so easy to throw together and was one of the healthiest deserts you could possibly make. I made it with organic wild blueberries, and it was fantastic! My boyfriend gave his stamp of approval as well.
Quick Burgers - I was nervous about making veggie burgers from scratch, but it was easy and fun! They were delicious! The only adjustment I might make in the future is to make three patties out of the mixture instead of four, because the only vegan hamburger buns I can find nearby are HUGE. My boyfriend had boca bugers instead, so I still have to get him to try this.
Eggless Salad - The only eggless salad recipe I've ever tried and liked. Egg salad was one of my favorite vegetarian treats, and I missed it after I went vegan. I like to make a batch on Sunday, so that I'm ready for the week. I can get a work week's worth of lunches out of one package of tofu using this recipe (I use Trader Joe's super firm tofu).
Black Bean & Salsa Soup - This is the easiest recipe I've ever made and probably the tastiest as well! I make this at least once a week. My boyfriend is obsessed with it! He raves about it to his friends and family - even though he's a self proclaimed soup hater!
Greens Quiche - I finally know what to do with my wilted, about to expire kale! Be warned, this does not blend easily in a cheap blender. It took a little veggie broth and a lot of patience to get the tofu mixture fully blended, but it was completely worth the effort. The boyfriend and I both loved it. I ask Lindsay about the blending issue, and she recommended a food processor over a blender for this recipe. As soon as I'm able to purchase a food processor, I can tell I will be making this recipe all the time!
Creamy Dijon Pasta - This recipe is ridiculously good - my favorite so far. I make this at least once a week. The sauce is so creamy and delicious. Lindsay has convinced me that dijon mustard is the new earth balance - it makes everything taste better. To use up the other half package of my Mori-Nu tofu, I typically make miso soup the next day (using the instructions on the miso package). This recipe is also very much boyfriend approved!
Butter Bean Cookies - This was the only recipe I didn't love. It was too heavy on the oats for my tastes (I'm not much of an oatmeal person). However, my boyfriend adored these cookies and devoured them! I'll probably make them as a special treat for him in the future.

Ever since I started using this cookbook, my boyfriend gushes about what a wonderful cook I am. The truth is that I'm not good at cooking - Lindsay is! I love it so much that I also bought The Happy Herbivore Cookbook. I will write a review of that book after I've had a chance to sample more of the recipes.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on November 10, 2012
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I got this book as a gift for the holidays from my in-laws and was really excited because I hadn't heard of this woman and am used to cooking vegetarian/vegan cooking, I also frequent several vegan/veggie blogs. I tried some of the recipes right away-- Her Eggless Salad is really good and so are her Thai Lettuce Wraps. Her smoothies and muffin recipes are pretty tasty as well.

NONE of the bean burger recipes have held up. I mentioned to her one time on FB that her burgers didn't hold up and her response was that they were either packed "too tightly" or that the oven wasn't temped right. Unfortunately, none of her burger recipes mention packing the burgers-- they say "divide into 4 equal portions and into thin patties". We all know that oven temperatures vary, so that advice wasn't very helpful. I have made three of the burgers in the book and none of them have turned out. I have tried other burger recipes from other recipe blogs/books and they have held up. Perhaps Nixon should add vital wheat gluten to some of her burgers.

Another recipe, the Creamy Dijon Pasta-- had no flavor and tasted like wet, glue-covered noodles. I felt like I had wasted money and time after making that recipe. Her "Roasted Carrots" dish was a nice side but I don't know if that's really a recipe or just a different way to cook carrots. Although, a couple of the stir fry recipes I tried were pretty good and helped me use up my CSA produce in a timely manner.

Overall, of the recipes I've made (which is half), I would say half of them are good and half of them are not that great. It's very frustrating to have some of the recipes do what the recipe says they will/taste how they will/hold how they will, and then have the other half completely be inedible. With that, I would recommend getting this from the library and trying out a couple of recipes before buying it. I would also try a couple of the recipes on her website to see how you like her writing and her recipes. As for now, I will try the remainder of the recipes in the book and then borrow her other books from the library before purchasing. I think that Nixon has good ideas they just don't translate into good flavors or good directions for some of her recipes.
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43 of 54 people found the following review helpful
on May 27, 2013
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I am worried that someone might pick up this book in effort to 'go vegan' and swear it off forever. Here is my message to you...it doesn't have to taste this bad. I really don't like writing a poor review of a concept I believe in (quick vegan recipes!! woo hoo!!) but after my 10th recipe out of this book, I HAVE to tell you, it can be much (much) better, unless you really like the flavor of nutritional yeast paste as it coats the roof of your mouth. The only recipe I would even let my non-vegan husband try was the eggless tofu salad. Tried to pawn off a tempeh loaf on my vegan mom who wasn't having it. Vegan yogurt? i.e. blended tofu and banana? Not impressed. Smokey cauliflower soup was the most dreadful thing I have ever put into a blender, tossed. Just powered through some goopy "white enchiladas" because I didn't want to waste more food. There were some uninspired cumin-y bean patties that were palatable, nothing to get excited about. I could go on. I only write to encourage you to not give up on healthy animal-free meals if this book was your first foray.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on January 25, 2012
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I eagerly awaited this cookbook to come out as I love Lindsay's first cookbook, "The Happy Herbivore." I knew I was getting it as a Christmas gift and couldn't wait to browse through it. So far, it has lived up to my anticipation and expectations! This book is just as beautiful as the first one, well designed, sturdy, and filled with photos that make my mouth water. I've only had the book for one month but already some of my favorites are: all the smoothies are delicious, Mexican Frittata, Single Blueberry Muffin, Eggless Salad, Pinto Burgers, Chickpea Marinara, Chickpea Tikka Masala, Creamy Dijon Pasta, and the Apple Fritter Cups. There are SO many more recipes that look absolutely delicious and I cannot wait to try. My New Year's Resolution is to maintain my significant weight loss and lose a few more to reach my goal. I know that this book will help me to do that and I plan to rely on it heavily. Highly, HIGHLY recommend!
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