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19 of 23 people found the following review helpful
on September 19, 2013
I like Lindsay Nixon alot, I read her blog (which is fantastic)and I have her first book "Happy Herbivore". Happy Herbivore was the first recipe book I bought after becoming Vegan. I was really looking forward to getting this book as I had enjoyed Happy Herbivore and I use it a lot. In this book there are some recipes that look good and I can't wait to try such as the Lentil Taco Meat, no meat meatballs and the Cuban Black Bean Soup. The bad side of the book is that some of the recipes are so simple that they shouldn't be in a cook book. It's so annoying, I bought this book with hard earned money and one of the recipes is Tostada con Tomate, that's just toasted bread with tomatoes on or Cafe Con Leche, that's coffee with milk. Some of the other ones are French Fries which had one ingredient-potatoes which are then grilled. To be honest, the more I think about the fact that I have paid for these "recipes" the angrier I get. I wish I'd bought a different book now, I can't look at this one without getting irritated. When I look through, there are so many "recipes" that have just one, two or three ingredients, they can't be classed as recipes surely. Toasted bread with tomato....I was expecting better than that.
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18 of 22 people found the following review helpful
on January 2, 2013
I'm a big fan of the first two HH books, and use them all the time. I felt like some of the recipes in this one were "reaching" a bit more in terms of taking classic European dishes and trying to "veganize" them in ways that seemed a little strange, but that being said they still look very tasty and easy to make as I would expect.

Personally, I could have done with out all the travelogue and pictures of Lindsay. I like her recipes, but didn't need half the book describing how amazing she is.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on March 26, 2013
I enjoyed Lindsay's first 2 books, but this one was just ok. I appreciate the fact that she tries to make her recipes accessible and easy for everyone, and most of the ingredients used can be found at your average grocery store. That being said, there is only so much you can do with the same ingredients, and while the recipes are not exactly repeats many of them feel (and taste) very similar to recipes found in the first two Happy Herbivore books.

If you are looking for a good intro to vegan cooking, I would recommend selecting one of Lindsay's first two books instead. If you are looking for some innovative vegan dishes I would check out other options. Bottom line: Unless you are a die-hard Happy Herbivore lover I would skip this book.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on August 27, 2013
I really want to like the HH books more than I do. Some of the recipes are quite good (Lentil Loaf is outstanding) but some of them aren't even really "recipes". Lindsay is admittedly not a trained chef and is obviously not a foodie. To season everything with garlic powder or ketchup isn't my idea of gourmet or even good cooking. I appreciate what Lindsay is trying to do by spreading the message of Plant-Based eating but I'd love to see her up her game a bit more.
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40 of 53 people found the following review helpful
on December 3, 2012
The recipes are about what I've come to expect. There aren't really any mind-blowing recipes-- they're mostly clean and simple, and all are healthy. There are a few recipes that I think aren't really "recipes" as I have with several other books because they're so simple, just the name is enough to know how to make it (like the peanutbutter and fruit sandwich from one of her previous books). I've made a few of the recipes so far and have really liked all of them, but I don't think I've exactly followed a single one-- her simplicity of her recipes mean they readily take to adaptations.

I'm giving this 3 stars instead of 4 or 5 because I don't like the new format she used to write her recipes. Because these books are geared towards the everyday cook, I feel like you need to realize a big problem for most people is actually reading and following a recipe. These recipes are written like paragraphs rather than with bulleted items, so they're a little harder to follow. Even though I follow her blog, I was also sort of annoyed by the travelogue aspect of the book. I don't really buy cookbooks to hear someone's life story. I feel like that would be better information to be given in a blog and is kind of a waste of trees to print out.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on February 27, 2013
And is it just me, or do we see quite a few repeated recipes in this book as in the last two or are on her website? I love Lindsay's recipes and that's not what disappointed me about this book - her recipes are always delicious - I was disappointed with how few NEW recipes I felt were in here...not a bad book, but just eh...I'd recommend book 1, then 2 and this a distant 3rd.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on November 25, 2012
This is my third HH book and Lindsay doesn't disappoint with this cookbook. Her recipes continue to be easy, with common ingredients easy to find, healthy, plant-based and delicious.

If you are looking to start a plant-based diet, or have been a vegan for years, you will not be disappointed with this (or any) Happy Herbivore cookbook. Although there are a number of other great authors out there, none are as healthy, quick and easy as Lindsay.

What are you waiting for?? Buy the book!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on December 3, 2012
I currently own the entire family of Happy Herbivore books and am a big supporter of Linday Nixon's mission to make healthy, low-fat, plant-based food widely accessible. This makes me both a slightly biased reviewer and a well-informed one.

That said, it is worth mentioning that this book is not like the other books in the HH family. I am not sure that this would be the book I would recommend for someone trying to get into plant-based, low-fat living. While all of the recipes are simple and made with accessible, whole-food ingredients, I think that the original Happy Herbivore Cookbook or the Everyday Happy Herbivore Cookbook is more appropriate for those who are new to plant-based cooking/eating. In those books, many of the basics are covered and provide a solid base for branching out to more exotic recipes.

What I like:

-It is a more personal book than the others of the HH family, which I appreciated as someone who has traveled to some of the destinations referenced in HHA. I have spent a lot of time in Central/East Europe, for example, and I have never been able to enjoy a proper Hungarian Goulash. HHA solves that. I have often tried to re-create some of my East European favorites but have been met with limited success. The European recipes in the book are spot-on!

-there are some fancy recipes--like things that I would make for a dinner party--that are made with affordable, easy-to-find items.

-the photos are gorgeous. Very visually-appealing.

-I think this book has the potential to de-mystify some international cuisine. Curries and French dishes can be intimidating! I am pretty fearless in the kitchen, but I would not have attempted to come up with my own low-fat curry like the one in this book. Things that I would order from a takeout menu are in this book at a much lower cost (both in terms of money and calories!) and probably take about as much time to make as it does to wait on a delivery.

What I do not like:
I would have liked some more breakfast and baked goods. I do not think their absence detracts from the quality of the book and I realize that there are only so many ways to make a tofu scramble and there are plenty of ideas in other HH books, but I found myself going back to HHC/EHH for breakfast ideas this weekend after feeling uninspired by the HHA book.

All of this said, I have tried the following recipes:

-German Lentil Soup
-Bread Pudding
-African Jollof
-Pineapple Curry
-Swedish Split Pea Soup
-Bundt cake
-Tinto de Verano

The biggest hits were the donuts, bread pudding and the pineapple curry, but they were all delicious. The African Jollof is great cold over mixed greens--we did that for a road trip and it worked out well.

In sum, this book is the perfect complement to and logical progression of the HH offerings. I think this is just the beginning for the Happy Herbivore. I suspect that bigger, better things are coming and I look forward to seeing Lindsay Nixon's continued success! Very well done!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on December 1, 2012
I'm a Sunday omnivore (think Meat-Free Monday in reverse) and I enjoy this book.

Lindsey Nixon strikes a good balance among providing information, entertainment, and sharing her personality in this book.

The recipes are uncomplicated, but still interesting and flavorful. The icons at the top of the page flag attributes that help me to decide which recipe I want: one-pot meal, budget, pantry, etc.

I made the Cassoulet without the optional vegan sausage. I didn't have a good fresh tomato, so I used Muir Glen canned diced tomato and the recipe still turned out tasty. Nona's Chickpeas surprised me with the combination of legumes, olives, and raisins. Recently, I noticed my favorite green enchilada sauce has artificial coloring, so I was glad to see an easy homemade recipe (even if it is the red). The tofu "feta" is labeled as a Greek item, but I often use feta in place of cotija (a crumbly Mexican cheese). I liked it without the rosemary to sprinkle on the vegetable enchiladas since I didn't make the quick queso.

The travel photos are beautiful. She has just enough tourist photos of herself among the scenic to make it her travels without making the book a look at Lindsey album.

The little stories peppered throughout makes this book makes Happy Herbivore Abroad a pleasant read and more that just a kitchen tool.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on November 23, 2012
As a longtime world traveler and plant-based passionista myself, it is refreshing to see them come together so beautifully in Lindsay's newest book. The recipes are well organized, easy to follow, healthy, color coded to make everything simple, and many come close to my number one rule of recipes: 5 ingredients or less, please!

Vegans, vegetarians and omnivores who love travel - even the armchair variety - and love to eat will find pleasure in this book. Photos of food are complimented by snapshots from all over the world and just plain make this a fun read, let alone an excellent resource for recipes from someone who eats pretty much like I do - hearty, healthful, and full of happy.

Lani Muelrath, the Plant-Based Fitness Expert
Author of Fit Quickies Targeted 5 Minute Workouts with plant-based food plan. [...]
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