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Mayim's Vegan Table: More than 100 Great-Tasting and Healthy Recipes from My Family to Yours [Kindle Edition]

Mayim Bialik , Jay Gordon
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Book Description

While she's an actress with a PhD in neuroscience, at the end of the day Mayim Bialik is a mom, one who knows what it's like to be a busy parent with little time to spend in the kitchen. She shares the concerns of parents everywhere: when it comes to nutrition and feeding your family, you want healthy meals, but also food that everyone—kids and parents—can enjoy, and a balanced lifestyle that's inexpensive and fuss-free. Not only does Mayim's Vegan Table share more than 100 easy plant-based recipes for dishes that are as good to eat as they are good for you, but Mayim has also teamed up with pediatrician Jay Gordon to offer:

  • Basic nutritional information about a plant-based diet
  • The real deal on raising kids on a plant-based diet (myths and misperceptions, debunked)
  • Vegan family essentials (including a list of what to always keep in the pantry)
  • Tips and strategies for easy meal planning and healthy eating out
And, of course, the food: you'll find recipes for Mayim's favorite breakfasts, snacks, lunches, dinners, and desserts, including kid-approved meals like build-your-own tacos and mac n cheez, Mediterranean and Asian-inspired salads that parents will love, comfort-food classics like kugel and matzoh ball soup, and many more.

Editorial Reviews


Forward, “5 Books to Munch on in 2013,” 1/4/13“It was only a matter of time before the world’s most high-profile kosher vegan turned to cookbook authorship, and so it is that Blossom’s recipes will grace bookstores this year.”, 2/3/14
Mayim’s Vegan Table…isn’t your run-of-the-mill book of recipes. It’s also a perspective-shifting manual for people looking to eat a more plant-based diet in the interest of health and eco-friendliness.”, 2/10/14
“Includes a handy, helpful list of ingredients and gadgets that make whipping up vegan meals a breeze.”

Jewish Business News, 2/13/14
“Bialik displays her in-depth knowledge of Veganism, providing in-depth, but understandable explanations of how to lead a vegan lifestyle from her own personal experience as a vegan, going back close to twenty years as well as bringing up her two sons as vegans also.”

About the Author

Mayim Bialik, PhD, CLEC, is an Emmy-nominated actress, trained neuroscientist, author, and the
mother of two sons who have been raised entirely vegan. Currently starring on CBS’s The Big Bang
Mayim is a contributing editor at

Jay Gordon, MD, FAAP, is a prominent pediatrician practicing in Santa Monica, California, and the
author of numerous books and magazine columns. he is a long-time member of the attending staff of
UCLA’s Medical School.

Product Details

  • File Size: 3332 KB
  • Print Length: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Da Capo Lifelong Books (February 11, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00F226E6U
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,597 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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89 of 94 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Book! February 4, 2014
By Amanda
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I purchased this book because I am a fan of Mayim Bialik, and was interested in learning about vegan cooking. There are a lot of really convenient and simple recipes in the book, as well as some more difficult ones. She acknowledges that a full commitment to vegan life-style isn't realistic for most people. In turn, she provides some evidence of how vegan eating can benefit you. She also gives some vegan recipes that dedicated carnivores would enjoy. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in becoming a vegan or just looking to add a few vegan meals to their diet.
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62 of 72 people found the following review helpful
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I really like this cookbook. I was a little disappointed in it when it arrived, but I've taken the time to explore it and find that I like it more every day. However, it's not perfect.

This cookbook offers a good mixture of vegan recipes and nutrition basics that will be helpful to those new to the vegan lifestyle, especially parents that want to incorporate this type of eating into family meals. I have sampled several recipes that turned out very well, but not all of the recipes appeal to me. One recipe appears to be missing an ingredient. Accidents happen!

Why go vegan? The authors provide basics on environmental issues and ethics behind vegan choices, without being pushy. I like that and I think it will help non-vegans become more curious without being pushed away. I also appreciate the casual and friendly approach that is conveyed throughout the book. It felt comfortable.

The recipes are good, but not necessarily new or exciting. Many of the recipes are for home-style comfort foods that will appeal to families. These include recipes such as enchilada casserole, chili, French toast, and plenty of yummy desserts. If that's the type of food your family eats, and most probably do, this cookbook will help provide healthier alternatives to traditional recipes.

I love cookbooks with photos, but I'm sorry to say that the photos in this book disappointed me. The style seems outdated and I think it makes the food look bland. If I were flipping through this book in a bookstore, I would probably put it back on the shelf. The internet is filled with avid food bloggers that have mastered perfect food photography. I'm sure that not everyone will agree with me, but I'm a nut for good food photography and I felt this one was lacking. I'm sorry!
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123 of 162 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars expected more February 8, 2014
I was really looking forward to this book and I really, REALLY wanted to like it. But I am sad to say that I am quite disappointed with it. It is a great cook book for a beginner cook or someone new to veganism. But if you are looking for new exciting recipes this is not the book for you.
I am a vegan cookbook junkie so I have A LOT of vegan cookbooks and in Mayim's Vegan Table I didn't find anything that hadn't already been done. I don't need another recipe for taco salad, hummus, chili or fries. Seriously there is a recipe for fries(potatoes, oil, salt). I hate when cookbooks give "recipes" like that. I guess if you are VERY new to cooking its helpful. But I just found the book very uninventive. Another example the Sushi in a Bowl recipe is sushi rice, rice vinegar, avocado, sesame seeds, & nori. While I'm sure it doesn't taste bad its just very basic. I was hoping for more.

Also, I like cookbooks with lots of pictures. There are 8 pages in the middle of the cookbook with pics and that it.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Really Great book March 12, 2014
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I was interested in this book because I like Mayim Bialik as an actress, so I started it with some reservation about Vegan-ism. I have to say Mayim and Dr. Jay made me take a second look at my health, food sources, and menus. I think the book is informative without being pushy like some Vegans can be. After reading this book I am seriously considering a plant based life from here on out. It shows that you can live this way and still find joy in food without feeling deprived. All I can say is good work and what a way to put together something that most would think is hard to live. You make it seem so easy and simple. I loved the book and feel better for reading it and even if I don't become a Vegan I will definitely change the way I eat and put more plants based foods in my diet and cut out things that are not so good for my body and health. Thanks Mayim and Dr. Jay
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Informative book! March 3, 2014
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I agree with another reviewer, this book is almost a "starter" vegan book. I've been vegan for a long while and have a TON of books including texts books; therefore nothing was new to me. However, I think this book is wonderful! She starts the way she should with facts and insightful info on what you should know. Her recipes are tasty and easy to make. I tend to stay more in her main dish section, for I do not eat sugar, but I can substitute if I like. She adds photo's and cute descriptions before each meal, which is nothing new to the cookbook world, but you should know. I'd recommend this book to anyone. As a vegan cookbook collector, I proudly add it to my bookshelf!
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28 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for vegan families February 7, 2014
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I am vegan and I own a lot of vegan cookbooks. Since I am now a mom, I have been looking for more vegan cookbooks geared toward moms with quick recipes that are still unique. I really love the recipe ideas in this book. It includes staple recipes for newer vegan families like Mac and cheese and enchiladas, but it also has some new ideas I have not seen in other cookbooks (sushi in a bowl). It also includes a lot of Jewish recipes like Matzo ball soup and Challah that I have not seen in any other vegan cookbooks. I especially love the recipe for little breads in the shape of turtles. I know my son will really love making those with me!
Overall, a really great addition to your vegan recipe collection. Especially if you are looking for simple recipes for your vegan family.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars great recipes
I am not vegan, I am just curious about other ways to make healthy dishes. Very simple recipes and some call for ingredients you might not have. Read more
Published 3 hours ago by chris
3.0 out of 5 stars Good but not what I expected
The book has some great recipes that aren't too difficult. My main complaint is that there are very few pictures. Read more
Published 13 hours ago by Christen Searle
5.0 out of 5 stars This is not just a great recipe book.
If you like, you can just jump ahead to all the great and easy recipes OR, if you really want to get into the meatless of the subject, you can get many questions answered about why... Read more
Published 1 day ago by Jim A.
5.0 out of 5 stars I Love this book
I wish I could give it another star.
This is exactly what i have been looking for. Thanks for making the transition to vegan so easy to understand. Jeri
Published 1 day ago by Horace
5.0 out of 5 stars looks great at first glance
Good and inventive recipe ideas, as well as basics that I already have incorporated into my diet and food prep regimen.
Published 3 days ago by E. Zuckerman
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Book
My wife saw Mayim on television and she wanted to order the book. Of course, we have already reaped the benefits from teh many recipes in the book.
Published 4 days ago by Jerry D. Bischoff
3.0 out of 5 stars vegan knowledge
As I am le as rning, anx Julia said... a recipe. Is but a road map for good food. Done!!
Published 8 days ago by MizPeg
2.0 out of 5 stars Vegan Schmegan
I was so disappointed with this book that I returned it. While I'm not currently vegan, I was for many, many years and still cook vegan meals frequently. Read more
Published 10 days ago by LD Crowe
2.0 out of 5 stars This book was pathetic unless you eat alot of bread, gluten, and...
The first 1/4 of the book is discussing the benefits of eating vegan and then finally you get to the recipes by page 50. What a total disappointment. Read more
Published 11 days ago by Michelle Rosenthal
5.0 out of 5 stars Informative with Tasty Recipes
If you’ve ever considered going vegan or wondered what cooking vegan would be like, check out MAYIM’S VEGAN TABLE by Mayim Bialik with Dr. Jay Gordon. Read more
Published 12 days ago by Mason Canyon
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