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Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks (May 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1402218850
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402218859
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #382,635 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"College just became a little bit easier with PETA's Vegan College Cookbook" - VegNews blog

"will give any real-world, on-the-go student or young professional great recipe ideas to stay vegan and well-fed even when they don't have time to think." - DC Vegan

" I'm pretty anti-cookbook because I feel most recipes are way too complicated and expensive, but this cookbook certainly debunks that theory. In fact, most of the recipes have about 5 or less ingredients and every recipe looks super quick, super easy, and super cheap!" - Eating Consciously

"I think the "spotlights" are great. They give a bunch of fun ideas to jazz up cheap ingredients. I know a lot of people that lived on ramen when we were in school! I bet they would have loved some healthier and tastier options." - Say Yes To Salad

"If you are in college and vegan, this is the cookbook to buy! If you're not in college and not vegan, but just looking for an easier way to eat healthy and perhaps don't know how, this cookbook gives you a ton of simple, fast, and healthy recipes." - Carrots n Cake

"I think this would be great for college students who are looking for healthy alternatives to crap college food. Lets face it, most college students have trouble making Ramen (no offense to some of you out there who CAN cook). I think this book has some great meal ideas that are quick, healthy, and VEGAN." - Run, Live and Enjoy

"This book will give you some insight and motivation to keeping your diet vegan while staying up late, being around party people, and by being under the gun of deadlines." - Hello Veggie

"I realized that this cookbook was actually completely perfect for this time of my life. No, I'm not living in a dorm with limited space and cooking utensils, but I am definitely short on time." - Vegan Strong

"...it is encouraging cooking and sticking true to oneself and beliefs – especially as the ultimate visitor in a processed food, meat lovers world." - Vegan Visitor

"this book is great for the college vegan and beyond. it's informative, and written in a fun and inviting way. there is nothing intimidating - i thumbed through the book and felt totally comfortable with tackling any of the recipes." - Miss V''s Vegan Cookbook

"Overall, I think this cookbook would be great for a college student, or anyone looking for some simple vegan meals to make." - Foods that Fit

"If you are looking for a really good cookbook, with simple yet delicious recipes, I'd HIGHLY recommend this one!" - Vegan Grub

"this book is GREAT for those who lead a vegan lifestyle/ want some quick and easy vegan recipes! especially those who are living in a dorm and do not have access to appliances like i said-- after all i imagine it would be difficult being a vegan college student who has to navigate the school cafeteria!" - Fearless, Fabulous and Full of Life

"If you are a young college student looking to explore the vegan lifestyle, this book is a great resource because it provides easy, cheap and delicious ways to eat vegan without overwhelming you with information" - Eating Bender

"Being vegan in college doesn't have to be difficult, thanks to Peta's new college cookbook" - Everyday Dish

"So, your favorite vegan is heading off to college this fall, and you're looking for the perfect graduation gift...or you're trying to impress that vegan in your psych class but you have no clue how to cook...or maybe you just want food that's fast, cheap, and easy to prepare. What do you do? Where will you turn? You could search the internet, sure, but if you're looking for a book with all the answers in one place, you needn't look further than the new Peta's Vegan College Cookbook." - The Veggie Voice

"Perfect for first time college students who are newly vegan and want to know what they can eat in a college environment." - The Health Nut

"This is a great book for a younger crowd (HS to College) and I think PETA does a good job at making cooking (particularly Vegan and vegetarian cooking) a low-stress, fun activity." - Gliding Calm

"Whether you are vegan or just a time-crunched and lazy busy student looking for some quick and tasty food fuelling, PETA's Vegan College Cookbook is worth checking out." - Lighter Portions

"...the perfect solution for students who don't have a kitchen and are looking for quick and delicious recipes." - Vegetarian Times Online

"I think the book is perfect for college students (and I should know--I teach them!)." - Vegan Dad

"If you're new to veganism, this cookbook is a great way to get your feet wet and help you with your vegan journey." - Happy Herbivore

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Customer Reviews

Simple, easy, delicious recipes.
galfrombrooklyn
The authors claim all the ingredients are cheap but often rely on fake meats/cheeses/etc which simply aren't in a college student's everyday budget.
Claire
If you are in college and vegan or if you just want some really, really quick and easy TASTY meals - this is the book to get.
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61 of 66 people found the following review helpful By saibondy on June 15, 2009
Format: Paperback
If so then this is for you. I looked over this in the bookstore and the things that stood out to me were several pages on how to make a peanut butter and banana sandwich, how to make a vegan grilled cheese, and how to make "poor folks" cinnamon rolls (answer: white bread with margarine sugar and cinnamon). No thanks. other things in the cookbook may be more complicated (and...tastier?) but as a college student with no kitchen and only a blender to my name, I can be more creative and healthy than this on my own. also, faux meats and cheese are *expensive* for a college budget. (And get quickly lost in the dorm fridge)... better to spend on nutritional yeast which will perk up popcorn, pasta, and soups. Then again for a first-time vegan this is possibly adequate and I could be a food snob. In short, vegan food snobs, this is not the book for you. :)
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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Claire on July 23, 2009
Format: Paperback
This book may be worth checking out from the library or borrowing from a friend, but don't waste your money. Far too many of the recipes are anything but, e.g. microwave a Boca burger and put it on bread with condiments, put jelly and vegan cream cheese on a bagel and smoosh it together, etc. etc. Any college student is smart enough to figure most of these recipes out on his/her own without shelling out the cash. The authors claim all the ingredients are cheap but often rely on fake meats/cheeses/etc which simply aren't in a college student's everyday budget. In addition, almost all of the little blurbs before each recipe rely on very tired stereotypes about college life that try so hard to be funny and unique but fall flat and get old quick. E.g. in the breakfast section, nearly all of the recipe blurbs assume you're hungover, and in others many assume that you want to avoid studying at all costs, etc. There are a rare few recipes worth noting, but I would recommend the Student's Go Vegan Cookbook or even [...] before this.
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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on April 26, 2009
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This is another PETA hit. Well worth owning. I am lonnng past college age, but got this for some quick ideas for weekends or nights there wasn't much time to cook. It is great for this.

It does use a lot of faux meats and cheeses as you might expect. There are recipes without these though.

The recipes I've tried so far were hits - not just with myself but the family and I'm going to try to upload a photo of the peanut butter cup pie from p.87. OH MAN. You can sell this stuff by the slice an make a fortune. It's UBER GOOD!!!

If you are in college and vegan or if you just want some really, really quick and easy TASTY meals - this is the book to get. Honestly, I wish I could afford to by several hundred to hand out on our local college campus. Great food - fast and all you need is a microwave and a blender. There is no reason you can't be vegan! :)
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Erik on January 21, 2011
Format: Paperback
My girlfriend and I found this gem while browsing through vegetarian cookbooks at a local bookstore. PETA may have the ability to encourage young people to explore vegetarianism and think more critically of the meat industry, but this book serves as a testament to the ignorance of some of the folks associated with PETA.

Are the recipes simple? Sure. In fact, they're so simple I don't know why anyone would have to write a book about them. They might as well have a "recipe" for water in this book.

WATER
What you need: a cup, water.
Pour the water in the cup and voila!

Of course, even water has more nutritional value than the recipes compiled in this piece of garbage. Almost every recipe requires some kind of vegan meat, cheese, milk or egg substitute. I don't think I've ever seen a decent cookbook call for the use of a microwave either (weird). Not to mention, this thing is full of misinformation regarding the nutritional value of non-vegan foods.

If you're into buying expensive, heavily processed food products with the vegan label, tossing them in the microwave and calling it "healthy" then by all means, buy this book and enjoy. However, if you're a health conscious person who would like to take a stab at a vegetarian or cruelty-free diet, look elsewhere.

Don't take my word for it though. Do your own research and draw your own conclusions.
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17 of 22 people found the following review helpful By PuniTenshu on October 26, 2009
Format: Paperback
I picked this up and spent 10 minutes going through it at Barnes & Noble to see if there were any quality, quick, cheap meal suggestions since I'm a severely overbooked grad student. Not only did I not find any recipe warranting a buy, I didn't even find a recipe worth memorizing (and that's bad since most of the recipes have 2-4 ingredients).

Since they generally require meat/dairy substitutes (which aren't cheap) I can't understand why they were so bold as to put "Cheap" in the title. Further, often the book call for pre-prepared ingredients (which also aren't cheap).

The recipes are simple to the point where I was surprised that there wasn't a recipe detailing how to pour soy milk into a glass and then drink it. Adding sloppy joe sauce to fake burger meat actually qualified as a recipe--so did pasta with marinara. (See other reviews for Boca, PB&J, and grilled cheese examples). It sort of reminds me of an elementary school assignment where I had to write directions for making a peanut butter and jelly sandwich for a person who knew absolutely nothing about knives, bread, jar opening, etc.

I'm relatively certain that the writer's put more time into creating the "trendy" recipe titles than the actual recipes themselves.

As for delicious? Well, microwaved Chic n' Strips just doesn't quite make the cut as far as I'm concerned.

Overall, I was extremely disappointed. There were two other college-oriented books alone on the shelf at the store, both of which yielded quick, healthy, and original recipes after quick scans.
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