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Editorial Reviews


"What a fun and colorful book! This will breathe new life into your kitchen."
-Isa Chandra Moskowitz, author of Veganomicon

"Even meat lovers will want to take a seat at her table."

"Peas and Thank You offers up creative and innovative recipes that are sure to please family and friends of all ages, whether carnivorous or not."
-Brendan Brazier, bestselling author of The Thrive Diet.

"Good for your health and I am all for that" -Tosca Reno, New York Times bestselling author of Your Best Body Now and The Eat-Clean Diet

"Peas and Thank You is a wonderfully accessible cookbook designed to help kids learn to love veggies from day one. But recipes for things like Thai Veggie Burgers and Spicy African Peanut Soup aren't what I'd call ‘ kid food'- just good food."
– Grant Butler, The Oregonian

About the Author

Sarah Matheny, a former divorce and custody attorney, left the practice of law and meeting the demands of billable hours and is now practicing patience and meeting the demands of a toddler and preschooler. Matheny’s humor and crowd-pleasing recipes have drawn tens of thousands of loyal readers to her popular blog She lives in Salem, Oregon, with her family.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Harlequin; Original edition (July 26, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0373892403
  • ISBN-13: 978-0373892402
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.7 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (186 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #523,217 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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207 of 215 people found the following review helpful By Kait on August 26, 2011
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Let me start out by saying that I'm 23, have no children, and only found Mama Pea's blog after the book was released, three facts which undoubtedly influence my review. Additionally, I was a bit hesitant to order the book because I struggled to find a review that didn't begin with, "I found Mama Pea's blog x months/years ago" and knew that these were fans doing what we do best: supporting their champion. I understand and respect this but it does make it hard to find a balanced review. That is what I hope to offer here.

Things I liked:

-The index which is BY ingredient. This is time-consuming for the author but oh-so-helpful to the reader when they have x, y, or z going bad and need to use it STAT!

-The pictures of her food are beautiful and I love that there is one for almost every recipe.

-The glossary at the beginning of the book. It super useful, especially if you are new to the world of vegan/veg cooking. I especially liked her inclusion of the Dirty Dozen although I would have liked a note about how this changes every year.

-Every. single. soup. recipe. I'm kind of obsessed.

-The twists she put on vegan classics (e.g. Mini Tofu Frittatas, lentil meatballs, etc).

-Mama Pea offers serving suggestions for different recipes.

Things I didn't like:

-The heavy reliance on processed foods. Given Mama Pea's disdain for the processed foods she gave up, this was a HUGE disappointment and the biggest factor in my rating. Earth Balance, Lightlife products, Tofutti, Veganaise...they are not only present (which is to be expected) but used often. While the book does not claim to be a whole foods cookbook, Mama Pea makes it very clear that she doesn't like non-vegan processed foods.
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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Sarah on November 29, 2011
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It's taken me a while to write this review because I feel like a traitor given all these five star reviews from her other blog readers. The problem is that this book just isn't good. Yes, her fans will like it because she's Mama Pea, and she's hilarious. However, I am a big fan of her blog (and have made a number of her blog recipes that I actually like), yet I found the recipes fell far short of expectations. To explain:

- As another reviewer noted, there is a heavy reliance on processed foods. If you're not a vegan, why would you want to use the vegan (artificial) replacements? I don't think it's the way to show people that a plant-based diet can be delicious...because, even with all the great new vegan products out there, they are still just that - products, not real food.

- These recipes appear to be made to appeal to a rather bland palate. I recognise that this was made to suit a particular audience, and clearly I am not it.

- I could make any of these recipes without the cookbook. In fact, almost identical ones are in many of the cookbooks I already own. I knew before I bought this that it may not offer many recipes that are unique to those I already have in my cookbook collection. It was worse than I expected, and frankly I own a lot of other books that offer a far wider selection on top of the ones in this book.

- If you've been reading Mama Peas blog for any length of time, you will recognise many of the stories. For me, that was disappointing because I really REALLY wanted to like this book, and I thought the stories would do it. They make me laugh daily on her blog, but these were rather 'ho hum', especially when the stories culminated in rather average looking meals.
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51 of 64 people found the following review helpful By HB on September 5, 2011
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I understand this woman is a mommy blogger, but this book is full of painfully cute stories about and glossily posed pictures of her two "adorable" children. If you've ever watched "The Next Food Network Star" and seen how the judges pressure the contestants to connect every recipe to some maudlin family story, you'll know what I'm talking about. I wouldn't have minded the stories so much if they were more realistic and less cute, to an extent, but all I really wanted in a cookbook was recipes. How many pictures did this woman need to include of her kids with food smeared all over their faces?

Other problems with the stories/photos - the author put the name of the recipe at the head of the chapter, then told the often long cutsey stories, after which came the actual recipes. This may have been less of a problem in the paper book form, but in the Kindle edition, it means that you have chapters and chapters of titleless recipes. So I went through the book and marked a couple of recipes as ones I might want to try, but when I go back to them, I'm going to have to scroll back sometimes 2 or 3 pages just to find out what the recipe is for. The author should correct this in the Kindle version, maybe just repeat the recipe names above the recipes.

My other concern was that she relied heavily on soy products. I know that she is vegan, but soy crops are not great for the environment, and she seems to genuinely care about such things. More important however, soy has been linked to breast cancer, so eating a lot of soy is not great. If I had young daughters I would not be feeding them so much of it, although occasional use would probably not be amiss. For women who have breast cancer in their families, soy should be eaten sparingly. I wish there was a greater variety of ingredients for that reason.
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