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Peas and Thank You: Simple Meatless Meals the Whole Family Will Love Paperback – July 26, 2011
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-Isa Chandra Moskowitz, author of Veganomicon
"Even meat lovers will want to take a seat at her table." -Babble.com
"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
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Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
- 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.Read more ›
The thing that mostly my husband complained about was all the fake meat ingredients. Added to the fact that I really don't like Tofu too much - I wanted to - for Sarah, because I wanted to eat healthy and feed me and my family right - just like her. I contacted her once with concern about soy products and got a bit of a defensive snarky answer on the blog. I read the reviews here where people critized the reliance on soy products and highly processed ingredients. I'm not vegan but I started buying Earth Balance and Veganaise since the book/ blog made me think that those are in fact the healthy alternative.
Well and recently with slight changes in the blog (you have to read the comments to get the full picture)it became apparent that Sarah herself has changed her mind about soy and is no longer eating a vegan diet. Now she's saying that the family never ate a completely vegan diet - but boy did she give that impression before.
Which makes me wonder how much value this book still has? I don't think I would cook any of the recipes with meat replacement soy products anymore and just use meat/ dairy/ eggs all the previously labeled evils. But that's not was the intention of this book was.
All that being said there are still recipes mostly on the blog and some in the book that I absolutely love and that don't rely on soy products. But I learned my lesson that it's not just the food industry that cannot be trusted.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The title of this cookbook caught my eye, and although I am not vegan myself, I kept reading because I liked what I saw. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Marianne Augenstein
This book is charming and delightful. Being new to vegan, I appreciate the uncomplicated recipes with no really weird ingredients that you'll probably never use again. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Linda Edwards
I didn't realize I was getting a collection of blog posts. I would have preferred just recipes.Published 2 months ago by Cathy
I bought this when I was a fan of Sarah's blog. Unfortunately she shut it down and I haven't really opened this book since. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Leah
Good recipes. I enjoy the humorous family stories but she did go a little overboard with giant family portraits that aren't of much (if any) interest to most readers. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Observer
A great book for vegetarians - thank you for easy to follow down to earth recipes.Published 7 months ago by Happy Aunt
Very good recipes. Started making stuff from this book when we got it from the library. Ended up ordering my own copy because the recipes are fantastic. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Keith