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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Lantern Books (November 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590560272
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590560273
  • Product Dimensions: 0.4 x 9.1 x 9.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,844,384 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Fun to look at and to read, easy to execute, relatively yummy and morally irresistible, this collection of vegan recipes from a wide array of notables adds up to a powerful argument against the Atkins low-carbohydrate diet, which encourages the heavy consumption of meat and animal products. In his brief introduction, James Cromwell, who played the laconic but lovable Farmer Hoggett in the 1995 hit movie Babe, describes how his time on the set surrounded by smart, friendly little pigs made it impossible for him to eat pork and indeed any meat ever again. Recipes are provided by a range of famous names, from Alicia Silverstone (who shares her recipe for "Steamy, Creamy Artichoke Dip") to Sir Paul McCartney ("All You Need Is Avocado Soup," etc.) to that surprisingly vegan cult TV figure William Shatner (and why wasn't his bean dip called "Bean Me Up Scotty!"?). Other celebs include Fiona Apple, Bob Barker, Jackie Chan and Bea Arthur. Some assertions here about the harmful effects of animal fat on the body have been challenged by recent research supporting Atkins's long-held contention that adding fat to our diet may actually help us slim down and get healthy. Still, there's little arguing with the compelling vision of living and eating in a way that doesn't harm other creatures. Even non-veggies will enjoy the wit and four-color photos lavished throughout this book.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal

This collection serves up "Animal-Friendly Appetizers," "Benevolent Breakfasts," and other vegan recipes from Paul McCartney, Alec Baldwin, and lesser-known supporters of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA). Accompanying the recipes are black-and-white photographs of their contributors and brief quotes; sidebars on vegetarianism and PETA's philosophy are scattered throughout. There are certainly better vegetarian cookbooks available, including Robin Robertson's Vegan Planet (see above), and not every vegetarian is a fan of PETA's tactics, but the organization does have more than 700,000 members. Buy for demand.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.

More About the Author

Ingrid E. Newkirk, 56, author of the book Making Kind Choices (St. Martin's, January 2005), is founder and president of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, the largest animal rights organization in the world.

Her campaigns to promote cruelty-free living have made the front pages of The Washington Post and other national newspapers. She was named a top business people of the year in Forbes magazine, and has been profiled in The New Yorker and twice in People Magazine. She has appeared on The Today Show, The Oprah Winfrey Show, Larry King, Politically Incorrect, Crossfire, Nightline, 60 Minutes and 20/20 among others and enjoys a lively debate and the opportunity to show how easy it is to make animal-friendly choices.

Newkirk has spoken internationally on animal protection issues, from the steps of the Canadian Parliament to the streets of New Delhi, India, where she spent her childhood. She is the author of numerous opinion pieces and articles on the social implications of our treatment of animals and helped to pass the first anti-cruelty law in Taiwan. She is currently campaigning to end the live flaying of lambs for Australian Merino wool.

Ms. Newkirk served as a deputy sheriff; as a Maryland state law enforcement officer for 32 years; she has been director of cruelty investigations for the second oldest humane society in the U.S.; and serves in an advisory capacity on numerous animal protection boards. In 1980, she was named Washingtonian of the Year, and has since received many other accolades and awards, including a 1995 Courage of Conscience Award, a 2001 Animal Protection Hall of Fame Award, 2002 Living Legacy Award and 2004 Activist of the Year Awards.

Ingrid Newkirk achieved the passage of legislation to create a spay/neuter clinic in Washington, D.C., coordinated the first arrest in U.S. history of a scientist on cruelty to animals charges and helped pass into law the first anti-cruelty law in Taiwan. She spearheaded the closure of Department of Defense underground 'wound laboratory,' and has initiated many other campaigns against animal abuse, including ending General Motors' crash tests on animals.

She is the author of several other books, including 'You Can Save the Animals!', 'PETA's Celebrity Cookbook' and '250 Ways to Make Your Cat Adore You.'

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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 25, 2002
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This is the newest addition to several cookbooks offered by PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals). (Others include "The Compassionate Cook" and "Cooking With PETA.") This will make an excellent cookbook for you and anyone you know who is vegetarian or vegan, or aspiring to be. There are personal quotes from each of the celebrities who contributed a recipe or recipes, including Alec Baldwin, Paul McCartney, Montel Williams, Jackie Chan, Bob Barker and Bill Goldberg. Each quote proves that these celebrities are not empty-headed morons as some people have suggested that celebrities are; rather, these celebrities are intelligent, caring, kind and compassionate humans who are trying to make a positive contribution to the world. The quality of the book itself is excellent, with full-color photographs and glossy pages, and the recipes are all healthful, nutritious and very tasty. Some of our favorites include Tofu French Toast, Chan's Corn Chowder, Savory Italian Bruschetta, Masala Potatoes, Miami Blues Red Beans with Garlic, Heroic Shepherd's Pie, Berkley's EZ BBQ Chickpeas, Feel Good Kentucky Fried Chic-Kett, All Star Chili, Legendary Chickpea Stew, Big City Cashew-Chili, Spicy and Lean Black Bean Chili, Low-Fat Super Savory Asian Forest Curry, Hip Hoppin' John, Baby-Get-Back "Ribs", Mama's Mock "Meatloaf", Heart-Healthy Wild Rice with Walnuts and Raisins, The Sweetest Truffles, Applesauce Cake, Melt in Your Mouth Yellow Cake, Tantalizing Trifle, Sublime Key Lime Pie, Berry Delicious Tangy Sorbet, Cosmic Carrot Cake with Frosting, Choco-Gingerbread Cookies and Flaky Pie Crust Dough. And we are just starting! All of the recipes are simple and easy to make, with ingredients already on hand in most kitchens. And best of all, all of them are cruelty-free and 100% vegan! Enjoy. It is well worth the low price.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Omen on April 11, 2005
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Now this isn't my favorite vegan cookbook. And to be honest almost all these recipes can be found on the peta website. But I think it is a classic. I use the book once in awhile, but once I do a recipe i can pretty much wing it (except the desserts) This is a book you should get because it is helping support peta. It also has bios from vegetarian celebrities with pictures and how they became vegetarian. It would actually be a really good coffee table book. I haven't had any trouble with the book falling apart, but because it doesn't have many recipes (less than 80) it isn't my most used cookbook. All the recipes are very simple with easy ingredients to find. I think this cookbook is a must!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 4, 2003
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Stunningly designed - this book is a great introduction to vegan cuisine. There is a great assortment of recipes, many of which are easy to prepare. While I enjoyed the flashy design - I wonder if the amount of recipes inside makes it worth the price. A better choice might be PETA's earlier cookbook "The Compassionate Cook" - it doesn't have pictures but there are far more recipes which are easy to prepare and it's sure to become a book that you'll rely on daily.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Alexis Thomas on January 23, 2003
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Amongst all the veggie cookbooks I own, this one ranks as the loveliest, both in terms of design and quality and innovativeness of recipes. This book is beautifully compiled, both insofar as cooking and style. The photography is superb, the recipes are terrific (try Exotic Orange Curry and Portobello Passion), its well-written. You'll feel healthier even if you just "read" it. Beautiful enough to be a coffee table book!! Even better if you cook from it!!!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Standard Course on December 30, 2002
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For all you Vegans out there, here's a cookbook with recipes from lots of your favorite stars that you may not know are vegans! From Paul McCartney to Bridget Bardot there's lots of mouth watering recipes (and easy too) for you to try your hand and tummy at.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on March 8, 2003
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Compiled by Ingrid Newkirk and enhanced throughout with full-color and b/w photography, The PETA Celebrity Cookbook showcases more than sixty celebrities, athletes, chefs, and activists who share their four-star, cruelty-free, palate pleasing, vegetarian recipes. From Paul McCartney's "All You Need Is Avocado" Soup; Jackie Chan's Chan's Corn Chowder; and Fabio's Portobello Passion; to Montel Williams' Heart-Healthy Wild Rice with Walnuts and Raisins; Rue McClananhan's Extreme Dream Cheesecake; and Alec Baldwin's Miami Blues Red Beans with Garlic, The PETA Celebrity Cookbook is a strongly recommended addition to any "animal friendly" vegetarian cookbook collection.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Melanie on May 26, 2003
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The PETA Celebrity Cookbook is more than a collection of recipes, it is an entertaining cookbook filled with color photographs of various actors, musicians, and other well-known people, along with their recipes. Featured throughout the book are interesting and informative "Did you know?" facts about vegetarianism, health, and the environment.

Some of the celebrity recipes featured include: Tiffani Thiessen's Mediterranean Muesli, Jackie Chan's Eggplant "Steaks," Chrissie Hynde's Zesty Blueberry Poppyseed Cupcakes, Sir Paul McCartney's "All You Need is Avocado" Soup, Bob Barker's Savory Italian Bruschetta, Alicia Silverstone's Steamy, Creamy Artichoke Dip, and Montel Williams's Heart-Healthy Wild Rice with Walnuts and Raisins. Recipes are divided into sections for breakfasts, lunches, appetizers, side dishes, entrees, and desserts.

This book also doubles as a book of quotations. An introduction by James Cromwell, and sections on "How This Book May Save Your Life" by Dr. Neal Barnard and "Animal-Friendly Grocery Shopping" complement the recipes, facts, and quotations. The PETA Celebrity Cookbook is a fun book with compassionate, nutritious recipes and more. --reviewed by N. Glenn Perrett
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