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Sweet and Natural: More Than 120 Sugar-Free and Dairy-Free Desserts Paperback – July 18, 2001

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"[Meredith McCarty's] material is excellent-informative (I learned a lot!), thorough, and very readable." --Rebecca Wood, award-winning author of The Splendid Grain

"Meredith McCarty demonstrates that low-fat vegan cooking can be both delicious and nutritious. Some of these recipes are low fat and to be enjoyed heartily." --Dean Ornish, M.D., author of Dr. Dean Ornish's Program for Reversing Heart Disease and Everyday Cooking with Dr. Dean Ornish

"Lucky us! Armed with decades of experience in natural foods cooking, Meredith McCarty has risen to the considerable challenge of creating great vegan desserts and has given us hundreds of memorable ways to celebrate her sweet victory." --Lorna Sass, author of The New Soy Cookbook

About the Author

Meredith McCarty has been a vegan natural foods chef, instructor, speaker, and consultant for more than twenty-five years. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. Her previous book is Fresh from a Vegetarian Kitchen.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin; 1st edition (July 18, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312267827
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312267827
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #198,339 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I love this cookbook. It has great information on all types of sweeteners and goes through many different types of oils and flours too. The main ingredients she uses in this book for sweeteners are brown rice syrup, barley malt syrup and some have maple syrup. It is pretty easy to find the ingredients and the directions are easy to follow although I am a fairly experienced baker so I do "add lib" when I cook and find that the end result has been great. I made the lemon cake with the sauce but minus the lemon tofu cream because I have a slight allergy to soy. Tofu is definately a required taste and she uses very little in this book and it can easily be omitted.

She does use carob in some recipes so if you do not like carob you can just use cocoa powder or non dairy tropical source chocolate chips. There are quite a few color photos too.

I look forward to making more recipes from this book and the book is worth buying just for the eye opening info she provides on chemicals and how some of our ingredients are processed. It really motivates you to try to find a more natural alternative.
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The author is so clearly an expert in her field for the way she explains and clarifies her information. She helps you understand the ingredients in the recipes and the need for wholewheat pastry flour, natural sweeteners instead of refined sugar, dairy and its alternatives. I try to live dairy free and have used her information when explaining to friends my lifestyle. The recipes are fabulous. The Apple Crisp was a hit at Thanksgiving dinner. No one knew there wasn't sugar, eggs, and bleached flour in the dessert they raved about! Should be on the bookshelves of bakers who care about there family's health but want to create great desserts.
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Meredith McCarty has succeeded in providing us with a guide to healthy dessert making while being very conscientious of a totally vegan lifestyle. Everything we've tasted from the recipes in this book have been delicious and straighforward to make. The book's also packed full of explanations of how certain ingredients won't work, gives suggestions on ones that will and offers gorgeous pictures of the finished product.

I highly recommend this to all vegans looking for desserts to serve family and friends alike!
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Beautifully written and very delicious. I can't believe tha tmy
my first Vegan pastry was a great public success.
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If you are looking for a wonderful natural cookbook with yummy recipes...congrats...you found it. I have been using this book over and over. Even my co workers love most of the things I bake. I love to bake and I have MANY cookbooks...some natural, some regular...but this one is the best. I love the use of something other than white flour, sugars, and dairy. As I have said...It is YUMMAROO!
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Sweet and Natural (natural dessert cookbook) contains a big bonus: the first 54 pages are, in reality, an amazing invaluable course in natural nutrition ingredients - This lady has really done her homework: Did you know that white sugar and corn syrup are filtered thru charred beef bones to purify them? - Or that, the FDA tests for only 4 of the 82 drugs that are used in dairy cows? - And, because of the Codex Standard for Food Grade Salt, only salt containing 97% refined sodium chloride can be called "sea salt", making it the same as commercial table salt, without the added sugar and anti-caking agents? - "Unrefined sea salt" is different from both sea salt and table salt - It is a whole natural food obtained from the evaporation of ocean water and contains essential macro and micro nutrients - The salt refining industry removes almost all of the minerals for profit and sells them to the chemical industry or to pharmaceutical companies to make dietary supplements - And that's just a drop in the bucket of what's in this book.
All 3 of Meredith McCarty's books are excellent - Her creative recipes, valuable information, and the Indexes are detailed and well organized - We haven't been able to find a recipe we did not like from any of her books - Jessica Porter (author of The Hip Chick's Guide to Macrobiotics) calls her "an insanely talented cook", and I absolutely agree.
It is difficult for me to understand why this book (or any of her books) has received low ratings from anybody, unless they haven't read it or tried any of the recipes - I don't know Meredith McCarty, but it seems to me that most people could learn a lot from her vast experience - I did, and I've been eating whole/natural foods for over 40 years.
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Pretty good book if you need to eliminate foods with sugar and dairy. It has pretty good recipes that even kids will like.
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