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Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Prima Health; First Edition edition (May 10, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0761529519
  • ISBN-13: 978-0761529514
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.8 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #741,154 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Now vegan means vitality and vibrant taste!

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Now vegan means vitality and vibrant taste!
A simple definition?
The vegan diet consists exclusively of foods from the vegetable kingdom and excludes all animal products?meat, poultry, fish, seafood, eggs, dairy, and honey?as well as products which are processed using animal ingredients.
Good health and great flavor have finally come together! Whether you're a full-time vegan or simply looking for an occasional "ideal" meal?one low in saturated fat and cholesterol and high in health-enhancing nutrients and great taste?here is your definitive source for easy and innovative vegan cooking.
It's proven that eating an abundance of foods from the vegetable kingdom leads to a healthier?and perhaps longer?life. But healthful eating doesn't have to be bland and boring! The Complete Vegan Cookbook is your step-by-step guide to creating delicious and satisfying vegan dishes for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert. You'll discover more than 200 tempting recipes as well as exciting meal plans for special family meals and entertaining. Now you can experience the health benefits of the vegan diet while enjoying hearty meals and mouthwatering flavor!
Enticing recipes include:
·Southwest Corn, Chard, and Potato Soup
·Yellow Beet and Arugula Salad with Dried Cranberries
·Bulgur and Red Lentil Pilaf with Kale and Olives
·Eggplant Enchiladas with Almond Mole
·Spaghetti with Artichoke-Pistachio Pesto
·Arborio Rice Pudding with Pears
·Oat and Buckwheat Pancakes with Blueberry Sauce
·And many, many more

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This book is for people who like to cook and be creative in the kitchen.
A. Johnson
This book focuses more on wonderful and delicious recipes made from vegetable instead of trying to imitate or substitute for the usual meat and cheese dishes.
Michael Van Ornum
Also, I learned a lot about nutrition and a lot of great cooking tips with this book--in a fun way, not like a textbook.
Getting Healthy

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74 of 74 people found the following review helpful By Michael Van Ornum on October 29, 2005
Format: Paperback
I've found the recipes in this book to be, on average, very good to excellent. Many recipes are made entirely from vegetables you can get at the local farmers market. Dependance on soy and soy derivatives is (refreshingly) minimized. This book focuses more on wonderful and delicious recipes made from vegetable instead of trying to imitate or substitute for the usual meat and cheese dishes. No need to special order ingredients from Venezuela or the Ivory Coast either. I found this book approachable, practical, and with recipes that can fit into any meal, vegan or not. I highly recommend this book for anyone interested in cooking with vegetables.
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53 of 54 people found the following review helpful By Getting Healthy on October 3, 2004
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Who knew vegan food could be so delicious and varied? I still eat some dairy and eggs, but this book proved to me that I can (and someday will) be completely satisified with no animal products in my diet. The broad range of foods used in these recipes, and the creative way they are combined, truly opened my eyes. I'm not even a great cook, but I've enjoyed making these dishes, and they've all been really good, especially the soups and the pilafs (and the tacos!). Even if you don't like or are allergic to soy products, you can eat for a year on these recipes without getting bored. And don't worry about the low-carb thing--these recipes use healthy complex carbs like veggies, beans, and grains. Also, I learned a lot about nutrition and a lot of great cooking tips with this book--in a fun way, not like a textbook. The Complete Vegan Cookbook is great!
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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 4, 2002
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I just starting eating vegan this year, and this cookbook makes it very easy and tasty. This is a very diverse cookbook, yet the ingredients are not so exotic that you cannot find them. I especially love the Soba with Fresh Soybeans and Spicy Tahini Sauce and the Orrechiette with Tomato Sauce, Basil, and Toasted Pine Nuts. I made a few recipes out of this book for my non-vegan parents and in-laws for Easter dinner, and they loved them. This book has definitely made the transition from omnivore to vegan a great experience.
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40 of 47 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on September 12, 2001
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A vegan diet is one drawn exclusively from the vegetable kingdom and excludes all animal meat products including seafood, eggs, dairy, and honey, as well as any vegetable product which is processed using animal ingredients. In The Complete Vegan Cookbook, Susan Geiskopf-Hadler and Mindy Toomay effectively collaborate to present more than two hundred mouth-watering recipes enhanced with a wealth of "kitchen wisdom" for the benefit of the kitchen novice -- as well as the experience chef! From French Lentil Salad with Fresh Basil and Mint; Cauliflower in Coriander Cashew Sauce; and White Beans with Tomatoes and Chipotle Chilies; to Skewers of Baby Squash and Tempeh in Pineapple-Ginger Marinade; Granola with Dried Cranberries and Apricots; and Banana-Date Freeze, The Complete Vegan Cookbook is a "must" for the vegetarian bookshelf!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Jessica Fischer on September 17, 2007
Format: Paperback
Vegan diets can get boring if people are not aware of the many, many foods that are available to a vegan. This book solves that problem neatly. I've been surprised by how easy it is to obtain, use, and store many new-to-me ingredients.
The recipes in here are fairly complex if you're comparing it to something like Betty Crocker. I usually save them for weekends when I have a little more time to spend in the kitchen. However, there are a few simple gems that I make very frequently (tofu tacos is my favorite). The reason I LOVE this book though is that I can rely on the recipes tasting so fantastic and being so interesting that even my non-vegan friends ask for the recipes when they've tasted my cooking.
For someone who is unfamiliar with basic cooking techniques, this book might be a little overwhelming to use. However, it has an exhaustive list of kitchen supplies that are needed, an index of ingredients, and a thorough discussion on keeping a well-stocked kitchen, using ingredients and cooking techniques. It's all there, but it will be a steep learning curve for someone who is just starting out in the kitchen.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By MN on September 10, 2001
Format: Paperback
This was my first Vegan recipe book. I have tried many recipes from the book, and they have all been wonderful. I would highly recommend this book.
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87 of 112 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 21, 2004
Format: Paperback
I bought this book thinking I could use it to make some good vegan meals. I was very disappointed by it because although the recipes do look tempting and interesting and exotic, they are not practical - one would have to buy too many 'strange' ingredients to make them. In the end I just kept getting frustrated looking through it, because all these ideas she presents were not realistic, so I returned it. There may be one or two good recipes, but there are better vegan cookbooks out there.
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38 of 49 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 24, 2003
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This book has many innovative recipes. The recipes vary from very simple, to somewhat more sophisticated, which is good since sometimes you just want to throw something together for yourself, but other times you may want to cook something more complex or impressive (for entertaining). The only draw back that I wanted to point out is that while this cookbook is vegan, it DOES NOT pay any attention to fats. So, some of the recipes may contain as many as 29 grams of fat per serving! Granted, this is the high end of the spectrum for the entire cookbook, but most of the recipes hover between 10-17 grams of fat per serving. The fat is mainly from canola oil, although some of it is from nuts and seeds. I try to modify the recipes myself so that they contain less fat. It is very healthy to eat a meal with no animal products, but equally unhealthy if it is SOAKED in oil! I definitely prefer a lighter style of cooking--so if you are willing to modify the recipes to contain less fat (or if you are not concerned about fat intake), then this book is worth your while.
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