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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Robert Rose (March 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0778802175
  • ISBN-13: 978-0778802174
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 7 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #328,250 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Delivering more than 200 recipes that are high in nutrition and low in fat, Crocker shows that a plant-based diet can be varied and delicious.... Rich recipes use a diversity of natural foods sure to please even the most sophisticated palates. (Aimee Hosler, Featured Chef chef2chef.com 2009-11-30)

The Vegan Cook's Bible, by Pat Crocker, teaches you the value of leaner, cleaner eating and shows how to whip up dishes with exciting flavors. (June Naylor Star Telegram (Dallas-Fort Worth) 2009-04-29)

About the Author

Pat Crocker is a culinary herbalist and professional home economist. She is an award-winning author of six cookbooks,


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Pat Crocker is a culinary herbalist and professional home economist. She is an award-winning author of several cookbooks.

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Fish and honey are not vegan.
Niilo John Van Steinburg
Which is a shame, because this is a book that could have been really solid in the right hands.
L. Barley
And not only a vegan cookbook - The Vegan Cook's Bible at that.
Michelle

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73 of 77 people found the following review helpful By Michelle on June 1, 2009
Format: Paperback
I was browsing at a local bookstore and decided to take a look at this book. Initially I was excited by the recipes - the looked pretty good. Then I was reading through the recommendations for foods to eat for various health benefits only to find that the author is telling people to eat fish!

Why in the world would you bother creating a VEGAN cookbook only to tell people they need to eat fish??? And not only a vegan cookbook - The Vegan Cook's Bible at that. Does she think that her audience - the majority of whom are probably vegan and therefore don't eat fish - will really want to read that she thinks that you MUST include it in your diet? I'm baffled by this logic.

So despite the fact that there were some recipes that looked good, I will not be buying this book, and hopefully if others follow suit it will send the author a message that fish is not necessary and including it as a dietary requirement in a VEGAN cookbook is ridiculous.
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56 of 59 people found the following review helpful By Vegan Symphony on May 27, 2009
Format: Paperback
This is from supervegan.com :
But while I enjoyed the dishes I tried, I take real issue with the book's title. First off, there's the honey mention; while some vegans do eat it, it has no place in an authoritative tome on vegan eating. There are no seitan recipes here (and oddly enough, seitan is listed as a whole food, despite the fact that it's so highly processed). There are also a limited number of tofu and tempeh recipes. A bible is a complete work from which all else stems, and you can't claim completeness from a vegan standpoint by eschewing seitan and using tempeh and tofu to such limited degree. There's also no breakfast section, and the desserts didn't go to the heights of decadence that they could have.

My biggest problem with the book, though, is the Healthy Body Systems section. It looks at everything from the immune to the musculoskeletal to the cardiovascular system, including the diseases that can afflict them and the best foods for combating or preventing those diseases. And in every single one, as well as in the overall guideline to Healthy Living, Crocker recommends fish. Not only that, fish is the #1 food in the Cardiovascular section. Mind you, there's no fish in any of the recipes, but there's no place for even a mention of fish in a vegan cookbook, much less a vegan "bible," unless you're talking about a substitute.

When I asked Crocker about this, she told me, "the fact that vegans don't eat fish does not change the fact that fish is an excellent source of, for example, omega3 fatty acids.
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50 of 52 people found the following review helpful By Compassionate Cook on June 10, 2009
Format: Paperback
What is the point of a non-vegan writing this cookbook? It is supposed to be the bible of veganism--the authority, the guidebook on how vegans should prepare foods--yet it is written by someone who doesn't even follow its doctrine. And then, within the pages she recommends fish and honey. It's insane that any vegan "bible" would recommend such things--it would be like the organic growing bible preaching the value of pesticides or the real bible spreading the idea of sin! It makes no sense. I would avoid this book at all costs.
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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful By ScienceGeek on June 11, 2009
Format: Paperback
I am not sure why the publisher made such a horrible mistake in calling this book a vegan cookbook. It is not a vegan cook book. Advocating eating fish and using honey are definitely not vegan at all. I'm hoping this was just a huge mistake with the publishing company, and not with the author herself.
However, I would suggest buying a real vegan cookbook - one written by a vegan author, with vegan recipes.
Dreena Burton's books, Isa Chandra's books, Vegan Lunch Box, The Vegan Table are great places to start, if you want a vegan cook book.
Hopefully the publisher will pull the book and rename it with something that is not false advertising.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By HonestVegan on June 19, 2009
Format: Paperback
Something like this should be right up my alley. I've been vegan 8 years and vegetarian 7 before that. I can not believe the gall of this non-vegan person to write a book called the "Vegan Cook's Bible," and make demeaning comments about veganism in it. This person has no standing to write this, and does it inappropriately. Please, don't be so condescending, Pat Crocker. And please, if you're a vegan, don't waste your money. I highly recommend purchasing Dining With Friends, by Priscilla Feral (a vegan cookbook by a vegan person) instead of this nonsense.
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth Collins on June 11, 2009
Format: Paperback
The author of this cookbook is not a vegan. Fish are not vegetables, nor are bees, and using any products that comes from these animals is not vegan. Yes, insects are animals - let's play a game: animal, vegetable or mineral? That's right, now where do the bees go? Correct. Veganism is an ethical life choice which includes every aspect of someone's diet but is not limited to diet alone. This book is not only a sham it is detrimental to the biggest ethical social movement of our time. I hope the author reads these reviews and considers veganism. It is a moral choice, not a matter of preference or taste - but it just so happens REAL vegan food is delicious! If you would like to know examples of a real vegan cookbooks, see the links below.

Vegan with a Vengeance : Over 150 Delicious, Cheap, Animal-Free Recipes That Rock
The Joy of Vegan Baking: The Compassionate Cooks' Traditional Treats and Sinful Sweets
The Best of Vegan Cooking
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