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The Vegetarian Mother's Cookbook: Whole Foods To Nourish Pregnant And Breastfeeding Women - And Their Families Paperback – February 1, 2005

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Editorial Reviews


"Cathe Olson’s book is a welcome, comprehensive and trustworthy resource for vegetarian families." -- Peggy O’Mara, publisher and editor of Mothering

"Olson gives vegetarian and non-vegetarian mothers hundreds of great vegetarian recipes for healthy, delicious meals. She is to be congratulated." -- Dean Raffelock, D.C., Dipl.Ac., CCN, author of A Natural Guide to Pregnancy and Postpartum Health

"The Vegetarian Mother's Cookbook is an essential guide for mommy and family." -- Phyllis Balch, CNC, author of Prescription for Nutritional Healing, Dietary Wellness, Herbal Healing, and The A-toZ Guide to Supplements

"This book contains a treasure trove of delicious, easy-to-prepare recipes that make eating during your vegetarian pregnancy simply a snap!" -- Erin Pavlina, editor of VegFamily.com and author of Raising Vegan Children in a Non-Vegan World

Finally, a vegetarian cookbook for pregnant women that takes into account not only good nutrition but also ease of use. -- Library Journal - starred review

From the Author

I wrote this book because what you eat makes a big difference in how you feel physically and emotionally during pregnancy and lactation. Your diet also directly affects the health of your baby. Vegetarian women must take extra care to ensure they are getting the nutrients they need in order for mother and baby to thrive.

The recipes in this book are dishes my family and I love. Each recipe is packed with nutrients to help you and your baby thrive. I have included tips to make it easier for you to eat well when you don’t have much time or energy. I hope this book will help you to have a wonderful pregnancy and postpartum experience.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 429 pages
  • Publisher: Goco Pub (February 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0972469060
  • ISBN-13: 978-0972469067
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (87 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #131,928 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Cathe Olson is passionate about helping parents make healthy food choices for themselves and their families. She is a frequent speaker at schools, parenting classes, natural foods stores, libraries, homeschool groups, and wellness centers. She is also active in her support of libraries and writers. Cathe is the library technician in charge of an elementary school library. She has served as director of the Central Coast Writers' Conference and on the boards of the Central Coast Book and Author Festival, Friends of the Nipomo Library, and SLO Nightwriters. Cathe is currently working on a vegan family cookbook, as well as a children's chapter book series.

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Top Customer Reviews

Format: Paperback
I bought this cookbook a few months ago after I was sick and weak for an entire month. I am not a vegetarian but I am a nursing mom who is trying to eat healthier.

While the cookbook contains sections geared towards pregnancy (like herbal tonics), you do not have to be pregnant to enjoy this cookbook. For that matter, you don't have to be nursing or even have kids.

This book covers foods from very basic things like millet and quinoa to fun yummy foods like tortilla soup, shepherds pie, spanikopita, etc.

I NEVER write reviews but thought this book deserved a great one that other peope should know about.

The food contents are the following:

-breakfasts (hot & cold cereals, pancakes, waffles, french toast, -eggs, tofu, potatoes, toast, bagels, and english muffins)

-sandwiches (cold, hot, breadless lunches)

-salads & dressings

-soups and stews (stock, soup, stew)

-side dishes (grains, vegetables, cultured vegetables, biscuits)

-main dishes (savory pies, casseroles, bean & legumes, burgers, burritos, enchiladas, fajitas, pastas, stir-fries, and tofu dishes)

-dips, spreads, sauces, and condiments (salsas, dips, spreads, yogurt, cottage cheese, sauces, gravies, seasonings, condiments, breadcrumbs)

-snacks (savory snacks, quick breads, muffins, doughnuts, scones, crackers, bars, and cookies)

-desserts (cakes, crisps, pies, fruit, pudding, frozen treats, dessert toppings)

-beverages (dairy and non-dairy, thirst quenchers, smoothies, shakes, teas, and tonics)

I cook exclusively from this cookbook now and my family is very happy with all the recipes. We are very healthy too.
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Format: Paperback
Cathe Olson, author of Simply Natural Baby Food is back! And, wow!

From shopping lists to sample menus to sound nutritional information for

pregnancy and lactation, this book covers everything you want to know, and

more! There are sections on how to supplement your diet to help with

everything from cravings, constipation and heartburn to a colicky baby, lack of

breastmilk and depression. But that's only the beginning.

There are over 300 recipes in this cookbook. When I first got this book, I

started by writing little notes to myself in the margins: things like "Yumm!",

"Quick and Easy" and "Great!" Pretty soon, I realized the whole book was being

marked up and now I have little post-its sticking out all over to remind myself

to "make that again!" Every recipe has been a hit!

Many of the recipes are vegan; those that aren't offer a vegan alternative.

Each recipe offers nutritional information and key nutrients. Many of the

recipes offer freezing directions and variation ideas. In addition to seemingly

endless healthful recipes and unique ideas for everything from breakfasts to

snacks, to stews, entrees and desserts the whole family will dive into, Olson

offers a variety of teas and tonics to soothe pregnancy discomforts.

This book should be in every family's kitchen! It is truly the best `family'

cookbook I have come across. --Ginger Carlson
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This hefty yet not overwhelming volume would be welcome in any vegetarian or vegan kitchen. The subtitle is "Whole foods to nourish pregnant and breastfeeding women-and their families" but its usefulness will go on long after the woman of the house is pregnant and breastfeeding. The meals are simple to prepare, nourishing, and will appeal to all types of palates, from the very basic to the fussy to the adventurous. One standout feature is that each recipe, aside from displaying nutritional data, details key nutrients. So, it's easy to see which recipes contain nutrients important to pregnancy and lactation like iron, folate, and so on, and in what quantities.

I sure wish I had this book when I was pregnant and breastfeeding. It's so much better than that ridiculous "What to Eat When You're Expecting," so much friendlier, and not the least judgemental.

My "babies" are now vegan teens and we all enjoyed Cathe's Miso-Noodle Soup, Tofu Enchiladas, Pasta with Vegetables and Pine Nuts, and others. I have numerous post-its throughout the book marking recipes to be tried. I have lots of cookbooks in my kitchen aimed at more general audiences, but this cookbook for vegetarian moms will prove far more useful than most.
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By Lazlo on March 19, 2006
Format: Paperback
I bought this book for my wife when she was pregnant with our first child. She read a lot of the nutrition and health info but since I am the one who has been doing most of the cooking, I have been really the enjoying the book.

The recipes are very easy to follow, taste delicious, and best of all are healthy for me and my wife (and indirectly our new child as well).

I found these vegetarian recipes hearty and satisfying. My wife had a really healthy pregnancy and we are using the tips in the book for increasing her milk supply and keeping her postpartum moods steady.

I have come to rely on many of these recipes and I know this is a book we will continue to use for many years. I very much recommend this book.
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