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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Thorsons (October 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0722539231
  • ISBN-13: 978-0722539231
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 0.6 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #101,271 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

It is easy to get stuck in a cooking rut if you are preparing food just for yourself. If you live alone or are the only vegan in the family, help is at hand from top cookery writer Leah Leneman. In tune with the seasons, whether it is a cold winter's night or a hot summer's day, the recipes will always suit your needs. Leneman has also gone global, bringing in influences and seasonings form around the world to make this a diverse and delicious collection.

With weekly shopping lists to help you plan ahead and simple recipes, Leneman takes the hard work out of cooking. Recognising that vegans often have to cook for one, all recipe measurements are for a single portion but can easily be extended.

Leah Leneman's refreshing approach has made her a pioneer of vegan cookery around the world. Her books include 'Easy Vegan Cooking' and 'The Tofu Cookbook' also published by Thorsons.

About the Author

Leah Leneman is author of Easy Vegan Cooking, The Tofu Cookbook and Single Vegan. She is a well-known name in vegan cooking.


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Customer Reviews

Perfect for the single person or the Sole vegan in the family!
Sandy Vegan Runner
This is the most used cookbook in my collection because the recipes are simple, quick and often use the staples of every kitchen.
Stephanie
I really like no longer having to divide the ingredients in recipes by four or six -- these recipes are made for one person.
Beth Fox

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89 of 89 people found the following review helpful By Beth Fox on January 21, 2004
Format: Paperback
This wonderful cookbook is perfect for the single vegan. For each week, the book contains a shopping list of all ingredients needed for that week's recipes. No running to the supermarket to pick up additional food and no waste! I really like no longer having to divide the ingredients in recipes by four or six -- these recipes are made for one person. The shopping list is a great idea -- I appreciate not being left at the end of the week with 1/2 can of beans, for example.
I have cooked every single recipe in the book, with the exception of some of the desserts. The recipes are varied, both in type of food and in ingredients used. I have rarely come across a cookbook with as high a proportion of the recipes ones I would definitely cook again. As with any cookbook, there are a few nits:
(1) For a very few weeks, ingredients are missing on the shopping list. (Usually, it's only a carrot or an extra onion.)
(2) Only one recipe did not seem to work at all -- the dumpling recipe. This may be due more to my technique than the recipe.
(3) There are very few ingredients that can't be found in a typical supermarket -- I have been able to find everything at my local natural foods grocer.
This book has become the backbone of my food plan. I look forward to coming home to varied, easy-to-prepare meals -- often with enough left over for breakfast!
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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful By KFF on August 17, 2002
Format: Paperback
I have recently become vegan and this is the first cookbook I bought. It has incredible recipies that are so easy to follow, and incredibly delicious. To counter the previous review, I either use a non-stick pan or use cooking spray when oil is asked for. What I don't like about other cookbooks is that it is hard to reduce servings from 4-6 servings to 1 or 2, rather, it is much easier to double or triple one when you have company. I also love that the author has a no waste attitude, meaning what you buy on the shopping list each week is used up THAT week. I hate that normal cookbooks will ask for a teaspoon of something you will end up throwing away when it goes bad in the fridge. My boyfriend loves this cookbook so much, he claims that what I cook is above restaurant quality, and there is such variety in the book of tastes and styles of cooking. I recommend this cookbook to any vegan, whether newly vegan or someone who wants a little more variety. Try the indonesian noodles with peanut sauce or the tofu with cashews and vegetables to start, you will be hooked.
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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Stephanie on January 12, 2005
Format: Paperback
This book has includes dinner (and lunches on the weekends) for cooking for one vegan. Once a week desserts (fruit based) are also given. Each week comes with a shopping list for the meals you'll be cooking so you can easily shop for groceries. In addition, the book is separated into spring/summer and fall/winter recipes so you can cook with whichever vegetables are cheap and abundant.

On the negative side, there are not many seasonings used and most of the recipes come out on the bland side. That said, the amounts these recipes yield are quite large and sometimes I am unable to eat the whole batch! Overall, I give this book five stars because it has a great variety in the recipes it offers so you'll not get bored easily. Ingredients are easily obtained from any grocery store (a few items are specialized and are available at natural food markets).

This is the most used cookbook in my collection because the recipes are simple, quick and often use the staples of every kitchen. It really helped my transitioning to vegan diet. I highly recommend it for new vegans or those considering adopting the diet.
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64 of 71 people found the following review helpful By book worm VINE VOICE on July 6, 2003
Format: Paperback
Great Vegan resource. Compared to many other cookbook, this one uses a very efficient system: gives a shopping list that will cover your cooking needs (recipes listed) for that whole week, and also customizes the shopping lists for specific seasons (Spring/Summer or Autumn/Winter).
Some things to keep in mind before buying the book:
a) Make sure you have/buy most if not all the Staples listed at the beginning of the book
b) There are some ingredients listed that may not be available in your regular grocery stores (and you will have to look for them in a health food store)
c) The recipes DO NOT call for a ton of oil/vegan-margarine (one tablespoon is the most I have seen).
d) Some recipes are super-yummy, others would work a little better with different spices, and others I would not make again.
SIDE NOTE: Since the Vegan diet contain No animal-based fats (and thus Zero cholesterol) it is important to keep in mind and consume cold-pressed essential oils (Essential Fatty Acids like omega-3 and omega-6 from flax, olives, sesame, etc.) on a regular and moderate basis.
Nevertheless, by following a daily diet using this book one will get sufficient essential nutrients, a variety of seasonal legumes and grains, and many times larger dishes than they can finish.
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By K. McKeown on March 25, 2005
Format: Paperback
I have been a vegatarian for about 7 yrs. I've always wanted to go vegan, but living with my parents I couldn't. Now that I'm old enough and living on my own, I've made the move to vegan. However, it seemed like I was always eating the same things and I wanted to try some new recipes. Of course being on my own, when I used other cookbooks I had tons of leftovers and was eating them for days. I saw this book while browsing Amazon and liked the fact that it is designed for busy single people.

I got the book a couple of days ago and so far have liked all the recipes. I love that fact that she gives you a shopping list for each week, and splits the book up into seasons. The recipes can be a little bland, but it isn't hard to add a little more flavoring to whatever you cooking. My only complaint with this book is that not all of the ingredients are readily available to everyone. I live in a small rural town in the Southeast. It is impossible to find some of the ingredients like soy margarine/butter or truly vegan cheeses. I could order them online but that is more expensive. It would be nice if she had alteratives for some of the harder to find items. Right now I'm experimenting with different things on my own, but true newbies to cooking and vegatarian/vegan diets might find it difficult trying to figure out what works if they do not have the ingredients available.
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