Serious in intent and plain in presentation, this is a subdued cookbook for vegans (no meat, fish or dairy) who cook three meals a day and need a reliable cache of ideas. Oregon professional chef McCarthy spent 10 years amassing these recipes to sate his own family's desire for "real food" as they were settling into the vegan way of life. The result is this comprehensive selection that spans all parts of the meal. There are vegan versions of familiar family dishes, such as macaroni and cheese, vegetable quiche pie, lasagna florentine and French toast, which feature such traditional substitutes as egg replacer powder, varieties of tofu and vegan cheese. Some recipes flash with originality (e.g., Moroccan Red Lentil Soup), but others (e.g., Acorn Squash with Molasses) are reliable standbys with no vegan-offending ingredients in their original incarnation. A glossary and list of items in "A Well-Stocked Vegan Pantry" are serviceable, but lack the explanations and idiosyncrasies that make cookbooks and their writers memorable. By emphasizing the everyday aspect of preparing food, McCarthy concentrates on large-scale coverage rather than culinary openness and creates a book that speaks to the converted or nearly converted vegan. (Nov.)
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Chef Brian P. McCarthy has been a professional cook for 25 years. While attending culinary college, he and his wife, Karen, began to educate themselves on the dangers of the typical American diet. The McCarthy family lives in Oregon, where they have enjoyed a vegan diet for the past ten years.
I love this cookbook. I'm not vegan (GFCF) and I use this cookbook all the time for very tasty, filling, and healthy options for my family. Easy recipes.Published 6 months ago by docgraytg
I tried several recipes from this book before donating it to my library's book sale. The recipes were not good and the ones I didn't try really didn't interest me.Published 6 months ago by dakwriter
Love this book and use it often. It is great in terms of sizing to feed our family of five.Published 10 months ago by ljr
Seriously, just save your money because I love to read cookbooks. And I love to cook too and I have countless cookbooks. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Sharlene
The vegan family cookbook has great tasting recipes. easy to prepare, fast cooking good for when changing lifestyle.I recommend itPublished 22 months ago by Valentine George
Terrific book - got one for myself and one for my granddaughter. The recipes are what I normally would eat so you do not have to run out and buy all sorts of things you'll never... Read morePublished 22 months ago by Joyce M. Wood
This is a great vegan cookbook. At first glance, the cover & menu items appear to be understated but one must simply give it a try. Read morePublished on May 31, 2013 by Teresa S.
I figured I couldn't go too wrong if a chef wrote the book. I actually saw his instructional video on how to do a Vegan Turkey for Thanksgiving. Read morePublished on December 30, 2012 by Raynelle
This book has some really great recipes that are simple and don't require too many ingredients! Glad to add it to my library.Published on August 19, 2012 by D. Gale