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The Complete Idiot's Guide to Vegan Cooking (Idiot's Guides) Paperback – August 5, 2008
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I have reviewed The Complete Idiot's Guide to Juicing (thumbs up) and The Complete Idiot's Guide to Total Nutrition (a disappointment), so I am well aware of the cutesy "Idiot's" format that some may love, some may feel neutral about, and some may be irritated by. At this point, I am pretty neutral, and able to look into the actual substance of the book.
The book starts with an informational section that is about 25 pages long, but it feels fairly complete for its purpose. Beverly touches on health needs and then dives into explaining milk and meat alternatives. Later in the cookbook is a chapter that is dedicated to making your own cheese and dairy alternatives.
Since I am already dairy-free, I chose to sample a recipe that also had a meat substitute vibe, the Savory Mushroom Sausages. The only changes I made were to cut the maple syrup in half (down to 1 ½ teaspoons) and increase the salt by ¼ teaspoon, as we aren't fans of the sweet flavor that many breakfast sausages have. They were awesome! I actually preferred the leftovers, after chilling overnight, as it really gave the various flavors time to meld.Read more ›
If you are a new vegan as I am , this is a good starter cook book that will not disapoint , like some of the pricer ones did for me .
While not a total vegetarian as Dr. Campbell suggests, the impact of the credible data he presents has changed this 80 year old into a careful consumer. One can argue against the total eschewing of beef by saying "it's ok if it is grass fed, organic, etc." as some of my friends and family do, but beef or no beef, the Campbell case talks eloquently to the dangers of animal products, including meat, milk and eggs. My son, a professional fisherman out of San Francisco since 1983, still thinks freshly caught Pacific King Salmon, poached and served quite rare, is the finest dish one can eat. I agree and plan, when possible to break over!
My point: You Become A Vegan or Semi Vegan, Now What? Eating salads is ok, but this cook book shows imagination that will allow the reader (cook!) maximum chances to experiment with food that will fit the Campbell formula.
I look forward to its ideas and suggest you do the same.
Remember the huge power of food producers (and the big Pharmas) to push their products. For example, a recent study on drug advertising disclosed that some well known drug companies misstated the value of their advertised products over 50% of the time. The FDA compliance budget is $9 million a year, so what they catch may not be much in light of the over $50 billion drug makers spend on hyping their goods.
The food ads surely will continue to pump for more use of animal based products, so as in life, let the buyer beware.Read more ›
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We've loved everything we've made from it. Lots of recipes we haven't found elsewhere.Published 11 months ago by Mainiac
These are the best books for learning about being a vegan and cooking like one. out of all the books I've read on the subject please cover everything.Published 11 months ago by mary e kelly
Fabulous guide for beginning vegans... couldn't live without it!Published 16 months ago by Patricia Ann
I have been pleasantly surprised by this cookbook. I really hadn't expected much from an "Idiot's Guide," but this one actually has some pretty decent recipes, most of... Read morePublished 17 months ago by dakwriter
I found this cookbook very helpful because when it comes to vegan cooking I fall into this category. I really appreciated the tips and definitions. Read morePublished on July 7, 2014 by Joyce