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The Complete Idiot's Guide to Vegan Cooking (Idiot's Guides) Paperback – August 5, 2008

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Beverly Lynn Bennett is an acclaimed vegan chef, baker, cooking instructor, and author. A vegan for over two decades, Beverly has written an assortment of books on various aspects of vegan cooking and living, including several in the Complete Idiot's Guide series. She has also been a regular columnist for VegNews Magazine since 2002.
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Product Details

  • Series: Idiot's Guides
  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: ALPHA (August 5, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1592577709
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592577705
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.8 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #733,240 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I love the style of cooking in this book: relatively simple recipes, most often with everyday ingredients; well written instructions; and a focus on whole foods (including the use of whole grain flours and unrefined sweeteners whenever possible). It is packed with recipes, 240 to be exact, so there options for new vegans (how to use tofu and seitan, for example), and vegan veterans who want wheat and soy-free recipes that creatively incorporate fruits, vegetables, nuts, and whole grains. That said those who are coming from fast food territory will still be welcomed by the author with some shortcut recipes for things like Tofu Dog Bites.

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.
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I have ordered several vegan cookbooks in the last month. This is the best one yet and I wish I had only ordered this one, I got a few good recipies out of the others but for the most part they are too exotic and time consuming , This one has practical simple and afordable food. I believe that I might make every one of theese. I have already made the no fat raspberry-poppyseed dressing , the breaded egplant sandwhiches, and red beans with soyrizo . It has a chapter of basic vegan cooking guidelines , and it is a good price
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 .
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Buy this book first. I have been working on being vegan for several months and during this time I have purchased four cook books...all have been worth their price. However, I wish I would have had this book initially because it has nutritional informations and other important facts that have helped me to reach my goal.
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If you're vegetarian, not matter what kind, or just want a incorporate more veggies or use less eggs and milk-Buy This Book. After you buy it, you won't want any other cookbook. It covers everything from condiments to "meat and potato" meals. However, go easy on the seitan recipes, because you can form a gluten intolerance (shame on me...I know, but it's soooo good). All your baked goods recipes are in here as well as great tofu, TVP, and seitan recipes. It's essential to the vegetarian library. Sometimes you have to tweak things to your own tastes, but that happens. There is a good mac and cheese recipe-yummy!!! Cheesecake, cookies, tofu, I mean every thing-condiments-everything. It's a great book with a wealth of info.
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I have been vegan over 7 years, this is a great cookbook for beginners AND long-time vegans!
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my first Vegan cook book... and that is exactly what this seems to be perfect for... great entry level book....have already made 8 dinners from this book...
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I am keenly aware that there is nothing quite so potentially dangerous as a convert to some new religion or fad. I confess that since I read Colin Campbell's landmark book, The China Study, I have really changed my eating habits.

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.
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