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If you only want to buy ONE Vegan cookbook, make it this one!
on September 8, 2010
I decided to learn more Vegan recipes after realizing I wouldn't have a cholesterol problem if I didn't eat anything with cholesterol in it! All animal products have cholesterol, even Fat Free Milk. I also learned that all dairy products strip more calcium from your bones than the food provides! All animal products increase the acidity of the blood. In order for the kidneys to do their job, the acid must be buffered and the body releases calcium from bones and teeth. America drinks and eats the most dairy products and has the highest rate of osteoporosis in the world! No wonder Sally Field ate and drank her dairy products and STILL got osteoporosis! I'd rather not have to take the bone building drugs since the side effects (spontaneous Femur fractures, dissolved Jaw bones, etc.) are rather nasty, so I will reduce my dependence on animal products to hopefully maintain a normal bone density as menopause approaches.
Hence, the search for a practical Vegan cookbook. Having so many cookbooks over a 23-year cooking career, I wanted to find only one to add to the collection that will show me substitutions and give me new ideas for cooking and baking. I pulled every Vegan cookbook off the library shelf and found this to have a practical way of slowly adapting a Vegan eating style to your regular eating. Substitutions for milk products, eggs, condiments and tasty desserts were perfect. There is also a list of different Tofu products out there, what recipes the different consistencies are good for, and how to cook with them. I loved all the Mexican and Asian style foods since many of them can be adapted to vegan very easily.
I don't really need to substitute out leather and other animal products from my life, but if you need to be that thorough, there is an index in the back for those who wish to avoid all products relating to animals (bees wax, honey, cosmetics and such).
I will probably be treating myself to regular food on a sporadic basis since I will not insist on vegan when eating at someone's home and being a PIA of a guest. I don't need to run my mother ragged during family get-togethers. Besides, one's health won't be compromised by a regular meal once a week or so as long as you are eating vegan on a daily basis.
One bonus feature: I noticed my chronic indigestion disappeared after only reducing the animal food use in my life. No more Tums, Prilosec and Pepcid for the last year!
I returned all the other vegan library books and renewed this as many times as I could. I finally decided to order my own copy. I will probably have it bound with a plastic ring/comb style at Office Depot or Staples so that it can lay flat at the page I need. We do that to books of sheet music for the piano. Have them add a clear plastic cover to the front and back to protect it from the mess on the kitchen counter!