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The Meat Lover's Meatless Cookbook: Vegetarian Recipes Carnivores Will Devour Paperback – September 14, 2010
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“Fantastic for anyone who knows deep down that they should be eating less meat (either for personal or planetary health reasons) but can’t seem to make themselves do it.”
Foodista Blog, 10/07/10
Mom Blog Network, 9/27/10
“Her recipes…are simple and user-friendly but promise and deliver flavor. The book is loaded with great choices of vegetable dishes, tofu and tempeh dishes but nothing is boring. All the dishes have been created with insight and experience. And she makes it easy to cook by the seasons by dividing up the book's 52 menus into Summer, Fall, Winter and Spring.”
Broke Foodie Blog, 10/9/10
“The recipes are simple and easy to follow, and it's not all tofu and beans like a lot of vegetarian cookbooks. There are also plenty of vegan, gluten-free, and dairy-optional recipes.”
Australian Good Food & Travel Guide, 10/25/10
Sacramento Book Review, 11/7/10
“[Kim O’Donnel] puts the "mm" in Meatless Mondays.”
Midwest Book Review, November 2010
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“O’Donnel has a certain flair about her…These recipes are definitely worth trying.”
“Best Vegetarian Cuisine Cookbook”
Taste for Life, February 2011
“With 52 meatless menus that will carry you far from traditional vegetarian fare, this book is sure to delight even the most voracious carnivore.”
“Even though the meat is cut from the recipes, flavor is not sacrificed and that is what makes this cookbook so exceptional and highly recommended.”
“This book is ideal for those transitioning to a plant-based diet, though longtime vegetarians will surely find new inspiration, as well.”
“Kim’s recipes are easy to prepare and full of flavor.”
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1. Terrible, ugly design. Helvetica-style fonts everywhere. Black ink only on cheap-looking paper. Ingredient lists are headed with "INGREDIENTS ." instruction lists are headed with HERE'S WHAT YOU DO in a kind of distressed Wild-West type font. Everything more or less runs together on the page.
2. 8-page insert of very plain photos. With all the books out there with stunning photography, these just don't look appealing. The first photo is mainly beige bread on a beige cutting board.
3. Recipes that go on for 2, 3, or, I kid you not, 4 pages.
4. Menus that have, again, I kid you not, no vegetables in them. For example, one with Jerk Tempeh, Zesty Pineapple Salad, and Jamaican-Style Rice and Peas. OK, there's pineapple, which is a fruit, but there are no veggies in this meal unless you count cilantro as a vegetable. An 8-ounce package of tempeh is combined with "prepared jerk sauce" as a recipe, and is supposed to yield 4 to 6 servings, with leftovers. Another menu, Huevo Y Fijoles and Romaine with Toasted Pepitas & Lemon Vinaigrette has as vegetables only romaine lettuce and half of a jicama, not exactly powerhouse vegetables.
The author explains at the beginning that she is not a vegetarian. These menus make me feel that non-vegetarians shouldn't write vegetarian cookbooks. She doesn't seem to have a feel for how to put together a simple, hearty meatless meal. I didn't find a single appealing menu that I'd want to make. Some have too many protein dishes, while others have none at all.
5. Some of the recipes have a million ingredients, while others are hardly recipes at all.
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What I found, however, was pure garbage. If you are looking for a book that uses meat substitutes for most popular meals, or teaches you how to make grilled cheese, this is the book for you. Most of the meals have the same seasonings or use chili powder for just about everything. Someone needs to tell the author that there are wonderful fresh herbs and seasonings available on the market today. As well, most of the recipes seem like they are more appropriate as side dishes rather than a full meal.
I consider myself a seasoned cook and have made more exotic dishes from side dishes in many meat friendly cookbooks. At the moment, I really don't understand how anyone could give this book a positive review. Most of the recipes are unhealthy, fried, or filled with starches. I found some recipes that could barely count as giving you the proper nutrition you need for a meal. If you are someone who loves vegetables and feel that they are delicious addition to your life, don't buy this book. I wish I hadn't.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great cookbook that helped bridge the gap from meat eater to vegetarian and offers some great Meatless Monday ideas that the meat eaters in my household actually look forward to.Published 4 months ago by Leigh Ennis
I was not happy with this book and will be returning it. The title is very misleading. I thought it would have a lot more meat substitute recipies like the veggie dogs, burgers,... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Trish
A book for meatless Mondays. So I Gifted this one to my Sister in Law and bought the Eat like a Man cookbook.Published 21 months ago by michael
Makes a lot of meals taste like there is meat in the recipe when it's only veggies.Published 21 months ago by Buff. Holtman
I like this cookbook, but I could have done without the stories. I have yet to prepare any of the dishes in the cookbook. Some of the ingredients are a little costly.Published on August 12, 2014 by Julia