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Vegan Cooking For Dummies Paperback – November 23, 2010
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From the Back Cover
Veganism is more than just not consuming and using animal–derived foods and products. It's about changingyour lifestyle — whether for better health or as a personalstatement. The perfect companion to Living Vegan For Dummies, this ultimate cookbook gives you more than 160 healthy and hearty vegan recipes for every meal of the day.
Move over, meat — discover the benefits of avoiding animal products and get the know-how to safely and confidently make the switch to a vegan lifestyle
Put on your chef's hat — find out how to shop for vegan ingredients, adapt your old recipes, and set up a vegan-friendly kitchen
Start cookin' — get more than 160 recipes for everything from everyday lunches and snacks to special occasions and holidays
Make it fun — learn simple tricks to entice family and friends to enjoy healthy foods right along with you
Open the book and find:
What it means to be vegan
Where to get the nutrition you need
The whole truth about whole grains
Tools and ingredients to stock a vegan kitchen
Savvy shopping strategies
New takes on old favorites
How to avoid common hidden animal products
How to whip up vegan condiments, including ketchup, BBQ sauce, and tartar sauce
About the Author
Top Customer Reviews
Neal Barnard, M.D.
President, Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine
Full disclosure and please no one get all over excited and slam me, but while I am trying to get more meatless/vegetarian options into my diet I do not intend going all Vegan at this time. I'm cutting out red meats and a lot of poultry (except Turkey and that is getting sooooooooooo boring) and even in Seattle good seafood can be hard to find unless one wants to deal with fighting downtown traffic, the crowds and paying an arm and a leg for the privilege of parking. I'll pass.
I'm also not much for spending a lot of time in the kitchen so when this book showed up on Amazon Vine I was thrilled to get a chance and see what it could do for me. It starts with a really great intro outlining the basic vegan concept in simple to understand English, as well as how to stock your pantry (The Vegan Pantry Deconstructed) and purchase the utensils you'll need.
The book is then broken down into the usual sections you find in most cookbooks; breakfast, salads, soups, etc. There are plenty of tips, reminders and warnings sprinkled throughout the book plus how-to drawings when need to aid the *chef*. The book is mostly in black and white, so don't expect pics of every recipe, although there is a four page inset with a few examples (must try the Pumpkin pancakes). Some of the recipes are a bit more than I care to fuss with in the kitchen, but I've already tried the White Bean salad (very very easy) and one of the chili recipes (not bad, but I'm adding some extra heat and still simmering). I'm also eyeing the kale and white bean soup for next week's lunch and the red potatoe soup sounds rather tempting...
All in all a very handy book to have at hand whether you're just getting your toes wet like me or ready to take the full plunge into vegan eating. Enjoy.
She puts together a nice mix of fun veganized food favorites like Non-Pigs in a Blanket and Grilled Tease Sandwiches and healthy foods like Millet, Adzuki Bean, and Butternut Squash Stew. She flexes her mental muscles in the book, pulling from experiences having trained at the Natural Gourmet Institute cooking school and the Institute for Integrative Nutrition.
Whether you're a veg-curious newbie or even a veteran vegan, this book has good recipes, smart tips and clever bits of info that anyone can appreciate.
We especially like the sections devoted to constructing a vegan pantry and how to adapt some classic favorite recipes to be healthy and vegan. Recipes are easy to follow and include "vary it" suggestions. Chef/nutritionist Jamieson also provides an excellent dietary breakdown of each recipe calorie, cholesterol, fat and protein content.
Vegan Cooking for Dummies provides an interesting tutorial on keeping a vegan kitchen and backs it up with more than 160 recipe suggestions that fit every mealpart.
So, I decided to do some reading on the web and discovered that this really isn't always the easiest subject to understand. It's riddled with cryptic product names, complex dietary information (at times), and conflicting facts, depending upon where you look. The diet was starting to look more like a frustrating jigsaw puzzle than anything else -- until I ran into this book!
Wow, here is what's GREAT about it:
1) Designed for absolute beginners.
This book doesn't assume that you're some kind of a nutritional genius, nor does it expect you to have awesome cooking skills. It simply presumes that you want to learn how to cook vegan foods that are healthy for you.
2) The author is not crazy.
Some vegan books out there seem more like a "crazy religion" than being concerned for teaching you how to "go vegan." This book focuses upon teaching you the basic fundamentals that are needed for your success. She also teaches that it's okay to be a part-time vegan -- that you don't have to go 100% this direction, if you're not comfortable with it. She's reasonable and flexible -- and doesn't beat you up over it, which is appreciated.
3) The author teaches you about basic skills of nutrition for being healthy, by answering questions like:
- How much protein do you need?
- Where do you get your essential oils?
- What are good sources for vitamins and nutrients.
- What about age? How does this play into the recipe?
- Etc...Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This cookbook is full of great recipes and suggestions. I bought it along with one called Vegan Comfort Food. They work great together very well. Read morePublished on June 21, 2014 by Melissa J. Hertneky
Hearing more and more that vegan is the way to go health wise. Layout is simple to read but a lot of informationPublished on May 8, 2014 by Holly
This is a good book for introducing non-vegans to cooking for their vegan friends or spouses. It is a basic guide and easy to follow.Published on October 29, 2013 by abracadabra
GREAT SOURCE FOR RECIPES WHEN YOU ARE STARTING OUT AND NOT SURE WHAT YOU CAN ACTUALLY EAT. I HAD A FRIEND THAT LOOKED AT IT AND SAID, "OH, IT IS NOT JUST VEGETABLES AND... Read morePublished on September 10, 2013 by Sharlene Loest
Nice reference book to have when switching from American eating to Vegan. Very informative and easy to understand. I would definitely recommend it to new Vegans.Published on August 7, 2013 by Cindy
Alex Jamieson was NEVER a vegan, not for the mealy-mouthed reason she gives here "that she wasn't doing it for the animals," no, she was never a vegan because the whole time she... Read morePublished on May 19, 2013 by Gary Clemans-Gibbon
Living Vegan for Dummies is the cornerstone of my cookbook library. I refer to it often for healthy, delicious and easy recipes for my family. Read morePublished on March 4, 2013 by Susan Donlon
Easy and fun way to learn how to cook Vegan. Explanations are easy to follow and helpful for a beginner.Published on March 1, 2013 by jJanis Sawyer