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Vegan Family Meals: Real Food for Everyone Hardcover – June 14, 2011
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Ann Gentry "understands ... how to get finicky mini eaters to try new dishes." --People.com
"Gentry is a pioneer in the world of vegan cuisine." --She Knows/Miso Vegan
"Vegan Family Meals is filled with recipes that will appeal to all sorts of people." --The Oregonian
"Feeding an entire family healthy, vegan fare while juggling a demanding career takes superpowers...or a copy of Vegan Family Meals! ... Family Vegan Meals will educate and delight." --Foodista
"This food is so delicious, clean, and good for you." --NBC Style Goes Strong.com
"Gentry reminds us just how easy (and delicious) it is to build intriguing meals from plant-based ingredients." --ReadyMade Magazine
"Ambitious" --Buffalo News
"Vegan Family Meals [is] less about converting you through environmental and health reasons and more about tempting your taste buds." --Seattle Weekly
"A comprehensive resource on cooking healthy and delicious, family-style vegan food." --Love to Know.com
"This book is a terrific resource." --Cooking Nook
About the Author
Ann Gentry is the creator, founder, and operating owner of Real Food Daily, the only restaurant in the Los Angeles area that serves a 100% vegan menu using zero animal by-products and foods grown exclusively with organic farming methods. She is the author of The Real Food Daily Cookbook. She lives in Los Angeles with her family.
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The recipes don't disappoint. So far I have made the Tofu Scramble with Caramelized Onion and Sun-Dried Tomatoes, Spicy-Sweet Roasted Almonds, Baked Kale Chips, Hemp-Crusted Tofu Wrap with Grilled Vegetables and Walnut-Basil Pesto Mayonnaise, Early Spring Salad with Tofu Chevre (how fun!) and Herb-Flaxseed Vinaigrette, Southwestern Salad with Chipotle Ranch Dressing (delicious) and Agave-Chili Tortilla Strips, Szechuan Noodles with Hot Spicy Peanut Sauce (so tasty, the perfect peanut noodle dish and quick to make) and Kung Pao Tofu and Vegetables. I still have quite a few recipes to try out but so far I have been very happy and impressed. I know some people will be daunted by the time and ingredients involved with some of these recipes, but you get what you put into it. If you plan ahead, these dishes don't take that long to make. I work full-time and it takes me over an hour to get home and we still eat dinner at a decent hour.
Ann concludes her cookbook with a nice listing of sources ranging from natural food companies to vegan education and organizations. This cookbook is more than a mere cookbook as it provides invaluable information about nutrition and vegan health. Ann has done a wonderful job in writing this book and it is very obviously a labor of love.
If you are thinking about becoming a vegan or you just want to prepare meals that are vegan and healthy even some of the time, I highly suggest this cookbook.
+ Beginning of this cookbook Ann Gentry explains the overall health benefits of becoming a vegan type of cook. She even gives true mini stories of people in her family and others she knows how much the vegan way has helped them.
+ The recipes are FLAVORFUL in this book, really! I thought that VEGAN meals.
Personally, I have read and used several vegan cookbooks and this one is the BEST that I have found!
Highly recommend this cookbook.
So, if you have lots of time, if cooking is your passion, maybe it's an everyday sort of book for you. For me, I need simpler, quicker recipes for my family everyday.
I chose not to give this book to my parents. They live in rural Michigan where it is a serious trek to the nearest Whole Foods, and every grocery store attendant in a fifteen mile radius looks at you funny if you ask for something as normal as vital wheat gluten. To keep them from burning out on a diet of chick peas, I gave them "Supermarket Vegan: 225 Meat-Free, Egg-Free, Dairy-Free Recipes for Real People in the Real World" by Donna Klein, instead of "Vegan Family Meals".
I kept "Vegan Family Meals" for myself. I live in St. Louis and have plenty of ethnic groceries and much more "health" food at my disposal, however, I also live 20 minutes away from the nearest Whole Foods or Trader Joes (they only build those in the suburbs). My husband and I also live on $30,000 a year, which definitely makes smaller health food stores out of the question.
I have already tried a few recipes in this book and have been pleased by the outcome. My husband loves the melty cashew cheese. The recipes are a good challenge for my cooking skills and ingredient repertoire.
If I ever make it to California, perhaps I will better understand in that context how these recipes are "real food" and "for everyone".
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