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About the Author

Jo Stepaniak, MSEd, is an author and educator who has been involved with vegetarian- and vegan-related issues for over four decades. Jo has been a frequent guest presenter, lecturer, and workshop leader throughout North America. She is the author and co-author of over sixteen books on vegan cuisine and philosophy.
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Product Details

  • Perfect Paperback: 243 pages
  • Publisher: Book Publishing Company (TN); 2nd edition (March 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1570672008
  • ISBN-13: 978-1570672002
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 0.6 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #696,545 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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If I were only allowed one cookbook in my kitchen, it would be Vegan Vittles (Second Helpings). Everything you need is in this one special book, from breakfast to dessert, and everything in between. And the greatest part of all, everything is 100% vegan and 100% delicious. Anyone familiar with the first edition of Vegan Vittles will be extremely happy with this new edition and should not wait any longer to buy it. For those of you not familiar with Jo Stepaniak's cookbooks, this is a perfect place to start. The book offers a wonderful introduction to the vegan diet and lifestyle, and explains the Farm Sanctuary, the inspiration for this book. Sprinkled throughout the pages are stories of rescued Farm animals and Ms. Stepaniak's "veganisms" - alternatives to popular sayings which normally contain harsh references to animals. For instance, instead of saying "Don't count your chickens before they are hatched", use "Don't count your bushels before they are reaped". The whole book is inviting and comforting, and I find I enjoy just "reading" it almost as much as the recipes themselves. And speaking of the recipes...

Here are a few of my favorites, although it is so hard to have only a few! Stick-to-Your-Ribs Chili (easy & delicious, bulgur adds a nice chewy texture), Hearty Cabbage Casserole (total comfort food), Southern Fried Tofu (Oh My Gosh, I could eat this every day, the breading mix is out of this world!), Chickpeas a la King (serve over the "Buttermilk" Biscuits for a real treat), Hot-and-Sour Pad Thai Noodles (better than anything I've ever had in a restaurant!), Potatoes Gruyere (how could something so rich and creamy be vegan?!?), Igor's Special (like a warm pasta salad, outstanding!
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Vegan Vittles is the first cookbook---a completely random selection---I purchased when I decided to go vegan. Turned out to be a perfect choice: the recipes are both delicious and familiar, and best of all, most are fast and easy too; the perfect choice for someone who likes great food but doesn't really like to cook.

I have purchased countless vegan cookbooks over the past eight years, and several of them are excellent. However, Vegan Vittles, over and over again, is the one I come back to, especially during the holidays; Vegan Vittles is full of crowd-pleasing recipes that satisfy and wow the omnivorous crowd. But a majority of these recipes are for every day food: hearty breakfasts, delicious sandwiches (Jo includes a section, even, on how to make your own mock meats---a money-saving adventure, to be sure), entrees, desserts. And the "uncheese" section is not to be missed. If you are one of those vegans who has yet to get over dairy cheese, you will be pleasantly surprised by the taste and texture of these homemade cheese dishes. Truly, they are excellent.

Vegan Vittles Part II is an excellent second edition, with all of the familiar favorites and plenty of new recipes that will quickly become favorites. Jo Stepaniak really gets it when it comes to the perfectly composed recipe; my complaint with many other cookbooks is that I find I make lots of alterations. With Vegan Vittles, one can mindlessly follow the recipe. The results are always stellar.
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Honestly, I wasn't expecting much from Vegan Vittles. As a dairy-free consumer who is just dabbling in the vegan lifestyle, I was certain that the Uncheese Cookbook would be my favorite from among her collection. To my great surprise, Vegan Vittles has emerged as one of my favorite cookbooks. There are several things that don't quite flow with me in this book, much more so than most other cookbooks I have read. Yet, the overall usefulness far outweighs any disconnect that I feel towards it.

While I have already tested a few of the recipes (Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookies, Macaroni and Cheez, Carrot Butter) I can't even begin to tell you the recipes I am eager to trial. Just a few on my list include: Muffins that Taste Like Donuts, No-knead Whole Wheat Herb Bread, Hot & Sour Pad Thai (no fish sauce?), Cheez Please Soup, Chickpea Oat Burgers, Spicy Peanut Sauce, Aunt Bunny's Carrot Cake, etc., etc., etc.

The recipes are all so simple, using easy to find whole foods (think spices, veggies, fruits, and whole grains, not white flour and sugar). The most exotic ingredients that I spotted were quinoa and miso, both of which can now be found at Trader Joe's and in most major grocers. I think the fact that I could make so many of the recipes without having to make a special trip to the grocery store, was a real draw.

As for the disconnects - Certain portions of the intro get a bit wordy, and I found my eyes wandering off on many occasions. While full of useful information that I couldn't get enough of (do you know how hard it is to find a list of GMO foods to avoid? And what about that wonderful explanation of egg alternatives?), many sections tended to drag on with less pertinent details. Also, I was perplexed by the veganization of quotes throughout the book.
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The thing about the author is that I think she may have been vegan for a little too long--not that that's a bad thing by any means, but she's forgotten what some things really taste like. I've been a vegetarian for a long time, mainly vegan and three months ago I finally decided to commit. For instance, I just made the brownie recipe and they are not so good being that they taste like silken tofu dusted with cocoa. When things taste "vegan," which many of these recipes do, it's hard to cook these things for other non-vegans. Some of these recipes take some time and it's disappointing when you've cooked a meal for other people and they try to assure you that it's good(and you know they're thoughtfully lying). The cheese recipes are not so good either, so I just buy Follow Your Heart cheese and I'm satisfied. There are some useful baking tips in here and I can't deny that I don't appreciate the authors stance on the treatment of animals and people like her who make it easier to be vegan. BUT I might recommend that someone who really wants authentic tasting vegan substitutions that they look elsewhere.
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