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Peas and Thank You: Simple Meatless Meals the Whole Family Will Love

3.83 of 5 stars 3.83  ·  rating details  ·  400 ratings  ·  62 reviews
Over 85 Recipeas, One Very Happy Family

When Sarah Matheny, creator of the popular blog Peas and Thank You, decided to eliminate animal products from her diet, she knew there'd be skeptics. Her husband was raised on the standard American diet. Her grandpa was a butcher. Her mom was the best home cook around, with a generous pat of butter here and a crumble of bacon there. B
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Paperback, 256 pages
Published July 26th 2011 by Harlequin (first published January 1st 2011)
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Lisa Vegan
Oct 24, 2011 Lisa Vegan rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: all vegan and vegetarian families and most omnivorous families; readers who enjoy humor
Recommended to Lisa by: Lindsey
Well, this is a library book so I had to read it and not procrastinate, but I have 3 new birthday money vegan cookbooks by authors I’ve met in the Vegan Cooking & Cookbooks group, and I’m eager to get to those!!!: The Blooming Platter Cookbook: A Harvest of Seasonal Vegan Recipes, Triumph of the Lentil: Soy-Free Vegan Wholefoods for all Appetites, and The Vegan Slow Cooker: Simply Set It and Go with 150 Recipes for Intensely Flavorful, Fuss-Free Fare Everyone (Vegan or Not!) Will Devour. The ...more
Melissa
*****Please Note I received this from Goodreads as a giveaway*****

This is full of delicious and healthy recipes. There are several that I want to try, and one that we tried with little success. (Tofu is tricky to work with!). The recipes are varied and tasty. I do enjoy that there is a lot of fiber and protein in these, as fiber in particular is something that many people lack in their diets.

I learned a lot of tips and tricks for substitutions, which I hope to put to good use. There are a few re
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Brandy
I enjoy Sarah's blog Peas and Thank You so much that I assumed I'd love her book. I have to say though that the blog engages me much more than her cookbook ever did, and I'm glad this was a library loan for me rather than a purchase. It's a lovely book with a colorful layout and clearly organized recipes, but the personal stories and photos of her children that are endearing on her blog just annoyed me in the book. I guess there was just too much fluff in between the recipes for me. The food pho ...more
Harlequin Books
My personal opinion: I have a confession to make. I hate cooking! Actually, I dislike anything to do with the kitchen but there is no way to avoid it and not die of starvation. LOL That being said, I found Peas and Thank You to have some excellent and easy recipes. I'm a meat eater but I want to start eating healthy foods and appreciate these recipes which spice up my meals. I, also, really enjoyed the little stories of her family that Sarah Matheny added. Delightful read.

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Kim
I was not familiar with Sarah Matheny or her blog, and I put this on hold at the library because I've been looking for ideas for vegetarian meals. I never read the description, only the title, and did not realize this was a vegan cookbook. I flipped through the recipes, but none looked appealing, being that I am not vegan. The layout is bright, colorful and easy to follow, and the anecdotes about her husband and kids are fun. For vegans, I bet this would be a great resource--I just wish it had b ...more
Chocolate & Croissants
I cannot gush enough about the book. She also has a blog, Peas and thank you. No-one is going to want to munch on carrot sticks or broccoli all the time. Her recipes are exciting. Exciting that is a word I have never used to describe a recipe before. I find her use of ingredients to be innovative, creative and balanced. Take the Thai veggie burgers, they have shredded broccoli. What a great way to eat your greens. The book has breakfast, lunch and dinner along with desserts. The photos are gorge ...more
Leah Hortin
As far as cookbooks go, it's pretty entertaining. But that's not really what cookbooks are about though, right?

As far as the actual recipes go, there isn't anything really new or innovative. I was a little disappointed with how much faux meat and tofu were in the recipes. I'm not vegan, not even vegetarian, but I think if you are going to be, or even a flexitarian, it is important to focus on real foods - fruits, veggies, beans, whole grains. But that's just my omnivorous opinion. I only bookma
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Penelope
I made 3 recipes from this book, and also 1 recipe from the Peas and Thank You blog while I had this book out from the library. There are some great recipes, both in the book and blog. I imagine the anecdotes and other non-recipe content of the book are probably significantly more entertaining if you happen to be a parent. I generally skipped the non-recipe text because really...I don't get a recipe book to read funny/cute anecdotes. I get a recipe book because I'm hoping to find awesome recipes ...more
Kate
Jul 10, 2014 Kate rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Kate by: Jenna Weber
Shelves: blogger, cookbook
I had not heard of Sarah's blog or her books before Jenna Weber mentioned them on Eat, Live, Run, but they sounded interesting so got this book from the library. Now, if you are someone who has been whipping up meatless meals for years and own the entire Deborah Madison oeuvre, this book is not for you. If you are someone without a lot of time to prep and cook, and are looking for simple ways to introduce some meatless meals to your family that they might even eat, this is a good place to start. ...more
Gina
Aug 14, 2011 Gina marked it as cooking
This is easily the funniest cookbook I have ever read. I was so focused on all the stories that I sort of forgot to look at the recipes until the second go-through.

If you don't eat soy, you might find your choices a little limited here.

Skinny Elvis Sandwiches: Man, those are good! I even burned mine and had to scrape it. Still delicious.

Crazy Good Hummus: Hummus is one of those things I never really follow a recipe for. My method is usually tossing a can of garbanzos in the food processor wit
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crystal
Apr 30, 2012 crystal rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: starting out vegans, meatless monday followers, and people with kids
I was introduced to the Peas and Thank You blog through a few of the vegan food bloggers I follow. I actually spent quite a few work hours combing through her blog archives and bookmarking recipes to try. Full disclaimer: I am not vegan. I am not vegetarian. I dabble, but I have not committed. My house practices Meatless Monday and I was looking for a book of quick, easy, and tasty dishes for my family.

At first, I just really liked the author’s sense of humor, but as I read more and more of the
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Debbie
Sarah Matheny's cookbook is delightfully similar to her blog of the same name. If you enjoy reading cookbooks, not just looking up the recipes and cooking them, then this book is formatted for you. As in her blog, she introduces each recipe with a funny anecdote or story from her life. The book is laid out with colorful pictures of the food as well as her adorable family. I tried a couple of the recipes and enjoyed them enough to plan on cooking many more.

My two small complaints are 1) many of
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Audrey
Like no cookbook I’ve ever seen. The recipes look and sound delicious and doable, the writing is witty and fun, and—very importantly—there are lots of photos. It just makes me want to start cooking right away! I sometimes dislike cookbooks because they are just lists of recipes, without all the photos and comments that come from a blog. This one is really the best of both worlds. It’s like the blog but all printed and bound in an enticing fashion! I have never read a cookbook cover-to-cover but ...more
Jessi
There were quite a few good recipes in the book. However, the theme of calling family members "peas" wears on the nerves after a while. Also, the author talks WAY too much about her family. I like the little vignettes and stories that come with recipes- but they shouldn't really be more than a paragraph, would you agree? This lady writes a full page and a half describing the first time she *ordered* a Reuben sandwich- seriously, most of the lengthy tale wasn't even about EATING the dumb thing. T ...more
Katie
As a fan of the author's blog, I bought this book honestly more as a way to support her than out of my own interest. This cookbook was clearly a passion project for her and I respect and admire that. That being said, I don't have kids so I felt like I wasn't really the target audience for this.

Some of the recipes are a little too simple and basic to feel like they warrant a spot in a cookbook (such as a recipe for pitas with hummus - reminded me of something Pippa Middleton might write) but the
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Veronica
I really enjoyed reading this book. I like that the author told where she is coming from and how she came up with these recipes. Many of the recipes look delicious and I would like to try them. I borrowed this from my library and I am thinking of buying my own copy.
I would only give it 3.5 stars because there were a few things I didn't like. Some of her stories seemed exaggerated and some I thought shouldn't be put in writing. It's a small world and if someone she used to know picked it up and r
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Monica Monsma
I made the black bean burgers and butternut squash fries today. They were both great. The fries are truly better than regular potato french fries. I used a fresh squash and can eat these fries every week.They are an excellent side dish. The black bean burger was the most flavorful one I've ever tasted.

The recipes are easy and creative, and I like that Matheny isn't a professionally trained chef. Her writing style is funny and upbeat it felt like her recipes have been perfected through trial and
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Courtney
I love this cookbook! Let me start by saying that I'm not a vegetarian, but I like the idea of less meat and more vegetables in my diet. I also try not to eat a lot of pasta- I feel that it adds a lot of calories without a lot of nutrition, and I'm always watching my weight. This book gave me some healthy, filling alternative dinner dishes to serve.

Usually I find a cookbook a success when I use two or three meal ideas. I've found eight ideas in here that I've tried and really enjoyed (and I'm s
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Kezia
Beware - this is not a vegan cookbook. It's meatless, but not vegan. I'm happy that she is able to make a living doing what she loves, but Matheny is pretty clearly riding the veg trend, versus expressing her ethics through food. She has the nerve to promote "organic dairy" and even honey in some places.

Aside from this, the recipes are mostly pedestrian. (Quesadillas with hummus and store-bought non-dairy cheese? We needed a recipe for that?) Anyone other than parents who need to please the pal
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Clare
Of all the vegan blogs and vegan authors, I like this one the best. I often go to her snack section to make something for both girls. The chocolate chip cookie balls are great.

Dare I say - I like her better than Pioneer Woman? Gasp! But I do.

Updated to Add:

Her tofu fun nuggets and cinnamon mustard sauce are really good, but her baked goods drive me up the wall, as do the painfully long and random stories about her family.

My friend Liz is a vegan and certainly doesn't lectures as much as most v
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Debbie
I'm always looking for new meatless meals, so this caught my eye. The author is a good writer, very entertaining. But I felt out of touch and disconnected from the book, her life and recipes revolve around young children. I'd love to see a future book expanded to include food that older kid might enjoy, quick foods for sports-minded kids, and busy working Moms who need a quick fix (no time to pull out blender or chop finger size foods). Overall, this is a fun read with lovely photos, but does fe ...more
Stephanie
There were several interesting-sounding recipes in this book, but I ended up returning it to the library before trying any. The featured flavors are bright and fresh and the photography is lovely, but in the end nothing grabbed me enough to make me add it to my menu.

I couldn't decide if I was put-off or amused by the cutesy-smartass stories that accompanied each recipe, and finally settled on put-off. (The Hugh Jass Salad intro and recipe title tipped the balance for me.) The author's blog has a
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Laura
This has become one of my most-used cookbooks. I absolutely love Sarah's blog and this book, and am eagerly awaiting her next one. I've tried several of the recipes from both the book and the blog, and every single one has been a winner. A few have made it into my regular rotation, including the Apple Cider Donuts (on the blog) and the Spicy Peanut African Stew. I can see how the anecdotes about her kids might not be appealing to childless people, but really, just skip over them to the recipes. ...more
Liz
Jan 09, 2012 Liz rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2012
After getting hooked on the blog, I asked for this book for Christmas. I read it cover-to-cover and am so excited to start making these recipes. Now, I normally wouldn't count a cookbook as a 'real book' to go toward my reading goal, but this book includes a little anecdote along with each and every recipe. Sarah Matheny is quite funny, and I enjoy reading about her family and their vegetarian way of life in the book and on the blog. She, along with other people and blogs, has inspired me to giv ...more
Manintheboat
First thought, "Oh... this MUST be one of those cookbooks written by a woman with a blog who thinks she can write a book..." and it is.

This book relies heavily on soy, which alters estrogen levels in women and girls.

Mostly soy products used as fake meat rather than exploring actual meatless entrees utilized by other cultures.

I see no mention of a garden or a farmer's market (correct me if I am wrong), just reliance on places like Whole Foods, which we in lower income brackets cannot afford to sh
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Amy
Aug 21, 2011 Amy rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: won-it
Thank you first reads giveaways! I am looking forward to this books arrival. I love trying out new things in the kitchen!
I enjoyed the tibits about life in the "Pea" household. I know life with young children can be hectic to say the least. The recipes are intriguing and worth checking out. There is a lot in this book for those not completely vegan. Thanks again for the great win First Reads! The anytime cookies are probably my favorite. But, the chocolate chip cookie recipe is very good also.
Mark
3 stars for recipes: no weird/hard-to-find ingredients, easy to make, and generally turn out well, albeit some could use some spicing up or some clarification or needed adjustments to turn out the way they were supposed to.

1 star for content: the biggest problem being the seemingly endless parade of gross photos of her kids drooling on themselves with half-eaten food smeared across their faces/slowly expelling itself from their mouths. Seriously foul.
Kayla
This is a great cookbook whether you are a vegan or a carnivore or anything in between. The recipes sound amazing, don't require a lot of ingredients that would be horribly foreign to most people, and look delicious in the amazing photographs. The stories throughout the book are so good that they make this cookbook worth the price (which is very reasonable!) even if you never make a single recipe - but I'm not sure why you wouldn't.
Michelle
Picked this up at the library and there are several recipes I would try (but I'd need to adapt). I'm a bit puzzled why she would call for some organic products and them call for soy, canola oil or vegan weird margarines, which would likely be gmo. Too much reliance on soy for my young family but I am willing to overlook that because the brownies sound good and healthy.
Dianna
For the most part, I found the author's introductions to each recipe only tangentially related and too full of personal information that I'm not looking for in a cookbook. I also found the title a little misleading. While these recipes are certainly meatless, they are also vegan. I probably wouldn't have checked out this book if I had known the recipes were vegan.
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