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Vegan Cooking for Carnivores: Over 125 Recipes So Tasty You Won't Miss the Meat

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Ellen DeGeneres' personal chef, Roberto Martin, shares over 125 delicious vegan recipes he's created for Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi that he hopes will make healthy vegan cooking accessible and easy for everyone. Portia de Rossi explains in her foreword, "Roberto taught me that the key to making good food vegan is substitution...you can enjoy all your favorite food ...more
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published April 24th 2012 by Grand Central Life & Style
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Lisa Vegan
May 21, 2012 Lisa Vegan rated it liked it
Recommends it for: people who want to eat vegan/plant based foods but who also enjoy animal based foods
for me: 2 to 3 stars, and I suspect for many: 4 to 5 stars

I almost didn’t read this book because its title is so unappealing to me. I am not a carnivore, not even an omnivore at heart. I don’t miss meat, and I tend to like naturally vegan foods. I like Ellen, and Portia, and a few Goodreads’ friends convinced me to read it, and I’m glad that I did. I greatly admire celebrities when they use their influence for good, and this book (among other things) is a good example of that. Creating a 100% ve
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Kathryn
May 21, 2012 Kathryn rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: all vegans, even if you are put off by the title
I'm really enjoying this cookbook and am grateful that my library has a copy. I'm not yet sure if it's one I like enough to own—at least, not at full hardcover price, but maybe a used copy one day.

I intensely dislike the title of the book. As an ethical vegan I don't enjoy seeing the word "carnivores" when I go to select a recipe and I certainly don't miss meat--I am grateful for every day that goes by that I don't have to see it on my plate or that of someone else. However, having read the boo
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Jo
Jan 14, 2012 Jo rated it it was amazing
This cookbook is a must-have in every vegan kitchen! I haven't been this impressed by a vegan cookbook in awhile and it's rare for me (being that I'm such a picky eater) to find a cookbook where I want to make practically every recipe!

It begins with a very well written foreword by Portia De Rossi, where she shares the moment she first decided to go vegan (which made me tear up because it's so amazing). Next is a great introduction by Roberto: From Carnivore to Vegan Chef, followed by The Pantry
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Korri
Dec 11, 2012 Korri added it
Shelves: food
Generally I'm not a fan of vegetarian or vegan cooking that merely substitutes tofu, Chick'n, and other products for meat and dairy, but I am very willing to make an exception for these recipes. To be honest, I picked up this cookbook specifically because of the title--for carnivores--because holiday cooking for the meat-happy and veggie-adverse folks in my family can be challenging. The avocado reuben sandwich is delicious, soaking tofu in kalamata olive brine to make a feta-like salty & cr ...more
Peacegal
Jul 26, 2012 Peacegal rated it liked it
I'm happy that veganism has gone so mainstream that there is a high-profile, popular cookbook like this. There are lots of bright color photos and some celebrities, too.

However, this cookbook as a useful item didn't really appeal to me. The recipes are entirely too complex and require too many ingredients, not all of which are easy to find. In short, it's too "fancy." I made copies of two simple recipes (Kale Chips and Avocado Reuben) that I'll be willing to make, but I know the whole book woul
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Haven
Feb 11, 2013 Haven rated it it was ok
Shelves: cookbook, vegetarian
I was not impressed by this cookbook at all. The author states that he is into health food, however he relies heavily on prepackaged, convenience food, including brands that aren't that healthy. (Morningstar?) I tried a few recipes and I was disappointed. The only good part about the cookbook is the section on sauces, condiments and spices. There you find several excellent recipes of items to keep on hand. There are far better (and healthier) cookbooks out there.
Heather McWhorter
Jun 02, 2012 Heather McWhorter rated it it was amazing
This book really is amazing. It got my father - the die hard meat and potatoes man - to try and actually LIKE vegan food. He's actually excited about it now. He may not switch over to veganism because of it - but he at least eats vegan meals with me and doesn't complain about it anymore. That's a HUGE step!
Monica
Jul 14, 2012 Monica rated it it was amazing


I have tons of vegan cookbooks and bought this on a whim, not really expecting it to be anything special. It turns out that I love it. I am cooking me way through it now. The recipes are well written and provide a good selection of various types of foods from fancy to casual. And it has many great photos.
Autumn
Jul 12, 2012 Autumn rated it really liked it
Super accessible vegan cooking by Portia and Ellen's chef, who grew up with 15 brothers and sisters. Lots of yummy fake meat. I have high hopes for the tofu crab cakes. Update: The banana/oatmeal pancakes are really good.
CJC
Jun 08, 2012 CJC rated it liked it
Some great recipies but I had hoped for a little less processed fake meat recipes. Some great basic vegan staples and some fun new ideas.

The Ellen and Portia bits are cute.

Sps
Aug 01, 2012 Sps rated it liked it
Shelves: cookbooks, 600s
Lots of fake meat, lots of color photos, lots of Ellen 'n' Portia. The dishes are not super innovative, more like classic dishes veganized, but his techniques are really, really good.

Red beans and rice: very tasty. Use 3/4 the liquid he calls for, though. Excellent with some smoky greens from the slow cooker.
Fried faux chicken: holy moly. Crispy, flavorful, decadent, and impressive. Makes you wanna batter and fry everything in sight. Might be good to use his method with some marinated tofu, bec
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Denise
May 01, 2013 Denise rated it it was ok
Shelves: cookbooks
I tried this book because Chef Roberto cooks for Ellen Degeneres. The book is beautiful and I love the ideas, but the recipes had a lot of ingredients and didn't turn out for me. Still want to try the Horchata and drink recipes, but the Asian Salad didn't taste right when I made it, and the fried chicken recipe uses a processed product as a chicken substitute.
Nora
Jan 29, 2014 Nora rated it it was ok
Shelves: nonfiction, cooking
You know those cookbooks that you read & are not tempted to make even ONE SINGLE THING? Well, that's what this one is for me. There were a few recipes that looked interesting until I realized I had better ones for the same thing in other books. PASS.
Ingha
Mar 06, 2013 Ingha rated it did not like it
Shelves: cookbooks
Might be a good starter book, but his reliance on already made and store bought food makes this book sort of the semi-homemade/Sandra Lee vegan cookbook.
Morgan
May 13, 2012 Morgan rated it really liked it
Shelves: cook-books
Easy instructions, short ingredient lists, yummy food. I'm going to try his Nacho Cheese for sure.
Renee Sweet
Jan 05, 2017 Renee Sweet rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-in-2014
I loved the idea of this book, but found the recipes to be unnecessarily complicated and time consuming. The few that I've made were ok, but not great -- and certainly not worth the time and effort required.
Ellen
Jan 02, 2017 Ellen rated it it was ok
Shelves: library
Maybe 2 1/2 stars. Some good recipes, but I'm not nearly as impressed with this vegan cookbook as the last one. A lot of the recipes here call for pre-packaged vegan products rather than making them yourself, which should appeal to a lot of people.
Robert Wright
Dec 15, 2013 Robert Wright rated it liked it
Shelves: recipes, dcl
I'll start with what worked about this book and try to avoid being too ranty when I get to what didn't

The author was tasked by his newly vegan employers (Ellen DeGeneres and spouse Portia De Rossi) to transform some of their traditional favorites into vegan-friendly and tasty fare. In this Martin succeeds with a variety of clever techniques and substitutions. Some of the strongest recipes are the naturally vegan ones. Points for the quinoa breakfast cereal (love quinoa!) and pierogi and ravioli.
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Lauren
Dec 26, 2012 Lauren rated it liked it
Recommends it for: non-vegans dabbling in the diet, vegans needing to feed carnivores
I would like to point out that I have not yet had the opportunity to prepare any recipes from this cookbook when writing this; I have read the book cover-to-cover and did not have enough room in private comments to write my initial assessment before I go into testing.

PROS: He tries to make going Vegan easy, from the perspective of a non-vegan chef making vegan. He makes easy substitutions for most recipes, does not rely heavily on a specific product or brand (will let you use any milk substitute
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Nicole
Jun 07, 2012 Nicole rated it liked it
Shelves: cookbook
I'm giving this book three-stars (would give it three-and-a-half if I could) before trying any of the recipes. Reading through the book I was impressed at Martin's willingness to take on the challenges of trying to replace many familiar meat and/or cheese dishes with familiar tastes and textures for people who grew up with those combinations. It IS titled Vegan Cooking for Carnivores, after all. The recipes look solid to me just reading through but the real trick for me will be in the taste. App ...more
Alyssa Nedbal
Jan 13, 2015 Alyssa Nedbal rated it really liked it
Shelves: cookbooks
I got this book very shortly after deciding to go vegetarian. I liked the idea that I could "veggi-fy" my once favorite foods. This book was a savior for me during the transition! Roberto Martin does use an abundance of pre-packaged meat substitutes and cheese and dairy alternatives (which, like I said, is great for new vegetarians and also for feeding those "carnivores" when they come to your house), so if you're okay eating these items, you'll love the taste of these recipes.

Now that I'm a se
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Alyssa
Feb 23, 2015 Alyssa rated it it was amazing
As someone who is a little health conscious and obsessed with eating healthy foods, this cookbook was amazing! I've been a weekday vegetarian for a few months, and i thought that the idea of going vegan was a little extreme. Then I stumbled across this book. I've had the book for more than a month and I am completely obsessed with it. There were many satisfying foods that weren't salads that I was constantly making, because the flavors were so amazing. The first time I made the vegan ruben sandw ...more
Crystal
May 01, 2012 Crystal rated it really liked it
Shelves: cookbooks
This is a good cookbook. if you're gluten free, like me, it will be of significantly less use to you. Martin uses A LOT of soy and wheat based meat substitutes, and I have yet to find anything, other than straight tofu and tempeh that are safely gluten free.
However, the genius of the book is the philosophy behind the recipes. Roberto Martin didn't start out intending to be a vegan chef. He went to work for Ellen and Portia, assuring them he could figure out truly good-tasting vegan food for them
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Liz
May 29, 2014 Liz rated it really liked it
(In case you aren't aware, Roberto Martin is the personal chef of Ellen DeGeneres and Portia De Rossi.)

When I first heard of this book, I was put off by the name, as I think many vegans are. But then I saw it on the shelf in the library and decided to give it a look over, and I was pleasantly surprised.

I loved the recipes in this book. A lot of them are quite simple, classic dishes that he's created vegan versions of for Portia and Ellen. I like simple cooking, and I think, since this book seems
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Lara
Jan 02, 2016 Lara rated it liked it
Ehhhh, I'm actually not sure why I even picked this one up, because I have NEVER been what you would call a carnivore (my parents pretty much had to force me to eat meat as a kid--I just wanted spinach), but I was kind of curious to see what types of recipes there would be in here. While most of them don't actually appeal to me, I really like the idea of not just throwing out all the foods you ate and loved before you went vegan, but instead adapting them with vegan ingredients. I've definitely ...more
Rona
May 01, 2013 Rona rated it it was amazing
I'm totally enjoying this cookbook by Roberto Martin, personal chef to Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi, that I picked up at the library. Roberto has created comforting foods that his clients and non-vegans would love.

I've been noting several recipes that I would like to try! For example, the Potato-Leek Soup sounds very flavorful and indulgent with *herb oil. (*there's a recipe in the book)

The book has given me incorporating more delicious salad recipes into my menu plan. (especially with
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Sylvia Martinez
Apr 03, 2014 Sylvia Martinez rated it it was amazing
My friend gave me this cookbook I have just recently changed my diet to Vegan and I was getting tired of eating salads and bean burritos and soup. I was feeling deprived. So when I browsed through the book I figured I better learn how to cook all over again. Then I read something the chef said. " the key to making good food vegan is substitution. " I have tried the Mac n Cheese all I can say is yum. I made spring rolls. Beef Stew and a Thai Noodle Soup I plan on trying to make all 125 recipes. I ...more
Michelle
May 30, 2012 Michelle rated it really liked it
This book was enjoyed by myself-a vegetarian trying to go more vegan and my husband who is not a vegetarian but very supportive of the vegetarian eating lifestyle and he cooks and eats vegetarian at home. We enjoyed the foreward by Portia and the afterword by Ellen DeGeneres. The author is their personal chef and is NOT a vegetarian or a vegan but found it very easy to keep the same TECHNIQUES in any recipe and just change out the animal protein for a plant-based protein-tofu, tempeh, seitan etc ...more
Nimmermehr
Aug 18, 2016 Nimmermehr rated it did not like it
Shelves: cooking
Allerlei Fleischersatz und Fertigprodukte. Ich brauche kein Kochbuch fuer eine Bolognese Sauce wenn alles, was neu ist, der Fleischaustausch ist. Oder einen Caesar Salat mit Tofu anstelle Chicken.
Ein Kochbuch, das mich zum Fertigprodukte kaufen schickt, will ich ebenfalls nicht haben.
Und das einzige Rezept, das ich ausprobiert habe, hat nicht geklappt. Wo auch immer der Fehler lag.

Fazit: Kocht wie vorher und tauscht einfach alle tierischen Ingredienzen gegen Ersatzprodukte aus. Das gesparte Ge
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Sara Murphy
Dec 18, 2013 Sara Murphy rated it it was amazing
The recipes in here are great and what I really like it that he uses ingredients that are readily available and easy to find. Sometimes, with vegan cookbooks, the authors use these obscure items that can only be purchased online (and who wants to do that?)
The recipes are simple, direct, use very few ingredients (which, I like with the exception of my homemade bean burgers) and the pictures are mouth-watering. The whole lay out of the book is great and the afterword by Ellen was thoughtful and w
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