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Forks Over Knives—The Cookbook: Over 300 Recipes for Plant-Based Eating All Through the Year

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"Forks Over Knives," both the documentary and companion book, appeared on the scene in 2011 with an astonishing but simple claim: Following a fully plant-based diet can save your life. By avoiding meat, fish, eggs, dairy, and emphasizing whole, unrefined plant foods, millions of people have begun to notice staggering improvements to their physical fitness, weight, blood su ...more
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Published August 14th 2012 by The Experiment (first published July 17th 2012)
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Wow!! I have made at least 10 of the recipes in this book and have not come up with a fail yet! Moreover my entire family enjoys these recipes, including a very picky 5yo.

While I agree with author's point of view that a plant based lifestyle is healthy, I would still appreciate the addition of the nutritional information with the recipes (i.e. calories, fat, protein, etc.) I do not struggle with weight or health issues, but still like to have a general idea of my daily calorie/fat/protein intak
Jim Crocker

It's Ultra-Vegan and it's not as bad as it sounds.

There's still tons of wonderful food you can eat: burritos, pasta, cakes, pies, burgers, sweet potato fries, sorbet and pizza, too.

It's NOT like eating dirt. Really it's not.

What you don't eat is quite simple: NOTHING with a FACE or a MOTHER and no more dairy, eggs, or oil.

Badda-Bing! and you're on your way to a healthy, svelte body. Yup. Become a hottie again, instead of a poor sl
Aryne Hornsby
I love the movie and had to buy the book based on that alone, but am not regretting it! This book is particularly good for people who want recipes that are not oily, soy-based or full of store bought cheeses and things. The recipes use simple ingredients and support a healthy diet- whereas some cookbooks go for tasty, but not always healthy, options, the recipes here are all going to help those with weight or health issues because they avoid oils, sugars, and artificial ingredients whenever poss ...more
Delicious recipes guaranteed to please even the pickiest eater!

Forks Over Knives - The Cookbook had exactly what I was looking for: a diverse selection of whole-food, plant-based recipes. The book was organized by type of dish and included a section on "Basics" that covered all the sauces, stocks, broth, etc. used in some of its recipes. I loved the separate sections for Soups, and Stews and Chilies, which are my fave especially this time of year (fall/winter).

My biggest complaint was the lack o
Another excellent plant-based cookbook. Recipes I've tried so far have all been very good and well received -- 1. Lotsa Vegetable Chowder, pg. 94..subbed frozen corn and mistakenly put the dill in with the other spices instead of at the end; still tasted great. 2. Grilled Portobello Mushrooms, pg. 173 and 3. Portobello Mushroom Tacos, pg. 137, yummy alternative to bean tacos. 4. Penne with Spicy Eggplant..a nice chunky sauce...I have extra that I will pair with farro or quinoa in place of pasta. ...more
Alisha Hanson-Glatzel
o far everything I have made has been really good! Baby & Hubby approved!!!

1) Hearty Dal Soup (pg.100) very mild but totally satisfying.

2) Mushrooms, Kale, & Potatoes (pg. 142) Rocking good!!! This one helped my clean out my veggie drawer :) Must add Siracha! I doubled the recipe and the next day we ate it for breakfast with an egg, sunny side up as a topper. De-lish!

This is a great book if you want to learn how to start cooking vegetarian meals!!!!
Grace Kelly
Best, easiest cook book to follow and plenty of energy to clean up the messes afterwards. Wish there were more pictures But then I guess it would spoil the fun of the surprise of creating it your self. All these recipes are fresh, healthy, healing foods that are and has been bringing more energy and balance to my life! Thank you for writing this helpful price of art! I use these recipes everyday.
This one definitely rivals Veganomicon: The Ultimate Vegan Cookbook. Isa's desserts look phenomenal, per usual. I copied several recipes. I'm excited about a new option for vegan mac n cheese.
Lorraine Rapp
I've found many vegan cookbooks to be inaccessible to someone who isn't committed to the lifestyle, and in that regard Forks Over Knives is a breath of fresh air. Rather than a collection of side dishes flying in loose formation, many of the meals are familiar mainstays with non-traditional ingredients - wraps and stir fries and casseroles figure prominently.

Recommended if you enjoy cooking and own a good set of knives - as usual with vegetarian recipes, there's a lot of chopping and mincing and
I've read this through from cover to cover and I've now had a chance to try out a dozen or so dishes. I've had way more hits than misses and I'm quite pleased with this book. I was worried the recipes would taste bland but that's not the case at all.
Plant strong! Almost uniformly excellent recipes. Highly recommended for all. Great for people considering going vegan or vegetarian.
Kimberly Goerges
Not impressed with the recipes in this book. I'm very interested in healthier eating, but the recipes we tried just didn't taste good.
Loads of healthy, delicious recipes.
Well there isn't an option that says -- looked through with interest. I didn't read the book as in from cover to cover because I just don't do that with cookbooks, but I did go through it looking at recipes saying, "This looks good" or saying, "If I tried that my son would disown me!"

For anyone wanting to learn more about the vegan diet this has some great options: some that I have tried (much to my long-suffering children's bemusement) and some that I vow never to attempt for they sound too str
John Esterly
Whether you've seen the movie or are just interested in a vegan/vegetarian diet, this is THE book to own. Don't bother your library, just go out and buy it. Recipes are mostly good for two (or more) meals for our family of four. The book is set up for vegan, but if you use dairy, substitutions are easy to do. The index also has a neat ingredients section, so if something is on sale, you can find recipes for it.
Fresh And
I am eating my way through this cookbook and writing reviews of the recipes at I have not made every recipe yet but so far I have really enjoyed making food that is both healthy and tasty. I also like that everything in this book follows the fasting guidelines for the Orthodox Christian Church. My only critique is that I wish this book had more deserts that you did not have to bake (such as sorbets or ice creams).
I was really excited to find out there was a Forks Over Knives cookbook coming out. The recipes from their website have proven to become some favorites around the house, and I was eager for more from the same people.

However, I was disappointed to find when I received the book that I got one of the copies with multiple editing errors. Missing ingredient lists, missing chunks of instructions, mistakes in the table of contents. So disappointing. I went to the publisher's website and downloaded the
Theresa David
This book has been an excellent and supportive resource as I make my way through the "October Unprocessed Challenge" as posed to the Facebook community in late September - check out and

Eating whole food, in its natural state just feels much better!
A good companion to the book and movie. Over 300 recipes and lots of tips for eating a plant-strong diet--no meat, dairy and oil. Plenty of ideas and recipes for remaking favorites into healthier vegan dishes. The three recipes I have tried so far worked well. The "Cheesy" Potato Soup was delicious and hard to tell that it contained no cheese or dairy.
Here's a link to the recipes:

The reason I give it 3 stars instead of 4 is for the number of bad editing mistakes in the book--it comes with a sm
Great recipes that can make transitioning from the standard American diet to a plant-based easier. It doesn't contain a lot of those hard to find items like what are listed in some other cookbooks.
I have yet to try any of the recipes, but there seems to be a lot of interesting ones, def going to try some when I have the time to cook something good!
Well I have to say I don't really do vegan food but I do enjoy plant-based eating generally, and this book was wonderfully free of faux meats and soy cheeses, etc. there are a lot of tasty recipes - enough that I checked this out of the library to read and now plan on buying my own copy. I have cooked one recipe so far and my carnivore husband and picky stepkids all loved it (in fact, we're making it again tomorrow night).
My only quibbles are with some of the techniques and ingredient choices (I
Angela Brooks
I saw the documentary and enjoyed it so we thought we would get the book. We like the recipes and actually lost some weight! The concept makes sense.
After attending a couple of lectures on growing healthier food, I began to look for recipes to replace my addiction to cheese and dairy. This book has some great tasty recipes, Mushroom Stroganoff, Mexican Casserole and Pumpkin Bean bars. Now, if I could only incorporate a few each week and dramatically lower my cholesterol!
Rajiv Misquitta
Good book. Some of the recipes could use some more spices to improve the taste as they are somewhat bland.
Good stuff, but beware of the basil pesto: I'd advise using someone else's recipe. Also, be prepared for adding to your basic pantry: miso, mirin, rice wine vinegar, nutritional yeast and many sorts of other similar ingredients.
Delicious easy to make plant based meals! I love it!!
Still trying the recipes…so far so good.
After watching the documentary and reading a couple books on plant-based nutrition, my husband and I splurged for this cookbook. The recipes are amazing and you can feel good about each and every one, nutritionally. Meat-free, dairy-free, oil-free, and there are many gluten-free recipes/suggested substitutions as well. We have been oil-free vegan for almost 2 months now and feel amazing. This cookbook is an excellent starter book for those who recently committed to a vegan lifestyle - recipes in ...more
Excellent recipes.
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