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Appetite for Reduction: 125 Fast and Filling Low-Fat Vegan Recipes

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This is not your mother's low-fat cookbook. There's no foolish tricks, no bizarre concoctions, no chemicals, no frozen meals…no fake anything! Appetite for Reduction means cooking with real food, for real life. (Skimpy portions need not apply.)

In Appetite for Reduction, bestselling author and vegan chef Isa Chandra Moskowitz has created 125 delectable, nutritionally-balanc
Paperback, 290 pages
Published December 7th 2010 by Da Capo Lifelong Books (first published November 16th 2010)
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My library copy of Vegan with a Vengeance shouldn’t have been returned. Not in the state it was in after it lived in my kitchen for five renewed status cycles (the maximum number I was allowed before I had to return it to my local library). The book shouldn’t have been returned because it smelled like food. A cookbook, naturally, absorbs the effort of its teachings: oils and buttered thumb prints, dried arrow root smudges, and one small berry stain on two of the pages when I tried to turn them w ...more
I feel weird adding a cookbook to my "read" list, but I really think cookbooks are some of the most often referenced/read books in my house, and this is my favorite one of all. Isa's a genius.

Everything I've made from this cookbook has been both easy to prepare and unbelievably delicious. It's taught me so much about whipping up a simple, quick, healthy meal. I've bought many copies as gifts for friends and family & would recommend it to anyone interested in cooking, especially vegans and ve
I'm not a vegan. In fact, I'm not even a vegetarian. But I am someone who likes a variety of foods and is always looking for fast, healthy recipes. I bought this book after being a fan of Isa's Post Punk Kitchen website, and a few months later, I can say it was a great investment.

I've really liked every recipe I've tried from this book. The writing style here is friendly, funny, and very easy to follow. There are a few more involved recipes, but there are plenty for when you're crunched for time
Lisa Vegan
Jan 03, 2011 Lisa Vegan rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: vegans and all who are interested in healthier recipes that are useful for weight management
A cookbook doesn’t have to be perfect for me to give it 5 stars. This is a 5 star book for me. It’s more perfect than most. Yes, I don’t use salt when I cook and I’d use even less oil than appears in some of these recipes, trying to lose weight or not, but most of the recipes are innovative and creative in how to maximize flavor using mostly healthy ingredients. The world isn’t the way it was when I first went vegan and, before that when I first went vegetarian. Now very available are plentiful ...more
I can summarize the gist of this book using someone elses review here: This is an easier and faster version of "Veganomicon".

That was not a plus for me, having read Veganomicon first. And by read, I mean dog-eared, covered in sauce splatters and tore thru at least 20 recipes in 2 weeks.

So upon reading Appetite for Reduction, I was expecting another book of blow me away recipes. But this really is plainly faster and easier. Which doesn't match my food style.

I'll admit, I noted a few salad recip
This cookbook got me through last winter, my first at attempting to be a vegan. I loved this cookbook because the recipes doesn't require expensive and hard to obtain ingredients.(PS I live in central Minnesota) I purchase carrots, celery, potatoes,onions, garlic and lemons on a regular basis and that for the most part will cover all the recipes! If you can go to a coop to pick up staples in bulk such as black beans, chickpeas, and brown rice,you will be set !
The recipes are quite easy to prepar
Feb 14, 2011 Laurie rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Food lovers who don't want to spend all their time in the kitchen
Shelves: delectable
I'm a definite Isa Chandra fan now (well, the Chickpea Cutlets from Veganomican had already won me over). I've been a vegetarian for almost 18 years and have lately taken to making about 40% - 50% of my meals vegan. I've never had such wonderful taste sensations and combinations as Isa Chandra makes. I really don't know how she comes up with so many delicious recipes. I really love her down-to-earth style of writing directions and all of the informative sidebars. It's like she's right there with ...more
Comparing it to the Veganomicon, I'd have to say it doesn't eclipse that earlier book. I adore the things in it: OMG Oven-Baken Onion Rings, for instance. But I have an eBook edition, and I have to complain to the publishers on this one. It is many things I don't like about eCookbooks: page numbers do not relate to the eScript, the Index is not hyperlinked, no hyperlinked Table of Contents, references within the recipes should be hyperlinked...complain, complain, complain. Everyone knows that in ...more
Lisa (Harmonybites)
Sep 13, 2013 Lisa (Harmonybites) rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Lisa (Harmonybites) by: Kandice Sharren
I'm partly rating this on faith, since I haven't had a chance to try many of the recipes yet. I was talking diets with a friend of mine who is a vegetarian (and note, never has had excess fat on her body in her life, sometimes I hate her. I told her I was once on the Scarsdale diet and described it to her--and her comment was that that sounded like the grimmest book on the planet--and recommended this if I wanted to cut fats from my diet. Mind you, my skinny friend uses recipes from this everyda ...more
So far, I've tried about half a dozen recipes, and I love that they're relatively quick and easy to prepare, require ingredients that would be found in any reasonably well-stocked pantry, and they taste awesome. I've never been much into dieting, but I do put a lot of effort into ensuring that my meals contain a balanced (and abundant) amount of nutrients, so I loved the helpful nutritional info sidebars included with each recipe, and this book has also made me more conscious of how much oil I u ...more
I love this cookbook! Admittedly I've only actually made 4 of the 125 recipes in this book, but they were all delicious. I'd love to take credit and say that's solely because I'm a good cook, but it's the way these dishes are shaped and how the instructions are writen that really make this work. Vegan food tastes so good!

Being a vegetarian, I do a fair share of vegan cooking already, but this book takes it to a different level. I love her use of spices, teaspoons instead of pinches. How even the
Oct 16, 2013 Lisa rated it 5 of 5 stars
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I've pulled this book off of my shelf and have been cooking with it a little at a time over the past few weeks. The salad ideas as well as the suggested "bowls" and sandwiches towards the back are invaluable. I really enjoyed the caulipots, buffalo tempeh, sweet potato biscuits, curried potatoes and greens, Caesar Chavez dressing (my new favorite), miso udon with beans and greens (very garlicky), eggplant bacon, and silky chickpea gravy (I could eat the entire batch but I resisted - I'll make a ...more
This book is easily the best vegan cookbook I own. In fact, I was only newly vegetarian when I purchased it. I was on Weight Watchers and was looking for a low calorie vegetarian cookbook, and this book relentlessly showed up in any and all searches I made for one, so I said, "Why not?"

Best decision I ever made (and definitely showed that I could make that transition to vegan eating with no problem). I have not made a bad recipe out of this book. This doesn't rely on unhealthy pre-processed vega
This is one of my favorite cookbooks of all time! Although I love cookbooks, I don't often use them to make recipes, they are more for inspiration. Appetite for Reduction is both! I have made many of the recipes and they are simple, flavorful, and very healthy. Since this is similar to the kind of food I tend to eat anyway, it is nice to scroll through (I bought the eBook version) and take some inspiration for a new combination of vegetables for a quick lunch, or a tasty salad dressing.

This boo
I love ISA. I use Vegan with a Vengeance and Veganimicon all the time. I follow her on twitter and read the recipes she posts on her website Post-Punk Kitchen. When I heard she’d written Appetite for Reduction, I knew I’d want to make some of the recipes part of my vegan diet. The cookbook contains 125 low-fat vegan recipes—salads, soups, chili & stews, veggies, side dishes, pasta, beans, tofu & tempeh.

Isa writes:
“Low-fat cookbooks can be a war zone for women. I wanted to create somethin
Grafik, Design und generelles Aussehen
Wer das "Veganomicon" kennt, der kennt quasi auch die Grafik dieses Buches hier. Appetite for Reduction ist ähnlich strukturiert gestaltet wie das Veganomicon. Gut lesbare Schrift, eine sinnvolle und klare Strukturierung, Einsatz von Farben zur Abgrenzung von wichtigen Informationen - you name it! Der Titel ist in Farbe gehalten, darunter kommen die Hinweise der Portionengrösse, der "aktiven" Zeit, die man benötigt, und der totalen Zeit, die das Rezept benöt
Sarah Eiseman
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I should begin this post by disclosing that I am attempting to begin eating primarily (but not totally) vegan. In my quest to find decent recipes that satisfy my tastebuds, time, and wallet, I have come up on a number of books by Isa Chandra Moskowitz. Apparently she is the real deal when it comes not only to vegan cooking, but also quality cookbooks on the subject. Her blog, Post Punk Kitchen, is a great resource on the subject and helps to give a little
Kat Milby
This is the most-used cookbook on our shelf. Really great, flavorful recipes that have yet to fail on me. I've been more willing to try a strange food or recipe just because it's in this book - since I know it will still be good! (See: Scarlet Barley.)
Delicious and nutritious and simple. Nothing in the book has really failed for me, but the low fat hummus. Just make the real hummus. Hummus without tahini is baby food chickpeas.
Cindy Dyson Eitelman
It's hard to say I "read" this because I don't really read cookbooks. I read the chapter introductions, most of the headnotes, and the little popup blurbs that decorate the pages. And I look at the pictures--does that count?

I liked the book but not enough to want to own it. I copied out a few recipes and tried two of them. The braised collards recipe, which I made with Kale, was good but not exceptional. I ate it for several meals, but never enjoyed it enough to go back for a second helping.

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I ended up not making anything from this book before having to return it to the library. Bummer. I photocopied a few recipes (mostly soups) and hope to make use of them once the weather cools down. Definitely a good book for anyone with a well-stocked kitchen and food processor. The dressings/marinades/hummus recipes sounded so darn good!


Confession: I haven't actually made anything in this book. It's been sitting on my kitchen table for about a week now. Recipes have been marke
After making six of the recipes, I think I can definitively say that this is the best cookbook in the universe. My zillions of other cookbooks are getting dusty and sad. Sorry, Deborah Madison.

Red Thai Tofu: Delicious and easy! I will make this again.

Butternut Coconut Rice: Amazing, and I don't love butternut squash.

Chili-Lime Rubbed Tofu: Okay. I've never been a huge fan of lemon or lime on tufu. It seemed a little bland. Maybe I need a better chili powder. I don't think I would make this ag
Kristy Lantz
This book is incredible.

In the past several years, I have bookmarked a number of online recipes by Isa Chandra Moskowitz. All of which are vegan, and absolutely delicious.

I will point out here that I'm not vegan.

Yet, this doesn't matter. After taking a vacation, my husband and I used this book as an inspiration for a "one week vegan detox". How bad could it possibly be? We both figured that we could do just about anything for seven days, and this most recent experiment was no exception.

Turns out
Rachel Bussel
I bought this book not because I'm a vegan or necessarily trying to lose weight, but because I wanted to incorporate more healthy, vegan meals into my diet, and learn to cook vegetables that I want to eat but haven't found a way to make to my liking. I am a relative newcomer to cooking and often get intimidated by recipes with lots of ingredients and instructions. That's not to say those are bad recipes, but that I am less likely to make them. I like the creativity, variety and relative simplici ...more
Love love love this cookbook! The recipes range from easy to somewhat complicated but so far they all taste great! Sometimes I add a few things or substitute something here and there and it always works out beautifully! I took this book out of the library thinking I'd try a few meals and copy down the ones I wanted to keep but I ended up tagging half the book so I decided to buy my own copy. Moskowitz breaks down everything so nicely and explains all the things a person new to vegan foods needs ...more
I use Appetite for Reduction all the time. I really like this cookbook. I have markers sticking out to quickly shortcut to my favorite recipes. If you are interested in a leaner vegan diet or adding healthy plant-based dishes to your current menu, this is a fun diverse resource. Isa Chandra Moskowitz has credibility and experience supporting deliciousness without using animal products. In this follow up to other books like Veganomicon and Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World, she reduces high calo ...more
Lady Jane
There was a time-a lonely, lonely time-when salads were a pale and limp affair, relegated to the side of your plate, practically weeping. I think those dark days were also known as the '80s." (p.11)

Appetite for Reduction is filled with easy, flavorful, low fat, plant-based recipes. It is perfect for the cook who is pressed for time, but isn't satisfied to exchange flavor for healthy eating. Isa Chandra Moskowitz spells out her approach to developing recipes in Veganomicon, a more comprehensive,
Okay, I've officially tried enough recipes to say I love this cookbook. Another winner from Isa Chandra Moskowitz! I will always recommend her cookbooks to vegans and non-vegans alike.

Per usual, Moskowitz wins me over with the sheer number and variety of recipes in her book. Many of them are easy to make, and the ones I've tried so far are delicious. (The black-eyed peas recipe and the apple-miso tofu recipe were particular winners in my apartment.) She also has a very comprehensive salad sectio
Cydni Perkins
This is a book that really works for both vegans and omnivores. I've made recipes from it for both my mom and my husband, both of whom are omni, and my mom actually went and bought her own copy because she like it so much. My husband sometimes asks me to make meals from this book. He really loved the Arabian Rice And Lentils and the Ginger Mashed Sweet Potatoes And Apples recipes, and my mom loved the Everyday Chickpea-Quinoa Salad. My personal favorite is Miso Udon Stir-Fry With Greens And Bean ...more
This is my current go-to cookbook! I'm not a vegan or vegetarian, but I do eat a whole foods diet. I have the book on my Kindle so I can take it when I go visiting, and certain family members who want no part of eating any of "that healthy crap" have unwittingly enjoyed recipes from this book. The salad dressing recipes are so awesome that AfR would be worth having just for those alone.
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