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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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Elevate Difference
May 04, 2011 Elevate Difference rated it it was amazing
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
Nov 13, 2011 Maggie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: food, read-in-11
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
May 11, 2011 Susie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: health
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
Lisa Vegan
Jul 22, 2010 Lisa Vegan rated it it was amazing
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
Jul 13, 2016 Tisha rated it it was amazing
First off great title, right? I feel like I should be listening to my GNR tape while reading.

The author, straightaway, makes it known that this is not our mother’s low-fat cookbook. (Thank God!). She then pointed out that the book was designed with the busy week night chef in mind (can we get a second thank God?!).

The author promises I’ll become the mayor of the produce aisle. Hot damn! I can’t wait for the inaugural ball.

The writer is very tongue-in-cheek (don’t worry that is vegan friendly, I
Jan 17, 2012 Starlight rated it it was ok
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
Nov 06, 2011 Rebecca rated it it was amazing
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
Jul 28, 2010 Laurie rated it it was amazing
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
Lisa (Harmonybites)
Sep 11, 2013 Lisa (Harmonybites) rated it it was amazing
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
Feb 16, 2011 Melissa rated it liked it
Shelves: food
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
Dec 28, 2011 Viènna rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites, food-books
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
Apr 02, 2011 Trish rated it really liked it
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
Oct 16, 2013 Lisa rated it it was amazing
Shelves: food
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
May 08, 2011 Jennifer rated it it was amazing
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
Kat Milby
Jun 29, 2011 Kat Milby rated it it was amazing
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.)
Nov 27, 2016 Joan rated it really liked it
I haven't tried any recipes yet but this cookbook has all the makings I love - quick, easy, and delicious ingredients. As with all cookbooks I like at first glance, I'll purchase it and dig into cooking up the recipes! And hopefully I'll remember to update this review ;-)
Jan 30, 2016 Lynne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent, creative, healthy vegan recipes. Makes it super easy to be vegan. Recipes I made were super delicious!
May 05, 2012 Emilie rated it liked it
Shelves: cooking-books
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.
Feb 17, 2015 Miriam rated it really liked it
Shelves: vegan
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
Jun 20, 2011 Gina rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cooking, 5-star
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
Jan 12, 2017 Celine rated it it was amazing
humor in kookboeken zijn voor mij toch wel de leuke afwisseling. fantastische filosofie over eten en écht makkelijke en haalbare, verrukkelijke recepten.
Lady Jane
Aug 29, 2012 Lady Jane rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cookbooks, nonfiction
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,
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
Cindy Dyson Eitelman
Aug 17, 2014 Cindy Dyson Eitelman rated it liked it
Shelves: 2013-14
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
Rachel Kramer Bussel
Jun 09, 2013 Rachel Kramer Bussel rated it it was amazing
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
Aug 02, 2012 Jess rated it it was amazing
Shelves: food-cooking
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
Oct 22, 2011 Gabrielle rated it it was amazing
I am a big fan of Miss Moscowitz, and this book is jam-packed with yummy recipes that even non-vegans can appreciate. Wanting to eat low-fat does not mean you have to sacrifice that wonderful feeling you get after a filling and satisfying meal, and this book shows you exactly how!

We have enjoyed many recipes from this book, but my highlights are the pad thai salad, grilled portobellos, pasta con broccoli, marinara sauce, eggplant and chickpea curry, Moroccan chickpea and zucchini stew; delicious
Sarah Eiseman
Dec 21, 2014 Sarah Eiseman rated it liked it
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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
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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
May 11, 2011 Alana rated it it was amazing
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
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