I actually agree with a lot of what's said in here about the optimal diet for humans, even though I don't plan on ever going raw. Of course not all ve...moreI actually agree with a lot of what's said in here about the optimal diet for humans, even though I don't plan on ever going raw. Of course not all vegan foods are healthy, but I think it’s best to eat a whole foods vegan diet that includes plenty of cooked foods, not that I eat that way either.
I’m not really convinced about the basic tenets proposed, even though I think the diet suggested is much healthier than the standard American Diet (SAD). I’m very skeptical about such claims as coconut being good for us, which is commonly claimed among raw food proponents, not just in this book.
It's crazy that this book doesn't have an index; it makes it unnecessarily difficult to go back and reread something, and it makes the book seem less professional somehow. (less)
Well, for some reason I thought that this was going to be more like a thorough vegan Joy of Cooking type book but it isn’t quite so comprehensive. How...moreWell, for some reason I thought that this was going to be more like a thorough vegan Joy of Cooking type book but it isn’t quite so comprehensive. However; it is great, and I didn’t end up being disappointed.
Only cons: 1. all the photos are in the middle of the book vs. on the recipe pages 2. for my taste too long vegetable steaming times given (although possibly they & I are thinking of different sized pieces of veggies) 3. and most importantly: the authors don’t have a restaurant serving these recipes where I live in San Francisco ☺
Pros: 1. all of the recipes (except for those that contain foods I don’t like: seiten, tempeh, capers, vinegar, mustard, a few other ingredients) look delicious 2. such easy instructions for all the recipes and in general 3. while at first the book didn’t appear attractive to me, as I read it, I changed my mind: it has a great layout and it was easy to read and I decided I did like its appearance 4. very helpful icons for applicable recipes: soy free, gluten free, low fat/reduced fat, under 45 minutes, supermarket friendly 5. creative and practical recipe organization and table of contents (I was going to list the table of contents outline in my review because I like it so much, but instead I encourage others to buy, borrow, look at the book for themselves) 6. very informative with just the right amount of humor: I like humorous cookbooks; this wasn’t one of the funniest but it’s not meant to be silly, and it also contains a smattering of Yiddish words (there was at least one, I think more) and a few vegan versions of what I think of as Jewish comfort food – loved it!
Just some of the recipes I’d like to eat (and all look possible for even me to cook given the terrific instructions): Spinach-Noodle Kugel, Baked Potato and Greens Soup with Potato-Wedge Croutons, Cauliflower and Mushroom Pot Pie with Black Olive Crust, Grilled Yuka Tortillas, Potato and Kale Enchiladas with Roasted Chile Sauce, Broccoli Millet Croquettes, Black Bean Burgers, Spaghetti and Beanballs, Beanball Sub, Mexican Millet, Red Lentil-Cauliflower Curry, Acorn Squash Pear and Adzuki Soup with Sautéed Shiitakes, Almond Quinoa Muffins, Mushroom Gravy, Marinara Sauce with combined mushroom and garlic variations, Creamy Kalamata Spread, Holiday Cranberry Sauce, Jalapeno Corn Gravy, Smlove Pie, Jelly Donut Cupcakes, Lower Fat Banana Bread, Maple and Brown Sugar Pinwheels, Wheat Free Chocolate Chip Cookies, Chewy Chocolate Raspberry Cookies, Pistachio-Rose Water Cookies, Lower-Fat Deep Chocolate Bundt Cake, and there are many others as well.
Gosh, writing this has made me way too hungry. I’m usually more of a cookbook reader than a cook, but I am very tempted to make at least some of the above recipes.(less)
This slim little book is especially terrific for new vegans, although I do recommend it for all vegans. The author is very engaging and entertaining....moreThis slim little book is especially terrific for new vegans, although I do recommend it for all vegans. The author is very engaging and entertaining. There’s some good information about ingredients and some resources lists in the back of the book. She’s kind of heavy on the meat substitutes, which I am not, but there were several recipes that I want to try, especially the fluffy tofu omelets and the mac and cheese, the latter because it’s one of the few vegan macaroni & cheese recipes I've seen that doesn't call for dry mustard powder, which, like meat substitutes, I don’t enjoy. I only skimmed over the vegan “meat” recipes.(less)
This book is tiny and truly portable. But when I travel one of my greatest pleasures is to eat at local vegan restaurants. However, if I ever took an...moreThis book is tiny and truly portable. But when I travel one of my greatest pleasures is to eat at local vegan restaurants. However, if I ever took an extended trip and had kitchen facilities this would be an ideal cookbook to bring along. It’s a fun read too, very entertaining, and easy to read small sections at a time, so therefore also good for travel in that sense.
Many cookbooks’ recipes have icons when applicable, and the ones included here are particularly pertinent to the type of book it is: new “yumtastic” recipes (which are recipes that haven’t appeared in previous cookbooks), quick & easy, travels well, will impress your friends, and needs special ingredients. The travel tips are incredibly helpful and cover a wide range of topics; they’re not limited to food issues. There are even “recipes” for such things as making your own vegan toothpaste. There are “blank” pages for readers’ own notes. A lot is packed into this little book.
Lots of positives, including some delicious looking recipes, but many are no more appropriate specifically for travel than recipes in many other cookbooks or common sense foodstuffs that can be put together sans any cookbook.
This is a charming little book. I do like little things. There’s no lack of content here though as this is a fully filled cookbook.
Very cute dog photo on the cover and an inside page too!, along with other photos and a great layout. The print is small but not too tiny for most users, and just the right size given the size of the book.
There are many, many recipes that look enticing. I’m not listing any, partly because there are too many I’d want to mention and partly because the majority have appeared in the author’s other cookbooks, all but the “new” icon ones; there are actually quite a few of those. So many of the included recipes look really delicious and they will all work for novice cooks.
This is an excellent cookbook for anyone who likes vegan cookbooks, appreciates easy to make meals, and it’s particularly useful to own for those who have limited space and those who plan to bring a cookbook on their travels too. I read a library copy but I’m tempted to buy a copy for myself. This is not an inexpensive book though and if I do buy this, I think I’d look for a used copy or make use of Amazon’s (or other stores’) hefty discounts rather than buying at an independent store as I often try to do; I can’t see paying full price for this given my current budgetary constraints.(less)
This is a wonderful cookbook. I love this cookbook author’s other three books too, and I’m excited about her upcoming fifth vegan cookies book. This f...moreThis is a wonderful cookbook. I love this cookbook author’s other three books too, and I’m excited about her upcoming fifth vegan cookies book. This fourth one is just as great as the first three. Her recipes always look wonderful but what’s best about this cookbook (as with her others) is that she’s entertaining and she’s funny also.
This book is beautiful and stylish. The layout and colors are gorgeous. The photos of the food are mouthwatering.
The recipes I most want to try (in approximate order) are the mushroom and spinach omelet (I still haven’t tried making the spinach and mushroom Zenmlet from Now and Zen’s 2nd cookbook, a dish I enjoyed in their restaurant many times), the curried cauliflower frittata, the classic broccoli quiche, the cinnamon rolls, the gingerbread waffles, the peanut butter waffles, the potato spinach squares, the jalapeño garlic grits, the pumpkin French toast, the samosa mashed potato pancakes, the baked cinnamon apples topping, and the chocolate drizzle topping, and her version of guacamole too. Yes, there are many, many more recipes. There are many vegan “meat” recipes included, for those who enjoy them; I do not like fake meats, but there was a plethora of recipes for those like me too.
The cookbook is divided into sections: The Savory, The Sweet, The Sides, The Bread Basket, The Toppings, The Drinks.
I want this cookbook author as a friend because I want to be one of her taste testers!
Of course, I read this book just as I’ve decided to try to eat significantly healthier than I’ve done for the past over five years. One goal I have is to make one recipe dish (I don’t usually follow recipes) a week. This is one of the dozen or so vegan/vegetarian cookbooks I’ll use if I actually follow through with this plan. (less)
I really love this book; it’s among the best of its type of animal rights philosophy and information books.
Twenty years ago I was reading animal right...moreI really love this book; it’s among the best of its type of animal rights philosophy and information books.
Twenty years ago I was reading animal rights books as fast as I could find them, but for quite a few years now I’ve avoided most of these books because I find them highly disturbing. I figure that I am already vegan and I’ve already educated myself so why should I inflict more pain on myself.
However, I like Karen Dawn (I subscribe to her Dawnwatch email list) and was intrigued by this book. I owned it for a long time before I got the courage to read it, and I’m really glad that I finally read it. For the most part I was not devastated, but felt supported.
There is disturbing content including some graphic details, but there’s also uplifting and humorous content. The author uses a lot of common sense, is not too dogmatic, and is non-judgmental. She gives completely accurate information, something that I think is paramount to vegan education. She is not at all strident. There’s a perfect ratio of serious and funny, facts and entertainment. A lot of the cartoons included happen to be on my refrigerator and many of my beloved Bizarro cartoons are in the book. The author expresses her opinions and feelings but much of the book simply gives the information. Mentions of scientific and psychological studies of various types are included but mostly the stories of how animals are used by people are just told.
This is a terrific introductory book if readers want to be educated about reasons to be vegan or to take any other actions to help end animal suffering.
Along with 101 Reasons Why I’m a Vegetarian and a few other books, this is one that I can recommend to all non-vegans who aren’t overtly hostile about trying to prevent animal suffering/the vegan lifestyle. The humor and non-judgmental attitude and personal honesty make this book a perfect choice.
She’s smart to have the first chapter be about our companion and service animals as the majority of readers, even those hostile to the idea of animal rights, can empathize with them. She waits until she’s gotten a few sections into the book to address food animals, to which most omnivores seem uncannily attached.
This is a somewhat comprehensive book. The book’s chapter sections are:
Welcome to the World of Animal Rights Slaves to Love (about companion and service animals) All the World’s a Cage (about animals in entertainment) Fashion Victims (about animal parts in clothing and other items) Deconstructing Dinner (about animals as human food) Animals Anonymous (about animal testing for medical, cosmetics, household products, etc. purposes) The Greenies (about ramifications to the earth’s environment re using animals) Compassion in Action (about animal rights activism; also a section on personal change) Recommended Resource Groups (which is selective, not comprehensive) Notes (basically citations in lieu of footnotes) Acknowledgments Index (which is a very helpful feature in my opinion)
I like that she acknowledges that doing anything whatsoever for the animals (and humans and the earth) is better than doing nothing, and that nobody is perfect. At one point she refers to herself as veganish, which I found delightful. I’m actually not quite as flexible as she is, but I’m also not 100% vegan. Nobody living in human society really is as far as I can tell. Everybody has to draw their own line as to what they consider constitutes ethical behavior in life and practice that to the best of their ability. (less)
I, of course, knew about this book and now that I’ve read it, I wish I’d read it when it first was published half a decade ago. I was finally motivate...moreI, of course, knew about this book and now that I’ve read it, I wish I’d read it when it first was published half a decade ago. I was finally motivated to read it because of a Goodreads group and their upcoming discussion: (http://www.goodreads.com/group/show/4...).
The library gave me a “limited advance printing”/”Limited Advanced Printing First Edition” copy. How weird was that?!
Except for the anecdotal stories, very little of the information was new to me, but all of the material was presented in a personable and otherwise interesting way. I appreciated the ideas the author shared for a dismantlement movement. I’m all for that. The author clearly makes many excellent points, and I agreed with the vast majority of them. He also clears up common misconceptions. This book is a very worthy addition to the genre.
Some atrocities are covered, as they usually are in these ar books, but I felt what was included was needed for those unaware of what goes on and useful to activists so they can share what they know. I used to immerse myself in such facts. Once I became “fully” vegan over 16 years ago, I severely limit my reading about the highly disturbing details of what it takes to get animals to humans’ plates. I try to read/see only what I still need to know in order to keep informed and only so that I can answer questions when asked and share information when it is requested.
There is a wonderful long section toward the end where nine vegan activists, who use various outreach techniques, speak/write for themselves; it was a particularly brilliant way to show readers there are a variety of ways to be a successful activist for a cause in which they believe. The whole book concentrates on the effectiveness (or lack of) of various actions designed to promote veganism and the end of animal agriculture, and I respect, value, and am grateful to the author for that.
The intent here is calling for a dismantlement movement, and how activists can work toward that is discussed in a cogent manner.
I was going to read only through page 236; I didn’t intend to read the endnotes or the index (pages 237-273) but once I did my cursory glance at them, I decided to read them also.
It wasn’t lost on me that I finished up this book on the day of America’s Thanksgiving, reading a bit in the morning and finishing up late in the evening at the end of the day, a day I was fortunate to be around 100% vegan delicious food. Yum! I do enjoy eating!(less)