I didn’t really think I’d be a huge fan of this cookbook because I prefer naturally vegan foods, especially when it comes to savory dishes. I’ve enjoyI didn’t really think I’d be a huge fan of this cookbook because I prefer naturally vegan foods, especially when it comes to savory dishes. I’ve enjoyed most of the vegan cookbooks by this author though so I wanted to check it out. I’m glad that I did but it definitely wasn’t a favorite. So many “current vegan fad” ingredients were included, even for sweet dishes. Coconut, vinegar, many ingredients that I don’t enjoy. It is a well organized cookbook and has some helpful sections before the recipes sections, including on nutrition, pantry basics and other ingredients, and on hidden animal ingredients. I appreciate the short section on “What’s in a name?” (page 21-22) because I know there is controversy over using animal names for animal derived ingredients free dishes. I don’t remember reading a book before now where this issue was addressed.
The book is relatively comprehensive when it comes to types of dishes/substitutions.
Contents: Introduction Chapter 1: Vegan Basics Chapter 2: DIY Dairy-Free and Egg-Free Too Chapter 3: Plant-Based Meats Chapter 4: Vegan Charcuterie Chapter 5: Instead of Seafood Chapter 6: Vegetable Steak-Out Chapter 7; Global Condiments, Sauces, and Dressings Chapter 8: Sweets from Scratch Acknowledgements Index
I had to read the start of chapter 4 to see what charcuterie means: from the French for “cooked flesh” – ugh!
Even though this book was not my cup of tea I did find a relatively few recipes that looked worth trying. (I’m wondering if some appeared in her previous books because some looked familiar to me.)
They are: from chapter 2: chickpea flour omelets and vive la French toast; from chapter 3: marinated baked tofu, best bean burgers, mama’s meatballs; from chapter 5: no-meat loaf; from chapter 6: baked eggplant Italian style; from chapter 7: avocado crema, great brown gravy, basil pesto, over-roasted tomato sauce; from chapter 8: homemade pasta, cheesy crackers, scratch biscuits, pizza dough, loaded polenta pizza, cranberry-walnut scones; from chapter 9: date-caramel sauce, ganache, veganized marshmallow fluff, lemon meringue pie, strawberry shortcake, chocolate-chocolate chip brownies.
I’ve been reading this cookbook for weeks. It just wasn’t the right one for me. I’ll still look forward to future books by this author. She’s written many.
For people who can’t or don’t want to eat flesh, eggs, dairy, etc. animal dervived foods but enjoy them, and have fewer foods they dislike than I do, the recipes contained here might be ones they enjoy, and for some people this might be a must have book.
For me it was just okay. There are literally hundreds of vegan cookbooks I like better....more
I won this at LibraryThing’s Early Reviewers Program in exchange for an honest review. It took almost 2 months to arrive and came only 4 days prior toI won this at LibraryThing’s Early Reviewers Program in exchange for an honest review. It took almost 2 months to arrive and came only 4 days prior to official publication, though it is a publication ready hardcover copy, for which I’m very appreciative.
4 ½ stars. I wanted to round up to 5 stars because of its importance but I’m rounding down, the reason being that for me it wasn’t a page-turner and there was no new information (except for some specific details) and though if I hadn’t already had the information it might have been a life changing book for me, I’m not sure if that will be true for readers learning new information from it. Which changes people make about how they relate with non-human animals aren’t stressed enough in my opinion. There was definitely not enough about veganism specifically. So many topics were covered so every topic got spread a bit thin, though each did contain a lot of information. Also, there is a hokey last paragraph. So 4 stars vs. 5 stars but I do love it and hope that it’s widely read. I’m afraid only those readers who already have great interest in the subject will read this book.
I think that it’s a really important book. I’ll even say that it’s a must read book, and I rarely say that. It’s a scholarly book and it helped me to have a background in psychology and in science, but it wasn’t at all necessary. Anyone who has even the remotest interest in the rights of non-human animals and and/or in human rights is likely to be glad that they read it. Preaching to the choir isn’t sufficient.
To give some idea of the contents, the chapter titles are:
Chapter 1: Freedom, Compassion, and Coexistence in the Human Age Chapter 2: Can Science Save Animals? Chapter 3: The Animals Whom We Eat Chapter 4: Fat Rats and Lab Cats Chapter 5: Zooed Animals Chapter 6: Captive and Companion Chapter 7: Born to Be Wild? Chapter 8: Coexistence in the Anthropocene and Beyond: Compassion and Justice for All
In my opinion there is nothing radical here, though I’m sure some of the suggestions presented are ideas not considered by many and the authors do ask us to make changes the status quo. For many I guess that’s a radical notion, but it makes sense to me, and would have even if I were a novice in the subject. The vast majority of ethical vegans are familiar with these concepts and philosophies but they might be new and food for thought information for many other readers.
For me it was a tough read at times but it was worth it, and so fascinating, especially the details new to me, and there were some in almost every chapter. It wasn’t a fast read though, but I was able to read some other books concurrently. It took me about 2 weeks to read it, not bad since I’m a slow reader. I often felt sad and angry when reading but that’s a good thing. It’s one of the best animal rights books and a crucial addition. I hope that it does make a difference. It’s unfortunate but it’s an incredibly necessary addition to the genre.
It should be mandatory reading for every humane education class (geared toward adults and maybe high school students) and also would be a good book for many college classes, especially in the biological, ecological, health sciences and psychology classes. As I said before, it’s scholarly and it’s substantial and would be fine to use as a textbook. That said, it works well as an interesting book for laypeople too.
Part of me said Well, duh! but of course it’s a necessary book, though it always boggles my mind why this is true.
It focuses on the science of well-being, very much including individual animals, and talks a lot about freedom. It’s an animal rights vs. animal welfare book, and those who read it will understand the reason for its focus.
I was scared to read the chapter about companion animals, but I overall I was pleased and agreed. My main objection (and surprised shock) in this chapter was companion animal’s human family members being called owners by these authors. Nope! Please don’t use the term owner. The word guardian is ok but companion or family member are even more ideal, in my opinion. I admit I get into the momma, daddy, sister, brother words at times with dogs and cats. So sue me.
Just a note: I was gratified to get validation regarding my feelings about Temple Grandin.
The book is extremely well researched, even though a lot of what’s reported are interesting personal stories.
This book isn't as long as it looks. The book proper goes to only page 182. (Notes pages 183-196, Bibliography pages 197-212, Index pages 213-225.)
I’m very grateful that I won this at LibraryThing. I’m so glad that I read it and read it now. Given my enormous to read shelf and my ridiculously growing on deck shelf (only my at home plate shelf is close to reasonable) I’m not sure I’d have ever read this.
Local people: I’m happy to lend it out. Please just ask....more