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The China Study Cookbook: The Official Companion to the China Study (Over 120 Whole Food, Plant-Based Recipes)

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The China Study, with 850,000 copies sold, has been hailed as one of the most important health and nutrition books ever published. It revealed that the traditional Western diet has led to our modern health crisis and the widespread growth of obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and cancer. Based on the most comprehensive nutrition study ever conducted, the book reveals that a ...more
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Published May 7th 2013 by BenBella Books (first published 2013)
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May 13, 2013 Jim rated it it was amazing
In the foreword to the cookbook, T. Colin Campbell, author of The China Study (and the father of cookbook author LeAnne Campbell), acknowledges that for adults used to the typical American diet, switching to a plant-based, no-added-fat diet can be challenging. For those who have chosen to make the lifestyle change, however, The China Study Cookbook is an invaluable guide to preparing tasty, nutritious meals that fully meet the requirements of the diet espoused by the Campbells.

Before introducing
Kim Overstreet
May 17, 2013 Kim Overstreet rated it it was amazing
I have eaten a whole foods plant based diet for two years with spectacular results and have several other cookbooks of this type. This is tied with The Happy Herbivore as my favorite. I have prepared ten China Study recipes thus far and loved them all. The food is flavorful, not bland like with some healthy cookbooks I've tried. My husband, who is an omnivore, enjoyed them as well. Most can be prepared with minimal effort from inexpensive ingredients found in a regular grocery store. The book it ...more
Jun 05, 2013 Paula rated it it was amazing
I LOVE this book! I grabbed it from the library, and now I am going to rush out and buy it! The recipes are simpler than the Forks over Knives cookbook that I have. They also have great photos, which I love. If you want great plant based recipes, this book is the best I have seen.
Jul 15, 2015 Dana rated it liked it
Shelves: health-and-diet
I have lowered my rating from 4 stars to 3 after having tried more of these recipes. The recipes are plant-based and include little or no added fat and salt and minimal amounts of added sugars. I think one problem is the no added fats. Many foods are much better with added fats. I also do not like the replacement foods and fake foods that are suggested. Because the China Study Diet recommends no dairy, the recommend non-dairy milks - and if you purchase commercially made ones, almost all of them ...more
May 20, 2015 Dianna rated it really liked it
This cookbook was written to be a companion to The China Study by T. Colin Campbell. LeAnne Campbell, the author of this cookbook, is his daughter.

Dr. Campbell really sums up this book in his forward: "I am prejudiced and I might as well say so up front. The author of this book is my daughter, LeAnne Campbell Disla. But prejudiced or not, I know her style of cooking, her recipes (I’ve tried many), her commitment to good nutrition and, as a very busy professional, her ability to prepare quick nu
Aug 07, 2013 Nicole rated it really liked it
Shelves: food, health, cookbook
This cookbook focuses on plant-based whole food recipes. After reading it I decided to move it to my to-buy list because many of the flair and ingredient combinations are right in my personal flavor-palate. As with the gluten-free cookbooks I own, I am not an adherent to the lifestyle but just an enthusiastic cook (and eater) who finds some of the recipes and techniques interesting. Will I convert to using flax seeds and water as an egg substitute in baked goods permanently? Probably not! Will I ...more
Mar 25, 2015 Christopher rated it really liked it
In decades past The China Study revealed that eating a diet with no animal products may help one avoid many of the diseases of affluent countries. Its author T. Colin Campbell has a daughter, LeAnne Campbell who has cooked vegan for over twenty years now, following the discoveries of the team her father described, and she even brought up two boys with the diet. She shares her recipes in this "China Study Cookbook". I have been cooking from this book for several weeks now, covering most of the di ...more
Aug 02, 2013 Chris rated it it was amazing
So far this has been the best cookbook I've found focusing on a no added oil, low salt, plant-based diet. I've enjoyed nearly all the recipes I've tried. The corn and avocado pasta salad was even a hit when I brought it to a work event.
Aug 02, 2013 Susan rated it really liked it
Planning on either buying this book, or rechecking it out from the library. Quiet a few more recipes I would like to try. I like the substitutes she has for various things such as eggs, oils, etc. I'm on the path of eating healthy!
Feb 06, 2014 Lesley rated it really liked it
Shelves: library-book
I got this from the public library and I like this book so much I am going to order it from at book store. I can not wait to try the green garden mayonnaise that can be used for so many other recipes. I love making nut balls so the pecan ball sub is going to be done at my home. Not everyone in my family eats vegetarian so whenever I can get these plant based recipes in meals and everyone loves them then its a win/win for all! There are many recipes in this book I want to try so it will be worth ...more
Apr 27, 2015 Keely rated it really liked it
Shelves: health
Actually I meant to select The China Study All-Star Collection cookbook, which is superior to this one and has less questionable food combinations. One of the best, most practical and USE-ABLE healthy cookbooks ever, and I read them as fast as they can publish them. Lovely, simple vegan recipes which do not have too many components and allow for improvisation. No esoteric or hard to find ingredients. A real pleasure to use. So many of the other gluten free and/or vegan and/or vegetarian cookbook ...more
Jun 14, 2013 Susan rated it it was ok
I'm a big fan of Dr. Campbell and his work and I bought this book just knowing I would love it, but I was summarily disappointed. I tried several of the recipes. Some of them were good, but not great (Sweet Potato Enchiladas, Tasty Tostados, Zucchinni Crabless Cakes, Southwestern Calzones, Tomato and Avocado Pasta Salad) others were edible, but nothing I'd want to try again (Dominican Chapea, Carrot Bake, Twice Baked Southwest Potatoes, Tomato Pesto Sandwich). None of them really wowed me.

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Tina Rousseau
Oct 12, 2015 Tina Rousseau rated it liked it
If you don't eat gluten this book doesn't have a lot of recipes that will work. I also didn't like that fact that they were trying to compare their diet to a regular diet of hotdogs and processed meat to show you how much better their diet is. Really? Most of the recipes seemed basic to me so I am not sure how helpful this book is. I am not a vegan so I prefer paleo or pegan meals.
Maria Doty
Apr 08, 2015 Maria Doty rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great recipes.

Ingredients are simple. I'm not vegan, but there were Very few items that I don't already eat now. I liked that there were nutritional excerpts. I didn't like that there wasn't dietary information with each recipe.
Sep 15, 2014 Deborah rated it it was amazing
Plant-based, no fat or sugar added, nutritious recipes with actual flavor! These are really delicious, simple recipes with basic ingredients found in everyone's kitchen. I borrowed the book from the library but will be buying my own copy asap. EVERY recipe has a corresponding full page color photograph. So far I have made the Green Garden Mayonnaise (and I use it with everything!), Broccoli Salad, Cole Slaw, Carrot Bake, and Fettuccine with Broccoli & Cashew Sauce. They were all simple to pr ...more
Jan 20, 2015 Felicia rated it it was amazing
Loved the ideas and simplicity of the recipes!! Tried the Green Beans, sauteed with onions and garlic "in water"! Delicious and wow! Want to try a few more recipes. Have not read the actual China Study book yet, but want to now!
Madison (The Chronic Re-Reader)
The China Study Cookbook will appeal to both herbivores and carnivores alike. What's important is its focus on whole foods and the emphasis that it places on including a lot of fresh produce in one's diet. I really enjoyed the introduction from the author and her personal story of going plant-based as it did a great job of setting the stage and putting me in the right mindset for looking at the vegan recipes. Also, the two recipes that I have tried so far were great. The Vegan Chocolate Cake and ...more
Mar 13, 2015 Paulina rated it liked it
Not what I expected. I wanted tips for healthy cooking and I am a little disappointed. There are only recipes, not really original. It's OK but nothing special. I prefer when the photo is next to the recipe, not somewhere else. In fact, on blogs you can find better photos...
Magdalena Saito
Jan 29, 2015 Magdalena Saito rated it really liked it
Shelves: cooking
Makes sense. Read the china study and now its time to try and implement these recipes into our lives! they look delicious and I look forward to seeing how this works out!

Dec 22, 2014 Lorilee rated it it was amazing
Beautiful job putting the cookbook together with pictures and clear print. The recipes taste so good. Haven't found one I don't like!
Mar 09, 2016 Paula rated it really liked it
Great book with recipes for the way we eat now and some thoughts that made me think of recipes I already have that I can adapt
Aug 16, 2014 Sandra rated it it was amazing
An eye opener for those of us who have health challenges and are on the quest to change our eating habits.
Slava Baranskyi
Feb 04, 2016 Slava Baranskyi rated it really liked it
Everything is great, but I just can't use water instead of the olive oil :)
Stephanie Burke
Feb 14, 2015 Stephanie Burke rated it really liked it
Wishing we stuck with more vegetarian cooking with the kids.
Sep 07, 2014 Christee rated it really liked it
Some recipes to help you with plant-based choices.
Tracy Wood
Jun 18, 2014 Tracy Wood rated it it was ok
Much too basic for my taste (no pun intended.)
Apr 08, 2014 Susan rated it it was amazing
Take the time to read the chapters leading up to the recipes. Excellent information.
Feb 04, 2014 Quinn rated it really liked it
Some great healthy recipes that my husband might actually enjoy.
Mar 12, 2014 Susan rated it really liked it
Shelves: cookbooks
Great plant based recipes
Feb 25, 2015 Sheda rated it really liked it
excellent recipes
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