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The VB6 Cookbook: More than 350 Recipes for Healthy Vegan Meals All Day and Delicious Flexitarian Dinners at Night

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Following up on his bestselling diet plan, VB6, the incomparable Mark Bittman delivers a full cookbook of recipes designed to help you eat vegan every day before 6:00 p.m.--and deliciously all of the time.

In VB6, bestselling author and New York Times columnist Mark Bittman created an easy-to-follow diet plan for vegan meals for breakfast and lunch, and healthy, vegetable-f
Kindle Edition, 256 pages
Published May 6th 2014 by Clarkson Potter (first published March 4th 2014)
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Jul 29, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Foodies
Shelves: non-fiction, cooking, diy
The opening section defines what VB6(vegan before 6) is, classifies vegetables and other ingredients by type and includes a monthlong sample menu. This is followed by a series of recipes that are vegan, but otherwise unrelated by ethnic origin or ingredients. I've cooked many of Bittner's recipes in the past, and they are good, so you can safely use them. However, I would prefer recipes to be organized in some manner.
Heather Fineisen
Meat. It's what my family eats. And I would like to change this because I personally believe (and there are several good books about this including Mark Bittman' s VB6) we need to eat more stuff that grows out of the ground. The VB6 diet' s main premise is eat meat after 6p.m. and call yourself a flexitarian. My ten-year-old medium rare steak loving daughter looked through the cookbook with me and we started choosing meals to try. This is where I would love to see more photos with the recipes. T ...more
Jul 16, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Some good recipes but tofu features in so many of them that it's hard for me to understand how it's a good idea to give up meat to just overdo it on another source of protein that also has its own set of problems. Also, another complaint - I'm not sure if he just doesn't require very many calories but his serving sizes seem a little (or perhaps a lot) on the light side. For example, one of his breakfast recipes calls for giving each person one piece of bread with some jam. That's it? Just a piec ...more
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YES awesome price! 2/19/18 Ammy sale $2.99

Library book & will buy if the price comes down. Wow recipes that are easy to follow & don't have fancy hard to find ingredients. I hesitated to check this out b/c I mistakenly though it would be over my cooking head.
Mar 31, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
the recipes look tasty and super health. eggplant meatballs and soba noodles look good.
Deb Oestreicher
Feb 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Excellent mostly vegan cookbook/meal planner

I read Mark Bittman’s VB6 a couple of years ago. It made a big impression and changed a number of our eating and cooking habits. That book had some recipes but was focused on the thinking behind VB6.

This book is focused more on the recipes though it does include a summary of the VB6 rationale. Like the other book, it also suggests how these recipes could play out over the course of a month, and makes suggestions for the composition of your pantry and
Stacey Adams
I've been vegan for years and picked up this book hoping for some new recipes to try. But most of the recipes sounded awful, not making me even want to try them. Plus there seemed to be room for pictures but not all the recipes had pics. I like to see the finished product. I didn't see any really new ideas...the same old smoothies, fruit desserts, etc.. I suppose if you're just starting out on a new vegan adventure you would get a lot more out of the book than I did.
What I did like was the begi
May 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: food
Soooo many great ideas for eating healthy and delicious mostly vegan meals!!

My main complaint is that as a pescatarian many of the dinner recipes aren't for me - they contain lamb, beef, etc. But there are also good suggestions for how to make dairy, eggs, & seafood an occasional indulgence.

It's also very tofu heavy (tofu scrambles, silken tofu smoothies), which may be problematic for those trying to limit their soy intake.
May 31, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm ambivalent about this book. It seems like a good eating plan with recipes I mostly don't like. Perhaps someone who doesn't like bananas, most leafy vegetables, most beans, tofu, "alternative milk" or any kind of porridge / mush is not suited to becoming a vegan. I would rather eat nothing than wholewheat pasta so I can see why people would lose weight on this diet.
Oct 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great book for those wanting to reduce their meat consumption and add more nutritious vegetables to their daily diet.
Aug 06, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cookbooks
Bittman’s cookbooks are useful for me because he has ingredient alternatives in his recipes. The information on cooking big batch beans was what I was looking for.
Dec 19, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: cookbooks
I am not ready for this kind of cooking, but I am trying this kind of eating.
Feb 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Some really good recipes in this one.
Apr 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The evening recipes weren't of much use to me, but the breakfasts were great, and I got several standbys from this.
Apr 17, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cookbook
Interesting but nothing that i want or need to own.
Jul 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cooking
I need quick breakfasts and easy-to-pack lunches to keep my husband well-fed around his work, and most cookbooks don’t touch on those areas. We now have smoothies from the VB6 cookbook nearly every morning, which has nicely also cut down on my tendency to get beignets at our local cafe. One of my favorite features of this cookbook–something that far too few cookbook authors indulge in–is a willingness to include variations on each recipe. This helps you adapt recipes to your tastes, and means th ...more
Patrick Weix
Mar 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
good general recipes, good tips on improvisation.
Jennifer Clausen-greene
This was a great book and very handy. My eldest son is a vegetarian since the beginning of this year and I never know what to cook for him. This book was a huge hit with him and the rest of my clan as well. My kids adored the Walk Away Oatmeal (pg 64), Tofu Jerky (pg 148), Sweet green Quinoa Salad (pg 91) and Gingered Rice with Chicken (pg 174), and just about every dessert there was that we tried. The only negative thing I could say about the book is the expense involved in making alot of these ...more
Dec 27, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A lot of this book is old news for Bittman fans, but the recipes make it worth adding to your collection.
i ordered a hard copy of this cookbook immediately after finishing Mark Bittman's philosophical exploration of part-time vegan eating for health and sustainability, VB6.

the recipes are simple and straightforward, with shorter ingredient lists, targeting the competent home cook (that is, you won't have need to buy special equipment or learn new cooking methods if you're already a semi-accomplished home cook). the recipes are built from whole foods any well-stocked grocery store should have. macro
Mazzou B
This is an interesting cookbook published by Potter.
As Mark Bittman makes a point in the preface, the VB6 (Vegan before 6, meaning keeping all meals before 6 pm. light and easy on the body) method is not simply a new diet. Instead of being just another diet to try for a month and then discard, the VB6 method is a lifestyle. A lifestyle to help you find your maximum vitality!
I thought the recipes very fresh, tasty and interesting. Nothing boring about Mark Bittman's style of vegetarian! I lov
Sep 06, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cookbooks
I'm a Bittman fan (How To Cook Everything: Simple Recipes for Great Food) but this is a weak 4 stars. I don't think most of these recipes are the type that folks are going to be able to cook/make on a regular basis if they're working and have less than hours a day to spend in the kitchen. Bittman would disagree with me, but I know that most families will not ALL be adopting this eating plan, and the recipes are a bit involved for just one person. I liked the ideas and recipes in the actual VB6: ...more
Nov 07, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bittman's cookbooks are great. Beautiful photos, clear instructions, generally very easy to follow and he offers lots of variations, which since this is a diet cookbook I think it particularly important. This is a great looking diet that I've been on the fence about trying for a while. . .I should probably just dive in. The book offers lots of easy, vegan recipes for people who like meat and richer food.

This is great if you're looking to eat healthy. However, there isn't nutritional information,
Jan 26, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lifestyle, food
I only tried 2 recipes from this book, so my review is based on those and on having browsed the rest. This cookbook accompanies another book that is more geared toward the process of VB6 (Vegan Before 6pm). I own another Mark Bittman cookbook and he doesn't disappoint. Some of the recipes in this cookbook seem easier and more accessible than others, so it's probably appropriate for a variety of skill levels. I would consider checking it out again to make some of the other recipes I had my eye on ...more
Aug 10, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Caveat: I haven't read the original VB6 book, so this is purely my impressions of the cookbook. That being said, I find the plan to be practical, unimposing and not at all intimidating (although, make my own milk...sounds a I originally picked up the cookbook from the library out of curiosity, but now I'm going to purchase a copy to see how much I can adjust my way of eating towards the healthy.
Feb 16, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
working my way thru some of the recipes, love the 28 day menu grid. I could be "reading" this book for a long time. Love Mark Bittman's recipes, and the flexible approach to recipes. Full of possible ideas.
I already have done the vegan day thing for 2 weeks, lost 3 lb, but expect to stabilize soon.
May 18, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
some excellent and inventive ways to get protien without meat in my meals. Interestingly enough this is basically what I started last November. It isn't vegan, but definitely vegetarian. The recipes are fairly easy and straight forward.
Sep 04, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cookbooks
Not a lot of ingredients I've never heard of. Simple instructions.

I currently don't have the means to be able to try these out, but I hope to have this book predominately displayed in my own kitchen one day and would definitely want to try some of these sooner rather than later.
Review to follow soon.
Mar 08, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cookbooks
You want to eat the chorizo tacos. Trust me.
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MARK BITTMAN is one of the country's best-known and most widely respected food writers. His How to Cook Everything books, with one million copies in print, are a mainstay of the modern kitchen. Bittman writes for the Opinion section of New York Times on food policy and cooking, and is a columnist for the New York Times Magazine. His "The Minimalist" cooking show, based on his popular NYT column, ...more

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