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The Main Street Vegan Academy Cookbook: Over 100 Plant-Sourced Recipes Plus Practical Tips for the Healthiest, Most Compassionate You

3.84  ·  Rating details ·  68 ratings  ·  32 reviews
When someone goes vegan on Park Avenue or Beverly Drive, they have a private chef and a personal assistant to do the troubleshooting.

When we make the shift on Main Street, we could use some help, too.

For nearly six years, acclaimed author, speaker, podcaster, and Main Street Vegan Academy director, Victoria Moran, has trained individuals to become vegan lifestyle coaches
Paperback, 256 pages
Published December 19th 2017 by Benbella Books
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I'm a big fan of Victoria Moran's book Main Street Vegan: Everything You Need to Know to Eat Healthfully and Live Compassionately in the Real World so when I saw this one on NetGalley, I immediately requested it. I'm a certified (some might say certifiable) cookbook junkie and I get so many out each week from the library. And if it's a vegan book, I'll grab it and read it cover to cover over and over. And perhaps that is why I just found this one OK for me. For years now I've been reading so muc ...more
debbicat *made of stardust*
Well..I loved it! All of it! I also listen to Victoria's podcast and enjoy it quite a lot. Another big YES and green light for me was that Emily Deschanel (Bones) and Dr. Neal Barnard wrote short reviews for praise at the beginning of the book. Some of my favorite people! I have seen some mixed reviews. I think it is up to the individual. I have been plant based for a year now. I did transition to a vegan diet for animal cruelty reasons. I have no problem with that being a primary reason why any ...more
Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
They weren’t kidding when the title of this book noted the “practical tips” included in this cookbook! The Main Street Vegan Academy was filled with tips from vegan lifestyle coaches, and as a vegetarian who eats vegan meals occasionally, there were helpful things to learn. I also LOVED the colorful and appetizing pictures of the recipes. I bookmarked a few things to make, and there were definitely some new ideas I plan to incorporate.

A couple things that I wasn’t as fond of — many recipes incl
Nov 29, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arc-publisher
I’m always hopeful when I see a vegan cook book as I eat about 90% vegan. I wish I could say it was because I cared about animal cruelty or the impact to our environment, but it’s primarily because I think meat is one of the largest cancer causes out there. Four primary reasons why I wouldn’t buy this for myself or a friend. 1) wayyyyy too many “coach corners”. 2) I do not like soy or “faux” meat products as they have chemicals you can’t even pronounce. 3) Many of the recipes were not practical ...more
=^.^= Janet
Nov 09, 2017 rated it it was ok
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I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher -
When someone goes vegan on Park Avenue or Beverly Drive, they have a private chef and a personal assistant to do the troubleshooting. When we make the shift on Main Street, we could use some help, too.
For nearly six years, acclaimed author, speaker, podcaster, and Main Street Vegan Academy director, Victoria Moran, has trained individuals to become vegan lifestyle coaches
Dec 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Veganism is a compassionate choice, not a cruel punishment. It’s not about what you can’t have but what you choose to participate in and what you choose to avoid.

This cheery, bright book is both a fun cookbook and the most helpful vegan buddy you could imagine. Aimed at curious omnivores who may be pondering this vegan thing they’ve been hearing about, it has enough even-keeled advice and yummy-looking recipes to keep longtime herbivores satisfied, too.

I’m looking forward to trying some of thes
Nov 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cookery-food, f, net-g
This is a charming, colorful cookbook and beginner's guide to becoming a vegan.

The book begins with twenty-five pages of myth-dispelling and encouragement. Recipes are suitable for any skill level, and there is a convenient 'one pot cooking' section. There are also guidelines for easier travelling, and tips on sustainable vegan clothes selection and care, and information on cosmetics testing and ingredients. Also, there is a chapter on entertaining and introducing friends to vegan cuisine, comp
Merry Love
Jan 12, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: nonfiction
Wow... I did not think I could dislike a cookbook this much, but alas, here I am. I eat vegan, and have been for awhile. I own a number of great books on both vegan philosophy and vegan cookbooks. This was not one of them.

The first portion of the book is the philosophy section. I loved that they included a section about the many reasons people start eating vegan at the beginning of a cookbook. It sounded like a great idea. I lot of vegan books I see are one or the other, but most books about any
Ali Lauren
Feb 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
**I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review** This cookbook has a lot of really great things going on. For the most part, all of the recipes are created with easy to access/find ingredients. There is nothing more frustrating than reading through a vegan cookbook and not being able to find all of the ingredients for most of the recipes, so this is a huge plus for this book. This book also begins with a large section introducing the reader to veganism and dispe ...more
Rachel Stansel
Jan 03, 2018 rated it it was ok
I've eaten plant based for many years. This cookbook starts with a long section on what it is to be vegan, why people decide to eat this way and the myths around a plant based diet. Overall, this might be good for the very beginner, but anyone else will probably skip along. It also, I worry, would push away folks who are not vegan but are looking to incorporate more vegetable and vegan meals into their routine. The recipes are simple to follow and the ingredients in general are ones you can find ...more
Feb 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a really great cookbook. It felt like it was geared for a beginning vegan and had great explanations about the vegan lifestyle as well as information about the new foods lots of new vegan's will encounter - especially grains and butter. The recipes were mostly very straightforward and simple, some with ideas on how to prepare ahead. There were a lot of vegan cheeses and meats in the recipes, so if that's not your thing be prepared to make some substitutions. Also really helpful were the ...more
Gayle Pritchard
Dec 21, 2020 rated it liked it
Really 3.5 stars. Stated agenda aside, there are some interesting recipes here.
Nov 20, 2017 rated it liked it
"The Main Street Vegan Academy Cookbook" is a book about anti-animal-exploitation motivated veganism. While the authors were aware that not everyone becomes vegan for that reason, this theme came up throughout the book. The last chapter even talked about choosing vegan clothing, furniture, and such. The first part of the book explained how eating vegan doesn't have to be difficult, expensive, etc.

The recipes were contributed by many different people, so they varied from health-conscious to comfo
Veronica Forbs
Dec 05, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Hello, I want to write a little review about the good work of doctor Ojamo, who cured me from HSV 1&2 for just 2 week with his herbal medicine, I never believe I can be cured again and have a good life like others, I always regretted the day I got diagnose with this virus, I become lost of hope when my doctor told me there is no cure for it, Well I am so grateful for my helper who get me cured with his herbal medicine, I went online in search of anything that can help me because I can't deal wit ...more
Jan 11, 2018 rated it did not like it
I had never heard of this author before, but I decided to review the book anyways because I always enjoy discovering new plant-based cookbooks. Unfortunately, I did not like this cookbook at all.

I did not enjoy the "Coach Corners" sections and felt there were far too many. The ones I did read were not very helpful, but rather pushy and preachy. I found only four recipes that I might consider making, as most of the other recipes call for oil or faux meat or cheese products which I do not use. Als
Elizerbeth Brown
Dec 04, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I have been suffering from Herpes for the past 3 years and 8 months, and ever since then i have been taking series of treatment but there was no improvement until i came across testimonies of Dr. Ojamo on how he has been curing different people from different diseases all over the world, then i contacted him as well. After our conversation he sent me the medicine which i took according to his instructions. When i was done taking the herbal medicine i went for a medical checkup and to my greatest ...more
Jennie Rosenblum
Dec 05, 2017 rated it it was ok
I am a partial Vegan - about 60% of the time and would consider more. I had hoped that this book would help me increase that percentage. It did not. The message here is a lot of pushing of the theme of eating Vegan because of animal exploitation rather than health. The constant Coaching Corners felt more like preaching than helpful hints. I found maybe two recipes I would consider making but a lot had products, I do not what to eat, that are overly processed and marketed as "fake" meat. Many of ...more
Feb 01, 2018 rated it it was ok
Would rate 2.7 stars.

Okay overall, the book has a great message, I'm a cookbook shopaholic and this had some alright recipes.

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Tanya Vought
Jan 29, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgallery
Loved the colorful cover on this book! It's what captured my attention along with just becoming Vegan in Oct 2017.
That being said.... this is a colorful vegan cookbook filled with many wonderful recipes!
I can't wait to try some of these and hope my family loves them!

*Recv'd a copy via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Julie Witte
Jan 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I received this through GoodReads First Reads. First impression? fantastic color photos! easy to follow instructions, lots of great tips! I am not a vegan, but there are many recipes that I will actually make in this book! Pick this one up today, you will thank me.
Brenda Williams
Feb 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
I am always looking for great new Vegan cookbooks. This is one I will purchase.
Apr 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This cookbooks was put together VERY well. I love how it started out answering all of the questions people might have as they are transitioning to a vegan diet. Very smart.
Dani Zoeller
Nov 20, 2017 rated it liked it
This cookbook contains an abundance of information for vegans who are just starting out as well as some ideas for seasoned vegans. Not only are there some delicious recipes in this cookbook, but it also goes into a lot of information about what it means to be vegan as well as combating common myths about being vegan.

I should mention, however, that I was disappointed with the number of pictures in this cookbook. Perhaps I have been spoiled with my cookbook choices, but I find myself preferring co
Lo Rguez
Feb 09, 2018 rated it liked it
This books is awesome, full of tips and amazing recipes.
Patrica Liebe
Dec 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I was given an ARC by Net Galley for an honest review.
This wonderful Guide and Cookbook is a must read to people who are just discovering the new world of becoming a vegan and for the vegan who have embraced the world already. The ton of amazing advice and the wonderful tips and tricks of maintaining the life as well as the diet aspect. I was fasinated by the seriousness and logic to some of the sage and helpful advice and the tastefulness of book recipes and on lifestyle changes. I would recomm
Jan 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I was so excited to get this cookbook to review. I am just beginning my vegan journey and this is one of the first cookbooks with recipes that appeal to me. I want to try a large percentage of the recipes. I'm going to start with Uncle Wayne's Cookies, then the Asian Coleslaw Bites, the Brooklyn Barley Soup, the Crazy Spicy Spanish Omelet and so on and so forth. There is a wealth of vegan information in the front of the book that covers many aspects of veganism, not just food. Looking forward to ...more
Awesome book - might be the best vegan all in one material I've stumbled upon. Honestly I can't recommend this higher - the advice on lifestyle changes, the practical approach, the recipes - everything is top notch, pretentious free and written in an easily digestible way. ...more
Claire Coupland
Jan 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A educational cookbook. Some great vegan recipes, beautiful images and delicious looking recipes. Well structured, with chapter pages that list the recipes within it. There is a good selection of traditional recipes made vegan along with new ideas. There is also sections spread out that contain information or tips on living the vegan lifestyle. The first two chapters are for myth busting and understanding the basic principles, which is well written and not judgemental. I liked it!
Jessie Kuehne
Jan 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
I loved using this cookbook for the time that I had it. Personal favourites include 'Asparagus and Chickpea Salad with Vegan Buttermilk Dressing', 'Quinoa Bruschetta Salad', 'Presto Potato Curry', and 'Crisp Mocha Peanut Butter Brownies'. I went out and bought it the second my e-galley file expired. ...more
Anita Ojeda
Jan 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Main Street Vegan Academy Cookbook is not just a cookbook--it's a handbook on the vegan lifestyle and way of life. The recipes (from a variety of cooks, chefs, and authors) range from the complex to the simple. Eating vegan shouldn't require an advanced cooking or nutrition degree, and there are plenty of recipes for the beginner. More experienced cooks will enjoy the complex recipes. ...more
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Victoria Moran is an inspirational speaker, a certified life coach, and the author of ten books, including Lit from Within; Fat, Broke & Lonely No More; and the international bestseller Creating a Charmed Life. Her articles have appeared in numerous publications, including Body + Soul, Natural Health, and Yoga Journal. Her blog, “Your Charmed Life,” is published daily on Beliefnet. She lives a cha ...more

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