Don’t let the title fool you – about 75% of the recipes are vegan, or could easily be made vegan. The emphasis is on beans, grains, and veggies – no fake meats and very little soy and nuts. Quite a variety of ethnic influences – Italian, Greek, Mexican,Indian.
Happy Herbivore fans should be delighted with Happy Herbivore: Light & Lean. It’s an excellent book for newbie vegan chefs. It’s not for everyone, however.
Hello, everyone! I was thrilled to be asked to be your tour guide for the day as part of the HappyCow Road Trip Blog Tour! Today I want to welcome everyone to Charlotte, North Carolina and take you on a visit to one of my favorite vegan restaurants – Luna’s Living Kitchen! Afterwards, I’ll briefly review… Read More ›
I fell in love with this charming little Southern cookbook from the first page, when Ann is pondering what Southern cooking is. She writes, “I knew it was more than bacon grease and fatback,” and then finally decides, “It’s attitude, pure and simple.” “It’s kitchens in summer and tomato sandwiches; Slapping mosquitoes and swatting flies;… Read More ›
Many of my non-Indian friends (who have eaten home-cooked Indian meals at my house) and my cooking students have asked, “How can I find a good vegan Indian cookbook? Most of the time, when I try to cook Indian at home (except for the recipes you taught me) it doesn’t turn out well!” So! On… Read More ›
Good Housekeeping Simply Vegan! Delicious Meat-Free, Dairy-Free Recipes Your Entire Family Will Love! is that rarity of rarities, that most odd of oddities: a vegan cookbook that promotes drinking dairy milk. Yep, you read that right. It’s no secret the National Dairy Council has been one of Good Housekeeping’s most lucrative advertisers for years. Good… Read More ›
Once upon a time, a long, long time ago … in the year 2003 … a book was published. This was back in the days when our cell phones weren’t intelligent (heck, we were just happy they had become somewhat smaller and lighter than bricks) and many of us still had dial-up. Vegetarians and those… Read More ›
Halloween is approaching, so it’s time to review a book by a scary monster! I’m not saying Alexandra Jamieson actually is a monster. She’s an attractive woman and seems to be pleasant enough. She’s also a very famous “holistic health coach”/author/chef/celebrity (remember her in Supersize Me?) She made shockwaves last February when she announced she had given up… Read More ›
Now that we’ve passed the Autumn equinox, the weather is getting decidedly cooler. Night isn’t just creeping in on little cat feet anymore; it’s sprinting to beat me home from work! Spending time in a warm, cozy kitchen experimenting with recipes sounds like just the thing on an Autumn night. The Conscious Cook looks like it… Read More ›
Today I’m introducing a new feature – Well-Read Wednesdays! Every Wednesday I’ll review a book that may be of interest to vegans and vegan wanna-bes. It may be a favorite cookbook – or a disappointing one! It may be a book on animal theology. It may be a book about animal advocacy. It might even… Read More ›
There’s been so much buzz about Betty Goes Vegan, that I had to sit down for awhile in a nice cozy bookstore coffee shop and page through it for myself. First thing you should know, this is NOT a “Betty Crocker” cookbook. I think many vegans were overjoyed when this cookbook came out because it… Read More ›
I admit, I have a weird little hobby. I LOVE reading vintage cookbooks – both to crack myself up AND gross myself out. I recently came across a 1962 copy of Betty Crocker’s Good & Easy Cookbook. The cookbook belonged to my mom. Mama gave it to me one year for Christmas because I enjoyed… Read More ›
This is a GREAT book for vegan beginners. Of course Erik Marcus covers the basics, but where this book really excels is his advice on changing your way of thinking and your attitude. Some of my favorite takeaways … Don’t cut out non-veggie foods; crowd them out. Instead of concentrating on removing animal products from… Read More ›
Instead of being called “Vegan on the Cheap,” this book should be called, “Vegan a Little Cheaper.” The good: The first chapter is full of money and time saving tips, and more advice is sprinkled throughout the book. This chapter is excellent! The second chapter, called “Cooking Basics,” gives recipes for basics like vegetable cooking… Read More ›
One thing that’s been bugging me lately is the new “elitism” of being vegan. Elite as in expensive. Eating vegan, at least at home, should be the easiest and cheapest way to eat. (Dining out is another matter, but since I’m reviewing a cookbook, we’ll focus on home cooked meals.) Even if you’re flat broke, you can still… Read More ›