Book Reviews

500 Vegan Dishes by Deborah Gray

500VeganWhether you’re just starting out on a vegan diet or are already a fan of plant-based meals, 500 Vegan Dishes* (Sellers Publishing, 2011) is a great go-to book for vegan substitutions and tons of recipes. Deborah Gray offers information and recipes in a highly readable format. She starts out by giving an introduction with a brief overview and jumps into ingredients, listed alphabetically and with great tips, along with charts of cooking times and descriptions. Another helpful section within the ingredients are the recipes and tips on animal-free substitutions, like almond and coconut milk, nondairy cream cheese and mayonnaise. more→

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Gluten-Free Recipes for the Conscious Cook by Leslie Cerier

GlutenFreeRecipesAfter months of migraines, my hands and feet going numb, stomach in knots and extreme dizziness and fatigue I found out I had gluten intolerance. And going gluten-free after 25 years of eating “normally” was and still is one of the hardest things I have ever done. I have been gluten-free for about four months now, and I am still finding it tough. more→

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A Life in Balance By Meg Wolff

A Life in BalanceChanging your diet can change your life, and Meg Wolff is proof of that. A Life in Balance: Delicious Plant-based Recipes for Optimal Health* tells her story and provides an arsenal of recipes and tips for enjoying healthy, flavorful and economic meals. Eating a diet of whole grains, beans, vegetables and fruits can prevent and reverse chronic disease. more→

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Vegan for Life by Jack Norris, RD and Virginia Messina, MPH, RD

Vegan for Life by Jack Norris and Virginia MessinaI gush. It’s true. If I love something I can’t help myself. This book was in my mailbox on Thursday. I finished it by noon on Friday. It’s that good. more→

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The Everything Vegan Pregnancy Book by Reed Mangels, RD PhD

Everything vegan pregnancy book by Reed MangelsAny woman can feel confident about a vegan pregnancy with the easy-to-read but comprehensive Everything Vegan Pregnancy Book*, written by a registered dietitian who also holds a doctorate in nutrition. more→

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The Vegan Slow Cooker by Kathy Hester

vegan slow cooker by kathy hesterI’d like to take a quick poll. Three Questions.

How many of you are vegan or vegetarian, and think the slow cooker is not your friend?

How many of you are full-fledged carnivores and think your tummy and tastebuds wouldn’t be satisfied without meat or cheese? more→

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Unprocessed By Chef Abbie Jaye

UnprocessedNot just a cookbook, Unprocessed: How to Achieve Vibrant Health and your Ideal Weight*, by Chef Abbie Jaye is not only loaded with recipes but tells a moving and inspiring life story of the author and how an unhealthy diet can affect every aspect of your life. The foods you eat can alter how you feel and look as well as cause or prevent disease. more→

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Speed Vegan by Alan Roettinger

Speed VeganWhen I first met Chef Alan Roettinger at Portland VegFest last year, I was struck by his commanding presence. Maybe I was simply awed by his stature, or maybe it was the white chef’s jacket—(they have that effect on me). But Chef Alan also reminded me of myself twenty-something years ago. Those first few years of going to veg conferences surrounded by like-minded people and all kinds of delicious vegan food made me feel very much like a kid let loose in a candy store. Perhaps he felt the same way. more→

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