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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press Inc; Original edition (6 Jan. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1600940498
  • ISBN-13: 978-1600940491
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 18.4 x 22.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (130 customer reviews)
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"This is a vegan diet book, but forget your preconceptions and look at the food. Isa is an amazing cook - her recipes are delicious and written for people who want to lose weight, but not their enjoyment of food... Her book is worth buying for the salad dressings alone."
--BBC Good Food Magazine

"Appetite for Reduction is a collection of delicious-sounding, nutrient-dense, low-fat recipes designed to help with weight loss and, just as importantly, taste good!... If you're aiming to lose weight or just eat healthily, but still enjoy food, this is the book for you."
--Vegan

About the Author

Isa Chandra Moskowitz is an award-winning vegan chef and author of several best-selling cookbooks, including Veganomicon, Vegan with a Vengeance, and Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World. She hosts the vegan cooking show and Web site The Post Punk Kitchen. She lives in Portland, Oregon.

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83 of 83 people found the following review helpful By Scally Cross on 27 July 2011
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I've already got a couple of Isa's books - and while the recipes are good,the layout and cross referencing drives me nuts. However the layout on this one is clean, and the cross referencing is minimal. The Hummus recipe is one of the best i've ever tasted (how can anyone get hummus wrong I hear people cry - well I have!), and the red wine and kalamata tempeh (I made it with seitan) is delish. Having the calorie count per serving really helps too. Only point to note is that this is an American cookbook, and needs some translation for UK users - so a tablespoon is a uk dessert spoon, arugula is rocket leaves, cilantro is coriander, shortening is cookeen or trex and canola oil is rapeseed oil. The cookipedia web site is a useful reference for translating.
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107 of 108 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. Gail Brewster VINE VOICE on 20 Mar. 2011
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It is so refreshing to find a vegan cookery book that uses 'normal' ingredients and gives sensible honest advice. I love this book. I am a fairly new vegetarian and want to go a step further and become vegan. The money I have wasted on so called 'vegan cookery books' doesn't bear thinking about and none of them have inspired me to take the next step. Isa's book is wonderfully refreshing. There are of course American names for some of the ingredients but once you've sussed that cilantro is corriander, escarole is endive, sriracha is hot chilli sauce and kasha is buckwheat then you've basically cracked it. The recipes are dilicious and are guided as Gluten-free, Soy-free and under 30 minutes which helps when you want something quick and easy to make. You don't even notice that the recipes are all low fat because they are really tasty.
I can thoroughly recommend this book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By cupcake girl on 28 July 2014
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I have finally found the holy grail of low fat cookbooks. This is real food that will fill you up and make your belly happy, oh, and it just so happens to be vegan. I've been on the 5.2 diet for a while, mainly for health longevity reasons (although losing weight is also a bonus) and I must admit I struggle with the lack of food on a starvey day whereas the hubs has found it easy. This book has really helped me stay on track on starvey days, the salads really fill me up and are surprisingly satisfying. Nutritional information is included for each recipe. The recipes are perfect for any day of the week, i don't just limit them to fast days. They may be low in fat but they are full of flavour. My favourites so far have been:
Everyday Quinoa Chickpea Salad - full of protein and good things and the dressing made from a blend of cashews, balsamic vinegar and other stuff is gorg, I've always hated bottled dressings from the supermarket, this is heaps better.

Big fat Taco Salad - my favourite salad in the world ever because it has tortilla chips in it! Even my children dig this salad. The slightly lower in fat version of Guacamole, "Guacamame" made from a blend of avocados and edamame beans is awesome, tastes just like the real thing. I hated the salsa dressing, however. It tasted like vinegary tomatoes so I won't bother with it again.

Mango Bbq beans - a big hit with the kiddos and quite easy to make. Just a smidgen of agave and a whole mango provide the sweetness.

Jerk Asparagus - made this several times when British asparagus was at it's prime and man, is it spicy! That's a good thing though.

I've made other things that I wouldn't make again but nothing has been in edible. Overall it's a winner.
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40 of 43 people found the following review helpful By holylopez on 8 Feb. 2011
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This book is a brilliant. I already have several of Isa's cookbooks but I had some reservations about low fat cooking, thinking it might be bland or a bit 70s boiled lentil-y vegan. However, everything I have made from the book has been super tasty and filling. The author states at the beginning that the recipes are designed for weeknight cooking and that they are pretty fast to make, I'm not the most amazing cook in the world but with this book I have been cooking when I get home from work. I love Isa's commentary and the hints and tips throughout the book. Highly recommended!
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 6 July 2011
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Like other reviewers I too have been glad to find a book that uses easy to find ingredients and meals that you can prepare in 30 mins or less. If you have a bit of extra time (marinating etc) then there are options for this too. The only downside would be for some the lack of photos for each recipe (this seems to be the norm for many US cook books) but it is only a tiny downside and didn't spoil the book for me personally.

At the beginning of each chapter Isa Chandra has written some useful tips and suggestions which are also amusing and informative.

Being a bit of a spice lover there is plenty in this book for me to try with dishes from around the globe. Just make sure that you do a quick google for an alternative to some US names eg Eggplant - Aubergine / Collards - Spring Greens / Yams - Sweet Potatoes etc etc.

Another book I will return to on a regular basis as I improve my vegan repertoire of dishes.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. LH Scott Thompson on 15 Mar. 2011
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brilliant book, loads of fab new recipes to try. Im currently pregnant and vegan so trying to be as balanced as possible without piling on to many pounds via cakes and cookies (im allowed im eating for 2! :) so far found loads of exciting recipes to try and made the roasted beetroot, orange and wild rice salad. My meat munching husband and i gave this hearty salad 10/10 the dressing was just amazing. the yam, black bean orange and cilantro soup was amazing 10/10. yet again another winner from Isa, keep it up lady your keeping us well fed, nutritionally balanced and provding us with lotsa treats from your cupcake and cookies books. a defo favourite. :) I am always so excited for her next book.
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