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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: BenBella Books (20 Nov. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1940363268
  • ISBN-13: 978-1940363264
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 18.4 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 569,493 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Lindsay Nixon adds her newest cookbook, this one for your holiday planning of the big family feast... In this case, we can walk away from the table with health--and what better way to enjoy life with family and friends. Give this book a try and you will see for yourself." --T. Colin Campbell, author of The China Study, and Karen Campbell "Happy Herbivore Holidays & Gatherings provides you with simple recipes to share the joy of great-tasting, healthy cuisine with your friends and family. It's a go-to resource for those special occasions, or anytime!" --Brian Wendel, Forks Over Knives "Somehow, Lindsay Nixon has done it again. Her food is healthy, familiar, easy, and delicious. You'll eat this food simply for the joy of eating, but will be bettering your health at the same time. Of all the prescriptions I give to my patients, Lindsay's cookbooks are among the most important." --Thomas M. Campbell, MD co-author, The China Study and author of The Campbell Plan "Lindsay's newest book exceeds all of our expectations for creative holiday meals. Meals you make for your family and friends from Happy Herbivore Holidays & Gatherings will speak louder than words about the many reasons to eat healthy foods." --John and Mary McDougall, bestselling authors and founders of The McDougall Program "Lindsay Nixon's FIFTH cookbook answers everyone's question: 'Whatever can I cook for holidays and special occasions that is delicious and still plant-based and no oil?' Her satisfying and innovative recipes here will make each holiday and special occasion absolutely memorable." --Caldwell B. Esselstyn, Jr., M.D. and Ann Crile Esselstyn, author of Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease "Lindsay continues to hit it out of the plant-strong park with her latest edition of delicious, party happy, Happy Herbivore recipes." --Rip Esselstyn, New York Times bestselling author of My Beef with Meat "Lindsay Nixon and I had similar childhoods ... we both came from families where food was the focus of every celebration. Lindsay brings all that love and every joyful memory with her into this, her latest cookbook, Happy Herbivore Holidays and Gatherings, and better yet, she does it with delicious, healthy plant based meals that we can all embrace." --Del Sroufe, author of Better Than Vegan and Forks Over Knives--The Cookbook

About the Author

Lindsay S. Nixon is the bestselling author of the Happy Herbivore cookbook series: "The Happy Herbivore Cookbook," "Everyday Happy Herbivore," and "Happy Herbivore Abroad." As of September 2012, Nixon has sold more than 150,000 cookbooks. Nixon has been featured on "Dr. Oz" and TheFoodNetwork.com, and she has spoken at Google. Her recipes have also been featured in "The New York Times," "VegNews," "Vegetarian Times," "Women's Health," Oprah.com, Bethenny.com, Fitness.com, Bust.com, WebMD.com, Shape.com, among many others. A rising star in the culinary world, Nixon is praised for her ability to use everyday ingredients to create healthy, low-fat recipes that taste just as delicious as they are nutritious. Learn more about Nixon and try some of her recipes on her award-winning site HappyHerbivore.com.

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Another fantastic recipe book from Lindsay Nixon. Her recipes are always so delicious, so quick, and so healthy. She takes the thinking out of it for you if you are trying to eat right and stay slim, whether you are vegan or not. Don't think this is just for special occasions either - a lot of the recipes have already become regulars with us, especially those for sides and quick desserts.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Blue in Washington TOP 500 REVIEWERTOP 1000 REVIEWER on 28 Nov. 2014
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A friend gave us this book because we're committed vegetarians. I understand that the author is beloved by millions and has a lot of well-used cookbooks in print, but with this book of non-meat, non-fish dishes, she is probably considerably out of her element. There just isn't very much that's new or interesting in "Happy Herbivore..." At best, this is a kind of gentle introduction to vegetarian possibilities without bringing much that is new to the table.

And to be honest, British chef Yotam Ottolenghi's recent books--"Plenty", "Jerusalem", "Plenty More", and "Ottolenghi" have kind of blown away the competition in the field. They have made grains, herbs, spices, vegetables, dairy and fruits really exciting, and offer very satisfying, mouth-watering permanent replacements for meat dishes.

One last observation, the use of the word "herbivore" in the title of the book (probably suggested by Nixon's publisher), is more correctly used to describe animals that graze on grass. Vegetarians these days have a lot of wonderful options that cover a wide spectrum of food elements. In our house, we rarely munch on grass only.
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Totally lived up to expectation. Easy quick recipes and tasty too.
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
Another lovely HH book -- and just in time for the holidays! 23 Oct. 2014
By Leanne - Published on Amazon.com
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I have one other Happy Herbivore cookbook, and love how Lindsay Nixon puts together tasty, healthy vegan recipes that rely on whole foods, instead of processed ingredients. I pre-ordered this new holiday book back in May of this year -- and was so excited to have it arrive today! I've only made one recipe so far, so I will be sure to update my review as I use this more.

One of the reasons I was so excited about this book is because it really does solve the dilemma of what you can make/bring to holiday gatherings when you're a vegan. While a lot of vegan cookbooks do have great recipes that work well for holiday gatherings, it's nice to have so many recipes in one place -- and to especially have easy access to traditional holiday fare like pumpkin pie, cheesecake, sweet potato casseroles, and various dips.

Just be warned that there are a lot of repeat recipes from other HH books. This doesn't bother me since I only own Happy Herbivore Light & Lean: Over 150 Low-Calorie Recipes with Workout Plans for Looking and Feeling Great, but if you own more HH books, you might be disappointed in the number of repeats. I'd say that maybe 1/8 of the recipes are from previous HH books. (The repeats are noted in the headnote to each recipe.)

The book is divided up by holiday:

* Thanksgiving
* Winter Holidays
* New Year's Eve
* New Year's Day
* Tailgating and Appetizing Parties
* Romantic Occasions
* Brunch
* Breakfast in Bed
* Easter and Passover
* Picnics, Barbecues, and Outdoor Parties
* Kid-Approved Parties
* Large (and Mixed) Crowd Entertaining: Party Bars
* Homemade Broths, Sauces, Seasonings, and More

At the start of each main chapter, there is a Menu bar, where the recipes in that chapter are listed and grouped together by the type of dish (i.e., main dish, sides, drinks, desserts). To be honest, I'm not all that thrilled with this layout since it makes finding individual recipes more of a challenge. It would have been nice if the editors had included a master Table of Contents at the front of the book that included all the recipes at a glance. Instead, you have to skim through the chapters or use the Recipe Index at the back of the book (which lists the recipes not by type, but rather by their name) or the Full Index at the back (which lists the recipes under categories like main dishes, etc.). This is a small quibble, but it doesn't make the book as user-friendly as the other cookbooks I own.

The layout of this is also a bit different, but it's still lovely to look at. Rather than include one recipe per page (which _HH Light and Lean_ does), this new cookbook usually has two recipes per page, so the print it a bit smaller. (This isn't a bother for me, but I know that some cookbook readers needs larger print.)

A color photo is not included for every single recipe, but there are a lot of color photographs, which I appreciate since seeing photos of the food always inspires me to make the recipes.

Each recipe also contains the following nutritional information: calories, grams of fat, grams of fiber, grams of sugar, and grams of protein.

The recipes themselves look fantastic! They include not just typical holiday fare like various vegan cheesecakes and cheeseballs, but also things like chocolate truffles, portobello pot roast, and cream of broccoli soup.

As with previous Happy Herbivore books, the recipes all use simple, easy-to-find ingredients. I don't live near a Whole Foods grocery store, and, after reading through all the recipes tonight, was happy to see that I'll be able to find all the ingredients I'll need at my local grocery stores.

Overall, I'm really excited about this cookbook, and know that I will get a lot of use out of it this coming holiday season, as well as for many holiday seasons to come. Since moving to a vegan diet almost two years ago, I've compiled a small library of cookbooks, and I'm happy to add this one to it.

If you're interested in other whole-foods vegan cookbooks, I'd also highly recommend Let Them Eat Vegan!: 200 Deliciously Satisfying Plant-Powered Recipes for the Whole Family and The Oh She Glows Cookbook: Over 100 Vegan Recipes to Glow from the Inside Out, which are two of my most-used cookbooks. For raw vegan desserts, check out Rawsome Vegan Baking: An Un-cookbook for Raw, Gluten-Free, Vegan, Beautiful and Sinfully Sweet Cookies, Cakes, Bars & Cupcakes and Practically Raw Desserts: Flexible Recipes for All-Natural Sweets and Treats.
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Working Well For Us 25 Oct. 2014
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An excellent book if you are ok with no meat, no dairy and no oil and you want ideas on how to apply this way of cooking to any holiday or special event. Works especially well if you use the "Full Index"

You see my wife has medical issues and her doctor put her on this diet of NO meat, NO dairy, and absolutely NO OIL. I said I would do this with her to support. I had no idea what we were in for. The meat and dairy were challenging enough. But the no oil made it very, very hard. We took cooking classes this summer. The instructor always ended up using oil. When you ask how to make the recipe without oil the instructor looked at you like you were from another planet. We kept adjusting the recipes we would learn from class to not use oil and they all ended up tasting like cardboard. In desperation we kept looking and happened to stumble across Lindsay's cook books. Eureka! For us it was like we struck gold as none of Lindsay's recipes contain meat, dairy or oil.

The recipes are pretty easy to do and contain pretty normal ingredients. I thought we were doomed to a life of salad and raw veggies. With Lindsay's cook books we were able to have normal great tasting foods. Pancakes, muffins, meatball subs, burgers, fries, pizza, lasagna, spaghetti-ohs, chocolate chip cookies, chocolate cake, and brownies and yes great salads and veggie dishes. CAUTION: If you are new to cooking with plants, it can be challenging getting started. There was an adjustment period where we learned how to use rice, beans and veggies in great tasting meals. I must admit it was lot of hard work at first transitioning to no meat, no dairy and no oil, but well worth it.

For us the cost of her books has been well worth it. The thing I like most about "Happy Herbivore Holidays & Gatherings: Easy Plant-Based Recipes for Your Healthiest Celebrations and Special Occasions" is she shows you how to do holidays and special occasions. If you are new to this way of cooking like we are, it takes all the stress and guesswork out of preparing for a holiday or special event. Yes, I agree that there are repeat recipes from her other books. If you do have her other books the appendix is great as it references recipes from the other books for special occasions. One thing I do is use the "Full Index" at the back of the book to search for a specific recipe or food category. I was looking for homemade ketchup and found on the same page (79) a recipe for a plant-based healthy version of McDonald's famous special sauce. By looking for a recipe in the "Full Index" you are able to go to the page in the book and see it in context to an occasion. By seeing the recipe in context to the occasion you are able to get other ideas and see other options.

Lindsay's books have been great for us as we embarked on this food journey. We are able to have great tasting food without any of the meat, dairy or oil. And now we know how to create a great meal for any holiday or special event.
38 of 44 people found the following review helpful
This is an anthology of popular favorites and a few new recipes organized by section and labeled by theme. 26 Oct. 2014
By Phoray - Published on Amazon.com
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Sorry, Lindsay. I'm a big fan. I'll make it up by giving 4 or 5 star reviews to your other books.

Lindsay's other books have pros and cons, but I have them on my kindle, and a few hard copy. I highly recommend her HH Abroad book. But I cannot recommend this book to those who already have her other books or have been vegan a while.

I was so excited to receive the book in the mail. I open the package and there is damage in the corner (not Lindsey's fault, just wanted to mention it.)

Then I open it and start flipping. And I become crestfallen. See, I only purchased this book because what I thought it would have is a "How to cook a ton of HH recipes for big events in the most efficient time possible" LIST plus the associated recipes. Similar to what she posted last year on her blog, where, step by step, she helped you make a Thanksgiving feast in like 3 hours. I suppose a more accurate description of what I thought the book would be was 10 feasts for various occasions with a Grocery shopping and Prep List.

This is not that. So, right off the bat, disappointed. But that was just my bad assumption from the description of the book. Still not Lindsay's fault that I misconstrued.

Still, I was upset. I considered gifting it to someone. But then I was like, wait! There should be like, a bazillion new recipes of awesome in here. So I crack it open again to Thanksgiving.

Okay, umm... A lot of these recipes sound familiar...that one is a downright repeat...so is that one... OMG. 50% of the first section is a repeat/copy from her previous books.

Then the next section...same issue....and the next section, again.... At this point, I become downright irritated and pull out a notebook so I can start counting new vs repeat.

Out of 15 sections, I omitted three entirely as negligible to consider for grading: Broths and Sauce, the Party Plan section that just helps you to pick what you could make en mass among recipes inside the book, and the Get Well section (which is sort of a section in a section.)

That leaves 12 sections. There is roughly, as far as I can tell, about 120 recipes in the book. It's difficult to tell, because she references in one section to recipes in previous sections as you go forward (Example, deviled "eggs" is listed in two-three different sections.) And then the Index includes pre made items-which I'll speak of in a moment. Then I did some math, and 51% of all the recipes are an outright repeat (or so simple it's a "duh") from previous books. And those are the ones I -recognized.- There are other ones that sounded simply familiar and I was unsure of, and didn't include in that 51%.

Now. About that "pre made" comment. I will state up front that this theme does NOT take up a significant portion of the book. But there is a box of suggested appetizers in one section (may even be the only section that does it) that involves simply this: go to the store, buy lots of flavors of gourmet hummus, and serve that.----What? A cookbook just told me to go BUY a pre-made product and serve that??

Appearance: It is one of her more colorful books. I like the pictures, don't notice anything 1980 about it. Like the color coded pages.

In the end, I feel I could only recommend this book to people who feel super super nervous about their first year or two of serving or bringing vegan meals to large events or celebrations AND who own two or less of her previous cookbooks.

It's a mixed bag on whether or not I'll return it or gift it or keep it. I'm also annoyed that my pre ordered price of $15.45 has been undercut by an Amazon sale; it's $3 cheaper at the writing of this review.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Highly recommended 30 Oct. 2014
By S. Thrasher - Published on Amazon.com
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I love all of the Happy Herbivore cookbooks and couldn't wait to get my hands on this one! I expected only Thanksgiving and Christmas recipes, but I was pleasantly surprised to see that multiple holidays and occasions are covered. There were also great tips for entertaining. I've only had my cookbook for about a week, so I've only tried two recipes so far. The BBQ sliders and spicy Thai slaw were absolutely delicious and both recipes took less than thirty minutes to pull together! I look forward to trying several recipes over the next several weeks. In true Lindsay style, ingredients and recipes are simple. Several recipes are noted as either quick or have instructions for making ahead. Kudos to Lindsay! Keep the books coming. I see "Another Everyday Happy Herbivore" cookbook in your future. 😉
30 of 37 people found the following review helpful
A good concept but it could use refinement 24 Oct. 2014
By Megoola - Published on Amazon.com
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Eating plant-based can feel like a lonely thing. Many of the cook books I have purchased scale the recipes to one or two...almost implying that I can't convince more than one other person to forego meat, dairy and oil with me. I was looking forward to a plant-based book for people who want to eat together.

The back cover says it has menus, which was a selling point for me because I would love to see Celebration for x occasion, serves 6. The menus recommend dishes to serve for an occasion but the recipes themselves are all scaled differently. For example, the brunch menu has Tofu scramble (2 servings) plus French toast (4 servings) or Fluffy Pancakes/Waffles (8 pieces so probably 4 servings). I would prefer to see things scaled similarly or suggest for 4 people start here...add x and y dish to extend to 6 and 8.

I like the color-coded pages which make it easy to stay within a certain theme. However the orange/yellow font in some sections makes it hard to read except under bright florescent kitchen lighting.

I cooked the spaghetti-ohs the same day I got the book. They are worth making.
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