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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Da Capo Lifelong Books (27 Feb. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0738217042
  • ISBN-13: 978-0738217048
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 18.4 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 121,766 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Mayim Hoya Bialik is best known for her lead role as Blossom Russo in the 1990s television sitcom Blossom and her role as Amy Farrah Fowler on The Big Bang Theory. She earned a BS and a PhD in Neuroscience from UCLA. Mayim lives in Los Angeles with her two sons: Miles, born in 2005, and Frederick, born at home (unassisted until the final push) in 2008. She writes regularly for and is the spokesperson for the Holistic Moms Network. She has recently published Mayim's Vegan Table: More than 100 Great-Tasting and Healthy Recipes from My Family to Yours. Visit her at

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Forward, "5 Books to Munch on in 2013," 1/4/13"It was only a matter of time before the world's most high-profile kosher vegan turned to cookbook authorship, and so it is that Blossom's recipes will grace bookstores this year.", 2/3/14 "Mayim's Vegan Table...isn't your run-of-the-mill book of recipes. It's also a perspective-shifting manual for people looking to eat a more plant-based diet in the interest of health and eco-friendliness.", 2/10/14 "Includes a handy, helpful list of ingredients and gadgets that make whipping up vegan meals a breeze." Jewish Business News, 2/13/14 "Bialik displays her in-depth knowledge of Veganism, providing in-depth, but understandable explanations of how to lead a vegan lifestyle from her own personal experience as a vegan, going back close to twenty years as well as bringing up her two sons as vegans also.", The Jew and the Carrot blog, 2/18/2014 "While this book isn't going to have foodies rapturously tweeting about its mouth-watering recipes, it could just get your kids to eat more veggies, which, I can imagine, in some circles of exasperated parents, might be just the kind of cookbook one is looking for." The Weiser Kitchen, 2/18/2014 "Always family-forward and always easy, this book is a wonderful resource for any vegan kitchen and well beyond...A well-written, well-researched, and honest book." PETA UK, 2/19/2014 "Packed full of healthy, plant-based recipes to feed your family!", 2/25/2014 "This book is perfect for those who are looking for inexpensive, healthy meals to feed the whole family." Waterloo Chronicle, 2/26/14 "Along with sharing more than 100 easy plant-based recipes, from Mediterranean and Asian-inspired salads to comfort foods like kugel and matzoh ball soup, [Bialik] also offers tips and strategies for easy meal planning, while debunking myths and misconceptions about raising vegan kids." Groupon Blog, 3/4/14 "Shares tips on adopting healthier eating habits, and a slew of recipes...Filled with such useful, practical information that could help people live happier, healthier lives.", 3/6/14 "This family-friendly recipe pub is packed with convenient, delicious and nutritious meals to please even the pickiest palate...It also contains a comprehensive intro, addressing anticipated queries from potential purchasers. From combating the money myth--the misconception that eating vegan will somehow cost more than eating meat, dairy and eggs--to how to stock your pantry, from tips to e kids onboard (with the aforementioned dishes, we can't imagine it's too tough...) to what tools and appliances would be best to invest in, Bialik and her co-author, Dr. Jay Gordon, make it turnkey." Philadelphia Daily News, 3/6/14 "Written in a warm, easygoing, earth-mother style, the book addresses readers curious about vegan eating--for themselves but, also, maybe, for their kids...There's a lot of creative fun in the collection, as well as no-nonsense staples like potato salad, tomato soup, tacos and falafel.", 3/1/14 "Our new favorite cookbook...We'll just sum it up with one word: Yum...Intensely flavorful, healthy recipes." Star, 3/24/14 "Bialik is hitting the food scene with a Big Bang! The actress has blossomed into quite the writer." VegNews "15 Most Anticipated Vegan Cookbooks of 2014," March 2014, 3/3/14 "Mayim's Vegan Table was everything I expected and more: The PhD and mom is providing affordable, family-tested vegan recipes to parents everywhere who want to put healthy food on the table each night. Full of nutrition tips and practical advice...[with] comfort-food-style recipes." Milwaukee Shepherd Express, 3/14/14 "Highlights options that are better and tastier than many might expect.", 3/9/14 "Bialik has blossomed into a helluva great vegan cook...[She] shows busy parents how to raise even the pickiest children with healthy eating habits.", 3/11/14 "Although not specifically a kosher cookbook, this is absolutely a kosher cookbook. Every recipe can be prepared kosher...Learn what a plant-based pantry should look like, and which kitchen gadgets are essential. Yes, after reading this book, and trying the recipes, you may be tempted to go vegan!" InfoDad, 3/13/14 "Offers some interesting and healthful recipes that families committed to vegan foods will enjoy trying." Library Journal, 3/15/14 "Many readers will enjoy these easy, family-friendly recipes." Portland Oregonian, 3/18/14 "Bialik debunks plenty of myths about the challenges of getting children to eat healthy meals, and shows how vegan cooking doesn't have to be time-consuming or expensive...These are accessible, easy recipes featuring everyday ingredients that most home cooks already have on hand." Chicago Tribune, 3/28/14 "Stocked with recipes for everything from mac and cheese to baked ziti to Israeli salad. All sans meat. All sans dairy." Huffington Post, 3/26/14 "Presents meals crafted with nutrition in mind...The information you need to provide your family with tantalizing plant-based recipes that are sure to please everyone at the table." Na'amat Woman, Spring 2014 "Plenty of nutritional advice is offered." Vegan Lifestyle Magazine, March 2014 "A vast amount of meal ideas with focus on the vegan family...Delightful and entertaining.", 3/22/14 "Organized, concise and approachable and manages to avoid getting preachy...This is a refreshing, realistic approach that I think most families can appreciate and introduce into their lifestyle, even in small ways...A good family, vegan cookbook for beginners. It is a well-organized, no nonsense cookbook which has a variety of recipes that will satisfy everyone's taste buds from kids to adults.", 3/26/14 "While you may not be ready to go completely plant-based at home, you will definitely want to try some of the recipes in this cookbook." Vegetarian Times, May/June 2014 "Tasty recipes...All of [Bialik's] influences, past and present, are reflected in her new cookbook." Natural Jewish Parenting blog, 3/31/14 "Mayim makes a compelling case for eating a vegan diet and raising kids that way. Her book offers not only a really nice variety of very real-life recipes, but also a wealth of information about vegan nutrition and alternatives to more conventional (animal-based) foods. But vegan philosophy or not, her book is at heart a cookbook filled with ideas for healthy things to feed your family. Everyone can find lots of new ideas here that their kids would eat and enjoy. And if you are looking for a vegan cookbook because you're vegan, too, this is a great choice." Portland Book Review, 4/9/2014 "Provides useful information on stocking your vegan pantry...The recipes and recipe instructions are very good. The recipe layout is excellent, mostly a single page (or facing pages) for each recipe. Head notes are nice and so are the many kitchen tips and sidebars." FARM blog, 4/3/2014 "Mayim's Vegan Table isn't just another vegan cookbook that will acquire dust and end up in the back of your cupboard. It's one that's sure to become a permanent fixture on your kitchen counter, quickly collecting food stains on the pages of your favorite recipes...This cookbook gets back to basics by keeping the recipes simple with minimal steps and easy to find ingredients...Offers a wide variety of dishes perfect for all occasions...Also provides the reader with lots of additional helpful information such as, kitchen basics, easy meal tips, what items to keep stocked, and important plant-based nutritional information...The reader simply needs to create a few of Mayim's dishes to quickly learn for oneself what a joy vegan eating can be." Mother Nature Network, 4/22/2014 "Bialik includes nutritional information, tips for stocking a vegan kitchen, and compelling health, environmental and ethical reasons for going vegan, plus lots of mouth-watering photographs." A.V. Club (The Onion), 4/25/2014 "The recipes are totally makeable." San Francisco Book Review, 4/28/14 "The recipes are nicely organized and instructions are clear...The index is extensive, and the beginning chapters will be wonderful for anyone who is interested in a vegan diet but not sure where to start. There are so many delicious-sounding recipes in here; this cookbook is a treat for anyone!", 5/1/14 "With a simple layout and quick recipes, the book would make a welcome addition on the cookbook shelf for a home cook just getting into vegan cooking. For veteran vegan cooks, she offers ways to spice up the family menu. As an active vegan mother, her home menus are both surprisingly down to Earth and quick to prepare." Green Book Festival, 2014 Runner-Up, Cookbooks Category, 5/6/14 "Carnivores need not fear: Mayim's Vegan Table is fit for every eater. Bialik does an excellent job of convincing readers that the foods that are good for us can taste good, too." Clean Eating, June 2014 "The book debunks the myths about raising vegan children and offers a medical perspective that will give parents added food for thought...You'll find no shortage of scrumptious family recipes." The Vegetarian, June 2014 "Offers the reader a chance to learn how to create a variety of dishes for a balanced plant-based diet. The recipes are quite diverse, including vegan versions of traditional Jewish dishes...A good book for someone new to the vegan diet." Yoga Journal, 4/28/14 "A family-friendly guide to getting your kids to eat their veggies." Hadassah, 5/19/14 "A friendly introduction to the vegan lifestyle and seems particularly geared toward parents with young, picky eaters and little time to cook. Even if you're a committed omnivore, it's hard to argue that adding more plant-based foods to our menus is anything but a positive...Bialik offers a range of herbed and spiced dishes that will satisfy and make you feel good about your eating." Asbury Park Press, 5/25/14 "The book is filled with user-friendly recipes that aren't overly complicated, with ingredients most home chefs would likely have in their pantry or that would be easily obtained at a neighborhood supermarket.", 3/3 "A cookbook that is certain to tempt your taste buds." The Advocate, 7/7/14 "Will be a hit with fans of The Big Bang Theory but it should be checked out by anyone who likes eating good, plant-based dishes...[Bialik] debunks the myths about raising kids on a plant-based diet, offers basic nutritional information that's hard to find, and (also a rarity) includes a modern twist on some classic Jewish recipes." Portland Press Herald, 7/16/14 "This celebrity mom covers the environmental, ethical and nutritional reasons for switching to a vegan diet and then offers practical tips for getting meals on the table." PETA's Animal Times,Issue 2, 2014 "Offers busy parents practical and down-to-Earth advice on dishing up tasty and healthful vegan foods that the whole family will love. Whether you're already vegan or just starting down the path, Mayim's easy, family-friendly recipes...will make mealtime a breeze." Natural Solutions, September 2014 "Do you define yourself as a busy parent? If so, then Mayim's Vegan Table is the perfect cookbook...Show[s] busy parents how to raise even the pickiest children with healthy eating habits.", 12/8/14 "Shows busy parents how to raise even the pickiest children with healthy eating habits...Gives families the foundation they need for balanced, delicious meals."

About the Author

Mayim Hoya Bialik, Ph.D, CLEC is best known for her lead role in the 1990s NBC sitcom Blossom, as well as for her portrayal of the young Bette Midler in Beaches. She is currently a co-star on CBS' The Big Bang Theory. Bialik received a Ph.D. in Neuroscience in 2007 from UCLA, specializing in Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder in adolescents with Prader-Willi syndrome. She is the celebrity spokesperson for the Holistic Moms Network. She is the co-founder and chair of youth branch of the Jewish Free Loan Association, and is devoted to a lifestyle of attachment parenting, homeschooling, vegan cooking, and Jewish text study. She lives in Los Angeles with her two sons. Jay Gordon, MD, FAAP, IBCLC is a pediatrician and teaching and attending faculty member at UCLA's Medical School. Dr. Gordon did his Senior Fellowship in Pediatric Nutrition at Sloan-Kettering Institute in New York City. In addition to treating patients in his busy practice in Santa Monica, he participates in the training of medical students and residents, lectures all over the world, writes books, and writes a monthly column for Fit Pregnancy magazine. He has contributed to New York Parent, Parenting magazine, and has been quoted in the LA Times, New York Times, and the London Times. Dr. Gordon served as CBS TV's Medical Consultant for Children's programming. He lives in Southern California.

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I have to admit that I'm a massive fan of Mayim's acting work (especially in Big Bang Theory) so I'm probably a bit biased, but I do like this book. The section about healthy eating is not really something I appreciate (I already bought a vegan cookbook, I don't need to be told why vegan food is good for me and the planet!) but at least it's not patronising and I found bits of it quite interesting (though bits of it were rather over-dramatic, to my mind).

The recipes themselves are obviously the major focus of a cookbook, and this book doesn't disappoint! The recipes are easy to follow, feature simple, easy to find ingredients and in some cases are quite unusual. I look forward to trying the French Toast recipe as I'm a big fan of the non-vegan version. It's a shame that there are comparatively few pictures, but the pictures that are included are well taken, well labelled, fairly large and glossy, so I'm not going to complain too much!

I think that I'll get a lot of use out of this book, and I'm pleased that I purchased it.
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I was aware before I purchased this book that it was a beginners vegan book but I wanted to read it because I'm a big fan of Mayim's. I knew that I would probably know most of the recipes (and I do) so I'm not going to criticise the book for being basic (although I will say you can find pretty much all of these recipes for free on the internet) but I was disappointed that it is rather dull. None of Mayim's personality shines through, in fact in some parts of the book I'm confused as to who is writing (the book is co authored with a Dr Jay Gordon.) The first few chapters are clearly written by him but there's no indication of when he stops and Mayim takes over. I found his part of the book condescending to the extreme. He assumes that everyone reading this book is fat and unhealthy and desperate to change their diet ( I always thought the whole point of veganism was compassion to animals.)Yes there are health benefits to a vegan diet but vegan doesn't automatically mean healthy, you can live on a diet of chips and Oreos and be vegan. Instead of providing me with healthy recipes I get a recipe for a grilled cheese sandwich using shop bought Soy cheese (this seriously takes a whole page). Healthy much? Also, I found his writing style similar to that of a teenager, not a health professional.
I was also disappointed there is no nutritional information included. Not essential I know but I believe a book trying to promote a healthier lifestyle should include this.

The recipes are the usual fare you'd expect to find in a basic cookbook, smoothies, veggie burgers, salads, pasta, kale chips etc all good things. Egg replacer powder is used in abundance here, I'm not a fan and don't use it.
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I was very happy with the way of learning the right way to incorporate fruit and vegetables into every meal and the way they want to educate people and there children about food and how easy it is to slowly help children learn what the reality of processed food has on them. Great recipes and a wake up call of how bad my diet has become after reading this you want to get healthier.
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I tried already a few recepies. They are quick to cook without the need to have first bought new ingredience for another 100$ and they are delicious! The approach not to lecture but to inform is so refreshing when you consider other vegan cokbooks which do not want to allow any other diet than vegan.
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It was an amazing book. The writing was friendly and the recipes easy to carry out. I would definitely recommend it to everyone.
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Very good. Obviously aimed at the American market ( I had to google a few of the ingredients). I did like the beginning where it explained the nutritional stuff about the food! he recipes are fairly easy and tasty. Have been using it regularly since it arrived!
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Haven't cooked anything as yet. Some lovely recipes though which look easy for someone like me to follow who isn't a very good cook.
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