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Mayim Bialik
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Book Description

27 Feb 2014
This is a plant-based family cookbook written by actress, neuroscientist, author (Beyond the Sling), Emmy nominee, and mom to two vegan kids, with nutritional information and advice from a pediatrician and nutritionist. Many of us know the struggles and challenges of raising kids to be healthy eaters when the outside world presents all sorts of conflicting messages. Mayim Bialik has teamed up with Dr. Jay Gordon to help parents face those challenges head on. Anyone interested in eating nutritious, delicious meals (believe it or not, your kid will eat greens-just try a fruit-sweetened green smoothie) will benefit from their advice. From dispelling myths about a vegan diet, to tackling the "given" food guidelines, Mayim and Dr. Jay outline how your family can eat healthier. But don't mistake this for a dry diatribe; both Mayim and Dr. Jay know what it's like to be a busy parent with no time to spend hours in the kitchen. The bulk of this lively book is comprised of 125 fuss-free recipes that will please everyone from the pickiest eaters to savvy adult palates. This is a comprehensive guide to help parents to set the foundation for a well-balanced, healthy lifestyle-one that's about food that is as good for you as it is delicious. Mayim's Vegan Table offers: key information about kids' nutrition and developmental stages; common myths and misperceptions about raising kids on a plant-based diet, debunked; vegan family essentials (including a pantry list); tips and strategies for dealing with things like birthday parties and eating out; kid-tested dishes that'll please even the pickiest eaters; and 125 recipes for breakfasts, snacks, lunches, dinners, and desserts, featuring favorite easy meals (taco salad, mac-n-cheese) to dishes that parents will love (Mediterranean and Asian inspired salads).

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Product details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Da Capo Lifelong Books (27 Feb 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0738217042
  • ISBN-13: 978-0738217048
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 18.5 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 131,749 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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."

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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Keeps what it promises 27 Feb 2014
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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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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 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Really great book! 3 April 2014
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Book! 4 Feb 2014
By Amanda - Published on
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I purchased this book because I am a fan of Mayim Bialik, and was interested in learning about vegan cooking. There are a lot of really convenient and simple recipes in the book, as well as some more difficult ones. She acknowledges that a full commitment to vegan life-style isn't realistic for most people. In turn, she provides some evidence of how vegan eating can benefit you. She also gives some vegan recipes that dedicated carnivores would enjoy. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in becoming a vegan or just looking to add a few vegan meals to their diet.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good cookbook, well written, and the recipes I've tried so far are delicious 14 Feb 2014
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I really like this cookbook. I was a little disappointed in it when it arrived, but I've taken the time to explore it and find that I like it more every day. However, it's not perfect.

This cookbook offers a good mixture of vegan recipes and nutrition basics that will be helpful to those new to the vegan lifestyle, especially parents that want to incorporate this type of eating into family meals. I have sampled several recipes that turned out very well, but not all of the recipes appeal to me. One recipe appears to be missing an ingredient. Accidents happen!

Why go vegan? The authors provide basics on environmental issues and ethics behind vegan choices, without being pushy. I like that and I think it will help non-vegans become more curious without being pushed away. I also appreciate the casual and friendly approach that is conveyed throughout the book. It felt comfortable.

The recipes are good, but not necessarily new or exciting. Many of the recipes are for home-style comfort foods that will appeal to families. These include recipes such as enchilada casserole, chili, French toast, and plenty of yummy desserts. If that's the type of food your family eats, and most probably do, this cookbook will help provide healthier alternatives to traditional recipes.

I love cookbooks with photos, but I'm sorry to say that the photos in this book disappointed me. The style seems outdated and I think it makes the food look bland. If I were flipping through this book in a bookstore, I would probably put it back on the shelf. The internet is filled with avid food bloggers that have mastered perfect food photography. I'm sure that not everyone will agree with me, but I'm a nut for good food photography and I felt this one was lacking. I'm sorry!

That said, the recipes that I tried turned out very well and were delicious. For my personal use, some of the better recipes in this book include smoothies, energy bars, granola, and Vietnamese banh mi. I tried several recipes, and will share my experiences with a few of them.

The first recipe that I tried was the Outrageous Granola. It included oats, nuts, dried fruit, and was flavored with vanilla, cinnamon, brown sugar, and maple syrup. It tasted as good as it sounds! It was easy to prepare and it turned out well. This was my first attempt making granola, and this recipe made it easy. My granddaughter also loved it, especially since she could help make it.

I also tried the Maple Mustard Greens. I'm always looking for a way to make me love kale, so I was anxious to try this. The dish also includes Swiss chard, which I love, and collard greens, which I have never tried. The recipe includes a full half cup of mustard, but it only serves 4 people. That's two full measuring tablespoons of mustard in one serving, which I admit worried me. I combined the mustard, maple syrup, and other seasonings and decided to lightly drizzle part of it over the cooked greens. I'm glad I did because a little really went a long way. It was really very delicious! The bonus was that I still had mustard sauce left over to use another night, which I gladly did.

The Chocolate, Fruit, and Nut Clusters were absolutely delicious and disappeared quickly. They are too dangerous to make again!

Page 170 includes a recipe for Olive Walnut Bread. The title sounds delicious, however the recipe left out the walnuts in the ingredient list and the directions. Plain olive bread sounded okay, but probably wouldn't be nearly as much fun for the taste buds.

I am enjoying exploring the recipes and I do like this cookbook better now than I did when it arrived, so I would recommend giving it a chance. There are honestly not a lot of recipes in this cookbook that I will try because my personal preferences are different, but the ones that I am enjoying are definitely keepers.
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2.0 out of 5 stars expected more 8 Feb 2014
By ashleydawn - Published on
I was really looking forward to this book and I really, REALLY wanted to like it. But I am sad to say that I am quite disappointed with it. It is a great cook book for a beginner cook or someone new to veganism. But if you are looking for new exciting recipes this is not the book for you.
I am a vegan cookbook junkie so I have A LOT of vegan cookbooks and in Mayim's Vegan Table I didn't find anything that hadn't already been done. I don't need another recipe for taco salad, hummus, chili or fries. Seriously there is a recipe for fries(potatoes, oil, salt). I hate when cookbooks give "recipes" like that. I guess if you are VERY new to cooking its helpful. But I just found the book very uninventive. Another example the Sushi in a Bowl recipe is sushi rice, rice vinegar, avocado, sesame seeds, & nori. While I'm sure it doesn't taste bad its just very basic. I was hoping for more.

Also, I like cookbooks with lots of pictures. There are 8 pages in the middle of the cookbook with pics and that it.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Really Great book 12 Mar 2014
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I was interested in this book because I like Mayim Bialik as an actress, so I started it with some reservation about Vegan-ism. I have to say Mayim and Dr. Jay made me take a second look at my health, food sources, and menus. I think the book is informative without being pushy like some Vegans can be. After reading this book I am seriously considering a plant based life from here on out. It shows that you can live this way and still find joy in food without feeling deprived. All I can say is good work and what a way to put together something that most would think is hard to live. You make it seem so easy and simple. I loved the book and feel better for reading it and even if I don't become a Vegan I will definitely change the way I eat and put more plants based foods in my diet and cut out things that are not so good for my body and health. Thanks Mayim and Dr. Jay
10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Mayim's Vegan Table 10 Mar 2014
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The book is well-organized and presents basic information on the vegan diet along with a good cross-section of recipes in a user friendly way to encourage exploration. I appreciated the non-technical approach geared to demystify and create a painless way to ease into what, for some people, could be a major change in eating habits. The group of recipes is broad and basic - not at all intimidating. It appears the authors' goal is for the book to provide a good starting point.

The problem is that the editing is sloppy, so the inexperienced cook may be less able to fill in the sometimes missing instructions or ingredients and may become discouraged, undermining investigation. Confusion and frustration may occur because ingredients are sometimes referred to by inconsistent names - called one thing and then another.

And, instructions sometimes ignore things mentioned in the ingredient list or include items not mentioned.
Example -- bread crumbs are noted as an optional item in the list of ingredients for the macaroni and cheese dish but the instructions ignore when/hot to use them. It may be obvious to an experienced cook (sprinkle them on top of the dish or toast them in butter (margarine) and then sprinkle them over the pasta and I assume, bake? But the baking information was also missing from the recipe. An inexperienced cook might mix the bread crumbs into the cheese sauce which won't render the best result. Bottom line is there is no reason to frustrate or confuse the user.

Additionally, some recipes don't seem to consider cost. Outrageous Granola calls for 1 cup of maple syrup. The organic maple syrup I buy is about eight dollars per cup, so including all the other ingredients in the recipe, making a batch of granola will be pricey.

And, although not a major point, but why waste space within the book for French Onion Dip that uses vegan mayonnaise and vegan sour cream as a substitute for regular sour c cream while still using the usual envelope of Lipton French Onion soup mix? Most people can probably figure out a simple exchange of ingredients without help.

I did prepare the Potato Hash and the recipe worked out fine although I thought it needed more seasonings, but that will always be subjective - different palates and preferences. I included some pepper, a little salt and a dash of hot sauce - and I don't care for vegan chorizo so I substituted a different vegan sausage product. The basic recipe was easy to adjust to suit individual tastes.

Regarding the functionality of the book, it would have been nice if more of the dishes were pictured but almost one third of the recipes are photographed. The majority of the recipes are printed in what appears to be very dark green ink, which is quite readable and font size appears to be 10 point, but the brown ink used for the ingredient list is a bit more of a challenge to read from standing position with the book laying on a counter top, particularly when the font size appears to be reduced to 9 point.

The book is a paperback so it does not lay perfectly flat without some effort, and the paper quality is not great - a splash of liquid, even wiped up quickly warped the page so using a cookbook holder would be a good idea to protect it while using it when cooking.

There is a lot to like about the idea for the book, but editing problems in cookbooks are a more serious matter than problems like misspellings in a novel. A cookbook is an instruction book and the recipes need to be clear and accurate so the user does not potentially waste time and money. And, in this case it is particularly important when trying to encourage people to make a somewhat radical change of diet. If interested in the book it might be worth taking a look at it in a library or bookstore before purchase.
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