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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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  • 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: 32,814 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.", 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 cookboo...

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
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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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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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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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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 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
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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.
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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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3.0 out of 5 stars A bit disappointed..... 21 Mar 2014
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I really like Mayim and had high hopes for this book. However, I was disappointed to find that so many of her recipes rely on vegan cheese and she constantly recommends Daiya which I think is awful tasting. Making a vegan mac and cheese by simply replacing dairy cheese with Daiya is a bit of a letdown. Other vegan chefs have nice "cheesy" dishes without relying on fake cheeses. I think using fake stuff is a bit of a copout.
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