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5.0 out of 5 stars Re : Review below “too much reliance on faux meat and cheese” by Mrs M. White, 12 Feb 2014
This review is from: Mouthwatering Vegan (Paperback)
I very rarely intervene in any issues concerning my wife’s work, as quite obviously I am unlikely to have an impartial opinion. However, in this instance, in my role as manuscript editor of Mouthwatering Vegan, and given that the review I am commenting on relates to black and white statistical facts, I feel fully within my rights to put the record straight, as this is a totally unfair review.

Mrs M White’s review is basically misleading and completely incorrect, stating that ‘Almost all of the recipes in this book rely heavily on vegan meat and cheese substitutes, including TVP and packaged vegan hamburgers’.

So, to disprove the reviewer, I have had a quick look through the book, and here is an extensive list of recipes without faux meat or faux cheese – and there are others :

Appetizers & Sides :
Pg 43 Zesty Cauliflower Salad, Pg 38 Forever Giardiniera (Sandwich Filler), Pg 36 Winner Cornbread, Pg 35 Tomato'd Mediterranean Bread, Pg 31 Pecan & Cognac Pate, Pg 29 Bigilla (Maltese Bean Dip), Pg 28 Moroccan Eggplant Dip, Pg 28 Spicy Greek & Indian Pinto Bean Dip

Soups & Salads :
Pg 66 Stuffed Ice Berg Parcels, Pg 65 Cherry Tomato, Chickpea & Orange Pepper Salad, Pg 62 Cherry Tomato Soup, Pg 60 Best Ever Winter Soup, Pg 58 Cream of Leek, Zucchini and Parsley Soup, Pg 59 Home Sweet Home Soup, Pg 56 Cream of Porcini and Mushroom Soup, Pg 49 Carrot & Apricot Soup, & many, many more soups, Pg 69 Middle Eastern Salad

Pasta, Pizza & Burgers, etc :
Pg 76 A variation of Pestos (for which you needn't to add cheese of any sort), Pg 86 Nutty Ragu Bolognese, Pg 87 Spaghetti with Spinach & Mushrooms, Pg 94 Nutty Spinach, Zucchini & Pesto Lasagna, Pg 96 State-of-the-Art Lasagna, Pg 103 Stir Fried Veggies with Cashews & Noodles, Pg 108 Yummy Curried Potato Burgers, Pg 110 Nutty Red Kidney Bean & Quinoa Burgers, Pg 116 Mediterranean Quinoa Burgers, and many more - all ‘cheese’ and faux meat free.

Curries :
Pg 124 Eggplant, Chickpea, Potato & Coconut Curry, Pg 138 Lentil & Spinach Tandoori Masala, Pg 136 Sweet Potato Fushion Curry, Pg 134 Roasted Eggplant, Mango & Coconut Curry, Pg 129 Orange & Chocolate Knock Out Curry (with pumpkin), Pg 128 Potato, Pea and Spinach Curry, Pg 141 Fruit & Veg Curry Pie

Mains :
Pg 190 Mushroom & Walnut Loaf, pg 188 Golden Festive Loaf (rice based dish which tastes great with or without the cheese), Pg 177 Baked Stuffed Green Peppers with Sweet Potatoes, Pg 174 Eggplant Parcels, Pg 170 Exotic Stuffed Artichokes, Pg 162 Spicy Rice & Quinoa Bake, Pg 154 Sundried Tomato, Bean & Pasta Stew, Pg 153 Greek Garlic Bean Stew

Desserts, Cakes and Treats :
Pg 203 Chocolate, Fruit & Nut Balls, Pg 204 Cookies, Pg 208 Date & Fig Bars, Pg 210 Blood Orange & Strawberry Sorbet, Pg 214 Crème Caramel, 234 Pineapple and Prune Upside Down Cake, Pg 237 Double Chocolate & Coke Cake, Pg 226 Ruby Red Strawberry Crumble, Pg 220 Xmas Pudding, Pg 222 Chocolate, Kahlua & Trifle, Pg 218 Summer Pudding, and about another 10 desserts – cheesecakes, muffins, cakes, etc

Plus all the amazing juices from Sunblast Cell Rejuvenator to Blood Purifier - all these healthy choices recipes plus lots of pictures

My word, it sounds like you picked another vegan book and mistook it for Miriam Sorrell's book. It doesn't tally in any way with the contents of Mouthwatering Vegan.

Seriously, for a vegan woman who doesn't consume vegan cheese or faux meat, there is plenty, plenty to choose from. What a harsh post you put - to say you won't use the book because of the cheese and faux meat is really unfair, and really unjust.

Yes, there is a reason that this author has glowing reviews, her recipes are used in restaurants worldwide, vegan cafes, and many, many homes, and they have helped to convert many a vegetarian and omnivore to veganism.

There are some faux meat recipes, and also some using vegan cheese, but if you don't eat vegan cheese, simple leave it out. If you don't eat faux meat, we all know, as vegans, that you can use any grain that takes your fancy - from lentils to nuts (and all legumes in between) – so come on, you have not thought your review through on any firm ground.

On first impression, it seems you visited this page to try and damage the author in some way !
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