Virgin Vegan: The Meatless Guide to Pleasing Your Palate: The Meatless Guide to Pleasing Your Palate Hardcover – 7 Jan 2013
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There are many books on the market about the hows and whys of eating a vegan diet, and Linda Long, known in the meatless world for her food writing and photography, adds her own contribution. Virgin Vegan: The Meatless Guide to Pleasing Your Palate starts off with the usual staples of any book on veganism: reasons to go meat-free, what vegans eat, basic cooking methods, the low-down on nutrients like protein and vitamin B-12. She also includes useful tips for new vegans such as how to go about getting a vegan meal in a non-vegan restaurant, as well as a great list of additional resources. Where this book really shines, however, is in the recipes. Mashed Kabocha Squash with Toasted Coconut, Chef Adams' Linguine Bolognese, and more will have readers eager to head off to the farmers' market to pick up ingredients, while desserts like Pecan Pie (vegan, really!) and Jane's Mango Ice Cream Pops will satisfy the sweet tooth. The binding style of this cookbook detracts somewhat (you'll have to find a way to prop it open while you cook), as does the fact that many recipes will require you to turn the pages to complete, always an annoyance. Still, this book is bound to leave you with some exciting new ideas.
There are better books on the market for the new vegan, but definitely consider this one for the recipes included. --Holly Scudero"SanFrancisco BookReview.com" (02/08/2013)
From the Back Cover
Becoming vegan requires learning a whole new way of eating and thinking about food. This handy guide educates you on planning meals, ingredients and products, and making sure your nutritional needs are met. Linda Long uses humor and expertise to create user-friendly information, helpful hints, and tasty recipes.
WHAT DO VEGANS EAT? Foods that are vegan approved - fruits, vegetables, grains, nuts, seeds, and beans.
WHAT IS THIS STUFF? Introductions to vegan staples like tofu, tempeh, quinoa, and a host of leafy greens.
WHAT DO I DO WITH IT? Wonderful recipes such as Arugula Watermelon Salad, Salisbury Steak with Gravy, and Peanut Butter and Chocolate Velvet Pie.
HOW DO I FIND INFORMATION? Resource section of websites, blogs, and books.
WHO ELSE IS VEGAN AND WHY? Interviews with prominent vegans and links to video discussions.See all Product Description
Top Customer Reviews
I love cooking and have a huge collection of both vegetarian and 'normal' cookbooks. I've just switched to a vegan diet and was looking for some advice on vegan nutrition and some recipes to try. Sadly, in this case the nutritional information is beyond basic and there isn't a single recipe that makes me want to try it. Maybe I'll update this review if I ever change my mind on that... Unappetising photography and a high amount of 'meat substitute' type ingredients really put me off. If I'd got this from a shop, I would have taken it back for a refund.
I REALLY wanted to like this book, but definitely would say save your money and go elsewhere.