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5.0 out of 5 stars Warning: this book could change your life!, 16 April 2002
This review is from: More Healing Foods: Over 100 Delicious Recipes to Inspire Health and Wellbeing (Paperback)
As a collector of cookbooks, I own many that have been flicked through plenty, but never cooked from. This is a book to cook from. The layout is quite different from the normal 'ingredients followed by method' formula, and it works really well! The ingredients accompany the method down the left hand side of the page, and the recipe is divided into stages. It is a layout that I can see being copied by other publishers, because it is so simple and easy to follow.
The photography in this book is beautiful; glossy pages and food-styling that isn't distracting combine to create a very persuasive image. Presentation is simple, not showy, and the food looks so appetising that it doesn't occur to you that it is vegan until you read the recipe. Did I forget to mention that? All the recipes are totally vegan, and based on whole, unrefined, unprocessed foods. The first section of the book explains why this is, based on the consensus of modern science. Focussing on the bits that everyone agrees (this is no crank diet, promising much and delivering little), for example that we should minimise our intake of animal protein, and avoid refined food such as white flour and sugar, the book is divided into types of foods, so that it easy to combine dishes to create a balanced meal. Even if you cannot give up your weekly steak (and I am with you, if that is the case) then the vegetable dishes and salads that can be found in this book are so delicious that it is easy to include them, even if you are not looking to radically change your diet. The author's love of food comes through the pages clearly, and this is no poor substitute for good eating. There are curries and other spicy dishes, and dips and sauces that could be used to great effect at a BBQ. The dessert section makes good use of fresh and dried fruit to replace white sugar, and sounds every bit as appetising as a victoria sponge with cream and jam! Every recipe sounds delicious and the fact that your body benefits is a bonus.
A great book for people who have not cooked without meat before, or those who thought they weren't too keen on vegetables, and a brilliant book for anyone who wants to learn more about the different techniques used in vegan cookery.
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