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The Happy Herbivore Cookbook: Over 175 Delicious Fat-Free and Low-Fat Vegan Recipes

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

16 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

Highly Recommend - Think vegan is too hard, new to it? GET THIS

Lindsay begins this book by making her intentions very clear: to show people a vegan diet can be easy, tasty, and for everyone. I assume people always read the beginning of their cookbooks, as these tend to have valuable information. If you read this information, you sh...
Lindsay begins this book by making her intentions very clear: to show people a vegan diet can be easy, tasty, and for everyone. I assume people always read the beginning of their cookbooks, as these tend to have valuable information. If you read this information, you should know perfectly well what you're getting into with this cookbook. EASE OF USE In the intro and appendix, Lindsay provides great tips on stocking your kitchen, removes the mystery surrounding some terms longtime vegans tend to take for granted, and helps the newbie get started. Lindsay also provides various tips for someone not only new to vegan cooking, but cooking IN GENERAL. In addition, she provides a very clear legend to use when choosing a recipe - my favorites being Quick, Kid-Friendly, and Omni-Friendly. This legend, as well, should give you a hint as to what she's going for with this book. RECIPES This is an excellent cookbook for someone new to veganism, and even cooking as a whole. The recipes are VERY easy. No complicated ingredients or uncommon tools. As she explains, she's trying to remove unnecessary fats, oils, sugars, and processed grains. You will find some vegan meat subs and canned items; but this is hardly the greatest sin in vegan cooking. If you have the time and prefer fresh ingredients, by ALL means, use them! Personally, I prefer dried beans; but eliminating all canned and convenience items could be daunting to a new vegan. I feel Lindsay was wise to set things up the way she did. LAYOUT/PHOTOS Beautiful! I think Lindsay has done a fantastic job showing new vegans that food can still be beautiful and appealing, even to non-vegans. The book, recipe pages, and photos are colorful and fun. I get the impression they match Lindsay's personality nicely. SUMMARY Lindsay's provided a lovely book here for both new vegans and experienced vegans looking for quick, no-fuss, omni-friendly recipes. Her comments are light, fun, and useful. There are VERY few recipes in this book I don't see myself making. Immediately after purchasing my own copy, I went back and purchased another copy for a dear friend trying to make her way to a vegan lifestyle. She's already made nearly half a dozen recipes and loves it. If you are struggling with some of the delicious but complicated recipes in many vegan cookbooks, if you know someone trying to make the switch, or if you know someone just trying to work more meat-free recipes into their diet - this book is an EXCELLENT investment.

posted by ThatFeistyVegan on January 21, 2011

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1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

I got great reviews of this book from friends, and was inspired

I got great reviews of this book from friends, and was inspired by the fact that many recipes do not contain meat substitutes. I purchased the Nook version of the book, and while it is beautiful and the recipes are great, I do have a pretty major complaint. The left s...
I got great reviews of this book from friends, and was inspired by the fact that many recipes do not contain meat substitutes. I purchased the Nook version of the book, and while it is beautiful and the recipes are great, I do have a pretty major complaint. The left side of each page is cut off, so the measurement for each ingredient is not visible! Incredibly annoying!!!

posted by AhimsaMama on August 2, 2012

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  • Posted August 2, 2012

    I got great reviews of this book from friends, and was inspired

    I got great reviews of this book from friends, and was inspired by the fact that many recipes do not contain meat substitutes. I purchased the Nook version of the book, and while it is beautiful and the recipes are great, I do have a pretty major complaint. The left side of each page is cut off, so the measurement for each ingredient is not visible! Incredibly annoying!!!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 21, 2011

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    Disappointing

    I was eager to finally get the book after all the hoopla on the internet about it, only to be bitterly disappointed.

    The first recipe I tried was the black bean brownies. They were okay, but more like banana bars. I'd hardly call it a brownie. Next I tried the cinnamon rolls. I followed the recipe step by step and came out with HARD inedible cinnamon rolls. I threw them out. (I AM NOT NEW TO VEGAN BAKING) The meatball recipe was good, but how hard is it to make meatballs from Gimme Lean Beef Style mixture? The tomato soup with spaghetti squash was okay, but I'd rather use fresh tomatoes instead of canned.

    I think this cookbook would be great for someone interested in converting to the vegan diet. Maybe I've turned into a vegan snob over the years? I prefer FRESH over canned/frozen/prepared foods. I get that there should be an "easy" factor, but I'd rather make a more complicated meal and be totally satisfied by the deliciousness rather than take shortcuts with disappointing results.

    The book itself is beautiful. I think the author did a wonderful job with the layout, pictures and nutritional information but the recipes are definitely not for hard core vegans who love to cook.

    1 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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