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The Vegan Cook's Bible
By Pat Crocker
ISBN: 0778802175
Publisher: Robert Rose
Publication date: April 2009
Format: Paperback
List price: $24.95 
Type: Nutrition: Vegan
Sample recipe: Green Bean, Pecan and Pomegranate Salad
Intended audience: novice advanced beginner good home cook gourmet professional
Apparent goal: stocking stuffer sampler comprehensive coffee-table Biblical stature
Competition: outclassed follower in the pack strong challenger likely champ
Variety: too little too much unusual nice mix just right
# of recipes: <50 <100 <200 <300 ≥300
Practical recipes: <20% <40% <60% <80% ≥80%
# of ingredients: ≤4 ≤7 ≤10 ≤12 >12
Ingredient hunt: 7-Eleven airfare required online pantry supermarket
Recipe complexity: too hard simple medium challenging professional
Instructions: inadequate verbose bare-bones full-figured educational
Time conscious: unconscious outright lies white lies realistic honorable
Cooking time: weekend project takes all day takes time ≥30 minutes <30 minutes
Added info: zip overwhelming scant balanced generous
Photos/drawings: none distracting decorative instructive glorious
Recipe results: ≤dorm food casual food family meals fancy food fit for royalty
Nutritional info: none overwhelming hit or miss adequate comprehensive
Tone: food police intense neutral supportive comforting
Result: guilt-inducing heavy-handed balanced encouraging inspiring
Format/Ease of Use
Layout: ugh cluttered fine considerate work of art
Legibility: unpleasant challenging tolerable clear brilliant
Production quality: cheesy dubious years of service gift quality stunning
Page numbers: non-existent hard-to-find spotty sufficient every page
Table of contents: AWOL frustrating passable useful excellent
Index quality: none tragic adequate good a treasure
Page flipping: upsetting tedious acceptable rare never
Writer: beginner food writer writing cook personality auteur
Cook: unknown self-taught chef teacher celebrity
Fulfills ambitions: falls short almost there satisfactory exceeds home run
Flavor delivered: sad inconsistent tasty delicious exceptional
Overall tone: sterile trying too hard straightforward best friend mom
Value: ouch! a little pricey worth splurging on the money a deal
Overall rating: skip it good very good excellent Ochef Top 100

Comments: If food is your medicine, this is your book.

The Vegan Cook's Bible starts with 50 pages on the seven systems of the body and which foods especially benefit which systems. This is followed by 80 pages on whole foods, what health benefits (and risks) they bring, how to buy and store them, and how to use them in cooking. This is followed by 250 recipes that make use of many of these whole foods. Chapters feature appetizers, spreads and dips, and pestos and salsas; soups, salads, and "sides"; casseroles, stews, and curries; baked, roasted, and stir-fried vegetables; pasta, rice, and whole grains; beverages and snacks; and desserts.

Particularly surprising to us were the warnings about the consumption of soy products, including tofu and soy milk (although there nearly 50 recipes in the book that include soy ingredients), and the admonition not to eat raw mushrooms.

As with much vegan cooking, finding the ingredients and getting them ready will demonstrate your commitment to a vegan life.

We are delighted to have found another vegan cookbook that is not preachy. As with all cookbooks from this publisher, all the recipes include metric measurements (in addition to American measurements), and have a two-stage table of contents – one at the beginning of the book listing all the chapters and one at the beginning of each chapter listing the recipes in each.


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