A Brief Review of The Vegan Cook’s Bible
by Pat Crocker.
Paperback: Robert Rose: 2009.
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Reviewed by Chris Smith.
More than just a cookbook, The Vegan Cook’s Bible is an excellent resource for the vegan kitchen (no meats, dairy products, eggs, or other animal products), or indeed for anyone who wants creative ideas for reducing the amount of meat and other animal products in their diet. The first part of the book is a system-by-system overview of the human body that highlights what these systems need, and how these needs can be met within a vegan diet. The book’s second part is a excellent guidebook to some of the basic ingredients of vegan cuisine — fruits, vegetables, legumes, grains, herbs, etc — and how they can be prepared and used creatively within the vegan diet. As one who prefers to be improvisational in the kitchen, this was the best part of the book and it set my mind spinning with all kinds of ideas of how ingredients could be used in a multitude of new and creative ways! The remainder of the book, approximately half the text, is a more traditional cookbook. The first section of recipes features “Basics,” sauces, dairy substitutes, seasonings, etc., which again lends itself very well to creative or improvisational cooking. This latter half of the book, has some fabulous full-page color pictures of some dishes, which leaves one longing to sink his/her teeth into them! Many of the recipes are accompanied by tips and variations which spur creativity. There are all kinds of scrumptious recipes for main dishes (see the recipe for Black Bean and Four Pepper Stew, below), appetizers and even desserts! Continue Reading…