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Following up on his bestselling diet plan, VB6, the incomparable Mark Bittman delivers a full cookbook of recipes designed to help you eat vegan every day before 6:00 p.m.--and deliciously all of the time. Whether you call it flexitarian, part-time veganism, or vegetable-centric, the plant-based, real-food approach to eating introduced in Bittman's New York Times bestselli Following up on his bestselling diet plan, VB6, the incomparable Mark Bittman delivers a full cookbook of recipes designed to help you eat vegan every day before 6:00 p.m.--and deliciously all of the time. Whether you call it flexitarian, part-time veganism, or vegetable-centric, the plant-based, real-food approach to eating introduced in Bittman's New York Times bestselling book VB6 has helped countless people regain their good health, control their weight, and forge a smarter, more ethical relationship with food. VB6 does away with the hard and fast rules, the calorie-counting, and the portion control of conventional diets; it's a regimen that is designed to be easy toa dopt and stick to for a lifetime.  When Bittman committed to a vegan before 6:00 pm diet, he quickly realized that everything about it became easier if he cooked his own meals at home. In The VB6 Cookbook he makes this proposition more convenient than you could imagine. Drawing on a varied and enticing pantry of vegan staples strategically punctuated with "treat" foods (including meat and other animal products), he has created a versatile repertoire of recipes that makes following his plan simple, satisfying, and sustainable.  Breakfasts, the most challenging meal of the day for some vegans, are well represented here, with a full range of hot cereals, whirl-and-go-dairy free smoothies, toast toppers, and brunch-worthy entrees. Lunches include hearty soupls, sandwiches, beans, grains, and pastas to pack along wherever the day takes you, and more than a dozen snack recipes provide the perfect afternoon pick-me-up to banish the vending-machine cravings that can undo a day of eating well. Dinners are flexitarian, focusing on vegetable-forward meals that are augmented by a range of animal products for fullest flavor, satisfaction, and nutrient density. A chapter devoted entirely to "building blocks"--make-ahead components you mix and match--ensures that a flavorful and healthy meal is never more than a few minutes away. If you've thought of trying a vegan diet but worry it's too monotonous or unfamiliar, or simply don't want to give up foods you love to eat, Bittman's vegan and flexitarian recipes will help you cook your way to a new, varied and quite simply better way of eating you can really commit to...for life.  


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Following up on his bestselling diet plan, VB6, the incomparable Mark Bittman delivers a full cookbook of recipes designed to help you eat vegan every day before 6:00 p.m.--and deliciously all of the time. Whether you call it flexitarian, part-time veganism, or vegetable-centric, the plant-based, real-food approach to eating introduced in Bittman's New York Times bestselli Following up on his bestselling diet plan, VB6, the incomparable Mark Bittman delivers a full cookbook of recipes designed to help you eat vegan every day before 6:00 p.m.--and deliciously all of the time. Whether you call it flexitarian, part-time veganism, or vegetable-centric, the plant-based, real-food approach to eating introduced in Bittman's New York Times bestselling book VB6 has helped countless people regain their good health, control their weight, and forge a smarter, more ethical relationship with food. VB6 does away with the hard and fast rules, the calorie-counting, and the portion control of conventional diets; it's a regimen that is designed to be easy toa dopt and stick to for a lifetime.  When Bittman committed to a vegan before 6:00 pm diet, he quickly realized that everything about it became easier if he cooked his own meals at home. In The VB6 Cookbook he makes this proposition more convenient than you could imagine. Drawing on a varied and enticing pantry of vegan staples strategically punctuated with "treat" foods (including meat and other animal products), he has created a versatile repertoire of recipes that makes following his plan simple, satisfying, and sustainable.  Breakfasts, the most challenging meal of the day for some vegans, are well represented here, with a full range of hot cereals, whirl-and-go-dairy free smoothies, toast toppers, and brunch-worthy entrees. Lunches include hearty soupls, sandwiches, beans, grains, and pastas to pack along wherever the day takes you, and more than a dozen snack recipes provide the perfect afternoon pick-me-up to banish the vending-machine cravings that can undo a day of eating well. Dinners are flexitarian, focusing on vegetable-forward meals that are augmented by a range of animal products for fullest flavor, satisfaction, and nutrient density. A chapter devoted entirely to "building blocks"--make-ahead components you mix and match--ensures that a flavorful and healthy meal is never more than a few minutes away. If you've thought of trying a vegan diet but worry it's too monotonous or unfamiliar, or simply don't want to give up foods you love to eat, Bittman's vegan and flexitarian recipes will help you cook your way to a new, varied and quite simply better way of eating you can really commit to...for life.  

30 review for The VB6 Cookbook: More than 350 Recipes for Healthy Vegan Meals All Day and Delicious Flexitarian Dinners at Night

  1. 5 out of 5

    James

    The opening section defines what VB6(vegan before 6) is, classifies vegetables and other ingredients by type and includes a monthlong sample menu. This is followed by a series of recipes that are vegan, but otherwise unrelated by ethnic origin or ingredients. I've cooked many of Bittner's recipes in the past, and they are good, so you can safely use them. However, I would prefer recipes to be organized in some manner. The opening section defines what VB6(vegan before 6) is, classifies vegetables and other ingredients by type and includes a monthlong sample menu. This is followed by a series of recipes that are vegan, but otherwise unrelated by ethnic origin or ingredients. I've cooked many of Bittner's recipes in the past, and they are good, so you can safely use them. However, I would prefer recipes to be organized in some manner.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Heather Fineisen

    Meat. It's what my family eats. And I would like to change this because I personally believe (and there are several good books about this including Mark Bittman' s VB6) we need to eat more stuff that grows out of the ground. The VB6 diet' s main premise is eat meat after 6p.m. and call yourself a flexitarian. My ten-year-old medium rare steak loving daughter looked through the cookbook with me and we started choosing meals to try. This is where I would love to see more photos with the recipes. T Meat. It's what my family eats. And I would like to change this because I personally believe (and there are several good books about this including Mark Bittman' s VB6) we need to eat more stuff that grows out of the ground. The VB6 diet' s main premise is eat meat after 6p.m. and call yourself a flexitarian. My ten-year-old medium rare steak loving daughter looked through the cookbook with me and we started choosing meals to try. This is where I would love to see more photos with the recipes. The shots by Quentin Bacon ( I know, right?) Are juicy and colorful and made those recipes an easy sell. There is a nice intro on VB6 so you won't feel lost without Bittman' s previous book and even a four week plan you can follow. Breakfast has some real hits with the Good Morning Sweet Potato and the Apple Stir Fry. Both come with several variations and that's what's great about Bittman. He teaches you to cook. He is NOT only teaching you to follow directions. Lunch and snack recipes include soups and things with sophisticated sounding names and not many pictures that will sound delicious to any foodie. Dinner recipes satisfied my meat eaters and my not so much meat eaters. Grits and Grillades, Sweet Potato Shepherd's Pie, Pork Asparagus and Soba, and Chicken Stir Fry in Lettuce Cups are all favorites. The Desserts section is pretty thin. Overall, a healthy and educational cook book and diet, especially for families or people learning to cook. This gets a spot on the shelf and we will continue to try more recipes and play our favorites. Mark, more pics and more desserts please! We enjoyed the food and the fixing but aren't flexitarian s, yet. Provided by publisher

  3. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    Some good recipes but tofu features in so many of them that it's hard for me to understand how it's a good idea to give up meat to just overdo it on another source of protein that also has its own set of problems. Also, another complaint - I'm not sure if he just doesn't require very many calories but his serving sizes seem a little (or perhaps a lot) on the light side. For example, one of his breakfast recipes calls for giving each person one piece of bread with some jam. That's it? Just a piec Some good recipes but tofu features in so many of them that it's hard for me to understand how it's a good idea to give up meat to just overdo it on another source of protein that also has its own set of problems. Also, another complaint - I'm not sure if he just doesn't require very many calories but his serving sizes seem a little (or perhaps a lot) on the light side. For example, one of his breakfast recipes calls for giving each person one piece of bread with some jam. That's it? Just a piece of bread with jam? To last the whole morning since he doesn't expect anyone to need a morning snack? And talk about overloading on carbs and sugar with no protein to start the day. (I do realize that I'm a nursing mother so I need crazy amounts of calories compared to normal people but I think even normal people need more than a piece of bread and jam for breakfast.) So, as with any kind of diet cookbook, he's chosen one thing to focus on (vegan until dinner) perhaps at the expense of other things (limiting sugar, not eating too much of any one food, etc). So I took some good ideas from this but didn't find it super helpful. (And I know that Bittman would say that this isn't a diet but rather a way of life to change your eating forever but you know what I mean.)

  4. 4 out of 5

    Varied Books

    YES awesome price! 2/19/18 Ammy sale $2.99 Library book & will buy if the price comes down. Wow recipes that are easy to follow & don't have fancy hard to find ingredients. I hesitated to check this out b/c I mistakenly though it would be over my cooking head. YES awesome price! 2/19/18 Ammy sale $2.99 Library book & will buy if the price comes down. Wow recipes that are easy to follow & don't have fancy hard to find ingredients. I hesitated to check this out b/c I mistakenly though it would be over my cooking head.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Lee

    the recipes look tasty and super health. eggplant meatballs and soba noodles look good.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Deb Oestreicher

    Excellent mostly vegan cookbook/meal planner I read Mark Bittman’s VB6 a couple of years ago. It made a big impression and changed a number of our eating and cooking habits. That book had some recipes but was focused on the thinking behind VB6. This book is focused more on the recipes though it does include a summary of the VB6 rationale. Like the other book, it also suggests how these recipes could play out over the course of a month, and makes suggestions for the composition of your pantry and Excellent mostly vegan cookbook/meal planner I read Mark Bittman’s VB6 a couple of years ago. It made a big impression and changed a number of our eating and cooking habits. That book had some recipes but was focused on the thinking behind VB6. This book is focused more on the recipes though it does include a summary of the VB6 rationale. Like the other book, it also suggests how these recipes could play out over the course of a month, and makes suggestions for the composition of your pantry and kitchen tool collection. The recipes display Bittman’s signature simplicity and there is a very good range of foods, with lots of suggestions for variations. Keep in mind that this is not an entirely vegan cookbook. Dinner meals may incorporate dairy and/or meat components.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Stacey Adams

    I've been vegan for years and picked up this book hoping for some new recipes to try. But most of the recipes sounded awful, not making me even want to try them. Plus there seemed to be room for pictures but not all the recipes had pics. I like to see the finished product. I didn't see any really new ideas...the same old smoothies, fruit desserts, etc.. I suppose if you're just starting out on a new vegan adventure you would get a lot more out of the book than I did. What I did like was the begi I've been vegan for years and picked up this book hoping for some new recipes to try. But most of the recipes sounded awful, not making me even want to try them. Plus there seemed to be room for pictures but not all the recipes had pics. I like to see the finished product. I didn't see any really new ideas...the same old smoothies, fruit desserts, etc.. I suppose if you're just starting out on a new vegan adventure you would get a lot more out of the book than I did. What I did like was the beginning section where which had charts showing different foods, how to buy them, how to store and prepare them. That section would come in handy to people starting out in a vegan or flexitarian diet.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Becca

    Soooo many great ideas for eating healthy and delicious mostly vegan meals!! My main complaint is that as a pescatarian many of the dinner recipes aren't for me - they contain lamb, beef, etc. But there are also good suggestions for how to make dairy, eggs, & seafood an occasional indulgence. It's also very tofu heavy (tofu scrambles, silken tofu smoothies), which may be problematic for those trying to limit their soy intake. Soooo many great ideas for eating healthy and delicious mostly vegan meals!! My main complaint is that as a pescatarian many of the dinner recipes aren't for me - they contain lamb, beef, etc. But there are also good suggestions for how to make dairy, eggs, & seafood an occasional indulgence. It's also very tofu heavy (tofu scrambles, silken tofu smoothies), which may be problematic for those trying to limit their soy intake.

  9. 4 out of 5

    romney

    I'm ambivalent about this book. It seems like a good eating plan with recipes I mostly don't like. Perhaps someone who doesn't like bananas, most leafy vegetables, most beans, tofu, "alternative milk" or any kind of porridge / mush is not suited to becoming a vegan. I would rather eat nothing than wholewheat pasta so I can see why people would lose weight on this diet. I'm ambivalent about this book. It seems like a good eating plan with recipes I mostly don't like. Perhaps someone who doesn't like bananas, most leafy vegetables, most beans, tofu, "alternative milk" or any kind of porridge / mush is not suited to becoming a vegan. I would rather eat nothing than wholewheat pasta so I can see why people would lose weight on this diet.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Tammy

    Great book for those wanting to reduce their meat consumption and add more nutritious vegetables to their daily diet.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Patti

    Bittman’s cookbooks are useful for me because he has ingredient alternatives in his recipes. The information on cooking big batch beans was what I was looking for.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Cathy

    I am not ready for this kind of cooking, but I am trying this kind of eating.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Joanne

    Some really good recipes in this one.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Deb

    The evening recipes weren't of much use to me, but the breakfasts were great, and I got several standbys from this. The evening recipes weren't of much use to me, but the breakfasts were great, and I got several standbys from this.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Ruth

    Interesting but nothing that i want or need to own.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Heather

    I need quick breakfasts and easy-to-pack lunches to keep my husband well-fed around his work, and most cookbooks don’t touch on those areas. We now have smoothies from the VB6 cookbook nearly every morning, which has nicely also cut down on my tendency to get beignets at our local cafe. One of my favorite features of this cookbook–something that far too few cookbook authors indulge in–is a willingness to include variations on each recipe. This helps you adapt recipes to your tastes, and means th I need quick breakfasts and easy-to-pack lunches to keep my husband well-fed around his work, and most cookbooks don’t touch on those areas. We now have smoothies from the VB6 cookbook nearly every morning, which has nicely also cut down on my tendency to get beignets at our local cafe. One of my favorite features of this cookbook–something that far too few cookbook authors indulge in–is a willingness to include variations on each recipe. This helps you adapt recipes to your tastes, and means that the cookbook contains much more than it looks like it does. This goes back to those smoothies I mentioned: the smoothie recipe includes four basic recipes as well as suggestions for varying seasonings and flavors beyond that. The basic smoothie recipe is for one serving, but is easily multiplied. I liked the melon lime smoothie, although if I had it to do over I’d use the silken tofu instead of the non-dairy milk; melon is watery, so the smoothie was very thin even with the addition of ice. The strawberry balsamic smoothie is really delicious. My favorite, however, is the cherry vanilla smoothie. Where most vegan smoothie recipes that I’ve tried clearly would work better with milk–the non-dairy milk is obviously a substitute–this recipe is truly meant to work with the non-dairy milk. Almond milk flavor works perfectly with the vanilla and cherry; I tried it once with regular milk and it was actually better with the almond milk. Besides the smoothies there are some other delightful offerings–I admit I needed to add a little extra sweetening to the Autumn spice baked oatmeal, but I’m hoping to gradually work my way out of that need. It’ll definitely be a matter of taste, but then it’s really easy to add a little honey over top. Other breakfasts include “chorizo” tacos (made with spiced tofu); no-bake pumpkin custard (I must try this one!); broccoli scramble; orange-peach parfait; and grain nuts with fruit. My favorite of the lunches is a very easy-to-pack Sweetgreen Quinoa Salad. It includes corn, grape tomatoes, and fresh basil. I absolutely love it, and it lasts well. Not all of the lunches can be saved for later; many are meant to be served right away. Some can be reheated; others can at least be refrigerated for a few hours. The recipes are delicious and not overly complex. Some examples are caponata mixed rice; curried spinach and tofu; vegetable pot pie; eggplant meatballs; and peas and carrots salad. The snacks chapter provides more items that I like to include in a lunchbox, or of course snack on when I’m trying to hold out until dinner. The cucumber quickles came out very well–vinegary, spicy, and just a little sweet. There are variations provided for pickling other vegetables as well (cauliflower, carrots, bell peppers, mushrooms, radishes). I also particularly like a chipotle tofu-based ‘mayo’ meant to go with carrots. Spicy and delicious. Bittman doesn’t go halfway on the dinners, definitely taking advantage of their more flexible nature. There’s a red paella with scallops, for example; mussels in coconut broth; chicken with fennel salad (variations include chicken cutlets with celery and watermelon salad, and pork medallions with fennel and apple salad); crisp pork on green papaya salad; vegetable curry with lamb. The desserts chapter is good too. I find many vegan desserts are still clearly substitutes, that need to be taken on their own merits rather than compared to their ‘normal’ equivalents. I quite enjoyed the gingery mango pudding made with silken tofu. It’s never going to be the same as a richer, sweeter pudding made with dairy, but if you’re trying to stick with things that are good for you then it’s a delicious alternative. I find that the stated number of servings in these recipes lead to generous servings, which, when you’re trying to get people to switch to less fatty, more vegetable-heavy foods is a good way to go. I truly enjoyed Mark Bittman’s “VB6 Cookbook,” and we plan to keep using it–in particular for breakfasts, lunches, and snacks. [NOTE: Review book provided for free by Blogging for Books] Visit my site for a review that includes photos from our own cooking: http://www.errantdreams.com/2014/07/r...

  17. 4 out of 5

    Patrick Weix

    good general recipes, good tips on improvisation.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer Clausen-greene

    This was a great book and very handy. My eldest son is a vegetarian since the beginning of this year and I never know what to cook for him. This book was a huge hit with him and the rest of my clan as well. My kids adored the Walk Away Oatmeal (pg 64), Tofu Jerky (pg 148), Sweet green Quinoa Salad (pg 91) and Gingered Rice with Chicken (pg 174), and just about every dessert there was that we tried. The only negative thing I could say about the book is the expense involved in making alot of these This was a great book and very handy. My eldest son is a vegetarian since the beginning of this year and I never know what to cook for him. This book was a huge hit with him and the rest of my clan as well. My kids adored the Walk Away Oatmeal (pg 64), Tofu Jerky (pg 148), Sweet green Quinoa Salad (pg 91) and Gingered Rice with Chicken (pg 174), and just about every dessert there was that we tried. The only negative thing I could say about the book is the expense involved in making alot of these recipes if you are not already a vegetarian. They were not normal things I had in my pantry, but once I got some basics stocked up the price went down considerably. I really loved the intro to this book where Mark tells his story and the reason behind the book and his lifestyle change. So many of his tips and tricks were really pretty logical and common sense when you stop and think about them and Mark did a lovely job of putting things into a perspective you maybe have not thought about before. What I enjoyed the most and used the most was the section on Unlimited Foods, Flexible Foods and Treats. I have a hard time sticking to a menu/meal plan and tend to eat on the fly alot so having these little cheat sheets close by made a big difference when wanting to grab something quick from the store. I was disappointed to see my lovely and tasty avocados in the "limited" area though. Those lovely green badboys are my staple food along with fresh, uncooked corn on the cob. So delicious. The other lifesaver had to have been the sample menu that we kept rotating through with a few variations due to tastes (none of us like or eat tomatoes)! Overall I loved this book and went out and bought a second one to give to my sons grandmother to help her out during holiday and birthdays! Oh and the fact that we all dropped a few pounds was really nice as well!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Audrey

    A lot of this book is old news for Bittman fans, but the recipes make it worth adding to your collection.

  20. 5 out of 5

    D

    i ordered a hard copy of this cookbook immediately after finishing Mark Bittman's philosophical exploration of part-time vegan eating for health and sustainability, VB6. the recipes are simple and straightforward, with shorter ingredient lists, targeting the competent home cook (that is, you won't have need to buy special equipment or learn new cooking methods if you're already a semi-accomplished home cook). the recipes are built from whole foods any well-stocked grocery store should have. macro i ordered a hard copy of this cookbook immediately after finishing Mark Bittman's philosophical exploration of part-time vegan eating for health and sustainability, VB6. the recipes are simple and straightforward, with shorter ingredient lists, targeting the competent home cook (that is, you won't have need to buy special equipment or learn new cooking methods if you're already a semi-accomplished home cook). the recipes are built from whole foods any well-stocked grocery store should have. macronutritionally, i find them higher in fat than is strictly ideal, so folks looking to lose weight will have to be aware. NOTA BENE: pollan specifically rejects a macros-based examination of diet (that is, specifically counting calories and grams and proportions of fat:protein:carbs) and says he doesn't intentionally shy away from fats so that the eating experience is enjoyable, not medicinal. i feel that -- and think there is much to be gleaned from this approach to eating -- but readers who are interested in a macros-based approach will have to tweak his diet to fit their goals. all of the recipes are accompanied by beautiful, full-color photos, which i always find incredibly helpful and inspiring as, well, as an eater and home cook. the recipes i have tried so far have been uneven -- some were PERFECTLY GORGEOUS as written, and others were sort of gross (perhaps an issue of recipe testing?). so, trial and error. i'll continue to expand my veg repertoire with bittman's guidance and can fairly confidently recommend this book to anyone looking for an approachable, tasty guide to vegetable- and whole-foods-based eating.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Mazzou B

    This is an interesting cookbook published by Potter. As Mark Bittman makes a point in the preface, the VB6 (Vegan before 6, meaning keeping all meals before 6 pm. light and easy on the body) method is not simply a new diet. Instead of being just another diet to try for a month and then discard, the VB6 method is a lifestyle. A lifestyle to help you find your maximum vitality! I thought the recipes very fresh, tasty and interesting. Nothing boring about Mark Bittman's style of vegetarian! I lov This is an interesting cookbook published by Potter. As Mark Bittman makes a point in the preface, the VB6 (Vegan before 6, meaning keeping all meals before 6 pm. light and easy on the body) method is not simply a new diet. Instead of being just another diet to try for a month and then discard, the VB6 method is a lifestyle. A lifestyle to help you find your maximum vitality! I thought the recipes very fresh, tasty and interesting. Nothing boring about Mark Bittman's style of vegetarian! I loved how eating vegetarian isn't his...idol. He allows himself a real meal for dinner, and occasionally even allows himself a big breakfast as a treat! That reminds me of my eating lifestyle. Now, personally I don't agree with eating vegetarian. What Mark Bittman has overlooked is that meats, dairy and nuts are high in necessary nutrients for our bodies! We were meant to be omnivores. On the other hand, we rarely get enough vegetables into our diet so I appreciate all the vibrant and delicious recipes provided in this book! Although I include meat in my diet on purpose, I don't eat it at every meal and sometimes I do purposely decide on a vegetarian cleanse, therefore I am excited that this book includes such recipes as ''eggplant meatballs''. To conclude, although I don't agree with the VB6 lifestyle, most of the recipes in this book are great for me, and that means anyone who wants more creativity in the realm of vegetables!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Betsy

    I'm a Bittman fan (How To Cook Everything: Simple Recipes for Great Food) but this is a weak 4 stars. I don't think most of these recipes are the type that folks are going to be able to cook/make on a regular basis if they're working and have less than hours a day to spend in the kitchen. Bittman would disagree with me, but I know that most families will not ALL be adopting this eating plan, and the recipes are a bit involved for just one person. I liked the ideas and recipes in the actual VB6: I'm a Bittman fan (How To Cook Everything: Simple Recipes for Great Food) but this is a weak 4 stars. I don't think most of these recipes are the type that folks are going to be able to cook/make on a regular basis if they're working and have less than hours a day to spend in the kitchen. Bittman would disagree with me, but I know that most families will not ALL be adopting this eating plan, and the recipes are a bit involved for just one person. I liked the ideas and recipes in the actual VB6: Eat Vegan Before 6:00 to Lose Weight and Restore Your Health . . . for Good book better.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    Bittman's cookbooks are great. Beautiful photos, clear instructions, generally very easy to follow and he offers lots of variations, which since this is a diet cookbook I think it particularly important. This is a great looking diet that I've been on the fence about trying for a while. . .I should probably just dive in. The book offers lots of easy, vegan recipes for people who like meat and richer food. This is great if you're looking to eat healthy. However, there isn't nutritional information, Bittman's cookbooks are great. Beautiful photos, clear instructions, generally very easy to follow and he offers lots of variations, which since this is a diet cookbook I think it particularly important. This is a great looking diet that I've been on the fence about trying for a while. . .I should probably just dive in. The book offers lots of easy, vegan recipes for people who like meat and richer food. This is great if you're looking to eat healthy. However, there isn't nutritional information, which really bothered me. Most of the food is relatively healthy, but for people watching their weight, calorie counting is a must. Also, I'd like to know about sodium, fiber and sugar - someone who's diabetic might be following this diet, and would need this information. He's doing his readers a great disservice by not providing that.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Julie

    I only tried 2 recipes from this book, so my review is based on those and on having browsed the rest. This cookbook accompanies another book that is more geared toward the process of VB6 (Vegan Before 6pm). I own another Mark Bittman cookbook and he doesn't disappoint. Some of the recipes in this cookbook seem easier and more accessible than others, so it's probably appropriate for a variety of skill levels. I would consider checking it out again to make some of the other recipes I had my eye on I only tried 2 recipes from this book, so my review is based on those and on having browsed the rest. This cookbook accompanies another book that is more geared toward the process of VB6 (Vegan Before 6pm). I own another Mark Bittman cookbook and he doesn't disappoint. Some of the recipes in this cookbook seem easier and more accessible than others, so it's probably appropriate for a variety of skill levels. I would consider checking it out again to make some of the other recipes I had my eye on. I like the concept, but I actually think being vegan AFTER 6pm is more appropriate, since our bodies don't really need a lot of calories at night.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    Caveat: I haven't read the original VB6 book, so this is purely my impressions of the cookbook. That being said, I find the plan to be practical, unimposing and not at all intimidating (although, make my own milk...sounds a bit...no.). I originally picked up the cookbook from the library out of curiosity, but now I'm going to purchase a copy to see how much I can adjust my way of eating towards the healthy. Caveat: I haven't read the original VB6 book, so this is purely my impressions of the cookbook. That being said, I find the plan to be practical, unimposing and not at all intimidating (although, make my own milk...sounds a bit...no.). I originally picked up the cookbook from the library out of curiosity, but now I'm going to purchase a copy to see how much I can adjust my way of eating towards the healthy.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Audrey

    working my way thru some of the recipes, love the 28 day menu grid. I could be "reading" this book for a long time. Love Mark Bittman's recipes, and the flexible approach to recipes. Full of possible ideas. I already have done the vegan day thing for 2 weeks, lost 3 lb, but expect to stabilize soon. working my way thru some of the recipes, love the 28 day menu grid. I could be "reading" this book for a long time. Love Mark Bittman's recipes, and the flexible approach to recipes. Full of possible ideas. I already have done the vegan day thing for 2 weeks, lost 3 lb, but expect to stabilize soon.

  27. 4 out of 5

    AnnieM

    some excellent and inventive ways to get protien without meat in my meals. Interestingly enough this is basically what I started last November. It isn't vegan, but definitely vegetarian. The recipes are fairly easy and straight forward. some excellent and inventive ways to get protien without meat in my meals. Interestingly enough this is basically what I started last November. It isn't vegan, but definitely vegetarian. The recipes are fairly easy and straight forward.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Aleasha

    Not a lot of ingredients I've never heard of. Simple instructions. I currently don't have the means to be able to try these out, but I hope to have this book predominately displayed in my own kitchen one day and would definitely want to try some of these sooner rather than later. Not a lot of ingredients I've never heard of. Simple instructions. I currently don't have the means to be able to try these out, but I hope to have this book predominately displayed in my own kitchen one day and would definitely want to try some of these sooner rather than later.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Rachel

    Review to follow soon.

  30. 4 out of 5

    angeleen

    You want to eat the chorizo tacos. Trust me.

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