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“Get ready for your taste buds to explode.”—Isa Chandra Moskowitz Can’t imagine living without cheese? Convinced that dairy-free baked goods just don’t cut it? Hate the taste of tofu and not a fan of boring salads? EXCUSES, BE GONE! Blogger-author extraordinaire Kristy Turner deliciously refutes every excuse you’ve ever heard with 125 bursting-with-flavor vegan recipes for “Get ready for your taste buds to explode.”—Isa Chandra Moskowitz Can’t imagine living without cheese? Convinced that dairy-free baked goods just don’t cut it? Hate the taste of tofu and not a fan of boring salads? EXCUSES, BE GONE! Blogger-author extraordinaire Kristy Turner deliciously refutes every excuse you’ve ever heard with 125 bursting-with-flavor vegan recipes for every meal of the day—including dessert! “All those special ingredients are way more expensive.” Not when you can make your own Homemade Seitan, Barbecue Sauce, Zesty Ranch Dressing, and Tofu Sour Cream. “I could never give up cheese!” You won’t miss it at all with Tempeh Bacon Mac ‘n’ Cheese with Pecan Parmesan, Tofu Chèvre, Citrus-Herb Roasted Beets with Macadamia Ricotta, or Mushroom Cheddar Grilled Cheese Sandwiches. “What about brunch?” Chickpea Scramble Breakfast Tacos, Lemon Cornmeal Waffles with Blueberry Sauce, and Caramel Apple-Stuffed French Toast are vegan breakfasts of champions! “My friends won’t want to come over for dinner.” They will when they get a taste of Carrot Cashew Pâté, Portobello Carpaccio, and Gnocchi alla Vodka. “But I scream for ice cream!” Then you’ll shriek over Dark Chocolate Sorbet, Mango Lassi Ice Cream, and from-scratch Oatmeal Raisin Ice Cream Sandwiches. If you’re a waffling vegan newbie, on-the-fence vegetarian, or veg-curious omnivore, this book will banish your doubts. You’ll find you can get enough protein, fit in at a potluck, learn to love cauliflower, and enjoy pizza, nachos, brownies, and more—without any animal products at all. (Even vegan pros will discover some new tricks!) Colorful photographs throughout will have you salivating over Kristy’s inventive, easy-to-follow recipes. So what are you waiting for? Get in the kitchen and leave your excuses at the door!


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“Get ready for your taste buds to explode.”—Isa Chandra Moskowitz Can’t imagine living without cheese? Convinced that dairy-free baked goods just don’t cut it? Hate the taste of tofu and not a fan of boring salads? EXCUSES, BE GONE! Blogger-author extraordinaire Kristy Turner deliciously refutes every excuse you’ve ever heard with 125 bursting-with-flavor vegan recipes for “Get ready for your taste buds to explode.”—Isa Chandra Moskowitz Can’t imagine living without cheese? Convinced that dairy-free baked goods just don’t cut it? Hate the taste of tofu and not a fan of boring salads? EXCUSES, BE GONE! Blogger-author extraordinaire Kristy Turner deliciously refutes every excuse you’ve ever heard with 125 bursting-with-flavor vegan recipes for every meal of the day—including dessert! “All those special ingredients are way more expensive.” Not when you can make your own Homemade Seitan, Barbecue Sauce, Zesty Ranch Dressing, and Tofu Sour Cream. “I could never give up cheese!” You won’t miss it at all with Tempeh Bacon Mac ‘n’ Cheese with Pecan Parmesan, Tofu Chèvre, Citrus-Herb Roasted Beets with Macadamia Ricotta, or Mushroom Cheddar Grilled Cheese Sandwiches. “What about brunch?” Chickpea Scramble Breakfast Tacos, Lemon Cornmeal Waffles with Blueberry Sauce, and Caramel Apple-Stuffed French Toast are vegan breakfasts of champions! “My friends won’t want to come over for dinner.” They will when they get a taste of Carrot Cashew Pâté, Portobello Carpaccio, and Gnocchi alla Vodka. “But I scream for ice cream!” Then you’ll shriek over Dark Chocolate Sorbet, Mango Lassi Ice Cream, and from-scratch Oatmeal Raisin Ice Cream Sandwiches. If you’re a waffling vegan newbie, on-the-fence vegetarian, or veg-curious omnivore, this book will banish your doubts. You’ll find you can get enough protein, fit in at a potluck, learn to love cauliflower, and enjoy pizza, nachos, brownies, and more—without any animal products at all. (Even vegan pros will discover some new tricks!) Colorful photographs throughout will have you salivating over Kristy’s inventive, easy-to-follow recipes. So what are you waiting for? Get in the kitchen and leave your excuses at the door!

30 review for But I Could Never Go Vegan!: 125 Recipes That Prove You Can Live Without Cheese, It's Not All Rabbit Food, and Your Friends Will Still Come Over for Dinner

  1. 4 out of 5

    Ashley Chew

    1st let me say that I collect vegan cookbooks. I currently have 65 & that's only because I recently got rid of about 40. So I have a lot to compare cookbooks too!That being said this book is in my top 5! Everything in this book looks Amazing!! I thought this book, because it is geared towards veg-curious, would, like most books in a similar market, would be full of vegan meat substitutes, Daiya cheese, & other vegan convenience foods. But I was wrong!! This is actually a pretty healthy cookbook. E 1st let me say that I collect vegan cookbooks. I currently have 65 & that's only because I recently got rid of about 40. So I have a lot to compare cookbooks too!That being said this book is in my top 5! Everything in this book looks Amazing!! I thought this book, because it is geared towards veg-curious, would, like most books in a similar market, would be full of vegan meat substitutes, Daiya cheese, & other vegan convenience foods. But I was wrong!! This is actually a pretty healthy cookbook. Everything looks decadent but it's mostly whole foods based!! A few recipes call for vegan butter or vegan cream cheese but those are few & far between!! This may be one of my favorite vegan cookbooks this year.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Leah

    If you’re a waffling vegan newbie, on-the-fence vegetarian, or veg-curious omnivore, this book will banish your doubts. But I Could Never Go Vegan! countered the many reasons people give for not going vegan. I picked it up because I'm always looking for 1) new veggie-focused meals to try and 2) ideas to help me reduce the amount of dairy in my meals. The author being a former cheese-lover herself, I thought I could trust her recipes to actually satisfy my dairy cravings. Frankly, sometimes I' If you’re a waffling vegan newbie, on-the-fence vegetarian, or veg-curious omnivore, this book will banish your doubts. But I Could Never Go Vegan! countered the many reasons people give for not going vegan. I picked it up because I'm always looking for 1) new veggie-focused meals to try and 2) ideas to help me reduce the amount of dairy in my meals. The author being a former cheese-lover herself, I thought I could trust her recipes to actually satisfy my dairy cravings. Frankly, sometimes I'll read recipes online, try 'em out, spit 'em out, then think, "Does this person even know or remember what [insert dairy-beef-poultry here] actually tastes like?!!" Kristy Turner so very obviously remembers. Her recipe for tempeh "bacon" was the first time in all my seven years of never eating pork, but still missing crispy bacon, that came close to replicating both the flavor and texture of real bacon. I loved how this cookbook was organized by the reason one might give for not going vegan: it's more expensive (which it is despite this author and other health gurus saying it's not; sadly, healthy food costs more than junk food nowadays, no matter where you shop); I couldn't give up cheese; no soup again!; it's all rabbit food; my friend's won't want to come over for dinner; and so many more. So all I had to do was think of a reason, look up its section, then thumb through the easy-to-follow instructions. I like to see what my food is going to look like. So it will probably come as no surprise what I think Kristy did better than most of the healthy cookbooks I've read in the past couple years: She included a COLOR photo for EVERY recipe! 4 stars (because I wanted more recipes per reason/chapter)

  3. 4 out of 5

    Jules C

    Read through the book and tried a few recipes in the book and they were really good, looking forward to trying out some more. (I am not vegan, just trying out some different recipes)

  4. 4 out of 5

    Sara

    Great idea to organize the chapters by the most common excuses! Nice photos. I made several delicious things from this book: Tofu sour cream Chickpea "fries" Three pea and pistacio pesto orzo salad (I used something other than orzo, I think it was just brown rice) Lentil, chard, and sweet potato curry (this was really good) Broccoli cheddar soup Carrot cashew pate] Creamy curried tempeh salad with dried cherries and almonds (I used raisins; DELICIOUS) Spiced carrot cake cupcakes (without frosting)

  5. 4 out of 5

    Rebekah

    I have made quite a few of these recipes and I have not been disappointed! The only thing that didn't turn out wonderful was my lentil loaf and I believe it was because I did not cook my lentils long enough and did not have enough flour to my loaf but other than that, I'm very very happy with this purchase! I have made quite a few of these recipes and I have not been disappointed! The only thing that didn't turn out wonderful was my lentil loaf and I believe it was because I did not cook my lentils long enough and did not have enough flour to my loaf but other than that, I'm very very happy with this purchase!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Eric

    This was a curiosity read. Vegans still fail. I believe that vegetables and fruits and such can be made tasty, but I am insulted by the unattainable - and extremely expensive - ingredients required to recreate something that's already majestic. Broccoli cheddar soup? Why make it without the cheese? Why have cheese in the title if cheese isn't in the recipe is a better question? Maybe I'm narrow-minded, but vegans are either very wealthy to afford the unique ingredients to make fake food or they This was a curiosity read. Vegans still fail. I believe that vegetables and fruits and such can be made tasty, but I am insulted by the unattainable - and extremely expensive - ingredients required to recreate something that's already majestic. Broccoli cheddar soup? Why make it without the cheese? Why have cheese in the title if cheese isn't in the recipe is a better question? Maybe I'm narrow-minded, but vegans are either very wealthy to afford the unique ingredients to make fake food or they are all just starving and not saying anything. Give me the Joy of Cooking, James Beard's American Cookery, or Julia Child's Mastering the Art of French Cooking anyday.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Lara

    This one was getting hyped a lot awhile back, but when I looked at a few of the reviews it seemed like a lot of people were saying there's too much fake meat and cheese in it, and since I mostly tend to avoid those things (not having been big on meat even before I decided to quit eating it), I figured it wasn't for me. But then, I dunno, the cover is pretty and there's a quote from Isa Chandra Moskowitz on it, so I ended up getting talked into it despite that (it also helps that a perk of my lib This one was getting hyped a lot awhile back, but when I looked at a few of the reviews it seemed like a lot of people were saying there's too much fake meat and cheese in it, and since I mostly tend to avoid those things (not having been big on meat even before I decided to quit eating it), I figured it wasn't for me. But then, I dunno, the cover is pretty and there's a quote from Isa Chandra Moskowitz on it, so I ended up getting talked into it despite that (it also helps that a perk of my library job is free inter-library loans when our system doesn't have something I want to read--booyah!). Aaaaaanyway, I opened it up and literally the first recipe is for tempeh bacon. Nope! And then a fake sausage recipe. And then how to make homemade seitan, which I do not like at all. So I was like, "uhhhhh, why did I get this again?" When I saw the next section was all fake cheese I groaned. Only then it turns out it's not all nutritional yeast flakes (beh) and there are recipes for things like tofu chevre and feta (which are two of the cheeses I love the very most), so I started thinking maybe I'd want to try one of those and see if it works. And then stuff just started looking better and better. The protein section has things like spinach edamame hummus and falafel tacos, the tofu section has a savory corn cheesecake with cilantro-pepita dressing that looks amaaaaazing, and then I hit the salad section. A note here: I generally just skim the salad sections in cookbooks because I mostly feel like there's no need for a recipe for salad--just fill a bowl with lettuce and throw a bunch of other stuff in there, right? But omg. The salads! BBQ cauliflower salad? Three pea and orzo pistachio pesto salad? Beluga lentil and couscous salad with orange-champagne vinaigrette? Warm lemony olive potato salad? SOLD! And then there's a section called, "Fake 'Foods' Freak Me out" that includes corn fritters with chile-lime sauce (ha, you got me there, Kristy Turner!). And one called, "It's All Rabbit Food" that contains jackfruit nachos supreme, onion rings, and chocolate stout chili fries. And then, once again, oh dear god the soup! The only one that does not look good to me is the broccoli-cheddar, because then we're back to the nutritional yeast flakes, and also making broccoli-cheese soup the lazy way for years after college (a block of Velveeta + a bag of frozen broccoli and voila!) has ruined me for putting actual effort into it. It goes on. The point is, yes, there are a lot of recipes that rely heavily on fake meat and cheese in this book. Most of those don't really appeal to me, though some certainly do, surprisingly enough. But there are also enough recipes that don't fall into that category to make me want to buy a copy of this book and get cooking! And I actually really like the way Kristy Turner's set this book up, with each section devoted to a typical argument people give for why they could never be vegan ("I Would Miss Pizza" or "Vegan Cooking is Too Hard" or "What About Brunch?") and a number of recipes to prove that things are otherwise. Great photographs too! Also, this is probably the longest review I've ever written for a cookbook. I think just because it so pleasantly surprised me. I'm going to stop here though and move onto the next one--ha!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Emily

    Okay... I'm not vegan nor do I intend to be. I checked this out because I eat a vegan-like diet a good portion of the year for religious reasons. If I were considering being a vegan, this book would not sway me. When I look at vegan recipes, I always discard the ones with fake food. Blech. (Yes, I know there was a section that addressed this). I love cooking with whole, real foods and spices. (I also love cooking with grass-fed butter, ghee, local, free-range eggs, and cheese...but that's not al Okay... I'm not vegan nor do I intend to be. I checked this out because I eat a vegan-like diet a good portion of the year for religious reasons. If I were considering being a vegan, this book would not sway me. When I look at vegan recipes, I always discard the ones with fake food. Blech. (Yes, I know there was a section that addressed this). I love cooking with whole, real foods and spices. (I also love cooking with grass-fed butter, ghee, local, free-range eggs, and cheese...but that's not always an option for me). I don't want fake egg substitutes or soy milk instead of dairy; I want someone to tell me how to bake without ANY eggs or dairy. (I'm ranting about most vegan cookbooks with this statement). I gave this two stars because it could probably be helpful to someone who is just starting out on a vegan journey and learning how to cook with ingredients that are sometimes a bit foreign, especially in American diets. I also really loved that there were nice pictures for every recipe. That's a big plus when looking at cookbooks. In conclusion, this book was just not for me.

  9. 5 out of 5

    SUSAN *Nevertheless,she persisted*

    Has some great recipes,going to get busy preparing a few this week.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Terri

    This cook book is absolutely wonderful! I have cooked several recipes from here already and they are a huge hit with me and my family . I am vegan and have to eat gluten free so it is a challenge. The author labels each recipe with tags like sugar free , gluten free, I still can make many things that are not labeled gluten free with gluten free ingredients . Very clear concise directions and easy to follow. If you are looking to go vegan or want to go vegan a few times a week , whatever your rea This cook book is absolutely wonderful! I have cooked several recipes from here already and they are a huge hit with me and my family . I am vegan and have to eat gluten free so it is a challenge. The author labels each recipe with tags like sugar free , gluten free, I still can make many things that are not labeled gluten free with gluten free ingredients . Very clear concise directions and easy to follow. If you are looking to go vegan or want to go vegan a few times a week , whatever your reason get this fabulous cook book . It is a keeper for me !

  11. 4 out of 5

    Tisha (IG: Bluestocking629)

    What a fantastic and informative read. First I must clarify: I love reading cookbooks...every...last...word. This book not only offers 125 vegan recipes but some useful information. I am in the process of becoming a vegan so I was appreciative of this information. And yes there are pictures! I hate cookbooks that don't have pictures of the prepared food.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Lynne

    Delicious! These recipes all sound delicious! I would recommend this to all my friends who like to cook. The cheese recipes are definitely worth getting the book. Also, the pizza recipes sound fabulous, I can't wait to try them.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Dena

    I didn't love this vegan cookbook as much as Thug Kitchen - the recipes don't seem as accessible or sound as tasty. Plus, I feel like she's super-focused on convincing me to become vegan, whereas Thug Kitchen just glazes over the fact that it's a vegan cookbook (so I barely even noticed). I'm most excited to try some of the desserts, which is weird since that is usually the section of cookbooks that I have the least interest. I don't care for creating foods that imitate something (like cheese or I didn't love this vegan cookbook as much as Thug Kitchen - the recipes don't seem as accessible or sound as tasty. Plus, I feel like she's super-focused on convincing me to become vegan, whereas Thug Kitchen just glazes over the fact that it's a vegan cookbook (so I barely even noticed). I'm most excited to try some of the desserts, which is weird since that is usually the section of cookbooks that I have the least interest. I don't care for creating foods that imitate something (like cheese or bacon), so that was a turn-off for me because I just like to cook foods that are already vegan and make them shine. She definitely did not convince me to become vegan. I will update if/when I try some of these recipes.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer Hanicq

    I only tried 2 recipes but the ones I made were a huge disappointment. The mix of flavors in the veggie wrap were not appetizing in my opinion and the broccoli tabbouleh just tasted healthy. I've been able to cook healthy recipes from other books where they are very flavorful. Maybe I just picked 2 bad recipes as this seems to be a popular book. However, I haven't been tempted to make anymore recipes so I may not find out how the rest of the book is.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Quince Winstyn

    Good cookbook. Mushroom Fettuccine Alfredo, sort of bland tasting. If you are trying to overcome a tofu aversion, this is not the way to go.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Lisa | experimentalveggie

    Some of the recipes in this book are quite good, others more basic, inspiring nonetheless.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Azra

    I’ve tried a few recipes. Easy to follow and delicious! I’ve book marked several more. Great tips scattered throughout.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Chrissy

    I adore vegan cookbooks, and I can't deny that this particular cookbook has most of the amazing qualities that are typically present in my favorite selections. For one, this book is jam packed with amazingly gorgeous, colorful photographs of meals that look so *spectacular* that I feel as if I can almost SMELL the food, just by looking at the pictures! I think this is where "BUT I CAN NEVER GO VEGAN" *especially* shines -- in creating familiar recipes with a healthy vegan twist that still maintain I adore vegan cookbooks, and I can't deny that this particular cookbook has most of the amazing qualities that are typically present in my favorite selections. For one, this book is jam packed with amazingly gorgeous, colorful photographs of meals that look so *spectacular* that I feel as if I can almost SMELL the food, just by looking at the pictures! I think this is where "BUT I CAN NEVER GO VEGAN" *especially* shines -- in creating familiar recipes with a healthy vegan twist that still maintain the colors, flavors, and textures that veg-curious/veg-hesitant people may feel they would lose by adapting a plant based diet. Beyond this, the author does a fabulous job of keeping a humorous, upbeat style through the book, while maintaining an excellent organization around common myths/fears that may prevent some people from adapting a vegan lifestyle. I love that the majority of the recipes are heavy on the whole foods, which definitely makes the foods more healthy and sustainable than many vegan recipe books seem to feature. My only one teeny issue is that a lot of the recipes do seem pretty complex and overwhelming for someone like myself, who is incredibly klutzy and impatient in the kitchen! (Plus, now I really want to try some jackfruit -- and I'm pretty sure it's not available in this entire little town where I live!) I did receive an e-book copy of BUT I COULD NEVER GO VEGAN for review purposes. But, the sheer gorgeousness of book means that I will definitely be purchasing the paperback for my own collection -- and I recommend the same for anyone who loves good food (vegan or not!)

  19. 5 out of 5

    Aleece

    This might be a great start to working towards becoming vegan or working vegan meals into your everyday meals. This is a great starting point for people that don't know where to start (like me). My weakness is cheese so having an entire section on cheese substitutes with many different types of "cheese." Some of the ingredients seem to be more expensive but when you already have some of them on hand it will save time in the long run. There are tons of wonderful recipes that I am looking forward This might be a great start to working towards becoming vegan or working vegan meals into your everyday meals. This is a great starting point for people that don't know where to start (like me). My weakness is cheese so having an entire section on cheese substitutes with many different types of "cheese." Some of the ingredients seem to be more expensive but when you already have some of them on hand it will save time in the long run. There are tons of wonderful recipes that I am looking forward to trying. There are some simple recipes as well as more complicated recipes that hopefully down the line I will be able to try. Overall this was a great cookbook that I am looking forward to slowly implement vegan recipes into my cooking/meals. I received this advanced copy from The Experiment through Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca

    Seriously, everyone she read this just for the bbq roasted cauliflower recipe alone. Oh. My. Gosh. I've made it three times now and no longer need the recipe, so I guess I can return it to the library...

  21. 4 out of 5

    Pam G

    another great cookbook for vegans. lots of flavorful recipes that are easy to follow and enjoyed by my entire family.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Amanda

    This is a great cookbook and really helped me dabble in veganism. However some of the ingredients are tricky to find in NZ

  23. 4 out of 5

    Janet

    Yeast flakes DO NOT TASTE LIKE CHEESE.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Sharon

    I try to incorporate vegetarian meals into my diet weekly, but she has failed to convince me to go vegan. The layout of the book is cute; each chapter is a series of recipes that addresses a common reason people say they could “never go vegan”. So e examples are “I could never give up cheese” “it’s all rabbit food” and “I would miss pizza”. While the concept is good, nothing that I made blew me away. I like the idea of a healthier lifestyle with more veggies and grains and less meat, but I also I try to incorporate vegetarian meals into my diet weekly, but she has failed to convince me to go vegan. The layout of the book is cute; each chapter is a series of recipes that addresses a common reason people say they could “never go vegan”. So e examples are “I could never give up cheese” “it’s all rabbit food” and “I would miss pizza”. While the concept is good, nothing that I made blew me away. I like the idea of a healthier lifestyle with more veggies and grains and less meat, but I also love good food. Some of the things I made were tempeh bacon (ok but could never replace real bacon, and my family hated it), seitan and peanut satay seitan (also just ok but the family hated it), and maple bean cornbread casserole (this one I loved but everyone else in my family disliked). I think the author’s taste run towards the more vinegary/acidic than mine in general. I also rolled my eyes when she mentioned why she has given up eggs. She said they saw how the chickens were treated and could never eat eggs again. Obviously factory farms are terrible but she could just easily shell out for the $7 eggs that come from a free-range local organic farm and solve that problem without giving up eggs. It would also support the people who are trying hard to things the right way. The problem is t the meat, it’s the way people will buy cheaper over the more expensive ethically sourced items every time. There are plenty of issues with the underpaid vegetable farmers and migrant workers too.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    Back in December I entered a book giveaway on a blog, and won. A few weeks later I got a copy of But I Could Never Go Vegan directly from the publishers. Before the book, I wasn’t really familiar with the blog Keepin It Kind. I might of stumbled on the page once or twice, but never really read the website in depth. So I read this book from the point of view of an established vegan who had never heard of the author before. I read the book with any knowing the author’s preference of foods, styles, Back in December I entered a book giveaway on a blog, and won. A few weeks later I got a copy of But I Could Never Go Vegan directly from the publishers. Before the book, I wasn’t really familiar with the blog Keepin It Kind. I might of stumbled on the page once or twice, but never really read the website in depth. So I read this book from the point of view of an established vegan who had never heard of the author before. I read the book with any knowing the author’s preference of foods, styles, and writing. Photos There are photos for, I think, every recipe in the book. If the photo isn’t next to the recipe there is a reference number to where you could find the photo, usually found on the chapter dividers. This gives the reader plenty of visual inspiration, and a good look at the food to figure out if you totally fudged up a recipe. I think this is great since this is a book for new vegans. If you haven’t done lots of cooking with vegan foods, it can be hard to imagine what the end result will be, and might discourage people from making a recipe (I know it did when I first started going vegan). There are also a few step by step photos for slightly more complicated recipes. For example for the tofu cheese log, there are a few step by step photos showing how to form the log. This is a really helpful visual since I find reading reading steps confusing if you don’t already have some knowledge on how to do it. Set-up The book starts with a brief introduction. Although this is a book targeted to new vegans or flexatarians, there is little information about actual veganism. I don’t think this is a bad thing. If you are picking up this book, you probably know the basics. What Turner does is talk about the lesser known vegan foods, like for example she covers why sugar isn’t vegan. Each chapter is organized by a common excuse for not being vegan, but I could never give up cheese, substitutes are too expensive, etc. Now this idea is fun and novel, but I was worried how well it would “work.” When picking out recipes I am usually concerned with using up a certain ingredient before it goes bad, or trying to find a soup to balance out the menu for the week. Surely how helpful will this new organization system be? It wasn’t until I hit the chapter called “But Nobody Will Come Over to Eat!” that’s when it all clicked. This book in some ways is more helpful this way. I found myself thinking “next family get together I should make all these recipes.” As a new or veteran vegan you might hit a bump in the road thinking about what to make for brunch, to serve for a family get together, or have a longing for cheese, and you just need to open to those chapters. That said some of these chapters would be made this way regardless in a normal cookbook, they just have a witty name. And I am still a little annoyed to find a smoothie randomly placed in a chapter mostly filled with dinner dishes. But this system sets a new vegan up for random experimentation rather than meal planning, which can be pretty fun for the reader. Writing What I like about books by bloggers is that the writing style is informal and feels like they are talking to you personally. Without knowing the Keepin It Kind blog, I could easily recognize a specific voice in the book. In fact, once I started to follow the blog after picking up the book, I can say I think the book reads better than the blog. Errors seem to be non-existant, or hard to find. The only one I know about Kristy addresses on her blog. For the Jackfruit Nacho Supreme the published recipe calls for 2 teaspoons of agar-agar when it should call for 2 tablespoons. I would assume there will be a correction in the second pressing. Otherwise, everything seems pretty solid. Overview This book is great, I find it great for days where you want to cook or bake to enjoy yourself. Some recipes work well during a busy weekday, but most recipes call for a little planning or a little extra time. The book still needs the reader to flip through with an open mind. It might be a little hard to “choose” things if you are looking for just a pasta dish, or something that uses chickpeas. This is a cookbook for someone who is adventurous, or doesn’t mind a spur of the moment trip to the grocery store. There is only two complaint about this book, one is an odd odor. This is pretty silly to point out, but it is rather odd and off putting when flipping through a book full of food. I have never picked up a book with this odd odor before, and I think I am more curious about what that smell is more than anything. Anyone have a clue? My second complaint is more a worry. I think the people who will benefit the most from this book are flexitarians, or family and friends who are trying to understand their vegan friend. Mothers who are trying to tailor dinner time for vegans and omnivores might find this book handy. My biggest worry is if this book will sell to these people. Sure it is fun to pick it up as a vegan, but the chapters are just something fun rather than helpful. I think this book has a lot of potential to reach and convert a lot people, and I hope it does. So my “problem” with this book is more about if it was properly marketed and is reaching people who want to eat more plant based foods. If you want to read my individual reviews of recipes please check out my blog post

  26. 4 out of 5

    debra newman

    Awesome Recipes! I am vegetarian with thoughts of becoming vegan but have not yet made the transition. I love animals very much. For this reason and my awareness of the horrible plight of animals for mass consumption I became vegetarian but found dairy products much more difficult to let go of...until this book! The recipes look amazing (only 2 or 3 I wasn't interested in) and for the most part really simple ingredients and prep but she also includes dishes for larger gatherings! Turner makes goi Awesome Recipes! I am vegetarian with thoughts of becoming vegan but have not yet made the transition. I love animals very much. For this reason and my awareness of the horrible plight of animals for mass consumption I became vegetarian but found dairy products much more difficult to let go of...until this book! The recipes look amazing (only 2 or 3 I wasn't interested in) and for the most part really simple ingredients and prep but she also includes dishes for larger gatherings! Turner makes going without dairy look easy and I love her humor dispersed throughout!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    just the actual organization of the book was frustrating enough for me to never use it. to be fair, I read this but didn't try any of the recipes. they seemed boring, especially for someone that is a vegetarian already or who has tried a few vegetarian/vegan recipes. I guess if you hate typical cookbooks, this might be for you? if you're a new veggie, this is not the place to start. maybe the supermarket vegan one, just anything else.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Bonnie Krueger

    Eh. I am transitioning to vegan but most of the recipes are too complicated or not plant based enough for my taste. I appreciate cheese and ground beef alternatives but this book is primarily that route rather than more “pure” recipes. I like about a half dozen recipes so this isn’t my favorite vegan cookbook

  29. 5 out of 5

    Bernadette

    Very good collection of tasty vegan recipes, including comfort foods, that help debunk the myths of "I could never go vegan..." Deliciously shows that most anything used as a food excuse for not going vegan can be served up as a vegan alternative.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Yvonne Hop

    Love the way this book is constructed and even just flipping through it makes you hungry. No more excuses, just good food! The only down side is that some of the ingredients are hard to come by in my country.

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