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Book annotation not available for this title. Title: The Vegetarian Mother's Cookbook Author: Olson, Cathe Publisher: Goco Pub Publication Date: 2005/02/28 Number of Pages: 429 Binding Type: PAPERBACK Library of Congress: 2004109888 Book annotation not available for this title. Title: The Vegetarian Mother's Cookbook Author: Olson, Cathe Publisher: Goco Pub Publication Date: 2005/02/28 Number of Pages: 429 Binding Type: PAPERBACK Library of Congress: 2004109888


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Book annotation not available for this title. Title: The Vegetarian Mother's Cookbook Author: Olson, Cathe Publisher: Goco Pub Publication Date: 2005/02/28 Number of Pages: 429 Binding Type: PAPERBACK Library of Congress: 2004109888 Book annotation not available for this title. Title: The Vegetarian Mother's Cookbook Author: Olson, Cathe Publisher: Goco Pub Publication Date: 2005/02/28 Number of Pages: 429 Binding Type: PAPERBACK Library of Congress: 2004109888

30 review for The Vegetarian Mother's Cookbook: Whole Foods to Nourish Pregnant and Breastfeeding Women-- And Their Families

  1. 5 out of 5

    Alanna

    I was really disappointed with this book. I bought it online when I was pregnant with my fist child because it was the ONLY book I could find specifically for pregnant vegetarians. 1) No photos, not a one. 2) This book is full of "recipes" for things like: a salad sandwich... and a baked potato (with the option of toppings of your choice! Oh my!). No joke. I'm surprised there isn't a recipe in here for a glass of water. Seriously, this book is too basic for people who don't know how to boil water. I was really disappointed with this book. I bought it online when I was pregnant with my fist child because it was the ONLY book I could find specifically for pregnant vegetarians. 1) No photos, not a one. 2) This book is full of "recipes" for things like: a salad sandwich... and a baked potato (with the option of toppings of your choice! Oh my!). No joke. I'm surprised there isn't a recipe in here for a glass of water. Seriously, this book is too basic for people who don't know how to boil water. I mean, if you really really had ABSOLUTELY NO IDEA about food, if you were a princess in a tower who had never had occasion to open a jar of peanut butter and suddenly found yourself stranded in a kitchen and needing to self-cater, then you might find it useful. But most things in here are simply 'food combinations', and random ones at that, i.e. you have an accident in the kitchen, some stuff falls out of the fridge, you pick it up and smash your head on the overhead cupboard, some more stuff falls out, you reach for the paper towel in the pantry and the first thing on the shelf falls on top of the other stuff, and voila! You have a Cathe Olsen "recipe"! Some staggering examples of the "recipes" included in this book: page 64, Cantaloupe Surprise - you guessed it, it's a cantaloupe (rockmelon)cut in half on a plate, with yoghourt on top. Surprise! And its best friend on the previous page, Papaya Delight - ingredients: papaya (pawpaw) and yoghourt. I'll let your imagination do the rest. Delightful! Page 96, Avocado-Cheese Sandwich - now, don't get too excited but I'm going to let you guess the ingredients for this "recipe"... that's right! Bread, avocado and cheese!! But don't worry, there are also instructions for how to assemble your sandwich, just in case you get lost along the way. Page 107, Open-Face Bagel Melt - we're getting adventurous now because we have FOUR ingredients to juggle: a bagel, tomato, cheese and SPROUTS! Woaaahhh! Again, full assembly instructions help us navigate the difficult 'cooking' process. Ooh, page 111, one of my favourites; Veggie Dog and Sauerkraut. I quote: "Cook a vegetarian hotdog as directed on packet. Place in slice of bread. Top with sauerkraut" Pretty advanced stuff. I could go on and on and on... page 113, Baked Potato Lunch (bake a potato, eat it), which was not enough of a waste of a page on its own, so on page 183 we find Baked Potatoes (bake some potatoes, eat them). Quick Cheesy Rice (rice with cheese on it, get fancy with a bit of parsely)... Easy Pasta Lunch (pasta with tomato, cheese and salt and pepper, again advanced students can add some parsely)... Create Your Own Salad (just a list of things you can put in a bowl and call salad... amazing!)... Really, the whole thing is just too insulting. 3) The other (!) really disappointing thing about this book is its very tenuous link to its supposed purpose and target audience - very rarely is pregnancy or breastfeeding relevant to the recipes given. They're just bog standard vegetarian stews, soups and casseroles like the brown cardboard type dishes our parents used to make. A rare exception: Soothing Mint Soup on page 144 is recommended to help nausea in the first trimester of pregnancy. I would really like to see a book organised into sections according to the purpose and benefit of each recipe: 1st trimester- foods for nausea and when you can't stand the smell of food cooking, 2nd trimester- foods with extra nutrients and energy, 3rd trimester- light meals for compressed stomachs and horrible reflux, Labour- energy packed foods and liquids to get you over the line, Post Partum and Breastfeeding- foods to bring your milk in and get your strength back, Newborn- quick fixes for when you haven't got time to scratch yourself, Babies and Toddlers- meals you can give your children too... now would that be so hard? 4) I didn't give this book one star because each "recipe" does come with complete nutritional information (calories, carbs, protein, fat, fibre, sodium etc), as well as key nutrients (vitamins, folate, iron, magnesium, etc). So just in case your brain is not so addled by pregnancy hormones, baby brain and sleep deprivation that you actually care how many calories you're eating and can calculate your daily iron intake, then you can! If you took all the CRAP out of this book, added good photos for the few recipes worth looking at, and explained why these were relevant to pregnancy and breastfeeding, then you might have a handful of not-very-exciting but still acceptable recipes to add to your table.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Erin

    LOVE this cookbook! I am going on my third winter of primarily using Olson's recipes to feed my family. The recipes are very simple and are realistic for all moms. When I was working part-time out of the home, I found her time-saving tricks extremely useful to ensure my family was still eating meals made from whole foods when I was really short on time. Now that I'm home full-time, I've been able to utilize even more of her recipes and tricks. I also appreciate her nutritional food guide for pre LOVE this cookbook! I am going on my third winter of primarily using Olson's recipes to feed my family. The recipes are very simple and are realistic for all moms. When I was working part-time out of the home, I found her time-saving tricks extremely useful to ensure my family was still eating meals made from whole foods when I was really short on time. Now that I'm home full-time, I've been able to utilize even more of her recipes and tricks. I also appreciate her nutritional food guide for pregnant and lactating women which helped me stay on track when I knew I wasn't either eating enough or the right balance of foods. Most main dishes are vegan or easily made vegan, which is not always easy to find (many vegetarian cookbooks use eggs and dairy) when cooking for my mixed vegan and ovo-lacto vegetarian household. Many recipes are also well-received by my omnivorous extended family.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Jess Stahle

    My youngest is 9 and I still use this cookbook regularly. I recommend it to my midwifery clients often.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Ali

    I like to say that I am a staunch vegetarian (18 years) and a constantly lapsing vegan in the face of great milk chocolate. I really loved this book. The layout is quite enviable and simple, not to mention informative. The recipes and information provided go beyond pregnant and lactating women - the french toast was a big hit in my house as were many other recipes. I didn't find any ingredients that I didn't recognize but this has been my lifestyle for so long and I try to stay informed. I didn' I like to say that I am a staunch vegetarian (18 years) and a constantly lapsing vegan in the face of great milk chocolate. I really loved this book. The layout is quite enviable and simple, not to mention informative. The recipes and information provided go beyond pregnant and lactating women - the french toast was a big hit in my house as were many other recipes. I didn't find any ingredients that I didn't recognize but this has been my lifestyle for so long and I try to stay informed. I didn't find any ingredients that I couldn't buy at my local organic market in the recipes I tried though I imagine a few wouldn't be readily available at a large chain grocery store. Many of the recipes are vegan and those that aren't do offer a vegan option. A book with over 300 healthful recipes that are good for everyone in your home is a gem. If I had any criticism it would be that some of the flavors are milder than I like so a little more ginger here, a lot more curry there, etc.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Sara

    This is a fairly useful cooking reference for anyone concerned with getting proper nutrition from a vegetarian diet. Each recipe features nutritional facts (including protein and vitamin/mineral content) and many offer suggested variations for changing the nutrient content. Another perk for busy people and mothers-to-be alike is that the book features useful advice for storing food made in advance and otherwise planning/preparing meals on a limited schedule. I still enjoy this cookbook, but I fo This is a fairly useful cooking reference for anyone concerned with getting proper nutrition from a vegetarian diet. Each recipe features nutritional facts (including protein and vitamin/mineral content) and many offer suggested variations for changing the nutrient content. Another perk for busy people and mothers-to-be alike is that the book features useful advice for storing food made in advance and otherwise planning/preparing meals on a limited schedule. I still enjoy this cookbook, but I found it most useful when I was teaching full-time and had very little time to devote to cooking every day.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    I'm not pregnant, but I'd like to be in the not too far off future. A friend of mine recommended this book because it has a lot of easy and good-for-you meals to make before, during, and after you're pregnant as a vegetarian. I think it is a good cookbook as it focuses on eating whole foods and staying away from processed foods. In the beginning, it has a list of pantry items to load up on in your cupboards so that when you go to make a healthy meal you already have the fundamental items. A good I'm not pregnant, but I'd like to be in the not too far off future. A friend of mine recommended this book because it has a lot of easy and good-for-you meals to make before, during, and after you're pregnant as a vegetarian. I think it is a good cookbook as it focuses on eating whole foods and staying away from processed foods. In the beginning, it has a list of pantry items to load up on in your cupboards so that when you go to make a healthy meal you already have the fundamental items. A good cookbook!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Shefali

    Everything you need to know about nutrition and foods for the Vegetarian mother. pre, during and post pregnancy nutrient info. great recipes that are not difficult to make. the last thing a pregnant lady needs with other toddlers and kids running around is to figure out new recipes, but this book made all the difference. it even has a menu guide and shopping list to make it that much easier to really eat healthy whole foods that taste good too.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Kari

    This book had some good ideas, but would have been much more usefull if I were a) vegetarian, b) pregnant. But I can't fault the book for my not being its target audience. I was hoping to get some creative ideas for vegetarian meals that are nutritionally complete. I found most of the recipes to be the same ol', same ol'. I did come away with one I want to try for a millet porridge - not exactly exciting, but hey... This book had some good ideas, but would have been much more usefull if I were a) vegetarian, b) pregnant. But I can't fault the book for my not being its target audience. I was hoping to get some creative ideas for vegetarian meals that are nutritionally complete. I found most of the recipes to be the same ol', same ol'. I did come away with one I want to try for a millet porridge - not exactly exciting, but hey...

  9. 5 out of 5

    Melissa

    I love that this book is geared towards pregnant and nursing Mother's, though it's great for everyone...pregnant or not! Everything is so healthy and really sets my mind at ease when my family eats a recipe from this book. The only thing I can complain about is that some recipe's lack flavor...nothing a little salt can't fix! ;) I love that this book is geared towards pregnant and nursing Mother's, though it's great for everyone...pregnant or not! Everything is so healthy and really sets my mind at ease when my family eats a recipe from this book. The only thing I can complain about is that some recipe's lack flavor...nothing a little salt can't fix! ;)

  10. 4 out of 5

    Davida

    Loved this one for the few months (!) I had it from the library. Lots of good info and lots of alternatives included in each recipe so each one is more like 3-5 recipes with all the ways you could vary them. Made a delicious cranberry-orange muffin recipe from it multiple times. Will check out again and/or buy!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Bryony

    No, this isn't an announcement -- I just like the ideas in here for vegetarian freezer meals. The recipes use ingredients you can find at any local small town grocery store, and the ones we tried were pretty delicious! What more can you ask for in a cookbook? No, this isn't an announcement -- I just like the ideas in here for vegetarian freezer meals. The recipes use ingredients you can find at any local small town grocery store, and the ones we tried were pretty delicious! What more can you ask for in a cookbook?

  12. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    I had this out from the library for 6 weeks and marked lots of yummy sounding recipes but only tried 1 so far. So... all I can say is that it seems good. My friend that recommended it says she loves it for the snacks and drinks.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Tonya Jenusaitis

    Great ideas for everyday food. I recommend it to everyone, not just pregnant women and mothers. My husband loved some of the dinners I made from this book. If I ever see it on sale I will probably buy it to add to my collection.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca

    Some of the main dish recipes are "hit or miss" in my opinion. However, the cookies, breads, and snacks are a huge hit!! Great recipes that you can expand on and experiment with. A must have for any parent attempting to create wholesome foods for their family. Some of the main dish recipes are "hit or miss" in my opinion. However, the cookies, breads, and snacks are a huge hit!! Great recipes that you can expand on and experiment with. A must have for any parent attempting to create wholesome foods for their family.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Jaimee

    This book proves that you can maintain a vegetarian lifestyle even when you’re pregnant and lactating. She also details the nutrition information for each dish and makes helpful suggestions for saving time- a must with a newborn!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Charise

    I wasn't pregnant and I only checked this book out to learn about the potential problems of being pregnant and vegetarian. It has some interesting nutritional facts, but many of the ingredients are hard to find, like most of the vegetarian cookbooks out there. I wasn't pregnant and I only checked this book out to learn about the potential problems of being pregnant and vegetarian. It has some interesting nutritional facts, but many of the ingredients are hard to find, like most of the vegetarian cookbooks out there.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Lucy

    I bought this book years ago when my five-year-old was a baby. The food in it is delicious, as well as being healthy and filling. The veggie soup in here (the one with the seaweed) is to die for. My son loved it then, and he loves it now.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Becky

    Some yummy stuff in here- have mostly been interested in the snacks and drinks.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Shannon

    This book has great nutritional information and recipes. I will continue using it even after my pregnancy and breastfeeding days.

  20. 4 out of 5

    shannon

    so yummy!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Dana

    Great cookbook for breastfeeding and pregnant women. Quick, healthy and easy recipes.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Angela

    One of my FAVORITE resources -- simple and delicious meals! We use this weekly...

  23. 5 out of 5

    Ash

    Amazing book and definetely one I would use even after my pregnancy.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Brynn

    Some great recipes for us flexitarians. My favorite is the zucchini avacado salsa.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Jess

  26. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie

  27. 4 out of 5

    Sara

  28. 4 out of 5

    Bainie Brunson

  29. 4 out of 5

    Diane

  30. 4 out of 5

    Krista Jones

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