Wednesday, May 4, 2011

The Part-Time Vegan by Cherise Grifoni

First of all, let me confess. I am the woman that hates to cook, but has a bunch of cookbooks... maybe part of that is that I hope a recipe will inspire an enjoyment of cooking or something ;)

I was intrigued with the title of this book, "Part-Time Vegan" (emphasis mine). My husband and I have been kicking around the idea of having "meatless Monday" or something like that - to help financially and get some more veggies in our bodies!
I now have a cookbook with more sticky-noted recipes than ever.

I really appreciated the author's first chapter, "Veganism 101." She addresses what being a vegan means. She reminds the reader that it's "not a fad diet and should never be treated as one" (p.3). She stresses talking to your doctor if you'd like to make it a lifetime change. But, what I liked most was her explanation of vegan ingredients. Without this, the book full of recipes would be meaningless to a non-vegan person like myself. I now know what ingredients replace what (and honestly, where I can "cheat" and just use a non-vegan product in a pinch to complete a recipe).

The recipes are broken up into appropriate chapters and some recipes even include "part time tips" if the reader is like I am, and just interested in inserting more vegan-type meals into the meal plan.

I heartily recommend this book (with the warning that she does use some strong language within her dialog on veganism). I am excited to begin introducing some of these recipes into our monthly meals. The ingredients are on my next shopping list!

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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