I bought Appetite for Reduction over six years ago when I was looking for low-fat recipes that would fall more in line with the Mc Dougal plant based diet. While Isa Chandra Moskowitz doesn't insist on starting every recipe with a weird ritual of "sautéing" in water (isn't that boiling? At least until the water evaporates? Or is that just me?), this cookbook is an excellent place to start mastering low-fat vegan know-how. This is one of my favorite vegan cookbooks, and I've collected quite a few over the years. In fact, I still keep it nearby when I'm in the kitchen because it is flooded with cooking ideas, tips and tricks. This cookbook is written by someone with a real love of food, a whip smart sense of humor about food, and enviable culinary skills. In fact, in the low-fat subgenre of vegan cookbooks, I find this easily one of the best of its kind. It isn't always easy being vegan, but it can be especially challenging when vegan morphs into low-fat.
The recipes in this cookbook are delicious and the techniques the author shares are priceless gifts to the committed vegan cook- they are skills you won't find anywhere else- where else will I learn to make a wicked fabulous gravy out of chickpeas or ricotta for my lasagna out of cauliflower?
Additionally, the book features an exhaustive index allowing vegan cooks to find recipes quickly whether they are trying to find a way to use up the eggplant in the bottom of the refrigerator or easy ideas for low-fat yet flavorful hummus.
If you are new to vegan cooking, new to low-fat vegan cooking, or perhaps just learning your way around the kitchen (because if you don't cook you don't eat on planet vegan.), I strongly recommend getting your hands on a copy of this cookbook. Five stars.
- Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: Da Capo Lifelong Books; 1 edition (7 December 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1600940498
- ISBN-13: 978-1600940491
- Product Dimensions: 18.7 x 2.2 x 23.5 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 540 g
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 86,572 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)