Monday, June 2, 2014

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

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Clarkson Potter (May 6, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385344821
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385344821

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.

In VB6, bestselling author and New York Times columnist Mark Bittman created an easy-to-follow diet plan for vegan meals for breakfast and lunch, and healthy, vegetable-forward meals for everyday. Now in this tie-in cookbook, Bittman expands on the VB6 diet with a collection of brand new recipes and variations sto keep the diet going and to keep eating better. It’s no surprise that when you eat lots of fruits and veggies and cut back on meat and dairy, your health can improve. Bittman's reliably simple, straightforward approach to cooking, and thoughtful approach to eating more plant foods, will make this a must-cook book for both VB6 diet converts and for anyone looking to lose weight and cook, eat, and live healthier.

My Impressions

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!

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Mark BittmanBiography

Mark Bittman is one of the country's best-known, most widely respected food writers. His How to Cook Everything books, with one million copies in print, are a mainstay of the modern kitchen. Bittman writes for the Opinion section of the New York Times on food policy and cooking and is a columnist for the New York Times magazine. He is regularly featured on the Today Show in How To Cook Everything Today cooking segments. For 13 years he wrote "The Minimalist" column and now a "Minimalist" cooking show is featured on the Cooking Channel. The How to Cook Everything series is highly respected: the first edition of the flagship book How to Cook Everything won both the IACP and James Beard Awards, and How to Cook Everything Vegetarian won the 2008 IACP award. He is also the author of Food Matters, Food Matters Cookbook, Fish, and Leafy Greens.

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from the Bloggingforbooks program in exchange for my honest review and opinion. 
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