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Eat Like You Give a Damn: Recipes for the New Ethical Vegan
by Herbivore's Michelle Schwegmann and Josh Hooten
review by Marla Rose
of the many perks of writing about veganism in its various permutations
is that a pretty rad stream of exceptional cookbooks find their way
into my kitchen. As someone who has a long-view of veganism due to, you
know, being old and all, I can attest that the vegan cookbooks
published today are vastly improved from the early ones, which were
possibly the result of an excessive use of psychedelics. Today we have
everything from extravagant publications that could fit into even the
most snazzy kitchen, like Vegan Chocolate, to paeans to beloved international cuisines, like Vegan Richa’s Indian Kitchen, and the bar just seems to keep being raised higher and higher. We are really fortunate to be living at this time in history. Eat Like You Give a Damn: Recipes for the New Ethical Vegan by Michelle Schwegmann and Josh Hooten of the trailblazing vegan message-gear company, Herbivore, is yet another example.
Eat Like You Give a Damn
is a colorful, beautifully designed cookbook – would you expect any
less from the folks behind Herbivore? – with abundant, gorgeous food
photography and simple but definitely not boring recipes that anyone
can enjoy. As working parents, their recipes seem to be inspired by a
desire to get whole, tasty vegan food on the table with a minimum of
fuss and wasted time. The recipes range from the basics that everyone
will want to know, like Hummus Among Us, and their Praise Seitan Vegan Roast (yes, they had fun with their names) to showstoppers like Sweet Potato Ravioli with Popeye Pesto Sauce (made with wonton wrappers, how smart is that?) and a gooey-amazing-perfect looking Chocolate Chip-Banana Bread Pudding.
While some recipes require a fair number of ingredients, I appreciate
that the ingredients are generally whole foods that are easy to find
and inexpensive. They are all written with vivid descriptions and clear
instructions and I would think that most – if not all – could be
created by novice home cooks. There are some more demanding recipes,
too, for those who like the extra challenge but this book is decidedly
written for getting whole, nutritious food on the table with ease.
Due to the busyness of recent travels and a bunch of deadlines looming,
I haven’t had a chance to make more than one recipe from Eat Like You
Give a Damn (I have many earmarked, though) but if the one is any
indication, this cookbook is a definite winner. I made the Fubonn
Bowls, named after a beloved Asian grocery store in their native
Portland, OR and it was perfection in bowl form. With seared, savory
Un-Marinated Go-To Tofu, steamed broccoli and green beans as well as
shredded carrot and red cabbage over rice with a fantastic
Peanut-Hoisin Sauce from the cookbook, it was a beautiful combination
of flavors, colors and textures the whole family enjoyed.
With chapters ranging from raising vegan children to creating a great
cupboard and breakfast to baked goods, the authors leave no stone
unturned in helping people to expand upon cooking skills or develop
familiarity in the vegan kitchen. I highly recommend Eat Like You Give
a Damn for everyone, whether you are a notice or experienced cook, and
whether you are a vegan already or just interested in eating healthier.
You won’t be disappointed.
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