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Vegan chef of one of the top 50 food blogs on the Web, HappyHerbivore.com, Lindsay Nixon, gives hundreds of thousands of her followers recipes each month, showing that the vegan diet is not only healthy but delicious, too. Now, Nixon combines some of her tastiest recipes in The Happy Herbivore Cookbook, each made with no added fats, using only whole, plant-based foods. It’s Vegan chef of one of the top 50 food blogs on the Web, HappyHerbivore.com, Lindsay Nixon, gives hundreds of thousands of her followers recipes each month, showing that the vegan diet is not only healthy but delicious, too. Now, Nixon combines some of her tastiest recipes in The Happy Herbivore Cookbook, each made with no added fats, using only whole, plant-based foods. It’s easy to make great food at home using the fewest number of ingredients and ones that can easily be found at any store, on any budget. The Happy Herbivore Cookbook includes: •-A variety of recipes from quick and simple to decadent and advanced •-Helpful hints and cooking tips, from basic advice such as how to steam potatoes to more specific information about which bread, tofu or egg replacer works best in a recipe •-An easy-to-use glossary demystifying any ingredients that may be new to the reader •-Healthy insight: Details on the health benefits and properties of key ingredients •-Pairing suggestions with each recipe to help make menu planning easy and painless •-Allergen-free recipes, including gluten-free, soy-free, corn-free, and sugar-free With a conventionally organized format; easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions; nutritional analyses, colorful photographs; funny blurbs at the beginning of each recipe; helpful tips throughout; and chef’s notes suggesting variations for each dish, even the most novice cook will find healthy cooking easy—and delicious!


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Vegan chef of one of the top 50 food blogs on the Web, HappyHerbivore.com, Lindsay Nixon, gives hundreds of thousands of her followers recipes each month, showing that the vegan diet is not only healthy but delicious, too. Now, Nixon combines some of her tastiest recipes in The Happy Herbivore Cookbook, each made with no added fats, using only whole, plant-based foods. It’s Vegan chef of one of the top 50 food blogs on the Web, HappyHerbivore.com, Lindsay Nixon, gives hundreds of thousands of her followers recipes each month, showing that the vegan diet is not only healthy but delicious, too. Now, Nixon combines some of her tastiest recipes in The Happy Herbivore Cookbook, each made with no added fats, using only whole, plant-based foods. It’s easy to make great food at home using the fewest number of ingredients and ones that can easily be found at any store, on any budget. The Happy Herbivore Cookbook includes: •-A variety of recipes from quick and simple to decadent and advanced •-Helpful hints and cooking tips, from basic advice such as how to steam potatoes to more specific information about which bread, tofu or egg replacer works best in a recipe •-An easy-to-use glossary demystifying any ingredients that may be new to the reader •-Healthy insight: Details on the health benefits and properties of key ingredients •-Pairing suggestions with each recipe to help make menu planning easy and painless •-Allergen-free recipes, including gluten-free, soy-free, corn-free, and sugar-free With a conventionally organized format; easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions; nutritional analyses, colorful photographs; funny blurbs at the beginning of each recipe; helpful tips throughout; and chef’s notes suggesting variations for each dish, even the most novice cook will find healthy cooking easy—and delicious!

30 review for The Happy Herbivore Cookbook: Over 175 Delicious Fat-Free and Low-Fat Vegan Recipes

  1. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Vegan

    My new definition of torture? Reading this book while hungry, and it was only slightly less painful to read when not hungry because almost everything looks so delicious. As I read, I started making shopping lists of ingredients I’d need to buy in order to make a few of the recipes. I can remember doing that with only a couple other cookbooks. I stayed up very late at night (early morning) to finish this book. That’s how engrossing it was for me. And I loved the adorable little elephant that appear My new definition of torture? Reading this book while hungry, and it was only slightly less painful to read when not hungry because almost everything looks so delicious. As I read, I started making shopping lists of ingredients I’d need to buy in order to make a few of the recipes. I can remember doing that with only a couple other cookbooks. I stayed up very late at night (early morning) to finish this book. That’s how engrossing it was for me. And I loved the adorable little elephant that appears on many pages. So cute. Recently, I filled out a survey for an upcoming book, a survey about what vegans eat, and one of the questions was what were my three favorite cookbooks. I own over 100 vegan cookbooks and have read several I don’t own, and found that question impossible to answer well; I could have probably answered fairly accurately had I been asked to name my 30 favorite cookbooks. Now, I’m prepared to add this book to that list, and I wish I’d read this book before I answered the questionnaire because I think I’d have included it as one of my three favorite cookbooks. It’s certainly in my top 30 (Of course, I don’t know which book would get displaced from the short list I gave) and in my top ten. I actually wrote a f/u email and mentioned this book as my new favorite. I didn’t know if my email would do any good because I wasn’t sure if the deadline for submissions had passed, but the co-author promptly emailed me back and said they’d have a look at the book; I am so happy about that. I’m really glad the author is already a Goodreads author member because otherwise I’d have expended the effort and invited her to join. This is a gorgeous book: beautiful layout, mouthwatering inducing photos, many photos; there are even photos within the index pages. I so appreciate that the author is cognizant of such things as cost of food and complexity of recipes and ease of finding ingredients. She’s personable and her notes at the start of every recipe are entertaining and useful. She also has an additional chef’s note on some of the recipe pages, also including very helpful information. These notes definitely contribute to making this book fun to read. I appreciate all the recipes where she includes suggested variations to the basic recipe. She also tells a bit about her background, an inclusion I enjoyed. This is an ideal book for novice cooks, new vegans, vegans who cook for omnivores and/or children, anybody who wants to eat lower fat versions of favorite foods, anybody interested in healthy vegan eating, and there are quite a few decadent and comfort food recipes included, which should please almost all eaters. One thing I noticed is that she uses a lot of non-dairy milk, and she even includes a homemade recipe for brown rice milk, which I doubt I’ll use, but it’s cool that it’s there. I’ve rarely use milks, but I’m willing to use them to try out some of these recipes. I love that she uses whole grains because that’s what I like to eat. She has icons at applicable recipes for: no cooking required, quick, fat-free, gluten-free, soy-free, kid-friendly, and omni-friendly. The latter she explains are recipes that were particularly enjoyed by omnivores. All of the recipes were taste tested by vegans and omnivores, overall positively I assume, but the omni icon are ones best liked by the omnivores. I think these icons at recipes are important information to have for most cooks. For people with allergies or food sensitivities, people who have children, and for those who need to cook to please both omnivores and vegans, this information is indispensable. Each recipe has nutritional information and, unlike most other cookbooks that include these numbers, here a disclaimer is provided make clear that there are variations and the numbers are not likely to be exact. I appreciated that honesty. Stats provided are calories, calories from fat, total fat in grams, cholesterol (I love it when vegan cookbooks include this because the number is always 0!), total carbohydrate in grams, dietary fiber number grams, grams of sugars, and protein number of grams. There’s a plethora of recipes I want to try! The taste testers for this book were so lucky. The author has a food blog and some of the recipes have been available there. The recipes in the book that follow are the ones that most appealed to me and I do plan to make some of them (listed in general order of my reading them, not in order of most compelling): gingerbread mini-loaves, cinnamon buns, Nomelet, maple muffins, banana bread, French toast, pumpkin bread, pancakes, creamy carrot soup, African kale and yam soup, curried sweet potato soup, red lentil dal, black bean burgers, hippie loaf, easy macaroni and cheese with the cheddar cheesy sauce (I can’t emphasize enough how thrilled I am to find a recipe for vegan cheese sauce/vegan cheese that doesn’t include mustard!!!), broccoli pesto pasta, corn pudding, baked onion rings, dirty mashed potatoes, Charleston red rice, dirty rice, traditional stuffing (probably for next Thanksgiving/winter holidays!), chocolate chip cookies, black bean brownies, single-serving brownie (perfect for when I don’t trust myself with an entire pan of them!), chocolate cupcakes, strawberry cupcakes, pumpkin pie, maple icing, vanilla icing, tofu chocolate icing, brown gravy, Thanksgiving gravy (ditto for the next winter holidays along with the stuffing!), enchilada sauce, the aforementioned cheddar cheesy sauce, tofu ricotta cheese, cranberry sauce (although I think I’d rather try Alicia Silverstone’s with the maple syrup vs. the agave nectar, but I love cranberries so I’m likely to try both), Cajun essence (spice mixture), and there are more too. It seems as though I listed a great many but I couldn't leave out any of the above. Different eaters might like recipes different from my favorites. There are some meat analog dishes here too for those who like them; I don’t. The index is good, although I did notice I first had trouble finding the brown rice milk recipe that’s included, but overall it’s well laid out and comprehensive, and I didn’t have trouble finding anything else. (The brown rice milk is under brown, but not rice, or milk, or non-dairy milk; the non-dairy milk listing is for non-dairy milks’ general description in the appendix.) Also, the index pages have appendix at the top of the pages. I think those are typos. The table of contents is long but I want to include its section titles so potential readers/cooks can see how wonderfully comprehensive this book is. It would make a fine gift for a novice cook, a new vegan as their first cookbok, someone starting out in a new kitchen, and really absolutely anyone who enjoys vegan cookbooks. Table of Contents: Introduction: A Word from Lindsay Why Vegan? Why Fat-Free and Low-Fat? Getting Started Kitchen Prep Lingo Troubleshooting Tips How to Use This Book Top Ten Tips Breakfast & Brunch Muffins & Breads Soups, Dals, & Chilis Burgers, Wraps, Tacos, & More Quick One-Pot Dinners Tofu & Vegan Meats Pasta & Casseroles Mix & Match: Vegetables, Grains, & Beans Desserts Dips, Snacks, & Finger Foods Spreads, Gravies, & Sauces Condiments, Spices, & More Appendix: Glossary of Ingredients Recipe Substitutions Metric Conversions Index Acknowledgements About the Author

  2. 4 out of 5

    Clackamas

    First of all, I'm not vegan. Second, I'm one of those people who just KNEW I could never give up cheese. But in the interest of health, I decided that incorporating some vegan dishes would do me some good. I was all gung-ho and bought several cookbooks. This is the only one I use regularly. Here's the thing: Ramen is vegan. French fries are vegan. Onion rings are vegan. Many vegan cookbooks have animal-product-less recipes, but they are not necessarily healthy. The recipes in this book are healt First of all, I'm not vegan. Second, I'm one of those people who just KNEW I could never give up cheese. But in the interest of health, I decided that incorporating some vegan dishes would do me some good. I was all gung-ho and bought several cookbooks. This is the only one I use regularly. Here's the thing: Ramen is vegan. French fries are vegan. Onion rings are vegan. Many vegan cookbooks have animal-product-less recipes, but they are not necessarily healthy. The recipes in this book are healthy, vegan, and (shock of shocks) TASTY. This book has recipes for how to make your own fake meats, instead of buying the high sodium ones at the grocery. It teaches you how to use low fat/ low sodium seasoning that you might never have used before to bring out flavors in dishes that would otherwise be quite bland. Finally, the author tested her recipes with her meat-and-potato friends and with kids. She lists the recipes that have their seal of approval for taste and she isn't lying. This is a fantastic cookbook for healthy, good tasting food.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Sara

    I was really excited to buy Lindsay's books. After trying most of the recipes in multiple books, I threw them all out. These recipes are so bad, and Lindsay's advice is so bad, I don't want to subject anyone else to them. Some of these "recipes" aren't, like chickpeas mixed with salsa. Others don't work (caramel apple muffins), and some just taste bad. The few decent recipes are plagiarized from cookbooks published years earlier. The reason I'm throwing the books out is because Lindsay fancies h I was really excited to buy Lindsay's books. After trying most of the recipes in multiple books, I threw them all out. These recipes are so bad, and Lindsay's advice is so bad, I don't want to subject anyone else to them. Some of these "recipes" aren't, like chickpeas mixed with salsa. Others don't work (caramel apple muffins), and some just taste bad. The few decent recipes are plagiarized from cookbooks published years earlier. The reason I'm throwing the books out is because Lindsay fancies herself to be a nutritionist. I followed her food plans and they are borderline anorexic. By no means should a tortilla with spinach and strawberries be considered a meal. There are many better vegan/plant-based cookbooks out there, with sound nutritional information. Additionally, Lindsay and her fans ("herbies") react to any question as though it is criticism. Reading her books and blog made me feel like I was a part of a cult.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Ellen Trautner

    I got this from the library because I like trying new recipes and reading cookbooks. I try to incorporate lots of plant based foods into our diet, so I love vegan recipes. I was minimally aware of The Happy Herbivore blog and book prior to getting this, but I had never really tried any of their stuff. So I didn't know that not only is it vegan, it's a low-fat/fat-free emphasis. I don't really like fat-free foods in general, and while I think it's good to eliminate unhealthy fats, there's a lot o I got this from the library because I like trying new recipes and reading cookbooks. I try to incorporate lots of plant based foods into our diet, so I love vegan recipes. I was minimally aware of The Happy Herbivore blog and book prior to getting this, but I had never really tried any of their stuff. So I didn't know that not only is it vegan, it's a low-fat/fat-free emphasis. I don't really like fat-free foods in general, and while I think it's good to eliminate unhealthy fats, there's a lot of good fat out there too! And they add so much flavor! Anyways, I tried the Hawaiian barbeque chickpeas, tuna salad, and black bean brownies. I wasn't a fan of the chickpeas but my husband really liked it. The brownies were yummy, but their texture was more like fudge. Bananas were used as the sweetener and they tasted like chocolate banana fudge (not a bad thing!). But the favorite recipe I tried was the tuna salad (made with chickpeas and vegan mayonnaise and kelp powder among other things). I had to special order the kelp powder because no one in town carried it, but it was really tasty in a pita pocket with lettuce and tomato on top! The recipes don't give that many details, but the pictures are nice. There's a glossary in the back about various ingredients and cooking techniques. There's a short intro in the front explaining the vegan low-fat diet, but overall, this is a straightforward cookbook and not that interesting to read. I like cookbooks that have lots of tips, anecdotes, stories, some historical notes, etc. But that's just my taste. As a straightforward cookbook, if you're looking for low-fat plant based foods, this is pretty good.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Rachel

    I came across HappyHerbivore.com this past summer and fell in love with the delicious and simple recipes! Whenever I heard a cookbook was coming out, and being an aspiring vegan, I HAD to buy it. This is definitely my new favorite cookbook.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Sara

    The Happy Herbivore is één van mijn eerste vegan kookboeken. Ik weet nog dat ik het kocht omdat de gelijknamige blog toen een behoorlijke hit was, of dat was toch zo op de blogs die ik toen volgde. Eerlijk gezegd was ik een beetje teleurgesteld toen ik het boek eindelijk kreeg… De recepten zagen er niet echt aantrekkelijk uit en de foto’s waren wat ondermaats (en zijn dat nog steeds). Maar – ja daar komt de grote maar – zo’n 4 jaar na datum heb ik eindelijk een recept uit The Happy Herbivore uit The Happy Herbivore is één van mijn eerste vegan kookboeken. Ik weet nog dat ik het kocht omdat de gelijknamige blog toen een behoorlijke hit was, of dat was toch zo op de blogs die ik toen volgde. Eerlijk gezegd was ik een beetje teleurgesteld toen ik het boek eindelijk kreeg… De recepten zagen er niet echt aantrekkelijk uit en de foto’s waren wat ondermaats (en zijn dat nog steeds). Maar – ja daar komt de grote maar – zo’n 4 jaar na datum heb ik eindelijk een recept uit The Happy Herbivore uitgeprobeerd. J. had zin in pasta carbonara. Ik vond echter niet meteen een recept, maar wel één voor fettuccine alfredo in THH. Het zag er makkelijk uit èn ik kon ineens de blok silken tofu gebruiken die al enkele weken smeekte om omgetoverd te worden in iets lekkers. Veel werk was dit gerecht niet: het waren voornamelijk wat ingrediënten samen gooien in de blender en een pot pasta koken. Het lekkerste waren de bacon bits. Erg simpel en erg smaakvol! Ik dacht dat het met gedroogd sojagehakt niet zou lukken om de smaak van bacon ook maar een beetje na te bootsen, maar het waren knapperige, zoute, gerookte stukjes genot. De alfredosaus zelf mocht wat krachtiger zijn, de toevoeging van peterselie, vegan parmezaan en de bacon bits waren noodzakelijk om er een goed gerecht van te maken. Lees hier verder: https://veggiesara.wordpress.com/2016...

  7. 5 out of 5

    Jenni

    I love it! Easy to follow recipes, common (easy to find) ingredients, and my favorite feature of any cookbook: plenty of giant, full-color photos. It's always great to see another awesome vegan cookbook on the market and I'm proud to add this one to my collection. I've been a vegan for about 8 years, and I love cookbooks like this one because they help confirm for the omni-world that vegans do have tasty, delicious, and yes, still healthy things to eat. The Happy Herbivore blog, Twitter, and Fac I love it! Easy to follow recipes, common (easy to find) ingredients, and my favorite feature of any cookbook: plenty of giant, full-color photos. It's always great to see another awesome vegan cookbook on the market and I'm proud to add this one to my collection. I've been a vegan for about 8 years, and I love cookbooks like this one because they help confirm for the omni-world that vegans do have tasty, delicious, and yes, still healthy things to eat. The Happy Herbivore blog, Twitter, and Facebook pages also make a nice way to stay in touch with other vegans and ask questions if anything in a recipe is confusing (which is rare, since the recipes are simple to follow and the instructions are clear). To top it all off, the recipes are all fat-free or low-fat, with detailed nutritional information on every page. Honestly, I couldn't find a complaint about The Happy Herbivore Cookbook if I tried! :)

  8. 5 out of 5

    Leigh

    This book may appeal to new vegans or people who are trying to cut down on their meat consumption. But for an old timer like me, I found it filled with the same old renovated American/Tex-Mex comfort food done by every vegan with a book deal every few years. Based on the rave reviews for this book, I was disappointed to find nothing new to try. I won't be transitioning this library book to my permanent collection.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Kim

    I am not a Vegan, but I try to eat healthy and avoid meat. I am really trying to like this cookbook, but after trying at least 15 recipes, the only thing I can recommend so far is the banana bread. Sometimes I think Vegans have gone so long without good food that their taste buds forget what good food tastes like.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Viriam

    Very useful cookbook covering a lot of classics. Of particular use is the instant key to recipes, labeling each as vegan/veggie/gluten free etc. I particularely liked the family and child oriented recipes. Worth reading.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie Snyder

    Plant based life style made easy.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Ash

    Lot of great recipes which look delicious and have very less ingredients. Her recipes are not complicated or time consuming. Probably my second favorite vegan author after Isa Chandra.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Crystal

    This is Lindsay's first cookbook, but the second one I read. I love that her recipes make cooking and eating vegan EASY as well as tasty. Clearly I'm not the only one--she's shot to cooking stardom from her start on her blog, and just look at the raving reviews quoted on the cover and inside this book. Sure, there are the occasional recipes that taste a little odd if you're not used to vegan food. But most people will tell you that if you're trying to go vegan, don't start with making substitute This is Lindsay's first cookbook, but the second one I read. I love that her recipes make cooking and eating vegan EASY as well as tasty. Clearly I'm not the only one--she's shot to cooking stardom from her start on her blog, and just look at the raving reviews quoted on the cover and inside this book. Sure, there are the occasional recipes that taste a little odd if you're not used to vegan food. But most people will tell you that if you're trying to go vegan, don't start with making substitute versions of your favorite dishes. Make dishes that are vegan and good, and enjoy those. Then when your palate has adjusted, you can try recreated versions of old favorites. Because, honestly, vegan mac and cheese or lasagna will NEVER taste the same as the original. But you can eventually find healthy versions that are delicious on their own. Basic facts about switching to a low-fat vegan diet, as well as the reasons for/ benefits of such a switch, are covered at the beginning and end of this book. In between are the recipes that are making her famous. With good reason. I'd admit that so far I prefer Everyday Happy Herbivore, her second cookbook, to this one. But I still liked enough of the recipes in this to go out and buy a copy, and I'm slowly working my way through them all. Well, OK, not all of them. This isn't a gluten free cookbook. She's kind enough to label recipes with various icons, one of which is "gluten-free." So I can tell at a glance which ones will likely be safe for me. This being her first cookbook, I noticed that a lot more of the recipes have gluten in them. I can tell by the second one she was making more of an effort to eliminate gluten from recipes, or present it in ways that are easy to substitute. So far I've tried the Tofu Scramble, which is pretty much the same as the one in EHH, but very good. My husband always complains I don't make enough of it. The Aztec Corn Soup was also good; the quinoa gave it a different texture, but not bad, and I liked the taste too. The Garden Chowder was tasty; I served it with biscuits. And the Mexican Cabbage was a little strange--I like cabbage, and I like some Mexican food, but the combination was a little strange. It wasn't bad, and it was very filling. Just odd. I'm looking forward to trying many more of these recipes, though. Especially Hippie Loaf, perhaps with a side of Maple-Glazed Vegetables, Dirty Mashed Potatoes, and/or Veggie Slaw. I'm also looking forward to Tamale Casserole, Bean Cakes, and No-Heuvos Rancheros. The ingredient lists seem reasonable to me, shopping at a normal grocery store, and the assembly is usually much simpler and easier than a lot of other vegan cookbooks I've come across. This isn't gourmet. It's just good (as well as healthy). Review also available at http://onceaweekormore.wordpress.com/2013/02/23/im-a-happy-herbivore/

  14. 4 out of 5

    Aubrey

    So I've been really wrapped up with DIY projects and recipe making that I haven't read as much. Yet this is the cookbook that I made most of those recipes out of. Hands down the best vegan cookbook I've come across yet! Bold statement, I know. But do you know that feeling of when you pick up a cookbook and flip through the recipes, deciding which ones you will try and it's only really a handful? Well I didn't get that feeling with this cookbook. What I loved about it: 1) It's low-fat, in that she So I've been really wrapped up with DIY projects and recipe making that I haven't read as much. Yet this is the cookbook that I made most of those recipes out of. Hands down the best vegan cookbook I've come across yet! Bold statement, I know. But do you know that feeling of when you pick up a cookbook and flip through the recipes, deciding which ones you will try and it's only really a handful? Well I didn't get that feeling with this cookbook. What I loved about it: 1) It's low-fat, in that she uses no oil or some recipes have very very little oil. If it's T. Colin Campbell approved then it's good. ;) 2) I've already tried about 5 recipes out of it and have yet to be let down; in fact, I loved every one. 3) She keeps it simple. I get so tired of the cookbooks with the endless list of ingredients and long directions. It's like those authors are trying too hard, just so that they can get a "unique" dish or a snazzy photo. Lindsay even keeps her photos very basic, which tells the reader that they can do it too. 4) She keeps it cheap. With a shorter list of ingredients the recipes are cheaper. So she truly keeps the reader in mind. 5) She keeps it classic. Again, she doesn't try to jazz it up with "different" dishes but keeps classics like brownies, burgers and more. She throws things in that you may not have thought of combining before but keeps those ingredients simple. 6) She provides lots of pictures. I personally like to know what a dish looks like before trying it out. Honestly the vegan cookbooks I used to love, like Colleen Patrick-Goudreau's cookbooks, I no longer do because there is much oil, the ingredients are too much, the directions often too long, and it's generally stuff that I wouldn't make day to day. With Lindsay's book I'd make these recipes daily. I've even said "that's a staple recipe now." Well to the point, I highly recommend this cookbook and her blog, which also contains recipes found in this cookbook and more. If interested just go to my blog Cognizant Dreamer and in the search option at the top type in "Happy Herbivore." Cheers everyone!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Volkert

    I have been a "part-time vegetarian" for over ten years (and tried being a full-time vegetarian a few other times in the past), but it wasn't until I read Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease: The Revolutionary, Scientifically Proven, Nutrition-Based Cure by Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn last August, that I found the inspiration to do something about the heart-disease that runs in my family. A month later my cholesterol had dropped to 158, I had lost 10 pounds, and my energy level had improved considerabl I have been a "part-time vegetarian" for over ten years (and tried being a full-time vegetarian a few other times in the past), but it wasn't until I read Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease: The Revolutionary, Scientifically Proven, Nutrition-Based Cure by Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn last August, that I found the inspiration to do something about the heart-disease that runs in my family. A month later my cholesterol had dropped to 158, I had lost 10 pounds, and my energy level had improved considerably. Then we discovered Lindsay Nixon, the Happy Herbivore, and bought this amazing cookbook. We have had more fun in the kitchen over the past couple of months than ever before, and we have loved everything we've eaten. Sometimes we use these recipes exactly as written, and sometimes, such as in the case of her Chili Sans Carne, we simply use it as starting-off point. Our favorite recipes (to date) are Tofu Scramble, Herbed Home Fries, Cornbread, Cincinnati "Skyline" Chili, Torkey (Tofu Turkey) with Thanksgiving Gravy, Easy Macaroni and Cheese, Maple-Glazed Vegetables, Oatmeal Cookies, Pumpkin Pie with Graham Cracker Crust, Chili-Lime Corn Chips, Cheddar Cheesy Sauce, Mayo, and Vegan Worcestershire Sauce. I have also successfully used the Happy Herbivore's Fat Replacement suggestions to adapt three of my favorite recipes for the bread machine. (I'll be trying more of these in the future, now that I know I can continue using my bread machine.) We love this cookbook, and this new way of living, which the Happy Herbivore has helped make easier and even more fun... and delicious! (November 25, 2011.)

  16. 5 out of 5

    Liz

    Lindsay S. Nixon, the author thinks the way I do. I want simple, quick and delicious. She has managed all three. I now own all of her books and they are my bibles for plant-based eating.

  17. 5 out of 5

    C.J. Prince

    If you're in the doldrums when faced with a dinner decision, this book will whet your appetite and raise your eyebrows and delight your palette. A gift from my daughter...who was born a vegan and then drifted. She kept talking about the book, how delicious the recipes were and how much weight she'd lost without thinking Weight Watchers. wow. then, surprise, the book comes in the mail, a gift for a life. There are crazy combinations and they all taste fabulous. Really, you simply must taste the gar If you're in the doldrums when faced with a dinner decision, this book will whet your appetite and raise your eyebrows and delight your palette. A gift from my daughter...who was born a vegan and then drifted. She kept talking about the book, how delicious the recipes were and how much weight she'd lost without thinking Weight Watchers. wow. then, surprise, the book comes in the mail, a gift for a life. There are crazy combinations and they all taste fabulous. Really, you simply must taste the garbanzo bean tacos. I'm not kidding. And Cheater Phad Thai -- you make your own sauce using peanut butter (it doesn't taste like it thought) and what you can do with cabbage reveals a whole new realm of culinary pleasures.

  18. 4 out of 5

    E St

    This is one of the better cookbooks when it comes to vegan cooking; all of the recipes I've tried are easy to make, taste delicious, and they work! Many vegan cookbooks have recipes that don't actually work, and they get good reviews from other vegans even though the recipes are shite, and so you'll see not so good books with good ratings - but this is one cookbook that actually deserves a stellar rating. I think that this would work for people who are just starting out a vegetarian lifestyle beca This is one of the better cookbooks when it comes to vegan cooking; all of the recipes I've tried are easy to make, taste delicious, and they work! Many vegan cookbooks have recipes that don't actually work, and they get good reviews from other vegans even though the recipes are shite, and so you'll see not so good books with good ratings - but this is one cookbook that actually deserves a stellar rating. I think that this would work for people who are just starting out a vegetarian lifestyle because the recipes are so easy, and for people who don't have much experience with cooking/baking. Also, people who have been vegetarian/vegan for a longer time might get something new from the recipes.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Krista McCracken

    I liked the organization of the cookbook, but found some of the recipes a bit too reliant on artificial ingredients for my liking. There is a myriad of TVP recipes, and a 'fake' meat section that I didn't find too helpful. Similarly, some of the food photography displayed dishes that didn't look all that appealing. By the looks of things some of the artificial ingredients could easily be substituted out and many recipes could be made vegetarian instead of strictly vegan. I really loved the symbo I liked the organization of the cookbook, but found some of the recipes a bit too reliant on artificial ingredients for my liking. There is a myriad of TVP recipes, and a 'fake' meat section that I didn't find too helpful. Similarly, some of the food photography displayed dishes that didn't look all that appealing. By the looks of things some of the artificial ingredients could easily be substituted out and many recipes could be made vegetarian instead of strictly vegan. I really loved the symbol system used to denote the contents of the recipe at a glance. For example, every gluten free recipe has a "G" symbol at the top of it, and every sugar free recipe has an crossed out S symbol.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Raven

    I'm always on the lookout for new meatless recipes, but unfortunately this wasn't what I was looking for. I really wanted to like it, but I found the recipes disappointing and didn't find many of them particularly appealing. Far too much baking and a lot of reliance of wheat-based ingredients. The few recipes I was comfortable trying weren't that great - I have similar recipes that are better. It is well organized, and the instructions are very clear. It would be very easy for beginners to follow, I'm always on the lookout for new meatless recipes, but unfortunately this wasn't what I was looking for. I really wanted to like it, but I found the recipes disappointing and didn't find many of them particularly appealing. Far too much baking and a lot of reliance of wheat-based ingredients. The few recipes I was comfortable trying weren't that great - I have similar recipes that are better. It is well organized, and the instructions are very clear. It would be very easy for beginners to follow, to be sure. As with any recipe collection, take the reviews with a grain of salt (no pun intended) - good recipes are in the eye of the beholder, so you may find this book really useful. I'll just keep looking :)

  21. 5 out of 5

    Britt Taylor

    This cookbook shows you that you can make delicious moist baked goods easily, vegan, and FAT FREE! The ingredients are simple and clean, the techniques are possible for anyone, and you won't understand why on earth you ever added oil to all that stuff in the past. There are simple day to day easy recipes, as well as quick stock basics, like vegan fat free mayonnaise, that you can whip up in a sec and never have to buy again. Another note on the baked goods, which are only a small portion of this This cookbook shows you that you can make delicious moist baked goods easily, vegan, and FAT FREE! The ingredients are simple and clean, the techniques are possible for anyone, and you won't understand why on earth you ever added oil to all that stuff in the past. There are simple day to day easy recipes, as well as quick stock basics, like vegan fat free mayonnaise, that you can whip up in a sec and never have to buy again. Another note on the baked goods, which are only a small portion of this book: these are NOT the dog biscuit vegan offerings you've been offered in the past. Even my hard to please toddlers are gobbling them up like its a day at the fair.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Christine Turner

    Vegan chef of one of the top 50 food blogs on the Web, HappyHerbivore.com, Lindsay Nixon, gives hundreds of thousands of her followers recipes each month, showing that the vegan diet is not only healthy but delicious, too.Now, Nixon combines some of her tastiest recipes in The Happy Herbivore Cookbook, each made with no added fats, using only whole, plant-based foods. It's easy to make great food at home using the fewest number of ingredients and ones that can easily be found at any store, on an Vegan chef of one of the top 50 food blogs on the Web, HappyHerbivore.com, Lindsay Nixon, gives hundreds of thousands of her followers recipes each month, showing that the vegan diet is not only healthy but delicious, too.Now, Nixon combines some of her tastiest recipes in The Happy Herbivore Cookbook, each made with no added fats, using only whole, plant-based foods. It's easy to make great food at home using the fewest number of ingredients and ones that can easily be found at any store, on any budget. Even the most novice cook will find healthy cooking easy-and delicious! Subjects Vegan cooking Cookbooks

  23. 4 out of 5

    Azyogini

    I'm a foodie. I'm a vegan. Overall, I find whole food/plant based cook books to be filled with bland recipes that require a lot more seasoning than the recipe suggests. And this is no exception. For those of us who eat for health, Nixon offers some intriguing ideas, but vastly under seasoned and bland. Her baked goods recipes are fine but over sugared. I use half of the sugar suggested if that much. Sugar is just as bad as fat to our health. I'm a good cook, maybe some would consider me a gourme I'm a foodie. I'm a vegan. Overall, I find whole food/plant based cook books to be filled with bland recipes that require a lot more seasoning than the recipe suggests. And this is no exception. For those of us who eat for health, Nixon offers some intriguing ideas, but vastly under seasoned and bland. Her baked goods recipes are fine but over sugared. I use half of the sugar suggested if that much. Sugar is just as bad as fat to our health. I'm a good cook, maybe some would consider me a gourmet.... but this is not a gourmet cookbook, but its a good launching place for someone just starting down the healthier path.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Dianna

    This is a solid plant-based cookbook. Some recipes rely on meat substitutes, which I don't use, but there are many good ideas and recipes in here. I love how simple they are; I can get something tasty on the table in no time. So many vegan recipes have huge, daunting ingredient lists calling for things I've never heard of and fifty-seven steps. Not these. As far as I know, this is Lindsay S. Nixon's first cookbooks. She creates amazing recipes. Her subsequent books do have recipes that improve o This is a solid plant-based cookbook. Some recipes rely on meat substitutes, which I don't use, but there are many good ideas and recipes in here. I love how simple they are; I can get something tasty on the table in no time. So many vegan recipes have huge, daunting ingredient lists calling for things I've never heard of and fifty-seven steps. Not these. As far as I know, this is Lindsay S. Nixon's first cookbooks. She creates amazing recipes. Her subsequent books do have recipes that improve on some of these, so it's good to keep that in mind.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Jenny

    Who "reads" cookbooks? I had never. I usually look through them, but not read them like a real book. But when The Happy Herbivore came in the mail, I read it. I started by just reading the beginning, and then my curiousity got me going and I kept reading. And kept reading. And kept reading. Until it was done. I wanted to have a cookbook that gave me good options for healthy recipes. So far, there are some I like, some I love, and there was one that was...not good...but Callie and Samantha still a Who "reads" cookbooks? I had never. I usually look through them, but not read them like a real book. But when The Happy Herbivore came in the mail, I read it. I started by just reading the beginning, and then my curiousity got me going and I kept reading. And kept reading. And kept reading. Until it was done. I wanted to have a cookbook that gave me good options for healthy recipes. So far, there are some I like, some I love, and there was one that was...not good...but Callie and Samantha still ate it with pleasure. I like the cookbook. It is giving me easy options for healthier alternatives to what we are currently eating. And my family is liking it too. So, yippee for that.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Teresa Tahu

    Great cookbook for those who want to go vegan, but afraid it is too expensive and ingredients too difficult to find. Nixon uses very simple ingredients that are found in all grocers and most of her recipes call for a limited number of ingredients. One of the greatest additions is the inclusion of weight watcher points for those of us watching our intake. My favorite recipes so far are cheater peanut butter muffins and sonoma no chicken salad. Highly, highly recommend for anyone who is vegan curi Great cookbook for those who want to go vegan, but afraid it is too expensive and ingredients too difficult to find. Nixon uses very simple ingredients that are found in all grocers and most of her recipes call for a limited number of ingredients. One of the greatest additions is the inclusion of weight watcher points for those of us watching our intake. My favorite recipes so far are cheater peanut butter muffins and sonoma no chicken salad. Highly, highly recommend for anyone who is vegan curious and those who are already vegans as well!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Alisha Hanson-Glatzel

    I have been busy cooking away and my family has been busy gobbling up all the delicious meals! I love that Nixon's recipes are not only vegan but fat-free or law-fat. You don't miss the meat and you certainly don't miss the fat. So far, my favorite recipes are: 1) The brown gravy for potatoes (amazingly de-lish without any meat products to flavor it & probably one of the most flavorful gravies I have ever made). 2) The Hippie Loaf (without bread, meat or dairy - this thing takes a while to pul I have been busy cooking away and my family has been busy gobbling up all the delicious meals! I love that Nixon's recipes are not only vegan but fat-free or law-fat. You don't miss the meat and you certainly don't miss the fat. So far, my favorite recipes are: 1) The brown gravy for potatoes (amazingly de-lish without any meat products to flavor it & probably one of the most flavorful gravies I have ever made). 2) The Hippie Loaf (without bread, meat or dairy - this thing takes a while to pull together so I just make 2 at a time, it's amazing!)

  28. 5 out of 5

    Hanako

    haven't actually tried any of the recipes yet. a bit disappointed with how much sugar is in the recipes...almost all of them. even a lot of the main dishes. however, i think in many i can just leave it out without it changing things too much. and some of the recipes did look really good. several recipes with fake meat, but also several recipes i definitely want to try - like a oil-free version of mayo. i think that the recipes will be easier for my husband to like than some of the Fuhrman recipe haven't actually tried any of the recipes yet. a bit disappointed with how much sugar is in the recipes...almost all of them. even a lot of the main dishes. however, i think in many i can just leave it out without it changing things too much. and some of the recipes did look really good. several recipes with fake meat, but also several recipes i definitely want to try - like a oil-free version of mayo. i think that the recipes will be easier for my husband to like than some of the Fuhrman recipes, so I think it'll be a worthwhile book to have.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Jessica Liew

    Probably best for committed vegans as you have to make vegan alternatives from the recipes in this book before you can prepare other recipes in the book. If you don't live in an urban area some ingredients would be more challenging to find. Even in the city, we found we had to go to specialty stores to find some items. The recipes we did try were good, but we ruled out quite a few due to the issues mentioned above.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Katie

    I really love this cookbook. It's really perfect for the ordinary person who doesn't want to spend hours in the kitchen making gourmet meals every night. That is the problem I've run into with a lot of vegan cookbooks (cookbooks in general), they are to fancy. I just want a cookbook that's easy, has ingredients I can find at the supermarket and makes over some favorite comfort foods. This is it.

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