This cookbook was given to me a few years ago as a Christmas gift by a vegan friend. I have to admit, at that time I wasn’t remotely interested in vegan cooking and didn’t even open the cover.
Fast forward a couple of years to issues with high blood pressure, high cholesterol and weight gain. I was looking for some non-meat meals to cook, and remembered I had this cookbook on my bookshelf. Time to give it a try.
As soon as I opened it and started reading, I knew this was a cookbook that I could use. Thanks Michele for the gift!
Particularly relevant was the story at the beginning about Dreena’s in-laws. She outlines their health problems, and the benefits they got from going vegan. Also, she has included some interesting statistics about heart disease, including this statement:
“Heart disease mortality rates for vegetarians consuming eggs and dairy are only one-third that of meat eaters. Pure vegetarians (vegans) have only one-tenth the heart disease death rate of meat-eaters.”
Well, that was good enough for me to give this vegan thing a try.
At this point I just wanted to learn some vegan dishes and switch out a few meals or days per week with vegan ones.
There are some great how-to’s in here for the novice, including how to prepare tofu – which is a big deal for beginners, like I was.
She has some great advice for getting protein, vitamin B12 , calcium requirements, and more.
I’ve made many of the recipes in this book – all great.
This is a shot of one of my favorite recipes – Sweet and Sour “Neat” Balls. Sorry Dreena, I DO write in my cookbooks 🙂
These are a few more of my absolute go-to favorites:
- Savory Tofu Burgers
- Al’s Creamy Mushroom Risotto
- EVAN-illa Rice Pudding
- Spicy Thai Stew
- Sweet And Simple Grain Pilaf
There are chapters are organized by:
- appetizers and munchies
- sauces, gravies and dressings
- soups and stews
- salads and sandwiches
- main courses
- simple sides
- muffins and snack loaves
- and sweet treats
There’s a section covering meal plans – this has great suggestions for putting a complete meal together. Also, suggestions for picnics, potlucks and kid’s birthday parties.
This vegan cookbook is one of the best for the beginner who wants to dip their toes into the vegan world.
Here’s my Canadian link to check it out on Amazon The Everyday Vegan: Recipes & Lessons for Living the Vegan Life
And, here’s my United States link for Amazon The Everyday Vegan: Recipes & Lessons for Living the Vegan Life
I hope you enjoy this book as much as I still do!