Book Review – The Vegan Bible

I recently received a copy of this book to review, thanks to the Vegan Lifestyle Association. And wow! This book really is a bible – a bible of vegan goodness and wonderful recipes! It starts with a beautifully written introduction, where Marie Laforêt shares with us exactly what it means to be vegan, and the numerous moral, environmental and ethical reasons for choosing to follow a vegan lifestyle. She answers some common questions, and raises the importance of carefully checking for hidden animal ingredients in products, such as food colourings and additives. I love that in the recommendations for kitchen equipment, the avoidance of BPA containing plastics is mentioned – I’m all for these being totally removed from the kitchen!

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One of the first chapters, ‘Nutrition Tips for a Balanced Vegan Diet’ should be handed to every new vegan – and those who ask vegans a million and one questions about protein – as well as to those who are vegan curious. To be honest, this chapter written by Dr Jérôme Bernard-Pellet should really be taught in schools as part of nutrition/biology classes. Containing primary sourced scientific evidence on the quality of plant protein, nutrient deficiencies and iron absorption, to name but a few, this is an absolute must-read for every vegan on the planet.

Onto the recipes – of which there are so many, your tummy will be rumbling before you even reach the end of the first section. There are loads of mouthwatering variations of tofu scramble – almost one per day if you feel so inclined. I could certainly put up with tofu scramble on a daily basis. So much better than any scrambled egg I tasted in my non-vegan days – and completely cruelty free. Bliss.

In fact, one of the most common questions I’m asked by others, is how I make certain things without eggs (and if it’s possible to make certain things without eggs) – there’s almost an addiction to eggs, and I think it’s something that may not be that well covered in a lot of recipe books. No-one seems to realise that cooking with eggs just isn’t essential. Marie proves that eggs are not a requirement for a tasty omelette or a fluffy cake.

This is a wonderful book for proving that vegetables aren’t boring. You can mash ’em, fry ’em, chop ’em, blend ’em. Any way you can think of, and perhaps a few more! There’s no end to the beautiful dishes you can create – and you can really turn your plate into a masterpiece too. Oh, and if you want a dip, terrine or sauce, this is the only book you’ll ever need – in fact, there’s a fresh tomato and cashew nut dip recipe I’m just dying to give a try when I have some time at the weekend!

If you want to cook for non-vegan family and friends who think you live on grass, this is the book for you! Invite them round and wow them. There’s even a section for children’s party food – no hyper children thank you very much! A wonderful resource, for new and established vegans alike. There are many simple and easy to follow recipes, as well as some which I would deem more for the experienced cook. There are some real show-stoppers anyway, and anyone you cooked for from this book would be hard pressed to have a bad word to say about vegan food.

The Vegan Bible is published by Grub Street, and is available online and also in book stores.

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 This review has been organised by the VEGAN Lifestyle ASSOCIATION. It has not been paid for and the copy of the book I received was sent free of charge. This is my genuine and unbiased review of the book.

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