|Enewsletter • August 26, 2001|
I'm a lumberjack and I'm OK
In the next few weeks, Vegan Outreach will run out of the current printing of Why Vegan? The number of booklets that we can print next depends on your support. The more donations we receive, the larger the print run we can order. This decreases the per-booklet cost, allowing us to reach more new people more efficiently with Why Vegan? Your support makes a difference. Please consider making a special "print more!" donation today.
I passed out vegetarian/vegan literature on my trip out west this summer.
After staying in Grand Teton National Park, I wrote a letter to the Director
of Hotel Operations requesting more vegetarian selections on their menus.
I sent him your vegetarian/vegan brochures. I just received a letter from
him stating that they have reviewed my information with the Executive Chef
and will in fact develop more vegetarian options starting next year. I believe
they will do just that. Sometimes all you have to do is ask!
Reviewed for Vegan Spam by Jacqueline de Schutter
Upon first glance, this cookbook reminded me very much of a school textbook. Now one can look at that any way they wish, I see it as a very good thing considering in order to get your hands on something so extremely helpful, you're going to have to dish out a possibly higher price of $27.95 - but believe me, it is indeed worth every single penny.
The book is made up of 14 full chapters, each with introductory directions and explanations of how to prepare certain ingredients and basic information of the proceeding dishes. There are hundreds of recipes in which every main category of meals is addressed. There's also a very helpful meal planner and themes section for those special hosting occasions and even planning day-to-day meals. Also included is a resource directory for your ingredients, an appendix with various application charts and a measurement conversion table, and an extensive glossary for almost every ingredient in the book. What even adds to this as being one of those "the only thing you need"-type cookbooks, is that is also has a section at the end with templates for you to write in your own homespun recipes.
The first critique that came to mind upon looking it over was the overall layout. It¹s all in black print, mainly of the same font and size, and, at least in the first edition, there are no pictures. The whole thing struck me as very homogeneous, but if you¹re willing to sacrifice the pictures for the abundance of recipes, the lack of illustrations is not a big problem. The second thing that was a bit discouraging was that in several recipes it calls for an ingredient made from the cookbook and lists no alternative. The ingredient that I found showed up numerous times was the Vegetable Stock, yet it is good to have a recipe to create it on your own.
So aside from the slight complaints already listed, the cookbook is a very good buy. The large majority of ingredients listed are easily available, there is a wide variety of styles of cooking and of ethnic dishes, and I find myself resorting to it often to come up with dependable and delicious meals. For those worried about elaborate instructions that are difficult to simulate, don't worry, most of the directions are fairly simple.
Personally, this has made my recent transition from vegetarian to vegan much easier, and much less of a hassle on my family. Certain past non-vegan loves like chocolate cake, mayonnaise, ranch dressing, sour cream, alfredo sauce and even eggs have deliciously been created vegan-friendly in this wonderful book.
So all in all, Veggie Works Vegan Cookbook is essentially scrumptious to the vegan and non-vegan alike. Great for anyone who is either looking for alternatives to tons of the favorite non-vegan dishes, some innovative and original recipes, or for those simply wanting some healthier meals.