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review 2016-05-26 06:54
Review: PETA's Vegan College Cookbook by PETA
PETA'S Vegan College Cookbook: 275 Easy, Cheap, and Delicious Recipes to Keep You Vegan at School - Peta Tait

Published by: Sourcebooks (5th April 2016)

 

ISBN: 9781492635543

 

Source: Netgalley

 

Rating: 3*

 

Description:

You can have the simplest, tastiest vegan recipes on a budget — and the best part is, the most complicated kitchenware you'll ever need is a microwave. Including more than 250 recipes, we've got all the best insider info:

- Vegan alternatives to meat, eggs, and milk
- How to stock your kitchen/mini-fridge
- How to make meat-free sandwiches, salads, soups, and sauces
- Fun meal recipes, such as Fettuccine Alessandro, Walking Tacos, and Pancake in a Mug
- The best drinks, dips, and dressings
- Unbelievable vegan dessert recipes
- Spotlight sections on the staples we love: peanut butter, potatoes and Ramen
- And much, much more!

With new tips and treats to suit even the pickiest palate, this is the essential college cookbook for every vegetarian or vegan on a budget.

 

Review:

This cookbook has a really uncomplicated layout and is easy on the eye. It covers everything from buying produce and stocking your kitchen cupboards and fridge, to recipes for main meals, such as vegan chilli, quick and simple snacks like sandwiches and also easy treats and desserts. The recipes are easy to follow, with easy to source ingredients and simple step-by-step instructions. 

 

This book would be ideal for someone starting college, who doesn't have much in the way of cooking skills, as all the recipes can be cooked in the microwave. There are a great many 'fake' meat products such as vegan sausage, vegan bacon bits, vegan chicken patties, which could be construed as rather lazy ingredients, but they are convenient, packed full of protein and reasonably pried. This is a book aimed at the student market, after all, and convenience is the name of the game.

 

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review 2016-05-26 04:57
Review: The Gut Health Diet Plan by Christine Bailey
The Gut Health Diet Plan: Recipes to Restore Digestive Health and Boost Wellbeing - Christine Bailey

Published by: Nourish (24th May 2016)

 

ISBN: 9781848997332

 

Source: Netgalley

 

Rating: 4*

 

Description:

It is now widely recognised that gut health is critical to our overall health and that many major health concerns can be linked to an irritated or unhealthy gut. In fact, an unhealthy gut contributes to a wide range of chronic health disorders such as autoimmune conditions, allergies, arthritis, chronic fatigue syndrome, depression and mood swings. What's worse, gut health issues affect a huge proportion of people and are often on-going and difficult to resolve.

But it does not have to be this way. In this revolutionary 30-day programme, Christine Bailey shows you how, instead of treating the symptoms as they arise, you can tackle the root causes with five simple steps: Remove, Replace, Repopulate, Repair and Rebalance. This programme will help you to remove the underlying factors wreaking damage to your gut, restore digestive health, quench inflammation, heal the gut for good – and achieve true, long-lasting health.  

 

Review:

I was really interested in reading this book and finding out more about how the health of your gut relates to your overall health and wellbeing, and how choosing to follow the Gut Health Diet Plan for 30 days could result in an improvement of symptoms of many different chronic health conditions such as depression and chronic fatigue syndrome. As I have irritable bowel syndrome, plus both the aforementioned conditions and regularly experience symptoms in varying amounts despite taking prescribed medication, I was keen to try the programme for myself, to see if it brought about any changes for me personally.

 

I was especially interested in the first stage of the programme, the removal of certain groups from the diet, such as pulses and sugar, and the second stage, where probiotics are introduced. As I follow a vegan, gluten-free diet, I eat a reasonable amount of pulses and beans and I would be concerned about getting enough protein if I stopped eating them. I have taken probiotics previously but can't say I noticed any difference.

I then noticed that during the repair stage, it is suggested that a cup of bone broth is taken daily and that this ingredient forms the basis of many of the recipes. So, I'm unfortunately unable to follow this diet as indicated, but I'll definitely be trying some of the recipes that suit my preferred way of eating.

 

I do think that this plan would be a great choice for anyone who has any of the autoimmune diseases that Christine mentions, or any digestive issues that don't seem to respond to other changes. The method makes sense to me, and Christine successfully reduced her own symptoms by following this plan, so it obviously works for some. 

The book is laid out in a straightforward way, in easy to understand language and is full of useful information, together with delicious sounding recipes that look easy to follow. I'm looking forward to making the raw herb cashew cheese and vegan nut cream.

 

 

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