Description of the Book from Amazon
For nearly six years, acclaimed author, speaker, podcaster, and Main Street Vegan Academy director, Victoria Moran, has trained individuals to become vegan lifestyle coaches and educators. Now, Victoria has teamed up with one her Academy alums turned faculty member, cookbook author, culinary instructor, and radio host, JL Fields, to bring that very same coaching to you.
In The Main Street Vegan Academy Cookbook, Victoria and JL, along with over a hundred certified vegan lifestyle coaches, join you in the kitchen as you discover more than 100 of their favorite plant-sourced recipes. Whether you're new to the diet or a seasoned plant-based eater, vegan or just veg-curious, their tips, tricks, shortcuts, and strategies will transform your cooking, your eating, and your life.
Inside, you'll find wholesome, delectable, and accessible recipes like:
PB&J Sammie Smoothie
Sweet Red Chili Potato Skins
Pepperoni Pizza Puffs
Crisp Mocha Peanut Butter Bars
Anchored in compassion, The Main Street Vegan Academy Cookbook is more than a cookbook; it's a complete guide to going vegan, from FAQs, troubleshooting, and menu plans to inspiration and innovations for navigating the culinary, nutritional, and social landscape of plant-based eating.
Embrace a healthier, more compassionate you, with Victoria, JL, and the rest of the Main Street Vegan Academy coaches by your side.
The publisher was kind enough to provide me with a copy of this book to review. All opinions are my own and honest.
In 2015 I went vegan for my own health. Along with the amazing health benefits I also discovered the wonderful feeling of living compassionately and having less of an environmental impact. I mention this because I am vegan for my health first, unlike many (most?) that are vegan for ethics, so when it comes to a vegan cookbook my priorities might be different than someone who just wants to eat cruelty-free.
There are two main things I look for in a vegan cookbook; how many processed ingredients do they use and how many pictures are there. For me I need to see the recipe to be enticed to make it. No picture means I'm most likely going to skip over it and move onto something I can "see" myself making. For me this book just didn't have enough pictures. I would say that only 1/4 of the recipes have pictures to go with it. There are some, like the mac and cheese, that have drawn me in but for the most part if there were more photos I probably would have tried more recipes. The second part for me is how many processed ingredients do their recipes use. This is where this cookbook gets better for me. There are some recipes that use vegan mayo, vegan cheese, or oils, etc. but for the most part they are whole-food, plant-based, and oil free. Most of the recipes that do include oil I easily omitted as they are used for putting in the frying pan before adding the other ingredients. For the recipes that include fake meats and other processed foods, they can easily be treats instead of every day meals. I also like how the recipes use natural sweeteners and no salt. Overall I did like this cookbook and the recipes I did try, however, I feel like more pictures would have made me try even more and sold me on making it a permanent resident in my kitchen.