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Vegetarian Journal


Nov/Dec 1997

Volume XVI, Number 6

Book Reviews

Weimar Institute's Newstart Lifestyle Cookbook

Compiled and edited by Sally J. Christenson and Frances De Vries

Weimar Institute first opened as a wellness center in 1978 and through the years has published cookbooks. This latest edition is vegan with the exception of the occassional use of honey. Recipes for breads, breakfasts, desserts, gravies and sauces, main dishes, salads and sandwiches, and soups and vegetables are offered. You will also find helpful cooking tips throughout this cookbook.

One item that stood out while reviewing this cookbook was the extensive use of nuts in many of the recipes. If you're on a lowfat diet, several of the recipes would not meet your needs. However, a nutritional analysis is offered after each recipe and many of the recipes are lowfat.

Weimar Institute's Newstart Lifestyle Cookbook (ISBN 0-7852-7140-6) is published by Thomas Nelson Publishers. This 230-page book retails for $19.99.

Reviewed by Debra Wasserman.

Living with Green Power

By Elysa Markowitz

Several Vegetarian Journal readers have requested information books containing raw food recipes. Living with Green Power offers 46 juicing recipes, frubets (recipes that combine dried, fresh, and frozen fruit into a sauce-like sorbet), fruit soups, vegetable soups, sauces, dressings, casseroles, croquettes , loaves, patties, and dessert ideas. The book is filled with beautiful color photographs.

Living with Green Power (ISBN 0-920470-11-4) is published in Canada by Alive Books. This hardcover book retails for $24.95 in the United States and $29.95 in Canada.

Reviewed by Debra Wasserman.

High Energy Living

By Kim Le, Ph.D.

The author of High Energy Living grew up in Vietnam during a time of severe depression in that country. Dr. Le's grandmother promoted vegetarianism, and this book also refers to Chinese medicine practices. A five-day menu plan for people with limited time is offered. You will also find numerous recipes (vegan except honey), including a chapter on breads, cereals, and pancakes; sandwich suggestions; soups; salads, dressings, and sauces; rice and noodle dishes; tofu-, tempeh-, and seitan-based meals; vegetable entrees and side dishes; beverages; and desserts. In some cases, some unusual ingredient s are used in the recipes, and you may have to go to a gourmet or specialty shop.

High Energy Living (ISBN 0-91580171-X) is published by Rudra Press. The book contains 200 recipes and is 300 pages long.

Reviewed by Debra Wasserman

Fat-Free & Easy

By Jennifer Raymond

In Fat-Free & Easy, the focus is on simple and fat-free meals, as the title suggests. With sample menus and pantry stocking tips the author is targeting those who need to cut fat in their diet rather than avowed vegans. Nonetheless, the result is a decent vegan cookbook.

Recipes are split into nine categories, from Breakfast Foods to Sweets. Most of the recipes tend toward the simple rather than the gourmet side of the spectrum. Spicy Pumpkin Soup, Middle Eastern Lentils and Rice, and the Chocolate Torte are among my favorites here. Nutrition information and cooking hints (where applicable) are also included.

Fat-Free & Easy (ISBN 1-57067-041-2) is published by Heart & Soul Publications, 1418 Cedar St., Calistoga, CA 94515.. The book is 151 pages and retails for $10.00.

Reviewed by Michael Vogel.

Alligator Arrived With Apples-A Potluck Alphabet Feast

By Crescent Dragonwagon with pictures by Jose Aruego & Ariane Dewey

Alligator Arrived with Apples is a wonderful, colorful, alliterative tale of a Thanksgiving feast at which all the animals-turkey included-are guests rather than entres.

The book goes through the alphabet as each guest contributes to the feast by bringing items which coincide alliteratively with each guest: "Flamingo Found Fabulously Flavored Fresh Figs and Fixed them Flamb." Each animal is gloriously depicted in full color, bearing his or her culinary gifts.

The feast is vegetarian, but not vegan. My daughter adores this book and loves to have it read to her whether it's Thanksgiving or not.

Alligator Arrived with Apples, A Potluck Alphabet Feast (ISBN 0-689-71613-3) is published by Aladdin Books, Macmillan Publishing Company, 866 Third Ave., New York, NY 10022. The book retails for $4.95.

Reviewed by Michael Vogel.

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