Book Review | Virgin Vegan
Author: Linda Long
There are so many new recipe books out there that a simple trip to the book store can leave one’s mind reeling. The endless amounts of sugar-free, dairy-free, gluten-free recipe books are endless. I am definitely one of these people that can get overwhelmed by the choices out there. So I have one rule now when looking for recipe books: Keep It Simple. If I pick up a book and I am confused by the way the author describes a cooking style, or if there are ingredients in there I have never heard of or can’t even pronounce or if it’s going to take more than half my day to cook dinner, I put the book back, and move onto another one.
The Virgin Vegan: The Meatless Guide to Pleasing Your Palate by Linda Long is not one of these confusing books. It is set up in a simple, easy to follow style, that will pave the way to a vegan lifestyle. The book starts off with a brief introduction by Linda herself, giving us a small glimpse into her life as a vegan. The books goes on to talk about the “good things to know about being Vegan,” like health, environment and the effect on animals. She then goes on to talk about What Vegans Eat, 9 products to know (nutritional yeast and tempeh for example), ordering from a menu in a mainstream restaurant, things to pack when travelling (dried fruit, seeds, cereals), and a basic prep for your veggies, grains, and nuts. She finishes off the Introduction part of the book with “Good Things to Know About Nutrition”, which is by far my favorite part of the book. She talks about protein, iron, calcium, Vitamin A, C, D, and B12, Omega 3’s and oils. Sweeteners, soy and eggs are also discussed in this section. She talks about how much of each you should have daily, and the foods that are best to eat for each group.
Finally, we get to the recipe part of the book. I am a vegetarian, and have been for over two decades, but I have not yet taken the final step to become a vegan. The recipes in this book have definetely given me more option to cook a meal once or twice a week as a Vegan. I don’t think I can completely make the switch, but these recipes sure can make it easier if you are just on the cusp. They are super easy to follow and most have a colour picture so you can get an idea of what your meal should look like. You can find Creamy Anytime Oats and Chocolate-Stuffed French Toast (my fave) for breakfast. There are Superhero Smoothies and Hot Chocolate, a variety of dressings (Cashew Dill Dressing is my fav), Potato Parsley Soup, Sauteed Mixed Greens and Chef Adams’ Linguine Bolognese are just some of the amazing recipes in this book.
There are so many great ideas in this book. Whether you are going completely vegan or are looking for more interesting ways to liven up your current palate, this book is a must have for your collection. I am excited to continue adding these meals to my menu.
*I received a copy of this book for review, but was not compensated financially in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based solely on my experiences while reading this book.*