Monday, February 21, 2011

Cookbook review 1: Appetite for Reduction

By Isa Chandra Moskowitz

Background: 'Appetite for Reduction' is a vegan lowfat cookbook full of easy recipes. Moskowitz, for those who aren't familiar with vegan culture, is THE go-to vegan cookbook author for all newbie vegans and veterans alike. Other books by the author include 'Veganomicon', 'Vegan Cupcakes Take Over The World', 'Vegan Cookies Invade Your Cookie Jar', 'Vegan Brunch' and more. For more information on Moskowitz, check out her blog at

Tone: This is where Moskowitz shines. In addition to being a talented chef, she is really funny, which makes the recipe-reading a joy. She's down to earth and not preachy either, which is a plus.

Recipes tested: Mushroom and Cannellini Paprikas: This dish was delicious! Very easy to make, quick and filling. OMG Oven-baked Onion Rings: Just as Moskowitz's own boyfriend did, mine went bananas over these oven rings. They are truly delicious and baked, at that! This is one of the must try recipes in the book. However, it is time-consuming and can get messy (dunking the onion rings in the batter with one hand, while keeping the other dry for the bread-crumbs). Edamame Pesto: This is another delightful recipe. This pesto uses veggie broth instead of the requisite huge glug of olive oil, thus significantly reducing the calorie count. However, thanks to the edamame (genius!), the pesto remains just as creamy as usual.

Accessibility: Many vegan cookbooks require too many hard to find ingredients, but fortunately AFR isn't like that. There are very few unfamiliar ingredients and most can be replaced. This is a major plus if you live outside the US like I do.

Rating: 4/5 (1 point deducted for the absence of low-fat desserts, baked goods and photos)

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