The VB6 Cookbook: More Than 350 Recipes for Healthy Vegan Meals All Day and Delicious Flexitarian Dinners at Night

Clarkson Potter: Crown. 2014. 272p. photos. index. ISBN 9780385344821. $29.95. COOKING
OrangeReviewStarFaced with high cholesterol, prediabetes, and a potential lifetime of medication, food writer Bittman committed to the vegan-during-the-day diet outlined in his best-selling book VB6: Eat Vegan Before 6:00 to Lose Weight and Restore Your Health…for Good. This companion cookbook to the VB6 diet (which can be used without its predecessor) effortlessly sidesteps common problems found in similar titles. Rather than overload readers with prescriptive rules, unfamiliar ingredients, and complicated preparations, Bittman gives them a memorable charge (eat more plants, less meat and processed foods) and tools to help them follow it, including informative charts on pantry staples, easy-to-prepare recipes for meals and snacks, a 28-day menu, and make-ahead "building blocks" (e.g., fruit compote, big-batch cooked vegetables).
VERDICT Essential for public libraries, Bittman's latest will coax readers toward a healthier lifestyle and empower them to cook more frequently. Recipes such as chickpea tabbouleh, mushroom-nut burgers over greens, and raspberry sorbet on a stick are built on familiar ingredients and techniques and can be made on extremely short notice.

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