The Vegan Athlete’s Cookbook: Protein-Rich Recipes To Train, Recover and Perform

Bloomsbury Sport. Nov. 2021. 384p. ISBN 9781472984296. pap. $24. COOKING
Bean (The Vegetarian Athlete’s Cookbook) here focuses on vegan diets. She breaks down dietary needs and uncovers myths (e.g., one can’t build muscle on a vegan diet; vegans will have iron deficiencies). The book’s aim is to help vegan athletes reach peak performance, with guidance on getting protein and choosing what to eat and drink before and after exercise. The recipes are divided by meal times; for breakfast, there are chickpea omelets, for example. Mixed-grain salad with tempeh and harissa dressing is one of many salads; pad thai with crispy tofu is a one-pot dinner; and there’s a plum, pear, and walnut crumble for dessert; there are also recipes for snacks and smoothies. Bean cites her sources in a reference section at the end of the book. This cookbook gives a lot of detail for those athletes looking to switch to a vegan diet or simply to reduce their meat consumption.
VERDICT Athletes will benefit from this sourcebook on vegan fare. It would be a helpful title to round out a collection of vegan cookbooks.
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