The Vegan Week: Meal Prep Recipes To Feed Your Future Self

Ten Speed: Crown. Dec. 2022. 240p. ISBN 9781984859488. $26. COOKING
Hamshaw, creator of The Full Helping blog, Food52 contributor, and cookbook author, shares her raw, real struggle to make time for cooking—a rare confession from someone who works in the food industry—and offers well-honed tricks and tips designed to make vegan meals exciting, even when they’re created by mix-and-matching simple batch-cooked ingredients. She arranges the recipes by category (vegan proteins, vegetables and starches, breakfasts, snacks, bowls and lunch boxes, stovetop meals, oven meals, and desserts) to foster easy, creative combining and shows readers how to cut corners with time rather than flavor or nutrition. She advocates for balanced plates with a filling mix of macronutrients without ever seeming to preach about the value or virtue of specific foods. Included as well are meal prep templates, ingredient definitions, and technique descriptions, delivered in a welcoming yet astute voice that acknowledges that one can love food without always having the time or energy to create elegant meals. She ends with some ad-lib alternatives for a week when meal prep falls by the wayside.
VERDICT Hamshaw’s collection of balanced, bountiful recipe templates will add vibrancy to any time-crunched cook’s repertoire, vegan or not.
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