- The Complete Guide to Even More Vegan Food Substitutions: The Latest and Greatest Methods for Veganizing Anything Using More Natural, Plant-Based Ingredients
Joni Marie Newman and Celine Steen
Price: $19.99 US
Cheapest Place to Buy: Amazon.com
Length: 256 Pages
Our Rating: 9 out of 10
When Eric and I collectively decided to embark on this vegan journey together, we discussed how our biggest challenge would be replacing those daily everyday staples that we’ve grown up enjoying. How do I enjoy my 8:00 am coffee cake and my cup o’ Joe as a vegan? Or better yet, how will Eric get through football Sundays without his spicy chili dip? Being a vegan shouldn’t mean eating will become a less than enjoyable chore. So after doing some research here is the great news for us all, there are tons of vegan substitutions that actually create wonderful results!
The Complete Guide to Even More Vegan Food Substitutions has proven to be quite informative on a multitude of meat, dairy and even seafood substitutions. We love how the authors of this book have clearly outlined which vegan foods can be swapped for non-vegan ones; this book has been pretty valuable in our vegan cooking library. For many, understanding substitutions makes such a difference in simplifying recipe creation and options. We have reviewed the book below and hope you find it helpful in your vegan journey!
The Book is Divided into Four Sections
- How to best substitute for dairy.
This section provides a detailed guideline in chart form that outlines what to replace particular dairy items with. It provides further guidance by including recipes for vegan sour cream, whipped cream and even buttermilk. The recipes are continued to include (but not limited to) meal ideas such as creamy mashed potatoes, linguine in tomato garlic cream sauce and veggie noodle curry.
- How to best substitute for eggs.
This section starts off with a discussion on the functional purpose of eggs in savory dishes, baking and sweets. It then provides a detailed guideline in chart form that outlines what to replace eggs, egg whites and egg yolks with. It specifies substitutions for foods such as mayonnaise, quiches and omelettes. This section is also full of recipes, including those from scratch. I have shared this guideline in my earlier post egg substitutes baking.
- How to best substitute for protein.
This section starts off with a formula to aid you in determining your daily protein requirements based on your ideal weight. It then provides a detailed guideline in chart form that specifies substitutions for chicken, beef and seafood. The section is then divided into chicken and beef substitution recipes, seafood substitution recipes and bacon substitution recipes. The last part of this section simply provides great protein options that don’t need to mimic meat.
- Have kitchen success, will travel.
This section presents the same sort of charted guidelines included in the other section except the substitutions have been updated and improved upon.
What We Think
We did not give this book 10 stars because it would be more robust in it’s content if it provided even more recipes and included more common misconceptions/challenges surrounding vegan eating. Topics in this section could’ve included: where to purchase vegan items, controversies surrounding certain vegan foods, school lunch ideas and soyfoods.
Overall, we have found the book super useful in aiding us as we create new recipes and recreate old time favorites, it is a keeper! We hope you have found this review helpful as you build your vegan knowledge base and add to your cooking skills.