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It’s a light read. I didn’t feel the author did very much research and although I’m already in the WFPB camp, if I wasn’t, I don’t think this book would have converted me. The recipes I’ve tried are quite tasty.
I love chef AJ, and I’m sure this book will be good but on the very first page of the first chapter, the author felt the need to make disparaging comments about our federal government. Very, very disappointed in the political spin right out of the gate.
So let me start out by saying I admire and respect Chef AJ. But this is not her best work. The story by the main author, Glen Merzer, is funny, entertaining and worth the read. I love the part where he told his Mom he was a vegan, and she replied, "what took you so long to figure that out." She goes on to explain her comment in a delightful manner that I will leave to you to read. His wife's story is also great reading.
As for the recipes, well, they are just okay. I've made a few recipes and they are okay... not great, but not horrible. Nothing particularly creative, or that you can't find on the internet somewhere else. My biggest complaint is that too many recipes feature cauliflower as a sub for potatoes. I'm sorry, for me, mashed cauliflower DOES NOT taste or replace mashed potatoes. Nor do they replace the mouthfeel of creamy foods. If it works for you, great! Then perhaps you will like this book.
I heartily recommend Cathy Fisher's "Straight Up Food" (also SOS) over this cookbook. I have never been disappointed by Cathy's recipes. You can try many for free at her website, also called Straight Up Food.