the cook(book)ing school: an environmentally aware cookbook

The Big Green Cookbook: Hundreds of Planet-Pleasing Recipes and Tips for a Luscious, Low-Carbon LifestyleThe Big Green Cookbook: Hundreds of Planet-Pleasing Recipes and Tips for a Luscious, Low-Carbon Lifestyle by Jackie Newgent

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

If you are concerned about the environment (as we all should be) and you want to reflect this in your cooking, then this is the cookbook for you.

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the cook(book)ing school: from my “healthy books to read in 2013” list – vegan with a vengeance by Isa Chandra Moskowitz

Vegan with a Vengeance: Over 150 Delicious, Cheap, Animal-Free Recipes That RockVegan with a Vengeance: Over 150 Delicious, Cheap, Animal-Free Recipes That Rock by Isa Chandra Moskowitz

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I read this book back in late fall as I began my slow path to explore healthier food options. It’s pretty good. I don’t like that there are not many colorful food photos, but that’s my issues. I do like the backstory about the author and her quest to educate others about the vegan lifestyle and the fact that she got her start on a local access TV show. I would say overall, this book is a great resource.

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the cook(book)ing school: from my “healthy books to read in 2013” list – crazy sexy diet by kris carr

Crazy Sexy Diet: Eat Your Veggies, Ignite Your Spark, and Live Like You Mean It!Crazy Sexy Diet: Eat Your Veggies, Ignite Your Spark, and Live Like You Mean It! by Kris Carr

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is the only book from my “2013 Healthy Books-to-read” list that I’ve read so far. I picked it up at the local library. I’m glad I got it at the library and didn’t invest in purchasing it. While I did get some handy tips from this book, I was aware of most of the information in it already. But, because I am exploring the idea of anti-inflammatory foods, it was a helpful resource about how to turn your entire health routine around and heal yourself from the inside out. Also, I commend the author on her journey from cancer and her goal to share her journey with the rest of us.

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the cook(book)ing school: meat free mondays

The Meat Free Monday Cookbook by Annie Riggs

I love this cookbook, with a foreword by celebrities Paul and Stella McCartney, along with the accompanying website, www.meatfreemondays.com,   It’s all about encouraging us to take account of our meat consumption as well as to pay more attention to the environment and climate around us. And, since I’m trying to incorporate more fun vegetarian based dishes into my meal plan (especially dinner), I thought this was the perfect companion for me. And I also like that the meal plans for a truly Meat-Free-Monday are all laid out from breakfast, lunch, and dinner.  The only thing I don’t like about the book is that some of the ingredients may be inaccessible or just that realistically, I’m not going to find them (just being honest). But I do like that it offers to many creative ways to think about how we can easily prepare our food and be okay without eating meat with every meal.

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the cook(book)ing school: one dish – one meal – all vegetarian

One Dish Vegetarian by Maria Robbins

I love one-dish meals, the more you can plop everything into one pot, the better, to me.  This cookbook is unique because it’s all about vegetarians. As a meat eater, I do enjoy the occassional vegetarian mean every so often, so I would definitely make some of these recipes.  The only downfall to this cookbook is the lack of colorful photos (too many words).

the cook(book)ing school: You Got 30-Minutes? Try Some Quick Vegetarian Indian Cuisine

I’m very much a meat and potatoes girl, but I’ve been exploring vegetarian recipes lately. I also love Indian food and

30 Minute Vegetarian Indian Cookbook by Mridula Baljekar

curry. So, the 30-Minute Vegetarian Indian Cookbook by Mridula Baljekar is just the right book for people like me, “vegetarian curious”. Now, while there are no photos of any food, I have no doubt that in just reading the scrumptious sounding recipes, they will turn out delicious. And I like that they are quick to prepare. I will definitely add this to my cookbook shelf.

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