Book Review: Veganish
I’ll have to admit, when the publisher for the new cookbook Veganish contacted me, I was skeptical. However, always the open mind, I accepted the offer to review the book and offer a giveaway to my readers.
So, here’s the rundown. The book is a mostly vegan cookbook with a long section in the beginning that justifies the author’s movement from vegan living to one where she “honors” the animals she eats by using their whole bodies.
I get it. Eating vegan isn’t for everyone. Who among us hasn’t heard from someone, “Oh, my sister was vegan for a week,” or, “I’m trying to cut down on my meat.” We’ve all heard these things the second we state that we’re vegan.
I’m also not in the business of judging people too hard. But this is where I have a problem with the book: why does the author go through such pains to describe why she has moved away from a vegan lifestyle (including a story on the health of her child) and then offer a list of recipes that are almost all vegan (many include honey)? At the end of many recipes, the author also gives tips on how to un-veganize the dish. WHAT?! What’s the point?
I also don’t understand the term “veganish” as a way to describe the habit of eating vegan “most of the time.” To me, vegan is a pretty hard and fast term. You either are, or you aren’t. A meal that contains a sprinkle of cheese isn’t “mostly vegan” the same way someone who eats the occasional burger isn’t. There are terms for this: flexitarian, pescatarian, vegetarian all come to mind.
With all that said, the book does have some pretty solid recipes.
Items such as:
Spicy BBQ Potato Salad (minus the suggestion of bacon at the end)
Thai Green Curry Vegetable Ste
And tons of soups and “roasties” to choose from.
Still, I hate that many of the recipes say “if you want to add animal protein to this vegandish…” Why point out that it’s vegan if you’re giving tips on how to make it totally not vegan?
I guess I just don’t totally understand what the author is going for here. I understand trying to make vegan dishes appeal to omnivores, but I don’t understand how sharing how to unveganize a dish is the way to do it. Why bother with a vegan cookbook?
At the same time, it kinda follows the idea that Tony and I have had for restaurants. Why not make all the dishes vegan and have the option of people to add meat, etc. to it to make it their own. Sounds pretty rad to me!
Anyway, onto the giveaway! I would love to hear from you on the topic at hand. How do you fee about the term veganish?
So the contest begins at midnight! Enter as much as you can! Good luck