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Book Review: Raw. Vegan. Not Gross. by Laura Miller

Raw Vegan Not Gross (RVNG) tells Laura Miller’s story, gives tips on raw vegan cooking, and goes through the basic sections of everyday cooking - breakfast, to go foods, salads, weeknight dinners, party food, sweets, and a special “die alone” chapter all about indulgent, melodramatic foods. (My personal fave.)   If you’ve ever watched Laura’s YouTube videos or followed her on Instagram or Snapchat, you’ll know that she has a fun, infectious, chill personality. After watching her videos I was worried her sort of dry, sarcastic tone of voice wouldn’t translate to writing, but it does shine throughout - from the banana ice cream that’ll serve 1-100 people (ingredients list: 1-100 bananas) to the endless anecdotes or the cauliflower pizza...

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Book Review: The Help Yourself Cookbook For Kids

From the author of three other children’s books on compassion and animals, The Help Yourself Cookbook For Kids is the first cookbook by Ruby Roth, an illustrator & activist. It includes sections on lesser-known ingredients, kitchen safety, drinks, condiments, small meals, big meals, salads, desserts, and more. The book goes from very simple (recipes), to deeper discussion topics (like health, the environment, and protecting animals) that are framed in a kid-friendly way. The design is stellar. Its mix of playful illustration, lettering, and photography is kind of unforgettable, and if I were a kid this would be my go-to cookbook purely from a design stance. (I grew up obsessed with Lisa Frank - truly my one childhood obsession - and my...

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Book Review: Bowl by Lukas Volger

Bowls are a staple in a vegan’s cooking repertoire. Toss in some grains or noodles, make a great broth or sauce, top with vegetables and herbs and you’ve got a quick, whole meal for a crowd. But - as a vegan now of many years, I felt that I’ve made every version of this classic possible. It can get tiring after a while, and you lose inspiration in figuring out what combination to create next. I was expecting to see a book full of recipes i’ve already made, but I was (gladly) mistaken. Bowl brings together new ideas, a more complex profile of ingredients, and techniques that I normally wouldn’t have thought of for a weeknight staple. One of my...

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Book Review: V is For Vegan

If you’ve ever read through our issues, you may have liked our book reviews that we’ve run since almost the beginning of our work. We’re now doing book reviews on the blog so that we can share more books at a faster pace, and we’re so happy that V is For Vegan is kicking off this fun new series. Read on for our thoughts about this vibrant cookbook. The thing that grabbed us immediately when we flipped through the pages of V is For Vegan was the design of the book. If you’re at all into realistic textures, bright bold colors, and monospace typefaces (as we certainly are), you’ll love the layout and aesthetic of this book. Like the author’s...

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