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Many of us know the struggles and challenges of raising our children to be healthy eaters when the outside world presents all sorts of conflicting messages. Mayim Bialik has teamed up with Dr. Jay Gordon to help parents face those challenges head on. Interested in providing nutritious, delicious meals for your kids? Take their advice. Because, believe it or not, your child Many of us know the struggles and challenges of raising our children to be healthy eaters when the outside world presents all sorts of conflicting messages. Mayim Bialik has teamed up with Dr. Jay Gordon to help parents face those challenges head on. Interested in providing nutritious, delicious meals for your kids? Take their advice. Because, believe it or not, your child will eat greens if you just try a fruit-sweetened green smoothie. From dispelling myths about a vegan diet to tackling the food pyramid, Bialik and Gordon outline how your family can eat healthier even on your busiest days. But don’t mistake this for a diet diatribe: this lively book offers 125 fuss-free recipes that will please everyone from the pickiest eaters to the savviest palates. This comprehensive guide helps parents set a foundation for lifelong healthy and delicious eating.


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Many of us know the struggles and challenges of raising our children to be healthy eaters when the outside world presents all sorts of conflicting messages. Mayim Bialik has teamed up with Dr. Jay Gordon to help parents face those challenges head on. Interested in providing nutritious, delicious meals for your kids? Take their advice. Because, believe it or not, your child Many of us know the struggles and challenges of raising our children to be healthy eaters when the outside world presents all sorts of conflicting messages. Mayim Bialik has teamed up with Dr. Jay Gordon to help parents face those challenges head on. Interested in providing nutritious, delicious meals for your kids? Take their advice. Because, believe it or not, your child will eat greens if you just try a fruit-sweetened green smoothie. From dispelling myths about a vegan diet to tackling the food pyramid, Bialik and Gordon outline how your family can eat healthier even on your busiest days. But don’t mistake this for a diet diatribe: this lively book offers 125 fuss-free recipes that will please everyone from the pickiest eaters to the savviest palates. This comprehensive guide helps parents set a foundation for lifelong healthy and delicious eating.

30 review for Mayim's Vegan Table: More than 100 Great-Tasting and Healthy Recipes from My Family to Yours

  1. 5 out of 5

    Darth J

    I heard that being Vegan gives you special telekinetic powers, so hopefully I'll find some great recipes in this book. I heard that being Vegan gives you special telekinetic powers, so hopefully I'll find some great recipes in this book.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Penny

    Here are the reasons why I chose to read this book: “I am not like a fancy chef[…] I am really like a mom cooking things, and I happen to be a plant-based person and I’ve raised my kids vegan but, the notion is not that you should become vegan, but we should all be eating more fruits and vegetables and less processed foods, so this is a way to simply introduce that into your life” - Dr. Mayim Bialik (2014 Wendy Williams interview)

  3. 4 out of 5

    Victoria Colotta

    I my search for healthy living cookbooks, there are a lot that have to deal with vegan cooking. Though I am not completely willing to give up on my dairy, meat, and fish, I am willing to keep an open mind. I recently read an article by Bialik on Kveller.com that was introducing her cookbook. The article was back in October 2013, but there was a quote that stood out to me. It made me realize that this cookbook might be a good starter book for me to enter the world of official vegan cooking. She wri I my search for healthy living cookbooks, there are a lot that have to deal with vegan cooking. Though I am not completely willing to give up on my dairy, meat, and fish, I am willing to keep an open mind. I recently read an article by Bialik on Kveller.com that was introducing her cookbook. The article was back in October 2013, but there was a quote that stood out to me. It made me realize that this cookbook might be a good starter book for me to enter the world of official vegan cooking. She writes ... "The goal of this book was to not use a ton of fake “meat” or fake “cheese.” The goal was to share actual recipes I actually make as an actual mom. The goal was to share recipes that are not expensive and don’t require weird ingredients from supermarkets that make you wonder if you should get a second and third job so that you can continue to shop there. The goal of this book was to not be a pretentious celebrity mom, but to show you the things I really make and eat which my kids and friends really eat." (from Exclusive Sneak Peek of My New Cookbook Mayim's Vegan Table) With that comment, I started to read through Mayim's Vegan Table: More Than 100 Great-Tasting and Healthy Recipes from My Family to Yours. The first chapters talk about being vegan, why choosing to eat this way is healthy for you, tips on what to eat, and a list of what to have in your house to eat vegan. Also, the comments by Dr. Jay, in most cases I would have thought would be unnecessary. However, for this book, they actually add to the content. Bialik’s recipe descriptions are step by step and outlined in a way that even a novice vegan chef can follow. What I liked the most is that the ingredients are natural. There aren’t any crazy substitutes. Of course there are some ingredients like tofu, vegan mayonnaise, and vegan margarine, that I would have to buy. But I can handle that. If you are one who is skeptical about books by actresses/celebrities, don’t be turned off by the fact that this cookbook is by Amy Farrah Fowler (for you Big Bang Theory lovers like me). It is a good resource with easy to follow recipes.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Lisa (not getting friends updates) Vegan

    This is a book I’d like to own. I found quite a few enticing recipes and it’s a book I’d use. I expect to borrow it from the library multiple times. There is some useful information included, though I didn’t make too much note of the nutritional advice as I have trusted sources for that, though the hints & suggestions regarding kids overall seemed as though they could be helpful. I was surprised at how much sugar there was in some of the savory dishes and there was way too much white flour for my This is a book I’d like to own. I found quite a few enticing recipes and it’s a book I’d use. I expect to borrow it from the library multiple times. There is some useful information included, though I didn’t make too much note of the nutritional advice as I have trusted sources for that, though the hints & suggestions regarding kids overall seemed as though they could be helpful. I was surprised at how much sugar there was in some of the savory dishes and there was way too much white flour for my tastes, but substitutions would be easy, and the way the recipes are written perhaps for some kids they’d be more appealing, though some kids would like healthier tweaks too. I love the many veganized Jewish and Jewish holiday themed recipes. Yum. There are many other sources (cookbooks, websites, magazine articles, etc.) for these kinds of recipes, but these versions do look delicious and not too hard to make. Recipes I’m especially eager to make/eat, with a couple tweaks here and there, and I admit I had to avoid the temptation to photocopy pages, are, in general order of interest: Matzoh Ball Soup, Latkes, Root Vegetable Latkes, Quinoa Burgers, Mac N Cheez, Baked Ziti, Winter Vegetable Risotto, Creamy Enchilada Casserole, Creamed Corn Bread, Vegetable and Tofu Curry, Thai Pasta, Udon with Edamame and Peanut Sauce, and these desserts, some of which would be fun to make WITH kids, also in a general order of interest: Halloween Candy Bark, Candy Cane Winter Bark, Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Cookies, Cocoa Brownies, Hamantaschen, Rugelach, Chocolate Fudge Cake, No Fail Vanilla Cake. These are my tastes. There are many more recipes in various categories but hopefully this will give a bit of information about the types of recipes. There are also pizzas and several customize/make your own type dishes. There aren’t photos for every recipe and the photos included are in the center of the book, but they’re glossy color and make the food look scrumptious. 4 ½ stars

  5. 4 out of 5

    Kat

    The intro to this book and the recipes themselves didn't seem to agree. Dr Jay Gordon's side bar exclaims he would be happy if you never use sugar again! Mayim's recipes then use more sugar than I put in most recipes, plus white flour. They talk about how much better eating vegan-- "plant-based"-- is, yet the recipes call for processed margarines and cheeses, ingredients that are pretty far removed from their plant basis. I would have loved to see more whole food vegan recipes. This book disappo The intro to this book and the recipes themselves didn't seem to agree. Dr Jay Gordon's side bar exclaims he would be happy if you never use sugar again! Mayim's recipes then use more sugar than I put in most recipes, plus white flour. They talk about how much better eating vegan-- "plant-based"-- is, yet the recipes call for processed margarines and cheeses, ingredients that are pretty far removed from their plant basis. I would have loved to see more whole food vegan recipes. This book disappoints. I was hoping also to get more info about why Mayim is a vegan, expecting that someone with her credentials could back it up well. I was not impressed with the somewhat flawed and incomplete vegan propaganda section at the start. To be fair, it's not a "why you should be vegan" book, it's a recipe book. I was just hoping it would be better on the whole.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Alias Reader

    Disappointing. It's not written by Mayim. Includes a lot of fake cheeses etc. Also there is no nutritional information. I would recommend instead, The Mediterranean Vegan Kitchen by Donna Klein. Disappointing. It's not written by Mayim. Includes a lot of fake cheeses etc. Also there is no nutritional information. I would recommend instead, The Mediterranean Vegan Kitchen by Donna Klein.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Marta

    The book seems to have been written for a beginning cook-someone with young kids who hasn't done much in the kitchen. Otherwise, the recipes make really obvious swaps ( ie: vegan cheese for standard cheese in a grilled cheese sandwich). Mayim Bialik, actress/ nueroscientist, is listed as head author- but she is oddly referred to in the third person throughout- even in the recipe headers. I do think someone who is feeding a family with young children might get some use out of this, but I was look The book seems to have been written for a beginning cook-someone with young kids who hasn't done much in the kitchen. Otherwise, the recipes make really obvious swaps ( ie: vegan cheese for standard cheese in a grilled cheese sandwich). Mayim Bialik, actress/ nueroscientist, is listed as head author- but she is oddly referred to in the third person throughout- even in the recipe headers. I do think someone who is feeding a family with young children might get some use out of this, but I was looking for lunch ideas more unique than sunflower butter and hummus.

  8. 5 out of 5

    mad mags

    Quick & Healthy Plant-Based Meals (Full disclosure: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.) Actress-slash-neuroscientist-slash-vegan mom Mayim Bialik makes her foray into the vegan cookbook market with Mayim's Vegan Table: More than 100 Great-Tasting and Healthy Recipes from My Family to Yours. (She previously published a parenting guide, also with pediatrician Jay Gordon, called Beyond the Sling: A Real-Life Guide to Raising Confident, Loving Chil Quick & Healthy Plant-Based Meals (Full disclosure: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.) Actress-slash-neuroscientist-slash-vegan mom Mayim Bialik makes her foray into the vegan cookbook market with Mayim's Vegan Table: More than 100 Great-Tasting and Healthy Recipes from My Family to Yours. (She previously published a parenting guide, also with pediatrician Jay Gordon, called Beyond the Sling: A Real-Life Guide to Raising Confident, Loving Children the Attachment Parenting Way.) With an emphasis on quick, easy, nutritious meals, the dishes found in Mayim's Vegan Table are likely to appeal to families on the go and newbie vegans. But longtime vegans (and I include myself in that category) might just discover a few new favorite recipes, too! Mayim's Vegan Table begins with three introductory chapters about the environmental, nutritional, and ethical benefits of a plant-based diet, as well as tips and tricks on how best to introduce children to a healthy vegan lifestyle. (I must admit to skimming over these; show me the food, please!) There's also a standard "stocking your pantry" chapter. The recipes are grouped into categories for Breakfast; Soups, Salads, and Sandwiches; Snacks, Sauces, and Dips; Veggies and Sides; Entrees; Breads; and Desserts. The dishes range from simple (Daiya-Style Pizza, Parsnip Fries, Cashew Cheese) to the more complicated (Creamy Enchilada Casserole, Hot Pretzel Challah Bread). In preparation for this review, I made the following: Pancake Batter (page 67) - So this is a pretty serviceable recipe for pancake batter. It's not my favorite pancake recipe of all time - that’s a toss-up between Isa’s Perfect Pancakes (Vegan Brunch) and the Lavender Pancakes from Alicia Simpson’s Quick and Easy Low-Cal Vegan Comfort Food – but these pillows of carbs are tasty enough. They manage to be both fluffy and cakey at the same time, which is a feat in itself. It would have been nice if Bialik included a few original topping ideas to dress things up, though. Breakfast Burrito (page 70) - How can you go wrong with a one-dish tofu scramble/breakfast burrito recipe? (You can't!) With tofu, red peppers, spinach, and Daiya cheese FTW. Nondairy Kugel (page 131) - This is easily my favorite recipe in the whole book; but then I have a well-documented weakness for macaroni and cheese! Okay, so maybe Kugel isn't technically mac & cheese, but it's close enough for me. Creamy Daiya cheese sauce. Breadcrumbs browned on top. With just “a touch of sour cream for that classic and slightly tart kugel taste.” Sooooo good. If I were to make one change, I'd cook the onions before adding them to the casserole; they seemed a little on the raw side for me. Potato Hash (page 72) - A quick and easy one-dish meal with black beans (I used Navy), corn, chorizo (or Lightlife hotdogs, in my case), red peppers, onions, garlic, and some other goodies. Quinoa Burgers (page 97) - Another favorite, these burgers are super-simple with just seven ingredients. The recipe proved problematic, though: my burger batter came out way too wet and sticky to handle. I ended up adding 1/4 cup of flour and between 1/4 and 1/2 cup of quick oats before I could shape it into patties without half the quinoa clinging to my phalanges. An easy enough fix, though I've yet to figure out what went wrong. And did I mention that I ended up with double the number of burgers estimated in the serving size? Weird. You're supposed to fry and then bake them, but I decided to try baking them for a healthier meal. 30 minutes (20 and then flip) at 425F on a lightly greased baking sheet did the trick. Pro tip: leftover batter makes a pretty excellent pizza topping. Just spoon the uncooked batter onto the top of a pizza in marble-sized blobs and bake. Daiya-Style Pizza (page 149) - Speaking of pizza! Bialik's pizza dough recipe is similar to our own go-to recipe, just minus the sugar (which should result in less rise and a thinner dough). The first time we tried it, the dough remained dense and chewy even after baking. On our second go-round, it baked up nicely...so we'll just chalk the first test run up to old yeast, wacky weather, or plain old human error. Baked Ziti with Herbed Ricotta and Cashew Cream (page 142) - There's so much to love in this recipe! The ricotta - which has a macadamia nut base - is divine, and the cashew cream is delicious too. Bialik includes a recipe for red sauce as well (which I didn't try), which you can easily swap out for your own favorite, or a premade version if you're pressed for time. This recipe requires quite a few dishes, but is easy enough that beginners should be able to pull it off. Root Vegetable Latkes (page 130) - These latkes are reminiscent of the potato pancakes my mom used to make when I was a kid (reminder to self: get that recipe like yesterday!), but with extras: Sweet potatoes. Zucchini. Carrots. Onion. Dill. So many savory flavors! As with the Quinoa Burgers, this recipe didn't come off without a hitch. For starters, I ended up with at least twice as much "batter" as expected. I doubled the matzo meal and flax eggs in order to compensate for all the extra vegetable mass. Instead of frying them, I baked the latkes for a healthier meal. Twelve minutes on each side at 425F on a greased baking sheet worked okay, though I'm still tinkering around with other time/temp combos. (There was a teeny bit of burning around the edges at 425F.) For what it's worth, the leftovers also make a decent burrito filling! Just heat them in a skillet with a teaspoon of oil, along with any other veggies your heart desires, and voila! You have a hearty, healthy(ish) meal to go! ### All in all, my experiments ranged from moderate successes (Potato Hash, Root Vegetable Latkes) to lick-the-plate-clean good (Nondairy Kugel, Quinoa Burgers). I can't say that I was unhappy with any of the dishes I tried, though there were a few nervous-making moments (e.g., when I ended up with way more batter than expected for the Quinoa Burgers and Root Vegetable Latkes). There are still quite a few recipes on my to-do list: Cream of Carrot Soup (ran out of dill! doh!), Falafel, Golden Couscous with Herbs, Shepherd's Pie, Creamed Corn Bread, and Rugelach (dare I?). Also, the Brussels Sprout Chips both scare and intrigue me. Pros: I really like the international flair of the cookbook - especially all the Jewish recipes: Matzoh Ball Soup, Tzimmes, Latkes, Kugel, Challah Bread, Mandel Brodt, Rugelach, Sufganiyot, and Hamantaschen, oh my! (Or should I say Oy vey?) Why hasn't anyone made an all-vegan, all-Jewish cookbook yet? (Or have they?) Get on that, crafty types! That said, many of the recipes have an American bent, inspired by Mayim's husband; this might make them more palatable for persnickety eaters. Balik describes her style as "accessible plant-based eating"; as such, the unusual and hard-to-find ingredients are kept to a minimum. I was happy to find that most of the items I needed for this review were already staples in my pantry! The Quinoa Burgers, Nondairy Kugel, Herbed Ricotta, and Cashew Cream are all excellent and destined for steady rotation in my kitchen. I'm also a huge fan of one-dish meals, and the Breakfast Burrito excels in this regard! Cons: A major criticism I've seen of Mayim's Vegan Table is that the recipes are "too easy" - i.e. so intuitive that they're commonsense. And, while it's true that some of the recipes are beginner's basic - Kale Chips, French Onion Dip, Bruschetta, Zucchini Chips, Oven-Baked Fries - I think this is pretty common across cookbooks. Most of the vegan cookbooks I've reviewed have included a few gimmes - hummus and banana ice cream seem to be especially trendy right now. But there's also quite a bit of more imaginative fare here: Dilled Chickpea Burger with Spicy Yogurt Sauce, Sprout & Potato Croquettes with Dipping Sauce, Turtle Bread, and Creamed Cornbread. And did I mention all those Jewish recipes? Nevertheless, the simplicity of many of these dishes is the number one reason why I'd recommend it primarily to vegan parents, newbie vegans, and vegans on the go. Then again, I found that some of the recipes needed tweaking to work, which lessens their usefulness for the above demographics. After all, busy dads and inexperienced cooks likely won't have the time or knowledge to experiment with a recipe until it works for them. So. Grain of salt. Bialik doesn't include nutritional info, which doesn't bother me much, but may be a sticking point for some readers. The book's layout is on the plain side. While I found the type colors and fruit and veggie artwork aesthetically appealing, Mayim's Vegan Table isn't nearly as flashy as its competition. The photos are limited to sixteen glossy pages set in the middle of the book; as such, most of the recipes lack an accompanying photo. Normally I don't care either way - but in a few instances, a photo would have let me know whether I was on track with the recipe. While Bialik doesn't make heavy use of processed vegan meats and cheeses, she doesn't eschew them altogether. For example, Daiya cheese makes multiple appearances, and recipes calling for vegan chorizo and bacon without offering instructions for making them from scratch seem to steer readers down the path of least resistance and toward the store-bought stuff. Again, this doesn't bother me - you can have my Lightlife Smart Bacon when you pry it out of my cold, dead, 90-year-old hands - but not all vegans are fans of these convenience foods. Mayim's Vegan Table is a difficult cookbook for me to rate; it's times like these I agonize over Amazon's lack of a half-star rating system. While I think it's just shy of earning four stars, I don't think it's entirely deserving of a three-star rating either. 3.5 stars, rounded up to 4 on Amazon. Buy it for: vegan parents; newbie vegans in need of simple, healthy meal ideas; Jewish vegans who'd like to veganize some of their childhood favorites. http://www.easyvegan.info/2014/05/13/...

  9. 5 out of 5

    Jillyn

    Mayim's Vegan Table: More than 100 Great-Tasting and Healthy Recipes from My Family to Yours is a collection of, you guessed it, family favorite vegan recipes from actress, mom, and neuroscientist Mayim Bialik. The first part of this cookbook is full of really useful information; who the authors are and why you should listen to them, advice for getting your family to eat healthy, tips and facts about nutrition, and other useful background information that help form a good foundation of vegan cook Mayim's Vegan Table: More than 100 Great-Tasting and Healthy Recipes from My Family to Yours is a collection of, you guessed it, family favorite vegan recipes from actress, mom, and neuroscientist Mayim Bialik. The first part of this cookbook is full of really useful information; who the authors are and why you should listen to them, advice for getting your family to eat healthy, tips and facts about nutrition, and other useful background information that help form a good foundation of vegan cooking. If you are already living a vegan or vegetarian lifestyle, this might not be news to you. However, I am a meat-eater, so that was new to me. On that note, I am a lover of food- meatless, meat-chocked, or otherwise. My eating meat in no way is reflected in my rating of this book. The recipes in this collection are divided by course, making it easy to find a specific recipe for your family. There's also tips and nutrition tidbits included with each recipe. I have to admit, I was a little disappointed to find "fake" ingredients included so much. By fake, I mean things like vegan cheese or vegan sausage or vegan egg substitute. There's nothing wrong with these ingredients, but I don't really need a recipe book to tell me to swap out real meat for the vegan section kind. In addition, I'm a very visual person when it comes to cooking, and it bummed me out that no pictures were included. Despite those hang ups I have with this cookbook, Bialik does a great job of representing a lot of different cuisines. There's Mediterranean, Mexican, Vietnamese, Jewish, and so many more cultures represented here. Props- it can't be easy creating vegan dishes from so many places. A few recipes I'm interested in trying are Corn Bread Thanksgiving Dressing, Sushi in a Bowl, Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Cookies, and Spanakopita. If you're looking to start eating healthier, or if you're a vegan/vegetarian looking for new takes on recipes, this is a book for you. Just be warned that there's no pictures. For me, that's a massive hindrance. Thank you to Netgalley & Da Capo Lifelong Books for my chance to read this. This review can also be found on my blog, Bitches n Prose.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Emily Crow

    In the interest of full disclosure, I should state: 1. I am not vegan; 2. But I love animals (in a I-don't-want-to-eat-you way) and I love vegetables (in a yum-yum) way; ...so I am open-minded but not pre-disposed to enjoying cookbooks like these. And to be honest, I didn't find a single recipe of Mayim's that I felt tempted to try. They didn't sound horrible, and maybe for a mainstream vegan audience, they would be tempting. But I am trying to avoid gluten and added sugars (partly because I hope to In the interest of full disclosure, I should state: 1. I am not vegan; 2. But I love animals (in a I-don't-want-to-eat-you way) and I love vegetables (in a yum-yum) way; ...so I am open-minded but not pre-disposed to enjoying cookbooks like these. And to be honest, I didn't find a single recipe of Mayim's that I felt tempted to try. They didn't sound horrible, and maybe for a mainstream vegan audience, they would be tempting. But I am trying to avoid gluten and added sugars (partly because I hope to address some health issues of my own...I am hypothyroid and suffering from a lot of fatigue issues, so gluten and sugar are on my top suspect list!), and I am not a fan of processed foods of any sort (including "fake" meats and "vegan" cheese)...so after all that, there was little left to try. I did enjoy Jewish focus on many of these recipes, but I would recommend the book Olive Trees and Honey instead for those looking for Jewish vegetarian/vegan recipes. (Not that I'm Jewish either...but I love reading all sorts of ethnic recipes!)

  11. 4 out of 5

    Abbey

    This cookbook wasn't written by MB. It was lazy. The recipes were full of substitutes. and few pictures. I personally think if you're going to eat a particular diet then you should eat real food from that diet. The diet should stand on its own recipes. For example, if you are gluten free then a cookbook for that particular diet shouldn't be 90% showing you how to make recipe substitutes for gluten. You will never be satisfied with gluten free bread. It's not the same. No vegan cheese. Just show This cookbook wasn't written by MB. It was lazy. The recipes were full of substitutes. and few pictures. I personally think if you're going to eat a particular diet then you should eat real food from that diet. The diet should stand on its own recipes. For example, if you are gluten free then a cookbook for that particular diet shouldn't be 90% showing you how to make recipe substitutes for gluten. You will never be satisfied with gluten free bread. It's not the same. No vegan cheese. Just show me excellent vegan recipes.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Kristin

    I'm not a vegan and never, ever will be...but, I do believe in eating healthy and more veg, less meat I'm not a vegan and never, ever will be...but, I do believe in eating healthy and more veg, less meat

  13. 5 out of 5

    Kristi

    Loved this one. We aren't vegan (yet) but I've been working more plant based meals into our diet in hopes that someday we will be a vegan family. I'll definitely be buying a copy for myself! Loved this one. We aren't vegan (yet) but I've been working more plant based meals into our diet in hopes that someday we will be a vegan family. I'll definitely be buying a copy for myself!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Mason

    If you’ve ever considered going vegan or wondered what cooking vegan would be like, check out MAYIM’S VEGAN TABLE by Mayim Bialik with Dr. Jay Gordon. This interesting cookbook includes over 100 healthy recipes that are easy to prepare. There are tips and informational tidbits woven throughout. The cookbook begins with helpful information on what plant-based eating really is and how we can benefit from it. At the same time, the author notes that the vegan lifestyle can take some time to adjust to If you’ve ever considered going vegan or wondered what cooking vegan would be like, check out MAYIM’S VEGAN TABLE by Mayim Bialik with Dr. Jay Gordon. This interesting cookbook includes over 100 healthy recipes that are easy to prepare. There are tips and informational tidbits woven throughout. The cookbook begins with helpful information on what plant-based eating really is and how we can benefit from it. At the same time, the author notes that the vegan lifestyle can take some time to adjust to and that it may not be for everyone. The contents are divided into the usual food categories: breakfast; soups, salads and sandwiches; snacks, sauces and dips; veggies and sides; entries; bread; and desserts. There is also a metric table to help with conversions. The cookbook’s style is reminiscent of cookbooks from an earlier era when few photos were included and the emphasis was on the recipes. This style gives the cookbook the feel of something handled down from generation to generation. The few color photos includes focus on the dishes presented and give the food a very appealing look. While there does appear to be an ingredient missing in a few of the recipes, for the most part cooks will be able to adjust the recipes without any problems. The recipes call for simple and easy techniques that result in a delicious dish that is also healthy. I found this cookbook informative and chalked full of tasty dishes that even non-vegans can enjoy. MAYIM’S VEGAN TABLE makes a nice addition to any cookbook collection as it offers healthy and appetizing recipes. FTC Full Disclosure – I request this book and it was sent to me by the publisher in hopes I would review it. However, receiving the complimentary copy did not influence my review.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer Kirkwood (Levac)

    I received a copy of this book from the publisher. The original review can be found on www.Genuinejenn.com This is a great book for vegetarians and people who would like to become a vegetarian or just add extra veggies to your diet. I love that this cookbook has easy to make recipes along with most ingredients that can be found easily in your grocery store. No need to head to a specialty shop to make most of these. I found I had a lot of the ingredients in my house already and I am not a vegetari I received a copy of this book from the publisher. The original review can be found on www.Genuinejenn.com This is a great book for vegetarians and people who would like to become a vegetarian or just add extra veggies to your diet. I love that this cookbook has easy to make recipes along with most ingredients that can be found easily in your grocery store. No need to head to a specialty shop to make most of these. I found I had a lot of the ingredients in my house already and I am not a vegetarian. I also love that Mayim shares her Jewish roots in this cookbook with some fabulous Jewish recipes. I work in a Jewish group home and cook most of the meals so this will come in handy for sure and I can hardly wait to share all these great recipes with my family. The book also has a nice beginning with nutrition and info on the basics. I love the kitchen tip at the end of the recipes. There was one recipe I was wondering what an ingredient was and it was in the kitchen tip. Want to learn how to make cheese from nuts? It is in this book! I am excited to try a couple tofu recipes with my family even though hubby said "let me know how it goes" when I told him about the recipe. I also love that this book isn't all about tofu. There are more recipes with veggies, beans and nuts. I reviewed the Kindle version of this cookbook and find it really hard to enjoy it as much as I know I would if it was a paperback. I think I will get the paperback edition to add to my cookbook collection and it will make it easier to drool over the recipes. I give this recipe book a 5 out of 5 stars! I highly recommend it.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Bunny

    Nothing will kill my appetite quicker than the words, "Nutritional Yeast Flakes." Seriously, what part of that makes you hungry? Not even the word "nutritional" makes that sound better. There were a few great sounding recipes in here, though. I even "saved" a few that don't sound especially amazing, but I'm intrigued enough to try them later. Quinoa burgers, I'm looking at you. I don't like the way this book is presented, though. Based on the title and cover, it sounds like Mayim Bialik wrote a coo Nothing will kill my appetite quicker than the words, "Nutritional Yeast Flakes." Seriously, what part of that makes you hungry? Not even the word "nutritional" makes that sound better. There were a few great sounding recipes in here, though. I even "saved" a few that don't sound especially amazing, but I'm intrigued enough to try them later. Quinoa burgers, I'm looking at you. I don't like the way this book is presented, though. Based on the title and cover, it sounds like Mayim Bialik wrote a cookbook with the help of Dr. Jay Gordon. I don't think anything in this book is written from the perspective of Mayim Bialik, however. The introduction is by Jay Gordon. The introduction to each recipe talks about the health benefits of the recipes and how tasty they are, with the occasional, "Mayim loves to feed this to her picky children." "Mayim prefers having the food diced small." "Mayim loves to make her specialty, croutons!" "Mayim is Jewish, so here's some latkes and challah bread." By all appearances, they slapped her face on the front of this book to sell copies and called it a day. While I didn't need a celebrity endorsement to look at a new cookbook, I find this shady.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Dana

    This book has some nice recipes made vegan by substituting vegan ingredients for the regular ones. It also has some good Jewish recipes included as well. It uses ingredients like egg replacer, vegan margarine, vegan mayonnaise, vegan sour cream, vegan cheese etc... to substitute in for the regular ones in the recipes. I personally don't like all the fake foods and am not sure that the egg replacer chemical food-like substance is actually any healthier than just plain old real egg. I received thi This book has some nice recipes made vegan by substituting vegan ingredients for the regular ones. It also has some good Jewish recipes included as well. It uses ingredients like egg replacer, vegan margarine, vegan mayonnaise, vegan sour cream, vegan cheese etc... to substitute in for the regular ones in the recipes. I personally don't like all the fake foods and am not sure that the egg replacer chemical food-like substance is actually any healthier than just plain old real egg. I received this book free to review from Netgalley.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Amy Elizabeth

    Mayim keeps Kosher, and many recipes are also gluten free. She has strong opinions about how she chooses to raise her kids and even if I don't agree, I respect the thought and care she gives the challenges facing parents of picky eaters. Mayim keeps Kosher, and many recipes are also gluten free. She has strong opinions about how she chooses to raise her kids and even if I don't agree, I respect the thought and care she gives the challenges facing parents of picky eaters.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Ashley Chew

    Boring & uninventive. There are SO many great vegan cookbooks on the market today & I'm sorry but this one doesn't hold a candle to them. Maybe a good book for beginner cooks but I'm definitely not a fan of this one... Boring & uninventive. There are SO many great vegan cookbooks on the market today & I'm sorry but this one doesn't hold a candle to them. Maybe a good book for beginner cooks but I'm definitely not a fan of this one...

  20. 5 out of 5

    Sharlene

    Not just recipes cook book. We get Mayim's story and she shares some recipes from her childhood and life, as well as the kitchen tips and the comments by Dr Jay. Not just recipes cook book. We get Mayim's story and she shares some recipes from her childhood and life, as well as the kitchen tips and the comments by Dr Jay.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Andrea

    I really enjoyed this cookbook! Great vegan recipes that were easy and down to earth. Nothing too complicated or time consuming. I can't wait to try some recipes from this book! I really enjoyed this cookbook! Great vegan recipes that were easy and down to earth. Nothing too complicated or time consuming. I can't wait to try some recipes from this book!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Windy Kahler

    This book was very basic and didn't cover anything new. It has a few recipes that look worth trying and I'll update my rating after doing so. The Kind Diet by Alicia Silverstone holds a lot more substance and is much more worth the read. This book was very basic and didn't cover anything new. It has a few recipes that look worth trying and I'll update my rating after doing so. The Kind Diet by Alicia Silverstone holds a lot more substance and is much more worth the read.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Belinda

    I imagine there's this moment in publishing house planning meetings where they discuss upcoming titles and the kind of people who will buy them, maybe laughing at or wondering about the people who buy a book just because of the famous name on the cover. I admit - I am one of those people. If it is written by a female actor, I promise you it's on my list of books to read. Some, I liked a lot (Molly Ringwald's When It Happens to You and Lauren Graham's Someday, Someday, Maybe were both very good a I imagine there's this moment in publishing house planning meetings where they discuss upcoming titles and the kind of people who will buy them, maybe laughing at or wondering about the people who buy a book just because of the famous name on the cover. I admit - I am one of those people. If it is written by a female actor, I promise you it's on my list of books to read. Some, I liked a lot (Molly Ringwald's When It Happens to You and Lauren Graham's Someday, Someday, Maybe were both very good and the cookbooks from Real Housewives Bethenney Frankel and Teresa Guidice are excellent and in regular use at my house), some made me smile and watch Clueless again (The Kind Diet by Alicia Silverstone) and some were just awful (Oh Dear Sylvia by Dawn French and Skinnydipping by Bethenney Frankel were really, really bad). So when I saw Mayim's Vegan Table available on Netgalley, I was torn. I find Mayim Bialik fascinating - a woman with a PhD in science who plays a character on TV with a PhD in science - but I am not a fan of vegan cookbooks, as they are often full of frankenfoods and weird ingredients,. Clearly, my curiosity won out and I requested the title. Upon downloading my copy, I was again a bit hesitant when I saw there were four chapters on veganism before the recipes even started. With all due respect to any vegans out there, I too have read the research and decided that it's not a lifestyle I want and I don't read books to feel lectured at about my choices (although I have more respect for vegans than I do for people who "eat paleo". Don't even get me started on people who follow "our ancestors' diets" and then cook with ghee and canned coconut milk - just like ancient man). However, these chapters were very reasonable and not polemic at all. I found myself nodding quite a bit - a healthy diet is about making better choices for the environment and our bodies - and, as a society, we eat too many meat products and way too much processed food. These authors (Bialik and Dr Jay) advocate for making better choices, which I fully agree with. They are argue strongly and persuasively that we need to be feeding our kids better food - less processed chips in individually packaged bags that go into landfill and more fresh, healthy food. Also (and I agree with this wholeheartedly) food needs to stop being used as a way to reward or console. Teaching a kid that doing something good means you get a sweet treat leads to adults with a unhealthy relationship with both food and rewards. So, the writing gets a tick from me. But, at the end of the day this is a cookbook, so I picked two recipes that I had the ingredients for in the cupboard and started cooking. First up, Spanish Rice. Excuse the photo - the steam from the hot food fogged up the camera lens! I served this with kidney beans, jarred salsa and fresh diced tomato in wholegrain tortillas and it was simple and delicious. My boyfriend ate all of the leftovers straight from the pan and didn't believe me when I told him it was vegan. I will definitely be making it again. For dessert: Chocolate Fudge Cake. It's a bit flatter than it should be because I halved the recipe. Bialik ices her cake but I actually don't particularly like "frosting" so I just dusted it with icing sugar and served with fresh raspberries and blueberries. This also was a winner - easy, simple, moist and tasty. My one criticism of the book is that I would have liked to have a key added with information on recipes' suitability for freezing, making ahead and if they were gluten-free. What I liked most about this book is that it wasn't about trying to replicate food with animal products in vegan form - it is full of healthy, simple recipes that taste good and I've got a whole bunch of other recipes flagged to try. I never thought I'd say this about a vegan cookbook, but when my Netgalley copy expires, I think I will actually buy a copy. Four stars. Photos are here: http://hereiread.blogspot.com.au/2014...

  24. 4 out of 5

    Renee

    With a simple layout and quick recipes, the book would make a welcome addition on the cookbook shelf for a home cook just getting into vegan cooking. For veteran vegan cooks, she offers ways to spice up the family menu. The first four chapters deal with vegan nutritional choices and stocking the kitchen with plant-based selections. The way veganism wound its way into Bialik’s life slowly, first by removing dairy from her diet due to her son’s dairy sensitivity then looking at the environmental im With a simple layout and quick recipes, the book would make a welcome addition on the cookbook shelf for a home cook just getting into vegan cooking. For veteran vegan cooks, she offers ways to spice up the family menu. The first four chapters deal with vegan nutritional choices and stocking the kitchen with plant-based selections. The way veganism wound its way into Bialik’s life slowly, first by removing dairy from her diet due to her son’s dairy sensitivity then looking at the environmental impact of non-vegan foods, was interesting. As an active vegan mother, her home menus are both surprisingly down to Earth and quick to prepare. From the book: "Her transition from a vegetarian college student to an almost vegan mom to a now entirely vegan mom involved a strong need for “fun foods” – foods that can please finicky toddler palates, and a lifestyle that is not expensive, time consuming, or only available if there are vegan restaurants around." The tips and advice cater to those who know nothing about actual veganism, such as comparing an apple to all the ingredients in an Oscar Meyer Lunchable snack, looking at dairy alternatives, and describing what a vegan is. For a person already living a clean vegan lifestyle, I’d assume they would simply skip through this. For non-vegans contemplating the lifestyle choice, the info would be helpful. The seven recipe chapters are grouped by the menu item: Breakfast; Soups, Salads, and Sandwiches; Snacks, Sauces, and Dips; Veggies and Sides; Entrees; Breads; and Desserts. The Metric Conversions is a standard chart, but the Resources at the back of the book is a helpful list of vegan and nutritional books and websites to check out. Bialik makes good use of quinoa and couscous, and while this isn’t a Jewish cookbook, her all-vegan Matzoh Ball Soup has all the ingredients for a tasty vegetable soup. She also gives eight different dip recipes that could easily double as sandwich spreads. What I liked the best is the ease with which many of the recipes can be put together (read between the lines – much of the ingredients are probably already in your pantry). Right now where I live, the weather is starting warm up, so anything quick and cool is satisfying. The Vietnamese Banh Mi with Do Chua and Sweet Sauce is one I’ll probably have on hand all summer for sandwich pockets (do chua is a Vietnamese carrot and daikon pickle). Overall, I appreciated her recipes. Almost every single one I can reproduce with things I have in my pantry. And as a busy parent, finding healthy recipes (not just entrees!) to incorporate into a menu makes planning easy.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Chrissy

    I suppose the fairest way to begin a review of a cookbook is probably to admit my biases and tell where I stand on the diet spectrum before jumping into my thoughts on the book. For the most part, I've been playing around with veganism, first ethically and now, after much research and many, many sources I've been taking a much more health-oriented perspective on veganism. This has mostly led me to explore raw veganism, which has been quite a challenge to put into practice, so I'm expanding my mi I suppose the fairest way to begin a review of a cookbook is probably to admit my biases and tell where I stand on the diet spectrum before jumping into my thoughts on the book. For the most part, I've been playing around with veganism, first ethically and now, after much research and many, many sources I've been taking a much more health-oriented perspective on veganism. This has mostly led me to explore raw veganism, which has been quite a challenge to put into practice, so I'm expanding my mind and options a bit more on a quest for optimal health. But, geez, it can be hard to give up old habits! I never really watched Blossom, so having the celebrity author on the book didn't really deter or encourage me to read this work. I accepted MAYIMI'S VEGAN TABLE for review because I *have* been doing such a thorough study on veganism that I don't want to ignore any source that may be helpful. That said, my favorite part of the book, by far, were the first few chapters in which the benefits of a plant based diet were discussed. The authors touched briefly on ethical reasons for choosing to forgo meat and dairy, mainly focusing on the health benefits of trying to incorporate more wholesome vegan foods into a standard diet (which they hope will come closer to full-blown veganism as the results speak for themselves). The recipes themselves didn't WOW me, unfortunately. I would have liked to see a few pictures throughout the recipe section, to entice me to try one recipe over another. And, despite the fact that the authors spoke frequently of health in the first few sections, specifically noting that the book would not be another source that simply made vegan substitutions for meat and dairy into unhealthy foods, it did seem that quite too many of the recipes just seemed a bit junky with a few too many fake meat/dairy products. But, maybe that's just me. The book does work hard to gives tips and examples for children, creating a more hands on learning experience for the little ones when it comes to a vegan diet. Perhaps this work is just more intended for mothers than for those of us who aren't catering to the dietary needs of children. I always enjoy a good vegan cookbook, and I do think the information in the first few chapters does make this book worthwhile.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Chris Torretta

    So, I know what some of you are going to say? VEGAN, REALLY?!! Yes vegan! No, I'm not changing my diet, honestly the hubby would FREAK, but I do like to live healthy and I'm a fan of Mayim's so I thought, why not vegan? I have to say, this is an amazing cookbook. She puts in here that she realizes that if you're not already vegan that it is a HUGE step and it is hard to change, so she adds in some things that will help you practice to become vegan IF you want to. But the awesome part of this? The So, I know what some of you are going to say? VEGAN, REALLY?!! Yes vegan! No, I'm not changing my diet, honestly the hubby would FREAK, but I do like to live healthy and I'm a fan of Mayim's so I thought, why not vegan? I have to say, this is an amazing cookbook. She puts in here that she realizes that if you're not already vegan that it is a HUGE step and it is hard to change, so she adds in some things that will help you practice to become vegan IF you want to. But the awesome part of this? The amount of recipes and the variety! What I'm doing is just adding a bit more of the vegan lifestyle into my life via the kitchen! I started reading this and there is a bit about why to go or not to go vegan, what you can get from this diet, how the naysayers are wrong, etc... she backs what she says with evidence and with lovely, lovely recipes! Although I enjoyed the sciency part really I skimmed most of it because I do know about the vegan lifestyle but I'm glad that she put that part in there. I'm just not one that needed all that. My favorite part? By far the recipe section! There is a bit in here for everyone! I just got into making smoothies and she has tons of recipes for smoothies, recipes for soup, guacamole, your own granola bars, basically recipes for nearly everything! And the cost of the meals isn't outrageous either. Most of these recipes are made with ingredients that you may get for a salad, and no it's not just rabbit food (you naysayers! I'm looking at you) it's about being healthy especially when so many are over weight. So, in short... you can easily take this and add in regular or skim milk if you want to, add in regular cheese for the soy cheese ingredients, the recipes are easy to play with, OR you can be daring and do what I plan to do and go vegan for one or two days a week. I think it'll be worth it!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Amber Whitlock

    In my opinion, Mayim’s Vegan Table is part textbook and part cookbook. The first four chapters are an introduction to veganism—the whys, whats, and how-to’s. I found this section of the book very interesting. The authors, Mayim Bialik and Dr. Jay Gordon, stress the fact that they are not trying to make everyone become vegans. They believe in adding vegetables to your diet as much as possible. Some people are purely vegan, some are almost-vegans, and others prefer to eat a diet heavy in veggies. In my opinion, Mayim’s Vegan Table is part textbook and part cookbook. The first four chapters are an introduction to veganism—the whys, whats, and how-to’s. I found this section of the book very interesting. The authors, Mayim Bialik and Dr. Jay Gordon, stress the fact that they are not trying to make everyone become vegans. They believe in adding vegetables to your diet as much as possible. Some people are purely vegan, some are almost-vegans, and others prefer to eat a diet heavy in veggies. These first four chapters give you a good idea of what to expect if you choose to change your eating habits. I will say a lot of the writing seems aimed towards moms. Mayim explains the easiest ways for children to eat vegan or just how to get more veggies into their diets. I think they should have mentioned this on the cover because I was a bit surprised that I was reading so much about how to tailor to children, and I am not a mom! The rest of the chapters are full of vegan (and several Jewish) recipes. I am not a vegan, but I do avoid certain meats and eat a lot of veggies. I think some of these recipes will become mainstays for me. I was surprised that most of Mayim’s recipes seem to include maple syrup! This is in an informative, well written book that is packed with vegan recipes. If you’re a vegan and have been for a long time, this may not be the book for you. I would suggest flipping through the recipes to make sure you need it. If you’re thinking about going vegan or you have kids and want them to eat more vegetables, this is a great book for you! (And doesn’t Mayim look gorgeous on the cover?!) I received a digital proof of this book in exchange for an honest review.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Nikki

    March 2014 While I appreciate that Mayim may be introducing more people to vegan food, there weren't many (any?) recipes of use for me personally in this book. I suppose I foolishly go into a vegan cookbook expecting some level of health awareness, rather than simply recipes that are vegan. Many recipes in this book feature a good amount of sugar (regular granulated and brown) and white flour. Therefore I would find myself having to convert likely already converted recipes. For instance, her gran March 2014 While I appreciate that Mayim may be introducing more people to vegan food, there weren't many (any?) recipes of use for me personally in this book. I suppose I foolishly go into a vegan cookbook expecting some level of health awareness, rather than simply recipes that are vegan. Many recipes in this book feature a good amount of sugar (regular granulated and brown) and white flour. Therefore I would find myself having to convert likely already converted recipes. For instance, her granola has more than double the sugar I use in my own personal homemade granola, which quite frankly is still sweet. A morning smoothie consisting of more than 40 grams of fat? Really? I'm fine with eating nut butters and fat in general (as long as it is healthy fat), but I'd rather spread it out a bit more than having it in one small (1 cup!) smoothie. Yes, I LOVE food and I want more of it than a cup for breakfast, thanks. But aside from the overuse of sugars and white flour etc., I did find that for my family's preferences, recipes simply were not spiced enough or in the balance that we prefer. It did give me a few ideas though, as cookbooks usually do.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Coleen

    If you read my reviews- you'll find out that I'm reading vegan cookbooks. Am I vegan? No- not totally--but I do eat a lot of fruits and vegetables in order to pack in as much healing nutrition that I can. As a cancer survivor/patient, I believe that a crucial component to my recovery is my diet. I try to eat as much plant-based meals that I can put together. I picked up a paperback copy at my local library. I made two of the salad recipes in here- the Rainbow Cabbage Salad with Tahini-Lemon Dres If you read my reviews- you'll find out that I'm reading vegan cookbooks. Am I vegan? No- not totally--but I do eat a lot of fruits and vegetables in order to pack in as much healing nutrition that I can. As a cancer survivor/patient, I believe that a crucial component to my recovery is my diet. I try to eat as much plant-based meals that I can put together. I picked up a paperback copy at my local library. I made two of the salad recipes in here- the Rainbow Cabbage Salad with Tahini-Lemon Dressing and the Three-Bean Salad. Only complaint---the Cabbage Salad's recipe did not make enough salad dressing and the Three-Bean Salad's dressing recipe was way too much. Enough of my quibbling---both were delicious. Several of her recipes call for vegan mayonnaise/ vegan butter/ vegan eggs....I've just not gotten there yet with the vegan forms of the good old standbys. Every time I try something like vegan hot dogs or vegan kielbasa--I think ugh- why bother? It doesn't taste the same....just give that vegan form of fake food up and go on to some other good tasting vegan whole food.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Alex

    I'm not vegan, but I really enjoy reading healthy cookbooks. Unfortunately, this one disappointed me. Despite the fact that it's explicitly stated in the beginning that we shouldn't rely too much on vegan substitutions or processed food, many of the recipes were indeed full of meat and dairy substitutions. I was hoping for healthy recipes using natural food, but what I got instead was a way to veganize "normal" food. While that is helpful every now and then, it just wasn't what I was expecting. I'm not vegan, but I really enjoy reading healthy cookbooks. Unfortunately, this one disappointed me. Despite the fact that it's explicitly stated in the beginning that we shouldn't rely too much on vegan substitutions or processed food, many of the recipes were indeed full of meat and dairy substitutions. I was hoping for healthy recipes using natural food, but what I got instead was a way to veganize "normal" food. While that is helpful every now and then, it just wasn't what I was expecting. I also have a hard time when cookbooks don't have pictures. I can't decide if a recipe sounds good based on a list of ingredients, I need to see it! Granted, there was a color insert in the middle of the book that included some recipe pictures, and they looked phenomenal. However it would have been much more helpful if they had been on the same page as the recipe, and if more were included. I did copy some recipes down, but definitely not as many as I was expecting.

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