Book Review: The China Study Quick & Easy Cookbook*

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Book Info: Del Sroufe | BenBella Books | 4 June 2015 | 320 Pages | Hardback & Kindle

Source: NetGalley

If you’ve read the book, The China Study by T. Colin Campbell, PhD, and Thomas M. Campbell II, MD, then you might just be aware of the spin offs that it has inspired. The China Study Quick & Easy Cookbook, is the brainchild of top vegan chef, Del Sroufe. For British readers who may not be familiar with Chef Sroufe, he’s the author of Better Than Vegan, and the New York Times bestseller, Forks Over Knives: The Cookbook; based on the film of the same name, and he started his culinary career working in the restaurant industry, working for several businesses that specialised in vegetarian/vegan cuisine. In 1997, he opened his own bakery, serving freshly made bread alongside vegan pastries, calzones and smoothies. Besides teaching classes, he also speaks on the subject of vegan cooking and nutrition, particularly in relation to health and body weight.

The book is divided into 9 distinct sections, including; breakfast, salads, sandwiches, soups and desserts. There are also ideas for sauces, salad dressings, seasonings and snacks. Each recipe is not overloaded with ingredients, nor is it made up of long winded, complicated instructions. The aim is to give the reader quick ideas that the can make and enjoy in minutes. To help things along, not only does he list the pantry essentials the reader should ensure they always have available – most vegans will usually have the majority of them already, he also presents several different menu plans covering the entire week, and showing that some of the recipes can be used in more than one meal plan. It really is a mix and match kind of book that you can use however you like.

For me, there were several recipes that really stood out, although I have admit, this is a book that doesn’t have one recipe you won’t want to try. The Asian Noodle Soup, which I’ll be posting (with the kind permission off BenBella Books), is one recipe that you really won’t regret trying. Especially if you’ve ever made Vegan Tom Yum Soup (more about that in another post). It’s got bags of flavour and is one of those soups to keep in mind for a cold day, or when you’re looking for something comforting. Quinoa & White Beans with Lemons & Olives. Pure Heaven. If you need one recipe to showcase how much flavour you can bring to a dish without the need for meat, this is a pretty good example. Polenta Rounds with Saffron Cream & Wilted Spinach is another must try. 

The most important thing about this book is that it has something even the fussiest eater can’t turn their nose up at. Offer your kids a Red Bean Ice Pop, and I doubt many will refuse to try one. If you’re transitioning to a vegan lifestyle or thinking about it. Get this book. If you’ve got a busy lifestyle and your stuck for ideas. This could quite possibly be a lifesaver of a book to have on your bookshelf.

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