Appetite for Reduction: 125 Fast & Filling Low-Fat Vegan Recipes by Isa Chandra Moskowitz (book review)
Isa Chandra Moskowitz has acheived fame for her best-selling cookbooks, Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World and Veganomicon, among others, but in my opinion, her latest cookbook could be one of her greatest yet. Appetite for Reduction: 125 Fast & Filling Low-Fat Vegan Recipes may have been written to help Isa counteract years of cupcake and cookie testing, but the recipes hit on the core of what we all know we should be doing, eating more vegetables.
At first I was a bit surprised that there weren't sections for snacks or sweets … but I guess Isa has those areas covered in all of her other cookbooks. Appetite for Reduction is all about light meals, and is a completely savory endeavor. Though low-fat isn't my personal health goal, I greatly appreciate that this cookbook is quite low in sugar overall. Of course, die hard sweet tooth that I am, I went for the Sweet & Salty Maple Carrots first. They actually turned out not too sweet and not too salty, but in fact tasted like very fresh and bright carrots with a hint of what tasted like natural sweetness. But in actuality, most of the recipes are completely sugar-free or very low in sugars (perhaps even sweetened simply by fruit). Anyone who has already inhaled a lifetime's worth of vegan sweets and processed foods, or who is interested in the vegan diet for health reasons, will probably love Appetite for reduction.
To give you a sampling of what's inside, these are the recipes I have bookmarked to make:
- Pad Thai Salad with Peanut-Lime Dragon Dressing
- Caesar Salad with Eggplant Bacon
- Silky Chickpea Gravy
- Brussel Sprout-Potato Hash
- Eggplant Dengaku
- Sweet & Salty Maple Carrots
- Lettuce Wraps with Hoisin Mustard Tofu
- Pasta con Broccoli
- Lasagna with Roasted Cauliflower Ricotta and Spinach
- Smoky Split Pea Soup
- Thai Roasted Root Vegetables Curry
- Sweet Potato Drop Biscuits
- and these OMG Oven Baked Onion Rings:
To note, all of the recipes include nutritional information as well as cooking and preparation time. Plus, for those with other dietary concerns, there is a full index of gluten-free recipes in Appetite for Reduction, in addition to indexes for recipes under 30 minutes (for those in a hurry), and recipes with downtime (for those who work at home or are busy working on chores).
This is a third party review by Alisa Fleming, founder of GoDairyFree.org, blogger at Alisa Cooks, and author of Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living. Alisa is also a freelance writer for several publications, with an emphasis on creating recipes for various types of special diets.