Monday, 7 January 2013

Book Review - Forks over Knives, The Cookbook

The follow up to the best selling Forks over Knives book, which is the companion book to the awesome documentary Forks over Knives. Recommended viewing (and reading) for sure.

The book has a nice substantial introductory section (which I've you've read any of my prior reviews you'll know I enjoy), which very briefly recaps a lot of the issues brought up in the film and companion book, then looks at preparation and cooking techniques, stocking the pantry, tools and the like. Worth taking the time to read.

The recipes are well laid out - with mostly one to a page (excepting smaller ones, or those that go together), are mostly logically grouped into chapters (there are some noodle salads in the noodle section not the salad section where you might expect to see them, but things like that do fit into either category), and the recipe are interspersed with colour photo inserts. There is a dessert chapter (thanks to Isa Chandra Moskowitz), which you may not have been expecting in a no-fat, healthy whole food cookbook, bonus!

In reading the Amazon reviews for this cookbook I see there were issues with errors in some of the recipes. I must have a later print run as I came across no typos or errors in mine, so it looks like that is a problem solved - everyone can enjoy the book now with peace of mind that everything is good to go!

The recipes I made - in page number order as always -
Page 29 No Cheese Sauce
I made this twice, once as a "cheese sauce" for cauliflower, and once as part of another recipe which I will touch on in a bit. Very quick, easy, and quite tasty.

Page 40 Pumpkin Pie Smoothie
Super yum. Thick and sweet but not too sweet, just like pumpkin pie filling!

Page 63 Quinoa Corn and Black Bean Salad
Tasty, simple, and easy to make. I did use tinned corn as it is not the season.

Page 72 Orange Fennel and Black Bean Salad
OK, but not my favourite of the salads I made. A little bland - which may have been me going too easy on the cayenne.

Page 79 Kale Salad with Maple Mustard Dressing
I do like kale salads usually, and I liked this one too. Next time I would leave out the broccoli florets and probably even the chickpeas (which for me is almost blasphemy) as I didn't feel they melded with the rest.

Page 90 Curried Cauliflower Bisque
Lovely texture, thick and creamy.

Page 128 Lentil Chili
Nice chili, flavoursome and hearty, though I would leave out the carrots next time as I am not a fan of carrots in chili. I'd also thicken it prior to serving.

Page 142 Macaroni Salad
Very nice, if basic, macaroni salad. I did cheat and use a commercial mayo as I couldn't be bothered making my own.

Page 213 Chana Saag
I didn't like the spices in this one, a little harsh and overwhelming on the palate. (to me anyway)

Page 217 Spicy Chickpeas and Fennel
Super comfort food-y. So quick and easy to throw together and really hits the spot on a cold night.

Page 231 Mushroom Olive Sauce
Used as a sauce for roasted vegetables, not with polenta as written. Enjoyed very much.

Page 279 Peanut Butter Granola Bars
In the photo the chocolate chips are my addition not the recipe! Nice, though not super peanut-y, and even without the addition of the chocolate chips, quite sweet.

I did find the portion sizes to be generous and filling.

Looking forward to making many many more recipes from this book! Go get yourself a copy of you haven't one already.


Heather said...

I need to make these asap, they look so good!
ps. love forks over knives! !:)

Menseffects said...

I really appreciate your blog thanks fors haring with us great blog.
otf knives

Julie G said...

I also LOVE the pumpkin pie smoothie! The whole cookbook is great! I have yet to make many of the recipes, but I have been very happy. Thanks for sharing. If you don't mind, I am going to link to you on my blog: for tomorrow's post "Five Ways to Get Fruits & Veggies into Your Family's Day Today." Thank you!