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March 31, 2009

The Vegan Cook’s Bible

Soon to be in bookstores is Pat Crocker's The Vegan Cook's Bible. Challenged to devise a book that not only provided amazing, solely vegan recipes, but also a resource book for all, she succeeded as this is one you'll want within easy reach on your cookbook shelf. It is a comprehensive and thoroughly researched book featuring information on the 7 body systems, how to optimize their function through conscious nutrition choices, and suggestions for positive changes in diet and lifestyle modifications.

Crocker states,"The dishes are not simply non-vegan reworked, but original recipes that hold the divineness of plant foods at their core." Readers will be introduced to the basics of cooking vegan, and over 250 new recipes using whole foods. They will learn everything from types of whole foods, to their healing actions, uses, buying and storing, right down to the final cooking process.

After 8 intense months of a strict vegan diet by both Crocker and her husband, she found in developing the recipes in this book that there is tremendous range in variety and quality of a purely vegan diet. This book is a beacon of healthy life choices we should all aspire to follow, one with an added bonus of never having to sacrifice taste.

Pat Crocker has written and lectured on herbs and health for over 25 years. She is an international award-winning author of 6 cookbooks and 3 herb books. As a culinary herbalist, she describes her personal eating style as "flexitarian": one who enjoys organic fruits, vegetables, herbs, and dairy products on a regular basis, but once or twice a week will include organic lamb, chicken, fish, or beef.

In some upcoming posts here at our blog, enjoy free sneak peaks at some of the savory recipes from The Vegan Cook's Bible.

Melanie Hyatt is an editor at Maine Food & Lifestyle magazine.

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