Next up for review is The China Study Cookbook.I have previously reviewed The China Study book itself here.
For those who haven't read it, I definitely recommend it. As far as I'm concerned it's a MUST read for everyone!
I am yet to get myself a copy of the follow up called Whole, but I hear that it is equally impressive.
Today I'm here to show you some recipes from The China Study cookbook.
When I heard this cookbook was coming out I was so excited to get it.
A lot of the recipes are quite basic, which I like & dislike at the same time.
Whilst it's great for people who want basic recipes and are in the transition stage, or who aren't confident cooks, for me personally I felt that the recipes were nothing flash that I would not of thought to cook myself.
I love the pictures throughout & I must admit that I enjoyed seeing pictures that were clearly not professionally taken as it made me feel a bit better about my own picture-taking ability, or lack thereof!
The introduction section filled with information is fantastic.
I reallllllllllly like the way the appendix is set out as well. It might sound silly, but when a cookbook just lists the 'name' of the recipe, I find it a little frustrating. This book has the ingredients listed too, which means if you are looking for a particular ingredient you have, then it makes it super easy to find something suitable to cook.
I found the tips on the bottom of the recipes really handy.
There are several recipes that call for nuts/avocados/coconut, and so we find that a little challenging as we are largely fat-free in our home, however most of the recipes I've tried so far, work equally as well when omitted.
Below I show you "Hearty Stew" (however I did cook it in the slow cooker instead of the stove top as the recipe says). It was really delicious. Definitely hearty!
Other favourites in our home that I haven't photographed are the "Zesty Bulgar Stew" and "Lentil Soup" - I can't explain what it is about the lentil soup from this cookbook that I love so much but it is honestly the most delicious lentil soup I've ever had!
Here is the "Fresh Strawberry Pie". With strawberries being so inexpensive lately I had to try this while it wouldn't cost a fortune to make!
I used my own healthy pastry crust instead of the one given.
This filling was delicious. I would definitely serve this to dinner guests. It can look quite fancy too, if you topped it with a dollop of cream or other fruits to decorate.
My daughter is LOVING looking through cookbooks with me and deciding what to make! When she saw the slice on the cover of this book she knew it HAD to go on her own to-try list!
So below you see "No-Bake Peanut Butter Bars". OH MY!!!!!!!! They smelt amazing as I was helping her put this together. Apparently they are the BEST vegan food she's ever eaten. I skipped test-tasting due to being nut-free at the moment!
I was surprised at how well the chocolate coating worked & will definitely be using this for my kitchen experiments more regularly. It was much more soft and 'gentle' than just melting chocolate and allowing it to set.
There is also The China Study - All Star Collection, which has recipes from several well-known Chefs in the plant-based world.
I must admit that this cookbook is one that I just LOVE to sit and read & flick through. There is something so comforting about knowing that it really is easy to be vegan & eat healthy. This book shows you how.
I LOVE the pages that have information snippets speckled throughout the recipes. And I love the shiny pages (as opposed to paper ones) that means if you accidently spill a bit of dinner on them, then it will wipe off easily!!!!! ;-)
If you'd like to see some of the great yet easy recipes in this book I believe you can view some sample recipes at this link.
If you'd like to hear T. Colin Campbell give a talk about "The China Study" and it's findings then click here.
Have you read the China Study, or Whole?
Do you own both cookbooks? Am I missing out by not owning the All-Star Collections?