A New Cookbook In Review ~ Appetite for Reduction by Isa Chandra Moskowitz

Appetite For Reduction: 100 Fast and Filling Low-Fat Vegan RecipesOne of my newest and already favorite cookbooks is Appetite For Reduction by Isa Chandra Moskowitz.  I have found almost every recipe I make from this book is delicious.  As a flavor enthusiast I can never make a recipe by the book.  I always have to tweak this or that, add something entirely left out, or change it so many times that the recipe is way different from what I started out with in the beginning.  However, I have not found this to be the case with Appetite For Reduction.

I found myself coming so close to buying this book several times.  The name sounded so unappetizing though that I decided against it.  Finally, after reading all the raving reviews I gave in and purchased it.  Don’t let the name make you think twice about this purchase.  Appetite For Reduction is full of recipes that will satisfy the vegetarian and vegan alike as all her recipes are 100% vegan.  What I especially love is that I feel her recipes are the kind you can serve to your omnivore friends without them complaining one bit.  They are also well suited for split households consisting of meatless and meat-eating members.

As most of us know, following a vegetarian or vegan diet does not instantly mean good health.  As either, you can still eat potato chips and donuts all day long.  Recipes can also be filled with high amounts of oil, fats and refined carbs.  Therefore, you still have to select your recipes carefully and be mindful of making healthy choices.  Appetite For Reduction is all about that.  Packing in plant based foods low in saturated fat and sugar and high in fiber.  Isa writes, “This is not your mother’s low-fat cookbook. There’s no foolish tricks, no bizarre concoctions, no chemicals no frozen meals . . . no fake anything! Appetite for Reduction means cooking with real food, for real life. (Skimpy portions need not apply.)” Isa hit the bullseye on all those accounts.  I love this book and will be posting the recipes I make from it over the next few weeks.  Of course, I still will make a few tweaks based on my tastes and friends feedback, but overall this will likely be the least changed recipes I make from any book thus far. I hope you enjoy!

I encourage you to visit Isa’s site at http://www.theppk.com/ to check out this and her other books.

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9 Comments on “A New Cookbook In Review ~ Appetite for Reduction by Isa Chandra Moskowitz”

  1. November 8, 2011 at 1:11 am #

    What a great review! This is one of Isa’s cookbooks that I do not yet own. Now I am torn between this one or the new one with pie… decisions, decisions!

    • November 15, 2011 at 4:55 pm #

      Oh, you won’t regret this one… but I hear all her books are good. Decisions, decisions!

  2. November 8, 2011 at 2:26 am #

    Love this book. I borrowed it from our community library 3 times before I realized I should just buy it already.

  3. November 9, 2011 at 4:31 am #

    This is SO tempting now! I just got Veganomicon and I’m loving it, and this looks like the perfect companion. Amazon, here I come…

    • November 9, 2011 at 10:27 pm #

      Yes, I read your review on Veganomicon–that’ll be my next cookbook purchase!

  4. Rande
    November 14, 2011 at 10:28 pm #

    Great review, it does sound like we had very similar opinions on this one!

    • November 15, 2011 at 4:54 pm #

      Yes, it does! I’d love to hear what else you make from the book. So far, so good!

  5. February 3, 2012 at 7:43 pm #

    This is my favourite cookbook of all the ones I own– I have been really happy with everything I’ve tried! Especially the Tempeh Helper and Beet Orange Wild Rice Salad (can’t remember the exact name)… so good. None of her recipes taste like diet food either. Love it.

    • February 3, 2012 at 7:47 pm #

      I love how she wrote this cookbook with all her little helpful hints and personal notes. I felt like this is how’d I write something if I ever were to write a cookbook so I really can personalize with it and I think it makes others be able to connect with her writing as well. I haven’t tried the two recipes you mentioned yet so I’ll have to give it a whirl. Thanks for coming to my site and I look forward to staying in touch with you!

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