Make 2011 Healthy and Delicious with Appetite for Reduction

January 1st, 2011 · Lisa · book review, Review · Comments

There are cookbooks you buy because they are beautifully laid out. There are cookbooks you buy because they were based on a restaurant menu you adore. And then, there are cookbooks you buy because every recipe title calls to you, tempting you to venture through the snow to the grocery store, to soak and simmer beans on your stovetop, and to savour a beautiful bowl of delicious, nourishing food.

If you’ve owned a book written by Isa Chandra Moskowitz, I know you’ve experienced the later. Luckily, she hasn’t grown tired of inspiring the masses to create meals that highlight the inherent flavours in whole foods. As the co-author of Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World, Veganomicon, Vegan Cookies Invade Your Cookie Jar and Vegan Brunch, Isa’s culinary prowess verges on dominance. Although, we can all thank her (and Terry) for taking decadent vegan delights to new heights – our bodies need more than frosting to thrive.

Isa’s newest book Appetite for Reduction, is full of 125 fast and filling, low-fat vegan recipes. I don’t want you to think that it is a “diet-book” with recipes for watery broths that will help you develop an aversion to cabbage. Instead each recipe in Appetite for Reduction relies on the healthful proprieties of beans, grains and produce. The dishes are full of fibre that will leave you feeling satisfied – the flavours will just leave you happy! This book is much more about being healthy than being skinny.

As many of you reflect on what you imagine 2011 will bring – I hope the top of your list is health and happiness. You might just find both in the pages of this book – creamy curries, crispy onion rings, substantial salads and rich soups, will all provide the nutrients you need, and the resulting leftovers will give you a great excuse to share a meal with the people you love.

I spend a lot of time reviewing or testing vegan recipes. For the first time in a long time, I was enticed by every title in this book. I didn’t need post-its to mark the items I wanted to try. I wanted to eat them all! Here are the first five, I made:

Ginger Mashed Sweet Potatoes and Apples
Curried Chickpeas and Greens
Mango BBQ Beans
40-Clove Chickpeas and Broccoli
Supergreen Bowl – Broccoli, Kale, Edamame and Green Goddess Garlic Dressing
I don’t want to gush and have you question my critical palate but everything I ate was incredible. I think you have to find recipe authors who enjoy flavours that you enjoy. Isa admits that she loves chickpeas, kale, lemon, and cumin and you’ll find these ingredients in many of the recipes in Appetite for Reduction. But you will not hear me complaining – I love those guys too.
The recipes in this book come together quickly and rely on ingredients that are easy to find in most grocery stores. A full nutritional analysis also accompanies each dish.
I appreciate simple preparations and accessible ingredients, but for me, the joy of experimenting with a book that Isa has created is discovering new flavour combinations.  The way that Isa plays with spices is unparalleled. The results are meals I would be happy to share with friends – including those who have no idea what tofu is.
Giveaway Announcement:
Which brings me to a rather delightful announcement. I am thrilled to have the chance to share all of these recipes with you. Da Capo, Isa’s publisher, has donated a copy of Appetite for Reduction for one of you.
To enter, leave a comment below, sharing your favourite healthful meal. For an extra entry, tweet “Win a copy of Appetite for Reduction from @theveganlisa” and then leave another comment here letting me know you tweeted :)
The giveaway is open to everyone (I’ll cover the shipping costs). I will pick a lucky number on January 28th. Good luck and Happy New Year!

96 Comments

  1. Posted January 1, 2011 at 7:41 pm

    Mmmm, I want this cookbook! My favorite healthful meals include a bean, a grain and greens (tonight I enjoyed a quinoa, kale, mushroom, green lentil soup.)

  2. Posted January 1, 2011 at 7:42 pm

    I tweeted!

  3. Posted January 1, 2011 at 7:58 pm

    My favourite healthy meal, hmmm. I think it would have to be hot and sour ginger soup and kale with mustard-tahini sauce on the side.

  4. Posted January 1, 2011 at 7:59 pm

    Fantastic review, Lisa. I was at Indigo today and was very tempted to buy this book… :)

    My fave healthful meal would be a salad bursting with greens and sprouts and chickpeas.

  5. Posted January 1, 2011 at 7:59 pm

    I've been wanting this cookbook for a minute! Her other cookbooks are good too. I'll be tweeting about this one.

  6. Posted January 1, 2011 at 8:03 pm

    I tweeted!

  7. Posted January 1, 2011 at 8:08 pm

    Happy New Year, Lisa! This cookbook sounds great!
    My favourite healthy meal is probably a big green smoothie: kale, spinach, banana, blueberries, hemp, chia…eaten as a soup! :)

  8. Posted January 1, 2011 at 8:09 pm

    I tweeted! :)

  9. Posted January 1, 2011 at 8:14 pm

    What a great review and how exciting that you're giving one away!

    My favorite healthful meal is usually a smoothie with nut milk, superfoods like maca and chlorella, ginger and cinnamon, some blueberries, coconut oil, flax or chia and recently some irish moss gel.

    But I love a good salad with a creamy raw dressing, or some slowly crockpotted beans with roast veggies and salad too.
    love
    Ela

  10. Posted January 1, 2011 at 8:14 pm

    I tweeted!

  11. Posted January 1, 2011 at 8:58 pm

    my favorite healthy meal is what i'm eating right now;

    green smoothie with lots of spinach and a piece of toasted whole grain bread w/almond butter

  12. Posted January 1, 2011 at 9:16 pm

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  13. Posted January 1, 2011 at 9:17 pm

    My favourite healthy meal is my mom's vegan soup- containing a variety of beans or lentils and tons of fresh veggies.. I love it for lunch, dinner, fresh or as leftovers!

    I also tweeted!

  14. Posted January 1, 2011 at 9:29 pm

    Tough choice, since almost all my meals are quite healthful. I'm pretty hooked on these tofu-kale burgers lately though, so that might take the cake. But also, a yummy savory soup with fresh baked bread. :-)

  15. Posted January 1, 2011 at 10:39 pm

    Looks like a great cookbook! My favorite healthy meal is a baked sweet potato with coconut oil and sauteed kale, garlic, and mushrooms.

  16. Posted January 1, 2011 at 11:29 pm

    My favorite healthful meal is quinoa salad made with whatever veggies and beans I have on hand. Super delicious and nutritious!

  17. Posted January 2, 2011 at 12:10 am

    I have wanted this book for awhile. I love that it is not loaded with soy and wheat, so I can enjoy many of the recipes.

    I have so many favorite heathful meals but ones I had today was salad, quinoa, and sauerkraut. Good stuff.

  18. Posted January 2, 2011 at 12:11 am

    tweeted!

  19. Posted January 2, 2011 at 1:47 am

    Lovely book! My favourite healthy meal changes all the time but is currently vegan sage stuffing with a little raw cranberry sauce and a big green salad.

  20. Posted January 2, 2011 at 2:18 am

    my favorite healthful meal is roasted brussel sprouts along with brown rice and a sweet potato!

  21. Posted January 2, 2011 at 3:46 am

    Aw I want this book too :)

    My favourite healthy meal is from Vegan Yum.Yum. It's tofu glazed in a sweet chilli and lime dressing (using no oil) and served with Quinoa and a side of Spinach. Everything you need in one dish!

  22. Posted January 2, 2011 at 3:50 am

    I tweeted!

  23. Posted January 2, 2011 at 6:19 am

    My favourite quick and healthy meal would be a smoothie made with frozen banana, berries, soymilk, almond butter, cacao powder, and spinach :)

  24. Posted January 2, 2011 at 8:50 am

    my favorite healthy meal is a raw "stir-fry" that is loaded with vegetables and parsnip rice marinated overnight with a very asian stir-fry kinda dressing. it's absolutely delicious.

  25. Posted January 2, 2011 at 9:02 am

    One of my favorite healthy meals is a chickpea and brown rice concoction from 101cookbooks.com called "Tasty 10 Minute Asparagus"

  26. Posted January 2, 2011 at 9:03 am

    I tweeted for you.

  27. Posted January 2, 2011 at 9:19 am

    Sounds like a great cookbook!!
    My favorite healthy meal is soup! And lately it has been particularly roasted veggies and white bean soup, health and deliciousness in one pot!
    Ana

  28. Posted January 2, 2011 at 9:21 am

    I tweeted!! (@KitchenspaceAna)
    Ana

  29. Posted January 2, 2011 at 9:23 am

    My favorite healthy meal has got to be a big old salad filled with all of my favorites- avocado, roasted beets and butternut squash, kale, grape tomatoes, etc. Yum!

  30. Posted January 2, 2011 at 9:24 am
  31. Posted January 2, 2011 at 9:48 am

    One of my favorite healthful meals is Steel cut oats topped with molasses, cinnamon and walnuts!

  32. Posted January 2, 2011 at 9:50 am

    I tweeted @avocadosandwich : )

  33. Posted January 2, 2011 at 10:59 am

    I'm so happy to hear the book is kale-garbanzo-cumin-heavy… I LOVE those things!

    My favorite healthy meal is a nice warm bowl of ratatouille. So yummy!

  34. Posted January 2, 2011 at 12:06 pm

    Currently my favorite healthy meal is spicy chick peas and quinoa with a juicy piece of fruit for dessert.

  35. Posted January 2, 2011 at 2:33 pm

    This cookbook looks fantastic! My favourite healthy meal is a toss-up between roasted sweet potato or delicata squash and a wheat berry + date + walnut salad or some homemade hummus and carrots/celery.

    not a tweeter :)

  36. Posted January 2, 2011 at 2:40 pm

    My favorite healthful meals are big, green salads and stir-fries with lots of veggies and brown rice.

  37. Posted January 2, 2011 at 2:51 pm

    My favorite healthy meals are: Pumpkin Soup, Garbanzo beans Salad and Homemade multigrain bread:)

  38. Posted January 2, 2011 at 8:30 pm

    I'd love a copy, Lisa! I think my favorite healthful meal has to include kale–either a smoothie (so easy!) or raw kale salad (though I guess that's not a meal, technically)–so how about my fave almond-curry sitr-fry with kale? 😉

  39. Posted January 2, 2011 at 11:09 pm

    Hi Lisa, What a wonderful review. I'd love to get a copy. :) My favourite healthy meal has got to be a slow-braised cabbage ala Molly Stevens with a poached egg. Yum!

  40. Posted January 2, 2011 at 11:58 pm

    My favorite healthy recipe is roasted Brussel sprouts. All you need are fresh sprouts & just a bit of olive oil,sea salt & pepper.

  41. Posted January 2, 2011 at 11:58 pm

    I also tweeted this giveaway!

  42. Posted January 3, 2011 at 10:58 am

    How can I not want this cookbook after such a beautiful review? It sounds amazing.
    My favourite healthy meal is the Green Goddess bowl at Fresh…I know you've blogged about it before and made your own version, and I make my own version too. I also like it with just greens and no rice/noodles. And I like the fact that I don't have to make it myself, when I'm feeling lazy :)

  43. Posted January 3, 2011 at 11:04 am

    Oh man, would I ever love to get this cookbook! One of my resolutions is to buy many fewer cookbooks, but this one sounds so awesome…

    My favorite healthy meal is a simple dragon bowl, with brown rice, chickpeas, sauteed kale in garlic, and tahini sauce. Roasted balsamic mushrooms on top if I'm feeling fancy.

  44. Posted January 3, 2011 at 12:47 pm

    Awesome giveaway, Lisa!

    I can't decide on just one healthy meal! But I know that it'd include kale, kale, and more kale. And probably quinoa or a different grain… and maybe chickpeas…

  45. Posted January 3, 2011 at 3:39 pm

    Happy New Year sweet Lisa! I hope 2011 is full of reached goals and time to make new ones!
    Rocking give-away! I would love a copy of this one for sure. I think healthy meals are what I try to eat most of the time – homemade veg soups, stews, or grains with veggies, I just can't pick one!

  46. Posted January 3, 2011 at 3:45 pm

    I just tweet tweet tweeted!

  47. Posted January 3, 2011 at 4:07 pm

    Favorite healthful meal? Pretty much any combination of beans, grains, and lots of veggies!

  48. Posted January 3, 2011 at 4:09 pm
  49. Posted January 4, 2011 at 10:37 am

    My fave healthful meal is pasta with Chick Pea & Vege Sauce

  50. Posted January 4, 2011 at 10:38 am
  51. Posted January 5, 2011 at 7:14 am

    Great review. My favorite healthy meal is a massaged kale salad with fresh grean beans and tomatoes all from the garden.

  52. Posted January 5, 2011 at 8:55 pm

    I love fried marinated tofu with a veggie stir-fry!
    bridgestranslation at yahoo dot com

  53. Posted January 6, 2011 at 12:35 pm

    This cookbook sounds so great! I wanted to run out and buy it after your review. I would love to win a copy!

    My favourite healthy meal is raw big tex guacamole wrapped in boston lettuce leaves, yum! :)

  54. Posted January 8, 2011 at 12:41 pm

    I love practically anything from Dreena Burton's Eat Drink and Be Vegan, especially the Lemony Cashew Basil Pasta. Thanks!

  55. Posted January 9, 2011 at 9:41 am

    A bowl of soup filled with beans, greens, and grain.

  56. Posted January 10, 2011 at 1:38 pm

    I made the baked falafel patties last week, and they were great! (The 40-clove Chickpeas are up next.) I'm looking forward to exploring this book more, too.

    Since I already have the book, no need to enter me in the giveaway :)

  57. Posted January 11, 2011 at 10:37 pm

    I love a healthy stirfry – lots of colorful peppers, mushrooms, etc. served over brown rice, quinoa or just straight up! Thanks for a great giveaway! :-)

  58. Posted January 12, 2011 at 12:58 pm

    One of my favourite healthful meals is a simple stir fry over quinoa. I know, frying in oil isn't exactly the healthiest of things, but where I am coming from on this one is how a stir fry gets me to mix up the veggies in my diet and keep things diverse. When I make the grocery list each week, I often notice a lot of the same veggies: lettuce, spinach, kale, red pepper, onions. Those are definitely the most common. Sometimes I like to decide I'm going to have a stir fry and just go to the store and randomly pick veggies I know I don't have nearly as often as I should, like broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, different peppers, bok choy, etc.!

  59. Posted January 14, 2011 at 10:02 am

    PLEASE PLEASE PICK ME!! My favorite healthful meal is lentil soup with ribbons of kale! PLEASE PICK ME! :)

  60. Posted January 14, 2011 at 2:36 pm

    Oooo I want this book so badly! How awesome you get to give a copy of it away!

    I love making homemade soup – usually split pea/lentil with any and all veggies I have on hand (kale, chard, potatoes, mushrooms, carrots, celery, cabbage, broccoli, etc). Not as healthy as say green smoothies or salads but soooo delicious and awesome (esp on these chilly days)! 😀

  61. Posted January 16, 2011 at 7:33 pm

    I make a nice bean soup that's really healthy, and full of fibre!

  62. Posted January 23, 2011 at 9:32 am

    My favorite healthy meal is probably lentil loaf, sauteed kale, and baked sweet potatoes – Yum!

  63. Posted January 23, 2011 at 10:19 am

    My favourite healthful meal is definitely my nutrition packed smoothies in the morning. Full of dark leafy greens, healthy fats and fruits.

    P.S. I've tweeted!

  64. Posted January 23, 2011 at 7:59 pm

    i'd love this! today i made a black bean/salsa/spinach/corn layered casserole – yummy!
    i'm tweeting this, too!

  65. Posted January 23, 2011 at 9:13 pm

    Omg makes green my favorite color AND foods!

  66. Posted January 24, 2011 at 6:46 pm

    I've had this out of the library and it has to go back tomorrow. Which I wish it didn't have to. So I would love to have it in my collection.

    My healthful meal is probably my orange and goji berry green smoothie with lots of kale or any other greens I have in the fridge at the moment and sometimes I add herbal teas to it or dried peppermint and even vitamineral green powder to it.

    Though I have too many healthful meals I'm digging lately. But I've been making plenty of awesome salads and buddha bowls with fall and winter fruit and veg. Or really into the soups and the one I keep loving the most and always going to is my quick miso soup recipe. I change it up for what I put in it or what's in the fridge, but lately loving lightly steamed yams, kale, sliced raw kohlrabi and goji berries and then sprinkle with hemp seeds and some seaweed.

  67. Posted January 27, 2011 at 9:28 pm

    I love Isa! My favorite healthy, simple meal is a bowl with some red quinoa, kale or red leaf lettuce, tempeh, another veggie or two and some sort of yummy sauce or salad dressing.

  68. Posted January 27, 2011 at 10:12 pm

    My favourite healthful meal is jae steele's Simple Dal from Get it Ripe, served over a bowl of quinoa and kale. I tweeted as well!

  69. Posted January 27, 2011 at 10:31 pm

    I tweeted!

  70. Posted January 28, 2011 at 12:40 am

    My favorite healthy meal (right now) is vegan broccoli salad!

  71. Posted January 28, 2011 at 12:43 am

    I tweeted!

  72. Posted January 28, 2011 at 10:44 am

    I think I need this cookbook!My favourite healthy meal is a curried carrot soup made with millet – very easy to make and to digest.

  73. Posted January 28, 2011 at 11:12 am

    I am a late entry. My favorite healthy meal is a pile of kale, black beans and rice from a local restaurant. They cover it with some sore of sauce that is divine.

  74. Posted January 28, 2011 at 11:39 am

    My favorite healthy food is a wuick stir fry with fresh veggies and tofu and glass noodles.

  75. Posted January 28, 2011 at 11:39 am

    I tweeted!

  76. Posted January 28, 2011 at 11:43 am

    Tweeted!

  77. Posted January 28, 2011 at 11:43 am

    And also, just a comment for my giveaway entry. :)

  78. Posted January 28, 2011 at 11:43 am

    I really enjoy esting Mediterranean often. Hummus, pita, tabbouleh and roasted poatoes. That is healthy to me/

  79. Posted January 28, 2011 at 11:44 am
  80. Posted January 28, 2011 at 11:45 am

    Thanks for this opportunity :) My favourite healthy meal, though it might sound clichéed, is a nice big salad: mixed greens, sundried tomatoes, avocado pieces, sesame seeds, grilled tofu, tamari, and olive oil. :)

  81. Posted January 28, 2011 at 11:53 am

    My favorite healthy meal has to my Tomatoe Quinoa Soup, it's so hardy and healthy!

  82. Posted January 28, 2011 at 11:54 am

    I tweeted about it. Thanks!

  83. Posted January 28, 2011 at 12:02 pm

    My fave healthy meal is stuffed rainbow chard rolls with wild rice, mushrooms and other veggies!

  84. Posted January 28, 2011 at 12:02 pm

    I tweeted!

  85. Posted January 28, 2011 at 12:24 pm

    I tweeted this! Thanks for the review, I love all her cookbooks.

  86. Posted January 28, 2011 at 1:04 pm

    My favorite healthy side/meal is a kale salad massaged with avocado. If it's the meal I'll add more toppings to make it more filling.

    alc4253@hotmail.com

  87. Posted January 28, 2011 at 1:05 pm
  88. Posted January 28, 2011 at 1:06 pm

    my favorite healthy meal these days is isa's snobby joe's on some whole grain bread and a mess of greens cooked with garlic and shallots. SO GOOD.

  89. Posted January 28, 2011 at 6:34 pm

    My favorite healthy meal is a bowl of brown rice, topped with steamed veggies (esp. lots of kale), with a soy or tahini based sauce on top!

    I so want this book :)

  90. Posted January 28, 2011 at 6:36 pm
  91. Posted January 28, 2011 at 6:46 pm

    I don't have a favorite healthy meal, but I am trying to eat healthy everyday and enjoy all my meals. If I was to pick one, it would be Quinoa Tabbouleh Salad :-)
    I would love to win this cookbook!

  92. Posted January 28, 2011 at 6:48 pm

    I tweeted @CzechVeganBlog

  93. Posted January 28, 2011 at 9:31 pm

    My favorite healthy meal is soup. Any kind as long a the ingredients are fresh and the base starts with my homemade stock. Served with fresh whole grain garlic bread and tomatoe!

  94. Posted January 28, 2011 at 9:34 pm

    I tweeted @quinoaween

  95. Posted January 28, 2011 at 11:17 pm

    I love sweet potatoes with avocado and tomatoes!

  96. Posted January 29, 2011 at 4:36 am

    Healthful meal = steamed vegetables with a bit of peanut flour, soy & hot chili paste mixed to make a sauce – delish! :-)

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