For many people, choosing to live a vegan lifestyle is emotionally and physically rewarding. However, sometimes it is difficult to come up with new and tempting vegan recipes. Sure, you could eat a green salad every night of the week, but your taste buds would get bored pretty quickly, not to mention that you probably would not be getting all of the vitamins and nutrients your body needs to function properly. So, what is a vegan to do?
PETA has the answer: try some of the recipes in their new cookbook, PETA’s Vegan College Cookbook: 27 Easy, Cheap, and Delicious Recipes to Keep You Vegan at School.
The Vegan College Cookbook was created for college students who want to follow a vegan lifestyle while remaining within their budget and time constraints. In other words, these recipes are not going to take a long time to make and will leave your wallet smiling after your trip to the grocery store.
The majority of these recipes can be prepared in a microwave and do not take long to prepare. However, this simplicity of cooking also reflects the simplicity of the recipes. For example, many of the recipes are variations of vegan sandwiches, such as a peanut butter and banana sandwich or a vegan grilled cheese sandwich.
Makenzie Flynn is an Amazon user who pre-ordered The Vegan College Cookbook and was less than impressed with the cookbook.
“This book is impractical and deceiving,” Flynn said. “All they did was take normal everyday recipes and substitute any animal products with the vegan version of them.”
Many of the recipes do call for vegan specialty products, such as vegan cheese, tofu, and soy products. These products can be quite expensive, and many normal grocery stores do not carry a wide variety of these vegan-friendly items. Unless you live near a Whole Foods or another similar store, finding the ingredients to make these meals might take more time and effort than actually making them.
However, if you are new to the vegan way of life, or want some quick and easy-to-make vegan recipes, then The Vegan College Cookbook does provide what you are looking for. It is not the be all, end all of vegan cookbooks, but it is worth having on your bookshelf.
by Kelsey Murray
January 4th, 2011