Tuesday, January 24, 2017

The PlantPure Kitchen by Kim Campbell

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The PlantPure Kitchen
by Kim Campbell

ISBN-13: 9781944648343
Paperback: 256 pages
Publisher: BenBella Books
Released: Jan. 24, 2017

Source: ebook review copy from the publisher through NetGalley.

Book Description, Modified from NetGalley:
The film PlantPure Nation has helped foster a growing community of whole food, plant-based eaters. Key to its success has been the PlantPure Director of Culinary Education Kim Campbell’s inspiring and delicious recipes like those she shared in her 2015 cookbook, The PlantPure Nation Cookbook. Now Campbell is back with even more inventive recipes bursting with flavor.

Campbell shares tons of new recipes that will turn any plant-based eater into a chef with ease. With compassion for the challenges of following a plant-pure diet, Campbell lends advice about the best natural sweeteners, the most useful kitchen tools for plant-based cooking, vegan-friendly substitutions for making recipes egg-free, dairy-free, meat-free, and even gluten-free, and whole a lot more.

From dips and spreads, like Crockpot Apple Butter, to classic dinners, like Welsh Rarebit, The PlantPure Kitchen’s recipes will inspire you to lead a more plant-pure life.

My Review:
The PlantPure Kitchen is a whole food, plant-based (vegan) cookbook containing 130 recipes. This would be a good cookbook for someone new to cooking vegan meals from scratch. The author provided cooking tips, suggested only a relatively small number of tools, and most of the recipes were pretty simple to do. While she used gluten-containing grains and tree nuts in some recipes, she suggested easy modifications for people with those concerns.

The author started by describing some commonly used foods in vegan cooking and how to use them. She also described plant-based substitutes so you can convert regular recipes. She gave shopping tips and tips on food storage and food prep. There were also a few, short educational articles at the start of each section.

Each recipe had a picture of the finished product, and they looked very tasty (which I can't always say about vegan foods). The recipes included some vegan versions of holiday or popular foods. There were 10 breakfast recipes, 7 bread and muffin recipes, 10 burger, sandwich, and wrap recipes, 15 dressing and sauce recipes, 14 salad recipes, 11 appetizer, dip, and spread recipes, 10 soup and stew recipes, 27 entrees, 11 sides, and 14 deserts. Overall, I'd recommend this cookbook to those interested in adding more whole-food, plant-based meals to their diet.

Update: I've tried several of these recipes now. They've all turned out to taste very good, and they weren't difficult to make. In fact, the "I won't give up meat" eater in our family tried each of the dishes because they looked so good and didn't look that different from his food. He agreed he'd eat those dishes when we had them.

If you've read this book, what do you think about it? I'd be honored if you wrote your own opinion of the book in the comments.

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