Tag: Ingredients

Isa Chandra Moskowitz – Appetite for Reduction | Review

Title: Appetite for Reduction

Author: Isa Chandra Moskowitz

Type: Non-Fiction

Page Count/Review Word Count: 290

Rating 3/5



The idea behind this recipe book is to provide a range of low-fat vegan recipes, and I guess I can’t really fault it with that. The problem for me was that a lot of the dishes just tasted pretty bland, and I’m also not convinced about the measurements for the seasoning. It was always way over-seasoned, to the point at which when she said to use two teaspoons of something, what it actually needed was just a pinch.

I also felt like it cheated in a lot of ways to make sure that each meal was under 500 calories. For example, a curry would be under 500 calories, but then I feel like most normal people would want to eat that with something like rice or chips. With the hoi sin mustard tofu recipe, it would have been much better served in actual wraps than served in lettuce, and whole wheat pitta wouldn’t be too bad for you.

Still, there were maybe half a dozen recipes here that I liked enough to keep in my permanent rotation of recipes that I like, but that’s a surprisingly small ratio. I also appreciate the fact that not all low fat vegan recipes are going to taste amazing because by their very nature, they’re limited to a certain number of ingredients.

Would I recommend this? Probably not, especially not if you’re just looking for regular vegan recipes. It’s not bad if you’re looking for low fat vegan recipes for whatever reason, but I think it’d be easier just to take regular vegan recipes and to make them low fat.



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Henry Firth and Ian Theasby – Bosh! | Review

Title: Bosh!

Author: Henry Firth and Ian Theasby

Type: Non-Fiction

Page Count/Review Word Count: 288

Rating: 4/5



Oh yeah, it’s cookbook time. This one is a plant-based/vegan cookbook from Bosh!, who I watch on YouTube and who are arguably the UK’s biggest vegan food influencers. I think I read somewhere that this one ended up at the top of the bestseller lists for several months in a row, and they also have another cookbook coming out early in 2019.

My only complaint here is that some of the pages fell out of my edition, although I guess you expect a certain amount of wear and tear on a cookbook. I don’t count my cookbooks as “read” until I’ve tried all of the recipes that I’m interested in, and with this one I ended up just with a big list of desserts after I’d raided it for mains.

I picked up some great recipes though, and I’ve also adapted a few of them or switched some ingredients around. I even taught my mum how to make the paella, which works well for her because she’s trying to lose weight. As for me, I was just happy to have a book that focused exclusively on plant-based cuisine, and this was actually the first one that I got my hands on.
If you’re not sold on it yet, check out Bosh’s YouTube channel for some recipes that aren’t included in here, because then you can give them a go beforehand and get a feel for whether you like their stuff. I’m particularly impressed by their jalapeno mac and cheese, which is probably the recipe I cook more than any other. The Chinese pancakes are also good.



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