Monday, February 3, 2020

The Vegan Ketogenic Diet Cookbook: 75 Satisfying High Fat, Low Carb, Dairy Free Recipes

The Vegan Ketogenic Diet Cookbook is a tutorial cookbook and recipe collection for plant based keto. Due out 11th Feb 2020 from Callisto on their Rockridge Press imprint, it's 176 pages and will be available in paperback and ebook formats (ebook available now). It's worth noting that the ebook format has a handy interactive table of contents as well as interactive links. I've really become enamored of ebooks with interactive formats lately.

Each of the recipes includes an introductory description, ingredients listed in a bullet point sidebar (only US measurements given, with a metric conversion chart in the appendix), and step by step instructions. The nutritional info provided includes calories, fat, sodium, cholesterol, carbs, fiber, and protein . Very few of the recipes are photographed, which is a shame, but the photos which are included are clear and well done. Serving suggestions are attractive and appropriate. Special notes about the recipes (nut free, gluten free, etc) are listed in the header bars at the beginning of each individual recipe. There is also a good bibliography and interactive links section but no index.

I liked the inclusion of a chapter with two complete weekly meal plans (and linked recipes). The meal plans include information about preparation, serving sizes, complete shopping lists, and other info.

The recipe ingredients themselves are easily sourced and will be available at most well stocked grocery or health food stores.

Four stars. I have some reservations about some information contained in the book (drinking cider vinegar does not, thankfully, 'alkalize' your body. Our bodies are remarkably adept at homeostasis and you can't substantially affect the pH of any of your independent systems (gut, blood, etc) at least not by ingesting a teaspoon of cider vinegar, however tasty).

That being said, these recipes, especially the sauces and dips, are really tasty and well developed. I just tried out the  Thai-Style peanut sauce over cauli-rice and it's absolutely delicious.

Disclosure: I received an ARC at no cost from the author/publisher for review purposes.

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