Friday, 1 April 2016

PETA's Vegan College Cookbook

Peta's Vegan College Cookbook:
275 Easy, Cheap, and Delicious Recipes to Keep You Vegan at School
You can have the simplest, tastiest vegan recipes on a budget -- and the best part is, the most complicated kitchenware you'll ever need is a microwave. Including more than 250 recipes, we've got all the best insider info:

- Vegan alternatives to meat, eggs, and milk
- How to stock your kitchen/mini-fridge
- How to make meat-free sandwiches, salads, soups, and sauces
- Fun meal recipes, such as Fettuccine Alessandro, Walking Tacos, and Pancake in a Mug
- The best drinks, dips, and dressings
- Unbelievable vegan dessert recipes
- Spotlight sections on the staples we love: peanut butter, potatoes and Ramen
- And much, much more!

With new tips and treats to suit even the pickiest palate, this is the essential college cookbook for every vegetarian or vegan on a budget.


This book is perfect for the struggling, cash-strapped college vegan. It caters to a dorm room setting, and takes into account the likelihood that the student will only have a microwave and not an oven, and will probably be storing things in a mini fridge. It then provides a shopping list of staples—including stuff you're most likely to find at a dollar store (brilliant!)—before delving into a little lesson on hidden non-vegan offenders often found in innocently packaged vegetarian fare. 

I know as well as anyone else how expensive it can be to live as a clean eater. Ok, maybe clean is the wrong word since I'm kind of as non-vegan as one can be (not that I have anything but admiration for my lovely plant eating friends). What I mean is, as someone who lives entirely as an Atkins protein carnivore and a Paleo girl, I get that shopping on the outside perimeters of the grocery store is expensive. You'd think that ignoring all the center aisles would knock a lot off the final bill, but the reality is that that's where all the cheap food is. While this cookbook really isn't for me, I understand it in the context of a lifestyle choice with restrictions that are often difficult—and expensive—to adhere to. I also know what it's like to have $40 in my pocket that needed to stretch into an entire months worth of food.

If you have or know or are a college student on a budget, you need to get them this book even if they aren't a vegan. If you have or know or are a regular person who is on a massive budget and need creative food options, this is a book you should take a look at. The recipes are practical, palatable, and realistic. The text is as honest as it is hilarious (butt-ugly sticky buns, anyone?), and there is no hint whatsoever of condescension or preachiness (something I'll admit to being fearful of when picking this up).

The verdict? Five easy stars, and a spot on my own cookbook shelf.

I received this book in exchange for my honest opinion, which this most certainly is. Thank you to the publisher and Net Galley for providing a copy. This post contains an affiliate link, which means if you purchase this book I may receive a commission.

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