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Appetite for Reduction: 125 Fast and Filling Low-Fat Vegan Recipes [Paperback]

Isa Chandra Moskowitz , Matthew Ruscigno
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Book Description

Dec 7 2010
This is not your mother's low-fat cookbook. There's no foolish tricks, no bizarre concoctions, no chemicals, no frozen fake anything! 'Appetite for Reduction' means cooking with real food, for real life. (Skimpy portions need not apply.)   In 'Appetite for Reduction', bestselling author and vegan chef Isa Chandra Moskowitz has created 125 delectable, nutritionally-balanced recipes for the foods you crave-lasagna, tacos, barbecue, curries, stews, and much more-and it's all:
- Only 200 to 400 calories per serving
- Plant-based and packed with nutrients
- Low in saturated fat and sugar; high in fiber
- Drop-dead delicious
You'll also find lots of gluten-free and soy-free options, and best of all, dinner can be on the table in less than 30 minutes. So ditch those diet shakes. Skip that lemonade cleanse. And fight for your right to eat something satisfying! Now you can look better, feel better, and have more energy-for health at any size.

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Vegetarian Times’, November/December 2010
“Offers 125 recipes for low-fat, plant-based dishes that don’t skimp on flavor.”

Vegetarian Living (UK), December 2010
“Jam-packed with mouth-watering vegan recipes that are low in fat and light on calories…[Moskowitz’s] recipes are visual and gastronomic delights, which inspire the reader to try new things and cook outside of their comfort zone, while never underestimating the beauty of the familiar.”, 12/8/10
“[Isa Moskowitz is] the queen of the vegans.”
Portland Press Herald, 12/15/10
“A snappy cookbook that embraces whole plant foods without a sugary snack in sight. Those avoiding gluten or soy will appreciate the numerous gluten-free and soy-free recipes, and everyone is sure to learn something from the preparation and nutrition tips [Moskowitz] sprinkles throughout the book. Best of all, her recipes for goodies such as OMG Oven-Banked Onion Rings, Tamarind BBQ Tempeh & Sweet Potatoes, and Chipotle Lentil Burgers will make even dedicated carnivores appreciate the pleasures of plant-based meals.”, 12/23/10
“Moskowitz is an innovative source of vegan recipes…Appetite for Reduction offers tempting recipes that are quick and easy, and—most importantly—no- or low-fat…Moskowitz has lots of yummy ideas that prove that dieting doesn’t have to be painful…Moskowitz incorporates the reduction of unhealthy foods, environmental impact, grocery store costs, and animal suffering in her cooking philosophy. The results are tasty dishes with no guilt attached.”, 12/23/10
“Contains 125 fabulous recipes that are quick to make and most take 30 minutes or less to prepare. These tasty dishes are easy on the budget and are made with real food for real people. Nothing bizarre, no outlandish over the top ingredients, just good for ya, low fat, delish vegan food! Oh and the portions are real, too! None of these ridiculous tiny serving sizes to get the low calorie counts. These are real servings folks!”, 12/20/10
“Moskowitz is a proven advisor you want to have in the vegan kitchen with you, consistently creating recipes that are at once accessinle to the home cook and impressive enough to show off to those you want to, well, impress. Appetite for Reduction…will knock your socks off, just in time for a great Christmas gift for omnivores or vegans alike and strengthen some of those New Year’s resolutions…Easy-to-follow directions, well-organized chapters, [and] gorgeous art direction and helpful tips…The icons that designate quick-to-prepare, gluten- and soy-free recpies make this cookbook especially user-friendly…Appetite for Reduction casts its culinary net wide…The recipes span the globe and include rare treats calorie-conscious diners usually don’t get to enjoy…Appetite for Reduction gives lots of creative, easy and tasty opportunities to eat healthfully…A very worthwhile edition to anyone’s cookbook collection.”, 12/27/10
“[Moskowitz] has done a lot for dispelling the myth that vegan food equals rabbit food or that it’s not satisfying…The tone is conversational and often humorous and the book is not just about leaner recipes. Appetite refers also to environmental impact, animal cruelty, and your bank account.”

VegNews, February 2011
“From the grand dame of vegan cookbooks, Appetite doesn’t leave you hungry…From salads that satisfy like meals to hearty pasta dishes to every vegetable imaginable, Appetite doesn’t miss a beat…Unlike other diet books, Appetite isn’t about dropping 20 pounds in a weekend; it’s about eating healthfully in a way that can lead to weight loss without resorting to drastic measures—measures which Moskowitz assures are guaranteed to pile pounds right back on.”, 12/30/10
“I recommend this cookbook for anyone, vegan or not...[Moskowitz] has put together 125 recipes that are under 400 calories—perfect for that New Year’s resolution to lose weight—and are packed with nutrients—perfect for that New Year’s resolution to eat healthier.”, 12/31/10
“Features many quick and delicious low-calorie vegan recipes.”, 12/20/10
“Crammed full of good advice as well as tasty recipes.”, 1/4/11
“[Moskowitz’s] latest cookbook could be one of her greatest yet…Anyone who has already inhaled a lifetime's worth of vegan sweets and processed foods, or who is interested in the vegan diet for health reasons, will probably love Appetite for Reduction.”, 1/4/11
“If you're suffering through the fourth day of some weird diet, you might want to pick up a copy of this book and make yourself something good to eat.”
New York Daily News, 1/9/11
“[Moskowitz is] the queen of vegan cooking”

San Francisco Book Review
, 1/10/11
“Moskowitz has singlehandedly revolutionized vegan cooking…Appetite is brimming not only with recipes, but also detailed nutritional information useful to everyone, but especially important to those who seek essential vitamins and nutrients from nontraditional (non-animal) sources. But if you’re worried about typical bland diet food, have no fear: This is an Isa Chandra Moskowitz cookbook after all. While all recipes are between 200 and 400 calories per serving, each is loaded with delicious, vibrant flavor.”

Long Island
Press, 1/7/11
“Contains 125 delectable, nutritionally-balanced recipes for the foods you crave—lasagna, tacos, barbecue, curries, stews, and much more—and it’s all only 200 to 400 calories per serving, plant-based and packed with nutrients, low in saturated fat and sugar; high in fiber and, well, delicious.”

Coast Insider, January 2011
“Moskowitz is the best and most creative of all the chefs working with plant based foods…This is not your mother’s low-fat cookbook.”, 1/13/11
 “It moves along like a well-oiled machine, starting with salads and continuing with side dishes, beans (a mainstay of this type of cooking), tofu and tempeh, soups, stews and more...It contains solid information and a variety of recipes that vegans will find tasty.”

BBC Good Food
(UK), February 2011
“This is a vegan diet book, but forget your preconceptions and look at the food. Isa is an amazing cook—her recipes are delicious and written for people who want to lose weight, but not their enjoyment of food. She uses spices cleverly to make you forget you’re eating low fat and ups the grain and veg content to keep you satisfied. Isa reworks favorites making them lighter and healthier. Her book is worth buying for the salad dressings alone.”
Natural Health, February 2011
“[A] great read!...Moskowitz—a tireless crusader against the perception that meatless, dairy-free meals taste like cardboard—proves low-fat can be delicious. While offering plenty of tips for novice vegans, Moskowitz’s recipes are interesting and flavorful enough to delight seasoned meatless mavens, too.”

Post, 1/19/11
“Surprisingly creamy and hearty, this vegan soup [Cauliflower Pesto Soup] is elegant enough to serve as a first course at any dinner party.”

Valley News,
“If you’re not vegan, but simply don’t like meat very much, you’ll find many tasty recipes here.”

January Magazine
(Canada), 12/20/10
Appetite for Reduction is all about real food for real people, really easily…What’s not to like?...Spend a lot of time eating from the recipes in this book and you will get smaller.”
Living Without, 1/25/11
“[The] tortilla soup has a light tomato broth and simple yet assertive seasoning. Stirring crushed tortilla chips into the soup as it cooks gives it a full-bodied texture.”
Portland Oregonian, 1/25/11
“Leave it to innovative cookbook author Isa Chandra Moskowitz, the co-author of Veganomicon, to come up with a collection of 125 low-fat recipes that won't have you leaving the table hungry…Moskowitz's writing style is accessible and fun, and she demystifies ingredients like tempeh and tofu…Every recipe has detailed nutritional analysis, including vitamin content, something too many diet cookbooks don't bother with.”
The Hippo, 1/20/11
“As with previous Moskowitz books, one thing not sacrificed is flavor. She plays with Asian, Mediterranean, Indian and Latin cuisine with her recipes in ways that make you feel like you’re not losing taste by cutting out ...

About the Author

Isa Chandra Moskowitz is an award-winning vegan chef and author of several best-selling cookbooks, including 'Veganomicon, Vegan with a Vengeance, and Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World'. A Brooklyn native who began her vegan cooking journey more than twenty years ago, she is inspired by New York City's diverse cuisine. You can find her cooking and writing at The Post Punk Kitchen (

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Delicious and satisfying low-fat recipes July 28 2012
By G. Larouche TOP 500 REVIEWER
I am a big fan of Miss Moscowitz, and this book is jam-packed with yummy recipes that even non-vegans can appreciate. Wanting to eat low-fat does not mean you have to sacrifice that wonderful feeling you get after a filling and satisfying meal, and this book shows you exactly how!

We have enjoyed many recipes from this book, but my highlights are the pad thai salad, grilled portobellos, pasta con broccoli, marinara sauce, eggplant and chickpea curry, Moroccan chickpea and zucchini stew; delicious! I usually adjust the seasoning in most recipes I get from cookbooks, but not with these! Adventurous palates will be very pleased: as much attention has been put into making these dishes taste amazing as it has been put into making them healthy. The very precise nutritional info for each recipe is great, and the ingredients are generally very easy to get your hands on, even if the meal ends up tasting exotic. There are also plenty of tips for variations, clever ways to use leftovers, and combining recipes to create stunning meals. I refer to this book constantly when low on culinary inspiration, and I wouldn't go without it.

I highly recommend this book to everyone who enjoys a delicious home-cooked meal, but especially to people looking for low-fat recipe ideas, or to omnivores looking to use more vegetables and meat-free alternative in their cooking routines. Also check out her book "Vegan with a Vengeance".
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing, as usual! May 4 2011
By Owlkin
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I know it's shameless but I must admit that Isa Chandra Moskowitz is my favorite chef in the whole world. Every recipe is creative and fun. She always adds great tips in her books both for beginning cooks and veterans of the kitchen. Not to mention that each meal tastes delicious as is, but some are open to interpretation as well.

I own many cookbooks, but hers are the ones I use most. I feel like she has really WORKED to get those recipes right, making sure each detail is perfect, unlike many other chefs I know who just sort of put cookbooks together without reading a recipe twice. Isa's not just writing cookbooks for paychecks, she's on a mission: to show the world that vegan food is amazing. And I, for one, am convinced.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome healthy vegan cookbook July 4 2013
By Lynsey Dale TOP 1000 REVIEWER
I just got this book a week ago, have already made 5 different recipes from it, all of which were fantastic, delicious and healthy and reasonably simple to make. I am not a chef by any means, I always look for recipes that have fewer than 10 ingredients and less than 5 or so steps, so I'm no fabulous cook but these recipes make me look like I am because they are simple but sooo tasty! The ingredients are all simple and easy to find (no rare, can only find in speciality stores type ingredients) and there are many recipes that can be done in 30 minutes or less, for those busy weeknights. I am so grateful for this book, it's taught me basic things like how to marinate and bake tofu, and how to cook beans from scratch but also has some fancier dishes. I love how it is organized into categories such as "main dish beans" "tofu and tempeh" "comfort curries and stews", etc., plus there is a quick-reference appendix at the back that tells you which recipes are gluten-free, soy-free, 30 min or less, etc. I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to learn how to cook healthy vegan food. An added bonus is Isa's humour, she is absolutely hilarious and relatable. Awesome cookbook!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great cookbook! No just for weight loss July 13 2012
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I am not a full vegan, nor bought it with plan to loose weight. This is a great book and it does not even seem like a diet cookbook!

Many, very good and FLAVORFUL vegan recipes!

Won my mother over with the Irish Seitan Stew!

Isa Chandra Moskowitz is the best vegan author-out there-in my opinion.

Check out her other books!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Nov. 3 2012
By Amy
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The recipes in this book are incredible. The chipotle lentil burgers were a huge hit, even with my husband, who is a meat eater.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Really good cookbook! Sept. 22 2013
By aaa
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Lots of interesting and easy to follow recipes! A must for any kitchen even if you have meat eaters. There are lots of recipes that anyone can enjoy!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for family cooking Feb. 10 2013
By Ophelia
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I rated this book 5 stars because it is the perfect source for family-friendly recipes that nobody will believe are vegan.
The recipes are to-the-point and true to the title. Isa Chandra Moskowitz is a blessing.

I have learned so much from this book and far exceeded my own expectations. I never knew I could make a cauliflower lasagna that other people would actually want to eat! The only complaint I have would be that the typeface is a little boring but that's easily forgiven when you account for how much sheer content there is in this modest little book!

I would recommend this book to the busy family chef or to anyone who's interested in really earning their kitchen legs. The recipes can range from absolute beginner to level 5 mom, but there is something for everyone, and plenty of room to explore.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Appetite for Reduction Oct. 18 2012
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Love this cookbook, just recently trying to become vegetarian. I've tried alot of cookbooks on this subject and this one has become my bible. It's no nonsense, very basic just to get you started. I recommend this cookbook for anyone that's just starting out. There is not one recipe that hasn't turned out absolutely fantastic!!!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Everything I've made from this has been amazing! The onion rings are incredible.
Published 1 month ago by Kristin Mueller-Heaslip
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Hit by the Grand Dame of Vegan Cooking
This is the third cookbook I've bought by Isa Chandra Moskowitz. I own many more, most of them vegan or vegetarian, but I always come back to ICM, and follow the Post Punk Kitchen... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Sally Seton
5.0 out of 5 stars must have
if you are only going to buy one veggie cookbook pick this one. i was so impressed i wanted to make everything at once!!
so far everything i've made has been super yummy!!
Published 6 months ago by carolyn keating-brabant
5.0 out of 5 stars So deceiving...
Didn't love the cover but the book is so great! The recipes are easy. The author explains things clearly and uses humour all throughout. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Aleisha
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Resource
After recently becoming a vegan, I was struggling trying to find a recipe book that suited my needs. Read more
Published 12 months ago by AprilTwister
4.0 out of 5 stars Appetite for Reduction - Like it
This is a good and helpful book with vegan recipes. However, a little too much fat used for me. Also too much sodium in the recipes.
Published 19 months ago by Elizabeth Aubichon
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Vegan Options
I've made three or four recipes from this book, and was impressed with how delicious they were. It's nice to have a vegan recipe book that uses healthy, easily obtainable... Read more
Published 22 months ago by Lollygirl
5.0 out of 5 stars Good, fast, uncomplicated recipes
I really like this cookbook, because there are quite a few recipes here that are relatively easy to make, but at the same time are not dull and good on flavour. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Ivan
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