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Foods That Don't Bite Back: Vegan Cooking Made Simple [Paperback]

Sue Donaldson
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March 1 2003

If you need a reason to become a vegan, Sue Donaldson outlines the ethical, environmental, and health reasons why a meat and animal product-free lifestyle is not only attainable but necessary. This book is packed with information and resources for eating and living animal free, including advice for making the transition and dealing with questions from family and friends, a glossary of ingredients, and a list of websites, books and articles for further reading. There are over 80 recipes for vegan appetizers, soups, main courses and desserts, plus breakfast and lunch ideas. Even unrepentant carnivores might be tempted by vegan recipes for Baked Red Peppers with Garlic and Capers, Spicy Chickpea Curry, and Risotto with Lemon and Tarragon.

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Foods that Don't Bite Back is a simple, handy guide for new vegans and a welcome selection of new recipes for long-time vegans as well.
Vegparadise.com (VegParadise.com )

. . .Sue Donaldson provides persuasive arguements for eating only those foods with no animal connections whatsoever. . . Never preachy, Donaldson has a realistic attitude. . .How does the food taste? Delicious.
The Georgia Straight (Georgia Straight )

I recommend Sue Donaldson's new book. . . It's an excellent source of both information and recipes for those, like me, who are falling out of love with meat.
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About the Author

Sue Donaldson grew up in Manotick, Ontario, a small town south of Ottawa. With her undergraduate degrees in Arts and Education, and an M.A. in Applied Linguistics from Carleton University, she taught adult English and ESL classes in Ottawa for several years. She has been a vegan for about 15 years, and her views have evolved in response to debate and reading about how animals raised for food are treated. When at home in Perth Road Village, Sue spends time gardening, hiking, swimming and, of course, cooking delicious vegan feasts for family and friends.

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5.0 out of 5 stars good food March 31 2014
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almost all of the recipes in this book are very doable I found lots of good ideas in here and will probably use this book quite a bit
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lots of great helpful information for new vegans Feb. 8 2005
By Melanie - Published on Amazon.com
Being a vegan I like recipe books that are for vegans, since I don't have to spend time looking for recipes without products from animals.. It can become frustrating when you find a great sounding recipe only to see that several items, which would be difficult to substitute, are from animals.

Vegetarians considering switching to veganism will want a copy of Foods That Don't Bite Back: Vegan Foods Made Simple as the author, Sue Donaldson, has included important information in the section entitled "Why Become a Vegan?" where she looks at numerous reasons why this healthy, compassionate diet should be embraced. In the preface, Donaldson describes the cruel conditions that nonhuman animals enslaved for their flesh, milk and eggs are forced to endure before they are killed. She also provides many arguments as to why a compassionate, vegan diet is preferable for human and nonhuman animals as well as the environment and how it can be attained.

"If you are concerned about the environment, there are a number of dietary steps you can take to demonstrate your concern. The single most important step is to become a vegan. Only by drastically limiting our dependence on animal-based foods can we develop a sustainable relationship with the environment. Another key step is to buy organic produce whenever possible, thus encouraging the agricultural industry to lessen its dependency on chemicals. A further benefit of going organic is that you thereby support what are typically small, family-run farms over agribusiness. Large-scale and intensive farming is responsible for most environmental degradation." (page 21)

Donaldson also provides suggestions and tips pertaining to "raising vegan kids in a non-vegan world" including some of the books and websites listed in the "Resources for Further Reading." She also covers "Hidden Animal Ingredients" as well as where to go online for more information on this important subject. A short section on "Vegan Substitutions for Cooking and Baking" is also helpful.

Donaldson's recipes are varied and are divided into sections on: starters, soups, side dishes, main dishes and desserts. Many of the recipes are easy to make and Donaldson provides variations for several of them.

The glossary of ingredients is informative and provides the reader with definitions for many vegan foods and ingredients. This section will be particularly helpful to those who have recently made the transition to this healthy, kind and environmentally friendly diet. There is even a section on "Vegan Pets."

Whether you are looking for good vegan recipes, reasons why a vegan diet is important or more information pertaining to hidden animal ingredients in foods, Foods That Don't Bite Back is definitely worth a read.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars worth reading just for the intro! Nov. 30 2004
By Rachel A. Zurer - Published on Amazon.com
i have a large collection of vegetarian/vegan cookbooks, so this one tends to just stay buried on the shelf. i can't really vouch for its recipes. HOWEVER: the introduction is fabulous. most veggie cookbooks have an intro explaining the benefits of that lifestyle with some tips on making it happen, but this one is the most inspiring, least judgemental one i've ever seen. i've gone so far as to photocopy it and give it to friends to help them with their transition to veggie-ness.
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