The more than 7 million vegetarians and 3 million vegans in the United States alone are proving that chowing down on planet-friendly fare not only helps them look and feel better, but it can be delicious, too. In her debut cookbook, Karma Chow creator and celebrity chef Melissa Costello shares an exciting collection of 125+ recipes that will be a welcome addition for anyone already following a vegetarian or vegan lifestyle or for the growing number of people embracing more plant-based meals.Read more...
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The more than 7 million vegetarians and 3 million vegans in the United States alone are proving that chowing down on planet-friendly fare not only helps them look and feel better, but it can be delicious, too. In her debut cookbook, Karma Chow creator and celebrity chef Melissa Costello shares an exciting collection of 125+ recipes that will be a welcome addition for anyone already following a vegetarian or vegan lifestyle or for the growing number of people embracing more plant-based meals. As personal chef to celebrity fitness guru Tony Horton, creator of the bestselling P90X(R) fitness system, Melissa is constantly finding creative ways to keep Tony and her other clients happy, fit, and fueled.With her "keep it simple" and "make it tasty" approach, she offers a smorgasbord of dairy- and animal-free appetizers and desserts, breakfasts, and dinners, as well as holiday- and company-worthy menus. Recipes include: Mac & Cheeze, Karma Burgers with Chipotle "Mayo," Thai-Style Tempeh Lettuce Wraps, Supreme-Oh Burritos, Roasted Butternut Squash Soup, Korean-Style Tempeh Tacos with Red Dijon Slaw, Enchilada Casserole with Ranchero Sauce, Artichoke and White Bean Dip, Cilantro Cauliflower Smash, Pad Thai in Peanut Coconut Sauce, Stuffed Mushroom Poppers, Indian Spiced Coconut Yam Soup, Chili Sweet Potato Fries, Un-Shepherd's Pie, Strawberry Creme Mousse with Pistachio Nut Topping, Banana Carob Bread Pudding, Apple/Pear Crisp, Brownie Bites, Chocolate Truffles, and Cardamom Chocolate Chippers (a Tony Horton favorite ) The Karma Chow Ultimate Cookbook shows anyone how to reconnect with their food and honor it as Earth's source for keeping us alive--all while finding it easier to rock their workouts and sculpt a well-defined physique. It's a winning recipe for success for anyone looking to transition to a healthier way of life
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2012-11-05
- Reviewer: Staff
This imaginative and accessible collection from Costello, a nutritionist and founder of the health/weight loss program Karma Chow, is heavy on instruction and light on politics. Costello chooses to inform rather than sell readers on her wellness program, giving a wealth of options that include meat-, dairy-, and egg-free meals. A medley of the familiar—mac and cheese (made with coconut or almond milk), corn chowder, enchiladas and "un-shepherd's pie"—rest comfortably next to soon-to-be favorites like pumpkin pie waffles, pad Thai, and smoky tempeh chili. Those new to vegetarian or vegan cooking will appreciate the lengths Costello goes to, to minimize the need for esoteric, hard-to-source ingredients; notes on substitutions and resources are provided. Nutritional information is given for every dish, though the tiny font at the base of each page may send readers on a hunt for a magnifying glass. Even a carnivore will appreciate chili sweet potato batons, wild mushroom quinoa pilaf, and raw Thai slaw, a flavorful medley of cabbage, bell pepper, snow peas, and carrots in a zesty Thai dressing. Costello offers a terrific resource for vegans and vegetarians who want to expand their options, as well as those interested in eating healthier meals. Color photos. (Oct.)