The Vegan Cookbook is a collection of vegan recipes, both sweet and savoury, influenced by types of cuisine from around the world. Melbourne food blogger Adele McConnell has set out to demonstrate, in a non-preachy way, that vegan food doesn't have to be boring, and that a vegan diet need not be unhealthy.
The section with suggestions of different vegan ingredients at the start of the book is helpful. Some of the nutritional information is a little suspect, like the emphasis on using organic produce, and, at one point she writes that soy may appear on labels as other things, such as MSG. That is a little misleading since while soy products may contain MSG, MSG is not soy, so a label that says something contains MSG doesn't mean it contains soy necessarily (and MSG is found in many of the other foods McConnell recommends, such as seaweed). She also recommends using coconut sugar instead of cane sugar since coconut sugar is low GI, but this can vary between batches of coconut sugar, and it is still high in fructose, so probably isn't significantly better for you, while being a lot more expensive.
The recipes are helpfully labelled to indicate whether they are gluten, soy or nut free. However, it would also be useful to know how many calories the recipes contained (for those who count them), and whether they were suitable for freezing.
Since I reviewed an e-galley, I can't speak to the layout, since it probably looks different in paper versions. There were pictures, but not for every recipe, and in Kindle format, they were in black and white. It's not as comprehensive as some other vegan cookbooks I have seen, such as Isa Chandra's Veganomicon, but there are a few excellent recipes (like the raspberry, rose and lychee sorbet). Also, it makes a nice change to read a cookbook by an Australian and not have to convert the measurements from imperial to metric or search out local equivalents of ingredients that you can't buy here.
The Vegan Cookbook has a good range of recipes and information for those just getting started with veganism, or for meat eaters looking to reduce the amount of meat they eat or cook for vegan friends.
Published: 2017 Disclaimer: I was given a complimentary egalley of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.