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PostPosted: Tue Aug 30, 2011 8:03 am 
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Is the book written in the same style as the blog? The introductions to the recipes etc?


Yes, it's just like the blog. Cute little stories and lots of instructions. Just not pictures of the steps.

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Thanks. I seem to be the only person who doesn't like the blog, so that's a turn off point for me.

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Thanks. I seem to be the only person who doesn't like the blog, so that's a turn off point for me.

Haha. Not the only one.

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Thanks. I seem to be the only person who doesn't like the blog, so that's a turn off point for me.

Haha. Not the only one.


I'm not a fan of the corny jokes either. The book is definitely all goofy & kid-centric, but the recipes are easy and really good.

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That's good to know about the writing style. I have to be in the mood to read her blog so I think that would be a turn off for the cookbook. Plus, it does kinda bug me how she says mean things about her cat, like how she wishes it would run away and stuff.


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There are definitely little anecdotes to go along with the recipes. Like Mama Peas alludes to one of the pancake recipes being something she made Pea Daddy the morning after spending the night, possibly quietly playing chess. That Mama Peas is a coy one.

Also, did anyone see the blog post about how star struck she was by Isa Chandra? It makes me squee and love each of them a bit more!

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Also, did anyone see the blog post about how star struck she was by Isa Chandra? It makes me squee and love each of them a bit more!


Yes! I accidentally annoyed her with my comment, I think. I thought it was funny that she was mocking the idea of hiding cauliflower in mashed potatoes right after talking about loving Isa, since I think of course everyone knows about Isa's Caulipots! Oopsy.

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HA!!!! I had that exact same thought, Kelly. Then I was like, aw, Mama Peas, I'mma let this one slide. One more slip like that, and I'll cut you though.

(That's my joking font.)

And actually, I overthought it, because that's what I do, and her recipe might be a good way to get kids to think, 'hey, I like cauliflower.' While Isa's is a good way to trim calories. I love them both! I love them both!

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I made the black bean burgers from Peas and Thank You today. They were tasty, but fall-a-party. I'm glad I didn't plan on cooking them on the grill.


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I made the Spanish-style quinoa this weekend, and have been having leftovers with lunch this week. It isn't world-shaking, but good, and easy, fast to make, and healthy!
Personally, I usually like her tone, but I'm all about the corny jokes. I too, however, get a little worked up a little on behalf of Pea Kitty from time to time.


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Tzippy wrote:
I made the black bean burgers from Peas and Thank You today. They were tasty, but fall-a-party. I'm glad I didn't plan on cooking them on the grill.



If it's the same as the recipe she posted on her blog I had the same exact problem with them. I agree they were good, but didn't hold up to cooking and I was pretty gentle with them in the skillet too. I was trying to think how you could alter the recipe to have them hold together a bit better. Maybe try a hybrid of the black bean burger recipe from Vcon with Mama Pea's spice levels?


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Tzippy wrote:
I made the black bean burgers from Peas and Thank You today. They were tasty, but fall-a-party. I'm glad I didn't plan on cooking them on the grill.



If it's the same as the recipe she posted on her blog I had the same exact problem with them. I agree they were good, but didn't hold up to cooking and I was pretty gentle with them in the skillet too. I was trying to think how you could alter the recipe to have them hold together a bit better. Maybe try a hybrid of the black bean burger recipe from Vcon with Mama Pea's spice levels?


She altered the recipe a little bit from the one on the blog, but it is substantially the same. I added a bit of vital wheat gluten to the mixture, as I could tell it was going to be really soft, but it didn't help much (they again, I didn't measure how much I added).


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interrobang?! wrote:
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Thanks. I seem to be the only person who doesn't like the blog, so that's a turn off point for me.

Haha. Not the only one.

I received a copy at Vida Vegan, and I'm not really into reading an 1000 word personal anecdote before a recipe for a smoothie. The humour really doesn't work on me, but I'm glad it's appealing to others. Maybe I just don't like photos of kids with food smeared all over their faces. I feel like she tries really hard to "normalize" veganism, as though veganism is such a weird thing that only dreadlocked hippies identify with. She plays on stereotypes like crazy. Just not my kind of cookbook.

That said, if anyone wants to paypal me a bit of money for shipping, I'll send you my copy.


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You guys are making me feel like a total cornball for finding this lady hilarious.

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You guys are making me feel like a total cornball for finding this lady hilarious.


I'm glad you said it! There's something about youngish women telling dad jokes that always kills me. I actually tell a lot of dad jokes myself. Then I laugh at them myself as well.

I hope you weren't being sarcastic.

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Sorry, guys! I didn't mean to sound snobby. Seriously, if you want my copy, let me know!


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[quote="vijita"]Sorry, guys! I didn't mean to sound snobby. Seriously, if you want my copy, let me know![/quote
I want it! Save it for the next time I see you! (maybe this weekend if V and I can get our shiitake together.......long weekend and I want to come to your island on bikes--it might be wishful thinking but I am trying to make it happen)

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Fee wrote:
You guys are making me feel like a total cornball for finding this lady hilarious.


I think her kids are cute and I like that her recipes are FAST and call for mostly stuff I have in the house and that's all I really ask for for school night food. And I'm a huge fan of the fact that I think omnis will love her.

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I'm honestly not trying to start a row here because I really do think there's enough room in the market for all kinds of vegan books, but I don't know any omnis who wouldn't think she was as annoying as hell (based on her blog because I haven't seen the book). I wonder if there's some difference between people with children and those without here. I have a whole load of books for fast storecupboard meals which just do what they say without slagging off their husband or their cat or making me cringe. But I don't have kids and don't know many people who do. Maybe I should get a copy for my (omni) sister and her family and if they cook anything from it I'll admit I don't know what's going on.

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I don't have kids, so I don't think that's it for me. I have had a cat as my evil arch-nemesis though, so maybe that has something to do with it?

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Efcliz wrote:
I'm honestly not trying to start a row here because I really do think there's enough room in the market for all kinds of vegan books, but I don't know any omnis who wouldn't think she was as annoying as hell (based on her blog because I haven't seen the book). I wonder if there's some difference between people with children and those without here. I have a whole load of books for fast storecupboard meals which just do what they say without slagging off their husband or their cat or making me cringe. But I don't have kids and don't know many people who do. Maybe I should get a copy for my (omni) sister and her family and if they cook anything from it I'll admit I don't know what's going on.


I don't think it's a parents vs nonparents thing. This book will probably draw more kid (parents or not!) people in, just because it's half full of cute kid pictures. The fact that she's learning to be vegan throughout her book basically (the stories kind of tell that way) makes it seem really accessible to me.

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Disclaimer: After I first went vegan, I was on another vegan message board that made my brains explode. Everything was debating animal rights, abolition, and was very, very serious in tone. It made me feel like such a flake because I was just trying to find a vegan mascara and snacks, and I was questioning what I got myself in to.

So I wrote a panicked email to Mama Pea, and she sent back the nicest response. By the time she'd responded, I'd found the PPK and had stopped freaking out. Some of the animal rights stuff even started making more sense (originally went vegan for health and because eating animals never sat right with me really; I'd been vegetarian for 4-5 years, then went omni, then vegan). Her email was a kind-hearted reminder that we're moving toward compassion and doing good things, so make the best choices you can, and be gentle with yourself. I've corresponded with her about a couple of issues, and I just think she's a smart lady and very kind.

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I don't mind the anecdotes or the gratuitous kid pictures though I could take or leave either. Honestly, I didn't notice much in the way of dad or cat bashing? But I noticed that one of the Amazon reviews noted that she's always hating on her curly hair in the book, and I didn't notice that either so the problem may be that I'm unobservant.

Anyway, the couple of things I've tried out of it have been tasty.

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I had her Mac & Cheese (the one with the entire bag of daiya in it) and it really is JUST like Kraft deluxe mac'n'cheese. Which I never really liked. But if you did like it, this could be the mac for you.


Interestinggggg. What's in it besides daiya?

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Disclaimer: After I first went vegan, I was on another vegan message board that made my brains explode. Everything was debating animal rights, abolition, and was very, very serious in tone. It made me feel like such a flake because I was just trying to find a vegan mascara and snacks, and I was questioning what I got myself in to.

So I wrote a panicked email to Mama Pea, and she sent back the nicest response. By the time she'd responded, I'd found the PPK and had stopped freaking out. Some of the animal rights stuff even started making more sense (originally went vegan for health and because eating animals never sat right with me really; I'd been vegetarian for 4-5 years, then went omni, then vegan). Her email was a kind-hearted reminder that we're moving toward compassion and doing good things, so make the best choices you can, and be gentle with yourself. I've corresponded with her about a couple of issues, and I just think she's a smart lady and very kind.


That's really great! It's nice to hear stories about stuff like that. Also, yay ppk!

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