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 Post subject: Eaternity
PostPosted: Wed Apr 06, 2016 5:00 pm 
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Just received my copy today. Thumbing through and it looks gorgeous and well thought out. It's one of those cookbooks I want to sit down and read - lots of interesting information in each section. More later when I have time to mark out and try some recipes!!


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 Post subject: Re: Eaternity
PostPosted: Wed Apr 06, 2016 5:15 pm 
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So how is it on the woo scale? I saw it was endorsed by Kris Carr, Vani Hari and David Wolfe, which turned me off on it.

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 Post subject: Re: Eaternity
PostPosted: Thu Apr 07, 2016 3:14 am 
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It's woo, but I've seen worse. It's more, "nutrient x is important for y to function properly, which may help with z....here are some recipes containing x," rather than "nutrient x is THE cure for z." That said, skipping the page or two at the beginning of each chapter should help. The little paragraph before each recipe reiterates which nutrients in the ingredients are supposed to be helpful with whatever the chapter is about, (better skin, heart health, supporting muscle growth, better sex, etc.), but no reasonable person is going to count on the melatonin in brown rice helping them get to sleep.

His background is in raw food and that comes through in some of the "superfoods" used. Cordyceps, chlorella, mesquite, lucuma, and more...they're all here, mostly in smoothies, and easily left out. I've only made the hazelnut horchata, which would be hard to mess up, so I can't judge the recipes yet other than to say that if you take away the special ingredients and ideas about eating certain foods to help with certain conditions, you're left with what appears to be a basic beginners' cookbook with an emphasis on fresh ingredients put together simply.


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 Post subject: Re: Eaternity
PostPosted: Wed Apr 20, 2016 8:04 pm 
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I've been considering this! Would you say the recipes are fairly easy and straightforward? Though the odds of me ever buying cordyceps are only a bit higher than the odds of me buying a nuclear warhead, the few recipes I can see in the Amazon preview do look pretty good...


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 Post subject: Re: Eaternity
PostPosted: Mon May 02, 2016 2:28 pm 
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I have tried quite a few recipes from this cookbook and the are really easy to make. The butternut squash mac and cheese was divine! The jackfruit tacos was super easy to make and delicious! There are superfood ingredients but not every recipe calls for them. And I enjoy reading the information provided in the book.


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 Post subject: Re: Eaternity
PostPosted: Sun May 29, 2016 11:21 am 
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I watch this guy's show on the cooking channel and a lot of the recipes look delicious but really expensive - i.e. 1.5C of nutritional yeast in a mac and cheese, 2C of pine nuts (!) in a filling for squash blossoms, 2C of sun dried tomatoes in a marinara. Is the book the same way?

And has anyone made the coconut milk asparagus risotto? I was intrigued by this on the show, it seems to be in the book as well.


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 Post subject: Re: Eaternity
PostPosted: Thu Jun 02, 2016 9:03 am 
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just watched some of the author's youtube videos, was wondering what more people thought of the book... can't decide if i should order it or not..


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 Post subject: Re: Eaternity
PostPosted: Wed Jul 20, 2016 9:15 am 
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I bought this while it's $5 on Kindle, and it's one of the stranger cookbooks I've seen. One recipe will have 10 different superfood powders, and the next will call for store-bought "vegan nacho cheese." (He does recommend a specific brand but I've never seen it and I imagine it might be difficult to acquire if you don't live near the same grocery store.) He also calls for "gluten free bread" without adding notes about it (it's not even listed in his very comprehensive list of go-to brands and websites for various products) which makes me wonder if he even eats the way that is described in his cookbook. Almost all commercial GF sandwich breads have egg in them to replace the gluten protein, and in my research I've only come across a couple of locally available niche brands (none of which are local to me). I feel like someone who actually has searched for GF, vegan bread would not just list it as an ingredient in a recipe without at least a note about where to find it or a recipe for it. The nutritional chapters are definitely woo-based, he even goes into the "eating cheese is just like taking heroin!" thing. And it's definitely pricey to cook from. Most of the recipes are fairly average as far as trendy health food recipes go, but there are some that I definitely could not afford to make. A brownie recipe with 8 cups of pecans, a pasta recipe with 4 young thai coconuts, 2 cups of pine nuts in a pine nut ricotta, etc.

However, his chef's training really comes through for some of the flavor combinations. I'm super intrigued by the strawberry tomato sauce for the crepes, so I plan to make that soon. The sauces for some of the Asian dishes are more complex (and probably more authentic) than you normally see in vegan adaptations, as well. For that reason I'm keeping the book and planning to cook from it. I'd have returned it for the ingredient weirdness otherwise.


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