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 Post subject: Happy Herbivore Abroad by Lindsay S Nixon
PostPosted: Thu Dec 06, 2012 7:01 pm 
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I haven't bought/tried any book or recipe from Lindsay but this book got a rave reviews on Amazon. Anyone have bought this book? If so, how's it? Worth to buy?

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 Post subject: Re: Happy Herbivore Abroad by Lindsay S Nixon
PostPosted: Fri Dec 07, 2012 7:22 am 
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heh...seems nobody have this book ;)

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 Post subject: Re: Happy Herbivore Abroad by Lindsay S Nixon
PostPosted: Fri Dec 07, 2012 8:41 am 
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I think I'll pass on this one. I have her first book and I haven't made anything in it (nothing really appeals to me). I gave her a second chance and got her second book, and I've made one recipe, which was, eh, okaaay. Her use of garlic and onion powder really turn me off, and her recipes and flavor profiles are a little flat tasting to me. I don't think it's just because of the no fat thing. If I want to cut down the really minimal amount of oil used in Appetite for Reduction, I would do that and be happier with the outcomes.


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 Post subject: Re: Happy Herbivore Abroad by Lindsay S Nixon
PostPosted: Fri Dec 07, 2012 9:31 am 
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KrisB wrote:
I think I'll pass on this one. I have her first book and I haven't made anything in it (nothing really appeals to me). I gave her a second chance and got her second book, and I've made one recipe, which was, eh, okaaay. Her use of garlic and onion powder really turn me off, and her recipes and flavor profiles are a little flat tasting to me. I don't think it's just because of the no fat thing. If I want to cut down the really minimal amount of oil used in Appetite for Reduction, I would do that and be happier with the outcomes.


You can always use fresh onions and garlic instead if you don't like the dried stuff. I sometimes use both to layer flavours. Also, and it seems odd to me as a McDougaller to be saying this, but you could add a bit of fat to the recipes if you think that might perk them up. Most of the cookbooks I buy are not McDougall-friendly and I am always omitting fat and tweaking them to be acceptable to the program. So why not go the other way if that's what you like?


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 Post subject: Re: Happy Herbivore Abroad by Lindsay S Nixon
PostPosted: Fri Dec 07, 2012 10:43 am 
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Good point, vgnwitch!


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 Post subject: Re: Happy Herbivore Abroad by Lindsay S Nixon
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I'm going to wait on this one. I have her other two books, and they were hit and miss for me. I love her crab cakes, but a lot of things seemed to be too heavy on the dijon mustard for my taste. I want to at least look through it first.


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 Post subject: Re: Happy Herbivore Abroad by Lindsay S Nixon
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Thanks for your input guys! I need to check it book-store or library first.

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 Post subject: Re: Happy Herbivore Abroad by Lindsay S Nixon
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I bought it and so far I am dissapointed. this is supposed to be a health cookbook right? why do i need so many recipes for alcoholic drinks that go like this:

beer + sprite
lemonade + wine

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 Post subject: Re: Happy Herbivore Abroad by Lindsay S Nixon
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I just really don't like these books. Not only are they not really tasty, a lot of the posts on Facebook don't seem so healthy...


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 Post subject: Re: Happy Herbivore Abroad by Lindsay S Nixon
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I don't have any of her books and I've never made any of her recipes, so I can't comment to that, but this:

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lemonade + wine


Made me laugh out loud and throw up in my mouth a little at the same time.

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 Post subject: Re: Happy Herbivore Abroad by Lindsay S Nixon
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VeganinBerlin wrote:
I bought it and so far I am disappointed. this is supposed to be a health cookbook right? why do i need so many recipes for alcoholic drinks that go like this:

beer + sprite
lemonade + wine

... ??

I don't know about the wine drink, but beer and sprite (or lemonade) is a shandy, and it's delicious.


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 Post subject: Re: Happy Herbivore Abroad by Lindsay S Nixon
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Beer and Sprite is supposed to be a German/Bavarian drink.

I am always annoyed when I see alcohol in recipes, to be honest. But purely alcoholic drinks (a whole page each) in a HEALTH cookbook? One drop of oil is supposedly making me ill, but there's so much junk and unhealthy food, it really weirds me out. And makes it unusable in large parts.

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 Post subject: Re: Happy Herbivore Abroad by Lindsay S Nixon
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Beer + lemonade is Radler. There's also orange radler, grapefruit radler, apple radler.

Diesel is Coca Cola + beer.

Spetzi iz Coca Cola + Fanta.

There's also something called bambus (bamboo): Coca Cola + red wine. White bambus is Fanta + white wine.


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 Post subject: Re: Happy Herbivore Abroad by Lindsay S Nixon
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I miss Fanta. The crepe we get in the US is the same as all the other artificial chemical sodas.

Grapefruit was my favorite. Cassis is kind of gross though.

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 Post subject: Re: Happy Herbivore Abroad by Lindsay S Nixon
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VeganinBerlin wrote:
I bought it and so far I am disappointed. this is supposed to be a health cookbook right? why do i need so many recipes for alcoholic drinks that go like this:

beer + sprite
lemonade + wine

... ??

Wine and lemonade is a kind of spritzer and and is uncommon but not shocking. I've served them working as a barman. Beer and lemonade is a shandy, and can be quite nice (though it depends on what beer you use - real ale shandies are lovely), and is really not unusual in the slightest. It's healthier because it has a lower alcohol content, I guess.

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 Post subject: Re: Happy Herbivore Abroad by Lindsay S Nixon
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I think I didn't get across what I meant. I don't think it's weird for anyone to drink lemonade + alcohol. I just

a) dont get why it is in a HEALTH cookbook and
b) how in the world it merits several pages of "recipes" that basically just say "equal parts of this and this".

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 Post subject: Re: Happy Herbivore Abroad by Lindsay S Nixon
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"It's healthier because it has a lower alcohol content, I guess."

Nah, they are also recipes for rum & something else. It's not the health aspect. Basically the cookbook is "as long as it's low fat and vagually low-calorie - go ahead!" which is not my idea of a health cookbook.

Well this and I'm teetotal and would never work with alcohol. It kinda just freaked me out, too.

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 Post subject: Re: Happy Herbivore Abroad by Lindsay S Nixon
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Well, it's called Happy Herbivore, not Healthy Herbivore :D

Kidding aside, you can use non-alcoholic beer, and in some countries there's non-alcoholic wine. Instead of rum, I would just add rum flavour to Coca Cola (or whatever).


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 Post subject: Re: Happy Herbivore Abroad by Lindsay S Nixon
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VeganinBerlin wrote:
I think I didn't get across what I meant. I don't think it's weird for anyone to drink lemonade + alcohol. I just

a) dont get why it is in a HEALTH cookbook and
b) how in the world it merits several pages of "recipes" that basically just say "equal parts of this and this".
Oh, right. I getcha! That reminds me of Vegan Cooking for Carnivores, which had cocktails and herbal teas. Because we all know carnivores crave herbal tea.

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 Post subject: Re: Happy Herbivore Abroad by Lindsay S Nixon
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veggiepalooza wrote:
I just really don't like these books. Not only are they not really tasty, a lot of the posts on Facebook don't seem so healthy...


I don't follow her, but I went over and glanced briefly at her page, and the recipes seem fairly ordinary to me. What is it about them that you don't find very healthy?


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 Post subject: Re: Happy Herbivore Abroad by Lindsay S Nixon
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Her books are probably really good for new vegans or people who aren't very experienced cooks. The recipes are just kind of meh.


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 Post subject: Re: Happy Herbivore Abroad by Lindsay S Nixon
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With the holidays coming and feeling a little burned out in the kitchen after doing a lot of cooking over the last several months trying to use up things in CSA boxes, I've been using my HH books more often, because I want things that are simple but low calorie. (So there's more room for Christmas goodies and Candy Cane Oreos and such.)

We had the Pasta e Fagioli from Abroad tonight for dinner, and I seriously think it was one of the easiest meals ever. But it was tasty and satisfying too. It's 3 ingredients, but I can't say I would have put them together into that particular configuration myself without the suggestion.

I made the Sunshine muffins last night for breakfast this morning. Super simple and very tasty.

From another of her cookbooks (Everyday Happy Herbivore), I made Tempeh Meatloaf last night and it was really great. We both loved it, and it fulfilled the comfort food craving I was having.

I like that she uses a lot of pantry items and that her cookbooks are budget friendly with the dried spices and such.

If Veganomicon is your favorite cookbook, you probably won't like the HH ones. ;) But if you're looking for simple, quick, and easy, HH is a great choice. And she has nutritional info listed.


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 Post subject: Re: Happy Herbivore Abroad by Lindsay S Nixon
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how is it possible to make pasta e fagioli with only 3 ingredients?! is it just pasta, beans & broth?


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It's pasta, beans, and marinara sauce. I used organic tomato basil from Trader Joe's.


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 Post subject: Re: Happy Herbivore Abroad by Lindsay S Nixon
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It's pasta, beans, and marinara sauce. I used organic tomato basil from Trader Joe's.

I thought that it was a soup? Has everyone been jerking my chain about pasta e fagioli all these years?!

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