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"Forks Over Knives," both the documentary and companion book, appeared on the scene in 2011 with an astonishing but simple claim: Following a fully plant-based diet can save your life. By avoiding meat, fish, eggs, dairy, and emphasizing whole, unrefined plant foods, millions of people have begun to notice staggering improvements to their physical fitness, weight, blood su "Forks Over Knives," both the documentary and companion book, appeared on the scene in 2011 with an astonishing but simple claim: Following a fully plant-based diet can save your life. By avoiding meat, fish, eggs, dairy, and emphasizing whole, unrefined plant foods, millions of people have begun to notice staggering improvements to their physical fitness, weight, blood sugar and cholesterol levels, lifestyle, and overall health--including preventing, managing, or recovering from illnesses like diabetes, heart disease, and even cancer. Yes, the bestselling book "Forks Over Knives: The Plant-Based Way to Health" includes a solid foundation of recipes for anyone newly aware of the benefits to be gained from a plant-based diet. But home cooks are hungry for even more delicious, satisfying, from-scratch recipes full of whole plant foods like grains, legumes, fruits, and vegetables. That's what this cookbook provides: A full year's worth of meals for anyone hoping to cut out animal products, refined oils, and processed foods for the sake of their health. The recipes are eclectic, global, low fat, often gluten free, and simple to prepare, relying on common ingredients that anyone can find in their local grocery store. These recipes will take readers through an entire year with recipes that rely often on seasonal produce and always on the fundamental building blocks of a plant-based diet. Covering breakfast, lunch, dinner, and even desserts and ranging from everyday classics like Mac and Cheese and Baked Ziti to festive, holiday-ready dishes like Chard and Bean Stuffed Delicata Squash, these recipes will prepare readers to cook the plant-based way every day--starting this year and continuing through a long and healthy life.


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"Forks Over Knives," both the documentary and companion book, appeared on the scene in 2011 with an astonishing but simple claim: Following a fully plant-based diet can save your life. By avoiding meat, fish, eggs, dairy, and emphasizing whole, unrefined plant foods, millions of people have begun to notice staggering improvements to their physical fitness, weight, blood su "Forks Over Knives," both the documentary and companion book, appeared on the scene in 2011 with an astonishing but simple claim: Following a fully plant-based diet can save your life. By avoiding meat, fish, eggs, dairy, and emphasizing whole, unrefined plant foods, millions of people have begun to notice staggering improvements to their physical fitness, weight, blood sugar and cholesterol levels, lifestyle, and overall health--including preventing, managing, or recovering from illnesses like diabetes, heart disease, and even cancer. Yes, the bestselling book "Forks Over Knives: The Plant-Based Way to Health" includes a solid foundation of recipes for anyone newly aware of the benefits to be gained from a plant-based diet. But home cooks are hungry for even more delicious, satisfying, from-scratch recipes full of whole plant foods like grains, legumes, fruits, and vegetables. That's what this cookbook provides: A full year's worth of meals for anyone hoping to cut out animal products, refined oils, and processed foods for the sake of their health. The recipes are eclectic, global, low fat, often gluten free, and simple to prepare, relying on common ingredients that anyone can find in their local grocery store. These recipes will take readers through an entire year with recipes that rely often on seasonal produce and always on the fundamental building blocks of a plant-based diet. Covering breakfast, lunch, dinner, and even desserts and ranging from everyday classics like Mac and Cheese and Baked Ziti to festive, holiday-ready dishes like Chard and Bean Stuffed Delicata Squash, these recipes will prepare readers to cook the plant-based way every day--starting this year and continuing through a long and healthy life.

30 review for Forks Over Knives—The Cookbook: Over 300 Recipes for Plant-Based Eating All Through the Year

  1. 4 out of 5

    Jim Crocker

    HANG ON, FOLKS. THIS ONE COULD CHANGE YOUR LIFE--SAVE YOUR LIFE. It's Ultra-Vegan and it's not as bad as it sounds. There's still tons of wonderful food you can eat: burritos, pasta, cakes, pies, burgers, sweet potato fries, sorbet and pizza, too. It's NOT like eating dirt. Really it's not. What you don't eat is quite simple: NOTHING with a FACE or a MOTHER and no more dairy, eggs, or oil. Badda-Bing! and you're on your way to a healthy, svelte body. Yup. Become a hottie again, instead of a poor sl HANG ON, FOLKS. THIS ONE COULD CHANGE YOUR LIFE--SAVE YOUR LIFE. It's Ultra-Vegan and it's not as bad as it sounds. There's still tons of wonderful food you can eat: burritos, pasta, cakes, pies, burgers, sweet potato fries, sorbet and pizza, too. It's NOT like eating dirt. Really it's not. What you don't eat is quite simple: NOTHING with a FACE or a MOTHER and no more dairy, eggs, or oil. Badda-Bing! and you're on your way to a healthy, svelte body. Yup. Become a hottie again, instead of a poor slob. I dropped 25 pounds in four weeks. Next I'll be checking my cholesterol numbers. Otherwise, the crew will be waiting to check you out when the drag you into the E.R. Jim in Missoula

  2. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    Wow!! I have made at least 10 of the recipes in this book and have not come up with a fail yet! Moreover my entire family enjoys these recipes, including a very picky 5yo. While I agree with author's point of view that a plant based lifestyle is healthy, I would still appreciate the addition of the nutritional information with the recipes (i.e. calories, fat, protein, etc.) I do not struggle with weight or health issues, but still like to have a general idea of my daily calorie/fat/protein intak Wow!! I have made at least 10 of the recipes in this book and have not come up with a fail yet! Moreover my entire family enjoys these recipes, including a very picky 5yo. While I agree with author's point of view that a plant based lifestyle is healthy, I would still appreciate the addition of the nutritional information with the recipes (i.e. calories, fat, protein, etc.) I do not struggle with weight or health issues, but still like to have a general idea of my daily calorie/fat/protein intake. This is definitely my go-to cookbook!!! =)

  3. 5 out of 5

    MissBecka Gee

    This was just okay for me. The recipes I tried out were fine. Nothing inspired, and with so many cookbooks out there crushing it, this fell flat. Most disappointing part: only a handful of pictures ☹️

  4. 4 out of 5

    Carrie

    I've read this through from cover to cover and I've now had a chance to try out a dozen or so dishes. I've had way more hits than misses and I'm quite pleased with this book. I was worried the recipes would taste bland but that's not the case at all.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Leah

    Delicious recipes guaranteed to please even the pickiest eater! Forks Over Knives - The Cookbook had exactly what I was looking for: a diverse selection of whole-food, plant-based recipes. The book was organized by type of dish and included a section on "Basics" that covered all the sauces, stocks, broth, etc. used in some of its recipes. I loved the separate sections for Soups, and Stews and Chilies, which are my fave especially this time of year (fall/winter). My biggest complaint was the lack o Delicious recipes guaranteed to please even the pickiest eater! Forks Over Knives - The Cookbook had exactly what I was looking for: a diverse selection of whole-food, plant-based recipes. The book was organized by type of dish and included a section on "Basics" that covered all the sauces, stocks, broth, etc. used in some of its recipes. I loved the separate sections for Soups, and Stews and Chilies, which are my fave especially this time of year (fall/winter). My biggest complaint was the lack of color photos. I would've liked to see a photo for every recipe. Singles' Soup "Cheesy" Potato Soup Creamy Sweet Potato and Vegetable Stew

  6. 5 out of 5

    Lesley Looper

    A lot of good recipes in here! I borrowed this cookbook from the library via OverDrive, maybe I’ll purchase a copy.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Lorraine Rapp

    I've found many vegan cookbooks to be inaccessible to someone who isn't committed to the lifestyle, and in that regard Forks Over Knives is a breath of fresh air. Rather than a collection of side dishes flying in loose formation, many of the meals are familiar mainstays with non-traditional ingredients - wraps and stir fries and casseroles figure prominently. Recommended if you enjoy cooking and own a good set of knives - as usual with vegetarian recipes, there's a lot of chopping and mincing and I've found many vegan cookbooks to be inaccessible to someone who isn't committed to the lifestyle, and in that regard Forks Over Knives is a breath of fresh air. Rather than a collection of side dishes flying in loose formation, many of the meals are familiar mainstays with non-traditional ingredients - wraps and stir fries and casseroles figure prominently. Recommended if you enjoy cooking and own a good set of knives - as usual with vegetarian recipes, there's a lot of chopping and mincing and dicing. Most of the recipes I've tried have been flavorful enough to satisfy my non-vegan spouse (although the polenta pizza with tomatoes and basil and no shred of cheese in sight was *not* a hit). Many of them seem like they could be tweaked with a bit of dairy or eggs if you want a "gradual vegetarian" approach.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Lara

    I was hesitant about this one at first, because there are not nearly enough pictures, and the pictures that are there don't really look all that appealing to me. But there are actually quite a lot of recipes that sound really good, and that look pretty easy, and that don't involve a bunch of weird ingredients. I'm excited about trying some out soon! --Update: I've now made several things from this book and they were all extremely...bland. Easy, but bland. I may have just tried all the wrong ones, I was hesitant about this one at first, because there are not nearly enough pictures, and the pictures that are there don't really look all that appealing to me. But there are actually quite a lot of recipes that sound really good, and that look pretty easy, and that don't involve a bunch of weird ingredients. I'm excited about trying some out soon! --Update: I've now made several things from this book and they were all extremely...bland. Easy, but bland. I may have just tried all the wrong ones, but considering I've only been tempted to pull this out three times or so in more than three years, I think it's just time to retire this one. Cool if it works for you, but...not my style.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

    There are some good recipes in this! I hate cooking so that might be a struggle but at least I've found some now breakfast and lunch ideas.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Aryne Hornsby

    I love the movie and had to buy the book based on that alone, but am not regretting it! This book is particularly good for people who want recipes that are not oily, soy-based or full of store bought cheeses and things. The recipes use simple ingredients and support a healthy diet- whereas some cookbooks go for tasty, but not always healthy, options, the recipes here are all going to help those with weight or health issues because they avoid oils, sugars, and artificial ingredients whenever poss I love the movie and had to buy the book based on that alone, but am not regretting it! This book is particularly good for people who want recipes that are not oily, soy-based or full of store bought cheeses and things. The recipes use simple ingredients and support a healthy diet- whereas some cookbooks go for tasty, but not always healthy, options, the recipes here are all going to help those with weight or health issues because they avoid oils, sugars, and artificial ingredients whenever possible BUT still appeal to the taste buds and are desirable, if you want a healthy cookbook this is definitely the one to choose! I do wish, however, it had more photos and they weren't in the middle of the book- I prefer the recipe and photo go together to draw me into wanting to make it.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Alisha Hanson-Glatzel

    o far everything I have made has been really good! Baby & Hubby approved!!! 1) Hearty Dal Soup (pg.100) very mild but totally satisfying. 2) Mushrooms, Kale, & Potatoes (pg. 142) Rocking good!!! This one helped my clean out my veggie drawer :) Must add Siracha! I doubled the recipe and the next day we ate it for breakfast with an egg, sunny side up as a topper. De-lish! This is a great book if you want to learn how to start cooking vegetarian meals!!!! o far everything I have made has been really good! Baby & Hubby approved!!! 1) Hearty Dal Soup (pg.100) very mild but totally satisfying. 2) Mushrooms, Kale, & Potatoes (pg. 142) Rocking good!!! This one helped my clean out my veggie drawer :) Must add Siracha! I doubled the recipe and the next day we ate it for breakfast with an egg, sunny side up as a topper. De-lish! This is a great book if you want to learn how to start cooking vegetarian meals!!!!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Lindsay

    Wholesome recipes for beginners in the kitchen who want to lose weight - it does what it says on the tin. The breadth of dishes and styles covered is unusually large to cater for all tastes, but the recipes are a quite basic and lacking in decadence. It provides a lot of starting points but if I wanted to make a really good "X" I would not take the recipe from this cookbook - the lack of pictures doesn't help. There are a few nice recipes by the guest chefs.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Johanna Haas

    Super healthy vegan and oil free The recipes look easy enough, but many are still unattractive. I don't think I will ever be hardcore enough to want to eat most of these. Still, some, occasionally, may be good.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Sandy Kemp

    lots of good ideas here

  15. 4 out of 5

    Rajiv Misquitta

    Good book. Some of the recipes could use some more spices to improve the taste as they are somewhat bland.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Tanya

    I return to this book from time to time, reiterating this important message for myself; plant food is superior to the standard American diet. I use quite a few of the recipes for both myself, as a diabetic, and for my family. Thankfully the recipes included are generally quick, flavourful, and require no specialty ingredients. I do tweak the vast majority of recipes to suit a low carb diet (again, I’m diabetic), so those wanting low carb plant based recipes should be confident in the kitchen, or I return to this book from time to time, reiterating this important message for myself; plant food is superior to the standard American diet. I use quite a few of the recipes for both myself, as a diabetic, and for my family. Thankfully the recipes included are generally quick, flavourful, and require no specialty ingredients. I do tweak the vast majority of recipes to suit a low carb diet (again, I’m diabetic), so those wanting low carb plant based recipes should be confident in the kitchen, or willing to play around with the ingredient lists. It should be noted that this is a plant-based diet recipe book, not an ethical vegan book. The main focus is on better health, tho all recipes are suitable for all vegans.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    Excellent cookbook for a plant-based diet. Wish there were some more pictures.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Annie

    Dismal, awful, flavorless, unsatisfying 'food'. I don't care what your ethical stance or weight loss goal is, you need fat in SOMETHING for your food to be nutritionally complete and to actually make you feel satisfied. A depressed person with a box of pasta, can of beans, and bag of frozen vegetables could make dinner while crying and the result would be identical to some recipe in this book. It is that bad. There is so little seasoning - herbs, spices, anything with flavor. Most recipes start Dismal, awful, flavorless, unsatisfying 'food'. I don't care what your ethical stance or weight loss goal is, you need fat in SOMETHING for your food to be nutritionally complete and to actually make you feel satisfied. A depressed person with a box of pasta, can of beans, and bag of frozen vegetables could make dinner while crying and the result would be identical to some recipe in this book. It is that bad. There is so little seasoning - herbs, spices, anything with flavor. Most recipes start with onions, carrots, and garlic, and then add one other vegetable and one pinch of some spice blend that is too small to actually flavor the dish. Most of the pasta recipes call for whole grain spaghetti, the worlds worst representative of whole grain foods AND pasta.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Tatjana

    I made the Taco salad, Guacamole, and breakfast scramble. Very simple to make, but none had much flavor. They just didn't have any soul for my palette. Nothing resonated with my taste buds. There are so many amazing, healthy vegan cookbooks, I'm afraid this one doesn't seem to groove with my cooking style. BUMMER! But we don't usually eat traditional american vegan food. We are definitely influenced by our lives around the Mediterranean. I also know people are wild for this book... I had to wait q I made the Taco salad, Guacamole, and breakfast scramble. Very simple to make, but none had much flavor. They just didn't have any soul for my palette. Nothing resonated with my taste buds. There are so many amazing, healthy vegan cookbooks, I'm afraid this one doesn't seem to groove with my cooking style. BUMMER! But we don't usually eat traditional american vegan food. We are definitely influenced by our lives around the Mediterranean. I also know people are wild for this book... I had to wait quite a while for it to come in Interlibrary Loan. So don't use me as your needle. To sum up: If you use a bulb of garlic every couple of days, love jalapenos, and eat dijon mustard from the jar, this may not be the cookbook for you. If you are more of the Greens, moosewood palette- you will probably dig it quite a lot! As always, check it out from the library first. Try it before you buy it.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Kathy

    Another excellent plant-based cookbook. Recipes I've tried so far have all been very good and well received -- 1. Lotsa Vegetable Chowder, pg. 94..subbed frozen corn and mistakenly put the dill in with the other spices instead of at the end; still tasted great. 2. Grilled Portobello Mushrooms, pg. 173 and 3. Portobello Mushroom Tacos, pg. 137, yummy alternative to bean tacos. 4. Penne with Spicy Eggplant..a nice chunky sauce...I have extra that I will pair with farro or quinoa in place of pasta. Another excellent plant-based cookbook. Recipes I've tried so far have all been very good and well received -- 1. Lotsa Vegetable Chowder, pg. 94..subbed frozen corn and mistakenly put the dill in with the other spices instead of at the end; still tasted great. 2. Grilled Portobello Mushrooms, pg. 173 and 3. Portobello Mushroom Tacos, pg. 137, yummy alternative to bean tacos. 4. Penne with Spicy Eggplant..a nice chunky sauce...I have extra that I will pair with farro or quinoa in place of pasta. 5. Minestrone, pg. 87..subbed Fire-Roasted tomatoes instead of regular and farro instead of basmati rice; very good - ate leftovers for lunch all week. I make a lot of soups and stir-frys, and I like the fact that every recipe in this book doesn't start with sauteing everything in oil. Much less fat and calories using water, veggie broth and other liquids that are part of the recipe. Well done!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Deb

    A good companion to the book and movie. Over 300 recipes and lots of tips for eating a plant-strong diet--no meat, dairy and oil. Plenty of ideas and recipes for remaking favorites into healthier vegan dishes. The three recipes I have tried so far worked well. The "Cheesy" Potato Soup was delicious and hard to tell that it contained no cheese or dairy. Here's a link to the recipes: The reason I give it 3 stars instead of 4 is for the number of bad editing mistakes in the book--it comes with a sm A good companion to the book and movie. Over 300 recipes and lots of tips for eating a plant-strong diet--no meat, dairy and oil. Plenty of ideas and recipes for remaking favorites into healthier vegan dishes. The three recipes I have tried so far worked well. The "Cheesy" Potato Soup was delicious and hard to tell that it contained no cheese or dairy. Here's a link to the recipes: The reason I give it 3 stars instead of 4 is for the number of bad editing mistakes in the book--it comes with a small print one-page handout of the almost 30 corrections which seem like far to many in a recipe book that should have been tested and edited. Otherwise it's a great book.

  22. 4 out of 5

    May

    Well I have to say I don't really do vegan food but I do enjoy plant-based eating generally, and this book was wonderfully free of faux meats and soy cheeses, etc. there are a lot of tasty recipes - enough that I checked this out of the library to read and now plan on buying my own copy. I have cooked one recipe so far and my carnivore husband and picky stepkids all loved it (in fact, we're making it again tomorrow night). My only quibbles are with some of the techniques and ingredient choices (I Well I have to say I don't really do vegan food but I do enjoy plant-based eating generally, and this book was wonderfully free of faux meats and soy cheeses, etc. there are a lot of tasty recipes - enough that I checked this out of the library to read and now plan on buying my own copy. I have cooked one recipe so far and my carnivore husband and picky stepkids all loved it (in fact, we're making it again tomorrow night). My only quibbles are with some of the techniques and ingredient choices (I don't think tomatoes belong in something you're calling a winter vegetable dish), but I'd give this book a shot if you're interested in more meatless eating.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Joan

    I was disappointed in this cookbook because it seems like they wanted to capitalize on the Forks Over Knives phenomenon, but then spent little time making this cookbook useful. It's full of recipes, yes, but there's nothing attractive about the format or the text, and there's few pictures. I wish I was motivated to make some of the recipes because others have sworn by them in other reviews but I'll just end up returning this one to the library without copying any. At least I can always heck it o I was disappointed in this cookbook because it seems like they wanted to capitalize on the Forks Over Knives phenomenon, but then spent little time making this cookbook useful. It's full of recipes, yes, but there's nothing attractive about the format or the text, and there's few pictures. I wish I was motivated to make some of the recipes because others have sworn by them in other reviews but I'll just end up returning this one to the library without copying any. At least I can always heck it out again if I change my mind!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Grace Kelly

    Best, easiest cook book to follow and plenty of energy to clean up the messes afterwards. Wish there were more pictures But then I guess it would spoil the fun of the surprise of creating it your self. All these recipes are fresh, healthy, healing foods that are and has been bringing more energy and balance to my life! Thank you for writing this helpful price of art! I use these recipes everyday.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Morgan

    This one definitely rivals Veganomicon: The Ultimate Vegan Cookbook. Isa's desserts look phenomenal, per usual. I copied several recipes. I'm excited about a new option for vegan mac n cheese. This one definitely rivals Veganomicon: The Ultimate Vegan Cookbook. Isa's desserts look phenomenal, per usual. I copied several recipes. I'm excited about a new option for vegan mac n cheese.

  26. 4 out of 5

    AngelLeah

    This cookbook is full of good information and tons of recipes. I found a few that I want to try. Most I passed over because they are for the "real" chefs. I have a limit on how many ingredients I put in a recipe. Keeps my kitchen less cluttered! :)

  27. 5 out of 5

    Michelle

    Good for everyday sustenance healthy eating. This is especially good for people who don't know their way around the kitchen or those with very little time. Many of the ingredients are easily found in most grocery stores and are affordable.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Layla Ducote

    I browsed this cookbook several times. There are some great recipes in here.....but some things are too unrealistic. Like the fake cheese sauce recipe. Just no. More of a balance is needed with realistic recipes. There were quite a few recipes I may try....with minor adjustments.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    Has some good looking recipes- the no bake carrot cake sounds good, and black bean brownies interest me. I am especially interesting in trying some of the no-oil salad dressings! I used the kindle version. It has many recommendations for other books as well in the appendix.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Dharmachris

    Plant strong! Almost uniformly excellent recipes. Highly recommended for all. Great for people considering going vegan or vegetarian.

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