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Mayim Bialik has blossomed into a helluva great vegan cook. Here's the proof

Mac N Cheeze . . . yum!
Mac N Cheeze . . . yum!
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Actresses who play cooks can be fun (think Ann. B. Davis, Lucy), but when actresses really are cooks, then they are dishing out the Real Stuff.
So we welcome Mayim Bialik who, as a younger girl was famous for Blossom, and who now stars on The Big Bang Theory (for which she has received two consecutive Emmy Nominations for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series and most recently a 2014 SAG Nomination for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy).
But there's much more on her menu: She is Mayim Bialik, PhD, CLEC, holding a doctorate degree in neuroscience from UCLA with her family.
Getting kids to eat their vegetables can be tough enough—but getting them to eat an exclusively plant-based diet can seem impossible, especially when there are no chicken fingers, cheese pizza or hot dogs to fall back on. Mayik (and mother of two vegan boys, Fred and Miles) , with help from pediatrician Dr. Jay Gordon, shows busy parents how to raise even the pickiest children with healthy eating habits in Mayim’s Vegan Table: More Than 100 Great-Tasting and Healthy Recipes from My Family to Yours (Da Cape Life Long $21.99).
Mayim’s recipes range from breakfast (everything from a Green Smoothie, which sweetens vitamin-rich greens with fruit, to French Toast) to dinner (including Winter Vegetable Risotto and Build-Your-Own Black Bean and Quinoa Tacos, perfect for children who like to assemble their own plates). Breads (such as the fun-shaped Turtle Bread), sides (including Spice-Crusted Baby Potatoes with Tamarind Cream and Golden Couscous with Olives and Fresh Herbs) and desserts (such as Plum and Walnut Crisp and Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie) round out the menu. Mayim even combines her Jewish heritage with vegan nutrition to produce recipes such as Matzoh Ball Soup, Rugelach and Root Vegetable Latkes (page 130) which we flipped over.
Complete with introductory chapters that explain the principles of vegan nutrition for growing bodies and advice on stocking a pantry and navigating social situations such as birthday parties and dining out—and illustrated with sixteen pages of full-color photos—Mayim’s Vegan Table gives families the foundation they need for balanced, delicious meals.
Whoever knew such great vegan meals could blossom?

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