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'101 Best Vegan Foods' the answer to those curious about veganism, vegetarianism

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'101 Best Vegan Foods'

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It's safe to say that every bookstore patron has walked by a clearance rack and felt like she's lucked up on gold to see a book that clearly didn't need to be there. That's the case for "101 Best Vegan Foods."

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Whether you're an omnivore who is curious about where vegans and vegetarians get their protein or someone who wants to lose weight eating healthy, this is the book for you. If you're intimidated when walking into a health food store and don't really know the pros and cons of a rainbow of fruits and vegetables, this is the book for you. If you're not really sure how to store vegan foods after you've made a recipe or two, this is the book for you.

Even if you're already a vegan or vegetarian, but you're not quite sure why the foods you eat are so important, this book runs it down in detail.

"101 Best Vegan Foods" has a directory from A to Z with nutrition facts (fat and saturated fat, protein, carbohydrates, fiber, cholesterol and sodium), which makes it pleasing for Weight Watchers members to keep track of servings. There are also suggested recipes (sometimes multiple recipes), storage tips, preparation instructions and the perks of eating a long list of vegan foods.

The book covers recipe ideas for breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert.

The food list includes:

  • Agar agar
  • Agave syrup
  • Almonds
  • Artichokes
  • Arugula
  • Asparagus
  • Avocado
  • Balsamic vinegar
  • Bananas
  • Barley
  • Basil
  • Beans
  • Beets
  • Blueberries
  • Bok choy
  • Broccoli
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Bulgur wheat
  • Butternut squash
  • Cabbage
  • Capers
  • Cashews
  • Cauliflower
  • Chickpeas
  • Chipotle peppers
  • Coconut milk
  • Couscous
  • Cranberries
  • Cucumbers
  • Curry paste
  • Dates
  • Edamame
  • Eggplant
  • Farro
  • Fennel
  • Figs
  • Flaxseed
  • Garlic
  • Ginger
  • Jalapeno peppers
  • Kale
  • Leeks
  • Lentils
  • Macadamia nuts
  • Mangoes
  • Meatless sausage
  • Millet
  • Miso
  • Molasses
  • Mushrooms
  • Mustard greensNori
  • Nutritional yeast
  • Oats
  • Olives
  • Panko bread crumbs
  • Parsnips
  • Pasta
  • Peanuts
  • Peanut butter
  • Phyllo dough
  • Pineapple
  • Potatoes
  • Quinoa
  • Rice
  • Seitan
  • Sesame seeds
  • Shallots
  • Spinach
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Swiss chard
  • Tempeh
  • Textured soy protein
  • Tofu
  • Tomatillos
  • Vegetable broth
  • Walnuts
  • Wheat bran
  • Wheat germ
  • Zucchini

This is the type of book that a chef or newbie can refer to again and again whether she's an omnivore, pescatarian, vegetarian or vegan.

The back of the book also has a handy conversion tool for teaspoons, tablespoons, cups, ounces, pan sizes and temperature.

Tip: This book "101 Best Vegan Foods" is currently on the clearance rack at Barnes & Noble for $7.98.

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