Mayim’s Vegan Table Cookbook Review
Hello my lovelies! I am coming out of my self-imposed retirement this week (and perhaps for good), to bring a review of one of my favorite new vegan cookbooks: Mayim’s Vegan Table. I also have some other fun stuff in store for the coming weeks, so stay tuned!
Anyway, back to the whole point of this point – the review! This book was pretty hotly anticipated in the vegan world, and with good reason: it’s a great book for transitioning to veganism or just a more plant-based diet overall. Mayim is incredibly approachable, both as an author and as a spokesperson for the vegan community, which makes reading her book accessible to the masses – a definite plus.
What I Loved
I absolutely love the side dish recipes in this book. From the spice-crusted baby potatoes to the Mexican bean dip, each side or appetizer I made was incredibly delicious and simple to put together. I appreciated the simple ingredients lists and the boldness of the flavors in nearly everyone of the side dish recipes. Some of the side dishes I was really fond of include the spice-crusted baby potatoes, Mexican bean dip, golden couscous, and the roasted asparagus. The asparagus recipe has just four ingredients, yet it was the most delectable preparation of asparagus I’ve ever had – which is pretty impressive.
I enjoyed the lovely photographs located in the center of the book – my only wish is that there were more.
The dessert section is quite expansive and there are several items that I’ve never even heard of before, such as Mandel Brodt, which is a type of almond bread. The exotic feel of it all makes me excited to dive in headfirst!
I also really liked that there is a dedicated breakfast section. I struggle quite a bit to keep my breakfasts interesting, so having some new ideas, such as the Fruity Oatmeal Muffins and Outrageous Granola, is nice to have. Also, the breakfast recipes, like all of the rest in the book, are so easy that I could prepare them in a hurry or even the night or weekend before and freeze for the week ahead.
What I Didn’t Love Quite As Much
Almost half the book is dedicated to why you should eat a plant-based diet, what you eat on a plant-based diet, and how to stock a vegan pantry. While I think this is incredibly valuable for someone who’s in the early transition stages, it’s somewhat like preaching to the choir at this point in my vegan journey.
I was a little underwhelmed by the number of main dishes featured in the cookbook. Main dishes are some of the hardest for me to keep interesting, so some new ideas would have been welcome. Unfortunately, there’s only about a baker’s dozen entree recipes and most of them are based around pastas and crusts/breads, which isn’t really my thing.
Many of the recipes contain not-so-wholesome vegan ingredients. I’m not opposed to eating processed items here and there, but I felt like there was a lot of vegan mayo, vegan cheese, and vegan butter used throughout. While I can make my own versions that are a bit less processed, I still think my expectation was that most of the recipes would have less ready-made ingredients.
Overall, I really enjoy the recipes in this book because they are both delicious and easy to prepare. It will be a nice reference to have on hand if I need a quick side dish or dessert or if I have a large group of people coming over. I think it also has some great potential for dishes to bring to potlucks over the summer (Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie anyone?). Though I’m not sure I would have purchased it for myself, I definitely would purchase it as a gift for some of my friends and family, and in fact, I plan to do just that for a couple of upcoming birthdays.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of Mayim’s Vegan Table at no charge from the publisher. All views and opinions expressed above are my own. None of the links in this post are affiliate links.