NAKED FOOD BOOK CLUB REVIEW
Book Title: The Reducetarian Cookbook
Author: Edited by Brian Kateman; Recipes by Pat Crocker
Publisher / Release Date: Center Street, September 18, 2018
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WHAT IS NEW:
We have to admit, we were skeptical about this book. Other “reductionist” cookbooks cut back on the meat, eggs, and dairy but still include them as a way to ease people into a vegan diet gently. However, I was pleasantly surprised: this book has all 100% vegan recipes. The focus is on demonstrating that eating vegan isn’t just a bunch of boring salads, and Kateman and Crocker succeed handily with The Reductionist Cookbook.
WHAT IS AUTHENTIC:
Brian Kateman is cofounder and president of the Reducetarian Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to reducing consumption of meat, eggs, and dairy to create a healthy, sustainable, and compassionate world. His philosophy—together with a forward written by Deepak Chopra, MD—will speak to even the most steadfast follower of the Standard American Diet (SAD) and convince them to give WFPB eating a try.
WHAT IS KIND:
The Reducetarian Cookbook has something for everyone. With pot pies, stews, enchiladas, curries, salads, granolas, desserts and more, Kateman does a great job of giving skeptics a broad range of items to try.
WHAT IS ENLIGHTENED:
Kateman includes a “Reducetarian Manifesto” at the beginning of the book, which is comprised of four main guiding principles: 1) It’s not “all-or-nothing”; the point is progress, not perfection on your journey to WFPB eating; 2) Incremental change is worth of celebration. Although it would be great if everyone went vegan “cold turkey” (so to speak), small steps are still steps in the right direction. 3) All motivations matter, regardless of WHY you want to make the switch, doing so still benefits you, the animals, and the environment, and 4) we’re all on the same team.
IS THIS BOOK FOR YOU?
This is the book for you if you are “on the fence” about switching to a plant-based diet. The recipes healthfully covert familiar “omnivore” dishes into delicious and healthful vegan masterpieces.
STAR RATING? (1 to 5): 4 (The loss of one star is because of the inclusion of added oils in some recipes).