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The Colorful family table

       Seasonal Plant-Based Recipes for the Whole Family

                         by Ilene Godofsky Moreno

                                             Reviewed by Diane Lawton

Ilene Godofsky Moreno is also the author of The Colourful Kitchen as well as a being a health coach. I felt in good hands reviewing her book, as she lives the life of a vegan with her young family.


Her recipes are written for the novice and she gives simple shopping tips to make cooking the dishes easier. There is little sophisticated kitchen equipment to worry about.


The pages are bursting with colour, making the dishes look appetizing and fun, especially for children and fussy eaters. I also like, that along with the dish, she might suggest other vegan foods that accompany it.


My favorite recipes were things I would never have considered putting on the table: Brussel Sprout Chips, Pumpkin-Stuffed Pumpkin Mac n Cheese, Watermelon and Tofu Feta Salad and Apple Soup.


For a vegan chef looking for original ideas, or anyone new to the vegan lifestyle, jump right in, she is full of culinary surprises.


I loved her take on chickpeas, which when plain boiled can be tasteless and boring, but with pumpkin spiced chickpeas, my tongue was hanging out to try it.


The recipes are mostly for an American audience, and if you can source or replace ingredients like pumpkin dry spice, maple syrup, and cashew cheese, this book would work for you.


As a writer, I did find the introduction about her life before a move to plant-based living, along with shopping tips, rather long. It takes up 10% of the book.


Personally, I wanted to get straight to the wonderful recipes.


I received a complimentary copy of this book through BenBella Books, via NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

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