|Betty Goes Vegan – with a tomato as big as a bean bag.|
A lot has happened since growing up in the 70s. If you haven't heard the news, Betty has gone vegan, thanks to first-time authors, husband-and-wife team, Annie and Dan Shannon of Meet The Shannons. They veganized most of Betty Crocker's classic recipes in their freshman cookbook, Betty Goes Vegan: 500 Classic Recipes for the Modern Family
|Banana, Peanut Butter and Chocolate Chip Cookies: Delicious., subtle banana and PB essences|
Betty Goes Vegan is also amazing in its ambition. Do you miss Ceviche? Veganized! Miss Shrimp Scampi? Plant-a-licious. How about New England Clam Chowder? Bingo. You got it – animal-free. No more 'scuses.
|I'm taking these to work tomorrow lest I should eat them all solo.|
|An all-American plate starring the Shannon's easy, tasty Maple-Pecan Crusted Vegan Chicken.|
The only thing I didn't like about this book – and I'm sorry for saying it, guys! – is the structure of most of the recipes. They lean super hard on store-bought mock meats, vegan cheeses, and other processed foods. Yes, the recipes are plant-based. And yes, for a new or busy vegan, they are a good solution. But if we are going to take the emancipation of Betty Crocker to its ultimate pinnacle, doing it with mainly whole foods would have been an awesome coup. Eating processed foods, even vegan ones, is not something I think we should glorify.
|Greek Lemon Soup: Made it because I had all the ingredients. Easy chick-peasy.|
Minor complaints, I know. Bottom line is, this book is perfect for new, busy, and/or lazy vegans.
The nice folks at Grand Central Publishing have offered to give away two, count 'em! – two copies of Betty Goes Vegan to two lucky readers. Just leave a comment with the classic American recipe you'd like to see veganized. Brownie points for liking any [or all!] of us on Facebook or following us on Twitter. I'll announce winners soon. Please make sure there's a way I can contact you [eg, blog, email]. Us residents only, please. Good luck. And good job, Shannons!