Quick Reviews: Plant-Powered Protein Cookbook | Blk + Vegan | Clean Sweets

Here are the latest books I’ve read!

Plant-Powered Protein Cookbook by Vegetarian Times


Protein is the macronutrient that’s on the tip of everyone’s tongue these days, but a protein-rich diet doesn’t have to mean chowing down on giant bowls of beans or plates of egg whites–nor does it have to include meat, fish, or poultry. In this book, the Vegetarian Times editors set the protein story straight, showing you how to meet all your protein needs with delicious, satisfying, easy-to-prepare recipes that fit seamlessly into any lifestyle.


Rating: 4 out of 5.

This massive collection of 200+ recipes looks tasty and provides a nice variety. I like the informative asides about ingredients and cooking methods.

Blk + Vegan by Emani Corcran


Pursue a plant-based diet without sacrificing the dishes you love with these healthy, vegan comfort food recipes that are as delicious as they are nutrient dense. A passion project for long-time vegan and popular food blogger Emani Corcran, this recipe book pays homage to her favorite family dishes and her experiences growing up immersed in Black food culture. Try her vegan twist on Classic Jambalaya, share Caribbean Rice and Beans with friends or savor her aunt’s recipe for mouthwatering spiced waffles.

For vegan newcomers and plant-based lovers alike, these hearty meals are all about honoring your body and celebrating the tasty ingredients that fuel it. No matter what you’re craving, Emani has a nutritious, homestyle recipe to satisfy your appetite.


Rating: 3 out of 5.

The author puts a personal spin on many of the recipes, creating a cookbook that also reads like a diary, as the author states in the introduction. I plan to try some of the recipes, particularly ones from the breakfast and dessert categories. Instructions don’t account for the need to press tofu thoroughly before it can be browned. Recipe blurbs seem a bit salesy and hyperbolic. I found some combinations odd, like Chinese salad ingredients over spaghetti and lentils over mashed potatoes.

Clean Sweets by Arman Liew


Giving up dessert is no fun, so health-savvy folks have long tried to find ways to satisfy a sweet tooth. But so many Paleo–style desserts are complicated, with long lists of hard-to-find ingredients. They also often make too much of a good thing, which is almost as bad as not having it at all. Arman Liew discovered a way to have his cake and eat it too—in decadent creations that indulge the appetite and pack in the nutrients.


Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

Finally, an entire collection of truly easy recipes. Plus, they look delicious and use more nutritious ingredients than traditional desserts. I love how accessible the variations and options are to match whatever your personal stock pantry includes and whatever your personal tastes/dietary needs are. The author’s notes about his experiments to get to the recipes he presents really set this book apart from the rest. Highly recommend.

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