The China Study Family Cookbook: 100 Recipes to Bring Your Family to the Plant-Based Table

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Giving a thoroughly misleading title to The China Study Family Cookbook is unfortunate. Readers presume this family cookbook is on Chinese cooking. Nevertheless, this purely vegan cookbook presents a collection of nice plant-based but not Chinese recipes. Author Del Stroufe suggests involving everyone in the family, including young children, in menu planning, meal preparation, and cooking. Whether this is realistic in your family is another question. The recipes featured use oil-free cooking and oil- and sugar-free baking. If you are switching from traditional cooking and baking, expect totally different textures and flavors in the final products. The recipes are well-written, suitable for even beginners in the kitchen, using relatively few ingredients that most markets and health food stores carry. Recipes are marked with one or several symbols signifying grains, legumes, roots, leaves, flowers, nuts, mushrooms, and fruits—somewhat confusing and superfluous designations. Recipe layouts are good, though some recipes continue inconveniently on overleaf pages. Photo illustrations are also good. Stroufe likes to use recipe titles from the traditional kitchen, such as chorizo, sausage, cheese sauce, bologna. Most recipes have Notes for the Cook and Recipe Tip notations. The index is cross-referenced and complete.

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Star Count 4/5
Format Trade
Page Count 288 pages
Publisher BenBella Books
Publish Date 2017-May-30
ISBN 9781944648114 Buy this Book
Issue August 2017
Category Cooking, Food & Wine


  1. Holly Scudero

    FYI: The title of this book is in reference to T. Colin Campbell’s “The China Study,” which details the many scientifically-backed health benefits of a whole foods plant-based (vegan) diet. The main study in that book happened–the biggest study on human nutrition ever conducted–happened to take place in rural China.

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