The VB6 Cookbook by Mark Bittman

I just have to say, I love this cookbook. The VB6 Cookbook is an extension of the original healthy living book. You don’t need to own that book to figure out the ‘vegan before 6’ formula. Bittman gives a pretty thorough explanation of the program in the beginning of this cookbook.

From Amazon:

Following up on his bestselling diet plan, VB6, the incomparable Mark Bittman delivers a full cookbook of recipes designed to help you eat vegan every day before 6:00 p.m.–and deliciously all of the time.

Whether you call it felxitarian, part-time veganism, or vegetable-centric, the plant-based, real-food approach to eating introduced in Bittman’s New York Times bestselling book VB6 has helped countless people regain their good health, control their weight, and forge a smarter, more ethical relationship with food. VB6 does away with the hard and fast rules, the calorie-counting, and the portion control of conventional diets; it’s a regimen that is designed to be easy toa dopt and stick to for a lifetime.

When Bittman committed to a vegan before 6:00 pm diet, he quickly realized that everything about it became easier if he cooked his own meals at home. In The VB6 Cookbook he makes this proposition more convenient than you could imagine. Drawing on a varied and enticing pantry of vegan staples strategically punctuated with “treat” foods (including meat and other animal products), he has created a versatile repertoire of recipes that makes following his plan simple, satisfying, and sustainable.

Breakfasts, the most challenging meal of the day for some vegans, are well represented here, with a full range of hot cereals, whirl-and-go-dairy free smoothies, toast toppers, and brunch-worthy entrees. Lunches include hearty soupls, sandwiches, beans, grains, and pastas to pack along wherever the day takes you, and more than a dozen snack recipes provide the perfect afternoon pick-me-up to banish the vending-machine cravings that can undo a day of eating well. Dinners are flexitarian, focusing on vegetable-forward meals that are augmented by a range of animal products for fullest flavor, satisfaction, and nutrient density. A chapter devoted entirely to “building blocks”–make-ahead components you mix and match–ensures that a flavorful and healthy meal is never more than a few minutes away.
If you’ve thought of trying a vegan diet but worry it’s too monotonous or unfamiliar, or simply don’t want to give up foods you love to eat, Bittman’s vegan and flexitarian recipes will help you cook your way to a new, varied and quite simply better way of eating you can really commit to…for life.

I just have to say, these recipes are amazing. I find eating vegetarian for most of the day so I have a feeling this is a great way to go. If I don’t want to eat meat for dinner I don’t have to. I can simply find another vegetarian recipe and go about my meal. If I decide to have meat, this flexitarian plan allows for that.

There are tons of photos to keep you drooling. Bittman does an phenomenally job of writing and capturing readers attention. Thats hard to come by in books like this. You all know I am a sucker for a cookbook with stories and good photos.

I can’t wait to start sharing some of these fabulous recipes with you.

Disclosure: I received this book free  from the publisher as part of a review program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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  1. I am not vegan, but my sister in law is and I Bet she will love this cookbook. I will def tell her about it.

  2. Sounds like an awesome cookbook. I bet my daughter would enjoy it as she does not eat dairy or very much meat.

  3. This sounds like a great cookbook. My 6 year old would really like to eat more vegan, so I would love to see what I could come up. With!

  4. I am not a vegetarian or vegan but definitely flock toward fresh fruits and vegetables. I would love to have some new healthy recipes to incorporate into our meal plans.

  5. This sounds like a great cookbook. I will have to go check it out on Amazon. I have been trying to eat more veggies and fruits.

  6. I really love Mark Bittman’s books and have several. This is an interesting concept. I just got back from an intensive three day grilling and smoking workshop so it has been all day carnovorism for me! This sounds like a great time to experiment with the V6 concept.

    1. Smoked meats are my favorite. My husbands cousin raises his own cows and then every year they slaughter one and divide it in 4. Some years we share the 1/4th with someone. This year we want our own quarter. I dont eat a lot of meat because I am really picky about it.

  7. I am really trying to move towards a vegan lifestyle. I’m going to go check out this cookbook on Amazon.

  8. I’m not vegan, but I’ve thought about incorporating more vegan dishes in my meal planning. Maybe this cookbook would be for me.

  9. I want to read this book so bad! My readers would love it as well. I’m going to have to read this since I kind of already do this.

  10. This is the perfect cookbook for my husband to try. I love getting recipes from cookbook for him. It’s easy to run out of ideas.

  11. This sounds so interesting. I would love to cut down on animal products and I think this cookbook could really get me started.

  12. I can’t say that I’ve heard of this cookbook, but this post has definitely piqued my interest and I want to know more about it, so I’m going DL a copy for the ride to Florida! I can’t wait to read it. I think it will really help my MIL!

  13. Great images are important for any book. There are so many recipes out there and I find myself doing the same ones. I need to really try new ones more often, something of challenge.

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