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The Herbivorous Butcher Cookbook

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I really enjoyed reading this cookbook! This book is a great addition for vegans, vegetarians, and people looking for non-meat alternatives. It's unique in the way that it offers recipes that replace meat favorites like fried chicken. Yes, there's a recipe for meatless fried chicken. There are also lots of recipes for side dishes that compliment the plant-based mains. I especially liked the section with recipes for "beef stock" and vegan mayo. A must read for vegans who want to add plant-based meats to their cooking rotation.
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This is cookbook is OUTSTANDING. Delicious and unique recipeis for all levels of cooks. Eating meatless has never tasted so good! Thank you so much for a copy of this book! I'll definitely be purchasing a printed copy.
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There are so many recipes in this book, from basic "meats" to dishes that feature them to sides to sauces. There are gorgeous photos of everything, which is helpful when you're trying to create something you likely haven't made before (unless you commonly make homemade vegan Spam).

Most of the "meat" recipes are pretty basic, so you can use them in all kinds of dishes, beyond just those included here.

I'll preface this part by saying I own a lot of vegan cookbooks and have made all manner of vegan foods over the last 20 years. My pantry is well-stocked, and I'd say I'm well-versed in niche vegan ingredients. I'm familiar with the commonly used ingredients in this book, but I think it would be helpful for an ingredients section for people that are not. There are some tips and sourcing info below recipes throughout, but a standalone guide would be helpful to some. Even I, for example, didn't know about red beet powder - is it just for color? Taste? Who knows.

All that said, I can't wait to try all of them becuase they make everything look and sound delicious.
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Meatless Mondays will never be the same! Gorgeous book and some really unique recipes.  I’m not a vegan but this book shows you how easy it would be to leave meat behind. 

   Thanks to the publisher for a quick peek and I voluntarily left this opinion.
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This is a great vegan "meat" cookbook that's packed with gorgeous photos of just about every recipe. I was vegan in my past and still lean towards a plant based diet even though I'm keto now, with a focus on whole foods. I'm very familiar with making seitan and that's what almost all of these recipes are, just variations. For those who don't know, seitan is a very meat-like substance that you make by making a sort of dough out of vital wheat gluten and then generally marinating, boiling and/or steaming it. It has a good chew to it and the marinades can impart wonderful flavors so you can make a beefy tasting one or a chicken flavored one or whatever based on the quality of broths you boil or marinate it in. It slices well and you can shape it into shapes like sausages, steaks, chops, etc. or chop it. These recipes are basically all seitan variations, and then there are sides and dishes that use the "meats" in all kinds of tasty ways.

Some of my kids are vegetarian and all of my kids used to love seitan, but most of our whole family has realized they're allergic to gluten so dishes made of nothing but gluten are just not an option. Even for people who aren't sensitive or allergic, if you eat that much gluten for long you're likely to develop a sensitivity. It's a lot! The recipes call for several cups of vital wheat gluten each, which is the concentrated (processed) wheat protein. There's also a sad lack of plants in this plant based cookbook. One of the authors admits to hating most veggies and it kind of shows. These are wonderful recipes to make if you miss meat and/or want some really fancy meals as treats, but for day to day I'd suggest adding a lot more salads, stir fries and maybe just some (gasp) plain old well seasoned organic tofu for better health.

That's not to say that it's not a fabulous cookbook! It's got creative, tasty recipes for those who can do gluten and want to learn to make vegan "meat" dishes.

No nutrition information is provided for the recipes.

I read a temporary digital ARC of this book for review.
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This book looks amazing.  Chock-full of beautiful photos and delicious sounding recipes.    It starts out with recipes to make the “meats” and then moves on to recipes using those”meats”.  All the recipes sound so yummy it makes me want to go out and source some Vital Wheat Gluten.   Honestly speaking, buying it would probably be as far as this unadventurous cook would get but this book sure makes me want to give it a shot.  There are non meat recipes in here as well and it’s for sure I’m gonna be attempting Nana’s Chamorro Sweet Bread.  This book is a treat just to peruse.
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<b> The Herbivorous Butcher </b> is a cookbook that showcases plant based meats and recipes where the authors are dedicating this book to positive environmental changes that may occur from the impact of their book and lifestyle changes.

The cover looks tasty, first off! It's a clean way to describe about the inside content.

Broken up into 8 chapters, there's content that covers soups, sides, meat made without meat and more. 

I enjoyed reading about the authors', Aubry and Kale, stories in the beginning before diving in. It set a pace and understanding for their background and while they felt passionate to write this cookbook. 

The photography and clean black/white color palette for the text/background throughout the book was refreshing and easy on the eyes. Recipes like Cherry-Glazed Rib Rack, Chinese Ramen, and even Kale's Pizza Dough were all highlights when we marked which ones we'd like to try first.

5 Stars. Would recommend. We haven't gone fully meat-free within our home, but I'm excited to try new recipe and have a better understanding of how we could incorporate this more within our diet, while being safe and understanding of vitamins, etc. 

<b>Thanks to the publisher, Chronicle Books, the authors, and NetGalley for providing me with an ARC copy to read and review. Review will also be posted to my blog (, GoodReads, TikTok (@unearthingeco), as well as NetGalley reviews.</b>
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A wonderful book about a cuisine I have not thought much about: vegan meats! A bountiful barbecue cookbook, complete with sides, all made from the plants that grow from the ground instead of the animals that walk on it. Wonderfully done.
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Much needed cookbook. Many are turning to plant-based for health and environmental reasons and this cookbook is LOADED. Loaded with ideas, great recipes, a lot of recipes at that, and well done.  Well photographed and it covers it all.

There is every alternative to everyone's favorite classics in this book.

I would like to thank NetGalley and the publisher, Chronicle Book for the opportunity to read and review The Herbivorous Butcher Cookbook
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5 I've-been-searching-for-this, beautifully-vegan, plant-based stars for this one of a kind vegan meats cookbook~!

I've been in and out of veganism, vegetarianism, and pescatarianism for many years now - for the animals, the planet, and my health. Throughout my journey of cutting out more meats and dairy from my diet, I have always wished I had a cookbook of VEGAN MEATS!~ Perhaps one of the hardest alternative parts of changing diet and lifestyle, vegan meats can be hard to really get right. I've had some solid ones at various vegan restaurants, but I've never been able to create my own from scratch. 

These recipes range from pepperoni to foie gras [faux gras?] in terms of meats and cuts. If there's something you are craving and/or trying to find an alternative recipe to... it's in here. Very excited about the wide range of "meats" there are recipes for! 

There is a whole entire section devoted to sauces, which I am also particularly stoked about. I struggled in the past [with much culinary enthusiasm though!] to craft a "mac and cheese" that didn't taste like vegetables and paste... lol. Very excited to try the "cheese" sauce on some pasta noodles and compare to what I've tried thus far. OH! And did someone say.. elotes? :)

As far as all main sections, we've got main meals, soups, sides, meats, large plates, snacks, sammiches, and sauces covered in this cookbook. 10/10 for variety and content. I love that there are a wide variety of cultural foods as well, and it's not simply what you would look for in traditional American cuisine. 

A huge thanks to NetGalley and Chronicle Books for this digital ARC! Also, if you're reading this and feeling extra generous, I would LOVE LOVE LOVE a hard copy of this to have in my kitchen. This is truly an incredible and one of a kind cookbook. 

I'll have to venture and visit The Herbivorous Butcher shop one day!
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There are some really mouthwatering photos to accompany the recipes. This book covers a lot of different types of food areas and to make vegan meals for those missing the meat but want to make a better veggie choices.
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If ever there was a book that made my mouth water from cover to cover it would be 'The Herbivorous Butcher Cookbook.' What Aubry and Kale Walch have done for the Vegan community by making these tried and true recipes available after going through all the work of testing them is invaluable! The recipes are diverse, well organized, easy to follow, and thorough enough that even a beginner home cook can follow along to find success. With this book I can easily find options that will make their way into my menu rotation, and satisfy both the vegans and the meat eaters in my household.
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This is a great recipe book if you are interested in using wheat gluten or if you want to make your own fake meats. There are a few basic “meat” recipes that are then built upon throughout the rest of the book, along with a few sides. If you are not really interested in making your own vegan “bologna” or “ribs”, this book probably isn’t for you.
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Aubrey and Kale Walch are doing something very special with their butcher shop The Herbivorous Butcher in Minnesota, and everyone should be paying attention. This book is a deep dive into the recipes that they crafted as they changed their lifestyle but wanted to continue to have access to meat and dairy like products. Growing up, food and connecting over food has always been a staple of their culture. It was important to them to keep these traditions and connections alive over food - these recipes are their versions of beloved family meals that were traditionally meat and dairy based but now feature plant based ingredients. 

The book opens with a wonderful intro to Aubrey and Kale - right off the bat you can see that this book is very human. They make themselves and their recipes approachable through their writing - it felt like hanging out with a friend. I wanted to review this book because I saw them on Diners, Drive Ins, and Dives back in the day and assumed that it would be impossible for me to make any of these meats at home. I was so wrong! They are using accessible ingredients that can be found anywhere and the processes require no special machinery. In fact, the meats and recipes that can be found in this book are much simpler and healthier than a lot of the factory made meat alternatives you can find on the grocery store shelves these days. 

I am obsessed with this book and this concept - shoutout to Aubrey and Kale who were doing the alternative meats before they were everywhere. This book is a testament to their passion for this work. 

The Herbivorous Butcher Cookbook comes out on August 16, 2022 - I am pre-ordering my copy today. Thank you to NetGalley and Chronicle Books for the ARC in exchange for my honest reviews.
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A truly unique vegan cookbook! I've never seen anything quite like this. I loved the ingenuity of all the sumptuous plant-based "meats." The accompanying photography is stunning. I think the recipes will appeal to herbivores and omnivores a like. A great addition for the home chef! 

Thank you Chronicle Books and NetGalley for providing this ARC. All thoughts are my own.
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The Herbivourous Butcher Cookbook drew me in with its title and that delicious looking sandwich on the cover. It hooked me with the authors' down-to-earth commentary and creative, different recipes. The pictures featured alongside each recipe literally make my mouth water.

The intros to each section of the cookbook and each recipe left a smile on my face. The authors, Aubry and Kale, are witty and made me feel like a friend. I LOVE that they've included their own Spotify playlist, and some of their favorite podcasts too. 

Some of the recipes are labor-intinsive, but the results seem to be well worth the effort in the end. I cannot wait to try out every single one of them!

I hope to one day visit Herbivourous Butcher in person to see it in all its glory. It sounds like it is beautiful inside, but until then this wonderful cookbook will have to tide me over.

I highly recommend this cookbook, and will most definitely be purchasing a physical copy when it is available!
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I received a copy of this book through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

This is an interesting recipe book!

There's a lot of interesting plant-based meals you can make with this book. There's a variety of recipes to make fake meat, cheese, etc. to put together meals. The recipes are in both grams and cups. The book also refers to meat throughout the book, but gives recipes for the "meat" in the book. While some of the recipes are time intensive, it is an interesting find.
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