Sushi Modoki
November 1st, 2019 by diane92345

Sushi Modoki means mimicked sushi. This cookbook shows vegans and vegetarians how to create beautiful replicas of famous sushi while not compromising their ethical values.

The book includes seventeen nigiri (thin fish over rice), nine sushi rolls, four chirashi (rice/veggie bowls), four inari (stuffed deep-fried tofu pockets), four oshi (rectangular sushi), seven soups/stocks, nineteen condiments, and four drinks. While the presentation is nice, how much can vegetables mimic the taste of sushi? The author uses clever techniques, like using kombu (kelp) to add a fishy smell and taste to the sushi rice, to overcome this issue.

There is something innately satisfying about creating these works of art. Using tomatoes and red bell peppers as tuna, and Japanese eggplant as eel, is flat-out clever as well as unexpected. If you use tamari rather than regular wheat-based soy sauce, all the recipes are gluten-free. Each recipe includes a color picture making you want to try them all. If only there was nutritional information, Sushi Modoki would be the perfect cookbook. 4 stars!

Thanks to The Experiment and NetGalley for a copy in exchange for my honest review.

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A Very Vegan Halloween
October 23rd, 2019 by diane92345
A Very Vegan Halloween: The Witch’s Cauldron Cookbook
The Vegan Holiday Cookbook Collection #1
Rebecca Henry

My Review

With thirteen snacks, eight main dishes, seventeen desserts, and four drinks, A Very Vegan Halloween allows you to share Halloween with your friends and family without giving up your values.

Just because they are vegan doesn’t mean that these recipes can’t be fun and on theme. Some examples that I liked are:

  • Hocus Pocus Jack-O’-Lanterns made with stuffed bell peppers imitating carved pumpkins
  • Perfect Party Cutie Pumpkins, which are clementines with celery stems (and so cute!)
  • Poltergeist Party Mashed Potatoes made with potatoes and non-dairy milk.

All are made with plain fruits and vegetables. Nothing expensive or hard to locate.

If you are vegan or just want some new ideas for Halloween munchies (while saving a few animals in the process), pick up A Very Vegan Halloween. I am removing one star for not having nutritional information or number of servings. Still, the ideas are charming. 4 stars!

Thanks to the author and Silver Dagger Book Tours for a copy in exchange for my honest review.

Halloween has always been an important holiday in my home and a time for food
and parties. This book contains traditional, bootiful Halloween
recipes prepared from nondairy and cruelty-free ingredients.
With 41 bewitching recipes to chose from, you will have a spooktacular
selection of recipes to inspire your little ghost or goblins to
gobble up their plates! Being a mom of two, and so no stranger to
hosting Halloween parties for little ones, I understand the
importance of presentation. If the food is fun and engaging, children
and adults alike will want to try vegan options. The recipes come
with creative decorating ideas, party suggestions, and terribly
terrifying recipe names, to get your cute little ghouls eager to bake
with you in the kitchen.
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Best-selling Amazon Author of Hybrid: Adapt or Die. Her debut novel was
The Lady Raven: A Dark Cinderella Tale, which was published in 2017.
The Lady Raven is for those who have an infinity for fairy tales
retold with a link to witches, magic and the macabre. Rebecca’s
second novel, Louisiana Latte, a chick-lit comedy was released
February 28th, 2019. Louisiana Latte is a feel-good comedy that
focuses on the bonds of sisters, and how audacious life can be when
you have a diva for one! Rebecca’s third novel Hybrid: Adapt or Die,
is a sci-fi, horror, romance novel. It takes the reader on a wild
ride of government conspiracy theories, ancient aliens but also
touches your heart with a tender love story. Hybrid was released
on August 1st, 2019. Her fourth novel Conjure Lake, a young adult, dark fantasy,
horror novel will be released in 2020. The entire first chapter is
included at the end of Hybrid first edition copies. You can find all
of Rebecca’s books on Amazon.

Rebecca Henry is a world traveler living abroad in England. Besides being an
author, Rebecca is also a podcast talk host on the show The Latte
Talk. The podcast was inspired by her latest novel, Louisiana Latte
and her diva sister Deb. She is a serious vegan, gardener, crafter,
wife, and mom who practices yoga. She loves to laugh, her drug of
choice and loves all things witchy with a hint of the macabre. Her
favorite holiday is Halloween and her favorite movie of all time is
Practical Magic.
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Cover pic
July 19th, 2017 by diane92345

Good variety of recipes that can be cooked in either a crockpot or Instant Pot.


This cookbook has 100 crockpot recipes and each have many variations for gluten-free, paleo, ‘picky eaters’ (i.e. less spicy) or vegan diets. The accompanying photographs look scrumptious. There are many unusual recipes including tomato paste, cream of mushroom soup, fruit butters, yogurt, fruit crisps and other desserts. There are some unusual vegan substitutions like pan cooked lentils for ground beef that I am going to try soon.  The author also includes some excellent cooking tips that I have never heard elsewhere despite my addiction to the Food Network.  My favorite was putting cut potatoes in a water and cream of tartar bath before cooking to avoid them turning brown while cooking, which worked great when I tried it.  I will use this tip in many of my family’s recipes–not just the ones in this book.


The recipes don’t have exotic ingredients or spices that you have to make a special trip to the store to buy. Most of the ingredients would be in a typical family’s fridge or pantry. I liked that the author included substitutions for items you may not have on hand, or just don’t like, along with any timing differences that might be required. The two dishes that I prepared were simple and tasty. I’m looking forward to trying a few more soon. I only have one complaint. There is no calorie or nutritional information with any of the recipes so I deducted one star for that oversight. However, I would still recommend this book.


I want to thank the publisher, Time Inc. Books, and netgalley for the advance reader copy in exchange for my honest review. This book will be released on September 5, 2017.

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