If there’s one thing you need to know about me it’s that I love cookbooks and trying new recipes. So when BenBella Books (publisher of Happy Herbivore Abroad) asked if I would be interested in reviewing a copy of the new The China Study Cookbook, this vegetarian immedietly said yes. Even better, I was given an opportunity to share one of the awesome plant-based recipes with you dear readers! (This is one you’re going to want to try, too. Trust me.)
First things first. What is The China Study? Originally published in 2005 by T. Colin Campbell, this book states that the frequent consumption of animal and animal-by products has lead to the increase in chronic illnesses and that plant-based protein sources should be chosen over animal-based for a healthy lifestyle.
Now, not having actually read the original China Study I’m not going to weigh-in on Campbell’s conclusions. Instead, I’m going to share a recipe from the awesome cookbook I received from BenBella Books which was written by Campbell’s daughter, LeAnne.
This recipe is indeed very quick and so so so yummy. I actually used one of the provided Tips and turned them into muffins! I used an ice cream scoop to try and keep them consistent and got 14 muffins out of the batter. They baked for about 25-30 minutes.
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I baked them on a Saturday morning before yoga class and took some to my instructor Jessica and later that day I was meeting up with my vegan friend Lauren and she got some, too. Both loved them. In fact, Jessica had one before class and then as soon as class was done she told me she wanted another muffin.
The China Study Cookbook has specifically left out the nutritional information for all of their recipes, but as I know that’s something that I and my readers are interested in I put everything into the Weight Watchers recipe builder and they come out to 4 points a muffin, which isn’t that bad. If you take out the walnuts it’s only 3 points plus per muffin.
I can already tell this cookbook is going to be used a lot, especially in the colder months because it has some delicious sounding soups and baked goods. Coconut Corn Chowder? Spicy Pumpkin Soup? How about Chocolate Banana Pie or Pineapple Cherry Cake? That’s what I’m talking about, baby.
Love from the ashes,