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Book Review: The China Study Cookbook

The China Study Cookbook, by Leanne Campbell, was one of the first cookbooks to mark my nutritional shift. It was my first exposure to a plant based diet, and what a great introduction it was. The recipes in this book are made with common ingredients that are easy to find and keep on hand. Better yet, many of the ingredients are shared between recipes. Once you start cooking with these recipes regularly, you will grow accustomed to stocking certain items in your pantry and refrigerator, and meals are easy to make in a moment’s notice.



  • Full color pictures of most recipes
  • Easy-to-find ingredients
  • Short prep-time (30 min avg)
  • Plant-based alternatives to everyday meals


  • Many recipes contain wheat, be prepared to substitute if GF
  • Lots of beans, which is only a con if that’s something you’re averse to. Beans are an important nutrient source, especially for plant eaters.
  • Some recipes are bland. Be prepared to add salt and/or fresh herbs.
  • Non-sexy recipes. Most of these are not the type of meals you make to impress your friends at a dinner party. They are practical meals for every day of the week.


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