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“You know that old saying If you can eat, you can cook? I truly believe that. I also believe that if you can imagine, you can create. That’s what making your own rules in the kitchen is about. That’s what this book is about. It’s about you. It’s about the food you eat. It’s about what you choose to put in your body on any given day. It’s about how easy it is to have a life “You know that old saying If you can eat, you can cook? I truly believe that. I also believe that if you can imagine, you can create. That’s what making your own rules in the kitchen is about. That’s what this book is about. It’s about you. It’s about the food you eat. It’s about what you choose to put in your body on any given day. It’s about how easy it is to have a life in the kitchen that doesn’t take over your life elsewhere. It’s also about having fun. So, are you in or are you out?” In Make Your Own Rules Cookbook, Strala Yoga founder, fashion designer, and entrepreneur Tara Stiles presents more than 100 mouthwatering recipes inspired by her international travels, her Midwestern roots, and her daily life in NYC. Offering up a delightful helping of plant-based meals, juices, smoothies, salads, sides, and desserts, she shares healthy spins on not-sohealthy classics, including such dishes as Spaghetti Uh-Ohs, Fit Elvis, and Twinkie Cake. Tara prides herself on making healthy living easy and effortless for all people, and this cookbook holds the same philosophy. With full-color photos throughout, the Make Your Own Rules Cookbook takes you by the hand and shows you how fun it can be to make your own rules in the kitchen.


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“You know that old saying If you can eat, you can cook? I truly believe that. I also believe that if you can imagine, you can create. That’s what making your own rules in the kitchen is about. That’s what this book is about. It’s about you. It’s about the food you eat. It’s about what you choose to put in your body on any given day. It’s about how easy it is to have a life “You know that old saying If you can eat, you can cook? I truly believe that. I also believe that if you can imagine, you can create. That’s what making your own rules in the kitchen is about. That’s what this book is about. It’s about you. It’s about the food you eat. It’s about what you choose to put in your body on any given day. It’s about how easy it is to have a life in the kitchen that doesn’t take over your life elsewhere. It’s also about having fun. So, are you in or are you out?” In Make Your Own Rules Cookbook, Strala Yoga founder, fashion designer, and entrepreneur Tara Stiles presents more than 100 mouthwatering recipes inspired by her international travels, her Midwestern roots, and her daily life in NYC. Offering up a delightful helping of plant-based meals, juices, smoothies, salads, sides, and desserts, she shares healthy spins on not-sohealthy classics, including such dishes as Spaghetti Uh-Ohs, Fit Elvis, and Twinkie Cake. Tara prides herself on making healthy living easy and effortless for all people, and this cookbook holds the same philosophy. With full-color photos throughout, the Make Your Own Rules Cookbook takes you by the hand and shows you how fun it can be to make your own rules in the kitchen.

30 review for Make Your Own Rules Cookbook: More Than 100 Simple, Healthy Recipes Inspired by Family and Friends Around the World

  1. 4 out of 5

    Kristie

    1.5✭ This cookbook was not for me. The whole beginning of the book was the author giving us a little bit of her history, such as how started cooking and creating, discussing her philosophy on cooking, and even a meditation on imagining your perfect kitchen. There is advice on cleaning out your pantry / fridge, including both tossing old foods and physically cleaning the storage areas. There is a lot of talking about herself, her reasons, her thoughts & feelings, and advice (don’t use plastic cont 1.5✭ This cookbook was not for me. The whole beginning of the book was the author giving us a little bit of her history, such as how started cooking and creating, discussing her philosophy on cooking, and even a meditation on imagining your perfect kitchen. There is advice on cleaning out your pantry / fridge, including both tossing old foods and physically cleaning the storage areas. There is a lot of talking about herself, her reasons, her thoughts & feelings, and advice (don’t use plastic containers, nonstick pans, or antibacterial soap!). Basically, I got bored and skimmed some parts. It just seemed a bit preachy to me and I wasn’t expecting (or needing) someone to tell me how to clean and prep my kitchen for cooking. The recipes didn’t even begin until page 42 of my e-copy. The recipes...There are sections for: Beverages, Breakfast, Snacks, Soups, Salads, Sandwiches & Wraps, Sides, Mains, and Dessert. There are some interesting recipes in this book, but none that I can’t wait to try. It seems that the author and I have very different tastes in food. She uses a lot of hot sauce and some really spicy ingredients (red pepper flakes, jalepenos, etc) and I’m not a fan of anything too spicy. There are other ingredients that I don’t care for also, but that is just my personal taste. The desserts looked good and I’d like to try berry cupcakes, but I wouldn’t go out to buy a recipe book just for a couple of dessert recipes. This book contained a lot of little personal stories that continued throughout the cookbook, specifically with stories behind recipes. Some of the stories were cute. There were also a lot of pictures throughout, though not necessarily of each recipe. I did like the idea of the interesting drinks with a purpose, such as to prevent jetlag or illness. However, again not enough to make me really interested in the book. Overall, I think if you are looking for advice on how to set up your kitchen, what products to use, etc, this may work for you. Also, if your tastes run similar to the author’s you may find many recipes you love, as her ingredients are very repetitive. For me, this book just didn’t work. Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for providing me with a PDF of this book for review.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Cynthia Corral

    It’s going to be a great season for new vegan cookbooks, and right now I’m putting Make Your Own Rules on the top of my list. It can be hard for vegans to find recipes that are truly new, delicious AND easy to make – pick any two, you can’t have all three. And there are only a few vegan cookbooks that truly bring something new to the table and are worth shelling out money for. Make Your Own Rules Cookbook is chock full of some really new and interesting recipes, using simple ingredients with exac It’s going to be a great season for new vegan cookbooks, and right now I’m putting Make Your Own Rules on the top of my list. It can be hard for vegans to find recipes that are truly new, delicious AND easy to make – pick any two, you can’t have all three. And there are only a few vegan cookbooks that truly bring something new to the table and are worth shelling out money for. Make Your Own Rules Cookbook is chock full of some really new and interesting recipes, using simple ingredients with exactly enough spices for flavoring, and very simple instructions. The majority of these recipes involve mixing everything in a bowl, pot or pan, cooking up, and combining with rice, beans, or more veggies. Or simply “Blend and drink”. “Blend and spread on bread”. The ingredients are easy for any cook to find, even non-vegans won’t have any trouble locating nutritional yeast, tofu or coconut milk. Many recipes contain some combination of ginger, hot sauce, red pepper flakes and/or coconut milk, so you won’t find bland food but you also won’t find rare, expensive spices either. This is one of those great books that are not just for vegans. These recipes are for anyone who wants to start eating clean, to get away from processed foods without spending hours in the kitchen, or who just enjoys simple, refreshing food. One of my favorite breakfasts is a big dose of roasted red pepper hummus on toast with sliced tomatoes, baby spinach and pepper. Tara Stiles has a new version called “Red Pepper Posh Toast” and it’s going to become a new staple breakfast food in my house. You’ll find other new twists on ordinary foods, such as Olive Guacamole and Grilled Coconut Corn. Her recipe for Beet Crisps contains the perfect blend of sweet and salty goodness, and you’ll find yourself buying bushels of beets just to keep these around. You’ll be munching on these like Doritos, but they are 1000% better for you. Remind me to ask for a mandolin for Christmas. She has a new recipe for vegan Cheesy Sauce which has the perfect hint of heat to make it great for nachos. Her Creamy Spinach-Radish Sandwich is fresh enough for summer lunches but hearty enough for winter too. There’s a recipe for Easy Pesto and Shells using crushed pecans instead of those terribly expensive pine nuts. And she promises a Not-Mushy Veggie Burger, which is baked. I have not verified her “not-mushy” claim yet, but the ingredients make it sound plausible, and I always like to try new baked veggie burgers. Is your mouth watering yet? She has a super simple recipe for Spaghetti Oh Yes! Made with coconut milk. A recipe for Grilled Pineapple and Rice. And also… LIME CAKE. (OMGYUMYUMNOMNOMNOM) What more could you ask? Well, how about page after page of beautiful photos, one for just about every recipe. There are long sections explaining how to arrange your kitchen for clean cooking, and instructions for stocking a clean pantry. And for fans of Tara Stiles, plenty of ideas for meditation and living in your Happy Place. This book would make a great gift for a new bride, someone moving into their first apartment, anyone who wants to learn how to eat clean or switch to a healthier life, and of course for vegans, vegetarians and people who love good, homemade food but don’t have a lot of time. You don’t have to “know how to cook” to use this book, anyone can follow these instructions and build a new healthy life for their family. This book was provided to me by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review, and this was easy-peasy: FIVE full stars, and someone please get me this for Christmas!!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Samantha Arias

    If you like super simple, uncomplicated, healthy food, this book is for you. Even when some of the ingredients lists might be long, the recipes in this book are still super easy and quick to make. And really I’d consider the ingredients lists to range from short to average, not many would I think of as being long. There is a range of cooked and raw foods in this book and plenty of gluten free options. What I loved most about this book, is it kept the processed or fake vegan items to a minimum. M If you like super simple, uncomplicated, healthy food, this book is for you. Even when some of the ingredients lists might be long, the recipes in this book are still super easy and quick to make. And really I’d consider the ingredients lists to range from short to average, not many would I think of as being long. There is a range of cooked and raw foods in this book and plenty of gluten free options. What I loved most about this book, is it kept the processed or fake vegan items to a minimum. Most of everything in this book started from fresh fruits and veggies. I love store bought vegan dupes, but when buying a cook book, I don’t want every recipe to center around them. I like a bit of creativity, you know? Show me your personal take on them. I liked that the recipes had inspiration from around the world; though most of the inspiration surrounded around Asian culture. The pictures in the book were really nice, good quality photos. Not all the recipes had photos and not all the photos were of the recipe. So if you’re someone who likes visuals of potential dishes, I’d keep that in mind. While my overall view of the book was positive, I found a few negatives. Some of the recipes were quite alike, especially with the use of curry powder. Curry powder tends to take the forefront of flavor when used and it’s used a lot. I just wish there was a bit more variety. Also some of the dishes seemed too simple to me. For example, the pad thai. There are two different versions of the dish in the book, the lazy one(basically noodles and sauce) and the gourmet version. And honestly, there isn’t much difference. The gourmet version just adds onions, peanuts and bean sprouts. I kind of expected to find tofu in the recipe seeing as its vegan friendly plus it’s a traditional pad thai ingredient. Now the sauce is different but once again incorporates curry powder. If you’re going to provide two different versions of the same dish, you should step it up a bit more on the second version. Back on the positive side, one dish that really surprised me was the olive guacamole. It’s my new favorite dish. I tweaked it a bit since I’m not a huge fan of heat in my guac but, it was amazing; finished the entire batch by myself lol! I don’t know why I never thought of pairing the two before. Lord knows I put olives in everything. You gotta try it! My overall rating of the book I’d say is between 3.5-4 stars. It’s simple easy food that you can whip up in minutes that will leave you feeling healthy and happy. *~ARC kindly provided via Net Galley in exchange for a honest review~*

  4. 5 out of 5

    Tara - Running 'n' Reading

    While I do not practice a vegetarian/vegan lifestyle, I do enjoy recipes that are easy and include ingredients that are equal parts wholesome, unprocessed and easy to find in my local grocery store. Tara Stiles has definitely hit all of those requirements for me and, in addition, she's made it lots of fun in this cookbook. "I hear so many people say that they're too busy, confused, unskilled, or simply uninspired. Whatever your reason, I'm here to show you that you can choose to step into the kit While I do not practice a vegetarian/vegan lifestyle, I do enjoy recipes that are easy and include ingredients that are equal parts wholesome, unprocessed and easy to find in my local grocery store. Tara Stiles has definitely hit all of those requirements for me and, in addition, she's made it lots of fun in this cookbook. "I hear so many people say that they're too busy, confused, unskilled, or simply uninspired. Whatever your reason, I'm here to show you that you can choose to step into the kitchen at any moment.[...]Trust me; you don't have to have tons of time or chef-like precision - or those insane chopping skills - to make delicious food. The recipes in this book will prove that to you." This statement is certainly cemented throughout this book and I'm so glad she stuck to her convictions! I began admiring Stiles' work years ago, through her yoga offerings, and I find her very down-to-earth and relatable; I love that she shares personal stories that allow readers to connect with her philosophy around food (why do we have to label foods as "good and bad?") and she makes it easy to find new favorites that, for me, were certainly much more creative and fun than the recipes I come up with myself! Some of my current favorites are the Coconut Parfait (categorized as a breakfast dish), Mango Salsa (in the snacks section), Veggie Casserole and the Creamed Quinoa (both from the Mains section); there are so many that I still want to try! No matter your personal dietary preferences, I would highly recommend this cookbook for some fresh ideas and a positive message on self care and food enjoyment

  5. 4 out of 5

    Kim

    This is a visually stunning cookery book- full of enticing photos and recipes. It feels as though you are chatting to a great friend about your favourite food and picking up some nice recipes to try at home. It states that it has more than 100 simple and healthy recipes inspired by family and friends around the world - and you really feel you are sharing in that journey! You could sit and look at the photos and really enjoy browsing- aswell as bookmarking several recipes to try for the family. I p This is a visually stunning cookery book- full of enticing photos and recipes. It feels as though you are chatting to a great friend about your favourite food and picking up some nice recipes to try at home. It states that it has more than 100 simple and healthy recipes inspired by family and friends around the world - and you really feel you are sharing in that journey! You could sit and look at the photos and really enjoy browsing- aswell as bookmarking several recipes to try for the family. I particularly like the sound of Mushroom Tacos and Creamy Mushroom Bake and have bookmarked the Hash Browns to accompany tonight's dinner. It also has several desserts and cake recipes ad the Strawberry Gooey Shortcake sounds well worth sampling! With many thanks to the publisher and Net Galley for the chance to read through this book- I can't wait to try the recipes.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Jenn Ballmann

    I was sent a copy of the book for review through NetGalley, as always, all opinions are my own. The first 40+ pages left me wanting to skim right through, I had pretty much lost interest before I even reached the recipes. This is such a shame because many of the recipes sound delicious and the photos are mouthwatering. Perhaps if I was familiar with Tara Stiles I would have been more invested in finishing the book, but I was left feeling like the focus wasn’t on the food, but instead herself.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Julie Gentile

    This book was inspirational and practical: two ways to help others lead a healthier lifestyle.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

    I was not the audience for this cookbook, but I do appreciate a book full of vegan recipes.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Heydi Smith

    I really enjoyed this out of the box, simple, healthy cookbook. There’s many recipes I want to try and actually have the ingredients for.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Anna Boyett

    This review was made possible by NetGalley, who provided a Digital Advanced Release Copy for review (DARC); my review of the material may not wholly reflect the final product upon its publication. I honestly don't know how to feel about this one. I've never been a huge fan of Tara Stiles in the first place (super crunchy white yogini, and all that)... But this book is... The best word I can think of to describe it is confusing; overall, there is just too much going on here. Firstly, there are more This review was made possible by NetGalley, who provided a Digital Advanced Release Copy for review (DARC); my review of the material may not wholly reflect the final product upon its publication. I honestly don't know how to feel about this one. I've never been a huge fan of Tara Stiles in the first place (super crunchy white yogini, and all that)... But this book is... The best word I can think of to describe it is confusing; overall, there is just too much going on here. Firstly, there are more pictures than are necessary; Savor: Rustic Recipes Inspired by Forest, Field, and Farm did the combination of food and artistic photography incredibly well, but Make Your Own Rules pales drastically by comparison. It's distracting when almost every other page is just picture after picture after picture- many times with multiples stuck alongside one another on a vibrant, textured background that ultimately detracts from the images. Furthermore, the overall design- while it looks good if you don't actually want to read anything- is busy and overwhelming; there's too much texture, too many pictures, too many things going on from start to finish. In particular, I am especially not at all a fan of mixed matched fonts, font sizes, or any such thing- which this book has in metric tons; Make Your Own Rules looks like a "How Not to Design 101" course threw up among its page. Looking at it, I feel like one of those Comic Sans Posters (you know the ones), and it makes the Graphic Designer in me want to cry and beg for mercy; you have one page with super large font and a bright background immediately followed by a plain background continuation in "normal" font... Honestly, I can't even imagine what her designer and / or layout editor was thinking. I also don't understand why Meditations are included. I'm definitely not surprised given the author... But they felt like unnecessary and irrelevant additions to the book, mostly provided to bulk it up. In fact, that's how much of the text felt within the book; the focus seems to be less on the food and more about her: Her stories, her thoughts, her reasons, her beliefs, her Yoga, her methods, and on and on and on. And when reading a recipe book I'm not really interested in any of that unless it adds to the book in a positive manner. But in Stiles' book it just detracted from it; I found myself skim reading and wound up having lost practically all interest in the content by the time I even got to the recipes at all. That being said, if you can get past the sheer strangeness of certain areas, it does have decent information in it in a few areas- most notably the areas concerning how to clean out your kitchen and prep meals. However, the recipes (once I trudged through the mostly irrelevant and predominantly annoying stuff to find them) are not things that I would personally want to eat. Some certainly sound good, but you can tell that they cater to a very specific type of person- and I am certainly not that person. As a result, I can't say whether or not any of them are actually good or worth buying this book for when it's released. Overall, it is a strange and almost uncomfortable mashup of spirituality, sustainable food culture, crunchy - granola lifestyle, white yoga, veg*ism, and more. As a result, in some areas it falls into many of the same traps as books like Savor does. But where Savor knew where to draw a line and was elegant in its simplicity... Make Your Own Rules kind of just bulldozes over every boundary imaginable; it's less about truly making your own rules and more about... Hell by the end of the book I actually couldn't tell you. But what I do know is that I legitimately can't understand why this is titled as Make Your Own Rules. The book comes across as self centered and preachy in some of the most annoying ways. And if I'm being honest, it sets me on edge for some reason- though I can't figure out exactly why; all in all, I'm not a fan. However, if you're into the kind of stuff like Raw and Clean Eating, (nonexistent) Superfoods and "Detoxing", and your typical rich white american yoga stuff... It might be right up your alley. Personally, though, I'll stick with my Good Housekeeping Cookbook- or just re-read Savor.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Janis Hill

    I would like to thank Hay House, Inc. for an ARC of this book in exchange for an open and honest review. What a gorgeous little cook book! I have to say this looks like the perfect gift to give to someone leaving home for the first time and starting out in their own home and, more importantly, their own kitchen. It was like a little helping hand and a hug all rolled into a helpful cook book. Or is that just my mothering instinct going wacko? ;-) I will admit now I’ve not read any of Ms Stiles othe I would like to thank Hay House, Inc. for an ARC of this book in exchange for an open and honest review. What a gorgeous little cook book! I have to say this looks like the perfect gift to give to someone leaving home for the first time and starting out in their own home and, more importantly, their own kitchen. It was like a little helping hand and a hug all rolled into a helpful cook book. Or is that just my mothering instinct going wacko? ;-) I will admit now I’ve not read any of Ms Stiles other works, but reading ‘Make your own rules cookbook’ makes me feel like I really should. If they are all as good as this, I have been missing out! The format and layout of this book is clear, crisp and so easy to read. The little stories that introduce you to the work, plus those that lead into the very basic and simple (but so yummy sounding) recipes are great. They really let the reader feel at home and like they’re reading the right sort of book for them. As an old ‘veteran’ of the kitchen I really didn’t learn anything new in the kitchen set up side of things, but I felt they were great for a beginner starting out on their own, hence my feeling this would be a great book to give all fledglings leaving the nest for the first time. Some very MINOR niggles I had with ‘Make your own rules cookbook’ however was the lack of a glossary. I know it did reference glossaries in other books by Ms Stiles, but it still would have been nice to include one in this book to help out those who only have access to this book. Plus, it is obviously only designed for an audience who uses imperial measurements. Seriously not an issue for me, as I’ve been cooking, making and baking for decades and can chop and change between metric and imperial measurements, but not really suited to a new cook setting out on their own here in Australia unless they’re good at their conversion tables. Though, there are plenty online so they shouldn’t have too many issues making the changes! Add to that my usual personal food intolerances and allergies preventing me from eating some of the recipes, or having to change others… and, yeah, I couldn’t give it the top score. Sorry! It is a gorgeous book and most of these faults are with me the reader! Would I recommend this book to others? Yes I would. As said, I feel this is a terrific little cookbook to give as a house warming gift to someone new to cooking for themselves. It’d be a great little encouraging guide to get them not only into cooking, but into cooking healthy and tasty meals. Would I buy this book for myself? Despite the minor niggles I mentioned, yes I would. There were enough recipes in ‘Make your own rules cookbook’ to make me want to own my own copy, even if it was just an eBook version (as I’m running out of space in my physical bookshelves)! In summary: A light and easy to follow cookbook that helps ease a new cook into the kitchen and help encourage them to make their own healthy and tasty meals. Definitely worth a look!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Sara

    This is my second year having a membership to a CSA. For those of you not in the know, that's Community Supported Agriculture, in which you pay a lump sum to a local farmer over the winter, and then you're given piles and piles of produce all spring, summer, and fall. The farm I use is 100% organic, with many interesting vegetables and heirloom varieties I'd never even heard of prior to joining. They even have a pick-your-own portion, which is a huge stress reliever for me. Going from a hectic m This is my second year having a membership to a CSA. For those of you not in the know, that's Community Supported Agriculture, in which you pay a lump sum to a local farmer over the winter, and then you're given piles and piles of produce all spring, summer, and fall. The farm I use is 100% organic, with many interesting vegetables and heirloom varieties I'd never even heard of prior to joining. They even have a pick-your-own portion, which is a huge stress reliever for me. Going from a hectic medical office filled with angry patients to a huge open field in the middle of nowhere is a great feeling. So, anyway, I get at least twenty pounds of fresh vegetables a week, so I'm always looking for new and tasty ways to enjoy them. One of the reasons I requested this cookbook from Netgalley is the fact that Tara Stiles promotes a healthy, plant-based diet. And she's holding some kale on the cover, so that had to be a good sign too. I was expecting this book to be chock full of ideas for what to do with my abundance of tomatoes, eggplants, zucchini, and peppers. But really, that's not so much what this book is about. A hefty portion is comprised of Stiles' philosophy on life, cooking, and keeping things natural. She preaches about ridding your home of plastic containers and nonstick pans. She'd come into your home and remove all them herself if she could, she says. Empty your pantry and refrigerator of all unhealthy foods, she advises. Fill it back up with her staples, and you'll never have to eat out again. That's all well and good, but... Who actually has the time and money to do all of that prior to even starting one of her recipes? I was flipping through this cookbook in hopes of finding some interesting things to do with kale, not to be lectured that I'm going to get cancer and my future children will have health issues due to microwaving plastic or using a nonstick frying pan. I really took issue with that, because that is not what this cookbook was marketed to be. But aside from that, the recipes are alright. There are a few I might make, but they're nothing too special. I wouldn't buy this cookbook for myself or give it to a friend, because I found it way too preachy. I'll stick to my other cookbooks for now.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Valeriya

    I had quite mixed feelings about this book. I am not really aware of who Tara Stiles is, so after the introduction she seemed to me rather a terrifying woman. The whole thing starts with how to get rid of pretty much everything in my kitchen and switch to a healthy cookware. Basically everything I use starting from a saucepan and finishing with Tupperware causes cancer, hormone dysfunction, infertility... Overall, it is quite depressing and knowing I've used Fairy instead of eco soap for the maj I had quite mixed feelings about this book. I am not really aware of who Tara Stiles is, so after the introduction she seemed to me rather a terrifying woman. The whole thing starts with how to get rid of pretty much everything in my kitchen and switch to a healthy cookware. Basically everything I use starting from a saucepan and finishing with Tupperware causes cancer, hormone dysfunction, infertility... Overall, it is quite depressing and knowing I've used Fairy instead of eco soap for the majority of my life makes the whole experience of starting to cook with this book a bit weird. I'd say the introduction of different types of cookware that I found in Mary Berry's cookbook was much more optimistic, and she clearly uses it all her life, and she looks amazing at her age and thank God doesn't suffer from all those horrific things. Anyway, Tara starts with a simple thing, she says if I was aware of who she was or the creed of strala yoga (I have had no idea about the both), then I would know the simple rule for eating: Eat what makes you feel great. That is a very vague thing. Honestly, hand on heart, Big Mac makes me feel great. I don't eat it every day, but when I occasionally have it - it makes me feel very well. Banoffee pie makes me feel great as well. But I do want to change my diet because I know that fruits are better than sugar. And to be honest, the recipes do look good and I am quite excited to try quite a few of them, such as: - Tofu Veggie Scrumble - Tomato Rice Soup - Easy pesto with Shells - Tomato Curry - Veggie Casserole Overall, I think this book is a good veggie addition to my cookbook section. I would buy it for myself, but not as a present. Even though the introduction was very scary and it didn't make me feel excited about trying the new diet (because, simply, it is too late), the recipes do look thought through and also the layout of the book is pleasing. This book was provided to me by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Christine

    I usually don't read cookbooks but this one was a treat. My sister is a fan of Tara Stiles so I decided to check this out before buying it. It's such an inviting read. The color scheme chosen for the book is eye catching and not distracting. With it's bright colors, cool designs, and small illustrations, it makes you want to flip through it over and over again in case you missed something. The layout of the book is simple and easy to follow. The first section starts out with what you need in gen I usually don't read cookbooks but this one was a treat. My sister is a fan of Tara Stiles so I decided to check this out before buying it. It's such an inviting read. The color scheme chosen for the book is eye catching and not distracting. With it's bright colors, cool designs, and small illustrations, it makes you want to flip through it over and over again in case you missed something. The layout of the book is simple and easy to follow. The first section starts out with what you need in general for your kitchen so you are always prepared. From appliances and tools to produce and spices, she'll help guide you through the process and keep you organized. As for the recipes, I love the way she titles them because it gives them a bit of a personality. She also gives a description for each recipe, sharing her experiences/thoughts about why she chose it or why it's special. The pictures included also gives the book a more personal touch. Not only does she share the end result of some recipes, there are pictures of the people she met and places she have gone to gather information for these recipes. It's like a story book of recipes. Overall, it is easy to follow and easy to make so if you are a newbie in the kitchen, this may be a great book for you. She includes alternative ingredients to make dishes more healthy without losing the flavor or authenticity of the dish. If you want to change your eating habits (and not by a lot), you will love it. I will definitely buy this book. *ARC provided by publisher via NetGalley for an honest review.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Alexandra Consolver

    3 Stars - I recommend if you are looking to move toward a plant based diet or spice up your menus! This book is such a fun and approachable way to spice up your menu and add healthful meals to your daily life. The cover is immediately bright and fun, the pages are too, filled with pictures and energy as is Stiles's writing. You can tell that Stiles has a real zest for life and for cooking. She breaks it all down for you in her chapters, from her "food rules" to what supplies she keeps on hand, gr 3 Stars - I recommend if you are looking to move toward a plant based diet or spice up your menus! This book is such a fun and approachable way to spice up your menu and add healthful meals to your daily life. The cover is immediately bright and fun, the pages are too, filled with pictures and energy as is Stiles's writing. You can tell that Stiles has a real zest for life and for cooking. She breaks it all down for you in her chapters, from her "food rules" to what supplies she keeps on hand, greening your home and kitchen, to making cooking a task you complete (and enjoy!), and of course her delicious sounding recipes! (I haven't been able to try any out yet!) From drinks to soups, salads to desserts... this book has it all.. and boy does it all look amazing. This book is your go-to guide on all things yummy, nourishing, and energy boosting. I can't get over the gorgeous and fun design - complete with little doodles and pretty fonts. If you're looking to move toward a plant based diet, or just explore new nourishing recipes, I think this one is definitely worth a read.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Janka H.

    Vegan book with recipes that sound tasty and worth trying for (at least some of them, as I not always feel keen to buy food just to try recipes, and some ingredients used here I just normally don´t have at home. But that´s fine, my habits are not cons for the book, just different food philosophy). Tara Stiles is yoga and healthy lifestyle-oriented, we can say, but she is not preaching that style. She simply offers what she considers being a good choice. And I am willing to try some of the recipe Vegan book with recipes that sound tasty and worth trying for (at least some of them, as I not always feel keen to buy food just to try recipes, and some ingredients used here I just normally don´t have at home. But that´s fine, my habits are not cons for the book, just different food philosophy). Tara Stiles is yoga and healthy lifestyle-oriented, we can say, but she is not preaching that style. She simply offers what she considers being a good choice. And I am willing to try some of the recipes, namely teas (I am big tea drinker), toasts (some unique choices) and salads. Some pasta and noodle recipes sound fine, too! I would love to have more pictures (not all recipe is picture-covered) and in some cases more detailed, step-by-step descriptions, mainly if I don´t know the original taste of a dish, but I would like to try (like some Asian recipes). Many thanks to the publisher and Net Galley for the chance to read this book.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Jenny

    I was excited to get this book, because I really like Tara Stiles as a yoga instructor and author. I enjoyed her previous book, Make Your Own Rules Diet, for the philosophy behind her yoga movement and views on how to treat our bodies. But, it didn't include as many recipes as I'd like. This book obviously addresses that, but I was disappointed in the recipes included. They felt too light for dinners, which is the area I need the most help in finding recipes. I've been able to make some as lunch I was excited to get this book, because I really like Tara Stiles as a yoga instructor and author. I enjoyed her previous book, Make Your Own Rules Diet, for the philosophy behind her yoga movement and views on how to treat our bodies. But, it didn't include as many recipes as I'd like. This book obviously addresses that, but I was disappointed in the recipes included. They felt too light for dinners, which is the area I need the most help in finding recipes. I've been able to make some as lunches, which is the only reason I've kept the book in my cookbook stash. I will say the recipes are healthy and feel-good foods, which is nice as a reminder to take care of ourselves.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Heather Brown

    If you are looking for wisdom and recipes that will help you inside and out, mind and body, keep your eye on Tara Stiles! The Make Your Own Rules Cookbook looks at cooking from the ground up. With ideas on kitchen set-up, food buying, and even cooking mindset, Tara Stiles begins the book with her personal philosophy before she lets loose with an amazing array of healthful recipes. Simple smoothies and delicious soups lead into Mushroom tacos, veggie burgers, and even chocolate 'moose.' Make Your If you are looking for wisdom and recipes that will help you inside and out, mind and body, keep your eye on Tara Stiles! The Make Your Own Rules Cookbook looks at cooking from the ground up. With ideas on kitchen set-up, food buying, and even cooking mindset, Tara Stiles begins the book with her personal philosophy before she lets loose with an amazing array of healthful recipes. Simple smoothies and delicious soups lead into Mushroom tacos, veggie burgers, and even chocolate 'moose.' Make Your Own Rules Cookbook has beautiful photos and illustrations throughout.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Dana

    This is a vegan cookbook with nice photos of the recipes, cute graphics and simple recipes. The first part of the book has lots of photos of the author doing yoga and various other things and contains her philosophy. The recipes include smoothies and juices, breakfasts, snacks, soups, salads, sandwiches, sides, main dishes and deserts. They are not really to my taste and I don't plan to make any of them, but some people will enjoy them. I received this book free to review from Netgalley.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Jamie Holloway

    I got some great plant based meals to try out from this book.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Anna

    Great recipes. Super simplistic. Healthy and unprocessed. Easy enough for the most inexperienced cook.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Rhonda Lomazow

    Wonderful non intimidating cookbook.Felt like a friend was sharing with me delicious yummy recipes.Tips for healthy living.Cant wait to start trying the recipes .

  23. 5 out of 5

    Monica Cook

    Was hoping for more fun recipes to try. But since I'm kind of picky I didn't really find much.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Critterbee❇

    Great fresh recipes with healthy ingredients. Did not like the armpit on the cover... **eARC netgalley**

  25. 4 out of 5

    ADRIANA HAUSMANN

  26. 5 out of 5

    Amanda

  27. 5 out of 5

    Amber

  28. 5 out of 5

    Neuza

  29. 4 out of 5

    Sinead

  30. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca

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