Synopses & Reviews
Over 85 Recipeas, One Very Happy Family
When Sarah Matheny, creator of the popular blog Peas and Thank You, decided to eliminate animal products from her diet, she knew there'd be skeptics. Her husband was raised on the standard American diet. Her grandpa was a butcher. Her mom was the best home cook around, with a generous pat of butter here and a crumble of bacon there. But now Sarah is a mom who wants to feed her children right.
Out went the diet soda. In came the smoothies.
Out went the "nutrition" bars. In came the nutritious cookies.
Out went a tired, caffeinefueled mom. In came Mama Pea.
Peas and Thank You is a collection of recipes and stories from a mainstream family eating a notsomainstream diet. Filled with healthy and delicious versions of foods we've all grown up enjoying, but with a Mama Pea twistno meat, lots of fresh ingredients and plenty of nutrition for growing Peas. From wholesome breakfasts to mouthwatering desserts, there's plenty here to satisfy the pickiest Peas in your life. It's easier than ever to whip up crowdpleasing meals that will have the whole family asking for, "more, Peas."
"Former attorney turned mommy blogger Matheny's collection of over 85 meatless recipes manages to inform and irritate in equal measure, proving that what works in a blog doesn't always translate to the page. However, offering vegan-friendly dishes for all tastes and mealtimes gives the collection breadth and depth, particularly when dietary and ingredient restrictions are taken into account. While Matheny includes the expected recipes for smoothies, guacamole, African peanut stew, and tempeh chili, she also offers vegan-esque takes on French toast, Reuben sandwiches, lentil-based meatballs, homemade tortillas, Thai veggie burgers, and mango cupcakes with coconut cream icing. Even carnivores will want to try her flavorful Thai crunch salad, cashew carrot ginger soup, and Indian shepherd's pie. To get to these recipes though, readers must wade through a few too many shots of her daughters in dance costumes, long-winded stories only tangentially related to the dish, and references to Matheny's husband as 'Pea Daddy.' If readers can get past the cutesiness, they'll find practical, tasty vegan fare along with helpful nutritional information and clear directions.
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About the Author
Sarah Matheny, a former divorce and custody attorney, left the practice of law and meeting the demands of billable hours and is now practicing patience and meeting the demands of a toddler and preschooler. Matheny’s humor and crowd-pleasing recipes have drawn tens of thousands of loyal readers to her popular blog PeasAndThankYou.com. She lives in Salem, Oregon, with her family.