*“Ten Talents has stood the test of time. And, even now after 40 years, it is still considered one of the best vegetarian cookbooks around…”
*“I have been blessed for years by your cookbook. Have especially enjoyed the ice cream and cheese recipes. Surely a good cook is worth “Ten Talents!”
*“Thank you for your gift of life…Next to the Bible, Ten Talents is the most used book in our professional kitchen. I use your recipes for our FIT2EAT customers and always get compliments. Our family are vegetarians now… because of you.”
*“I really appreciate the Ten Talents Cookbook. It’s the great grandmother of all vegan cookbooks…Ten Talents is a must-have cookbook, not only for the excellent recipes, but for the abundance of valuable health and nutrition information.”
*“The Ten Talents Cookbook published over 40 years ago, was a pioneering work in providing recipes for simple, practical, healthful cooking…I am happy to recommend with confidence this updated pictorial edition…”
Beautifully illustrated cookbook and an amazing array of healthy and delicious recipes. I’m so glad I bought this cookbook. on June 10, 2018
*First book great. Second book Greater!”, October 12, 2009
In 1974, I left home at the age of 16, moved to Vancouver BC, where I went to a local health food store in search of the best value (most recipes for the lowest price) possible in a vegetarian cookbook. I was finally free to be a vegetarian without family pressure! One cookbook won out over all the others, it was the Ten Talents cookbook which I immediately purchased. I lived out of the Ten Talents cookbook for many years preparing awesome vegetarian meals for myself and all my other high school friends who would supply ingredients and I would cook up the meals. We all helped each other to get through high school that way since none of us lived at home with our parents.
Believe it or not, I still have my original copy, covered in food samples! :- I have since purchased the revised edition and it is better than the original in that the recipes have been made even healthier and the improved eye candy (beautiful photos) are just awesome! You will discover more than life giving healthy recipes in this book. I cannot recommend the book highly enough!
My wife, Linda Carney MD, also recommends and sells this cookbook to her patients in the office and through our web site for AllMedPhysicians, pLLC located in Buda, Texas. However, Dr. Carney does recommend that her patients modify the recipes by eliminating the added oils. The damaging effects of vegetable oils to our delicate Endothelial Cells is something that was not understood at the time this book was written. We have suggested, and do hope Rosalie Hurd will create, a low-fat no added oils version in the future. That is on the top of our wishlist!
*Beautiful Update, September 12, 2009
*Best Vegetarian Cookbook I have ever owned!, November 2, 2009
*TEN TONS OF HEALTHY INFORMATION, July 5, 2012
I’ve purchased countless books on Amazon, hundreds in fact. Yet, the Ten Talents Cookbook (2012 ed) is one of the most useful products I’ve EVER purchased here. Ten Talents Cookbook is quite simply in a class of its own. It is the most comprehensive, PLANT BASED, NUTRITION-BASED cookbook that includes FOOD COMBINING and pretty much all you need to know about EATING FOR HEALTH (Conscious Eating is the only book I can think of that comes close to this, and yet it doesn’t at all in my opinion).
While Ten Talents reads like an Illustrated Joy of Nutritious Vegan, Vegetarian and Raw Cooking for the seriously health-conscious, they don’t promote it as a ‘bible’, ‘encyclopedia’, ‘definitive resource’,’ultimate guide’, ‘complete book’ or a ‘all-you-need-to-know’ on vegetarianism, raw food or veganism. If you’ve met gaunt raw vegans or obese vegans and vegetarians they’re likely not doing something well, and probably haven’t consider much of what this cookbook promotes. It does have some soy and breads that I’m not keen on, but the amount of useful information outweigh those details.
To be sure, this book is old school, so you won’t marvel at the trendy kitchens, sexy chefs, avant garde gourmet displays or feats in graphic design. Nor will you care. You’ll get an attractive, exceptionally organized, well-planned, comprehensive cookbook. There are color photos on each page! I marvel at the authors ability to meticulously illustrate the book WITHOUT compromising content!
Another gem of Ten Talents is the infusion of it’s lifestyle values and principles: family/community-oriented; cultivating a relationship with one’s Creator/High Power; thankfulness; consciousness; cleanliness; caring and personal responsibility, just to name a few.
The only con of the book is its plastic binding! It’s peculiar that such a book has plastic binding from the 60s. I would have, and I believes others would also, paid twice as much for a hardback version.
(UPDATE June 2014***) While Initially I was concerned about the the plastic comb binding, it holds up very well and is quite sturdy. It does lay perfectly flat while following recipes, that very useful and doesn’t require a fancy stand or weights. (End of Update)
*If you could only have one cookbook–this would be THE ONE!, December 3, 2010
You don’t have to be a vegan or vegetarian to gain from what this book has to offer. It really isn’t “just a cookbook,” it’s an owner’s manual for your body. Take from it what you desire, whether going “whole hog” or taking bits here and there…it’s all good, and all healthy!
Want to know about a “healthy” ingredient which may be new to you, or how to use it? Consult this book. Food combining, menu planning…consult the book.
I made one of the ice cream recipes last summer…no one realized that there was no cow’s cream nor white sugar in the stuff and it got rave reviews from everyone.
I’ve got the older style book, have used it for many years now–I’m an on again/off again vegetarian–but the book is kept right over the kitchen sink where I can easily get my hands on it because I refer to it all the time.
If you could only have just one cookbook, this would be the most useful, the most healthful, and the most informative. It stands head and shoulders above the rest.
*Vegetarian Cookbook, October 17, 2009
*Plant-Based Diet TEXTBOOK, Plus over 1000 recipes.., March 23, 2012
We have been striving to eat whole foods for several years now, and more recently, completely animal-product free. I was thrilled to find this cookbook because I thought I owned every vegan cookbook there ever was, and honestly, never came across this one.
This book is amazing to say the least. It is much more then I expected, almost a “textbook” on eating a plant based diet.
One of the most amazing sections of the book to me was the dairy free/animal free CHEESE recipes. American cheese, Mozzorella, Farmer cheese and several other cheese replacement recipes, all of which are SOY free, YAHOOOO!
I have been eating NON DAIRY for many years now due to a severe intolorance to dairy, and yet, not a day would go by when I didnt miss eating pizza, or some other food that “required” cheese to add that irreplaceable final touch to make it delicious and satisfying. I do not buy the vegetarian processed cheese replacements, because they usually have about a hundred unrecognizable ingredients.
One of my goals is to make the Mozz cheese, and to make veggie pizzas this weekend.
Anyway, to the 2 star reviewer. Take the plunge, you CAN live without dairy in your diet. Little do you realize that the very book you gave a negative rating to, could be the very book to “deliver” you from your hard core dairy product addiction.
This book was NEVER supposed to include dairy products, so to give it a 2 star review for its lack of dairy products would be like giving Chipotles Mexican Grill a negative review for not serving Big Mac’s.
*Highly recommended, fantastic revision to a classic, February 8, 2010
I have the original 1968 version, which is great, however, this new updated, expanded version is absolutely wonderful and well worth the money! It is like a totally different cookbook with all the brillantly coloured pictures.
Back to the basics with this varied, well-organized and informative vegetarian cookbook. Due to many food allergies including wheat and gluten, I really appreciate the recipes using alternative ingredients such as quinoa, millet, and amaranth.
*Wife Loves this book!, May 14, 2009
*I wish I had this book years ago, October 7, 2010
*Love this Updated “Eye-Candied” edition, April 22, 2010
My mom used to have this book when I was little. It was falling apart and only had a few colored pages in it. This newer edition has TONS of pictures and updated descriptions.
We have made several recipes from it already and it’s been great for inspiring us to eat healthier.
*blown away, December 11, 2009
*Inspiring, April 21, 2012
This book is inspiring and beautiful. It was obviously created with love– love for family, love and gratitude for the natural foods God has provided for us. I saw an earlier copy of this book many years ago, and while I was intrigued by the title, because of the lack of illustrations it did not capture my interest. Without the photos it was very hard to visualize the dishes. I came upon the updated color version. Thanks to the rave reviews, I ordered a copy, and was bowled over.
This is a veritable encyclopedia of vegetarian cooking. I was a vegetarian years ago but relied on a small number of boring recipes. In the years since, I have gained weight and become less healthy as I fell back on the “standard American diet.” I have been wanting to return to vegetarian eating, but there are so many conflicting theories, specialty cookbooks, and so forth that it seemed it would require several cookbooks to have enough options to replace the unhealthy foods I have been eating. I am so grateful to have found this book because it literally has everything you need in it.The photographs are not flashy like those by food stylists working for magazines; they are simple but attractive and show each dish as it might be served at the table.
Whatever type of vegetarian diet you wish to follow, this book has a treasure trove of recipes for you. Whether you want to eat breads or avoid breads, eat cooked grains or sprouted grains, cooked foods or strictly raw foods, vegetarian classics or meatless versions of familiar “comfort food” favorites, ideas for sandwiches, wraps, salads, and soups, vegetarian meals for holidays, it is all here. There are no animal products featured in the book (except one section on eggs and milk for those on a transition diet). However, there ARE plenty of recipes that call for vegetarian cheese or soy milk, and recipes are given for those. So if you love cheese and dairy, you have the option of making these excellent vegetarian substitutes, or you can simply use regular cheese and milk if you desire. The biggest problem with this book is deciding what to make.
The book gives an uplifting feeling with its scriptural quotes, inspirational poems, happy photos, hints at healthy living. Just perusing it inspires the reader to become healthier. I find myself picking up the book just to get a positive feeling. I am leaving right now with my shopping list so I can be prepared all week to make the simple, beautiful recipes in this book!
*Beautiful Book, August 30, 2010
I was bowled over by this book.
Not only is it packed with great information and beautiful pictures, it is very well put together and I know it will last decades to come with very heavy usage.
If you are at all interested in food combining, a raw food lifestyle or vegetarianism you should definitely add this book to your library.
*The only vegan cookbook you’ll need!, February 20, 2012
*Greatest Cookbook!, November 5, 2010
*Fabulously extensive guide to healthy and delicious eating and womderful customer service!,December 17, 2012
Sadly, she lamented, she’d lost her cookbook and it was no longer in print. She told me that everyone was using it in the 70’s and it was their bible to healthy eating. She insisted that I find a copy and make that dish!
I was very intrigued and went home to “google” it, and to my delight it was back in print! I’ve been happily cooking and learning from it for months. Today I wanted to try the Brick Cheeze recipe using cashews as the base. However, the cashew amount had been inadvertently omitted from this printing!
I went onto the cookbook website where there was a contact phone number. A real person (the author perhaps?) answered immediately. I told her my problem and she quickly looked it up, gave me the correct amount (3/4 cup raw cashews) and apologized, saying they’d correct it in the next printing.
Real people, real,food our bodies can use healthfully and easy recipes that taste fantastic! This is a must for anyone wanting to improve their health via the foods they eat!
*Quite an Education!, December 12, 2012
*Best money I ever spent on a vegetarian cookbook, January 29, 2012
*Still a good reference despite the age., May 5, 2011
*The pictures alone in this cookbook will make you want to eat healthier!, July 18, 2013
*an Inspiring Classic, July 8, 2012
*Love these recipes, June 25, 2012
*As promised, July 2, 2013
*Best cookbook in the world, June 11, 2013
*good reading, July 15, 2009
*MUST BUY!!, February 17, 2014
*Beautiful new addition and helpful information, February 7, 2014
*A Great Vegetarian Cookbook!, February 2, 2014
*So Special!, October 7, 2013
*wonderful information!, October 2, 2013
*Amazing book, September 10, 2013
*Ten Talents cookbook, July 27, 2013
*Great Book., July 7, 2013
*Well done, February 18, 2013
*Still Great After All These Years!, August 25, 2012
*BEST COOKBOOK EVER!!!!! 10 stars!!!, February 18, 2014
*A best seller, September 24, 2013
*Ten Talents Cookbook, May 23, 2013
*Marvelous, July 10, 2011
*Buy this book just for the information, November 14, 2012
I tried a recipe that looked interesting but it tasted bland. It also has lots of nice
*”MOST WONDERFUL BOOK ON THE MARKET!”, June 12, 2014
*BEST VEGGIE COOKBOOK EVER!!!!, May 14, 2014
I AM so PLEASED with everything about this cookbook. Pictures, info, layout, design, RECIPES, you won’t ever need/want another cookbook after this.
EASY to use, understand, cook with, I am blown away by the EXCELLENCE of this cookbook!!
NO WAY you won’t LOVE this book!!!
*A Classic Cookbook that Withstands the Tests of Time, May 12, 2014
*Yes Vegan, March 18, 2014
*great book, March 14, 2014
*Great Book!, February 27, 2014
*Ten Talents …worth it’s weight in Gold!, July 10, 2012
*I cannot believe it was on my bookshelf for so long, May 26, 2013
Several years ago we ordered some grain in bulk because we were (are) interested in baking our own bread and eat a lot of grains and legumes. At the time of our order, this cookbook was recommended. When it arrived, I looked through it and then put it on my bookshelf and forgot about it as I was interested in other cookbooks. However, my diet has been leaning toward junk food now and I realize that has got to stop. While online this morning, I saw an ad for another cookbook which, following links, brought me to this page. After reading all these wonderful reviews, I got this book off the shelf and looked it over again with a new perspective. I will definitely be trying some of these recipes.
I am giving this 4 stars only because the picture of the Thanksgiving “Turkey” Loaf was one of the first I viewed again. That picture is unappetizing to me still. That is the reason why I put the book on the shelf. This time, though, the breads caught my eye and that is where I am going to start.