Cookbook Review: The McDougall Program for Maximum Weight Loss by John McDougall, M.D. (1994)
Many people know Dr. McDougall as a healthy living guru in the vegan community. He used to do a podcast that I would listen to while running—he was hard-core and no-nonsense about eating vegan to get healthy! While I don’t eat low-fat all the time and I’m NOT vegan for weight-loss, I enjoy McDougall’s recipes all the same and I understand that some people really thrive off the super low-fat way of eating.
About half of the books is informational—losing weight, living healthfully, feeding yourself right. The other half consists of recipes put together by McDougall’s wife, Mary McDougall. The summer I received this book, 2010, I made TONS of these recipes with the fresh vegetables from my garden, and I felt amazing.
Some of my favorite recipes that I make all the time are Tostada Salad, Alu Gobi (Potato Cauliflower Curry), and Vegetable Chili. I don’t use this cookbook often anymore because the recipes are so incredibly easy and intuitive that it only takes a time or two before I’m cooking from memory, tweaking them to my liking and experimenting with them in new ways.
If you like John McDougall’s health-approach to veganism and want to learn more, he has a webpage packed with vegan health info, success stories and an active and supportive message board at www.drmcdougall.com. Check him out!