Forks Over Knives: Flavor!: Delicious, Whole-Food, Plant-Based Recipes to Cook Every Day by Darshana Thacker and Carolynn Carreño, Harper Wave,US $29.99, Pp 354, October 2018, ISBN 978-0062652768
Forks Over Knives is a collection of plant-based recipes from Darshana Thacker who developed them for at the Forks Over Knives. Darshana Thacker is the chef and culinary projects manager at the Forks Over Knives. A plant-based whole-food lifestyle is based on fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and legumes and excludes or minimizes meat, dairy products, and eggs, as well as highly refined foods such as bleached flour, refined sugar, and oil. Most importantly, the whole-food recipes include the nutrient-rich parts we usually do not eat. The main energy sources in a plant-based diet are starches, in particular potatoes, whole grains, and legumes. Research shows that by avoiding animal products and highly processed foods, we decrease our risk of developing common ailments, including heart disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes, and Alzheimer’s disease. Most people start feeling better when they adopt a plant-based whole-food diet. Darshana Thacker is right when she writes, “One thing you will discover when you begin to enjoy whole-food, plant-based recipes is that you’ll likely want to start cooking more. The food tastes great and leaves you feeling so good, you’ll want to incorporate more and more of it into your life.” The recipes in Forks Over Knives are, for the most part, Darshana Thacker’s renditions of specific traditional foods — such as summer rolls, tacos, curries, pizza — from around the world. It is important to be able to apply whatever methods Darshana Thacker used to create that dish, as well as its specific components, to create your own inventions. Forks Over Knives is packed with delicious and flavorful recipes. The breakfast recipes include ‘Polenta French Toast with Maple-Glazed Blueberries’ while there are several options for appetizers like ‘Buffalo Cauliflower Bites.’ The delicious salads include ‘Sicilian Cauliflower and Chickpea Salad.’ The mouth-watering dishes ranging from burgers to sandwiches to Tacos such as ‘Huaraches: Mexican Masa Flatbreads with Beans and Lime-Spiked Salad.’ There are several choices for soups, stew, pasta, noodles, breads and dips and sauces and, most importantly, desserts. Forks Over Knives is not just another book of a vegetarian diet; it is actually a book of plant-based whole-food recipes. As Darshana Thacker was born and raised in India where she learned these recipes in her mom’s kitchen, many of Forks Over Knives recipes have an Indian touch that makes them flavorful. In Forks Over Knives, the focus is on enjoying the food while the health benefits come as a bonus.