Eaternity by Jason Wrobel

Eaternity is a very earnest cookbook best suited for very dedicated vegans rather than those looking for an occasional vegan dinner. The recipes are divided by health benefit rather than type – making it a book one would use when looking for an energy pick up, better sex, or or a myriad of other benefits. I appreciate the author’s passion for a vegan lifestyle and it shows throughout the book; and yet, this also feels very ‘slick’ and less honest than it should.

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The book breaks down as follows: Eat for better sex; Eat for good sleep; Eat for weight loss, Eat for happiness and good moods; Eat for more energy; Eat for detoxification; Eat for brainpower; Eat for more muscle; Eat for immunity; Eat for strong bones; Eat for great skin; Eat for strong eyesight; Eat for a healthy heart; Eat for less stress. Jason’s perfect pantry list, essential kitchen equipment, Jason’s favorite products and resources, index.

The recipes are easy to prepare – quite a few (if not most) start and end with a blender. Others require specific equipment; e.g., a spiralizer to make vegetable pasta. The ingredients are fairly specific as well, whether familiar or not. E.g., white truffle salt, organic virgin coconut oil, lacinato kale etc. But there are also quite a few harder to find items: coconut aminos, maca powder, ashwagandha, superfoods green powder, vanilla vegan protein, etc. You’d have to have a vegan stocked pantry in advance, I feel, to really take advantage of the book.

The recipes are cleanly laid out, some with photographs but many without. Serving size as well as allergies/gluten/and other information are provided for each. The recipes utilize 3 font colors – making for an aesthetically pleasing and easy to use format (though the type is very small). All have an introduction, separate list of ingredients, and then numbered directions in chunky paragraph form.

The ‘marketing influence’ is all over this, unfortunately, and I feel kind of manipulated. The recipes are made to look ‘easy’ with a low number of steps – but each step has 10 things to do in it – which is somewhat deceptive and it makes following directions harder than it should be. As well, ordering the cookbook by health benefits rather than the more usable breakfast/lunch/dinner is a marketing excuse to differentiate the cookbook – but again, it makes it more difficult to find a recipe. I certainly don’t want to go hunting through the book to find a good dinner for the evening. As well, there are lovely pictures but only for half the recipes or so. It makes it hard to figure out what the recipe will look like or imagine if I would like it without them (since this is a vegan cookbook, things are a bit different than, e.g., a recipe for an old time favorite like fettuccine alfredo).

Each section has an introduction to the recipes, discussing the recipe ingredients used and how they ‘may’ include the intended benefit. They are a nice ‘motivational’ bit but Wrobel’s regimen may not have appeal for all: e.g., he does a far-infrared sauna therapy for a minimum of 15 minutes daily along with some ground psyllium husk to support bowel movement, etc. But the tone is friendly and his dedication and commitment to a healthy lifestyle are commendable.

The recipes themselves are varied. Cauliflower popcorn for movie night, mango lemon pepper kelp noodles, sweet crepes with strawberry tomato coulis, apple pie smoothie, green curry vegetables with jicama rice, spicy jackfruit tacos, etc. Many, I felt, were in a section just by adding an ingredient that isn’t intrinsic to the recipe’s taste or look – so you could add different ingredients to the same recipe and have it in 8 sections. But again, there are many in here to explore – though admittedly I just wasn’t feeling a lot of them.

As can be seen above, I did have mixed feelings about Eaternity (even the title sounds gimmicky). Wrobel will probably outlive me by years, though, so I imagine he gets the satisfaction of the last laugh. For me, I just didn’t find any recipes that interested, the directions too clumpy, and ingredients a bit too specific for general use. Reviewed from an advance reader copy provided by the publisher.

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