Some books – and they don’t come around very often – are life changers. Such was the case for me with The China Study, by T. Colin Campbell and John Robbins. Because of this book, I once and for all removed processed foods and dairy products from my diet. It was the reason I started this blog: I was so excited and enthusiastic about the way that I was eating and how good I felt that I wanted to spread the word about going plant-based.
Now that The China Study Cookbook, by Leanne Campbell, has been published it seems like a no-brainer; the perfect companion to the study. First, get people thinking about their food choices and then provide them with easy-to-make, whole foods recipes that just happen to be delicious. How could you not get hooked on this way of eating? The China Study Cookbook is packed with 125 recipes for breakfast, breads, salads, appetizers, soups, main courses, side dishes, and of course, desserts. 16 dessert recipes, in fact. Nice. There are lots of full-color photographs (Leann’s son was the photographer) that showcase the food in mouthwatering detail. The China Study Cookbook is the kind of cookbook that would fit well with the family that is cutting back on animal products, as well as with the newbie vegan who needs some guidance, but also with the experienced plant-based cook who is looking for staple recipes for quick, healthful meals.
I am especially excited to be able to share Ms. Campbell’s recipe for Pumpkin Pancakes. Nothing makes me happier than a warm stack of pancakes on Sunday morning. As you can see from the photos, the ‘cakes cooked up beautifully and have a very inviting orange tint. Perfect alongside a cup of chai tea – and for fall mornings.
Thank you, Ms. Campbell and BenBella Books for providing me with the opportunity to review The China Study Cookbook and to share a copy of this excellent resource with my readers.
2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. sea salt
1 tbsp. pumpkin pie spice
2 egg replacers (2 tbsp. ground flaxseed meal with 6 tbsp. water)
2 cups non-dairy milk
1/2 cup pumpkin (canned or pureed)
5 tbsp. maple syrup
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
Preheat a nonstick skillet or griddle over medium-high heat.
Combine flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and pumpkin pie spice in a large mixing bowl. Set aside.
In separate medium bowl, mix egg replacers, nondairy milk, pumpkin, maple syrup, and vanilla extract.
Combine the wet and dry ingredients and stir just enough to remove any lumps. The batter should be pourable; if it seems to thick, add more milk.
Use a 1/4 cup or 1/3 cup measuring cup to measure and pour small amounts of batter onto the heated surface. Cook until top bubbles, about 2-3 minutes. Turn with a spatula and cook the second side until golden brown. Serve immediately.
Recipe shared with permission from BenBella Books.
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The pumpkin pancakes look fantastic… can’t wait to try!
Heather, they’re delicious!
I read the China Study a while ago and was recently thinking that it’s time to go back and reread it… you’ve given me the motivation to do so!
Those pancakes are an utter delight, but then the banana cream springs up, whoa! I love the little hearts you’ve added to each photo, too, very nice job. I haven’t read The China Study but it sounds like a great idea having a cookbook inspired by it.
Oh, Lorna…the banana cream…I want to eat it every day.
Just found my Saturday breakfast….YMMMMMM. So want this book, thanks!
Pumpkin pancakes topped w/ banana cream, right ;-)??
Maybe some PB2 mixed in to the bananas? Or is that too much for the pumpkin?
No surprise: I put peanut butter on all of my pancakes and waffles. So no, not too much ;-).
I have not read The China Study but am very interested in reading it and will be looking for it at our local Barnes & Noble to check it out.
Definitely get that on your reading list, Deanne! It’s worth it!
I read it a few years ago and passed it on to a friend so he could better understand why I’m a vegan and the easy things anyone can do to live a healthier life. The Campbell Foundation has a great newsletter with recipes too which are always yumful…I bet this cookbook is superamazing! Can you imagine growing up with T. Colin Campbell as a dad? Leanne must have fabulous heart-healthy vegan recipes by the thousands!
I know, right?! I was thinking the same thing. I will have to check out the newsletter – thanks for the tip!
I’ve read most of it not quite finished these recipes look amazing!
I haven’t read it yet, but it’s at the top of my list! The cookbook looks fantastic.
Maybe Amazon has a deal where you can get both books :-)!
Your photos are absolutely beautiful! I read The China Study last year and was so intrigued that I signed up for Dr. Campbell’s course at eCornell. I loved it! All your dishes look delicious, but I must try first those great looking pancakes! We are celebrating Thanksgiving at our family cottage and these would be perfect.
These would be an excellent Thanksgiving breakfast! Very homey. I’ve heard of his course, but haven’t checked it out – maybe I should!
I read The China Study over 2 years ago and it is what inspired me to go vegan with no regrets! I look forward to seeing the cookbook.
Amazing how powerful one book can be. Thanks for entering the giveaway!
No, but my sister keeps bugging me to! Also, those pancakes just made my stomach gurgle!
Haha! Listen to your sister!!
I haven’t read the China Study – been on my reading list for awhile now though
I have listened to the China study on audiobook
That’s a great idea! Thanks, Catie!
FEED ME! Please!! This all looks so good. The cookbook sounds amazing, but I want to read the original book! The book that converted you to the plant side!
I like that – The Plant Side! Firmly PLANTED there, hehe. Anywho – you should read it…
I have read the China Study! Very insightful and gave me the knowing confirmation that I needed.
Excellent, Linda! Thanks for entering the giveaway!
Anything that gets people eating less processed food is a win in my book! Happy eating!
Amen to that!!
It all looks good and is making me decidedly ready for an early lunch. Yum!
A lunch of pancakes…mmmmm…
I have not read The China Study yet, but I’ve seen it referenced so many times that I feel like I have read it!
Ha! I know what you mean. It’s kinda the vegan bible.
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I read The China Study shortly after the documentary “Forks Over Knives” came out. I was absolutely in awe of how powerful a whole foods, plant-based diet could be in our efforts to heal a wide variety of ailments and diseases. I recommend the book often and would love to own the cookbook. Thanks so much for this chance to win!
Hi Amy! It’s great that you are spreading the word about the benefits of a plant-based diet. Thanks for entering the giveaway!
The China Study is a book that I have been meaning to read very soon. I’m interested in the picture of the “green garden mayo” you have above these comments. I’ll look around on your blog for the recipe. I’m trying to find some kind of dressing that is soy and dairy free for my son who is allergic to soy.
Hi Anneli – thanks so much for commenting. The recipe for the “mayo” is in the cookbook so you won’t find it on my site. It is worth tracking down, however. I even used it as a salad dressing!
I love this book too! It gave me good insights & thoughts to think about! I love this easy peasy recipe for pumpkin pancakes too! Yummmm! x
I love that you read it, Sophie!
These pancakes look amazing — I can’t wait to try them and the other recipes you highlighted!
They’re delicious – easy to make – healthy. Hope you enjoy them, Jennifer!
Well played, pumpkin pancake, well played. 😉 You do sandwiches now? I had no idea! Brilliant and I love it!
I’d like to amend my comment–I thought, based on the photos, that the pancake could be used in place of bread! I re-read, and realized I’m just a dumb-dumb. Though, this might be a good idea–pumpkin pancake bread!
I have not read the book but did watch the Forks Over Knives video and found it to be life changing.
Forks Over Knives is definitely life-changing. It kind of distills the really important parts of The China Study – so you’re getting the same info.
I have not read the China Study, but it’s on my amazon wish list.
It can be tough going in parts, but is worth the read. Eye-opening.
I reviewed this book too and I had to laugh that we went for completely different recipes… not a single one in common
We planned it that way, right?!
These recipes look really good!!
Everything I’ve made out of Leanne’s cookbook has been delicious (especially the banana cream…)!
The China Study rocks! I did not realize there was a cookbook!
Everything looks fab, especially the pancakes of course 😀
It’s pretty new and I think it’s brilliant that his daughter created it. Oh yeah, especially the pancakes!!
I have read the China Study, and I would love to win the cookbook! I had it out from the library, but had to return it before I got to cook anything out of it. I would be thrilled to own it and actually have some time to cook things!
Another one to add to the list of recipe books I need to buy!
Unless you win ;-)!
I read it a few years back. I would love to have the cookbook.
What an array of beautiful dishes! Loving the pumpkin right now… 😀
I know it – never get tired of pumpkin.
It’s not possible 😉
It seems that I am finding new vegan cookbooks that I can’t do without every week. This sounds great! The pancakes look delicious!
Oh gosh, I know what you mean! I need larger bookshelves…
I have not read The China Study
I have not read the book yet. I see it has rave reviews on Amazon though. I like that the recipes are easy and low fat. I was getting squash yesterday and eyed the pumpkin. That will be my next purchase and the pancakes sound grand! (Deb E)
I haven’t read The China Study yet, but its on my to-read list!
i haven’t read it! but I want to!
I haven’t read it but I have heard a lot about it. Interested to check it out.
It’s worthwhile, Jamie. Thanks for entering the giveaway!
I tried to slog through the China Study, but didn’t make it. However, its principles speak to me and I’d love love love to get my hands on that cookbook!
Haha! It was tough going for me in parts. I promise that you wouldn’t have that problem w/ the cookbook!
I read the China Study way back when it first came out!
Good for you, Michaela!
I am here to enter this big contest *wink, and clears throat rather loudly* although I rarely have phlegm since being off dairy forever. I want to put that green garden mayo on that black eyed pea salad. Much to my chagrin I have not read the China Study. Am I still eligible?
I think I can let that one small transgression slide…
I haven’t been able to read the whole of The China Study, but I’m completely behind the idea. I always struggle to find new recipes that don’t include dairy. This book would be a excellent addition to my kitchen!
I struggled through a few parts myself – don’t have a head for science – but the message got through anyway. I think you’ll find this cookbook to be a very helpful resource. Thanks for entering the giveaway!
I have never actually read the China Study before! Something I really need to get on!
I need all those delicious recipes for all the photos you included. I was hoping I would get them by clicking on the pic. but no, not this time
Sorry, Cathy! I would have loved to have been able to share every recipe. Maybe you’ll win the book, though!
Oh wow those pancakes are such a great color; they sound delicious, too!
They are yummy!
Would love a copy of the China Study Cookbook! I have not read the book, but the movie Forks Over Knives changed my life. Went from meat-eater to vegetarian, then Gluten Free Vegan! I try to learn everything I can about food. My food is my medicine
YAAAAY, Lori! That is fantastic. And I agree with you – – food is the answer to our health woes!
The China Study was life changing for me too!! Yummy looking pancakes! Celeste
These pancakes, yum! Must try.
The China Study is on my to-read list, I hear about it all the time in the health world. But I really want to get around to reading it for myself. The pancakes look fantastic!
There was me, looking for a pumpkin pancake recipe and what do you know?! Thanks my dear, lots of beautiful photos going on here xxxx
I just had a feeling you needed these ;-).
I have read the China Study and Whole as well! never tried the cookbook before though
It’s a great companion piece. Thank you so much for entering the giveaway!
I made the pancakes this morning, and they were delicious! I loved how the batter was the perfect consistency….I was afraid they would be too thick.
I haven’t read the China Study yet, but I’m a few chapters into Whole. I’ve flipped through the China Study Cookbook, too, and I would love to own a copy myself!
Oh I’m glad you liked them! I agree – the batter was just right. I also read Whole and my poor brain had difficulty in some spots, but definitely worth the read. Thanks for entering the giveaway, Candy!
I read it many many years ago and it was a few years after going vegan. Though I”d originally stopped eating meat due to ethical reasons and had done tons of reading on factory farming, it was reaffirming to know that my decision was also beneficial to my health as well.
A win-win if I ever heard one!
Yum. It’s going on next week’s menu!
You’re going to love them!
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Two books inspired me to go vegan, The China Study and Reverse and Prevent Heart Disease. I haven’t used the cookbook, but would love to try it!
Oh, that’s another great book!
I have yet to read The China Study but this cookbook looks like a winner! Everything looks delish!
I can’t wait to cook from this cookbook! The China Study has been my “bible” for becoming vegan!
I haven’t read the China Study yet but I do plan to
I tried them with gluten free flour. I haven’t read the china study but I have heard very good things about it.
Hope they turned out for you, Tamara! Thanks for commenting.
I have not read this cookbook yet however i am super excited since you posted a recipe for pumpkin pancakes! Pumpkin is super healthy and delicious. Can’t wait to try this recipe. Thanks!
I’m pretty much into anything that includes pumpkin ;-)! Thanks, Alyssa!
I have read The China Study and encouraged others to do the same. I’m always eager to try new cookbooks, too! 😉
Thanks for entering the giveaway, Melinda!
My husband and I are China Study “graduates” and I’ll put the cookbook on my Christmas wish list! Making pumpkin pancakes for my daughter’s birthday tomorrow! Cheers.
That will be a wonderful way to start a birthday!
We made the pancakes just now! They’re dense and tasty. I always felt it was difficult to find a good vegan pancake recipe. What I like is that there is NO OIL or fat in them! (Oil in the pan, yes.) Anyway, thanks so much.
I know – – I love that, too. Amazing. I’m glad you liked them, Susan!
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Pumpkin is my favorite food!