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Q: I want to introduce more plant-based meals to my family. My son is particularly picky when it comes to fruits and veggies. If I were going to pick 2 of the Happy Herbivore cookbooks to start, which 2 would you recommend for the transition?

A: My advice is to thumb through the tables of contents of each (at the bookstore or online, Amazon has a generous "look inside" feature, especially if you are logged in ...

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Q: What brand of liquid smoke do you use? 

I've used a number of different brands. I generally buy whatever is available to me. I've used Colgin's liquid smokes (they have different "flavors") and Wright's, plus others I can't recall. Any supermarket should have it.


Q: I'm allergic to quinoa. Any suggestions?

It would depend on the recipe. If the quinoa isn't being used *in* something (say, *in* a ...

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Q: I recently read your blog about cooking beans in a pressure cooker and since I cook dry beans all the time, I decided to take your advice and get one. I wait to use it! However, the instructions said to pre-soak the beans and add vegetable oil. Do I have to soak? Is the oil necessary?

A: I can't speak for all pressure cookers, but I was under the impression that soaking was optional ...

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Q: Do you have any suggestions as to what I can use as a replacement for mushrooms? I don't like them.

A: Unfortunately, mushrooms are one of the few ingredients that have no alternative or culinary substitute (miso is another). If it's something with just a few mushrooms in a big mix of veggies, you could try adding another vegetable, but if the mushrooms are a main item, the center of the recipe or ...

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Q: I noticed 3-Day Reboot calls for corn tortillas rather than wheat in some of the recipes.  Is it ok to have the taco on wheat rather than corn? 

A: We use corn tortillas for two reasons: (1) Corn tortillas are generally the healthier choice available. Most corn tortillas are just water, corn (corn meal) and maybe salt and lime. Wheat tortillas, on the other hand, tend to have a long list of ingredients and they ...

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