I am not sure why there are so many negative comments here. I have tried 7 recipes out of Isa's cupcake book and they are all amazing. They don't taste hippy/funny/"vegan". They taste like normal, delicious cupcakes. Spectrum makes a non-hydrogenated shortening that I have used and its fine. Crisco is gross, margerine is gross and so is butter, but when mixed with yummy flavors they all become something wonderful. I highly recommend both of her cookbooks and to try vegan baking in general!