Pure Vegan: 70 Recipes for Beautiful Meals and Clean Living Paperback – May 9 2012
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Joseph Shuldiner is a Los Angeles-based writer, photographer, and contributor to EAT: Los Angeles .
Emily Brooke Sandor is a Los Angeles-based food, travel, and still life photographer.
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I tried out some of the recipes, they were very good. especially liked the polenta with the fig and the bean salad. I would have appreciated a legend on how many calories each portion contain and the fat, protein, fiber ..... amounts. Anne Lindsay does that in her "Lighthearted cookbook". Other than that it was good reading.
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Below is a quick summary of some pros and cons.
-- The results are yummy.
-- The recipes barely make use of fake food products.
-- The photographs of the food are beautiful.
-- There aren't very many recipes (only 70, and a bunch are just cocktail recipes).
-- Some of the recipes are very labor intensive. The lasagna, for example, was the best vegan lasagna I've ever had, but it took a solid 3 hours.
-- It's like someone didn't quite test the recipes. Nothing is so off that the recipe will fail, but I had to make some adjustments.
-- I don't love how he organized the book, which was by time of day. The sections are "afternoon", "morning", "very very late night" etc. I honestly think he did that because there just weren't a lot of recipes to fit in more traditional categories.
So despite a few cons, the pros win out. If the food is good, I will put up with a few quirks.
I've been a vegetarian (and for two years a raw vegan) for a long while, but recently decided to dip into veganism. I have some of the great classics (vegetarian epicure 1 and 2, Laurels, etc. But I wouldn't end my cookbook collection at Julia Child or the Joy of cooking(classics for non-veggies) I also love small, interesting cookbooks as an addition to the standards. Why? Because I find them inspiring, this one especially because I haven't seen such a beautifully done, coffee-style book for vegan food, excepting all the raw-vegan books out there. It's about time.
I made a few recipes in one weekend -as a side note I subsitute all sugar for coconut sugar which is low glycemic.
1. Roasted pepper Involtini - easy to make, taste is wonderful and presentation - guest's like! A little rich so best to serve with a light meal. I would suggest use only 1 of his recipes that use a tofu-"cheese" in a meal. You would do that normally for any style of eating.
2. Brussels sprout slaw - One of my favorites, and I even had a non-brussel sprout eating friend, eating them up with glee.
3. Potato torte - easy to make and absolutely homestyle goodness, comfort food at its best.
4.Sweet Crema with Berries - very good, hard to tell it's tofu and I'm not really big on tofu - I would usually use coconut cream in a similar way, but I love this variation.
5. Garbanzo bean Socca - love this, it's not health food, but great with an indian style dish and very satisfying. I substituted the fry pan for a cake pan, either would do.
6.Curried Chick peas! I never knew how good chick peas could be - great snack.
7. Pistachio Olive oil cake- This is a winner, came out beautifully the 1st time, easy to make and so tasty, practically guilt free when made with coconut sugar.
I'm happy with this book just for the brussel spouts and chick peas alone, but I feel I will be making many more of these recipes in the future. It's expanded our diet and we happily have eaten vegan for 2 weeks now, without missing anything. I would recommend this for people who enjoy cooking and need something refreshing, or to add to your cookbook collection. If you can only have one cookbook, perhaps look elsewhere, happily that's not the case for me.