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Short-Cut Vegan: Great Taste in No Time [Paperback]

Lorna J Sass
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April 27 2009

Now that millions of Americans are exploring the vegan lifestyle, award-winning cookbook author Lorna Sass has updated her classic cookbook to reveal that achieving great flavor and eating healthy meals don't require spending hours in the kitchen. Sass creates culinary magic from a pantry stocked with carefully selected prepared and instant foods, such as homemade curry powder, roasted red peppers, spicy salsas and mustard sauces, and roasted garlic oil. A splash of orange juice, a touch of cinnamon, and a few sliced leeks quickly transform handy frozen spinach and a can of highest-quality lentils into an exotic Orange-Scented Lentil Ragout that will satisfy the most sophisticated palates.


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“One of the best vegan cookbooks.” (Vegetarian Times )

About the Author

Lorna Sass, Ph.D., is a culinary historian and a James Beard Award-winning author of many highly acclaimed cookbooks, including <em>Pressure Perfect</em>, <em>The Pressured Cook</em>, and <em>Great Vegetarian Cooking Under Pressure</em>. She has written for the <em>New York Times</em>, <em>Washington Post</em>, <em>Bon Appétit</em>, <em>Prevention</em>, <em>Metropolitan Home</em>, and <em>Woman's Day</em>, among others. She lives in New York City.


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5.0 out of 5 stars Lots of Great recipes Dec 19 2010
Format:Paperback
Lots of Great recipes in this little gem of a book.
Lorna Sass is a big proponent of pressure cookers, now I'm convinced!
Will have to go to [...] to get one eventually.
She is also a big fan of Vogue Vege Base, which I'm in the process of ordering online.
The recipes are quick, easy, and very tasty.
I would recommend this book to any vegan or health conscious person looking for new ideas on how to quickly prepare healthy food!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Short-Cut Vegan: Great Taste in No Time June 28 2009
By cookeasyvegan.blogspot.com - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I've long been a fan of Lorna Sass' work. When she started publishing her cookbooks, "vegan" was still considered a fairly odd cooking style, so all the book titles used the word "vegetarian." When I first discovered "Lorna Sass' Complete Vegetarian Kitchen" was totally vegan, I snapped up a copy, and it's become a tried and true reference at our house. We've learned through experience that her recipes always work. This has been especially helpful to my husband, as he learns to cook. He's not an intuitive cook (he describes himself as a developing cook), but he can follow a recipe, so when recipes are good, his cooking is good. I like that! We actually own four of Lorna Sass' books.

The book I most recently acquired is a revised edition of "Short-Cut Vegetarian," now more appropriately titled "Short-Cut Vegan: Great Taste in No Time." This is really more than just a collection of quick recipes, it's a guide to setting up your kitchen with the supplies you need to create fast, healthy and delicious vegan meals. She gives detailed information on how to efficiently stock the pantry -- shelves, freezer and refrigerator -- with basic essentials. There is also helpful information information on kitchen tools, food storage and food prep. She gives recipes for preparing flavor-enhancing condiments to have on hand, but also recommends store-bought equivalents if you prefer to take the easiest route. The recipes are an assortment of inviting combinations such as "Orange-Scented Lentil Ragout, "Cabbage and Potatoes in Mustard Sauce," "Pasta With Broccoli Rabe and Olives," and "Pineapple-Ginger Ice." Each recipe is accompanied by personal commentary that expands and enriches it.

Because it was so horribly hot here in the Midwest when we received the book, we decided to try a few recipes that needed as little cooking as possible. All were colorful, delicious, healthy and easy to prepare. We sampled "Asian Slaw," "Quinoa-Corn Salad With Basil," "Moroccan Carrot Slaw" and "White Bean Gazpacho."

The book does not contain food photographs, so you will have to use your imagination as to what the final dishes look like, but if you are looking for a collection of tasty and interesting vegan dishes for every day or special occasions that can be prepared in short order, you might consider "Short-Cut Vegan" by Lorna Sass.
64 of 64 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favourite cookbooks re-issued! May 28 2009
By E. Elliott - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
My copy of "Shortcut Vegetarian" is in tatters after 10 years of constant use. Perfect timing for a re-issue. The recipes are delicious, fast, healthy, interesting AND easy to prepare. This is one of the only cookbooks I own where I have tried and enjoyed almost every recipe. Most recipes are followed by useful variations and accompanied by Lorna's friendly and useful comments. The preparation and storage tips for many of the ingredients are short and to the point. This slim and lightweight book is packed with great recipes and ideas!
43 of 44 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Yummy! July 6 2009
By Tina - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
The Short-Cut Vegan appears to be a re-issued book. I am glad that HarperCollins has decided to make it available as this book is a little gem.

I have been heading more and more towards being vegan, however, as I am an extremely lazy cook, the recipes cannot take very long or be too complicated or involved - enter Short-Cut Vegan cookbook.

This little cookbook is great, great, great! From its compact and convenient size, to its easy to read recipes, that are quick, fun and yum! tasty! I ended up making 7 recipes in the first few days I received it.

As mentioned, the recipes are super easy and quite fast to make and there is a very nice variety of vegan meals to select from. The Spinach with "Toasted Coconut and Black Mustard Seeds" was delish! and I loved "the Unlimited Waffle Mix" (try the Sunflower Seeds version).

The only thing I miss in this book were the pictures. There are no pictures of the "end result" which, for someone with my limited gifts in cooking, could use as a handy guideline to make sure that what I am making looks remotely like its suppose to!

Still, this is a great little cookbook.
15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Short Cut Vegan Nov. 24 2009
By Latina Vegan - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This book is fabulous, I have been a Vegan for over 4 years and am always looking for cookbooks that are simple, with just a few ingredients (that I don't have to scour NYC to find!) and that are also tasty. I especially enjoy the desserts section. You can never, ever have enough Vegan dessert recipes! As a Latina Vegan I can modify all recipes, add a bit of cumin here, some cilantro there and Latinafy recipes as well.
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not just for vegans! Jan. 14 2011
By Emily Eckel - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I bought this, although I am not vegan, because I do not eat dairy or eggs. Vegan cookbooks are gold to folks with food allergies. If you or those you cook for have many food allergies, there's two common ones out of the way. Just a couple tweaks if necessary, and you've got yourself a fine meal.
This is a great little cookbook that may just change the way you cook- and eat! I personally am eating a greater variety of delicious veggies since using this book- and not dirtying more dishes. Anyone, vegan or not, stands to gain from this cookbook. Lorna provides excellent tips for cobbling together healthy last minute meals, and easy prep to do when you have time when you'll be near(but not necessarily in) the kitchen. The recipes share prep ingredients (spice mixes, sauces, grains) and pantry staples. You can build yourself a little pantry and always be prepared.
You may actually say to yourself one night- "What would Lorna do?" I did!

BTW: No Vegan Frankenfood(fake dairy, dubious soy 'meat',etc.) in this book either
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