Short-Cut Vegan: Great Taste in No Time Paperback – Apr 16 2009
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Vegetarian magician Lorna Sass pulls another carrot out of the culinary hat with this book. (Of course it's a carrot--this is a vegan cookbook!) This short and snappy book will wow you with Mushroom Barley Soup that cooks in 15 minutes, an almost instant Chickpea Curry, an inspired Vegetable Paella, Tortilla "Sushi," and more. In addition to the recipes, Sass names specific products useful for making speedy, tasty meals and recommends ingredients to keep in the pantry and freezer so there's always something to work with in the house. To prove that quick, good eating doesn't depend on recipes alone, Sass offers time-saving principles: adapt them and you'll quickly move from needing recipes to easily creating your own. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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In a world awash in cookbooks, many of them vegetarian, this one by an award-winning author of many other cookbooks (e.g., Great Vegetarian Cooking Under Pressure, LJ 8/94) stands out. Handsome and well designed, it offers recipes that are truly quick and easy to prepare without being boring or predictable. All recipes are vegan?no dairy products or eggs are used. Sass begins with "Ten Strategies for Short-Cut Vegetarian Cooking." These include the use of high-quality prepared foods and of "secret" ingredients for intense taste. Following is a section on stocking the pantry, refrigerator, and freezer with staples. Sass stresses the importance of using the right tool for each preparation and cooking task. The 100-plus recipes include preparation times and storage hints. Highly recommended for cookery collections.?Carol Cubberley, Univ. of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top Customer Reviews
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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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.
This cookbook's focus is speed. Every recipe lists the "prep time" and "cook time", and for almost all recipes those times are each between 5 and 15 minutes.
Each recipe consists of a short list of ingredients, and the preparation directions are clear and super-concise. Occasionally, one ingredient in a recipe will be a product of another recipe, which is usually a pet peeve of mine in cookbooks, but such ingredients are rare and always have store-bought equivalents if you don't want to prepare them yourself.
Many of the recipes can also be converted from leftovers into a different form -- the quinoa / potato / corn / pepper pilaf easily becomes a stew with a couple cups of water and some veggie stock powder. This is especially handy if you primarily cook just for yourself (as I do.)
I only have two complaints about the book, and they're not major. The first is the lack of all photography, although it sure makes the cookbook unbelievably inexpensive, so it's a fair trade.
My second (minor) complaint is that either I'm a slow cook, or her prep times assume that the ingredients are already as specified -- a recipe will call for chopped carrots, diced pepper, diced tofu, etc. and I think the prep time assumes you already have it all diced and chopped. Either that, or it's simply that I'm chopping everything by hand rather than with a food processor. Either way, the recipes generally seem to take me roughly 150% to 200% of the time she allots. Since I'm not a professional chef (to say the least) I can totally accept that this is just me being slow.
If you're like me, you browse Amazon and add most things to your wish list, only buying fairly sparsely of the items that are really compelling. If so, buy this book. It's inexpensive, and it's fantastic. In just the past week I've owned it, it has dramatically changed the quality and diversity of what I eat at home.