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The Uncheese Cookbook: Creating Amazing Dairy-Free Cheese Substitutes and Classic "Uncheese" Dishes [Paperback]

Joanne Stepaniak
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Jan. 28 2005 Creating Amazing Dairy-Free Cheese Substitutes & Classic Unc
Create non-dairy substitutes for many of your favorite cheeses right in your own kitchen-Liptauer, brie, havarti, Gruyere, colby and more. Truly innovative recipes for more than just macaroni and cheese!

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For this tenth anniversary edition of her popular The Uncheese Cookbook, author Jo Stepaniak has completely revised her acclaimed orginal recipes and added many new ones. Includes an introduction by Vesanto Melina, RD, on safely eliminating dairy products from the diet. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Jo Stepaniak, MSEd, is an author and educator who has been involved with vegetarian- and vegan-related issues for nearly four decades. Jo has been a frequent guest presenter, lecturer, and workshop leader throughout North America and is the author or co-author of almost a dozen books on vegetarian cooking or books on vegan living and philosophy. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Uncheese Cookbook May 7 2003
Format:Paperback
"The Uncheese Cookbook" was the first vegan cookbook I bought for myself. I had mostly been trying to wing it as a vegan cook and was not doing a great job! I was excited beyond belief to find the book and at the same time was indeed skeptical. My skepticism was short lived. The Philly Potato Chowder alone is worth the price of the book. It is creamy and rich beyond what I could have believed was achievable without dairy products. This is my teenage son's and 6 year old daughter's favorite(and my teenager's friends!). There are some lovely ethnic recipes such as Aunt Shayna's Potato Cakes and Mattar Paneer. To think of this book as simply a bunch of cheese substitutes would be doing the book and its author a disservice. Joanne has worked very hard to re-create the textures and flavors of many well loved dairy favorites. Her recipes satisfy that need for homey, cheezy, thick, rich flavors that many vegans, allergic folks, lactose intolerant or just plain health conscious people have missed for a long time. Serving up a hot bowl of chowder with some bread and a salad is an incredibly satisfying experience! Macaroni and Tomatoes is a hot and bubbly wonder concoction. It is so hearty! My newest favorite is Gee Whiz Spread mixed with a large can of chunky tomato sauce on the stove until hot and bubbly over steamed kale. I just ate it for breakfast!
On another note, these recipes are incredibly good for you. The ingredients are first rate(unlike many store bought un-cheeses) and of course...no saturated fat or cholesterol. The Gee Whiz Spread has beans in it making it a real nutritional powerhouse and seriously rich and creamy. Nutritional information is included for each recipe as well.
I would recommend all of Joanne's books, but to someone looking for a book dedicated to richness and creaminess this is the one I would start with. It is a great introduction to how good vegan cooking can be!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars this book is revolutionary March 8 2002
By Davivid
Format:Paperback
the most important thing about Stepaniak's Uncheese Cookbook is that it helps us reconceptualize cheese as a combination of flavors and textures instead of letting us continue to treat
it as just an ingredient or food.
Cheese is tangy, salty, creamy, rich--and so are Stepaniak's "uncheeses". By using a combination of healthy core ingredients including torula yeast, lemon juice, tahini, oats, cashews, tofu, onion, garlic, and pimientos, among others, Stepaniak has created some really clever and tasty recipes that take the place of cheese quite well.
If you have read the one negative customer review posted here, let me assure you that that reviewer was wrong. The two recipes upon which that review was based are not the two best in the book. Like any cookbook, some recipes among the hundreds work better than others.
I've spent a few years with this book, though, and it has changed the way I approach vegan cooking. The best recipes in this book are marvels.
A few examples: the "mostarella" "cheeze" (particularly with a touch of hickory smoke flavor added)is a delicious soft, spread that has received praise from everyone to whom i have ever served it. The stuffed shells and lasagna recipes are simple, elegant, and impressive. the sauce recipes are top notch,
and the cheesecakes are great.
a wonderful thing about this book is that once you master the basic techniques of creating uncheeses, you begin to see how Stepaniak uses them as a foundation upon which to build a repetoire of creamy, cheesy vegan ideas. Then you can start to develop your own versions of traditionally dairy-based recipes.
don't hesitate to pick up this book. And while you're at it, check your supply of torula (nutritional) yeast, onion & garlic powder, cornstarch, pimientos, lemons, tahini, and raw cashews. if you've got that stuff, a good blender, and Stepaniak's Uncheese Cookbook, you're ready to get started!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Culinary Breakthrough - Pure Genius! Nov. 26 2001
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
The recipes in this book are nothing short of miraculous! I have been using The Uncheese Cookbook for years and am probably due for a new copy, as my book is well worn with many dog-eared pages. The recipes aren't cheese, so don't expect them to be. They are UNcheeses. Still, they have an incredibly cheeselike flavor and texture. In fact, several of them come so amazingly close to "the real thing" that even some of my dairy-eating friends have been fooled.
What is particularly impressive is that the ingredients are wholesome, natural, REAL foods--not the highly-refined starches and other questionable items used in many of the commercial soy cheeses (which, in my opinion, taste like plastic). Furthermore, these recipes taste GOOD and are surprisingly easy to make. Here are some of my favorites: Gee Whiz Spread (awesome!), Colby Cheeze, Gooda Cheeze, Boursin, Hot Parmesan Artichoke Dip, Philly Potato Chowder, Curried Cauliflower Cheeze Soup, Unprocessed Cheeze Sauce (heavenly!), Fondue (every kind under the sun!), Stuffed Shells, Grilled Cheeze, Cheezecakes (yum, yum!), and so much more.
Not only are the recipes imaginative, delicious, and rich tasting, they are remarkably low in fat (there's a nutritional analysis with each recipe). Many other cookbook authors and recipe developers have tried to imitate Ms. Stepaniak's uncheeses, but no one could surpass her original creations. She's a true pioneer.
If you miss cheese or just want something cheesy but healthful, be sure to pick up a copy of this classic gem!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars great cjeese
Again lots of great recipes and most soy free, which for me is great as I am very allergic to soy so it is a real challenge to find soy free recipes and this book is full of them... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Yvette Ratson
5.0 out of 5 stars So much information, not only a vegan cookbook about making uncheeses.
Recipes are easy and my children loved the "Mac n cheez". My sister came over (who is not vegan, eats dairy) and lived it too!
Published 4 months ago by Sarah-Jane Reidpath-Kilbride
5.0 out of 5 stars Simple recipes, easy to follow.
Excellent book for all Vegans. I would definitely recommend it to anyone who is trying to eliminate "animal products" from their diet. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Pamela Pfannmueller
5.0 out of 5 stars my partner needed uncheez - we are both pleased
I am not a Vegan, and have no religious objections to meat, etc., but my partner feels better if dairy free. Read more
Published 6 months ago by proberaus
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good and informative book
I like it very much and want to try them all ! I wish there could have had more pictures for the recipes.
Published 14 months ago by Mila
4.0 out of 5 stars Tasty sauces, dips, desserts etc. - Cheesy enough for me!
I don't understand the negative reviews about this book; it's one of my favourite vegan cookbooks!

Here's what I made so far:
- Unprocessed Cheez Sauce (p. Read more
Published 15 months ago by ABC
4.0 out of 5 stars Better than grocery soy cheese by a long shot
These do not taste like cheese but then soy alternatives don't taste like meat either. That being said, these are great alternatives for dairy free or just getting rid of the too... Read more
Published on March 2 2010 by Jane Mitchell
4.0 out of 5 stars praise for the non-block cheez recipes
I really enjoy some of the ideas and recipes in this book. The block uncheeses aren't for everyone, honestly they don't really appeal to me. Read more
Published on Nov. 8 2008 by C. Tanasichuk
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good!
This book is excellent. I made the vegan 'brie' at a party and everyone loved it. I wish I had brought the recipe for people . Read more
Published on Dec 17 2007 by J. Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good
I tried the colby Cheese as the poster below reccommended. Wow, it was good! I made grilled Cheese sandwitches with it, and even my husband was astounded at how "real"... Read more
Published on May 11 2004 by reader04
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