Urban Vegan: 250 Simple, Sumptuous Recipes From Street Cart Favorites To Haute Cuisine Paperback – Oct 1 2009
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"The Urban Vegan is fresh, hip, and intelligent, and simply perfect for everyone – from the city dweller who wants to do a vegan dine-in to the rural cook who yearns to sample the vegan delicacies a large urban centre has to offer." - Dreena Burton, author of Eat, Drink and Be Vegan "With an engaging, down-to-earth tone, but quirky and charming, Balcavage delivers the best of the world's flavors to your kitchen, from Western Europe to the Middle East, and back home to Philly favorites."– VegNews "You don't have to convert to veganism to appreciate Balcavage's healthy, Easy-to-make recipes."– GRID "Dynise Balcavage's "The Urban Vegan," is less fussy, more funky, with vegan versions of sophisticated eats. It also requires specialty ingredients, but delectable dishes such as millet-crusted mushroom-leek pie and cherry-chocolate chunk scones are easy to make." – The Seattle Times, Food and Wine section "The Urban Vegan: 250 Simple, Sumptuous Recipes from Street Cart Favorites to Haute Cuisine is by Dynise Balcavage, who details life as a city vegan on her blog, UrbanVegan.net. Selections range from Marsala mushroom crepes and sweet-potato gnocchi with basil cream sauce (made with soy milk) to minty mojitos and sherry-infused pate (made with cremini mushrooms and pecans, rather than goose liver). As she puts it, newer recipes have transformed vegan cooking from "oat cuisine" to "haute cuisine."– Winston-Salem Journal "The Urban Vegan: 250 Simple, Sumptuous Recipes from Street Cart Favorites to Haute Cuisine by Dynise Balcavage is one of our absolute favorite new cookbooks!"– GIrlyGirl Army Praise for Celebrate Vegan"Gather, rejoice and feast: Dynise has all the dining milestones covered, joyfully so. Her Italian mojitos should be a tradition for every holiday!"– Terry Hope Romero, author of Veganomicon and Vegan Pie in the Sky "Celebrate Vegan is a must-have book for anyone that loves to eat! Dynise makes every occasion a celebration, with 200 deliciously fabulous vegan recipes to celebrate holidays big and small."– Julie Hasson, author of Vegan Diner
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Sampling ruby-red organic berries at a farmers’ market. Comparing thirty varieties of rice noodles in a Vietnamese food store. Ordering “good and greasy” vegetarian rotis from a street cart. This is the life of the urban vegan! Dynise Balcavage brings this fresh cuisine to life with 250 original animal-free recipes inspired by the colorful culinary landscapes of urban areas. Whether you are a dedicated herbivore or someone seeking a healthy, varied, and delicious diet, this book provides mouthwatering inspiration no matter which city market, restaurant, or corner store you visit.Recipes are organized by themes including cafe culture, breakfast at the diner, lunch cart, urban garden, haute cuisine, “just desserts,” and happy hour. At-a-glance icons signify which recipes are low-fat, fast, omnivore-friendly, kid-friendly, and frugal. Also included are essential tips covering vegan cuisine, an overview of the vegan pantry, and numerous menu ideas that will please even the staunchest omnivores!Among the 250+ recipes:Pecan Streusel Coffee Cake Chocoholic Waffles Rapini Panini Honeydew Pomegranate JigglersHot & Sour Coconut Soup Savory French Terrine Hedonist’s Stuffed MushroomsChickpea Paprikash Lemon Poppyseed TempehUn-Fried Ice CreamSee all Product Description
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I am sure this cookbook/lifestyle guide/armchair international adventure will do very well. I made the Cauliflower-Chickpea Tagine tonight (adding potatoes since I am wheat free at the moment) and It Was Amazing. Tomorrow I am cooking up the Pumpkin Risotto with Sage and Sundried Tomatoes and have my eyes on the Chickpea Paprikash for next week. Yum! I am sure I will not run out of "What's for dinner?" for a long time to come. Thanks Dynise!
At first, I had a bit of trouble choosing what recipes to make. Not because they didn't sound enticing, but because a good majority of the recipes in this cookbook do call for soy in some form. Dynise uses soy flour as her main egg substitute in baked goodies. Though she does offer some other options for egg substitutes in the beginning of the book, I was a bit confused on how I would swap them out (for flax seeds would I need to reduce the liquid in the recipe or add more, and in which recipes would that be a fair substitute for?). And of course, since it is a vegan cookbook, there is liberal use of tofu, soy creamer, TVP, and other soy products. I have nothing against the bean, but we stock a very limited amount of soy products in our household (just miso and soy sauce - I never have soy flour on hand), since it really upsets my husband's stomach. I don't consider this a downfall of the book though, since it is our own dietary preference, and the author certainly makes no soy-free claims.
Luckily, there were still several soy-free or soy-reduced gems within that both my husband and I could enjoy. In fact, I did start by making use of that miso (we actually used a soy-free light miso) in the Miso-Sesame Dressing. It was a deliciously light and flavorful vinaigrette!
For my second taste of this cookbook, I made the Brussels Sprouts Au Gratin. This dish was so good (and SO EASY), that I devoured half a pound of Brussels sprouts by myself, in one sitting.
With simple successes like these, I can guarantee that I will be trialing more recipes from The Urban Vegan Cookbook. In fact, the Super-Sonic Sunflower Squares, Curry Cashew Casserole, Foil-Roasted Beets with Wasabi Vinaigrette, Oven-Roasted Potatoes with Basil-Fennel Cream, and Michelle's Peanut Butter Graham Balls are already on my "to make" list.
The Urban Vegan Cookbook Vitals:
The recipes in The Urban Vegan vary widely in complexity. There are extremely simple recipes that can be whipped up in mere minutes using common pantry food, and there are Sunday afternoon type recipes that might entice you to use several new-to-you ingredients.
There are 250 recipes within, yet the print is easy to read, and the page count is kept to a respectable 227 pages. They really did an excellent job with the layout.
The chapters have a less traditional format. Titles like "Café Culture," "Soup Kitchen," "Happy Hour," "Lunch Cart," and "House Party," form the chapter subjects rather than your traditional, appetizers, entrees, desserts type of format. I love this fun format, but admit I had some trouble re-finding a recipe that I didn't know the exact title of.
There are no pictures in The Urban Vegan, but that is just fine with me. I never require pictures in a cookbook and appreciate the lower cost without (this jam-packed book is just $16.95 retail!).
I am the one who likes to cook and I wouldn't call myself a novice in the kitchen either. I purchased three vegan cookbooks on the market - popular, well-known books - and this was one of them. I tried recipes from all the cookbooks and this book HANDS DOWN was the only one that made me forget that I practicing a lifestyle far from my norm. The food is good, very good. I've made the sloppy joes, the paella, scones, and a couple other recipes. I've had to buy TVP and nutritional yeast for the first time in my life, and both items enhanced the recipes in this book.
Many of the reviewers of these vegan cookbooks are vegans themselves and, no offense, but I imagine that living the lifestyle might make you immune to the textures and tastes that the rest of Americans are eating. I don't give five stars lightly. This book is making me seriously consider moving towards a plant-based diet and neither of the other two vegan cookbooks did that. Buy this book. You will forget that the meat and dairy are missing.