This cookbook looked like lots of fun prior to buying it, but I wasn't sure how useful it would be for every-day cooking. Well, it turns out that the recipes are absolutely perfect for all-occasions: family meals at home, potlucks, picnics, barbecues, and parties! The dishes turn out quite large, so if cooking for only a few people you may find there are left-overs. But, do not cut those recipes in half! (Although I'm sure doing so would turn out fine.) So far, all of the recipes I've made have been just as good the next day!! My favourite recipe so far have to be the coleslaw. It was literally the best coleslaw I've ever had, vegan or otherwise! I used coconut syrup instead of agave syrup because that's what I had on hand and it worked out perfectly! The Mac&"Cheese" is also amazing. I like it because, unlike store-bought cheese alternatives, this doesn't taste remotely plastic! I felt good about the recipe prior to making it, since it didn't have any heavily-processed ingredients, just regular ingredients we are all used to (nuts, pasta, spices, etc.), but even though I had high hopes I never imagined it turning out as well as it did. The Mac&"Cheese" been a huge success on three occasions now, and has become my favourite left-over meal ever!
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WOW!March 22 2011
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I am absolutely loving "Vegan Diner," not only is this cookbook full of beautiful and enticing photos but its filled with great recipes too! i like how there isn't a million recipes in this book but rather what looks like tried and true favorites of the author (who seems like such a sweet and awesome person)! What I've made so far includes:
BREAKFAST: Spelt Chai Pancakes - These pancakes were so yummy! They were perfectly spiced, light, and fluffy, just what a pancake should be! The recipe as is was great for two people as it made only 4 average sized pancakes rather than the stated 7, make a double batch if there's more people eating! My Big Fat Greek Scramble - YUM! Exactly what I would expect if I was ordering this at a diner! I loved everything about this delicious scramble all of the herbs and spices and the wonderful olives. Blueberry Loaf Cake with Lemon Glaze - This was great. It makes a moist and fluffy not to sweet cake, I skipped out on the glaze and subbed half the ap flour with ww and it was just fine. Breakfast Potatoes with Peppers and Onions - Your basic home fries that are comforting for a nice weekend breakfast! Creamy Sage Gravy - Hell yes! This is an excellent basic white gravy that is delicious! I used it to make the Breakfast Potato and Sausage skillet and it was heaven! I cut back on the pepper significantly though and am glad i did cuz 1 tsp seems excessive to me. Herbed Breakfast Sausage Patties - So easy and so tasty! I knew these would be great as I've made her Italian Sausages many times before and loved them! I think I would add a bit more salt because sausages are salty in my mind but altogether these are awesome and so easy to prepare! Crispy Banana-Cinnamon Waffles - Exactly what the title says, so yummy!
BREADS: Sweet Cornbread - This cornbread rocked my socks off! The ingredients are so simple but turned out a tasty and perfect cornbread (even with subbing half the ap flour with ww). This is the first vegan cornbread to rival the cornbread of my childhood! Chipotle Scallion Double Corn Bread - This is a tasty bread but I like the sweet one even more. Garlic Dill Bread - This turned out great but had to much of a beer aftertaste for my palate, my partner who loves beer loved this bread.
SOUPS, SALADS, AND SIDES: Quick and Hearty Chili - This is my new go-to chili! What can I say, this chili is super flavorful, hearty, and what I crave when I crave chili. Its also super simple and comes together quick, bonus! Old Fashioned Tomato Soup - This was so delicious and creamy and so so easy. Home-Style Veggie Noodle Soup - This is a great comforting noodle soup! Sandwich Slaw - Basic and delicious on the Q Sandwiches. Smokey Curls - AMAZING and addictive! Sweetheart Fries - yum!
MAIN COURSES: Very Sloppy Joes - These weren't my thing, maybe a bit too smokey? My partner really liked them though:) Quinoa Burgers - My new favorite veggie burgers! These are so freaking good! Cheesy Mac - Loved this creamy sauce! Jambalaya - Spicy and comforting! Veggies and Dumplings - So easy and so comforting! Smokey Seitan Roast - Fantastic in the Q sandwiches! Home Style Loaf - Love this recipe, again a new favorite! Great the next day for sandwiches. Chicken Style Seitan Loaf - This is so delicious! Great in sandwiches or just sliced with some mashed potatoes and greens.
DESSERTS: Soft and Chewy Choc Chip Cookies - Great easy recipe with less oil than other recipes. Double Chocolate Strawberry Pie - Not my thing but I made it for my neighbors and they raved about it! Chocolate Mint Truffle Pie - OMG so rich and amazing, not to mention easy! Easy Blackberry Skillet Pie - I've only made this with a combo of frozen blueberry and raspberries and it was excellent especially with ice cream! Lemon Diner Cheesecake - Out of this world good! It's so rich and is an excellent non-dairy replica of the original! PB Chunk Ice Cream - So great! I love this recipe because you don't have to cook the ice cream mixture, it goes from the blender to the ice cream maker!
SAUCES AND INCIDENTALS: Great Smokey Mountain Cheeze - Wow just wow! This is an amazing vegan cheese, so much better than any you can buy and easy to make too! Its creamy, smokey, rich, and sliceable making it such a great multipurpose cheese. Make this cheese and see for yourself, you won't be disappointed! Creamy Sage and Pepper Gravy - I want to this on everything every time I make it! Rich Brown Gravy - Oil free gravy?!!! So freaking good, another smoother absolutely everything with it gravy! Two-Pepper Golden Gravy - This wasn't my favorite, I prefer the brown one I guess. Rough Rider BBQ Sauce - Super sweet and thick, excellent on the Q sandwiches.
I can't wait to make more from this book, I have had nothing but delicious meals outta here!
38 of 38 people found the following review helpful
Real vegan comfort food!April 13 2011
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I ordered and received this cookbook recently. My first impression is that the cover picture and other pictures in the book are beautiful. This book also has a good quality. Great publisher!
Now, I believe this is the first vegan cookbook by Julie Hasson. Good for you Julie! I tried several recipes already and everything I tried was delicious. Here are the list I tried:
THE BLUE PLATE SPECIAL (under Main Courses, pg 107) - With a name of a dish like that who doesn't want to try it? I know you have to make 3 things to make a blue plate special: Savory Cornbread Waffle, Smoky Potato Scramble, and Creamy Sage and Pepper Gravy but they are all delicious by itself and combined together. I actually made them on a Sunday night and pack them for lunch the next day. I gave my husband an instruction how to eat them: crispy waffle on the bottom, top with scramble and gravy. My husband called me from work after consuming this lunch and said that it was the best lunch that he had lately. We had the leftover for dinner, too! Yummy!
BREAKFAST BENEDICTS FLORENTINE (under Breakfast, pg. 48) - we had breakfast food for dinner or lunch. It was great and all the same. I didn't really make my own English Muffin or the veg sausage, shame on me (I used gimme lean, but the I made the Hollandaise sauce from this book. It is a wonderful meal!
CHOCOLATE HAZELNUT SWIRL BREAD (under Breads, pg. 57) - Now, this is a WINNER. Hazelnuts, chocolate, and cinnamon? Boy, the combinations will make your mouth water. It turned out to be a huge bread (pictured) and I gave half to my neighbor (now they owe me for the rest of their life) and they loved it. I just microwave for 30 seconds when eating the leftover bread and the chocolate will melt in the bread and in my mouth. It was best when it just came out of the oven. If you love bread, you got to try this! We had this bread for the whole week in the morning with coffee. Oooooooh, so good!
QUICK AND HEARTY CHILI (under Soups, Salads, and Sides, pg. 70) - yummy and quick! This is the kind of chili that is not chunky and will be good to put on a veggie dog or french fries (as chili fries). It can win a chili cook off. Really!
NOT YOUR MAMA'S POT ROAST WITH ROASTED VEGETABLES (under Main Courses, pg. 117) - It was a great seitan dish and was very easy. I use my crockpot and just left it to do it's own thing while I watch TV. How cool is that? Just be careful of the salt content, especially, if you use a salty vegetable stock. Or the dish will become too salty. I had to reduce the soy sauce and the marmite yeast paste.
BARBEQUED RIBZ (under Main Courses, pg. 112) - I know it is not summer yet and it's too cold to bbq outside but I just can't wait. This is my favorite. I used oven's broiler. It's not the same as grilling it but the taste is still great. I am loving it!
CHIPOTLE SCALLION DOUBLE CORNBREAD (under Breads, pg. 55) - I like the idea of Chipotle powder and scallions in this corn bread. It tastes good but the texture is a bit odd and gummy. I don't know what I did wrong or maybe I didn't bake it enough. Or maybe the kernel corns were not thawed enough. Really don't know. I may try it again. We had this with Quick and Hearty Chili.
We didn't try the desserts yet since I am trying to cut down on sugar but they look good. Julie is always creating great desserts so I don't doubt that they are all delicious.
I will try more recipes later and they all look so good. It was a great investment and I will use this cookbook as often as I can.
24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
Delicious and Beautiful!March 5 2011
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This is one of the most beautiful cookbooks I have ever seen. Even the copyright page is adoreable. Beyond the beauty of the book is the deliciousness of the food. The "big fat greek scramble" takes tofu scrambles to a whole new level, and the "old fashioned rice pudding" reminds me of being a kid again. Oh, did I mention the pies? Just imagine, anything you would want to order from a greasy spoon, now buy this book and make the cruelty free version of it in your own kitchen.
19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
Beautiful bookMarch 28 2011
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This is a beautiful book with lots of photos to show what the food will look like. It has many dishes that will be our everyday favorites. The Sweet Cornbread is very easy and delicious. The Blueberry Loaf Cake with Lemon Glaze was heavenly. The Chocolate Cherry Cake had my husband raving in delight. The Quick and Hearty Chili is my new go-to chili recipe. The Great Smoky Mountain Cheeze was delicious and easy. The Brown Rice Hazelnut Burgers are my new favorite veggie burgers. I tried to make the Orange Cornbread Waffles but discovered that my waffle iron was not heating up after I had mixed up the batter; no problem, I turned the batter into some yummy pancakes, and liked them so much I will make them that way again.
I have had this book for only a week and plan to try many more recipes. The only unusual ingredients are agar, vital wheat gluten, non-dairy milks, nutritional yeast flakes, tofu, and some flours. Thse are not unusual in my own kitchen, but people new to vegan cooking might be unfamiliar with them. She has a section in the front explaing ingredients.
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Vegan Donuts? Yes, you can!April 2 2011
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Vegan Diner is worth the price for the diner donuts alone! But wait, there's more! I was lucky to be a tester for this book so have been making many of these recipes for a while now! Some favorites are: Cinnamon Orange Rolls (unbelievable!), Blueberry loaf cake with lemon glaze, diner granola, the whole grain pancake mix (so convenient; a staple in my 'fridge), chocolate-hazelnut swirl bread, english muffins, creamy horseradish potato salad, veggies and dumplings (a favorite of my omni family), italian sausage cutlets, pretty much the entire dessert chapter but specifically the lemon cheesecake and the ice creams, the great smoky mountain cheese is fantastic, too. Just about all of the ingredients needed are easily found at most large grocery stores. This book is a wonderful addition to any cookbook collection!