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Vegan Planet: 400 Irresistible Recipes with Fantastic Flavors from Home and Around the World [Paperback]

Robin Robertson , Neal D. Barnard
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Jan. 6 2003 Non Series
This book introduces a world of delicious choices to the millions of Americans who are vegans, vegetarians looking to move away from dairy, or non-vegetarians who have food sensitivities.

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With 400 recipes, this is probably the biggest vegan (no animal products-meaning dairy- and egg-free) cookbook on the market. It's also one of the best. Robertson (The Vegetarian Meat & Potatoes Cookbook) is a likable guide to possibly unfamiliar ingredients such as flaxseeds and sea vegetables, and the recipe choices are almost overwhelming. Robertson relies on the usual trick of digging into ethnic cuisines (Thai-Style Leaf-Wrapped Appetizer Bits, Baked Sweet Potato and Green Pea Samosas are among the appetizers) for vegetarian options, but she also innovates in clever ways, as with Here's My Heart Salad with Raspberry Vinaigrette with hearts of romaine, artichoke hearts, hearts of palm and celery hearts. Some of the most versatile options appear in a chapter dedicated to sauces and dressings, such as Eggless Hollandaise and Vegan B‚chamel Sauce. Chapters on breakfast ideas, sandwiches, wraps and burgers-with six different veggie burger options-ensure that all bases are covered. Occasionally, Robertson relies on packaged products like the soy sausage and mozzarella that appear in "Sausage" and Fennel Cannelloni, but most of these recipes simply make the best of vegetables, legumes and grains. A cogent foreword by Barnard (president of the Physicians' Committee for Responsible Medicine) reports the startling fact that Americans-apparently misled into believing that switching from red meat to white will improve their health-now eat one million chickens every hour.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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This ambitious new cookbook from the author of The Vegetarian Meat & Potatoes Cookbook offers dozens of imaginative vegan recipes inspired by a wide range of cuisines, from Five-Spiced Portobello Satays and Lebanese Fattoush (bread salad) to Cajun-Style Collards and Moroccan Fava Bean Stew. There are also vegan versions of such meat dishes as shepherd's pie and chili, as well as sandwiches like Curried Chicken-Less Salad and Seitan Reuben. Robertson's style is more down-to-earth than Crescent Dragonwagon's in Passionate Vegetarian, but Dragonwagon's book, which includes recipes made with eggs and dairy products, complements Robinson's. For most collections.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Yummers! Oct. 23 2006
I Love Cooking and I Love This Book!

Before I buy a cookbook I always test it out before I put money down, I find good vegan cookbooks hard to come by. I have been vegetarian for as long as I remember and have switched to Veganism a few months ago. With other cookbooks I have found it hard to get ingrediants and honestly I don't like tofu. This cookbook does not include tofu in every recipe which is a BREATH OF FRESH AIR!!!! I have a carniverous boyfriend, friends and family and surprisingly enough this cookbook has recipes to please everyones tastes! I say BUY IT!! Possibly the best twenty bucks I have ever spent.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite Vegan cookbook May 31 2004
By A Customer
As a lover of food and cooking, when I became vegan nine months ago I began experimenting with a wide variety of new recipes and new ways to make old favorites. I bought several vegan cookbooks and scoured the web in search of ideas and advice. I made 3 or 4 new dishes every week. This was one of the first books I bought and despite later purchases and the wide variety of recipes available on the web, I come back to this book again and again. Many cookbooks, vegan and otherwise, contain a few gems, some recipes that are interesting looking but which I couldn't really see myself making, and quite a few that I'm simply not attracted to. This book is cover-to-cover great recipes (more than 400) that I could see myself making if I haven't already. As well as familiar items creatively done like sandwiches, salads, soups and various veggies, many recipes borrow from different ethnic cuisines (Thai drunken noodles, baked sweet potato and green pea samosas, etc.) but are accessable and easy enough to prepare that they're not daunting. There are recipes suitable for parties and entertaining, special occasions (including a chapter on desserts), and casual every day meals. Overall this is just a really fantastic cookbook. I highly recommend it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars So far, a keeper! May 13 2004
By K.C.
I've only made a few recipes from this book so far: Bowties with Buttons (i eliminated the kasha as my family is picky, but it still made an interesting side dish!), the Chocolate Chip Cookies--very good and didn't require any esoteric ingredients!, and the Lasagna Primavera, which was admittedly a bit time consuming but well worth it as both my husband and 4 year old enjoyed it. I think i'll be making quite a few recipes out of this book, if only to expose my family to more ethnic flavors and dishes. I gave the book four stars just because i have had to tweak seasonings--the vegan bechamel sauce was a bit bland without some garlic and salt, and the tofu filling for the lasagna called for parsley which is fine but not very flavorful for an Italian dish. I would rather she had exact measurement for salt and pepper instead of "to taste".
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally a Vegan Cookbook that I like July 11 2004
By A Customer
Vegan Planet is a wonderful cookbook. So many other vegan cookbooks out there use ingrediants that are hard to come by: the ingredients in this cookbook can be found at your local supermarket or health food store.
And the recipes are DELICIOUS! My whole family has enjoyed every meal I've made since using this cookbook!
If you're looking for one Vegan cookbook to buy - definitely buy this one!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good, but not *that* good July 7 2003
By A Customer
I've made a load of the recipes in this book and many of them are very decent indeed. Nonetheless I think there are some things about this book that haven't been touched upon by other reviewers that you need to know...
1. No pictures. Maybe because I'm used to more lavishly illustrated British cookbooks (Delia Smith, Jamie Oliver, Gary Rhodes etc.) that the complete absence of pictures hits so hard, but I do think the book would be better with some nice photos. It looks so dated without them, like the sort of cookbooks my granny has...
2. No nutritional information. Which I thought was odd for a book espousing the health benefits of a Vegan diet. It would have been very useful to have some kind of nutritional breakdown for each recipe.
3. Authenticity, or lack thereof. The 'Fantastic Flavors from Around the World' have been desperately Westernised :-( The Thai soup is nothing like a Thai meal, the Indian foods contain celery and sweet potato... Personally I would have preferred to see recipes more sympathetic to their country of origin. In the breads section for example one of the side notes babbles on about some traditional flatbreads from around the world, however NONE of these are offered as recipes and instead the usual variations of banana/seed/nut breads are trotted out again. The sesame & cumin flatbread is fantastic mind you but once again it's a poor interpretation of an Indian naan bread.
4. 400 recipes eh? More like 300 with a number of variations. Shame that. Still most of those 300 are good.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good recipes - bit preachy March 7 2003
By A Customer
I came back to see what other people thought about this book and since everyone seems to love it, I would have to recommend it for those who are already vegetarian or vegan minded. I still find it preachy in places as I stated below but with all the good reviews, it seems to be right on target for vegans. My original review is:
I bought this book because I have a vegan friend and wanted to be able to cook things that she could eat and enjoy. There are plenty of recipes and plenty of good information on alternative proteins. HOWEVER, some of the reasons the book lists to become a vegan are a bit preachy and misleading. The author has definitely stated the truths that are convenient to promote veganism and not completed some of the phrases. For example, the book states that beef contains growth hormones. Period. While that is definitely a concern, beef without hormones does exist, you just need to search for it sometimes. That said, the rest of the information is good, especially if you are a meat loving person like myself but want to be able to make sure you treat your vegan friends with the respect and hospitality they deserve.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
OK but I never really used it much
Published 1 month ago by Lynn
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
All recipes I have tried are amazing.
No pictures, that is the downside, but go for it. It's all good.
Published 8 months ago by Dan
5.0 out of 5 stars My number 1 cookbook
Since becoming vegan about six months ago I have experimented with several cookbooks. Most have been hit and miss. Read more
Published on May 5 2011 by Tim Cork
5.0 out of 5 stars my favourite cookbook-period
I love this cookbook! When I am feeling less than inspired, I crack it open and am suddenly excited about what's for dinner! Read more
Published on Feb. 20 2010 by Krisna Zawaduk
5.0 out of 5 stars new to all this
Being new to the vegan life style I have found it hard to find exciting recipes. This by far has been my goto book.
Published on June 12 2009 by S. Bauer
5.0 out of 5 stars my favorite cookbook
I bought this book skeptically because I wanted to know what eggless and dairyless recipies would be like and if I could conceivably go "vegan" if only for a short time. Read more
Published on Feb. 13 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Abundent and Easy to Follow
I went from being a non-vegan, non-cook to being both with the purchase of this book. It made becoming vegan look and taste easy. Read more
Published on Feb. 5 2004 by Holly
5.0 out of 5 stars The best vegan cookbook by far!
If your vegan, you know that its tough to make or find good food. Every single dish (and there have been plenty of them) that I have made from this cookbook has been 100%... Read more
Published on Jan. 15 2004 by Jen
4.0 out of 5 stars Vegan Planet -- Culinary Worldbeat
In her newest cookbook Vegan Planet, Robin Robertson creates the culinary equivalent of worldbeat music: an intriguing fusion of elements from diverse culture. Read more
Published on Jan. 9 2004 by Patricia Leslie
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