Vegan with a Vengeance: Over 150 Delicious, Cheap, Animal-Free Recipes That Rock Paperback – Oct 28 2005
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To appreciate this quirky vegan cookbook, readers must welcome the author's offhand, rambling style. A chatty Brooklynite who hosts her own public access cooking show, she scatters stories about her mother, her friends and her politics among recipes for goodies like Fresh Corn Fritters and Curried Split Pea Soup. In one anecdote, she writes that her mother liked the scones from "one of those overpriced French cafes in Union Square," prompting the author to create Glazed Orange scones in her mother's honor, and the sweet, rich result rivals the average "overpriced café" model. BBQ Pomegranate Tofu is actually baked, not barbecued, but still the tofu is rich and smoky, terrific over rice or packed into heroes. Even better, the vegan iterations of Spanakopita and Seitan-Portobello Stroganoff so closely approximate the traditional versions that even the pickiest eaters would happily trade one for the other. And although there's no chicken broth in Matzoh Ball Soup, the vegetable stock is hearty enough to cure the fiercest cold. Best of all, and rare in a vegan cookbook, the author provides several appealing dairy-free desserts that are tasty enough to fool most omnivores, yet unique enough to thrill any vegan who just can't face another tofu ice cream bar.
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“Written by a quirky and edgy Brooklyn born and raised vegan, Isa Moskowitz…Moskowitz gets rave reviewers for her innovative and yummy recipes and her entertaining and upbeat dialogue.”
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* Fronch Toast (Waaayyy better than any tofu or banana substitution for the real thing)
* The Best Pumpkin Muffins Ever (they certainly live up to their name)
* Asparagus and Sun-Dried Tomato Frittata (I followed one of the author's variations and it was great!)
* Gigantoid Peanut Butter Cookies (OMG - I substituted whole wheat flour to make these even more nutritious!)
* Seitan (this turned out great - I'm making the Jerk Seitan tonight!)
Only a couple of quips, but nothing worth giving anything less than a 5-star rating...I found that there was a little too much oil in the baked goods, but I substituted applesauce for most of the oil and the recipes still turned out great. There also isn't any nutritional data for each recipe.
Better get back to making more recipes! I definitely recommend this book to anyone looking for simple vegan recipes that are pretty normal, and that can be shared with meat-eaters who usually snub vegan food.
A great beginner book with a nice variety.
The great thing about this book is that it doesn't require particularly exotic ingredients and/or equipment. Live in small-town USA? This is the book for you. As well, the recipes are so good that your omni friends won't even know (or care) that the recipes are meat and dairy free.
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would not recommend
Then again, I love my meat and my wife will never convince me otherwise.
First let me say that reading this book is great. Isa really is interesting and a breath of fresh air. The actual recipes though did not impressed me. Read morePublished on April 21 2013 by Brigitte
Buy this book now. I have made so many wicked recipes from this book, it's never let me down. And although it isn't necessary, it's written like you imagine a cook book from your... Read morePublished on Nov. 19 2012 by Erin Eden
Apart from a few meh recipes, everything in this book is amazing! Isa is a food magician. My meat and cheese loving family eats everything and loves it. Read morePublished on April 10 2012 by mmmry
I am a huge fan of all of Isa Chandra's books, but this is a wonderful source of inspiration for simple, daily use. Read morePublished on Nov. 5 2011 by G. Larouche
I recently went vegan after years as a vegetarian, and decided I needed a vegan cookbook. I was tempted, but intimidated, by the Veganomicon, another of Moskowitz's books, so I... Read morePublished on Oct. 14 2011 by Sally Seton