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Vegan with a Vengeance: Over 150 Delicious, Cheap, Animal-Free Recipes That Rock [Paperback]

Isa Chandra Moskowitz
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Book Description

Oct. 28 2005
In Vegan with a Vengeance, Isa Chandra Moskowitz, host of the community access vegan cooking show The Post Punk Kitchen, brings the do-it-yourself, community-driven ethos of punk rock into the kitchen. Her cooking philosophy embraces being kind to animals (all recipes are completely animal-product free) and your wallet-while being creative and having fun in the process. She emphasizes staying clear of corporate brand-name foods, and says that cooking should be an innovative, experimental, and completely real experience. This one-of-a-kind cookbook offers 125 recipes for all meals of the day, from stuffed mushrooms to tofu pizza, gingerbread cupcakes to pasta with "alfreda sauce," and is full of tips and tricks on how to keep your diet vegan, inexpensive, and liberated.

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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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Named a “Top Ten Vegan Cookbook” by VegNews, July/August 2010
Portland Oregonian’s FOODday blog, 2/3/10
“Fun sounding.”, 4/30/10
“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.”
Food Management, October 2010
“The voice of the new veggie generation…[Isa Moskowitz is] a chatty Brooklynite with a gift for bold international flavors.”
Vogue India
“A quirky cookbook that extols the virtues of liberated living and helps you create vegan versions of traditional recipes.”


Jackson Free Press, 4/11
“Moskowitz takes familiar recipes and gives them a delicious and innovative twist that the whole family can appreciate.”

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Delicious! Aug. 31 2006
By S. Wise
I first borrowed this book from the library, and upon trying a few recipes, I had to buy a copy of my own! So far, I have made:

* 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.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars great cookbook easy recipes; fun to read! April 9 2007
vegan with a a great cookbook, and believe me i have tried just about everyone out there, and am always looking for new ones. i have tried the following so far and they were great...fronch toast *****, tofu scramble*****, chipolte corn black bean stew was okay, didn't like the lime...chili sin carne al mole was amazing *****the cocoa in this recipe is unusual but so good! curried split pea soup was another really good recipe**** didn't like the sunny blueberry-corn muffins awful texture and not much taste, i also agree with the person above..there is just too much oil in some of the recipes, i also found the tofu dill sammiches lacking in the flavour department, the tofu ricotta is great..the pizza sauce is a little plain but good after a little tweaking, the pizza crust recipe is good and simple...the ginger-macadamia-coconut-carrot cake got rave reviews, even though i substituted walnuts for macadamias...the cajun french fries were good, but very spicy... not crazy about the taste or texture of the pesto and last but not least the peanut butter silk pie was great, i tweaked a couple of ingredients...but its good. looking forward to doing some more taste testing... one of the best vegan cookbooks i have; and i have about 30..most of which are useless...but not this one.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Love it! July 4 2008
By claudis
This book is great even if you're not a vegan. I'm a vegetarian contemplating veganism, my husband eats meat, and I do all the cooking. I'm not so accomodating that I'll make 2 separate meals, so I have to cook dinners that will keep us both happy. I've made a couple of Isa's recipes with great success and praise from my husband. The Chile sin Carne al Mole was fabulous! My only complaint is that I wish the book was hard cover as I know that I'll use it to death and it will get wrecked...other than that great book with all sorts of different influences and world flavours. I can't wait to try out more!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You won't be disappointed! June 21 2007
This is my first of several vegan cookbooks, and it's the one I go back to most often. The recipes are simple, easy, and don't call for any bizzarre or pricey ingredients. The results are ALWAYS delicious!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By luna
I absolutely love this cookbook. That being said I can see how the recipes could be a little intimidating to someone who doesn't really cook much already as they often contain lots of ingredients and steps. But never fear! If you can get over the fear of a three page recipe you will go to vegan places you have never been before. This is the cookbook that finally, finally taught me how to prepare tofu properly, make my own seitan, and actually pair dishes to make an awesome meal. Even my omni spouse loves the things I make from this cookbook!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Newbie Friendly Jan. 12 2007
This was the first vegan cookbook I bought and it has not disappointed me yet. I was so excited the first time I made the Falafels. They were great! The recipes I have thus far made have been flavourful and easy to make. Isa's side notes and tips are much appreciated as are her notes on egg replacers and the recipe for Seitan rocks.

A great beginner book with a nice variety.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Cookbook I Use Every Week Aug. 7 2006
This is an excellent Vegan cookbook that barely gets to sit on the shelf as I am using it for recipes or at least inspiration all of the time. The food turns out beautifully and the recipes are realistic in terms of both ingredients,and time spent cooking. My only complaint would be a little too many tofu recipes and not enough beans, but that is just a personal preference. That being said the Tofu Ricotta is fantastic. If you are a Vegan or love a Vegan you must have this cookbook.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best vegan cookbook! Nov. 29 2010
By Anya
If you are new to veganism and/or are looking for some great recipes (vegan or not), you should buy this book! The recipes are freakin' fantastic, and even if you don't make any of the recipes, the author's writing style is so engaging that you can just read the book from cover to cover like a good novel. Some favourites from the book include: Banana split pudding brownies, Pizza Dough, Cajun Fries and Mocha Chip Muffins.

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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Most recent customer reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars can't stand this cooking
bland, we do not use.
would not recommend
Then again, I love my meat and my wife will never convince me otherwise.
Published 10 months ago by Matthew E Coleman
3.0 out of 5 stars I was expecting more.
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 more
Published 17 months ago by Brigitte
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy This Book Immediately
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 more
Published 22 months ago by Erin Eden
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome stuff!
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 more
Published on April 10 2012 by mmmry
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing, original and tasty recipes!
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 more
Published on Nov. 5 2011 by G. Larouche
5.0 out of 5 stars Complete cookbook
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 more
Published on Oct. 14 2011 by Sally Seton
5.0 out of 5 stars Isa Chandra Moskowitz is Awesome!
This is a great Vegan cookbook. Also, I am a big fan of Isa Chandra Moskowitz. I highly recommend this cookbook, as well as The Veganomicon. They are both great! Read more
Published on Sept. 30 2009 by Honest_Reviewer
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