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on December 31, 2015
Some great options. Use it often for ideas and then adapt.
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on May 15, 2014
Im quite a critique when it comes to vegan cookbooks as ive tried so many and this one is definetly one id reccomend to new vegans or vegan in genral who want really simple recipes for your average family meal. Some of my favourites from this one are Orange sesame tofu, Lemon Garlic pasta, nicer krispie squares ( rice kripies with macadamia butter! so amazing), rooibos iced tea and chocolate chunk spice cookies.
Overall I would have prefered if there were more pictures as that what makes me want to make the recipe. The other down side is I didnt find this cookbook very inventive and "new" as a lot of the recipes excluding a couple are very basic and sometimes obvious on how to make. For once I would like to see a vegan cookbook without commen sense recipes as fillers!
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on February 4, 2014
Let me be honest first off, I'm not a vegan per se but like to eat dishes without animal products and my partner is pretty well on the vegan tack. Still, I find most of these recipes devoid of excitement, originality or inspiration. I think, the entire vegan movement should look at other cuisines and adapt and adopt them. Add spice, colour, create new flavours and dishes. Come on, there is so much to discover and yet, this book somehow keeps well within the proverbial box... Which makes it no better or worse than others of its description, I suppose....
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on September 13, 2013
I'm a big Dreena Burton fan after having made a few dishes out of this book, she has such a knack for creating flavourful, satisfying but easy and healthy vegan meals. The Quinoa Chickpea Confetti Casserole couldn't be easier to throw together but is so hearty and comforting. The Savory French Lentils is the best lentil dish I've tried, but again, very easy and uncomplicated to make. The Broccoli Cashew Teriyaki Tofu stir-fry is amazing!! By far the best stir-fry I have ever tasted. It is so flavourful. I'd highly recommend this cookbook and can't wait to get her other ones now.
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on March 10, 2012
Gooooood cookie recipes! I even emailed Dreena with a question and she answered me back! Not too many crazy vegan ingredients so recipes are easier to follow.
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on July 28, 2011
My first vegan cook book! And I'm impressed. I highly recommend this book for new vegans. The difficulty is middle-of-the-road: not overly simple but not difficult either. Most are fairly quick to make. The food is delicious, although I need to dial back the heat & spices at times. There are some ingredients I cannot find, as I don't live near a big centre, but I can always substitute tofu for tempeh. The notes in the margins explaining substitutions or the possible recipe variations (eg. to make it Kid-friendly), and the suggestions of which recipes go well together to create a meal, are very helpful. There is also a glossary of ingredients. The only thing I was disappointed about is there isn't much for a meat-and-potatoes-loving husband. The burgers, buritos and soups are sure to please the children (and me!) but not hearty enough for my man.
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on March 26, 2011
This cookbook is THE Best Vegan cookbook I own! So easy and tasty for new Vegans like me.The Potatoe Smashers with gravy are addictive!! If you are just starting a Vegan diet this is the book you NEED!!!!!!!!!!!!
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on November 17, 2010
This is one of my favourite vegan cookbooks and one of my favourite cookbooks period (I'm a vegetarian). I'm working my way through trying every recipe. Dreena's recipes are delicious and creative, like the cocoa-coconut chili and the Thai chick-un pizza. This cookbook is a serious gem. It's hard to find a cookbook that you know you can count on and that will provide you with recipes you won't find other places that will also taste good. Dreena really knows how to combine flavours to make every dish taste so good. Admittedly there have been a couple of dishes I didn't completely love (zucchini chickpea tomato curry, olive & sun dried tomato hummus), but I think that's just due to personal taste. Some of my other favourites are the garlicky broccoli corn and bean burritos, cumin lime tofu, broccoli cashew teriyaki tofu stir-fry, Thai coconut corn stew, and the roasted red pepper almond hummus. I own tons of cookbooks and this is one of the few that I come back to again and again. I'm so happy to have it.
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on November 11, 2010
This recipes raise the bar for flavour. I almost never follow a recipe precisely (i tweak them to my own taste) but Ms Burton's need no improvements.
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on December 29, 2008
My husband and I have been vegetarian for more than 2 years now, but when we discovered a few months ago he had lactose intolerance, we decided to give a try to veganism. I was already reading Dreena's blog, that I found much interesting, so I decided to buy Vive le Vegan, and we loved so much the recipes that a few months later, I bought EDBV. We've discovered so much tips with these two books that now we cook vegan all the time at home and my hubby has no more problem with his stomach! Moreover, we've discovered so much interesting products. At first I thought it would be hard to find all those new ingredients to us, because we live in a small village in Quebec far from big city centers, but finally I found most of them without having to go too far! The recipes I tried from this cookbook were always a success (and I'm not good at all in the kitchen, in fact I used to hate cooking before becoming vegetarian!) and they were easy to make. I really recommend this book to new vegans!
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