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on May 14, 2013
I originally took this book out from the library, to first see how it stood the recipe test. So far I have not been disappointed at all. I have made about 5 recipes,and all of them turned out very nice and delish. The cuisine is quite sophisticated,but what I love most about this book is that the recipes are SUPERMARKET FRIENDLY, meaning that ingredients are pretty easy to find in your typical supermarket. That is a plus for me, because I hate vegan recipe books that call for difficult to find and pricey items(which seems to be a majority from my experience) that I have to search for in gourmet shops or health food stores.I will be buying this book for my kindle,and taking it with me everywhere I travel. I'd say that this is probably the best vegan cookbook out there(and I've seen and bought my share!).
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on September 28, 2015
This is an absolute staple for any vegan or vegetarian kitchen. There are recipes I go back to again and again in this book, such as the chickpea cutlets, baked potato and spinach (or it is kale?! I have it memorized in my head and swap out these greens interchangeably), mac n cheese, etc. If you have to own any one of Isa Chandra's cookbooks, this is probably the one.
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on April 19, 2012
I've had this book for only a few months now but it's definitely one I come back to again and again. There are just so many ideas and the layout is fantastic. I'm almost tempted to give it five stars aside from the severe lack of photos. It's generally easy to find photos of the recipes in Veganomicon online though, because most fans take photos of the completed dishes and post them. Unfortunately, I don't necessarily want to do that. I'd like the photos to be presented in the book itself.
This is a small issue though, and what I have made, although it might not look as Isa and Terry intended, has been absolutely amazing. My meat-eating mom and boyfriend never complain, and those who do quickly change their minds when they actually start eating. This book doesn't skimp on flavor, and that's a good thing, but some recipes do require a little tweaking for my personal tastes. This also means that the ingredient lists can be somewhat daunting. For instance, the jambalaya calls for 24 ingredients. It makes a hefty amount and is definitely delicious to boot, but if you don't have packaged seitan available to buy anywhere nearby, know that you'll be making seitan before the jambalaya too and that's another 6-7 ingredients and hour's worth of prep time. That said, this isn't standard for the recipes in this book as only a handful of the recipes are this complex and intimidating. (I should mention that the jambalaya is fantastic and worth making at least once!).
My favorite thing about this book though is Isa's and Terry's list of menus. They've compiled a list at the back of the book based on flavors and/or ingredients that work together. For instance, the Rustic Goddess Menu includes the Tomato Couscous with Capers, Rustic White Beans with Mushrooms, and a suggested soup and dessert pairing of Broccoli-Potato Soup with Fresh Herbs and Berry-Coconut Crisp respectively. And it works extremely well! So if you're ever in need of serving guests and you don't know what to make with what, this little addition is just such a life-saver.
The book has an index of Soy-Free recipes, Gluten-Free recipes, Low fat/reduced fat recipes, Under 45 minutes recipes, and Supermarket Friendly recipes, so there's really something in here for absolutely everyone and every diet. I recommend this book to meat-eaters and non-meat-eaters alike. It's just simply my absolute favorite.
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on November 28, 2011
Its a great book for new and long time vegans. Lots of vegan recipes and variety of vegan foods. . Including how to cook tofu, tempeh and seitan. Ingredeints that are mostly familier with and common . You will learn alot about cooking, cooking lingo and certain cooking skills such as how to cut onions and garlic the proper way, and the better type of pots pans and tools to use for cooking, mostly inexpensive tools, and lots of other tips. I ve only tried a few recipes but so far so good. Also the authers are quite funny . Theres also some lowfat recipes gluten free recipes soyfree recipes and recipes under 45 mins recipes that are quick. Its worth purchasing
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on July 29, 2014
I'm really impressed by this book! Other vegan cookbooks I've picked up tend to focus on hard-to-find ingredients, with super difficult cooking techniques. The Veganomicon DOES have a bit of this (what cookbook doesn't?) but most of its recipes are easy to follow. And sometimes I have all the ingredients in my cupboard!

I also appreciate their very long intro section, laden with information on cooking & veganism.

I only took a star off because I've tried some recipes and, while easy to follow and nutritious, they weren't all that I was hoping for. I'm holding out hope, though!
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on July 23, 2015
Delicious recipes so far! And many of them. There's even a section explaining the basic of cooking, so that every reader begins with certain basic skills. The only weak point for me was the lack of pictures. I'm someone who'll pick a recipe just because it looks good, and this book only has a few pages in its center that show some of the recipes. But hey, this format makes the book much less expensive, so I am TOTALLY satisfied with it and would recommend it to anyone.
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on October 11, 2012
I did not like terragon. I did not believe terragon could be used in anything besides rat poison. But I am an adventurous soul. So when I saw terragon with thyme together I thought to myself, just do it. French Lentil Soup. Having it right now, on a cold fall day. And it is so amazing.
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on July 2, 2014
Have skimmed through the book and seen a lot of recipes that struck my eye. Only complaint is there are no pictures. Pictures really make me more interested in making the dish. Since I am also a non experienced cook, I like pictures to guide me. Other than this, I love this book!!
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on April 5, 2013
Love the recipes- but I don't like the lack of pictures. I knew it didn't have many but it is still worth the buy. Lots of knowledge in those pages.
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on July 22, 2014
Very good, a whole ton of amazing recepies. However there's a serious lack of photos. Great nonetheless!
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