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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Running Press (March 8 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0762437847
  • ISBN-13: 978-0762437849
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 1.8 x 18.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 581 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
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Kim Barnouin, co-author of the #1 New York Times Bestseller, Skinny Bitch
is one of those cookbooks that inspires you to cook. The recipes are accessible and mouth-watering, and will definitely bring out the foodie in those who read it. It brings vegan cuisine to a whole new level!

Dynise Balcavage, author of The Urban Vegan
Nothing could be finer than eating at Julie's diner! Her animal-free, diner-inspired dishes elevate diner chow from trashy to classy, and the recipes are so easy that you'll make them again and again. Only thing that's missing is a big-haired waitress who calls you 'Hon.’
Nava Atlas, author of Vegan Express
From hearty breakfasts to swoon-worthy desserts, VEGAN DINER proves that even the coziest of comfort foods can be re-created in fantastic plant-based versions. So enjoy a classic Blue Plate Special or Barbecued Ribz, washed down with a malted and topped off with a banana pudding pie. These fun, guilt-free retro recipes are as good for you as they are kind to the planet. 
Mark Reinfeld, co-author of The 30-Minute Vegan
Incredible decadence and down-home vegan goodness! Julie has created a masterpiece of healthy comfort food.
Celine Steen, co-author of 500 Vegan Recipes
Follow the foolproof directions in Julie's snazzy and impeccable latest work that includes creative and mouthwatering dishes, such as My Big Fat Greek Scramble and Vampire Fries, and turn your kitchen into the only diner of the neighborhood that is sure to leave no taste bud unsatisfied, while keeping all animals safe and happy.

Bryanna Clark Grogan, author of Nonna’s Italian Kitchen
I am so delighted with Julie’s new book! Not only does it look wonderful, with delectable color photos of many of the recipes, and stylishly retro diner scenes, but the content is a perfect combo of familiar and original. You’ll find old favorites like All-American Beer-Battered Onions, Ooey-Gooey Brownies, and Biscuits with Creamy Sage Gravy alongside Spelt Chai Pancakes, Vampire Fries, and Philly Seitan Sliders, to name but a very few must-make recipes in this book.

Fran Costigan, author of More Great Good Dairy-free Desserts Naturally
VEGAN DINER is packed with inspired veganized versions of classic diner foods, and then some! Novice, vegan or omnivore, all are sure to enjoy Julie Hasson’s clear, creative recipes that will take you from breakfast waffles to gooey brownies and everything in between.

Kirkus Review, 3/15/11
A former meat-lover puts a vegan twist on the diner experience.
A Portland-based cookbook author and online food-show producer (The Complete Book of Pies, 2008, “Everyday Dish”) recalls her love of the distinctive comfort food she enjoyed as a child “squished into slippery Naugahyde booths” in neighborhood diners. Unwilling to sacrifice those indulgent diner specialties after converting to veganism, Hasson began a series of “recipe veganizations” hoping to recapture their essence without compromising food ethics. The result is 116 recipes featuring vegan substitutions like agave nectar for sugar in Cinnamon Orange Rolls and Rough Rider Barbecue Sauce, and the hearty meat-replacement seitan (processed wheat gluten) swapping out for beef in Philly Sliders and Not Your Mama’s Pot Roast with Roasted Vegetables. Six sections run the gamut from bread-heavy breakfast recipes to particularly tempting main courses like nutritious burger and cutlet variations that incorporate quinoa grains, mushrooms, cashews and panko breadcrumbs. Dessert ideas include flaxseed cookies and soymilk brownie, pudding and pie variations. A minor misstep is a meatless Quick and Hearty Chili concoction that doesn’t quite translate from accompanying photograph to recipe. For home chefs new to the vegan revolution, Hasson offers two explanatory indexes: “Vegan Pantry” takes the guesswork out of many key (and possibly unfamiliar) recipe ingredients, and “Special Equipment,” a less-essential but still beneficial kitchen resource.
Even meat-lovers may find some tempting, healthful substitutions in this worthwhile homage to the diner-dedicated vegan.
Publishers Weekly, 4/4/11
“ …a boon to vegan cooks who crave diner-style food… This is a book for the committed and adventurous vegan cook; it’s inspiring and fun.”
Oregonian, 4/4/11
"The recipes and beautiful photos make this a good starting point for people curious about trying more plant-based food, and the list of vegan pantry essentials does a good job explaining unusual ingredients.”, 4/3/11
“The ultimate in cruelty-free comfort food.”

Library Journal, 5/13/11
"Hasson (125 Best Cupcake Recipes) writes that many students in her cooking classes don’t want to give up their favorite foods. To counter that excuse, she here includes many favorite American dishes as vegan delicacies. She first lists vegan pantry items (such as agar powder, egg replacer, and tofu) and special equipment (blender, metal measuring cups, and whisk). While this book doesn’t include nutritional information, it’s a fun vegan cookbook—featuring, e.g., Mocha Muffins, Diner Donuts, Vampire Fries, Mushroom Burgers, and Ooey-Gooey Brownies. Sure to add some variety to weeknight meals. "

Rapid Growth, 5/19/11
"It is a cookbook that has captured not only my imagination, but also my appetite… This book's premise is simple. Rather than be told that to be vegan you must be willing to live your life on an endless diet of peanut butter sandwiches and microwave bean burritos, this Portland author and producer of the online cooking program "Everyday Dish" has created the definitive guide to recreating those dishes you thought you could never indulge in again..."Vegan Diner" breaks down those walls with not only easy-to-follow recipes of ingredients found in most cooks' kitchens, but creates those menu items with visually stunning results… This is probably the first vegan cookbook to come out that not only speaks to many who are asking for options, but "Vegan Diner" is sure to satisfy the hunger in those seeking an alternative to the 'we have a salad' reply."
Hungry Vegan blog  10/11/11
“… you'll think you've died and gone to vegan diner heaven! The book is sprinkled with gorgeous food photos to whet your appetite and vintage diner shots that will put you in the perfect mood to plan your diner-style meal!”

Delicious Living Magazine
“If you know someone who has considered going vegan but can’t bear giving up creamy, gravy-laden favorites, hand them this fun-loving book… I love the easy-to-read, retro-color fonts and forget-the-diet photos.”

Ethical holiday gift guide at Pomp & Circumstance
“This cookbook, by Julie Hasson, is just what you’d expect; diner staples done cruelty-free and healthfully, when possible. From my experience with the recipes so far, I’m smitten. . I tell you, once someone begins experimenting with these recipes, friends will be jonesing to visit their house after hours rather than the ordinary neighborhood haunt. If you enjoy diner style food, which, if it’s vegan I do, too, this cookbook is a kitchen essential.”

Post Punk Kitchen,
“Julie knows her way around vegan meats, that’s for sure. Definitely run out and buy Vegan Diner for its beautifully styled photos and amazing recipes.”

About the Author

Julie Hasson and her husband started their web-based cooking show, Everyday Dish TV, after realizing that the market was ripe for an accessible vegan show. She is the author of five cookbooks, and has contributed to numerous magazines. She lives near Portland, Oregon

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This cookbook looked like lots of fun prior to buying it, but I wasn't sure how useful it would be for every-day cooking. Well, it turns out that the recipes are absolutely perfect for all-occasions: family meals at home, potlucks, picnics, barbecues, and parties! The dishes turn out quite large, so if cooking for only a few people you may find there are left-overs. But, do not cut those recipes in half! (Although I'm sure doing so would turn out fine.) So far, all of the recipes I've made have been just as good the next day!! My favourite recipe so far have to be the coleslaw. It was literally the best coleslaw I've ever had, vegan or otherwise! I used coconut syrup instead of agave syrup because that's what I had on hand and it worked out perfectly! The Mac&"Cheese" is also amazing. I like it because, unlike store-bought cheese alternatives, this doesn't taste remotely plastic! I felt good about the recipe prior to making it, since it didn't have any heavily-processed ingredients, just regular ingredients we are all used to (nuts, pasta, spices, etc.), but even though I had high hopes I never imagined it turning out as well as it did. The Mac&"Cheese" been a huge success on three occasions now, and has become my favourite left-over meal ever!
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A diner in your home ! I really like the Rocking Rubens It;s like having a 50's diner in your home !
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An absolute MUST HAVE for anyone new to veganism! everything is delicious!
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Great cookbook. I'm gluten intolerant and her recipes are easily convertible to gluten free. I recommend this to people that want to try veganism, fun easy recipes of familiar diner favourites.Vegan Diner: Classic Comfort Food for the Body and Soul
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5.0 out of 5 stars WOW! March 22 2011
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I am absolutely loving "Vegan Diner," not only is this cookbook full of beautiful and enticing photos but its filled with great recipes too! i like how there isn't a million recipes in this book but rather what looks like tried and true favorites of the author (who seems like such a sweet and awesome person)! What I've made so far includes:

Spelt Chai Pancakes - These pancakes were so yummy! They were perfectly spiced, light, and fluffy, just what a pancake should be! The recipe as is was great for two people as it made only 4 average sized pancakes rather than the stated 7, make a double batch if there's more people eating!
My Big Fat Greek Scramble - YUM! Exactly what I would expect if I was ordering this at a diner! I loved everything about this delicious scramble all of the herbs and spices and the wonderful olives.
Blueberry Loaf Cake with Lemon Glaze - This was great. It makes a moist and fluffy not to sweet cake, I skipped out on the glaze and subbed half the ap flour with ww and it was just fine.
Breakfast Potatoes with Peppers and Onions - Your basic home fries that are comforting for a nice weekend breakfast!
Creamy Sage Gravy - Hell yes! This is an excellent basic white gravy that is delicious! I used it to make the Breakfast Potato and Sausage skillet and it was heaven! I cut back on the pepper significantly though and am glad i did cuz 1 tsp seems excessive to me.
Herbed Breakfast Sausage Patties - So easy and so tasty! I knew these would be great as I've made her Italian Sausages many times before and loved them! I think I would add a bit more salt because sausages are salty in my mind but altogether these are awesome and so easy to prepare!
Crispy Banana-Cinnamon Waffles - Exactly what the title says, so yummy!

Sweet Cornbread - This cornbread rocked my socks off! The ingredients are so simple but turned out a tasty and perfect cornbread (even with subbing half the ap flour with ww). This is the first vegan cornbread to rival the cornbread of my childhood!
Chipotle Scallion Double Corn Bread - This is a tasty bread but I like the sweet one even more.
Garlic Dill Bread - This turned out great but had to much of a beer aftertaste for my palate, my partner who loves beer loved this bread.

Quick and Hearty Chili - This is my new go-to chili! What can I say, this chili is super flavorful, hearty, and what I crave when I crave chili. Its also super simple and comes together quick, bonus!
Old Fashioned Tomato Soup - This was so delicious and creamy and so so easy.
Home-Style Veggie Noodle Soup - This is a great comforting noodle soup!
Sandwich Slaw - Basic and delicious on the Q Sandwiches.
Smokey Curls - AMAZING and addictive!
Sweetheart Fries - yum!

Very Sloppy Joes - These weren't my thing, maybe a bit too smokey? My partner really liked them though:)
Quinoa Burgers - My new favorite veggie burgers! These are so freaking good!
Cheesy Mac - Loved this creamy sauce!
Jambalaya - Spicy and comforting!
Veggies and Dumplings - So easy and so comforting!
Smokey Seitan Roast - Fantastic in the Q sandwiches!
Home Style Loaf - Love this recipe, again a new favorite! Great the next day for sandwiches.
Chicken Style Seitan Loaf - This is so delicious! Great in sandwiches or just sliced with some mashed potatoes and greens.

Soft and Chewy Choc Chip Cookies - Great easy recipe with less oil than other recipes.
Double Chocolate Strawberry Pie - Not my thing but I made it for my neighbors and they raved about it!
Chocolate Mint Truffle Pie - OMG so rich and amazing, not to mention easy!
Easy Blackberry Skillet Pie - I've only made this with a combo of frozen blueberry and raspberries and it was excellent especially with ice cream!
Lemon Diner Cheesecake - Out of this world good! It's so rich and is an excellent non-dairy replica of the original!
PB Chunk Ice Cream - So great! I love this recipe because you don't have to cook the ice cream mixture, it goes from the blender to the ice cream maker!

Great Smokey Mountain Cheeze - Wow just wow! This is an amazing vegan cheese, so much better than any you can buy and easy to make too! Its creamy, smokey, rich, and sliceable making it such a great multipurpose cheese. Make this cheese and see for yourself, you won't be disappointed!
Creamy Sage and Pepper Gravy - I want to this on everything every time I make it!
Rich Brown Gravy - Oil free gravy?!!! So freaking good, another smoother absolutely everything with it gravy!
Two-Pepper Golden Gravy - This wasn't my favorite, I prefer the brown one I guess.
Rough Rider BBQ Sauce - Super sweet and thick, excellent on the Q sandwiches.

I can't wait to make more from this book, I have had nothing but delicious meals outta here!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Real vegan comfort food! April 13 2011
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I ordered and received this cookbook recently. My first impression is that the cover picture and other pictures in the book are beautiful. This book also has a good quality. Great publisher!

Now, I believe this is the first vegan cookbook by Julie Hasson. Good for you Julie! I tried several recipes already and everything I tried was delicious. Here are the list I tried:

THE BLUE PLATE SPECIAL (under Main Courses, pg 107) - With a name of a dish like that who doesn't want to try it? I know you have to make 3 things to make a blue plate special: Savory Cornbread Waffle, Smoky Potato Scramble, and Creamy Sage and Pepper Gravy but they are all delicious by itself and combined together. I actually made them on a Sunday night and pack them for lunch the next day. I gave my husband an instruction how to eat them: crispy waffle on the bottom, top with scramble and gravy. My husband called me from work after consuming this lunch and said that it was the best lunch that he had lately. We had the leftover for dinner, too! Yummy!

BREAKFAST BENEDICTS FLORENTINE (under Breakfast, pg. 48) - we had breakfast food for dinner or lunch. It was great and all the same. I didn't really make my own English Muffin or the veg sausage, shame on me (I used gimme lean, but the I made the Hollandaise sauce from this book. It is a wonderful meal!

CHOCOLATE HAZELNUT SWIRL BREAD (under Breads, pg. 57) - Now, this is a WINNER. Hazelnuts, chocolate, and cinnamon? Boy, the combinations will make your mouth water. It turned out to be a huge bread (pictured) and I gave half to my neighbor (now they owe me for the rest of their life) and they loved it. I just microwave for 30 seconds when eating the leftover bread and the chocolate will melt in the bread and in my mouth. It was best when it just came out of the oven. If you love bread, you got to try this! We had this bread for the whole week in the morning with coffee. Oooooooh, so good!

QUICK AND HEARTY CHILI (under Soups, Salads, and Sides, pg. 70) - yummy and quick! This is the kind of chili that is not chunky and will be good to put on a veggie dog or french fries (as chili fries). It can win a chili cook off. Really!

NOT YOUR MAMA'S POT ROAST WITH ROASTED VEGETABLES (under Main Courses, pg. 117) - It was a great seitan dish and was very easy. I use my crockpot and just left it to do it's own thing while I watch TV. How cool is that? Just be careful of the salt content, especially, if you use a salty vegetable stock. Or the dish will become too salty. I had to reduce the soy sauce and the marmite yeast paste.

BARBEQUED RIBZ (under Main Courses, pg. 112) - I know it is not summer yet and it's too cold to bbq outside but I just can't wait. This is my favorite. I used oven's broiler. It's not the same as grilling it but the taste is still great. I am loving it!

CHIPOTLE SCALLION DOUBLE CORNBREAD (under Breads, pg. 55) - I like the idea of Chipotle powder and scallions in this corn bread. It tastes good but the texture is a bit odd and gummy. I don't know what I did wrong or maybe I didn't bake it enough. Or maybe the kernel corns were not thawed enough. Really don't know. I may try it again. We had this with Quick and Hearty Chili.

We didn't try the desserts yet since I am trying to cut down on sugar but they look good. Julie is always creating great desserts so I don't doubt that they are all delicious.

I will try more recipes later and they all look so good. It was a great investment and I will use this cookbook as often as I can.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Delicious and Beautiful! March 5 2011
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This is one of the most beautiful cookbooks I have ever seen. Even the copyright page is adoreable. Beyond the beauty of the book is the deliciousness of the food. The "big fat greek scramble" takes tofu scrambles to a whole new level, and the "old fashioned rice pudding" reminds me of being a kid again. Oh, did I mention the pies? Just imagine, anything you would want to order from a greasy spoon, now buy this book and make the cruelty free version of it in your own kitchen.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful book March 28 2011
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This is a beautiful book with lots of photos to show what the food will look like. It has many dishes that will be our everyday favorites.
The Sweet Cornbread is very easy and delicious.
The Blueberry Loaf Cake with Lemon Glaze was heavenly.
The Chocolate Cherry Cake had my husband raving in delight.
The Quick and Hearty Chili is my new go-to chili recipe.
The Great Smoky Mountain Cheeze was delicious and easy.
The Brown Rice Hazelnut Burgers are my new favorite veggie burgers.
I tried to make the Orange Cornbread Waffles but discovered that my waffle iron was not heating up after I had mixed up the batter; no problem, I turned the batter into some yummy pancakes, and liked them so much I will make them that way again.

I have had this book for only a week and plan to try many more recipes.
The only unusual ingredients are agar, vital wheat gluten, non-dairy milks, nutritional yeast flakes, tofu, and some flours. Thse are not unusual in my own kitchen, but people new to vegan cooking might be unfamiliar with them. She has a section in the front explaing ingredients.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Vegan Donuts? Yes, you can! April 2 2011
By MsAimee - Published on
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Vegan Diner is worth the price for the diner donuts alone! But wait, there's more! I was lucky to be a tester for this book so have been making many of these recipes for a while now! Some favorites are: Cinnamon Orange Rolls (unbelievable!), Blueberry loaf cake with lemon glaze, diner granola, the whole grain pancake mix (so convenient; a staple in my 'fridge), chocolate-hazelnut swirl bread, english muffins, creamy horseradish potato salad, veggies and dumplings (a favorite of my omni family), italian sausage cutlets, pretty much the entire dessert chapter but specifically the lemon cheesecake and the ice creams, the great smoky mountain cheese is fantastic, too. Just about all of the ingredients needed are easily found at most large grocery stores. This book is a wonderful addition to any cookbook collection!