The Vegan Table: 200 Unforgettable Recipes for Entertaining Every Guest at Every Occasion Paperback – Illustrated, June 1 2009
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- Publisher : Fair Winds Press; Illustrated edition (June 1 2009)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 304 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1592333745
- ISBN-13 : 978-1592333745
- Item weight : 878 g
- Dimensions : 19.3 x 2.54 x 23.62 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: #501,673 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- Customer Reviews:
“The doyenne of compassionate living has done it again, delivering a beautiful, thoughtful, intelligent book brimming with delectable, cruelty-free recipes and clever entertaining ideas. Colleen Patrick-Goudreau truly is a star in the vegetarian universe.” — VegNews Magazine
“Colleen Patrick-Goudreau has done a great service to the vegan community with her books The Joy of Vegan Baking and now The Vegan Table. The decadent recipes and colorful photographs in her books show the world how sublime veganism can be!” — Jennifer McCann, author of Vegan Lunch Box and Vegan Lunch Box Around the World
"The Vegan Table leaves nothing to be desired—Colleen Patrick-Goudreau is the Martha Stewart of the movement!"―Rory Freedman, author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Skinny Bitch
"It's delightful, it's delicious, it's a de-lovely book!"―Sarah Kramer, author of How It All Vegan (GoVegan.net)
"Within minutes of reading The Vegan Table, I was in my kitchen making one of Colleen's favorite recipes. My wife was amazed. This is a wonderful book that you will want to give to all your vegan and non-vegan friends!"―Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson, bestselling author of When Elephants Weep and The Face on Your Plate: The
About the Author
A recognized expert and thought leader on the culinary, social, ethical, and practical aspects of living vegan, Colleen Patrick-Goudreau is an award-winning author of seven books, including the best-selling The Joy of Vegan Baking, The Vegan Table, Color Me Vegan, Vegan's Daily Companion, On Being Vegan, and The 30-Day Vegan Challenge. She is an acclaimed speaker and beloved host of the inspiring podcast "Food for Thought," which was voted Favorite Podcast by VegNews magazine readers.
Colleen has appeared on national and regional TV programs—including the Food Network, CBS, PBS, and FOX. Interviews with her have been featured on NPR, Huffington Post, U.S. News and World Report, The Chicago Tribune, The Miami Times, Pacifica Radio, and Rodale News—and in countless publications, blogs, and podcasts.
Her recipes have been featured on Epicurious.com and Oprah.com, and she is a featured guest on Delicious TV's Vegan Mashup, a program that recently aired on public television in 41 states. Colleen is a regular contributor to Perspectives on KQED, NPR's San Francisco affiliate, which reaches 830,000 listeners weekly.
From the Publisher
HOW TO READ THIS COOKBOOK
I have been teaching cooking for many years and am thrilled to share these recipes with you, many of which have been developed and perfected with my students. In the process of demonstrating recipes to thousands of people, I have definitely learned that the more information you provide, the better.
Having said that, I do believe that a recipe is only a guide, and I encourage you to make modifications (short of adding animal products!). If a baked good is too sweet, reduce the sugar; if you want to use chickpea flour instead of all-purpose, be my guest. The options are endless. I can offer only so many variations.
COZY COUPLING: ROMANTIC DINNERS FOR TWO
Preparing a beautiful home-cooked meal is the perfect opportunity for romance. Devising a special menu, preparing the ingredients, eating together in a peaceful setting, and creating an intentionally romantic mood is the ultimate expression of generosity and thoughtfulness—of love. The preparation and consumption of wholesome plant-based foods stimulate all of our senses: touch, smell, hearing, sight, and, of course, taste. This heightened awareness enables us to have a deeper sense of connection with ourselves and with those we care about.
FUN WITH FRIENDS: CASUAL MEALS FOR FOUR TO SIX
I’ll be the first to admit that I’m a modern gal who loves all things domestic. There is something so basic, so fundamental, so primal about tending to our nests. The words warmth, cozy, and calm come to mind when I think about the mood I try to create in our home for those of us who live there and for those who come to visit. Treat your visitors to these simple but delicious dishes that will warm them from the inside out.
PULLING OUT THE STOPS: FORMAL DINING FOR SIX TO TEN
I think we tend to get overwhelmed when planning a fancy-schmancy meal because our expectations are so unrealistically high. We project these expectations onto our guests and fear that if everything isn’t absolutely perfect, they will deem us inadequate. Add to that the pressure that this one vegan meal represents all vegan meals and thus better be extraordinary, lest your guests leave with the false impression that vegan fare is mediocre or inferior. One way to take some of the pressure off is to rethink what we have been taught about what a meal or a plate should look like.
LET'S CELEBRATE: MENUS FOR SPECIAL OCCASIONS
On any given day, we have cause for celebration. A bat or bar mitzvah, an engagement, a graduation, a dog or cat adoption, and a new job are all occasions to commemorate. Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, or even Grandparent’s Day is an opportunity for gathering friends and family, as is the turning of the seasons! Host a winter or summer solstice supper or a spring or autumn equinox affair.
HONORING TRADITION: FEASTS FOR THE HOLIDAYS
A misconception about veganism is the implication that vegans cannot eat foods that reflect our values and honor tradition, as if these two components are mutually exclusive. Food-related traditions, particularly those involving animals, are likely to be so revered, that they leave little room for anything or anyone else. Vegans are accused of flying in the face of tradition and of committing cultural blasphemy against certain practices that are justified simply because they are culturally embedded and sanctified by tradition.
EXCUSES TO PARTY: BUFFETS, HEAVY APPETIZERS, AND FINGER FOOD
If more than two months go by without my having thrown a party, friends usually start calling. I admit it: I like to host parties. If I didn’t, I wouldn’t have written this book. I’ve thrown every type and size, making mistakes and learning along the way, and I off er ideas and suggestions based on my own experience and lessons. When I say I like to throw parties, I tend to be speaking for myself and not my husband, David. He loves spending time with our wonderful friends, but the process leading up to it stresses him out—even after all this time living with me. So I try to keep the planning as stress-free for him as possible. That was a lesson that took me years to grasp, but now that I have, we’re each the happier for it.
CUCUMBER AND CREAM CHEESE SANDWICHES
Simplify this recipe by serving the “traditional” British cucumber sandwich, which consists of paper-thin slices of cucumber placed between two thin slices of lightly buttered (nondairy, of course) white bread, with the crusts cut off.
Top reviews from Canada
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One thing that bothered me when I first bought it was the slightly schizophrenic way of putting the recipes together - or so this was my immediate impression. However, upon reading and using the book the recipes are put together in a way that is easy to read and with menu recommendations, which is excellent! The normal organization for a cookbook is for the appetizers, entrees and side dishes to go together, and while The Vegan Table maintains this, it is exceptional for specifically placing complementary meals in groups. Thanks Colleen!
One thing I missed from Colleen's "Joy of Vegan Baking" book was the enormously entertaining and enlightening introduction regarding Vegan replacements. For example in her baking book she included information on why certain egg and milk replacements work and when they are good to use, etc. I would have liked to see this with cheese/meat replacements - for the information value only.
All in all, great book - highly recommended!
The best thing is, anyone can make these recipes. You don't have to be a seasoned chef -- I'm fairly new to cooking and I made the sweet potato and peanut butter stew -- it was so delicious I couldn't believe I'd done it myself. The instructions are easy to follow, the ingredients easy to obtain - the results will please anyone - even meat-eaters.
If you are a vegan you simply must have this book. If you are not a vegan, give the book a try and see what you've been missing!
Colleen's desire to create a cook book on vegan entertaining came out of a passion to offer ideas, tips, and tools for occasions that have become meat-, egg-, and dairy centric. She has remained true to her mission of compassion and offered recipes and menus for the holidays that are free of animal exploitation.
One of the things that I love most about Colleen's book, The Vegan Table, is the organization of the book. Not only are the menus and parties systematically grouped by season but also by the size and formality of the occasion. Colleen has recipes and menus for romantic (or platonic) dinners for two, casual meals for four to six, and formal dining from six to ten. And if that is not enough there are menus for special occasions and excuses to party which include buffets, appetizers and finger foods.
Want to fancy-up your party? The seasonal design of the of the menu extends beyond cooking adding simple design touches to your home when you entertain. Not only that but ever wonder what flowers you can include on your plate? Colleen lets you know what flowers are edible.
Some of my favourite recipe ideas are: frushi (aka fruit sushi), blackberry pecan crisp, beet bundt cake, strawberries and wine, honeydew melon in coconut milk, and truffles. Hmmm, are those all desserts? Pumpkin curry, panini with lemon-basil pesto, butternut squash risotto with toasted sage, and lots of pizza ideas look great too.
One of the most challenging aspects of vegan lifestyle can be getting together with friends and family for traditional holidays such as such as Thanksgiving, Passover and Eater. Colleen shows us there is more to Thanksgiving than turkey, more to Passover than eggs and more to Easter than ham. Menus that truly honor gratitude, freedom, and renewal honor the traditions while eating compassionately and also offer tips on how to diplomatically handle these get togethers.
The Vegan Table is not only a cook book for cooking, it is also a really good read. Side bars throughout the book discuss the intimacy of food, eating consciously, love potions, food lore, tips for stress free entertaining, toasts for all occasions, the familiarity of vegan food, tips for vegan etiquette, vegan cocktails, consciousness raising, embracing our ethics, reclaiming food traditions, throwing parties, and survival tips for vegans as well as their family and friends
Congratulations to Colleen, a long-time vegan and animal activist for empowering people to make informed choices about food while totally and unequivocally debunking the myth that vegan food is boring.
Top reviews from other countries
I'm a new vegan and family entertaining was getting stressful. I feel the pressure to show friends and family that food without meat eggs and dairy is filling, delicious, nutritious and beautiful. This book fills the void. I love the layout, chapters for dining style (romantic dinner for two, casual dining for 4-6, more formal dining for larger crowd etc) which are then divided by suggested menus, further divided by season. This is fantastic. I wanted this book to help me with entertaining and showing of a vegan diet in the very best light. This makes it so easy. Pick your kind of dinner, find the season and there are a couple of menus to choose from. Each chapter has each recipes listed as soups, sandwiches, mains, desserts for example so you can just cherry pick that way.
It's an extremely warm and heartfelt book full of compassion which has made my decision to make my table vegan, an easy decision indeed.
It arrived safely, thank you!
Been wanting this book for months - renewing Cardiff library's only copy over and over until someone else wanted it. Thank you for the very reasonable price - this woman's books are normally expensive to get sent over from the US. Did not mind the condition it was in so the ex-library one you sold me is fantastic. :)