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Easy Vegan: Simple Recipes for Healthy Eating (Easy (Ryland Peters & Small)) Hardcover – April 1, 2010
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What I like:
Pictures for EVERY recipe, all looking extremely delicious.
Directions limited to a few paragraphs.
Ingredient lists are fairly short.
No hard to find ingredients.
Little/no fake meat or cheese -- there are no entries for seitan/tempeh in the index.
No attempted brainwashing, political commentary, suggested meal plans, or any other fluff -- just 100% recipes (and photos).
Do these sound like easy to find things to you? Kaffir lime leaves, preserved vine leaves, gow gee, mangetouts, daikon, or Harissa paste?
These are probably great recipes but the title is very misleading. I am trying to learn to eat in a new way and this book is very discouraging.
My recommendation for this book would be to a serious foodie with lots of time and gasoline to travel all over looking for ingredients. If you are looking for easy, you won't find it here. The title should really be changed!
If I find a better book I will report back.
The recipes are filling and tasty enough that you could make them for anyone and turn people on to simple, vegan cooking.
However, there are places where the book does not use standard American names/terms for ingredients and in those places it could be vague or confussing for users. There are also some apparent errors or omissions. For example, the Butternut soup recipe calls for the addition of 4 cups of water in addition to the 2 cups of vegetable broth which, when added to the standard sized butternut squash, turns the soup into a very thin "butternut stock" rather than a thick and creamy soup that will allow the pine nuts to sit on top of the surface like they do in the accompanying photograph. Another example of its unclarity or ommisions is the roasted carrot and barley recipe which makes reference to the use of miso in the description, but there is no miso in the ingredients list, making the reader wonder if the European producers of the book are refering to soy sauce when they say "miso".
But there are some super-yummy recipes and it is well laid out.
"Easy Vegan" is a cute little book full of creative, and innovative recipes, that will have your mouth watering. Some of the ingredients may be hard to find for anyone living outside of a major urban area or someone without access to ethnic markets but there are enough recipes using familiar ingredients to keep anyone happy. Also something to keep in mind is that many of the recipes were written by Europeans so several ingredients are written in their french - or other - name. Such as Aubergine - which is eggplant, or Courgettes - which is zucchini. This may upon first glace be confusing the average American but once you familiarize yourself with these words the rest is a breeze. Measurements are also noted in metric as well as imperial. Though no nutritional information is given for any of the recipes - a turn off for some - many, if not most are quite healthful.
One thing I love about this book is that the recipes rely on whole plant foods. There is no tempeh or seitan - which I love but that's besides the point - no vegan meat, or vegan cheese either, and very little use of tofu.Read more ›
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Love, love love this book. Lots of great recipes and I'm a one pot meal person and it has some good ones.Published 9 months ago by Lisa Mitchell
I have made one recipe, barley risotto, and it was excellent. I like the book' s simplicity and creativity.Published 11 months ago by Mary Basso
Working my way through the book and so far it's all winners. Pleased with the photo for each recipe.Published 14 months ago by amberleigh ford
Very good book ... easy recipes & great photos!
I recommend it for anyone learning to cook Vegan!
I would recommend it!
This is, by far, my favorite cookbook and I'm not even strict vegan. I've made many of the recipes and every one has been a homerun. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Lori A Potash
I have been looking for a Vegan recipe book with easy to follow instructions. This book accomplished this "to a T". Read morePublished on December 8, 2013 by Ilewis
Easy Vegan is pretty much what it claims to be. A recipe book with tons of easy recipes which are healthy and tasty. Read morePublished on March 25, 2013 by Cody
I love this little book. I bought it for myself and was so impressed with the recipes that I bought 3 additional copies as gifts for friends. Read morePublished on December 30, 2012 by Meribeth Dahlberg