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Food52 Vegan: 60 Vegetable-Driven Recipes for Any Kitchen (Food52 Works) Hardcover – September 22, 2015
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About the Author
Founded by Amanda Hesser and Merrill Stubbs in 2009, Food52 has become the premier online community for cooks of all levels, with more than thirty thousand recipes, a hotline, and a kitchen and home shop. It was named Best Food Publication at the 2012 James Beard Awards and Best Culinary Website at the 2013, 2014, and 2015 IACP Awards.
Top Customer Reviews
I loved that the index includes both ingredients and recipe titles; that is so useful when trying to cook with what you have at home. The photography was well done, with nearly all photos including a dark wooden background. Each recipe included a little note from the author which had a friendly feel and sometimes also helpful information. I also liked that sprinkled throughout the book were teaching paragraphs for things such as how to best cook lentils, how to add smoky flavor to a dish, and how to build a meal-worthy salad.
Thank you to NetGalley and Ten Speed Press for a chance to review the digital edition of this book.
The recipes are approachable and will appeal to people who are not vegan. The recipes are a mix of classics and modern adaptations. Want a Five Minute No-Bake Granola Bar? Or the Perfect Pumpkin Pie for a traditional Thanksgiving meal? Gena has you covered. There are simple recipes like Roasted Ratatouille with chickpeas and most complex meals like a Carrot and Fennel Pot Pie. Whereas the Jamaican Jerk Chili with Quinoa and Kidney Beans is a fun twist on chili. Unlike Gena's first cookbook, there is no particular focus on raw foods and the recipes seem a bit more grown up. Although that last point may be debatable with recipes for Butternut Mac and Cheese recipe and Lentil Sloppy Joes. I have tried the smoky tempeh and it was lovely. Her barbecue sauce is delicious and I really liked the panzanella salad (the fried capers are a wonderful addition!).
Like other reviewers, I wish there were more recipes which is why I docked one star.
Lastly it behooves me to mention the stellar photography by James Ransom which is always a wonderful addition to a cookbook.
So, based on the quality of the recipes, I give this book a four-star rating. I knocked it down from there because 60 four-star recipes is still just 60 recipes. A Vegan with no experience at all and no other Vegan cookbooks on their shelf might give this book a five star rating.
To give this cookbook credit, there are a few worthy building blocks here for dedicated Vegans: Sweet Cashew Cream, Savory Cashew Cream (to take the place of sour cream), a pie crust with coconut oil, “Egg Replacer”, and tofu feta.
I am totally disappointed with the Soup chapter—too much creamed and not enough chunky; and the Salad chapter is nothing new or different. And the Main Dishes? Well, how hard is it to create a tasty vegan pasta, pizza or lentil burger? (Although the Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese, with two types of milk, miso and nutritional yeast is very good!) The “Lentil Sloppy Joes” and “Roasted Ratatouille” with chickpeas are nice recipes, too.
Besides the 60 recipes, the author’s “Vegan 101” will run you through important Vegan staples—what they are and how to choose them. I found “Choosing the Right Tofu for the Job” and “Choosing Sugar” to be very helpful.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book was a Birthday gift for my " vegan" friend, he loved it!
I had it mailed directly to him and there was no problem whatsoever. Read more
Even though the title says vegan, omnivores, vegetarians, and vegans alike will enjoy this cookbook. It has a diverse and creative assembly of do-able recipes. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Letty Flatt
A nice mix of recipes. I have tried several and have been happy with every one.Published 1 month ago by Gina L Hitchcock
Love this book so much. Gorgeous photos and great recipes. Gena Hamshaw does a wonderful job making it easy and delicious to enjoy plant-based cuisine. Highly recommend!Published 1 month ago by P. Shapiro
I've been holding onto Gena Hamshaw's new cookbook since October, not because I didn't want to review it, but because I wanted to give it the proper attention before writing this... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Hannah J. Siegmund
Fabulous recipes. Format with beautiful photos and layout makes recipes easy to read and follow.Published 1 month ago by matissemaddy
Love this book! I received as a gift and have tried at least a dozen recipes..all were fantastic. Favorites include squash and tofu curry, miso soup and mushroom lentil burgers.Published 2 months ago by Julie Johns
I'm not a vegan person but this book has great and easy recipes that I can make for my children. Love it!Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer