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Isa Does It: Amazingly Easy, Wildly Delicious Vegan Recipes for Every Day of the Week Hardcover – October 22, 2013
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"Isa does it again! Delicious recipes that are explained in a way that a child could understand. Beautiful photos and mouthwatering, cruelty-free food! What more could you ask for?"―Emily Deschanel
"Isa Moskowitz has a peerless capacity to conjure comfort from the unique, transmute simple to divine, and, most importantly-she makes her vegan cooking prowess approachable. Isa Does It, like her other work, will be a dog-eared staple in my kitchen for years to come."―Biz Stone, founder of Twitter
"Moskowitz has singlehandedly revolutionized vegan cooking"―San Francisco Book Review
"The grande dame of vegan cookbooks."―VegNews
"It's a hefty hardcover with beautiful photos and lots of hand-drawn illustrations, so it makes for a truly satisfying gift."―Bust
"Isa Chandra Moskowitz comes to the rescue with her latest cookbook Isa Does It. The book is filled with pantry-friendly, satisfying recipes for every day of the week-and, yes, they're vegan, too!"―The Kitchn
"Warning: Food cravings are about to kick in."―Women's Health
"Veteran chefs, budding vegans, and bacon fanatics can all appreciate Moskowitz's hilarious prose, simple instructions, and culinary creativity."―Portland Monthly
"ISA DOES IT is full of her quips, making the book not only an unintimidating introduction to vegan cooking but also a darn fun read."―Omaha Magazine
"Hands down, the best vegan cookbook of the year. Isa Chandra Moskowitz does it again with this collection of easy and delicious recipes designed for everyday cooking."―The Oregonian
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Top Customer Reviews
Isa's recipes are so great because they feature foods and flavors that are always appealing: bold, satisfying and crave-worthy. I enjoy superfancy food at superfancy restaurants on occasion, but I have no interest whatsoever in making that kind of food at home -- at least not very often. I want fairly simply food that bursts with flavor, but that's quick and easy to make. The genius in Isa's recipes is how completely approachable they are, regardless of cooking skill. This is food for Real Life.
Isa Does It is not a departure from her other cookbooks, except that this one is much, much prettier. The food photography is sumptuous.
For me, the entire sandwich section is a stand out (the chickpea "tuna" sandwiches are to die for); the curry, burgers and stir fries, too. Last week, like a bad vegan, I ate her rosemary chocolate chip cookies for breakfast (and lived to tell the tale). I love the bowls, which are complete meals unto themselves. I haven't made the Glam Chowder yet, but my mouth waters looking at that photo. Everyday Pad Thai? Yes, please!
This is an especially fantastic cookbook for the novice cook AND for the novice vegan: Isa Does It is FULL of instruction that makes vegan cooking seem accessible and fun -- which it is. This is a must-have for die-hard Isa fans like myself -- those who read her cookbooks like good prose. For me, Isa is the love-child of David Sedaris and Julia Child; her books inspire over-eating and laughter in almost equal measure.
To state the obvious: yes, you should buy this cookbook.
I always appreciate Isa's cookbooks because they contain recipes that are good, accessible standard type recipes. The recipes, for the most part, contain ingredients you can get in almost any grocery store. The recipes aren't dependent on things like vegan cheese, vegan cream cheese, vegan sour cream, etc, etc. They are just good regular recipes that your brother, grandmother, curmudgeonly uncle and slightly odd neighbor would enjoy. If you think vegan means no fat/oil, no sugar, no soy, no gluten, etc and are offended by the sight of even 1 recipe with the above in them, then you might want to look elsewhere. On the other hand, there are plenty of lower fat, limited sugar, soy free and gluten free recipes. From glancing and the desserts, they are pretty standard desserts using things you would expect such as sugar and flour.
I have made about 15 recipes or so and they are all delicious. My top recommendations would be:
Harira with Eggplant & Chickpeas
Cheddary Broccoli Soup
Chicky Tuna Salad Sandwiches
Coconut Chana Saag
Incan Smokey Stew
Roasted Butternut Alfredo
Sweet potato gnocchi with Seared Brussels Sprouts & Tarragon cream (time consuming but worth it)
Overall, just another good solid book. Highly recommended.
*Yakisoba - quick, easy and a new go-to. Tastes great the next day, too!
*Seitan & Broccoli with Pantry BBQ pulled together quickly and exceeded my taste bud expectations (I used packaged seitan, although I usually make my own).
*Beet Bistro Burger: Nothing makes me happier than finding a new use for beets, and the Bistro Beet burger was not only tasty - but pretty. Yes - aesthetics count.
*The Malai Kofta in Korma sauce is the last nail in the coffin for me in never going out to eat Indian again (and I used to 2-3x/week). Plus, she's considerate enough to ensure there is enough leftover sauce to slather on everything.
*Finally, the Glam Chowder is worth the price of the book alone. Really.
A word on Isa's baking prowess. With the exception that us highlanders living at altitude have to compensate the leavening, (143 million people on the planet live above sea level, but I digress), I can say unequivocally, that Isa's baking recipes give the most consistent end product of any recent vegan cookbook I've encountered. Banana marble loaf. Enuf said.
From the 'retired' graphic designer perspective, the book is beautiful. It is on matte paper, great color theme, and the fonts are whimsical and easy to read!Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Amazing recipes, easy to make, and she has a great way of combining ingredients and spices to bring out the best in the meal. Nice job. The book has a very nice presentation. Read morePublished 2 days ago by SAC
This one has more pictures than Vegan with a Vengeance ... nobody does it better!Published 3 days ago by LynnC
I've had this book awhile. I've tried a lot of the recipes, some come out pretty good. Some not so much. Read morePublished 10 days ago by D. Devine
I own many cookbooks, and this one has seen the most use by a long shot. While I consider myself fairly skilled in the kitchen and enjoy using unusual ingredients and techniques, I... Read morePublished 10 days ago by Kara W.
So far I've made Dilly Stew with Rosemary dumplings and Lemon Blueberry loaf, both easy to understand recipes with delicious results! Sooo happy with this colorful cookbook! :)Published 13 days ago by smalltowncritic
This is my new all-time favorite vegan cookbook. I have cooked 15-20 recipes so far & every one of them has been a hit with my non-vegan husband & the guests I have cooked for. Read morePublished 14 days ago by CeeDu
Very good cookbook. Most recipes are pretty easy to fix. Isa does a great job of explaining things.Published 22 days ago by Margy Legg-swanstrom