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Publishers Weekly, 5/20/13
“This isn’t your grandma’s collection of recipes. The second cookbook from Hot Knives bloggers Brown and George fearlessly dives into the world of meat-free partying…Daring additions to the tried and true…are sure to shake up any staid kitchen. Innovative substitutions for meat are showcased readers will be won over by the no-holds-barred innovative spirit that permeates these quality recipes from two cool guys who definitely know how to cook.”

Entertainment Realm
“Beautiful cookbook devoted to vegetarian and vegan recipes for cook-outs, potlucks, picnics and “ragers.” The perfect cookbook for the social butterfly, frequent meetup goer or someone with a large family. Two guy with lots of cool ideas. Fun, easy-going tone.” 

Tuscon Citizen, 8/20/13
“This is more than just a collection of recipes. It is nothing less than a celebration of food geared to be shared with family and friends. Brown and George cover all of the bases…Filled with photos of the authors’ friends and family eating food in real time, the emphasis is on fun.”

Portland Book Review, 10/16/13
“An unusual vegetarian/vegan cookbook…written for the young partying type.”

Taste for Life, 12/13/13
“If you know a young (or young-at-heart) adventurous individual with a lust of life and vegetables, this may be the cookbook for them.”

Los Angeles Times, 12/7/13
“[A] super-fun vegetarian cookbook…Will make any meat-free dinner party a blast and any aspiring vegetarian cook happy”

About the Author

Alex Brown currently holds court as the general manager for Gourmet Imports. He’s an expert frequently quoted on cheese by food publications including Imbibe, the LA Weekly, and the Los Angeles Times. When he’s not importing obscure cheeses, sniffing truffles, vetting olive oils, or being a brute, he headbangs in the internationally renowned sludge band Robedoor, and is an avid lover of cycling. He lives in Los Angeles, CA.

Evan George is an investigative journalist whose coverage of the health insurance industry, homelessness, and the federal court system has won local and national awards— none of which have stemmed from his extensive writing about beer, coffee, and cooking for publications including Los Angeles magazine, Condé Nast Traveler, and the Los Angeles Times. He has grilled steaks at a Philadelphia bistro, flipped burgers in LA coffee shops, and, most recently, spent three years as a sous chef at the renowned vegetarian hot spot Elf Cafe. He also lives in Los Angeles, CA.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Da Capo Lifelong Books (June 11, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0738216976
  • ISBN-13: 978-0738216973
  • Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 7.1 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,161,545 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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My view of cookbooks is: They're worth it if you get at least one new recipe that is great. Definitely got that here, and I've tried only about 5 recipes so far. The banh mi was not great. To be more accurate, the "meat" in the banh mi was bland with utterly without flavor. But the instructions for constructing the banh mi were clear and helpful. I substituted in my own (pre-made) veggie "meat" that I bought at the local Buddhist Chinese market, and the resulting banh mi was an A+ success.

What made me most happy--so far--is the recipe for hot dogs. I had never even tried to make veggie hot dogs before. But they give a simple recipe (as long as you have some sort of steamer). The result was, frankly, again bland and boring. But for my second effort, I just added sun-dried tomato flakes, and a bunch of other spices. Yum. Obviously, this recipe is perfect for countless additions of different spices, and when I make version 3, tonight, I'll try adding minced garlic and a few spoonfuls of Trader Joe's taco seasons, to try for a Mexican-churizo-type of dog. Next week, maybe something Middle-Eastern, or Italian. Recipe was worth the price of the book

(I bought the book in spite of the "humor" and writing style. When humor misses, it's pretty painful to see. I get that the writers were trying for light, breezy, and hip. Utter fail. There are perfectly fine places in literature for liberal uses of "fu*k" and the like. Works perfect in Anthony Bourdain's books, for example. But in a cookbook? Where I sometimes try to get my 12 and 14-year-old niece and nephew to cook with me??? Bad decision, IMO.)
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Eco Mama's Guide To Living Green on July 3, 2013
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I just got this in my hands just now or I would have suggested you pick up a copy for the Fourth. Maybe there's still time to grab a copy locally? LUST FOR LEAF is a fresh, sassy and slightly risque vegetarian cookbook packed with recipes for some inspired eating this summer.

Meals perfect for camping, picnicking, and potlucks but with some serious originality get you in the mood to cook and the spirit of the book captures the essence of bonding over food. I haven't seen a cookbook come my way in a while that made me stop what I was doing and read. Yes, read. The prose is entertaining and it's full of glossy photos. I haven't had a chance to try recipes yet but I will for sure, and most often you know by looking at a recipe whether or not you're going to like it. First on my list (and on the menu for tomorrow) is the Watermelon-Strawberry Aquas Fresca (with cilantro) and I can't wait to try the recipe for squash blossoms. V's let you know instantly whether a recipe is vegan while fabulous recipe titles and cool info-icons with drink and music suggestions add to the fun. Amusing it is, but there's real substance here. It's full of creativity and made me laugh while making me hungry.

The Kindle version is available now, but unless you have a color display, I'd get the hard copy for the abundance of photos on every page. It's not for everyone perhaps, I never been told to stir the sh*t out of something in a cookbook before, but it's raunchiness definitely gives it a unique voice. And I think that just might appeal to some who otherwise might not be interested in a vegetarian cookbook. It would be an awesome host/hostess gift if you're headed out for a Fourth of July party tomorrow (or any summer party for that matter). I'll try to report back after I've tried some recipes, but wanted to green light it for anyone thinking about this--the first impression is great.
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Geraldine on November 5, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
If you're looking for recipes you'll actually make and enjoy again and again, this is not a cookbook to buy.

Lust for Leaf may be a fun book to browse through but as far as the recipes are concerned, IMO, it's just plain bad. As a cookbook author and reviewer myself, I check out and try out, new cookbooks on a regular basis. I am also a long-time vegetarian.

This "cookbook" has had a lot of hype and I can understand the appeal it might have for some people who don't actually cook much. But using the F word among other naughty ones and happy group shots of their friends, does not make up for less than stellar work that went into the actual recipes in this book.

Just the amounts of black pepper that these guys regularly throw into the mix, makes me shudder. I'm not sure if that ref. they made to their bleeding gums was in jest, after looking at the recipes in this book.

Maybe good for a laugh or two but for serious cooks and recipes that are keepers, keep looking.
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5 of 10 people found the following review helpful By M Vanessa on November 27, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Not all the recipes listed as Vegan in this cookbook are actually Vegan. For instance the HK Dogs call for Better Than Bouillon mushroom stock; however, when you check the ingredient label, it clearly indicates that there is milk in the stock. These cookbook authors should be more careful when labeling a recipe as vegan - its very misleading.
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