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Nonna's Italian Kitchen: Delicious Home-Style Vegan Cuisine (Healthy World Cuisine) Paperback – January 1, 1998
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My husband and decided to try a vegan lifestyle about 3 months ago to reduce cholesterol. However, having to give up many of our favorite Italian foods was extremely difficult. Thankfully, as I was beginning to consider adding dairy back to our menu I found this book. It is a much better Italian cookbook than I expected it to be.
The book is outlined as follows:
1. Italian Cuisine
2. Ingredients and Equipment for Italian Cooking
3. Basic Recipes and Techniques
5. Appetizers, Vegetable Side Dishes
6. Making Fresh Pasta
First Courses (Primi Piatti)
7. Pasta in Sauce
8. Stuffed Pasta: Dumplings, Crepes, and Baked, Layered and Molded Pasta Dishes
9. Pasta in Broth and Soups
10. Cornmeal and Rice Dishes
Second Courses (Secondi Piatti)
11. Baked Dishes: Omelets, Savory Cakes, Tarts, Gratins, and other Vegetable Casseroles
12. Vegetable and Bean Entrees and Stews
13. Meat Free Entrees
14. Bread, Rolls, Pizza, Hearth Breads and Stuffed Breads
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The only problem with this book is that the recipes can take a while to prepare. If you're not a big fan of cooking, this probably isn't the book for you. But if you're glad to spend an hour in the kitchen making a meal and want to have some great vegan food, this book is a must!
The Pros -
1. The author clearly knows what she's talking about. There is a lengthy section in the beginning of the cookbook providing a wealth of information about Italian cuisine and ingredients. She is also of Italian ancestory, so she is familiar enough with the cuisine to provide reasonable vegan alternatives.
2. There are several innovative techniques introduced which help make particular ingredients or dishes more accessible to the vegan diet or to the average cook. This includes instructions for making risotto in the microwave, or using chickpea flour as a replacement for eggs in fresh pasta.
3. What I was most looking for in this cookbook is an introduction to Italian recipes which will contribute somthing to a vegan diet, ie. traditional items which are already vegetarian/vegan. There are some examples of this, although not nearly as many as I'd hoped. For example, the lemon granita recipe is absolutely wonderful, and provides a totally satisfying alternative to dairy-based frozen desserts.
The Cons -
1. I found far too many of the recipes were attempting to make vegan versions of meat and dairy heavy dishes. While there is some place for this, generally the result is time-consuming and heavy soy and gluten-laiden meals you wouldn't want to eat very often.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
I love this cookbook, published in 1998, long before it became more fashionable to be a vegan. The recipes are truly Italian (as opposed to Italian-American), truly delicious in a... Read morePublished 3 days ago by LuvKimono
Great recipes, easy and delicious. These are loved by vegans and non vegans alike! I have purchased a lot of vegan cook books lately and this one is great. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Paula
so many great recipes. Vegan Tiramisu is divine. As well as the fresh raw tomato pasta sauce. Highly recommend this book for everyone.Published on February 17, 2014 by Bridgette De Carvalho
This is a great book for those of us who enjoy Italian food and want to reduce meat in our diet.Published on November 20, 2013 by Bri Austin TX
I've had this cookbook for over a year now and made a fair number of items from it. I love the clear passion that the author has for Italian food (the introduction is crammed full... Read morePublished on July 21, 2013 by morehumanthanhuman
This is an excellent vegan cookbook. The recipes are easy and delicious, and mimic authentic Italian food without the animal products. Read morePublished on January 4, 2013 by Julieb