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Product Details

  • Paperback: 248 pages
  • Publisher: The Experiment (October 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1615190058
  • ISBN-13: 978-1615190058
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.6 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (106 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #413,585 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Quick and Easy Vegan Comfort Food is filled with accessible, invigorating recipes. Alongside simple preparation instructions are cooking tips and suggestions for pairings with other dishes in the book . . . Beautiful full-page color photos illustrate these delectable combinations . . . Simpson’s unpretentious recipes provide vegan simplicity, and her enthusiasm for cooking is infectious . . . Quick and Easy Vegan Comfort Food delivers on all counts.”
Brittany Shoot, Feminist Review blog

“With Quick and Easy Vegan Comfort Food, Alicia Simpson shows the budding vegan cook how simple it can be to whip up delicious, cruelty-free creations in the kitchen with common ingredients. The easy-to-follow recipes, creative meal ideas, and cook’s tips are sure to inspire you to get cooking!”
Leigh Saluzzi, co-owner of Cosmo’s Vegan Shoppe

“Alicia C. Simpson’s book is a wonderful entrée into the world of vegan cooking for those who are just getting acquainted with what veganism has to offer, as well as those on a tight budget. Quick and Easy Vegan Comfort Food educates readers about yummy plant-based sources of protein, calcium, and iron—as well as how easy, cheap, flavorful, and quick it is to make healthy vegan snacks, smoothies, and dishes. This book is a must for those who have always thought ‘going vegan’ is intimidating, complicated, expensive, and time-consuming.”
A. Breeze Harper, editor of Sistah Vegan: Black Female Vegans Speak on Food, Identity, Health, and Society

“I love this book! As a vegetarian for over twenty-four years, I know the amazing benefits of a vegan diet for the person and the planet. I love how Alicia shares personal insights and delicious Southern-inspired recipes, making veganism easy and accessible to the masses. From the section on ‘Vegan Myths’ all the way to the decadent vegan desserts that remind me of mother’s cooking, Quick and Easy Vegan Comfort Food has something for everyone. The world is changing and consciousness is rising. People are searching for a more compassionate way of living, but may not know where to start. Alicia’s book is a must-have and will be a permanent part of my cookbook collection. I highly recommend it to all of my readers!”
Martha Theus, 21st Century Vegetarians blog, and co-author of “Throwin’ Down” Vegetarian Style!

“Yum. Yum. Yum!”
Sarah Kramer, co-author of How It All Vegan

Quick and Easy Vegan Comfort Food has made it possible for us to enjoy many of the classic comfort foods we once enjoyed—favorites such as Mac and Cheeze, Collard Greens, and Sweet Potato Pie. Guess what though? It is all vegan!”
Traci Thomas, founder of the Black Vegetarian Society of Georgia

“Quick and Easy Vegan Comfort Food is one of the better vegan recipe books that I've come across in the approximately two decades that I've lived a vegan lifestyle.”
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About the Author

Alicia C. Simpson has been cooking since she was tall enough to reach the stove. She is the creator of the popular Vegan Guinea Pig Blog, a contributing writer for the award-winning Vegans of Color blog, and has been featured in the documentary I’m Vegan. Alicia lives in Atlanta.

Customer Reviews

It'd well worth the money.
Peggy S. Slusarski
That said, out of all the recipes I've tried so far, every one has been a winner.
J. Puckett
The recipes in this book are great and easy to follow also very insperational.
Ivonne

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155 of 163 people found the following review helpful By hils on July 27, 2010
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I was really disappointed by this book! I read a lot of great reviews, but when I got around to cooking with it myself, I found most of the recipes to be overly simplistic. There are some gems in here, to be sure, but I don't think the author really had enough recipes to justify a whole cookbook, so she started throwing in some real no brainers. There's a recipe for "dinner salad" that just lists 5 or 6 basic salad ingredients (seriously?). "Mini Pizza's" are just english muffins, pizza sauce, fake meat & fake cheese. There are probably 15 recipes like that... super duper basic things that anyone can think up on their own.

Another concern was the use of processed food items. Far too many recipes relied on expensive substitutes like fake meat and cheese. She even calls for specific brands at times, one of which she recommends ordering from the internet. I'm more interested in cooking with ingredients I can easily access for a reasonable price.

If you are JUST STARTING OUT as a vegan and cook, this book might be helpful for you. If you are a seasoned vegan, pass this one by. Veganomicon is far superior!
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65 of 70 people found the following review helpful By D. Sabin on December 10, 2009
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With some books you have to buy special food items to make anything. This book makes it possible to find the ingredients in your pantry. Very easy!
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45 of 48 people found the following review helpful By J. Camp on December 15, 2009
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I've been using this cookbook for the last few weeks and continue to be delighted by the high-quality meals, the easily accessible ingredients, and the simplicity of the instructions. The "Red Beans with Quinoa" and the "Fried Chik'n Seitan" rock my world. Buy this book and you won't be disappointed!
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31 of 35 people found the following review helpful By T. Mars on May 12, 2010
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I bought the book because it had a lot of positive reviews. Was I confident it was going to rock? eh no... I wanted to make mac n cheese that didn't use dreadful cheese substitutes; and I did. She is my hero! While I think the book is great... I'm particularly in love with the mac n cheese sauce.

I feed this recipe to meat and potato ONLY carnivores all the time and they look at me with their mouth hanging open because they cannot believe, at all; that that sauce is completely animal free.

Some notes about it: So generally for me, the sauce is a "double" batch because I will do the sauce once, and mix half into the noodles and bake, the remainder I put in a container in the fridge. YES YOU HEARD ME.
First traditional mac n cheese from craft to home baked is a "one use only" kind of dish, reheating it makes it taste dreadful because the fat and protein separate in the cheese and often the noodles absorb the water making it grainy tasteless and often greasy. You don't have this problem at all with this Sauce!!! First you can bake a full pan and eat it piping out of the oven the first time, and you can then store it in the fridge and reheat it in the microwave later without destroying the integrity of the sauce at all. (I was able to take it to work for lunches, my daughter her school lunch). But that's not all the magic...

The cheese sauce not ONLY hangs out in the fridge for quite a while (without having to worry about it spoiling in a day or two) but, it's fantastic COLD TOO... We were dipping taco chips in it... and sometimes I will warm it in the microwave and add salsa for a warm queso dip for our nachos! I've also made saucy baked burritos and put the queso in with the beans and then covered it with sauce and poured this cheese sauce over the top.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By J. Berndt on January 31, 2010
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This was an impulse purchase. I have made about half a dozen recipes from this book. My stew wasn't spectacular but I will blame that more on my unwillingness to leave a crock pot alone. The mac and cheese is brilliant. So much so I have made it twice. I try to not eat too much soy, and the fact that this recipe has no "milks" or cheeses" in it and is still creamy and rich is fabulous.

I will definitely be exploring this book further.
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful By T. Teets on December 7, 2009
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As my son and I are newbie vegans, I have searched high and low for GOOD FOOD recipes. This has been the easiest to use with the most delicious recipes for true comfort food.

Everytime I make something from the book, we both laugh and say, boy, it really is sweet to be vegan.

I use the book almost daily - always with great results :) I have yet to have a flop. Thanks to the author for doing such a terrific job. Whatever she writes, I will look forward to purchasing
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By nanette on February 24, 2010
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I love this book. I have consistently cooked from it for a couple months now and haven't come across a bad recipe yet. I was skeptical about some of them and they passed the test. My family has enjoyed everything, too. That's a hard sell when you've got ages 49-4 all around the same table. The mac & cheeze is terrific. I loved the wraps, too. The mushroom gravy & alfredo sauce recipies are worth the price of the book alone! If you're on the road to being vegan but don't want to be hungry or deprived, this is a winner. It's also good for feeding non-vegans because they simply will enjoy the food w/o noticing it's animal-free. I appreciate that the recipes are reasonable in the prep time, especially when cooking day after day for a family. This is not a fat-free vegan book, beware.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By vampira bitely VINE VOICE on May 7, 2010
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i have bought, borrowed and tested quite a few vegan cookbooks and recipes over the last few months since begining my vegan food blog. of all of them, this one is definitely my husband's favorite. (one day i literally had a different book in my hand, and he asked for a recipe from this one instead.) the sloppy josephs (joes) even convinced his meat eating friend that vegan food can be awesome. she is a friendly and engaging author, and the recipes are easy to follow. i would highly recommend this book to vegans, both new & seasoned, the vegan curious, and anyone that likes guilty tasting food, but wants zero cholesterol.
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Alicia C. Simpson has been cooking since she was tall enough to reach the stove. She is the author of Quick and Easy Vegan Comfort Food. Quick and Easy Vegan Celebrations and Quick and Easy LOW-CAL Vegan Comfort Food. Alicia is also the creator of the popular blogs Vegan Guinea Pig and The Lady and Seitan. Alicia lives in Atlanta.

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