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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow Cookbooks; Reprint edition (May 5, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061741116
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061741111
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 0.4 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #112,242 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“One of the best vegan cookbooks.” (Vegetarian Times)

[Lorna Sass’s] recipes are seductive, ranging from the homey and familiar to the slightly more modern. (Publishers Weekly)

Handsome and well designed, it offers recipes that are truly quick and easy to prepare without being boring or predictable.... Highly recommended for cookery collections. (Library Journal)

About the Author

Lorna Sass, Ph.D., is a culinary historian and a James Beard Award-winning author of many highly acclaimed cookbooks, including Pressure Perfect, The Pressured Cook, and Great Vegetarian Cooking Under Pressure. She has written for the New York Times, Washington Post, Bon Appétit, Prevention, Metropolitan Home, and Woman's Day, among others. She lives in New York City.


More About the Author

Lorna Sass is fondly known as "the Queen of Pressure Cooking." She is also a widely published food writer and an award-winning cookbook author. Check out her new blog: www.pressurecookingwithlornasass.wordpress.com

Lorna became interested in pressure cooking during the mid-eighties when most Americans had either never heard of this magical appliance or were afraid of it! Her COOKING UNDER PRESSURE, published in 1989, became a best-seller with over 250,000 copies in print. The 20th-Anniversary revised edition of COOKING UNDER PRESSURE came out on November 3,2009.

Lorna followed COOKING UNDER PRESSURE with 3 other pressure cooker books: GREAT VEGETARIAN COOKING UNDER PRESSURE (VEGAN!), THE PRESSURED COOK, and PRESSURE PERFECT.

During the nineties, Lorna wrote numerous vegan cookbooks, recognizing that a vegan approach to food created a much smaller carbon footprint. This was decades before cookbook authors were writing about the connection between food and sustainability. Her RECIPES FROM AN ECOLOGICAL KITCHEN was published in 1992! Her NEW VEGAN COOKBOOK was nominated for an IACP Award and her latest title in this category is SHORT-CUT VEGAN.

Her fourteenth cookbook, WHOLE GRAINS EVERY DAY, EVERY WAY, published in 2006, was awarded the prestigious James Beard Award in the "healthy focus" category. Her latest cookbook, WHOLE GRAINS FOR BUSY PEOPLE, focuses on quick-cooking recipes for cooks on the go.

Lorna has often found herself ahead of her time. While studying for her PhD in medieval literature at Columbia University, she wrote four historical cookbooks that were published by the Metropolitan Museum of Art--decades before anyone was studying food history!

Lorna's food articles have been published in dozens of prominent newspapers and magazines, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, Gourmet, and Bon Appetit. In addition to her own blogs, she has blogged for The Huffington Post and Green Fork, and wrote a monthly recipe column for localharvest.org.

She is a member of Slow Food, The Author's Guild, and the Women's Culinary Alliance and an alumna of Les Dames des Escoffier, an organization of the top women in the food industry.

Lorna's current passion is to make healthy food available to all, and she is especially eager to help people grow their own food on rooftops and in community gardens in NYC.


For further information, visit www.lornasass.com.
BLOGS: www.pressurecookingwithlornasass.wordpress.com www.lornasassatlarge.wordpress.com


Customer Reviews

The recipes are delicious, fast, healthy, interesting AND easy to prepare.
E. Elliott
These recipes use foods that can be found in your grocery store, and the directions are easy to follow.
pat
This is a great little cookbook that may just change the way you cook- and eat!
Emily Eckel

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167 of 168 people found the following review helpful By cookeasyvegan.blogspot.com on June 28, 2009
Format: Paperback
I've long been a fan of Lorna Sass' work. When she started publishing her cookbooks, "vegan" was still considered a fairly odd cooking style, so all the book titles used the word "vegetarian." When I first discovered "Lorna Sass' Complete Vegetarian Kitchen" was totally vegan, I snapped up a copy, and it's become a tried and true reference at our house. We've learned through experience that her recipes always work. This has been especially helpful to my husband, as he learns to cook. He's not an intuitive cook (he describes himself as a developing cook), but he can follow a recipe, so when recipes are good, his cooking is good. I like that! We actually own four of Lorna Sass' books.

The book I most recently acquired is a revised edition of "Short-Cut Vegetarian," now more appropriately titled "Short-Cut Vegan: Great Taste in No Time." This is really more than just a collection of quick recipes, it's a guide to setting up your kitchen with the supplies you need to create fast, healthy and delicious vegan meals. She gives detailed information on how to efficiently stock the pantry -- shelves, freezer and refrigerator -- with basic essentials. There is also helpful information information on kitchen tools, food storage and food prep. She gives recipes for preparing flavor-enhancing condiments to have on hand, but also recommends store-bought equivalents if you prefer to take the easiest route. The recipes are an assortment of inviting combinations such as "Orange-Scented Lentil Ragout, "Cabbage and Potatoes in Mustard Sauce," "Pasta With Broccoli Rabe and Olives," and "Pineapple-Ginger Ice." Each recipe is accompanied by personal commentary that expands and enriches it.
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66 of 66 people found the following review helpful By E. Elliott on May 28, 2009
Format: Paperback
My copy of "Shortcut Vegetarian" is in tatters after 10 years of constant use. Perfect timing for a re-issue. The recipes are delicious, fast, healthy, interesting AND easy to prepare. This is one of the only cookbooks I own where I have tried and enjoyed almost every recipe. Most recipes are followed by useful variations and accompanied by Lorna's friendly and useful comments. The preparation and storage tips for many of the ingredients are short and to the point. This slim and lightweight book is packed with great recipes and ideas!
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44 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Tina on July 6, 2009
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The Short-Cut Vegan appears to be a re-issued book. I am glad that HarperCollins has decided to make it available as this book is a little gem.

I have been heading more and more towards being vegan, however, as I am an extremely lazy cook, the recipes cannot take very long or be too complicated or involved - enter Short-Cut Vegan cookbook.

This little cookbook is great, great, great! From its compact and convenient size, to its easy to read recipes, that are quick, fun and yum! tasty! I ended up making 7 recipes in the first few days I received it.

As mentioned, the recipes are super easy and quite fast to make and there is a very nice variety of vegan meals to select from. The Spinach with "Toasted Coconut and Black Mustard Seeds" was delish! and I loved "the Unlimited Waffle Mix" (try the Sunflower Seeds version).

The only thing I miss in this book were the pictures. There are no pictures of the "end result" which, for someone with my limited gifts in cooking, could use as a handy guideline to make sure that what I am making looks remotely like its suppose to!

Still, this is a great little cookbook.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Emily Eckel on January 14, 2011
Format: Paperback
I bought this, although I am not vegan, because I do not eat dairy or eggs. Vegan cookbooks are gold to folks with food allergies. If you or those you cook for have many food allergies, there's two common ones out of the way. Just a couple tweaks if necessary, and you've got yourself a fine meal.
This is a great little cookbook that may just change the way you cook- and eat! I personally am eating a greater variety of delicious veggies since using this book- and not dirtying more dishes. Anyone, vegan or not, stands to gain from this cookbook. Lorna provides excellent tips for cobbling together healthy last minute meals, and easy prep to do when you have time when you'll be near(but not necessarily in) the kitchen. The recipes share prep ingredients (spice mixes, sauces, grains) and pantry staples. You can build yourself a little pantry and always be prepared.
You may actually say to yourself one night- "What would Lorna do?" I did!

BTW: No Vegan Frankenfood(fake dairy, dubious soy 'meat',etc.) in this book either
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Latina Vegan on November 24, 2009
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This book is fabulous, I have been a Vegan for over 4 years and am always looking for cookbooks that are simple, with just a few ingredients (that I don't have to scour NYC to find!) and that are also tasty. I especially enjoy the desserts section. You can never, ever have enough Vegan dessert recipes! As a Latina Vegan I can modify all recipes, add a bit of cumin here, some cilantro there and Latinafy recipes as well.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By pat on July 5, 2009
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Short cut vegan is loaded with practical and easy no meat-product recipes. I picked it up because my daughter and I have a serious milk allergy, so vegetarian cookbooks are often impractical and difficult to use due to a dependence on cheese. These recipes use foods that can be found in your grocery store, and the directions are easy to follow. I ordered a second book sent to my daughter. It took longer to arrive than I had hoped--long after her birthday--but she was thrilled to have it so....forgotten.
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