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Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Da Capo Lifelong Books; 8.5.2012 edition (September 4, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0738214337
  • ISBN-13: 978-0738214337
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.9 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #446,576 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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Colleen Patrick-Goudreau, bestselling author of The Joy of Vegan Baking and The 30-Day Vegan Challenge
"From one compassionate recipe to the next, this globetrotting culinary tourdeliciously melds the flavors and aromas of the Old World with modern vegan sensibilities."

Lindsay S. Nixon, author of The Happy Herbivore Cookbook, Everyday Happy Herbivore and Happy Herbivore Abroad
“Any European delicacy or tradition you thought you couldn't have as a vegan, now you can! Mark has beautifully captured all the taste of Europe with fresh, fast and healthy recipes!”

Brendan Brazier, author of Thrive Foods
"These quick and tasty recipes are ideal for anyone who wants to transition to a vegan diet...without knowing it!"

Dreena Burton, author of Let Them Eat Vegan and eat, drink & be vegan
“Mark Reinfeld delivers cookery brilliance in Taste of Europe. With culinary finesse, he elevates traditional European dishes to plant-based prestige!  Now you can savor delicacies from Spain, Germany, Italy, France—and more—in the comfort of your own vegan kitchen. Mark, you had me at ‘Vegan Gelato’!”

Julie Hasson, author of Vegan Diner and The Complete Book of Pies

The 30 Minute Vegan’s Taste of Europe is jam-packed full of vibrant, delicious, healthful recipes that are better than a trip to Europe! This book is a must-have for every kitchen.”

Julieanna Hever, MS, RD, CPT, Plant-Based Dietitian and author of The Complete Idiot's Guide to Plant-Based Nutrition
“This tasty culinary expedition provides a perfect combination of exotic and familiar dishes to enthrall any curious cook. I am eternally grateful to Mark Reinfeld for veganizing these exquisite traditional recipes so we may enjoy them while sustaining a healthful and compassionate diet.”

Jack Norris, Registered Dietitian, coauthor of Vegan for Life
“With Mark Reinfeld’s guidance, anyone can produce impressive and delicious vegan meals. Sure to become a classic of healthy and humane cuisine, Taste of Europe is packed with easy recipes that will appeal to vegans and meat-eaters alike."

Virginia Messina, MPH, RD, vegan dietitian, coauthor of Vegan for Life
“Mark Reinfeld takes compassionate cooking to a new level with these incredible recipes. Taste of Europe makes vegan meals accessible to everyone—and is the perfect cookbook for when you want to impress your meat-eating friends."

CookbookMan.com, 9/26/12
“The once sparse space of vegan cookbooks is starting to fill up fast. The 30 Minute Vegan’s Taste of Europe fills the vegan international cuisine void nicely.”

Tucson Citizen, 10/5/12
“A delightful cookbook which will appeal to not just vegans but also those who are gluten-intolerant.”

Victoria Moran, author of Main Street Vegan and director, Main Street Vegan Academy, Oct 2, 2012
"The classic dishes of Europe used to seem 'above and beyond' either my culinary talents or the parameters of plant-based fare, but The 30-Minute Vegan's Taste of Europe changes all that. Mark Reinfeld has created a culinary treasure trove, even masterfully veganizing the scones I learned to love as a student in England. Imagine it: tea time, with no compromises."

Vegetarian Times magazine
“One of the top five cookbooks of 2012”

One of theVegetarian Times’s Top Five Cookbooks of 2012

Portland Book Review, December-February 2012
“A nice addition to any vegan kitchen shelf collection.”

PrestigeduMonde.com, 12/17/12
“Part cookbook, part travel log, all interesting…If you are looking for delicious, animal-free meals that fit one’s modern 9-5 schedule, this is the cooking bible you’ve been waiting for.”

Curled Up with a Good Book
“Overall Reinfeld’s book offers a large variety of relatively easy-to-follow recipes with a European flair. Recommended.”

REAL (Responsible Eating and Living), Favorite Cookbooks of 2012
“Europe is renowned for creative cuisine and this cookbook brings us some of the best European classic recipes, made vegan.”

Wellsphere.com, 1/9/13
“From the sunny dishes of Spain and Portugal to the hearty dishes of Germany and Hungary, Mark Reinfeld has given us a delicious way to create an at-home culinary tour of Europe…You won’t run out of inspiration with these recipes!”

The Vegetarian, Spring 2013
“Mark [Reinfeld] has come up with another classic book here, where the reader really can’t go wrong.”

Internet Review of Books, 3/17/13
“All in all, The 30-Minute Vegan's Taste of Europe is a cookbook I'd highly recommend to anyone.”

About the Author

Mark Reinfeld, founding chef of the celebrated Blossoming Lotus Restaurant, has been preparing inspired vegan and live food cuisine for more than fifteen years. His Vegan Fusion World Cuisine has won nine international awards, including a Gourmand Award for “Best Vegetarian Cookbook in the USA.” He is also the author of The 30-Minute Vegan and The 30-Minute Vegan's Taste of the East.
www.veganfusion.com

More About the Author

Mark Reinfeld is the author or coauthor of six cookbooks. including his latest book, The 30 Minute Vegan Soups On! - over 100 recipes for Vegan Soups for the Chicken's Soul. His books include, The 30 Minute Vegan's Taste of Europe, The 30-Minute Vegan, The 30-Minute Vegan's Taste of the East, The Complete Idiot's Guide to Eating Raw, and Vegan Fusion World Cuisine. He is currently working on his seventh book, Healing with Vegan Foods.

Mark Reinfeld is the winner of Vegan.com's Recipe of the Year Award for 2011 and has over 20 years experience preparing creative vegan and raw food cuisine. Mark was the Executive Chef for the North American Vegetarian Society's 2012 and 2013 Summerfest, one of the largest vegetarian conferences in the world. He is described by VegCooking.com as being "poised on the leading edge of contemporary vegan cooking". He is the founding chef of the Blossoming Lotus Restaurant, winner of Honolulu Advertiser's 'Ilima Award for "Best Restaurant on Kaua'i". Mark is also the recipient of a Platinum Carrot Award for living foods - a national award given by the Aspen Center of Integral Health to America's top "innovative and trailblazing healthy chefs.

Mark received his initial culinary training from his grandfather Ben Bimstein, a renowned chef and ice carver in New York City. He developed his love for World culture and cuisine during travel journeys through Europe , Asia and the Middle East . In 1997, Mark formed the Blossoming Lotus Personal Chef Service in Malibu , California. To further his knowledge of the healing properties of food, he received a Masters Degree in Holistic Nutrition.

His first cookbook, Vegan World Fusion Cuisine, coauthored with Bo Rinaldi and with a foreword by Dr. Jane Goodall, has won several national awards, including "Cookbook of the Year', 'Best New Cookbook', 'Best Book by a Small Press' and a Gourmand Award for 'Best Vegetarian Cookbook in the USA '. In addition Mark coauthored The Taste Of The East, The 30-Minute Vegan and The Complete Idiot's Guide to Eating Raw. Mark's latest book, The 30 Minute Vegan's Taste of Europe was featured on the cover of Vegetarian Times Magazine as one of the top five cookbooks of 2012. The book was also named one of the top ten cookbooks of 2012 by VegNews.

He currently offers online vegan cooking lessons at CookingHealthyLessons.com as well as vegan cooking and raw food preparation consulting, cookbooks, recipe development, cooking classes, workshops, chef training, intensives and retreats in both North America and Europe. If you would like to learn more about Vegan Fusion Cuisine please sign up for our Vegan Fusion Newsletter.

For more information, please visit www.veganfusion.com

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We really loved the Greek Salad, mushroom linguine, & soda bread!
Mom0f3
I highly recommend this book for beginners in vegan cooking as well as gourmet cooks.
Catherine
Great easy to read and follow quick recipes with easy to find ingredients.
Susan G. Davis

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

32 of 33 people found the following review helpful By C. Vegan on August 21, 2012
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I'm a fan of 30 Minute Vegan's other ethnic cookbook, The 30-Minute Vegan's Taste of the East: 150 Asian-Inspired Recipes--from Soba Noodles to Summer Rolls so when I found out they were releasing an European cookbook, I pre-ordered it as soon as it was available.

While I love the Asian cookbook, Asian is relatively easy to do vegan without making many substitutions, European, or more specifically French, is not as easy, so that made the concept of the book extra exciting to me. Exciting enough that I started trying out recipes as soon as the preview pages were available.

The book is divided into seven sections, French, German, Greek, Italian, English/Irish, Spanish/Portuguese, and European fusion. Though I haven't tried any of the desserts yet, there are dessert recipes in each section as well as many meal options. There are also some raw recipes, and recipes in each section that are noted as quicker and easier, though I don't think any of the recipes are very difficult or time consuming.

The tempeh-based moussaka recipe inparticular is easy to prepare and very tasty.

For those concerned about pictures, there is one pretty large insert of photos in the center of the book.

The one thing I don't like about some of the recipes is the use of processed cheese substitutes, though since I've started making my own non-dairy cheeses, that's become less of an issue for me.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Ann Paquin on September 19, 2012
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I have successfully prepared and enjoyed the eggplant parmesan stacks, linguine with clam free sauce, white bean dip, Baked vegan schnitzel and more.
And, there are so many more recipes, I look forward to preparing. Each recipe, I've tried has become a new favorite. I've impressed and satisfied myself and friends. Wundabar! Super!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Mary on September 24, 2012
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I loved the original 30 minute vegan cookbook, and when I saw the recipes in this book I knew I had to get it. So far the two recipes I've tried (artichoke heart and saffron paella and fettucini alfredo) have been delicious. The recipes are easy to follow, taste amazing, and are never disappointing!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 22, 2013
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As my job is providing unique and beautiful (in addition to delicious) food to all my retreat guests, cooking and baking for vegans has always been a challenge because I got stuck in ruts of providing much the same foods over and over -- up until I found this book! This incredible set of dishes from all over the world have opened so many culinary doors in my commercial kitchen to enable me to provide a vast variety of extraordinary meals, prompting huge thanks and high levels of appreciation from my guests for the efforts made on their behalf. This book is a treasure!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By lovemy5kids on January 16, 2013
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What a great cookbook with TONS of variety! I made the manicotti the other night and it was absolutely delicious.

This cookbook inspired me to buy a crepe pan--we had them last night and they were AMAZING! When I make them for company, no one will ever believe that they have no eggs or dairy. They were just fabulous!

I can't wait to fill my kitchen library with the other books in this line!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kyleigh on March 8, 2014
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I was so very excited when I first heard about this cook book, I think Traditional - and not so traditional - European food is a type of cuisine that is somewhat lacking in the vegan world. I come from a Greek and German background, and grew up eating a lot of traditional Greek and German fare, some of it is hard to veganize because it's typically food very heavily laden with animal products. Some recipes like Spanokopita and German Red Cabbage are totally over done in the vegan world - these are not hard recipes to veganize, I want something more creative, that provides more of a challenge and I think Mark Reinfeld delivered that with this book.

Certainly the book contains a handful of recipes that I've seen veganized time and time again, but there is enough new stuff, and enough really creative stuff in this book that I can forgive the tired recipes. I remember first flipping through this book and just being mind-blown by some of the culinary genius. I wish I had more time to vook from this book, because so many of the recipes look fantastic.

One of my favorite things about this book is the variety. I like the he includes dishes not only from Italy and France, but Spain, Portugal, Germany, The United Kingdom, Ireland, Greece, The Netherlands, Iceland, Poland, Hungry, Czech Republic, Sweden, Finland and more. I also like the fusion chapter at the end that combines traditions from a lot of different regions. Great selection. As always I find the recipes are clearly written and easy to follow, some do have long ingredients lists and some are really bordering on that 30 minute mark - taking closer to 40 minutes in some cases, - but overall this is a fairly practical book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By G. B. Rhamy on May 15, 2013
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Childhood memories of love and laughter enjoyed at family holiday meals are intertwined with the most amazing tastes and aromas emanating from my grandma's kitchen. But even if my dear, sweet grandmother was still here today, I could not partake in her sumptuous dishes from the Old Country, so heavily laden as they were with meat, eggs, and dairy products. So I was filled with the most profound joy upon learning about The 30-Minute Vegan's Taste of Europe!

It's no secret that I'm a huge fan of Chef Mark Reinfeld and his 30-Minute Vegan series of books. The recipes in The 30 Minute Vegan and The 30 Minute Vegan's Taste of the East are simple to prepare and taste amazing. Mark never fails to deliver no-fail recipes that inspire even the most hesitant home cook's creativity. This lastest edition features a collection of old-world recipes that are not always easy to veganize, like Moussaka, Bocadillos, and even Bouillabaisse. Readers will be delighted with the complexity of flavors that can be achieved with all plant-based ingredients and in so little time.

From Scottish Currant Scones to Italian Tempeh Neatballs (which are most thoroughly enjoyed with Mark's Roasted Tomato and Garlic Sauce), Empanadas to Faux Gras, and Hungarian Goulash to Flan, your taste buds will travel on a cross-continental journey that is so flavorful, it will leave you (and them!) hungering for more. To whet your appetite, check out the photos of a few of the mouthwatering dishes that were prepared from recipes in this delightful book. And if you've been yearning for Yorkshire pudding or craving kielbasa soup, get your hands on a copy tout de suite!
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