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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Clarkson Potter; 1 edition (July 22, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0609809814
  • ISBN-13: 978-0609809815
  • Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #67,902 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It's hard enough to satisfy choosy diners at a hot New York restaurant?imagine having to do it without using meat, fish, dairy, or eggs! The Candle Cafe has been doing just that for years, offering vegan food that has earned the praise of food critics, celebrities, and countless New Yorkers.

The food at the Candle Cafe expands the horizons of vegan cuisine, proving that the healthiest food can also be the most flavorful and satisfying. From delectable appetizers like Quesadillas stuffed with Portobellos and Red Peppers and Tofu Satay with Coconut-Peanut Sauce to classic dips like Hummus and Babaganoush, veggan cooking never tasted this good. Even the soups are special?Spring Vegetable Minestrone Soup is filled with fresh flavor, and Butternut Squash Soup gets a kick from toasted pumpkin seeds. Hearty, satisfying sandwiches and main courses like Barbecued Tempeh-Chipotle Burgers with Grilled Pineapple, Porcini Mushroom Stroganoff, and Indian Eggplant Curry are infused with delicious flavors from around the world. For dessert, treats like Chocolate Mousse Pie and Lemon-Tofu Cheesecake with Blood Orange Glaze are creamy and indulgent.

With helpful tips on cooking beans and grains, a full glossary of ingredients, and plenty of color photographs, The Candle Cafe Cookbook is a treasure trove of vegan recipes that have been drawing crowds and raves for years.

About the Author

JOY PIERSON is co-owner and recipe developer of the Candle Cafe. A nutrition counselor and regular spokeswoman on vegetarian eating, she has appeared on Good Day New York and Food Network.

BART POTENZA is co-owner of the Candle Cafe. He founded its predecessor, the Healthy Candle, in 1986.

Both authors live in New York.

Customer Reviews

So far all of the recipes I have tried have been great.
M. Hobson
If you want a day-to-day cookbook, "Veganomicon" is a much better choice - save the money you'd have spent on this book and go for a meal at Candle 79 instead.
David G. Andersen
Unlike other vegan cookbooks, most of the recipes are quite easy to make and you don't have to go on a treasure hunt to find most of the ingredients.
Elina Flax

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I totally agree with what some people have already said here:

These recipes never saw a test kitchen.

Not only that, whoever wrote them didn't think twice with many of them. The proportions are so outrageously wrong one would think they used some computerized formula to adapt their industrial-kitchen quantities to a 6-serving scale. Take for example their Coconut-peanut sauce. When we had it with their tofu-satay at the Candle Cafe, we thought it was just amazing. Look at the ingredients: 1/2 cup peanut butter, 1/2 coconut milk, 1/4 brown rice vinegar, a thai chili, 2 tbsp chopped cilantro, 2 tbsp chopped mint, 1 tbsp fresh ginger... what could go wrong? Well, add a 1/2 cup of soy sauce and that's what's wrong. All these delicious (and not cheap) ingredients go down the drain because after adding so much (light!) soy sauce the only thing you taste is salt! Of course you blame yourself for not having used your common sense but then... Who edited this book???

I'm sorry, I love the restaurant, but now I cannot wait to go again and ask them that same question to their face.
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252 of 265 people found the following review helpful By Kimberly Brown on January 31, 2004
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I have a total of 11 vegan cookbooks, and the candle cafe cookbook is the one I always use. I have been so disappointed in other vegan cookbooks because they either have hard-to-find ingredients, are too time-consuming to make, and are bland and boring. This cookbook is none of that! Almost every ingredient can be found at your local supermarket so it's not too expensive to purchase these items. Secondly, being a mom to a toddler gives me very little time to spend in the kitchen, and this book offers delicious meals that are easy and quick to prepare. And most of all, everything I have made from this book has been just like eating a gourmet meal! This is a MUST HAVE for everyone who is vegan or is even thinking about trying a vegan meal. I made the lemon tofu cheesecake with blood-orange glaze, and gave some to my carnivorous husband. He is the type of person who won't touch tofu with a ten-foot pole. And he ate every bite of it and thought it was great. I also made the chocolate cake with chocolate ganache frosting, and everyone LOVED it! Also, recently I prepared the seitan piccata with white wine and caper sauce. I only had the "chicken-style" seitan and used that instead. I have to tell you that it tasted like fried chicken in a wonderful brown gravy sauce! It was excellent! This cookbook is one of those "everyday" cookbooks, but with gourmet flavor. I am not a woman who likes to cook much, and I do not have much experience in the kitchen, but being vegan I have to cook my own meals once in a while, and I have been using this book every day, and every day I have a new favorite dish! I have been writing disappointing reviews on every cookbook I've tried, but this one I would give 10 stars if I could. If you are even thinking of buying this book, please do. You will not be disappointed!
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168 of 176 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 22, 2003
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The Candle Cafe is one of my all-vegan family's top favorite restaurants in NYC. so I was excited about the prospect of making some of their recipes at home. Somehow, the cookbook is a disappointment, mainly due to inaccuracies in the recipes. I was all set to make the Asian Baked Tofu, for instance. The instructions say to cut the tofu into 3 blocks, then marinate. The recipe is supposed to serve 4, but there is no further instruction on how the tofu is to be cut further. The chocolate mousse pie came out well, but the proportions of the ingredients are enough to make 2 pies; also I'm glad I left out 1/2 cup of water called for in the cake crust, or it would have been too moist and soupy. not to go on, though there are other such examples. These little innacuaracies can make or break a recipe, so though I'm looking forward to trying a few more, I feel I need to be wary.
The photos in the middle of the book are lovely, but the pages and layout of the recipes are pretty dry, The small fractions sent me running for my reading glasses.
For me, the book rates three stars, but I'm giving it four for the general devoted veg/vegan reader, plus the fact that I'm such a fan of the cafe that I don't have the heart to give it just three stars.
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54 of 55 people found the following review helpful By harleycheesebutt on April 15, 2006
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I have to preface this by saying that I absolutely love eating at the candle. So delicious.

before we moved from NYC, I thought we HAVE to get this book. We've tried several of the recipies, following them to the letter, and have been really dissapointed everytime - with the exception of the hummus. I think that they must be leaving out some key ingredients in a lot of these recipies, because all of the ones we have attempted have been either completely flavorless, or tasted like salt. Don't even bother with the soups unless you are a gourmet cook and can figure out how to punch them up somehow after following these directions, because they all end up runny and bland. so sad.
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58 of 61 people found the following review helpful By Elizebeth Neumann on January 18, 2006
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I bought this book almost a year ago after reading so many good reviews of it. I usually cook my favorite meals vegan by using alternative ingredients but wanted to expand my tastebuds and broaden my cooking. I have been more dissapointed than delighted with the results.

Here are the recipes I have tried and their results:

AZTEC SALAD: this should be a simple meal, marinated tempeh over quinoa and veggies. However it took me over an hour to make. The recipe says it serves 4 yet it made enough salad to feed 8 hungry adults. The recipe for the chipotle barbeque sauce is for 5 CUPS, yet you only use it to baste the tempeh while cooking. The result....nearly tasteless. And while the chipotle barbeque sauce was good, I didnt have a need for 4 1/2 cups in my fridge.

SOUTHWESTERN STYLE CHILE RUBBED SEITAN SANDWICHES: It was good but the season "paste" recipe was off and was too wet to work properly.

FRENCH DIP SANDWICHES: This was the only recipe that tasted good. But you do end up with too much dipping sauce.

VEGETABLE LASAGNA: The marinade for the grilled veggies in this was good as was the herbed tofu ricotta. However the overall taste was the most bland lasagna Ive ever had.

In all, the recipes are not written correctly. This book needs some serious editing. I dont buy cookbooks so I can pick over the recipes making sure they will work. I also dont want a cookbook that takes me over an hour to make a meal.

For the price of this book you would expect better results from the get-go. I would not reccomend this book and suggest you buy another one.
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