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The Ultimate Uncheese Cookbook: Delicious Dairy-Free Cheeses and Classic "Uncheese" Dishes Paperback – December, 2003
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1. If your nutritional yeast flakes have a powdery appearance, make sure you use only half the amount called for in any recipe! If a recipe calls for ½ cup of yeast, use only a quarter cup. This is especially important for people who dislike nutritional yeast as much as I do. Don't omit the yeast altogether, because in just the right quantity, it does add an unmistakable "finishing touch" of cheesiness to recipes.
2. Recipes that are made up only of plain flour, nutritional yeast, and seasonings generally do not taste like cheese; they taste more like savory gravy. On a similar note, bean-based recipes are going to taste more like hummus than like cheese. That's not necessarily a bad thing if you're prepared for it, of course.
3. I find that most of the recipes in this book contain too much lemon juice. Maybe I'm just sensitive to the tartness of lemon, but I'd personally recommend either omitting the lemon juice in most recipes, or at least cutting back on it significantly. Also, I find that many of the recipes can be pretty bland because they lack the saltiness that makes dairy cheese so appealing. That can easily be remedied, though, by just adding more salt to taste.
That said, here are my individual recipe reviews:
GOOEY GRILLED CHEEZ -- This crisp sandwich with its sharp, creamy filling is really satisfying. I do add a little more ketchup to the cheez than suggested, though, and a LOT more salt (about ¾ heaped tsp). The cheez makes the best ever vegan pizza, too.Read more ›
What is particularly impressive is that the ingredients are wholesome, natural, REAL foods--not the highly-refined starches and other questionable items used in many of the commercial soy cheeses (which, in my opinion, taste like plastic). Furthermore, these recipes taste GOOD and are surprisingly easy to make. Here are some of my favorites: Gee Whiz Spread (awesome!), Colby Cheeze, Gooda Cheeze, Boursin, Hot Parmesan Artichoke Dip, Philly Potato Chowder, Curried Cauliflower Cheeze Soup, Unprocessed Cheeze Sauce (heavenly!), Fondue (every kind under the sun!), Stuffed Shells, Grilled Cheeze, Cheezecakes (yum, yum!), and so much more.
Not only are the recipes imaginative, delicious, and rich tasting, they are remarkably low in fat (there's a nutritional analysis with each recipe). Many other cookbook authors and recipe developers have tried to imitate Ms. Stepaniak's uncheeses, but no one could surpass her original creations. She's a true pioneer.
If you miss cheese or just want something cheesy but healthful, be sure to pick up a copy of this classic gem!!!
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would love to see mexican recipes included in any of this genre of booksPublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Great recipes and simple ingredients. If you are a vegan who used to love cheese, this book is for you.Published 3 months ago by Barbara Thayer
excellent book with fairly simple recipes. Made ranch dressing for the ladies at work they couldn't even tell it was vegan it was so delicious. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Michiganman
Best non-cheese Cheese book out there, I've used her recipes for years always GREAT, BUY IT!!!Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
This is a great book to get started with vegan cheeses! The recipes are very straight forward, don't require oddball ingredients, and are easy to make. Read morePublished 5 months ago by brennedr
I have owned this book for 9 years now. And I still use it! I used it today in fact! The block cheeses are a regular, especially the Colby (though I usually do the paprika instead... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Honey Moser