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Vegan Soups and Hearty Stews for All Seasons Paperback – January 27, 2009
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“International in scope and ranging from the elegant to the homey, Vegan Soups and Hearty Stews for All Seasons is an absolutely essential cookbook for anyone who loves good food. If you’re a soup lover, prepare to be dazzled by the variety and freshness of these soups; if you’re not a soup lover, prepare to become one!”
—Susan Voisin, fatfreevegan.com
“Nava Atlas offers an impressive repertoire of soups that will amaze and inspire even veteran soup makers.” —Nikki Goldbeck, certified dietitian-nutritionist and coauthor of American Wholefoods Cuisine and The Healthiest Diet in the World
About the Author
NAVA ATLAS is the author of The Vegetarian Family Cookbook, The Vegetarian 5-Ingredient Gourmet, Vegetariana, Vegan Express, and others. She has written dozens of articles for magazines such as the Vegetarian Times, Veggie Life, and Cooking Light. Nava maintains the popular vegetarian site In a Vegetarian Kitchen (vegkitchen.com), and the vegan blog Veggie Talk (blog.vegkitchen.com). She lives in the Hudson Valley region of New York with her family.
More About the Author
In addition to cookbooks, Nava also produces visual nonfiction books including The Literary Ladies' Guide to the Writing Life (2011; http://www.literaryladiesguide.com), exploring first-person narratives on the writing lives of twelve classic women authors, and commenting on the universal relevance of their experiences to all women who love to write. Secret Recipes for the Modern Wife (2009) is a satiric look at contemporary marriage and motherhood through the lens of a faux 1950s cookbook.
Nava is also an active fine artist specializing in limited edition artist's books and text-driven objects. Her work is shown and collected by museums and universities across the U.S. You can see her work at http://navaatlasart.com. Her home is in the Hudson Valley region of New York State, where she lives with her husband and two sons.
Top Customer Reviews
I am a total soup nut so I was very excited to try this one. I hadn't seen any of the previous editions but I'm a big fan of Nava's other cookbooks. This certainly lived up to my expectations. Like all of Nava's cookbooks, the recipes in this book were easy to make, used simple ingredients that I typically have in my pantry, and, most importantly, my family loved them.
The recipes are arranged by seasons, which is a really nice feature since we try to eat local, seasonal foods. It being January when I got the book, I turned straight to the winter soups and found several just perfect for a rainy winter suppers. The first soup I tried was the Three Bean Soup with Brown Rice. Well, actually it was only two bean soup (kidney and cannellini) because I didn't have any frozen green beans. I did have kale though so we still got the green in there. My daughters had bowl after bowl of this hearty tomato-based soup and I ended up with no leftovers for lunch the next day.
The second soup we tried was the Hearty Winter Roots Soup. This was a wonderful mash of potatoes, carrots, rutabagas, and parsnips in a creamy, cheesy soup. Another hit with the family. The third dish we tried was the Vegetarian Goulash--a great "meat" (seitan) and potatoes stew that reminded me of the Sunday dinners my mom made when I was growing up--except without the meat of course.
I can't wait to cook my way through the rest of the seasons.Read more ›
My favorite recipe so far is a fall one, Sweet and Sour Sauerkraut Soup which includes carrots, celery, potatoes, diced tomatoes and of course, sauerkraut among other things. If you don't like sauerkraut or sour foods, skip this one, but I think it's even better the next day. Another favorite is the Okra-Rice Gumbo or the Thai-Flavored Coconut Vegetable Soup. These all go together pretty quickly and if you double the recipe you'll have enough for a couple days and the flavors have a way of melding together that makes them all the better.
Soup is always great with a big salad and some crusty bread and this cookbook has a lot of imaginative recipes, not just the same old standbys. It's one of those books that's fun to just go through and read because I always seem to find one recipe that is appealing for that particular day, no matter what sort of mood I'm in. Two thumbs up for this book! I'll be looking forward to more vegan cookbooks by Nava Atlas.
Perhaps it is because of this that I found the soups to be lack luster and flavorless. I made the Taco Soup and the Mac and Cheese soup which were good despite the Mac and Cheese thickened up every time I put in the refrigerator and became a casserole. The Autumn Harvest Stew and the Polenta Potage (this soup also turned into a brick of polenta in the fridge) were flavorless. The kicker for me was the fall soup called Kale, Yellow Squash and Sweet Potato Stew. This has summer squash in it which is obviously a summer vegetable not fall. It tastes terrible seasoned with both balsamic vinegar and fresh ginger. I wasted Kale and Sweet Potatoes! I was so glad to finish this soup.
I will continue to cook with this cookbook, but don't have high hopes for it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is an excellent book with many wonderful recipes. They are separated by season, i.e., winter, summer, fall, spring which is very helpful. Ms. Read morePublished 14 days ago by J. Mayo
Use recipes from this book 2 to 3 times a week. As a single, I get several meals from recipe and they keep well In the fridge, or you can freeze portions for next weekPublished 12 months ago by Danna Hardt
This is the book to have! Even if you are not Vegan this book contains the best soup and stew recipes found in the world. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Michelle A. Cantu
Beautiful book, nice pictures and drawings. Nicely written, relaxing lay-out. Immense variety of recipes that don't require anything out of the ordinary in order to make.Published 20 months ago by hariet
I've only been vegan for a year after cooking "Southern" for forty years so learning to cook all over again has been an adventure. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Nancy Beckham
I like this book because I am trying to eat better for my health.
I am getting older and do not want any health issues. Read more