Before I went lacto-ova 16 years ago, I enjoyed REAL food....good old American comfort food. When I tackled veganism five years ago, I went into it still liking REAL food. Once I became a vegan, however, I found that, according to most vegan cookbooks, I was suppose to evolve into an edamame loving kale eater. OK, fine....I do enjoy the more "exotic" foods, too, but I still craved my old favorites; egg salad, cream cheese, grilled cheese sandwiches, pepperoni, carrot cake, french toast, fried chicken.
Vegan Vittles, however, recognizes that just because we are vegan doesn't mean we only eat rabbit food. FINALLY, a cookbook that offers vegan alternatives to the foods we grew up with; Messy Mikes, Oven Roasted Tom Tofu, French Onion Soup, Quiche, Not Your Mama's Meatloaf,Pot Roast, Pumpkin Pie,Ceasar Salad, Ultra-Fudgey Fudge Brownies.
In my household, I cook for myself, my omni husband and my lacto-ova daughter. Before Vegan Vittles, ONE meal that we all ate and enjoyed was few and far between....most nights, I was making three completely different dinners. But since Vegan Vittles features "regular" food, my husband and daughter will happily eat MY vegan dishes, eliminating a lot of work for me...WOOHOO!!!!
I highly recommend Vegan Vittles for anyone just starting out in veganism (the recipes are simple and include common ingredients found in regular grocery stores) OR for the veteran vegan, like myself, that is looking to eat like a "regular" person again (without the cruelty, of course).
This fantastic cookbook is as much a voice of the animals and people of the Farm Sanctuary as it is a celebration of vegan lifestyle and cooking. In addition to hundreds of delicious recipes, there are several sections on the philosophy of veganism, a nutrition overview, a meal-planning guide, a list of suggested substitutes for animal products, a glossary of special ingredients, and much more. Many of the recipes are remakes of meat, egg and dairy favorites, giving the new or aspiring vegan a good place to start when the prospect of "the big switch" seems impossible or overwhelming. Some examples include: Seitan Salami, Pepperoni, and Pastrami, Tofu Bacon, Nut Milks, Phenomenal French Toast, Almond Crème Cheeze, Onion Lover's Chip Dip, Grilled Cheeze Sandwiches, Classic Quiche, Tempeh Tacos, Stick-to-Your-Ribs Chili, and Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies.
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I happen to love this cookbook. It is the staple I always turn to, after buying several other vegan cookbooks before and being thoroughly disappointed. I make the gooey grilled cheeze at least once a week (works up really quick if I get home late from work!), and have loved everything I've tried. If maple syrup were cheaper, I'd have a constant supply of the maple custard around! This book is full of everyday recipes that are suitable for anyone. Depending on meal presentation and what sides you serve, it can be a small family meal or dinner party worthy. The recipes are not horribly complicated or full of crazy ingredients or flavors (my main issues with How it all vegan and Voluptous Vegan, which collect dust on my shelf now). Thanks to Vegan Vittles, I became a huge fan of Jo Stepaniak's recipes and have gone on to buy Ultimate Uncheese, Saucy Vegetarian and others. VV is full of a great variety of recipes that are certified fabulous!
This is a brilliant all-round book on vegan cooking. Joanne's caring, compassion and enthusiam shine through and you just want to try every recipe. Every recipe I've tried has been a masterpiece, I don't know where she got all her ideas from. The book really expands your horizons on eating from the old veges, grains and bean style of cooking. I just love the Grilled Cheeze Sandwiches, The BBQ-style Short"Ribs", and the best mayonnaise- it really beats any animal based mayonnaise I've ever tried. I've said enough! Just buy the book, and you'll never look back! Oh, and it's a really nice touch having the animal rescue stories and photos and the work of Farm Sanctuary. And there is a nutritional analysis of all the recipes, and menu suggestions.
I truly wish I had known Jo Stepaniak, vegan writer and cook extraordinaire, twenty years ago when I took my first steps on the veggie path. My journey would certainly have been easier and tastier, as well! Vegan Vittles is but one of many wonderful cookbooks written by a jewel of the vegan community. Jo's delicious recipes make mealtimes a pleasure and do much to dispel the myth that we eat nothing but 'grass and twigs' and are a deprived lot having to suffer tasteless food. Nothing could be farther from the truth. Tempting and tasty dishes include Southern-Fried Tofu [finger-lickin' good!], Pot Roast [which smells so amazing while cooking you will be drooling in anticipation], Stuffed Shells and Macaroni & Cheeze [beloved by my children and all their friends], Caesar Salad [amazing!], and Cold Pasta & White Bean Salad [a summer staple]. Oh, and did I mention Judi's Lemon Date Squares [made too many times to count]? There are easy breakfast treats, soups for cold days, quick breads and muffins, and a terrific dessert chapter. Jo also includes recipes for easy-breezy non-dairy milks, homemade seitan, and incredible vegan cheeze. This book is a must have for new vegans, long-time vegans, vegetarians, and the vegan-curious.