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Vegan World Fusion Cuisine : Over 200 award-winning recipes, Dr. Jane Goodall Foreword, Third Edition Hardcover – November 18, 2005

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Thousand Petals Publishing; 3 edition (November 18, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0975283723
  • ISBN-13: 978-0975283721
  • Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 8.5 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (108 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,047,200 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"There is much here that will you discover the sense of well-being...that results from a vegetarian diet." --Dr Jane Goodall, DBE, Founder Jane Goodall Institute, UN Messenger of Peace-from the foreword

"Here we have beautifully presented recipes that are delicious, fun, easy to prepare and healthy." --John Robbins, Founder EarthSave International

"I heartily recommend Vegan World Fusion Cuisine for anyone seeking a healthier, inspired and more peaceful life." --Deepak Chopra, Author, Peace is the Way

From the Publisher

Vegan World Fusion Cuisine, the cookbook from the chefs of the Blossoming Lotus Restaurants, has won several major national awards including: Gourmand Award for "Best Vegetarian Cookbook in the USA", Martha Stewart Omnimedia Nautilus Award for "Best Book by a Small Press", "Best New Cookbook" by VegNews Magazine, "Cookbook of the Year" by PETA and a USA BookNews Award for "Best Veggie Book".

The Blossoming Lotus is the winner of Honolulu Advertiser's 2006 'Ilima Award for "Best Restaurant on Kaua'i' and is named the "Best place to eat" on Kaua'i in Frommer's Hawaii Guidebook.

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It has easy to follow, delicious recipes.
S. Baiocchi
It is just as much fun to grab this book and thumb through it for the pictures as it is to cook up the incredible, and I must say, eye pleasing recipes.
Scott J. Haas
This is a beautiful book, with pictures and quotes that are lovely and inspiring.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

113 of 120 people found the following review helpful By Sarah TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 13, 2005
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The Blossoming Lotus is a vegan restaurant based in Kauai, Hawaii, with another restaurant in Portland. Their cookbook is both beautiful as well as delicious: full of photographs of sacred sites and original artwork, the layout is simple and uncluttered. There are also numerous inspirational quotations that accompany the gorgeous photographs.

The book is arranged into:
*appetizers, snacks, and spreads
*dressings and sauces
*salads and sides
*wraps and sandwiches
*breads, pizzas, and pasta
*tempeh, tofu, and seitan
*casseroles, grains and beans
*breakfast, juice and smoothies

There is also an introduction to veganism, a vegan natural food preparation guide, a food glossary, and a resource guide. In addition, most recipes offer several variations and there is a "quick and easy" guide that suggests additional meals, snacks, and treats.

The recipes boast clever names, many making use of alliteration (Bahkti's Broccoli Bisque, Super Shakti's Spanikopita). Many are heavily influenced by Asian cuisine (Thai, Japanese, Indian, etc.). This may pose a problem if you don't have access to a natural food store; some of the more exotic ingredients include ulu (breadfruit), black rice, spelt tortillas, and umeboshi (Japanese plum paste). If you are lucky enough to live near a Whole Foods Market, you should have no problem in tracking down less common ingredients. Ingredients and instructions are clearly and simply presented. The majority of ingredients can be found at your local farmers market or in your garden.

Roughly half of the recipes are "live," or raw vegan. These are clearly marked by a lotus.
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63 of 65 people found the following review helpful By Susan M. Andresen on September 12, 2005
Format: Hardcover
This is one of the most thorough and user-friendly cookbooks I have used. Every possible angle has been thought out and addressed. The recipes generally utilize ingredients that I already have in stock. When a question arose regarding an ingredient, it was easily answered with the glossary.

Approximate cooking/preparation times are given for all dishes. Menu suggestions are very helpful. The variety of recipes is impressive. Most are for "normal" food, not far-out, bizarre dishes that people would be hesitant to try.

The book itself is beautiful. Lushly illustrated with photos both of the foods and of peoples and places from around the world, each recipe is enhanced with quotes from various sources, which are 'slipped in' in a very palatable manner. There are many resources included for a variety of services, agencies, and organizations, relevant to vegans and lifestyle conscious people in general.

A section on "preparation basics" covers cooking methods and equipment. A "soaking and sprouting" chart, as well as a chart covering the how and how much of cooking grains, are very helpful.

Raw food recipes are included, in addition to complete menus and meal suggestions. Contributors to the cookbook and The Blossoming Lotus restaurant are nicely acknowleged.

This cookbook combines the best features of my favorite cookbooks into one. It makes for enjoyable reading in addition to being a handy reference. I consider it to be a gift to the vegan cook, or any cook.
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67 of 72 people found the following review helpful By rizabiz on January 27, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I loved the Blossoming Lotus in Kauai. In fact, we had our best vegetarian meal ever---rated a perfect 10. (The enchilada cassarole and the red curry plate). We bought the book while there and it is just a beautiful book to remember our trip, with pictures of Kauai and interesting information about food, etc.

The good news is that the recipes are not too difficult and the food tastes great. I in fact made the enchillada cassarole with some improvisation and it tasted fantastic. I did find it to be a little more ingredient intensive then some other veggie cookbooks but certainly nothing so difficult that the dish would be ruined. I've been learning about a few combinations too along with different ways to use tofu and tahini.

I wish I had a Blossoming Lotus in my town but instead I'll have to rely on my own renditions as often as I can!
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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful By G. B. Rhamy on November 22, 2006
Format: Hardcover
A book of recipes is a utilitarian thing...a simple tool to make life easier in the kitchen.

Not so with Vegan World Fusion Cuisine. It does not occupy a space on my bookshelf along with the dozens of other recipe books I own. Instead, it reigns supreme on my coffee table, the only book to hold this place of honor.

The "oohs" and "aahs" it elicits from vegan and non-vegan visitors alike, have become all too predictable. My husband and I place bets on how long it will take a guest in our home to become mesmerized by this book. Still, I maintain that a cookbook simply should not be so shamelessly enticing. The spectacularly vibrant photographs contained within its pages further reinforce my already obsessive love affair with food, and make me long to find myself in enchanting and magical places I've yet had the chance to visit. It's filled with subtle, exquisite beauty and not-so-subtle temptation.

The vegan and living food recipes found in Vegan World Fusion Cuisine are all made with pure and simple ingredients: whole, fresh, ripe, raw fruits and veggies, nuts and seeds, unprocessed grains, unbleached flours, and unrefined oils and sweeteners. With names that are as imaginative as the multicultural dishes themselves, you can indulge in truly healthful and tasty creations.

For example: Eternal Sunrise Smoothie is creamy, rich, and fruity, and the best smoothie I've ever tasted. (No kidding!) Satori Summer Rolls or Nooanda's Pistachio Blue Corn Crusted Tempeh served with Primal Peanut Sauce are as tantalizing as the names imply. Sicilian Seitan with Sundried Tomatoes and Pine Nuts makes me wonder why I ever thought that cheese was a necessary ingredient in Italian food.
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