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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on May 1, 2011
Format: Paperback
I have always been skeptical of vegetarian and vegan diets but recently decided to broaden my horizons when a friend recommended this book. I never thought a plant-based diet could taste good or be fulfulling, but this book has proved to me that not only does it taste good, it's freaking down right DELICIOUS! Being super healthy is just an added bonus.

I have tried about half of the recipes in the book and just can't get enough. Everything I have tried has been amazing...this is seriously some of the best food I have ever tasted in my life. WOW! This book has changed my life.

Not only are the recipes great, but I have learned a great deal about cooking from this book. I used to always think I was a terrible cook and had no confidence, but this book has made me into one heck of a cook! The recipes are simple enough and explained so well that after making one of her recipes for the first time, the next time I can do it from memory.

I LOVE this book, it is a MUST HAVE regardless of what your personal choices are for type of diet. Anyone will love the recipes and enjoy the food in this book!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Format: Paperback
I've made several of the recipes in VYY and refer to them over and over again. The dishes have all been tasty and easy to prepare.

I work all day and usually want to make something delicious fast. Our favorites are the spicy tomato chickpea soup, chipotle basil corn chowder and creamy broccoli dal. There are also several nice recipes for a relaxing Sunday brunch. The British maple scones and clotted cream are great.

My only criticism (minimal) would be the layout of the book. But the recipes are great and the photos are beautiful. In addition, the author has a very nice website and an app with some excellent recipes including a wonderful asparagus tart that's delicious and simple to throw together.

I'd definitely recommend VYY, the website and the app, too.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on October 22, 2009
Format: Paperback
Besides being a beautiful book and very easy to use (with tidy ingredient lists and step-by-step instructions, as well as a photo and cute commentary to go with each dish)I really appreciated her use of whole foods as opposed to cookbooks that utilize many processed soy products. Rather than creating recipes that merely imitate non-vegan food, she explores vegetables, grains, and seasonings on their own terms. Great for any foodie who enjoys real, whole foods and beautiful dishes.

Note: although this book is fairly inexpensive, it contains quite a volume of recipes, as well as a good variety--main dishes, salads, desserts, even drinks.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on March 30, 2011
Format: PaperbackVerified Purchase
Vegan Yum Yum is full of tasty recipes, most of which are quick and easy to prepare, with a few more complicated ones, that aren't necessarily difficult, but are time consuming. The one problem I have with the book, is that the layout is horrible, with some of the recipes going on for three pages. For some of the longer recipes, this is warranted, but for some the additional content is unnecessary, and sometimes makes the book difficult to use in the kitchen, however some of the space is taken up by beautiful pictures, which are hard to complain about.
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13 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on August 25, 2009
Format: Paperback
I am not even vegan...at least not yet! The photos in this book blew me away--everything looks so delicious--and whether you are vegan, vegetarian, or even a fast-food junkie, there are recipes in this book that you won't be able to resist. I feel SO healthy when I make one of Lauren's creations! The 30-minute meals listed in the contents are great for those nights after work when you don't really feel like cooking. This will be my new go-to gift for the foodies in my life--it is beautifully illustrated with both how-to photos and the finished product. YUM!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on June 28, 2010
Format: PaperbackVerified Purchase
This cookbook is for the gourmet vegan cook. It is right up there with Tal Ronnens' Conscious Cook - the recipes are much simpler but just as delicious and truly gourmet cooking. I only recently came across the author's blog online but I am very impressed with her cooking and photography skills. I own 30-40 vegan cookbooks and I have to say that this is the BEST!! Most of the recipes use easy to find ingredients if you are familiar with vegan cooking, if you are not, you will need to do a little research to use ANY vegan cookbook. I have made 6 different recipes since I bought the book and every one of them turned out perfectly amazing. The Lemon Cashew Cream recipe for the potato gnocchi was the best vegan cream sauce I have ever tasted. The tofu recipes are wonderful, too. The chicken seitan is scrumptous! I tell my husband every night that this is hands down the best money I have ever spent on a cookbook. I just hope she writes more cookbooks!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on October 2, 2013
Format: PaperbackVerified Purchase
This cookbook is fantastic! I've only made about 1/3 of the recipes in the book, so far, but I love it. Here are the three things this cookbook does that I love:

1. All the recipes I've made so far have been easy to make and have tasted great.

2. A lot of the recipes use the same set of ingredients. This makes shopping super easy! After my initial bulk purchase of Tahini (which the author uses A LOT), I haven't had to get anything special for any of the recipes I've made. This is something a lot of other cookbooks don't seem to get right.

3. FULL COLOR PICTURES! FOR EVERY RECIPE! This is one of the first vegan cookbook I've found that does this, and it's amazing. The photos of the food are beautiful, and they've even included some "how to" pictures. Honestly, this book is a must buy just for the gorgeous photos.

In summation, I love this book!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on March 13, 2013
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I bought this book so I could serve vegan and vegetarian guests things they could eat, with no intention of liking anything in it. So far I have tried about 10 recipes and all have been very good. I especially like the black bean soup, glazed green bean salad, apple cider brussels sprouts, candied lime sweet potatoes and cannellini bean soup. I made the smoky miso tofu sandwiches and my husband liked them so much he was snacking on the tofu. This from a confirmed meat eater. All of the recipes are clearly written and the ones I have tried so far have been simple to make. I am delighted with the book.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Format: Paperback
I will first point out the books to which I am comparing this (and to which I believe are superior, and I rated five stars):
Everyday Happy Herbivore: Over 175 Quick-and-Easy Fat-Free and Low-Fat Vegan Recipes
The Happy Herbivore Cookbook: Over 175 Delicious Fat-Free and Low-Fat Vegan RecipesQuick-Fix Vegan: Healthy, Homestyle Meals in 30 Minutes or Less
Viva Vegan!: 200 Authentic and Fabulous Recipes for Latin Food Lovers
Veganomicon: The Ultimate Vegan Cookbook
Clean Start: Inspiring You to Eat Clean and Live Well with 100 New Clean Food Recipes

Now I will mention a few of the pros and cons of this book. First and most notable is the quality of the book itself. The publisher is at fault for this. The book is thick and quite narrow, making it tough to put into a recipe book holder without seriously stressing the spine. You really have to wedge it open and bend the spine terribly to see the directions well. Second is the format. The layout is confusing and often the recipe starts on the right hand page only to be completed on the following page! Makes it a bit of a pain when you have to flip pages while working in the kitchen. Third, the recipes are not overly 'healthful'. Many have quite a bit of oil or sugar to be used. I am not deducting any star rating for this. The book does say 'decadent' on the cover. My fourth and most important con is that the recipes tend to be rather lengthy, more involved, and require many ingredients. But again, not really deducting stars specifically for any faults.

The pros are that most recipes do contain ingredients found in most vegan pantries (unlike Let Them Eat Vegan!: 200 Deliciously Satisfying Plant-Powered Recipes for the Whole Family which has a lot of specialty ingredients but is still a good book). The pictures are nice, though a lot of space is spent on large pictures, pushing the recipes into columns with the ingredient lists in the margin (usually right margin). The recipes do seem to have been tested (I have run across several books where there is zero chance the recipe was actually tested - just modified from a commercial kitchen recipe).

To me it is a very solid vegan cookbook, but the recipes are twists on pretty easy to make dishes. I just feel that with the formatting and ease of use of the aforementioned vegan recipe books, this one is a little behind. The recipes all taste good, but it seems overall myself and many friends have really been wowed with Nixon's recipes (the two Happy Herbivore books). And Nixon's recipes tend to be a bit easier and lower in fat and calories. So I guess my recommendation is to pick up one of the other books, then perhaps this would be a good add on to a diverse vegan recipe book library.

**It's good, just not as good as the others in my opinion.** (hence the four star rating as opposed to five)

With a little tweaking of some recipes and a better format and binding, this could be a solid 5 star book. But I heartily give this 4 stars and feel it is a solid recipe book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Format: Paperback
I have had this cookbook since it came out and use it almost weekly. The best thing about this cookbook is the sauces used in many recipes. Wow can Lauren make some sauces! My absolute favorite is the Lime Peanut Noodles With Seitan. The flavors mix very well and my whole famiy loves it. There are so many great dishes including the Smoky Miso Tofu sandwiches. The flavors are just perfect and I have been using the tofu and sauce to make a stir fry as well. I actually made that last night. The Apple Cider Brussels Sprouts are amazing. I have made them many times for dinner parties and potlucks. Everyone loves them and wants to find out how I made them. Even the kids like them. How many kids do you know that like brussels sprouts? The other staple dish in my house is the Nearly Raw Tahini Noodles. Again a big hit for dinner parties or picnics. I also use the sauce to make coleslaw with and you won't want to share with anybody. This book is SOOOO worth it. Especially if you have kids or people who just are skeptical on certain vegan dishes.
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