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5.0 out of 5 stars Love it!, November 8, 2012
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This review is from: Vegan Eats World: 300 International Recipes for Savoring the Planet (Hardcover)
After cooking almost exclusively out of this book for a week now, I feel confident saying that this was an A+ delicious purchasing decision, and you should probably own it too. It's a beautiful hardcover book, filled with great photos that make it pretty hard not to eat the pages.

The first part of the book gives general cooking advice, kitchen and pantry stocking tips, and information on some of the ethnic ingredients used throughout the recipes.

The second part of the book contains the recipes, organized by chapter:

Spice Blends
The Three Protein Amigos: Tofu, Seitan, & Tempeh
Pickles, Chutneys, and Saucier Sauces
Salads, Spreads, and Sandwiches
Soups
Curries, Hearty Stews, and Beans
Dumplings, Breads, and Pancakes
Asian Noodles to Mediterranean Pasta
Hearty Entrees
Robust Vegetable Entrees and Sides
Rice & Whole Grains: One Pot Meals & Supporting Roles
Sweet Beginnings

The book also contains a well-organized index, planned menus, and organization by icons, indicating that recipes are low fat, gluten-free, soy-free, take under 45 minutes, are good for beginners, are cheap to make, or are mostly inactive. Terry does a great job of providing recipes that can be made on weeknights after work, as well as more labor-intensive recipes that are guaranteed to impress.

This week, I cooked the smokey seitan and cabbage variation of the Sauerkraut Mushroom Soup (Shchi), Sweet and Savory Jackfruit Carnitas Tacos, and Chipotle Tofu Cemita Sandwiches. I also cooked a big Ethiopian spread for friends, which included the Ethiopian Savory Crepes (Injera Style), Saucy Berbere Lentils, Seitan Tibs Simmered in Berbere in Wine (substituting mushrooms), Collards in Berbere Sauce, and Fluffy Scrambled Chickpea "Eggs" with Shallots (But'echa). The collards are actually one of almost any possible vegetable variations on a cauliflower and green bean dish. My husband and I loved everything I cooked, but our friends raved about the Ethiopian, and we thought it was pretty amazing and very authentic-tasting for a Southern white lady's kitchen.

I would say the majority of these recipes can be made with an intermediate vegan cook's current pantry. However, for the sake of authenticity, the ingredient lists do contain many items that may require a trip to an ethnic market or an online purchase, and Terry offers some recommendations of where to shop on the Internet for those specialty items.
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