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5.0 out of 5 stars helpful & inspiring, June 15, 2008
This review is from: Vegan Express (Paperback)
I don't normally write reviews, but it seems to me that this cookbook hasn't been getting the credit it deserves here. Not every vegan cookbook is for brand new cooks who need exact-to-the-tsp amounts of salt and pepper or to have their hand held throughout the recipe. No where on this cookbook does it claim to be an Introduction to Cooking 101, and to review its failure in this respect is irrelevant and misleading. There are plenty of vegan and not-vegan cookbooks that do try to fill such a need, so if you are starting out from square 1, it would clearly be better for you to begin with one of those. Not that I mean the recipes here are confusing, they are indeed clearly-written and properly thorough.

What this cookbook does promise is quick, healthful, delicious meals. And that's what you get! Many recipes from other sources purport to be speedy, but by the time you've done the prepwork you've already exceeded the recipe's supposed time. These recipes truly are quick, but they don't sacrifice fresh and healthy ingredients in doing so, either. They are amazingly varied, nicely organized, and they even provide nutritional info, which is surprisingly rare in vegan cookbooks.

I am by no means a master chef - I taught myself (slowly!) how to cook only a few years ago, by research and trial and error. But by this time I already understand how to make changes to a recipe while I'm cooking to make sure it will be to my liking. No one knows my tastes better than I do, and its hard to think of any recipes which I don't alter in one way or another honestly.

That said, I've tried many of these recipes and so far have always enjoyed them. They are truly healthy, delicious, and fast, and the notes accompanying most recipes on what to serve alongside to complete the meal are also very helpful. I know some readers appreciate hearing specific recipes that a reviewer can attest to being delicious, so a few that I've really liked include Curried Chickpeas with Chutney Bulgur, the amazing Thai Coconut Corn Soup, Pineapple Coconut Noodles, Fingerling Fries, Garlicky Greens, and Spinach-Miso Pesto. There are quick ideas pages which pop up throughout the book too, with inspiring ideas on how to throw together delicious salads, wraps, noodle side-dishes, or tofu/tempeh dishes, and provide many recipe ideas that aren't included in the official count, but are awesome and fast also.

So if you're comfortable in the kitchen, but don't have a lot of time to spend there these days, and want to eat healthy, interesting, tasty food, I definitely recommend giving this book a try.
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