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Aquafaba: Sweet and Savory Vegan Recipes Made Egg-Free with the Magic of Bean Water Paperback – October 4, 2016
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Zsu Dever hails from a long line of culinary professionals and restaurateurs. The author of Vegan Bowls and Everyday Vegan Eats, she is the publisher of Zsu’s Vegan Pantry blog. She is a food writer and photographer who has taught cooking workshops. A homeschooling mother of three teenagers, Zsu resides in San Diego, CA.
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Two things that I want to say right up front: This is an amazing discovery not only for vegans, but for *anybody* who can't eat eggs. And this is *not* like *any* other egg 'substitute' out there. It is *JUST LIKE EGG WHITES*!!!
And secondly, NO! It does *NOT* taste like beans! In fact, I've shocked people who eat my meringue cookies, and my meringue pies, when I tell them what it's made from.
*YOU CANNOT TELL THE DIFFERENCE!!*
All it takes is one time of whipping this liquid in your mixer into an *identical* substance as whipped egg whites to turn any non-believer into a believer.
I'm including pictures of the aquafaba whipped in my Kitchenaid, and then both meringue cookies, and a vegan meringue pumpkin pie that I made for Thanksgiving last year. (Easy peasy - get the vegan pumpkin pie from Whole Foods, whip up some aquafaba meringue, spread it over the pie, and bake!)
While there are tons of great resources online and in the Facebook group (search for the 'Aquafaba (AKA the original "Vegan Meringue - Hits and Misses!" ' group)), what has been missing has been a proper aquafaba cookbook!
So THANK YOU, Zsu Dever, for writing this (and kudos for having Goose write the forward!)
Now, all this said, Zsu didn't just slap together any old book and get it up online in order to be among the first, like *some* 'cookbook' authors do (I'm looking at you, Instant Pot book and Air Fryer book authors).
No, *this* book is an *incredibly* well-done book in its own right!
The pictures are gorgeous, the binding is very professional.
But above all, the *information*, and the *recipes* are WONDERFUL!!
Yes, you truly can make egg-free meringue, vegan 'butter', egg-free vegan mayonnaise, and so many other treats with the liquid from the lowly bean!
And what do I do with the chickpeas after getting the aquafaba out of the can? I salt and season them and throw them in the dehydrator - they make a wonderful, crunchy snack!
By the way, you *can* make your own aquafaba if you don't want to use canned chickpeas, but I find having these "egg whites" sitting in the pantry for whenever I need them so very convenient.
I have so far made 30 recipes from this book, and can honestly say I would make every one of them again. Some of the stand-outs for me are:
Chile Relleno Quiche - so creamy and extremely flavorful, this quiche has a really nice kick to it
Sun Dried Tomato Quiche - another great quiche which is so versatile, I have also tried it with Kalamata olives, delicious!
Pound Cake - perfect texture, served with berries and coconut whipped cream it was the perfect dessert
Egg Roll Wrappers - these came out almost exactly like store bought wrappers, only better. I made round ones for potstickers and will not be buying store-bought wrappers ever again.
Coconut Key-Lime Cream Pie - my friends couldn't get over how light and creamy and delicious this was
Chocolate Ice Cream - wow!
Country-Style Aged Sharp Cheddar Cheese - this cheese was incredible. Even better than Miyoko's Creamery gourmet cheeses.
Peruvian Roasted Chickpea Potato Bowl - Amazing flavors
Shiro Wot - Again, amazing flavors
Korean Dak Galbi - Did I say amazing flavors yet?
Yogurt - I made this in my Instant Pot and it was so easy and the results were creamy and delicious.
Lemon Poppyseed Muffins - These were so light and flavorful, and when I drizzled a simple royal icing over it (recipe also in the book) it was like a decadent dessert.
As you can see, the variety of recipes in this book is amazing! And nearly all of the ingredients are very easy to find. The difficulty level varies from very simple to somewhat complex, but even the complex recipes are well worth the time for the results you will get. I can't wait to try more of the recipes. Never throw away your bean cooking water again!