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The Blooming Platter Cookbook: A Harvest of Seasonal Vegan Recipes Paperback – April 20, 2011
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Top Customer Reviews
These are some of the most elegant and impressive recipes I have ever seen collected between two covers yet each one is easy doable by any cook. Thai Seitan Lettuce Wraps, Baked Asian Pears Stuffed With Streusel-Topped Rice Pudding, Baked Apples Baklava, Spicy Orange-Scented Sweet Potato Dip, Southern Salad with Sweet Tea Dressing, Blackberry and Corn Salad, Thai Rice Noodle and Plum Salad, Greek Burgers, Fresh Strawberry Pancakes, Blooming Vegetable Calzones, and a Chocolate Carrot Cake are just a few of the wonderful treasures in this book.
I love how the book is divided into easy-to-use sections for appetizers, soups, sandwiches, salads, main dishes, side dishes, desserts and brunches with a listing of all recipes in each section listed so you can simply go to the beginning of each section (let's say Salads, for example) and see a list of every recipe in that group. Betsy DiJulio has done an incredible job of sharing recipes you cannot find in any other cookbook. This is a truly unique, must-have cookbook.
I was not disappointed. First of all, she spends some introductory time on the subject of becoming a vegan, and what it means, and also gives us some useful thoughts on equipment and ingredients from a vegan standpoint. As a cook myself -- who is not a vegan -- I welcomed the opportunity to compare methods, as well as think about the vegan issue.
Then she gets to the recipes.
I went to the main course area first, and could stop there for quite a while -- I'm mostly a one-dish kind of guy. The carmelized onion and spinach quesadillas are first rate, as are the blooming vegetable calzones, and the curried couscous. I've had Ms. DiJulio's desserts, and they are superb -- a speciality...and I usually stay away from desserts.
As for the recipes, they are simple and clear. The vegan aspects make certain issues slightly more complex, yet I think Ms. DiJulio has found some good ways to work around those complexities. For those of use who are willing to include dairy in our diets, several of these recipes will become simpler -- though I'm not sure tastier.
This is a great effort, and I will look forward to the next.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
First let me say I am not vegan but I do love the recipes in this cookbook. I had been toying with the idea of cooking my way through this book "Julie and Julia" style. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Kim
Love this book. I am a caterer and this book is full of good ideas for me. Great buy!Published 13 months ago by LUCY Von
As a new vegan, I have often been intimidated by some vegan cookbooks out there, however, Ms. DiJulio’s cookbook contains easy-to-find ingredients and the recipe directions are... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Kathleen S. Shambo
This is a wonderful vegan cookbook, beautifully laid out, and easy to follow .. most especially for those of us who have never really cooked vegan before other than perhaps pasta... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Karen L
What a great Harvest of good vegan recipes! Easy to follow and Easy to make foods are packed in this clever cookbook. The author is a creative and crafty cook. Read morePublished on August 13, 2014 by Angela Wampler
Amazing recipe collection. Love the creativity!!! Haven't made anything from this cookbook that wasn't a hit! Healthy living made easy! Thank you Betsy!Published on August 1, 2014 by JR
I learned to cook in the South and there are those who would say that my best dishes start with either a stick of butter or a pound of bacon and the very best with both. Read morePublished on March 2, 2014 by Byron Glick
I did not find the recipes very healthy-very complicated and with expensive ingredients.My health would suffer if I ate this way!!!Published on January 19, 2014 by Heather