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Celebrate Vegan: 200 Life-Affirming Recipes For Occasions Big And Small Paperback – November 1, 2011
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Praise for Celebrate Vegan
“Gather, rejoice and feast: Dynise has all the dining milestones covered, joyfully so. Her Italian mojitos should be a tradition for every holiday!”
– Terry Hope Romero, author of Veganomicon and Vegan Pie in the Sky
“Celebrate Vegan is a must-have book for anyone that loves to eat! Dynise makes every occasion a celebration, with 200 deliciously fabulous vegan recipes to celebrate holidays big and small.”
– Julie Hasson, author of Vegan Diner
Praise for The Urban Vegan
"The Urban Vegan is fresh, hip, and intelligent, and simply perfect for everyone – from the city dweller who wants to do a vegan dine-in to the rural cook who yearns to sample the vegan delicacies a large urban centre has to offer."
– Dreena Burton, author of Eat, Drink and Be Vegan
“With an engaging, down-to-earth tone, but quirky and charming, Balcavage delivers the best of the world’s flavors to your kitchen, from Western Europe to the Middle East, and back home to Philly favorites.”
“You don’t have to convert to veganism to appreciate Balcavage’s healthy, Easy-to-make recipes.”
“Dynise Balcavage's "The Urban Vegan," is less fussy, more funky, with vegan versions of sophisticated eats. It also requires specialty ingredients, but delectable dishes such as millet-crusted mushroom-leek pie and cherry-chocolate chunk scones are easy to make.”
– The Seattle Times, Food and Wine section
“The Urban Vegan: 250 Simple, Sumptuous Recipes from Street Cart Favorites to Haute Cuisine is by Dynise Balcavage, who details life as a city vegan on her blog, UrbanVegan.net. Selections range from Marsala mushroom crepes and sweet-potato gnocchi with basil cream sauce (made with soy milk) to minty mojitos and sherry-infused pate (made with cremini mushrooms and pecans, rather than goose liver). As she puts it, newer recipes have transformed vegan cooking from "oat cuisine" to "haute cuisine."
– Winston-Salem Journal
“The Urban Vegan: 250 Simple, Sumptuous Recipes from Street Cart Favorites to Haute Cuisine by Dynise Balcavage is one of our absolute favorite new cookbooks!”
– GIrlyGirl Army
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I would not, however, recommend anyone to buy the Kindle version of Celebrate Vegan. The book itself is a fabulous idea, the celebrations exhaustive, the recipes do-able. But the layout of the delevered version is horrendous, with active links misdirecting and no active links to any particular recipe.
For example, Location 51-106, Contents, Introduction and Celebrations, has each link active - but they won't necessarily take you where they say they will. Go to Recipe Index by Category (which I suppose is meant to be location 51-1-6) it takes you to Recipe Index (Location 5462), and when you click Recipe Index it takes you to About the Author (5634). Recipe Index - that most used section of any cookbook (apart from the recipes) has no active links.
Recipes can only be accessed (independent of celebration - and how are we supposed to know what recipes are in each celebration) by using the search facility on the hardware. So, bookmarks don't really work since you cannot refer to an earlier bookmark - eg the Recipe Index. Each time you want to go there it is best if you have some notion of the location number for the Index.
In addition to this, but the final straw for me, was the fact that on the recipes I looked at, the method came before the ingredients - not a convention I have ever seen in a cookery book and I have over 500 in my collection.
I would not recommend that this book be bought on Kindle. And I will not be paying again and extra for the paper version.
So, great idea for a book, dreadful electronic presentaion, all in all a right royal rip off.
I started with the Thai-Centric Mac & Cheese because I saw it demonstrated on her blog and the recipe intrigued me. Easy to make, meat-eater husband thought it was wonderful and took a big batch in for leftovers. Recipe was also easy to cut in half, since I wasn't sure how we would get through 8 servings.
Just like her last book, well thought out. Great read. Good book.
Some of the recipes I tried:
Lucky Soba Noodles with Dipping Sauce -- This is fun to eat and very easy to make. This is from the New Year section which is one of my favorite sections of the book because of all the details of how this holiday is celebrated with food around the world.
Hot-and-sour Carrots and Lentils -- The author specializes in classy food that is effortlessly healthy -- this dish a great example of that.
Hoppin' John -- Hoppin' John is one of my favorite foods of all time. Whenever I get a cookbook with a recipe for it, I have to try it out. This is the best one I've ever made. It's full of extra veggies, so it's a meal all by itself.
Green Lentil & Smokey Tempeh Salad -- This salad has a luscious dressing -- it's so smokey and tangy, I had to force myself to stop eating it.
Spiced Lentils -- Okay, lentils look a bit over-represented at this point, but that's just because I gravitated towards them. This is a good basic weeknight lentil recipe.
Tofu Dijon -- This is a quick and tasty tofu dish.
London Particular -- This is a green split pea soup. The ingredient list is deceptively simple, because it is packed with taste.
Seitan with Porcini Mushrooms & Saffron -- This brought my husband downstairs to see what I was cooking. The white wine sauce was amazing -- this is lick-your-plate good.
Cream of Broccoli Soup -- A good basic broccoli soup.
Easy Aioli -- Tasty sauce.
Penne with Vodka Sauce -- This is the first time I ever tried a vodka sauce, so I'm not sure how it compares to others. This came together quickly and all the elements tasted in balance.
Funeral Cake -- This chocolate cake is so moist and tasty, I didn't even make frosting for it.
Spicy Tomato-Lemon Dressing -- This is a good dressing that is lower-fat than some of the other choices in the book.
Double-Ginger White Miso Dressing -- This dressing is addictive!
Minimal Pastina with Spinach -- This is in the "Sick Day" section. I wasn't sick when I made it, but it is great when you want a light dinner or a simple broth-based starter.
I highly recommend this cookbook. There are recipes for all types of holidays, celebrations, and events. There are options for all types of lifestyles and most of the ingredients are very easy to source.
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