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ExtraVeganZa: Original Recipes from Phoenix Organic Farm Paperback – July 26, 2006
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Top Customer Reviews
Pros: Good recipes, good flavors, some unique flavor combinations (think lavender and chocolate). Not the typical vegan cookbook--you'll find interesting and easy to make main dishes and wonderful desserts. Recipes are easy to follow and every one that I've made has come out. I especially like the cookie recipes--they make 30 to 45 cookies per recipe--a nice quanity (3 to 4 sheets), are easy, and tasty. The cookies and baking section are wonderful!
Three Cons: 1. There are a few editing errors. The Lavender Chocolate Chip cookies don't have water in the ingredient list and the directions mention water (but not the maple syrup mentioned in the ingredient list--I just used the maple syrup and they came out great). Another cookie recipe has almond in the title and hazelnuts in the ingredients. 2. The cookbook assumes a general competency in the kitchen--this isn't the book that will give you all the great kitchen tips or tell you about the ingredients. 3. There isn't a breakdown of nutrition or calories for the recipes.
And why a 5? It's a great cookbook. I've had it for a month and it is one that I keep coming back to. The cons aren't very significant--I mention them because if corrected the book would be stellar.
The author, Laura Matthias, has quite a story. She was a field biologist raising a young son and wanting to escape the city. When she found a rundown organic farm with a funky house, she jumped at the change to move to the country. With lots of help, she got the farm up and running and then decided to open a Bed and Breakfast where she could serve gourmet breakfasts made from her own farm fresh produce. This cookbook is made up of many of the dishes she serves at the B & B - and lots more.
The appetizers include Spinach Balls, Artichoke Heart Dip, Spicy Stuffed Avocados and lots more that I can't wait to serve at my next party. Since I was reviewing this book in the winter, I was happy about the all the delicious soups to choose from. I made the Spiced Red Lentil, Potato Parsnip and the Sweet Pepper Corn Chowder. We liked them all but the favorite of the kids was the Red Lentil while I especially liked the Chowder - made with coconut milk and jalapeno peppers.
I didn't have a chance to try any of the salads (like I said, it's winter) but there are some great choices like Mint Beet, Tuscan Bean, Pad Thai Noodle, and Sesame Spinach. Side dishes also sound good - like Coconut Cilantro Rice and Lemon Curried Lentils and Potatoes. I just bought the ingredients for the Black Bean Sweet Potato Almond Burgers and my kids can't wait for me to make the Smoky Baked Beans.
I did get to try a couple of entrees. The Vegan Pad Thai was very good - more peanut buttery than the authentic dish but a real hit with my family.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I love this book! I ordered this a long time ago and it's been a favorite ever since. i just made the quick noodles with miso lemon tahini sauce (substituted spiralized squash for... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Tiffany
Everything I've made from this cookbook has been excellent, but I must give a particular shout-out to the lavender chocolate chip cookies and the anise almond poppy seed cookies. Read morePublished on January 4, 2014 by April Dancer
I've made several recipes from this book and they are always delicious.
Some of my favourites are the zucchini boats.
This is by far one of my husband and myself favorite vegan cookbook. Every recipe we make from this book is delicious! From appetizers to baked goods and entree's. Read morePublished on February 28, 2011 by sprout
Laura is brilliant. Her cookbook is truly a masterpiece. I have over 50 cookbooks that are oriented towards Vegan cooking, and as many that are of every type and nationality. Read morePublished on April 28, 2010 by Lynn
As a chef I'm always trying to get into different kinds of food and cooking, so I thought this vegetarian book it was going to be interesting and full of great ideas.. Read morePublished on July 27, 2009 by Caro Diaz
I've had this cookbook for several years now, but each time I try a new recipe, I never cease to be amazed at how great they are. Read morePublished on June 10, 2009 by Lisa G
I keep reading this book! I sit on the couch and read it and I look forward to making so many recipes from this book. So far so good. Very creative. Read morePublished on February 17, 2009 by Nicole Flory