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Fresh At Home Cookbook: Vegetarian Cooking For Everyone Paperback – March 16, 2004
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About the Author
JENNIFER HOUSTON and RUTH TAL are the owners of Fresh, a Toronto-based chain of boutique vegan restaurants and juice bars founded in 1999 that also features a curated collection of organic cold-pressed juices and a simple series of juice cleanses. Fresh has also been featured in Vogue, InStyle, Elle, Flare,Chatelaine, Maclean's, Toronto Life, More, Hello, Vegetarian Times, Toronto Star,National Post, The Georgia Straight, The Guardian, and many others, as well as on The Social, E! Canada, Steven and Chris, Breakfast Television, This is Emily Leung, and many more.
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I have found a few staple recipes in Fresh at Home such as the Adzuki Bean Stew, Gospel Rice Bowl, and Wild Ginger Dressing that are not available in the reFresh book. Other yummy favorites such as Creamy Caesar dressing and Tofu scramble are repeated in both books. reFresh does have sections on veggie burgers and smoothies, so they are both great additions to have although I haven't tried the burger recipes yet. The marinades for tempeh and tofu dishes are excellent. Fresh at Home offers more noodle bowl recipes than reFresh, and they are so delicious, fulfilling, and super easy to make that I no longer feel the need to make frequent visits to the restaurant chain that specializes in noodles. Depending upon your preferences you may want one book vs. the other. However, if you can get both Fresh and reFresh, I think they are both excellent books to have in your veg cooking collection. While there is some slight overlap in recipes, I think there are enough variances to warrant having both books in my personal collection.
reFresh has color pictures which is nice to have in a cookbook, while Fresh at Home doesn't have any pictures of the recipes featured throughout the book but the recipes are easy to follow and quick to make. Instructions are so clear to follow that I've never had to stop and say, what should the final dish look like...geez, I wish I had a picture. With the exception of polenta, I don't think it's taken me longer than 20-30 minutes to pull together any of the recipes in this book.
Finally, what I like best is the recipes are totally reliant on whole, plant-based foods vs. a lot of processed faux meats and faux cheese. Don't get me wrong, I like a bit of seitan or mock meat and Teese or Daiya on occasion, but for everyday meals I prefer less-processed, simple foods. With a few exceptions, most of the ingredients are available in a well-stocked grocery store. However, I have had to omit a speciality ingredient in a recipe or two because I wasn't willing to make a special trip to the store, and the recipes stood up very well. While I'd imagine the specialty ingredient would have added another layer of complexity to the overall dish, my family and I enjoyed the finished dishes all the same and no one felt like anything was missing.
I don't juice nearly as much as I'd like, but the juice recipes in reFresh appeal to me more so than the ones in Fresh at Home and there appear to be far more juice recipes in reFresh. I especially enjoy Immune Boost.
Fresh at Home and reFresh are both excellent books to have in a vegan's or omnivore's cookbook collection. They both offer hearty, delicious and healthy meal options.
This book is for anyone on a limited diet or seeking healthy but interesting food to live by. Great wheat-free, dairy free options here.