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If you only buy one Veg book...let this one be the one you buy!
on January 28, 2013
I'm not the type to usually write reviews for books, especially books as loved as this one! You can see by the reviews that this is a great book, and I'm going to add my own 2 cents.
I bought Everyday Happy Herbivore a while back, made a couple recipes (which were very good) and then let it to sit for awhile...I started following Lindsey on Facebook and was constantly seeing people post about this dish and that dish that they made from Happy Herbivore Abroad (aka HHA).
I decided to get a sample of the book (Kindle) to see what type of recipes were in there. Normally you don't get an actual recipe in the sample, but in HHA, there were like 4! My husband and I made one of the recipes and were hooked! I downloaded the book the next day and have since been trying as many recipes as possible!
My family is German, and I grew up eating yummy (albeit meat-filled) German food. When I saw the goulash recipe in HHA, I thought, "there's no way..." Goulash is a Hungarian recipe, but many German's make and eat it too. It's not what many American's think of goulash as (over egg noodles), but rather a beef stew of sorts with caraway and marjoram. When I was little, my mom worked as a waitress at a German restaraunt part time, and the owner/chef use to bring me huge bowls of the goulash...I LOVED it. A few years later the place closed and I hadn't had the goulash until a few years ago. When I self taught myself to cook, I knew that I had to figure out the recipe...with quite a bit of trial and error, I finally was able to recreate it. When I went veg, I was sad that I wouldn't be able to have my beloved goulash anymore. I decided to try HHA's recipe. I modified it ever so slightly (I replaced the red wine vinegar with red wine) and used the optional caraway suggestion. I was friggin blown away. It was so close to the version I was able to recreate that I couldn't believe it.
I've made quite a few recipes out of the book and each time I'm amazed at how much flavor the recipes have in them.
Another huge revelation learned from Lindsey's books, is her method of "water sauteing." It was really weird for me at first to saute in anything other than olive oil. But I tried it, and was amazed. The food cooks quicker, with more flavor, and less fat!
This book alone, has given me the confidence to eat more vegan foods...there's so much flavor, and the animal products and dairy is NOT needed.
If you can only get one vegan cookbook, make it Happy Herbivore Abroad. There's a ton of recipes that will both fill you up, satisfy your need for flavor, as well as lighten up the waist line!