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Horizons: New Vegan Cuisine Paperback – December 14, 2007
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Imagine flying through the Caribbean, island hopping and trying out the local cuisine, while watching lush red sunsets over crisp blue waves. Ok, you don t get to do that just by reading a cookbook, but you do get to read about the fruits of those travels and I couldn t help but feel some of the inspiration that these two felt from these locales transferred over to myself. If you can t tell yet, I was captivated by this cookbook.
The layout of the colors is pleasant, if rather uniform, and nearly every recipe has a beautiful picture. You can learn a thing or two about presentation from scanning the various recipes, giving you an idea of how the finished dish should look, what size each ingredient should be, and most importantly, you ll be inspired to make the dish!
I particularly enjoyed the Hearts of Palm Moqueca, which happens to be the recipe featured on the cover of the book. It s a great mix of coconut milk, peppers, tomatoes, hearts of palm, and an intoxicating mix of spices. The Spicy Jamaican Curry Seitan Stew was hot, aromatic, and full of depth while the Spanish Tomato Artichoke Soup with Peas was an easy recipe to love.
There is also a section of baking and desserts at the end of the book and while it s not extensive, the recipes not only look delicious, they look like recipes even beginning dessert makers and bakers can perform at home. Finally, the first part of the book is a mini-primer on various aspects of vegan cuisine, from how to work with tofu, seitan, and tempeh, to kitchen equipment, to spices, stocks, wines, vinegars, and other common ingredients. Again, it s a great educational book as well as an inspirational cookbook and well worth the purchase. Chef Landau peppers this book with his experience with travel and food, his recipes show it and I couldn t resist being taken along that journey with him. --May 2009, Chef Jason Wyrick, Vegan Culinary Experience.com
Rich Landau and Kate Jacoby have concocted a menu that blows the lid off the misfired paradigm that all vegan food is dull and bland. They're taking vegan cuisine to another level. --Bob Gordon, Montgomery County Town & Country
About the Author
Rich was born and raised in Elkins Park, PA. When he first became a vegetarian, he was often frustrated with the limited culinary options that were available to him. As a result, Rich frequently found himself in the kitchen, at home, or in the restaurants at which he worked, experimenting with food and inventing new dishes to satisfy his demanding palate. With his self-taught kills now honed, he opened his first restaurant, Horizons Cafe, in Willow Grove, PA, in April 1994.
Kate was born and raised in Huntingdon, PA. After studying French and Sociology at Georgetown and Temple University, she eventually followed her heart (and stomach) to Horizons. Having been a loyal customer for years, her part-time work soon turned permanent. Her pastry skills are also self-taught.
Rich and Kate were very happily married in September 2004, on the serene shores of Lake Nockamixon.
After 12 years and 2 expansions, Horizons Cafe finally outgrew its space in Willow Grove. In February 2006, Rich and Kate dropped the "Cafe" and moved a more upscale Horizons to Center City Philadelphia, PA.
Over the years, Horizons has become a major contributor to the dining scene in Philadelphia. Rich and Kate are proud to have helped shape a more positive perception of vegetarianism and veganism in the region. They published their first cookbook in December 2003, Horizons: The Cookbook - Gourmet Meatless Meals and the latest cookbook in December 2007. They have made various radio and television appearances, including the NPR's A Chef's Table, and a two-year run as regulars on Your Morning on CN8. When time permits, Rich and Kate also give cooking classes through Temple University. They also offer demonstrations and consulting services. One of their favorite recent community activities was judging a vegetarian cooking contest for high-school students.
Rich and Kate try to spend all their spare time near beautiful waters. Their favorite places on Earth include the Pacific coast of Nicaragua, Nice, Mallorca, Barcelona, London, Kauai, and the Florida Keys. Rich loves boating, running, and gardening. Kate loves tasting and learning about wine and swimming in whatever warm-ish water she can find. Their ideal moments are spent sipping cocktails and snacking by the water's edge at sunset, living for today and dreaming of what's next.
Top Customer Reviews
My only complaint is that some of the ingredients are hard to find if you live in a small town; however, all the recipes are fairly simple and even easy once you get your hands on what you need, and in the end, the result is unbelievable.
If the authors happen to read this review, I would like to beg you to share your recipe for the Bistro Steak you serve in your restaurant. That meal is the best meal I have ever eaten in 32 years of eating!!
The book is well-written and easy to follow, even for people who are not avid cooks. I'm not a seasoned cook, but I have been successful with each recipe from this cookbook.
Horizons: New Vegan Cuisine is a must have for all vegans, but it is also a gem for anyone who would like to consume less animal products or who has vegans to cook for.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Having missed out on going to Horizons in Phillie, I was excited to finally buy myself this book. I am an experienced vegan cook. Read morePublished on March 5, 2013 by Patricia Grodberg
I bought this as a gift and the person loves it. She used one of the recipes to make last Sunday's dinner.Published on January 5, 2013 by Sylvia Cooper
I give this cook book three not two stars for a few different reasons. For starters I loved this restaurant when it first opened and then they moved but they are truly... Read morePublished on February 10, 2011 by E. Batchelder
Everything I've made in this cookbook has been amazing. My favorites are the Refried Red Lentil Tostadas, Spinach Salad and Miso Noodle Soup. Read morePublished on July 16, 2010 by AppleJax