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The New Chicago Diner Cookbook: Meat-Free Recipes from America's Veggie Diner Paperback – December 10, 2013
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About the Author
Kat Barry is a Michigan native, self-made chef, and founder of her own catering business. She became vegan in 2007. Because plant-based living so profoundly improved her health, she is now passionately committed to educating and inspiring others to do the same. She is the business development specialist at The Chicago Diner.
Top Customer Reviews
I've never been to the Chicago Diner, but you can be sure, next time I am in Chicago I'll go. Meanwhile I have enjoyed making the following recipes so far:
Tofu Scramble (the best I ever have eaten!)
Sweet Potato Quesadilla
Veggie Polenta with Roasted Red Pepper Sauce
Curried Cauliflower Soup
This book includes a little on the restaurant's history, but the bulk of this colorful, easy-to-read book is the recipes.
Included in the cookbook are small sections on pantry and kitchen tool essentials. In addition, there is information on how to cook tofu, tempeh, and seitan, all of which are used to make outstanding vegetarian and vegan dishes. Other chapters include recipes for Brunch, Entertaining, Salads, Dressings, and Condiments; Soups and Sandwiches; Entrees; Vegetables and Other Side Dishes; and Desserts.
Some of the more intriguing recipes are Vegan 'Fried' Egg, White Sage Gravy, Baked Pita Chips with Creamy Cashew Pesto Dip, Curried Cauliflower Soup, The Radical Reuben, Tofu Fish Sandwich with Tartar Sauce, and Cocoa Mousse Cake. I don't drink, but there are also several alcoholic drink recipes.
Anyone vegetarian or someone interested in cooking vegetarian dishes will love this book. I'm looking forward to trying out these recipes!
NOTE: I received a copy of the book in exchange for a fair and honest review.
The Chicago Diner has recipes that make you feel like you are being rewarded for eating vegetarian! The recipes in The New Chicago Diner cookbook are well thought out and easy to follow. I have a hard time following recipes in general, but because these recipes have comprehensive step by step instructions, I was able to stick with it. (Knowing that I want my home version to be as tasty as the food I get at The Chicago Diner was also motivation).
The mouthwatering photos made it difficult to decide what to make first, but that was a great dilemma. Now that I own the cookbook I can make all the recipes! Bwa ha ha!
I've been slowly working my way through the recipes, and the ones I've tried have all been good. I like their unique additions to setian dough — Why didn't I ever think of adding celery salt? — and the "corned beef" seasoning works great to recreate their Radical Rueben. Other standouts: Tofu "Fish" Sandwich with tartar sauce and their vegan Ranch dressing. I've also tried several of the sauces and side dishes, all with success. I can't wait to get to the Bibimbap!
My "meat-eating" relatives are coming over this weekend for the Holidays and I have plans to make either the Roasted Veggie Polenta with Red Pepper Sauce or the Truffled Portobello Mushrooms with Potato-Daikon Pancakes and Creamed Leeks (with a side of Brussels Sprouts).
My husband does not eat plant-based and he loves all of the Diner's food so this is the perfect book if you have a "house divided" or simply like solid grub and easy to follow recipes.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Wonderful cookbook!! I have made 9 recipes thus far in the few weeks since I purchased the book and they have all been great!! Read morePublished 29 days ago by Jode
Yum. And, yum some more. This is a great vegan cookbook for comfort food. I live in Chicago and love the Diner so I'm bias. But, it's seriously a great book.Published 2 months ago by ClickinChef
Excellent Book - very comprehensive. We have not tried a recipe yet but soon - very soon.Published 4 months ago by Charlotte Miller
have tried a couple of recipes which were really nice, but one of my personal pet hates is recipes books with hardly any pictures and this one didn't have many pictures at all.Published 6 months ago by Book Worm
Bought for my daughter with recipes from a much loved Chicago restaurantPublished 7 months ago by judy
I've been vegetarian for more than 28 years and have had several vegetarian and vegan cookbooks. This is one of the worst. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Determined dog rescuer
I love this restaurant and I love this cookbook. To be honest, I bought the whole thing for one recipe, but it has tons of others that look great and that I'm excited to try. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Heather Evans
More Goodness from a fantastic restaurant and chef..Vegans UnitePublished 12 months ago by Carla Huber-Garcia
I have always wanted to eat at the Chicago Diner and I finally have!!! It was so worth the drive into downtown chicago to do so! Read morePublished 14 months ago by Trish in PA