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The Real Food Daily Cookbook: Really Fresh, Really Good, Really Vegetarian Paperback – September 1, 2005
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I love the fact that the author does not rely heavily on white sugar and wheat flour to make vegan substitutes for old favorites. I did see a few recipes with white flour, but they are definitely in the minority.
The recipe section is subdivided as follows:
Starters and small plates
Salsas, sauces and gravies
Salads and dressings
Breads and spreads
Daily spring entrees
Daily summer entrees
Daily autumn entrees
Daily winter entrees
The directions provided for the recipes are very clearly written and easy to follow. I also like the beautiful photographs of many of the finished dishes.
As a recent vegan, the food that I miss the most has to be cheese. I was thrilled to see a number of cheese recipes included in this book. The author provides recipes for cashew and tofu cheddar as well as tofu ricotta.
The Bolivian samosa recipe that does not have a pastry outer wrapper fascinates me. This recipe is more a filled potato gnocchi, but is still good.Read more ›
Comfort is the key word to this food. This beautiful cookbook with magazine styled food pics, is a joy to thumb through. I am one of those people who likes to see what the finished product will look like, so this is a bonus for me. I also love to read cookbooks, so I appreciate when they have good introductions. This one meets all my requirements.
The book opens with Gentry's story, a Real Food Daily Profile, and information on eating organically and with the seasons. There's also a useful Guide to Real Food, which tells you step by step how create a fabulous atmosphere and an unforgettable meal and lists all the tools you'll need to do it. Then, if you don't have much experience cooking with whole foods, there's a section on preparing grains, legumes, soy foods and more. Wouldn't you like to know the "top twenty real foods to always have in your kitchen"? I can't list them all here, but the list includes maple syrup, quinoa, and root vegetables just to give you an idea of the variety (and peak your curiosity, of course).
Finally, the recipes. Oh, the recipes. I started with guacamole. I figured if they could make it special, then they'd have me hooked. The intro boasts that their guac is "so rich and sinful tasting that people never believe we make it without sour cream.Read more ›
The recipes in her cookbook are excellent! We've made the Lentil Walnut Pate, Hummus, Miso Soup, the Chocolate Chip cookies, the Double layer chocolate cake, and the Double layer Carrot Cake with cream cheese frosting and they all came out just as delicious as the restaurant's versions. We've also made the Creamy Broccoli Soup with Red Pepper Cream, the Turkish Lentil Soup, the Thai Rice Croquettes with Udon Noodles and Peanut Sauce, the Tofu Quiche with leeks and Asparagus, the lasagna, Barbequed Tofu and finally tonight we enjoyed the Sweet and Sour Tempeh with Vegetables served with Basmati Rice Pilaf with Roasted Peanuts and Cilantro.
I am bragging about having made all these dishes in order to point out how "do-able" they are. Not one of these recipes disappointed us, and they were all easy to make. Some require a little more planning and prep time than others, but there are several that are super simple. If we have any criticism it would be about the enormous amount of food each recipe makes! Perfect for dinner parties, but for two or three people you may want to consider cutting the recipes in half.
My two-year-old son also approves of these recipes! He especially loves the Lentil Pate served with rice crackers and of course he loves the cookies!!.
I must also point out that my husband is a meat-eater and loves these recipes. He is always fully satisfied after eating one of these meals (and usually gets to the left-overs before I do!)
I've never cooked so many recipes from one cookbook before!
Thank you Ann for finally sharing your great recipes with the rest of us!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I am neither vegan, nor gluten free, but Ann's recipes are incredible! I have never liked Vegan cheese, but her Vegan cashew cheese is mouth watering!!! Read morePublished 8 months ago by Kat
This is one of my favorite restaurants in LA and since moving back to SF I have been craving RFD, this cookbook is packed with their classic recipes!!!Published 15 months ago by Maryann
First let me say don't use this if you have any issues with soy as most of the recipes are very soy based.
I have found that this cookbook has many omissions and errors.. Read more
I have 100's of natural foods/vegetarian cookbooks. This is my new favorite.Published 19 months ago by denise