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Simply Vegan: Quick Vegetarian Meals Paperback – May 30, 2006

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Vegetarian Resource Group; 4th edition (May 30, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0931411300
  • ISBN-13: 978-0931411304
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.1 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #859,648 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
While I was initially very excited about this book, I found that a lot of the recipes needed some help in the taste direction. It was one of my first vegan cookbooks, and after 7 years as a vegan, I know that we can do better than this. Some things in it I still use, like the veggie patties, but even those I had to add some salt, spices and garlic to get them to taste as delicious as I'd like (always my goal). Plenty of other books will give you recipes that need less tampering and more YUM. For die-hards only, as part of our collective veggie-dues.
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I found this cookbook at a used bookstore (perhaps it was the copy that one of the other reviewers sold?) and it's gotten more use than any of my others. The recipes are simple and quick; most make use of only a small number of ingredients. More importantly for me - a student living alone - very few of the ingredients are overly expensive or exotic, and most appear in more than one recipe. So you won't find yourself with a cupboardful of blackstrap molasses and quinoa wondering what to do with them now that you've cooked the single recipe in your collection that called for them. If you have a decently-stocked pantry and a handful of different fruits and vegetables in the fridge, you'll have no trouble finding several dishes you'll be able to make.
Contrary to what another reviewer wrote, I found most of the recipes to be quite flavourful; those that weren't, could easily be revived by a few extra spices. I did find the desserts to be a bit lacking, however, and have had more success by veganizing familiar recipes from other, non-vegan sources. (A third of a banana for each egg has saved many a cookie recipe of mine!)
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this book had a good nutrition index located in the back, but the cuisine is very "veganish" only a few appealed to my newly veg sister...I think it only suits pallets that have been vegs for awhile, but other than that I found it delightful for "experienced" vegans. My favorite recipe was the fruit whiz.
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This was the first vegan cookbook I acquired nearly nine years ago, when I first made the decision to become vegan. Before my veganism, when I had been lacto-ovo vegetarian, I had not been an especially proficient chef/cook so I was pretty pleased with this book. Wasserman's recipes are indeed simple and quick and I was able to produce many nutritious and satisfying meals all thanks to this cookbook. However, now that I've been vegan for nearly a decade, I can assess this book in a different kind of light - it is pretty deplorably basic. Upon reviewing some of the recipes I think, "Uh, well no duh you can put those four ingredients together? Did this really merit a mention in a cookbook?!"

I own the 1997 version so I can only comment on it. When I initially became vegan, I found the appendix including the basic nutritional breakdown, informational articles and sample menus to be invaluable as I was not personally acquainted with any other vegans and I was not particular proficient at utilizing the internet as a vegan resource.

There are some recipes in this book that produce more complex-tasting foods (I'm sorry I'm unable to name specific examples, I haven't made anything aside from the "Lemon Rice Soup" in eons) and will wow the belt buckles off your omnivore friends. I would highly recommend purchasing this book if you've just transitioned into veganism and you aren't a particularly inspiring chef to begin with. However if you have a pretty intermediate level understanding of spices, oils, and flavors - this cookbook will definitely disappoint. Personally I'm fairly satisfied with this book, even now, because I fell out of the "cooking/baking for myself" routine a few years back and I'm gradually learning the reigns again. I have numerous recipes bookmarked that I'll be undertaking in the months to come. It is what the name insinuates - simple and quick - so don't approach this cookbook hoping for some mind-blowing dishes to result.
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By A Customer on January 20, 2000
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Most of the recipes are easy, quick, and VERY good ! Don't miss "hearty macaroni dinner" ;=) It's my most-used vegan cookbook, personally.
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By A Customer on February 10, 2000
Format: Paperback
Great-tasting recipes, quick, and with ingredients that you won't have much trouble to find. I love it !
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By Becca on December 14, 2005
Format: Paperback
The recipes in this book contain very few ingredients, which are all common, and they also take very little time to prepare, which is a plus for busy college students. The recipes that make this book worth the buy are: Chickpea Sauce on page 89 (goes over pasta... confession time... I couldn't help myself; I've devoured the sauce without pasta on many occasions. I suggest using a real onion instead of onion powder), Curried Tempeh and Rice Dish pg 95 (hint: add a can of corn and use fried rice for an even tastier experience with even more substance), Curried Chickpeas pg 74 (this is what I cook when I am feeling my laziest. It is delicious and takes no effort).
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These recipes are decidedly lackluster. If you don't know how to cook and are looking for a (very) basic primer in vegan meals, you'll do fine with this one. If, on the other hand, you are looking to go beyond tofu and broccoli with soy sauce, save yourself the trouble. I recommend "Veganomicon" or "Vegan with a Vengeance" for inspiring and creative vegan recipes.
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