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Vegan Fusion World Cuisine: Extraordinary Recipes & Timeless Wisdom from the Celebrated Blossoming Lotus Restaurants Paperback – October 15, 2007

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Editorial Reviews


"Beautifully presented recipes that are delicious, fun, easy to prepare, and healthy. Try some and see what happens. I'll bet your body will thank you for the rest of your life." -- JOHN ROBBINS

"Here we have beautifully presented recipes that are delicious, fun, easy to prepare and healthy." -- John Robbins, Founder EarthSave International

"I heartily recommend VEGAN FUSION WORLD CUISINE for anyone seeking a healthier, more inspired life." -- DEEPAK CHOPRA

"The cookbook from the Blossoming Lotus is the greatest. I felt healthier just reading it. And the kava brownies were a home run with me." -- PETER FALK

"There is much here that will ...help you discover the sense of well-being...that results from a vegetarian diet." -- Dr Jane Goodall, DBE, Founder Jane Goodall Institute, UN Messenger of Peace-from the foreword

From the Publisher

This life changing cookbook is from the Chefs of The Blossoming Lotus Restaurants - winner of 2006 'Ilima Award for `Best Kaua'i Restaurant'. It's a celebration of over 200 international gourmet vegan and live food cuisine recipes.

Winner of 9 International Awards including:
Best Vegetarian Cookbook in the USA - Gourmand Award;
Best Book by a Small Press - Martha Stewart Omnimedia Nautilus Award;
Best New Cookbook - PETA Proggy Award;
Cookbook of the Year - VegNews;
Best Veg Cookbook - USA.Booknews.com; Best Cookbook - Foreword Magazine - Finalist;
Best Health and Healing - Nautilus - Finalist;
Best Alternative Health - Coalition of Visionary Artists - Finalist;
Best Cookbook - National Indie Excellence 2007 Book Awards - Finalist.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Beaufort Books (October 15, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0825305845
  • ISBN-13: 978-0825305849
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 8.7 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (115 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #493,111 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Customer Reviews

Top Customer Reviews

By Susan M. Andresen on September 12, 2005
Format: Hardcover
This is one of the most thorough and user-friendly cookbooks I have used. Every possible angle has been thought out and addressed. The recipes generally utilize ingredients that I already have in stock. When a question arose regarding an ingredient, it was easily answered with the glossary.

Approximate cooking/preparation times are given for all dishes. Menu suggestions are very helpful. The variety of recipes is impressive. Most are for "normal" food, not far-out, bizarre dishes that people would be hesitant to try.

The book itself is beautiful. Lushly illustrated with photos both of the foods and of peoples and places from around the world, each recipe is enhanced with quotes from various sources, which are 'slipped in' in a very palatable manner. There are many resources included for a variety of services, agencies, and organizations, relevant to vegans and lifestyle conscious people in general.

A section on "preparation basics" covers cooking methods and equipment. A "soaking and sprouting" chart, as well as a chart covering the how and how much of cooking grains, are very helpful.

Raw food recipes are included, in addition to complete menus and meal suggestions. Contributors to the cookbook and The Blossoming Lotus restaurant are nicely acknowleged.

This cookbook combines the best features of my favorite cookbooks into one. It makes for enjoyable reading in addition to being a handy reference. I consider it to be a gift to the vegan cook, or any cook.
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Format: Hardcover
A book of recipes is a utilitarian thing...a simple tool to make life easier in the kitchen.

Not so with Vegan World Fusion Cuisine. It does not occupy a space on my bookshelf along with the dozens of other recipe books I own. Instead, it reigns supreme on my coffee table, the only book to hold this place of honor.

The "oohs" and "aahs" it elicits from vegan and non-vegan visitors alike, have become all too predictable. My husband and I place bets on how long it will take a guest in our home to become mesmerized by this book. Still, I maintain that a cookbook simply should not be so shamelessly enticing. The spectacularly vibrant photographs contained within its pages further reinforce my already obsessive love affair with food, and make me long to find myself in enchanting and magical places I've yet had the chance to visit. It's filled with subtle, exquisite beauty and not-so-subtle temptation.

The vegan and living food recipes found in Vegan World Fusion Cuisine are all made with pure and simple ingredients: whole, fresh, ripe, raw fruits and veggies, nuts and seeds, unprocessed grains, unbleached flours, and unrefined oils and sweeteners. With names that are as imaginative as the multicultural dishes themselves, you can indulge in truly healthful and tasty creations.

For example: Eternal Sunrise Smoothie is creamy, rich, and fruity, and the best smoothie I've ever tasted. (No kidding!) Satori Summer Rolls or Nooanda's Pistachio Blue Corn Crusted Tempeh served with Primal Peanut Sauce are as tantalizing as the names imply. Sicilian Seitan with Sundried Tomatoes and Pine Nuts makes me wonder why I ever thought that cheese was a necessary ingredient in Italian food.
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Format: Hardcover
I loved the Blossoming Lotus in Kauai. In fact, we had our best vegetarian meal ever---rated a perfect 10. (The enchilada cassarole and the red curry plate). We bought the book while there and it is just a beautiful book to remember our trip, with pictures of Kauai and interesting information about food, etc.

The good news is that the recipes are not too difficult and the food tastes great. I in fact made the enchillada cassarole with some improvisation and it tasted fantastic. I did find it to be a little more ingredient intensive then some other veggie cookbooks but certainly nothing so difficult that the dish would be ruined. I've been learning about a few combinations too along with different ways to use tofu and tahini.

I wish I had a Blossoming Lotus in my town but instead I'll have to rely on my own renditions as often as I can!
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This book detailis the route to vegan bliss. Incredible recipes and bursting with pictures from all over the world. It is just as much fun to grab this book and thumb through it for the pictures as it is to cook up the incredible, and I must say, eye pleasing recipes.

As you tavel the world through this book you will find ways to prepare the food of your vegan dreams. This book will also awaken your mind to the reasons to be vegan. It is more than just about your own health. The health, and perhaps survival of our planet may also rely on a move towards veganism.

This book goes from soup to nuts but it also covers juice to gourmet as well. Whether you have a minute to grab something healthy to eat, or a day to lovingly prepare a special meal, this is the book. If you are not vegan...that's OK. Buy the book anyhow. This is just plain tasty food for the whole world. And this is food for life.

One last thing that impressed me about this book. So many cookbooks say add "Whatzavege" or some other product you never heard of. You scour store after natural store looking for "Whatzavege" only to never find it. Not here...this book directs you to page ## and gives you the recipe to make it. Is that cool or what? Very thorough section on marinades and condiments. And even a good recipe for homemade vegetable soup stock.

Well, that is all...gotta go make some Daddy Dread's Jamaican Jerk Plantain out of my Vegan World Fusion book. Spicy!
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