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Vegan Italiano: Meat-free, Egg-free, Dairy-free Dishes from Sun-Drenched Italy Paperback – October 3, 2006
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The recipes are relatively simple and straightforward. I am thrilled that they avoid vegan ingredients that are not indigenous to the region - there are no calls for tofu, fake meat or tempeh, etc.
Where an Italian recipe traditionally calls for cheese or eggs, the author finds a vegan version or invents one, staying within the norms of the cuisine. Most recipes are less than a page. There are no pictures. Every recipe I have tried has been delicious and even my husband (who thinks all Italian food should be smothered in cheese) has liked these dishes.
Anyone who like Italian food will appreciate this book.
Enter Donna Klein's Vegan Italiano. Author of TheThe Mediterranean Vegan Kitchen, The PDQ (Pretty Darn Quick) Vegetarian Cookbook: 240 Healthy and Easy No-Prep Recipes for Busy Cooks, and the The Gluten-Free Vegetarian Kitchen: Delicious and Nutritious Wheat-Free, Gluten-Free Dishes, Klein writes easy-to-follow, delicious vegan recipes that, best of all, are free of strange soy substitutes like TVP crumbles, soy sausage, tofu or tempeh. Only garden-fresh natural ingredients are used, with a touch of olive oil for flavor.
Naturally, Italian standards such as bruschetta, minestrone, gnocchi, and lasagna are included. Bruschettas include Asparagus, Apulian-Style with Cherry Tomatoes and Basil, and Cherry Tomato and Roasted Red Pepper. Lasagnas include Spinach and Eggplant and Zucchini. The main part of the book is dedicated, not surprisingly, to pasta, with numerous farfalle, linguine, and fusili offerings. There are also numerous ideas for fresh wild greens salads, vegetable side dishes, pizzas and breads, and desserts. Many of the dessert offerings would be perfect on a hot summer's day on the patio: fruits poached in red and white wine, macedonias, and granitas.Read more ›
That's because it is full of simple recipes using common ingredients, many of them quick and easy to put together. A really good everyday cookbook. The only reason I didn't give it a higher rating is that it didn't have more recipes.
1. Every single recipe in here is amazing. The desserts especially. I loved the apple cake and grilled stuffed peaches...mmm, yum!
2. The author has a great chatty style. It feels like you're over at your best friend's house who happens to be an amazing cook and you're sipping on Limoncello as she tells you about her day whilst cooking quick appetizers for a summer picnic :) (my imagination got carried away there).
3. The recipes are true to Italy so you won't find fake soy/gluten based meats or vegan cheeses that are difficult for beginning vegans to make or use. These recipes are true vegan recipes, meaning they were never intended to have meat/cheese/eggs etc.! So it doesn't feel like you're missing anything and most people won't even realize they just had a completely vegan meal until you tell them so!
4. She describes each region in the beginning of the book and tells you which region each recipe comes from as well.
I've served a couple of these meals to non-vegetarians and they were super impressed!
I honestly think my lack of enthusiasm with this book is more to do with personal taste than anything. I do really love the concept that there is no soy, tempeh, or even nutritional yeast, just because that makes this book way less intimidating for new vegans or people who are trying to cut out some animal products.
I would suggest that you flip through this book before purchasing, I know a lot of people love it, so I think I'm the odd one out.
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I'm usually not a fan of cook books without pictures, as I like to see the end result before I start preparing, but in this case the book is still worth it. Read morePublished 27 days ago by Kevin
I do not love italian food, so that is not entirely her fault. But, I also know that Chloe Coscarelli can make me love Italian food. Make me remake an Italian dish. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Courtney Michelle
What I like about this book is the simple and few ingredients which make it very appealing. The cook's tips, nutritional info and info about the ingredients used are all quite... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Have cooked a few recipes and LOVED them. The book doesn't have pictures, but the recipes are easy to follow.Published 12 months ago by Cat Lover
I enjoy that the author uses recipes that are already vegan to begin with, instead of modifying a bunch of common dishes.Published 14 months ago by L