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The Vegan Table: 200 Unforgettable Recipes for Entertaining Every Guest at Every Occasion Paperback – June 1, 2009
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“Colleen Patrick-Goudreau has done a great service to the vegan community with her books The Joy of Vegan Baking and now The Vegan Table. The decadent recipes and colorful photographs in her books show the world how sublime veganism can be!”
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Patrick-Goudreau, Colleen. The Vegan Table: 200 Unforgettable Recipes for Entertaining Every Guest at Every Occasion. Fair Winds: Quayside. Jun. 2009. c.304p. photogs. index. ISBN 978-1-59233-374-5. pap. $19.99. COOKERY
Patrick-Goudreau’s attractive second cookbook (after The Joy of Vegan Baking: The Compassionate Cooks’ Traditional Treats and Sinful Sweets) features seasonal menus for occasions ranging from “Romantic Dinners for Two” to “Feasts for the Holidays.” Her sophisticated but mostly uncomplicated recipes will appeal to nonvegans and vegans alike, and dozens of sidebars offer tips on entertaining, information on ingredients, and more. -- Library Journal, June 2009
“The doyenne of compassionate living has done it again, delivering a beautiful, thoughtful, intelligent book brimming with delectable, cruelty-free recipes and clever entertaining ideas. Colleen Patrick-Goudreau truly is a star in the vegetarian universe.”
“It's delightful, it's delicious, it's a de-lovely book!”
—Sarah Kramer, author of How It All Vegan (
“The Vegan Table leaves nothing to be desired—Colleen Patrick-Goudreau is the Martha Stewart of the movement!”
—Rory Freedman, author of #1 New York Times bestseller Skinny Bitch
About the Author
A recognized expert and thought leader on the culinary, social, ethical, and practical aspects of living vegan, Colleen Patrick-Goudreau is an award-winning author of seven books, including the bestselling The Joy of Vegan Baking, The Vegan Table, Color Me Vegan, Vegan's Daily Companion, On Being Vegan, and The 30-Day Vegan Challenge. She is an acclaimed speaker and beloved host of the inspiring podcast "Food for Thought," which was voted Favorite Podcast by VegNews magazine readers.
Colleen has appeared on national and regional TV programs--including the Food Network, CBS, PBS, and FOX. Interviews with her have been featured on NPR, Huffington Post, U.S. News and World Report, The Chicago Tribune, The Miami Times, Pacifica Radio, and Rodale News--and in countless publications, blogs, and podcasts.
Her recipes have been featured on Epicurious.com and Oprah.com, and she is a featured guest on Delicious TV's Vegan Mashup, a program that recently aired on public television in 41 states. Colleen is a regular contributor to Perspectives on KQED, NPR's San Francisco affiliate, which reaches 830,000 listeners weekly.
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Top Customer Reviews
However, I absolutely loathe the organization of this book. As cookbooks go, and I have dozens, I feel it was an experiment gone awry. The book is divided into meals for two, four to six, six to ten, and so on. If I'm interested in finding an entree, I have to flip through five chapters. The chapters are further divided by the four seasons. I appreciate eating seasonally, but this goes too far. At the very least a master list or index of apps, soups, salads, entrees, etc. would have made sense. If I want to make cornmeal-crusted tempeh for just my husband and me, I have to adjust the quantities since it's under "formal dining for six to ten." Granted, one would probably adjust for servings with any cookbook depending on your family size, but this system feels much more complex and unwieldy. I can think of several more effective ways this book could have been organized with respect to seasons and the appropriateness of each recipe for various styles of entertaining. As is is, I find it very difficult to use in the way one normally uses a cookbook. ("I need a main dish with beans," or "what can I do with all this zucchini?Read more ›
This is so not the case with Colleen's first cookbook, "The Joy of Vegan Baking," or thankfully, her newest, "The Vegan Table." "The Vegan Table" is the perfect follow-up to "TJoVB," and every single recipe begs to be made. The recipes are healthy, delicious, and beautiful. Gorgeous photos of MANY of the dishes are scattered throughout the book, which I love because that inspires me that much more to get cooking!
I was lucky enough to be a recipe tester for this book, so in addition to the several recipes I've made since receiving the book this week, I knew I already had some favorites. The Matzoh Ball Soup is perfect, as is the Panini with Lemon-Basil Pesto. The Tempeh Pate melts in your mouth, and the Warm Spinach Salad is amazingly healthful & delicious. I recently impressed company with the Blackberry Pecan Crisp, which took literally less than five minutes to assemble. The Portobello Mushrooms with Herb-Infused Marinade are on the menu for tonight, and I think I'll serve them alongside the Scalloped Potatoes.
Each dish is simple, yet upscale (but that does not mean expensive!). Most things could be served for a simple weeknight dinner, yet they're impressive enough to share with company. I love that Colleen split the book into chapters based not only on the group size (meals to serve from two to ten, and everywhere in-between) - but also by season. The index is also terrific, and makes everything SO easy to find.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I am not a vegetarian or vegan, but I do find that my workouts are better-fueled when I eat beans & legumes vs meats. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
This cookbook gives seasonal favorites a whole new vegan twist that are delicious and nutrititious. Love the menus for large and small gatherings. Read morePublished 1 month ago by pencil thin
I absolutely adore Colleen Patrick-Goudreau. I have all of her cook books, and this one is another charmer. Her recipes are so simple, yet so delicious. Pictures are beautiful. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Fred W. Kalt
Vegan Table is an excellent book with delicious recipes. The book is a good vegan cookbook, but also excellent for those who want to eat healthy. Read morePublished 3 months ago by G. Ryan
This is the best vegan cookbook I have. I have most of the ingredients in my pantry. Easy to make. The spinish lasagna is my favorite. My family all like it and it's easy to make.Published 4 months ago by ellen sherrod
Colleen Patrick-Goudreau gets points for originality. Vegetables and fruits actually get to be vegetables and fruits. No heavy reliance on meat substitutes. I like that. Read morePublished 5 months ago by TheCaity
Great book and very beautiful! We all have different likes and dislikes of food and like any cookbook you won't use all of the recipes but absolutely everyone can find many things... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Kelly
I love this book. The recipes are straightforward and easily scalable. I like how the recipes are collected into seasons. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Hannie
This is one of my all-time favorite cookbooks! The recipes are easy to follow, and turn out great every time! Read morePublished 7 months ago by cristina