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Vegan Unplugged: A Pantry Cuisine Cookbook and Survival Guide Paperback – August 20, 2010

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Editorial Reviews


Vegan Unplugged provides a unique and important combination: healthful recipes and strategies for surviving an emergency or natural disaster. And there's no going hungry with the Five-Day Meal Box. It will not only help you avert personal health disasters, it will give you all the tools you need to handle any situation that comes your way.

--Neal Barnard, M.D., President, Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine

Prepare to meet the new, gourmet style of Pantry Cuisine. Vegan Unplugged dishes up flavor and variety with dozens of delicious recipes that can be prepared in minutes, even when the refrigerator is bare. A must-have for any day when your resources are limited or your motivation to cook is waning.

--Alisa Fleming, author of Go Dairy Free

In the years to come, it s going to be increasingly important to be able to prepare healthy meals when the power is out and when fresh food is unavailable. Vegan Unplugged is a marvelous resource to help you prepare healthy and inexpensive meals using nonperishable ingredients. Highly recommended for those prudent enough to recognize we could be in for a bumpy ride.

--John Robbins, author of The New Good Life, The Food Revolution, and Diet For a New America

About the Author

Jon Robertson is an author and has been a publishing professional for more than twenty-five years. He is the publisher and editor of Vegan Heritage Press. Robin Robertson is the author of twenty cookbooks, including Vegan Planet, Vegan Fire & Spice, 1,000 Vegan Recipes</i, and Vegan on the Cheap. She writes regularly for VegNews magazine.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Vegan Heritage Press (August 20, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0980013127
  • ISBN-13: 978-0980013122
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 7.5 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #588,433 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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All of the previous reviews are spot on! This book is amazing! I bought it because I too did not have electricity for a week a few years ago, and we subsisted on take-out food (we were lucky they had electricity!). Yes, we stocked up on stews and soups (we were not vegetarian at the time), but it turned out to be 80 degrees. None of that sounded appetizing so it languished as we ate out for every meal, every day. After reading that the author considers artichokes, roasted red peppers, capers and olives emergency food, I was sold.

However, my "emergencies" these days are different and look like this:

- Kids home sick for a week and can't make it to the store.
- Summertime and don't feel like dragging kids to store (where I say no 500 times).
- Just got back from vacation and have "nothing to eat."
- Are very busy and don't want to buy a bunch of fresh produce that will likely go bad.
- Last year had 2 blizzards back to back, I so wish I had this book then!
- Only have a few minutes between homework and evening activities and need to whip up a good meal.

Just after getting this book and marking no fewer than 10 recipes that I already had the ingredients in my pantry, and doing a very small trip to supplement that, both my kids came down with strep throat, one after another. As soon as they got well, we were hit with a snow storm. I wasn't able to go to the store for over 2 weeks. We ate like royalty this whole time! Sure, my husband probably could have helped out, but I didn't let him because I was so eager to try these recipes (there isn't ONE recipe in the book I don't want to make). This is what we tried:

Samosadillas- husband especially loved this!
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These days there are oodles of vegan cookbooks on the market, yet I am amazed when ones such as this one still manage to carve a new niche. Vegan Unplugged is in fact so useful that I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to my non-vegan comrades too. It covers ...

Preparing for Emergencies (earthquakes, hurricanes, power outages)
Road Trips
Hotel Stays (on a budget or a special diet with limited kitchen supplies)
Camping Cuisine
College and Dorm Room Cooking
Uncooks (you know who you are)
Being Resourceful with an Out of Commission Kitchen (Boy could my aunt and uncle have used this when they were living out of their basement and eating out every single night as their entire house was remodeled!)
An Empty Fridge and No Desire to Go Grocery Shopping (oh this happens all too often, doesn't it?)
These are the obvious uses, but I found one more use ...

... taking care of an overstocked pantry. Normally, this wouldn't be a problem, but, we are moving, a fair distance, and the last thing I want to do is pack up boxes full of pantry food. Noodles, nut butters, various types of rice, lentils, split peas, flours ... we are talking loads of heavy stuff here, and I want it gone within two months! My goal may be unrealistic, but with Vegan Unplugged, I am at least making a serious dent ...

Thus far I have made and we have enjoyed the Unplugged Peanut Noodles (a combination of the recipes for Rice Noodles with Spicy Peanut Sauce and Asian Noodle Salad with Peanut Dressing); Old Bay Chickpea Cakes; Sweet Treat Chocolate Truffles; and the Kitchen-Sink Cappelini (good base recipe to play around with.
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Some time back, I found a copy of Apocalypse Chow by Jon & Robin Robertson in a used bookstore. It is a wonderful little book, with lots of practical suggestions for emergency preparedness, and recipes designed for use when one needs to eat from the pantry, or with minimal/no power. I have found the recipes very useful also for nights when I want to make something delicious with very little time or work or grocery shopping. It's really the perfect book for the budget conscious student or the busy office worker, even apart from the emergency planning aspect. Somehow, it never got the attention it deserved and went out of print. Thankfully, it has been re-issued in a new, updated, retitled edition. As this year has brought encounters with ice, fire, and flooding, the need to be prepared is high in my consciousness. Last night, we made Puttanesca in a Pinch - wonderful flavor, cheap, ingredients right out of the pantry, and ready in about 15 minutes. Vegan or not, don't miss this one.
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I had the good fortune to spot this new title as I was buying another cookbook, and bought it as well to have on hand in case of power outages. But I was curious about the recipes, so even with the power on, I've been having some fun trying them out.

The recipe titles are clever and intriguing, but the main thing is that they're simple and quick to make. While lining up the ingredients, it was fun to realize that I already had most of them in the pantry.

Last night, I made the Technicolor Dream Salad. This salad is ingenious and addictive and easy to make, although it does taste best served chilled, so refrigerate it if you have power (or put it in the ice chest for awhile if you don't). I also tried the Curry in a Hurry and the White Bean-Spinach Fritters with the same delicious results.

I'd definitely recommend this book to have on hand for emergencies, but it's also fantastic just to cook everyday meals from even when the power's on. The book's so inexpensive, I bought extra copies to give as gifts to friends.
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