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Vegan Vittles: Down-Home Cooking for Everyone Perfect Paperback – March 1, 2007
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Here are a few of my favorites, although it is so hard to have only a few! Stick-to-Your-Ribs Chili (easy & delicious, bulgur adds a nice chewy texture), Hearty Cabbage Casserole (total comfort food), Southern Fried Tofu (Oh My Gosh, I could eat this every day, the breading mix is out of this world!), Chickpeas a la King (serve over the "Buttermilk" Biscuits for a real treat), Hot-and-Sour Pad Thai Noodles (better than anything I've ever had in a restaurant!), Potatoes Gruyere (how could something so rich and creamy be vegan?!?), Igor's Special (like a warm pasta salad, outstanding!Read more ›
I have purchased countless vegan cookbooks over the past eight years, and several of them are excellent. However, Vegan Vittles, over and over again, is the one I come back to, especially during the holidays; Vegan Vittles is full of crowd-pleasing recipes that satisfy and wow the omnivorous crowd. But a majority of these recipes are for every day food: hearty breakfasts, delicious sandwiches (Jo includes a section, even, on how to make your own mock meats---a money-saving adventure, to be sure), entrees, desserts. And the "uncheese" section is not to be missed. If you are one of those vegans who has yet to get over dairy cheese, you will be pleasantly surprised by the taste and texture of these homemade cheese dishes. Truly, they are excellent.
Vegan Vittles Part II is an excellent second edition, with all of the familiar favorites and plenty of new recipes that will quickly become favorites. Jo Stepaniak really gets it when it comes to the perfectly composed recipe; my complaint with many other cookbooks is that I find I make lots of alterations. With Vegan Vittles, one can mindlessly follow the recipe. The results are always stellar.
While I have already tested a few of the recipes (Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookies, Macaroni and Cheez, Carrot Butter) I can't even begin to tell you the recipes I am eager to trial. Just a few on my list include: Muffins that Taste Like Donuts, No-knead Whole Wheat Herb Bread, Hot & Sour Pad Thai (no fish sauce?), Cheez Please Soup, Chickpea Oat Burgers, Spicy Peanut Sauce, Aunt Bunny's Carrot Cake, etc., etc., etc.
The recipes are all so simple, using easy to find whole foods (think spices, veggies, fruits, and whole grains, not white flour and sugar). The most exotic ingredients that I spotted were quinoa and miso, both of which can now be found at Trader Joe's and in most major grocers. I think the fact that I could make so many of the recipes without having to make a special trip to the grocery store, was a real draw.
As for the disconnects - Certain portions of the intro get a bit wordy, and I found my eyes wandering off on many occasions. While full of useful information that I couldn't get enough of (do you know how hard it is to find a list of GMO foods to avoid? And what about that wonderful explanation of egg alternatives?), many sections tended to drag on with less pertinent details. Also, I was perplexed by the veganization of quotes throughout the book.Read more ›
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Older cookbook with intersting recipies that were developed prior to the availability of today's vegan choices.Published 6 months ago by Bruce
My wife likes to cook & I like to eat well - as Orangette says (her Father says), "we eat better at home than most folks do in restaurants. Read morePublished on August 11, 2014 by Amazon Customer
This is a fantastic cookbook. It covers all the basics about creating your own vegan "cheeses" (she calls them "uncheeses"), simple recipes for making your own... Read morePublished on December 7, 2013 by MemphisRose
I really wanted to like this book, but the few recipes I tried were not terrible, but not really great, either. Read morePublished on September 18, 2013 by R. Frey
As a country girl, I was delighted to find a down-home cookbook free of animal products. The cookbook starts with an intro to the Farm Sanctuary, followed by a very personal... Read morePublished on July 18, 2012 by AMM
"Vegan Vittles" is not just about what's for dinner. It's my go-to reference cookbook. Need a cheesy sauce, sour cream, whipped topping, sandwich spread? It's all here. Read morePublished on April 21, 2012 by Terry
This book is great for beginners. It starts out by explaining what veganism is, then discusses husbandry in America, and opportunities for animal activism. Read morePublished on October 23, 2011 by VictoryWriter
I love this book, I have tried Gyros, Basic Simmered Seitan, Better Burgers, Creamy Potato Kale Soup, Messy Mikes, Fruit Butter Bars, Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies, Pot Roast,... Read morePublished on August 15, 2010 by Christopher and Shannon
I think that this book is very cute and I love the little commentaries on the Farm Sanctuary as well as the "veggie"fied sayings. I wish this book was more advanced. Read morePublished on January 16, 2010 by Ann Borowski