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Viva Vegan!: 200 Authentic and Fabulous Recipes for Latin Food Lovers Paperback – April 27, 2010
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“A decadent romp with things like chocolate mole tamales, mushroom ceviche, and sweet coconut corn pudding, with a good dose of educational cooking and ingredients information.”
“Flipping through this book was both fun and jaw-dropping. Not only was it beautifully written, I also don’t think I’d have predicted that so many classic Latin dishes would lend themselves so well to going meat and cheese-less. The recipes were compelling–and all looked fresh and perfect for summer.”
Miss Eco Glam Blog, 4/28/10
“Inside the book are recipes for every aspect of Latin Cooking… You will learn the basics of Latin cooking, how to make beans from scratch, how to perfect a Tamale, and how to make authentic desserts. This book will keep you busy in the kitchen for as long or as short as you like, the variety of recipes in here are fabulous!... It’s the kind of recipe book you read and start drooling because each dish sounds so exotic and sooo yummy!”
“[An] insanely creative cookbook.”
The Electric Review, May/June/July 2010 issue
“As Terry Hope Romero shows in Viva Vegan!, it's entirely possible for diners to get big flavor with organic ingredients that fore-go all-things-animal. Here, Romero takes a fresh approach to vegan cooking,…introducing an assortment of recipes that simultaneously pay homage to vegan principles and the saucy-flair of traditional Latin cuisine…Viva Vegan!, which speaks with equal precision to both the professional chef and the novice, contains a complete course in how to apply vegan principles to Latin cooking…Noted for its clear narrative that educates without intimidating.”
Bergen Record, 6/14/10
“Two-hundred festive recipes fly off the pages of this Latin-American book, each sacrificing meat and dairy but not authentic techniques.”
Deseret News, 6/15/10
“Romero blends her Venezuelan roots with her experience working in a New York Latino-operated restaurant to create Latin American vegan recipes.”
# 10 on Tucson Weekly’s bestseller list for the week
“[Romero] comes to the rescue of cooks whose imagination limits their vegan output, and vegans who would like more Latin dishes on their menus. There are 200 recipes in this colorful book; among favorites like tacos, burritos, and tamales (and everything else you’ll find in popular Mexican, Cuban, Costa Rican, South American and Spanish restaurants), there are wonderful desserts, salads, stews, snacks, sweets, casseroles, and…ooooh, those creamy corn-filled empanadas!...There is a great selection of dishes that everyone will enjoy…’Crepes with Un-Dulce de Leche and Sweet Plantains’ are swoon-worthy…Bottom Line: Would I buy Viva Vegan!? Sí.”
“Crepes with Plantains…[is] one of the best vegan breakfast ideas I’ve come across…A good cookbook for novice cooks as well as for those more experienced cooks who want to add a little variety to their culinary repertoire. It works well as an introduction to preparing Latin foods.”
Natural Solutions, January 2011
“Romero shows you just how festive and inventive Latin cuisines can be…Helpful tips throughout.”
“[Romero] offers a dynamic intro to Latin food ways with her latest cookbook, Viva Vegan! that even the most staunch omnivore will salivate over…Newcomers to Latin food and plant-based dishes will appreciate Romero’s primer on the Latin pantry and how to source these ingredients.”
The Feminist Texican, 8/26/10
“If you think meat-free Latin food is not a possibility, prepare to have your mind blown…As for the recipes themselves? Delicioso!...This cookbook is extremely hard not to like. She is knowledgeable and easygoing, and the book itself is easy to navigate. I love that the book has recipes from a variety of Latin-American countries; it’s fun to see the variations inspired by different cultures. The book does not disappoint!”
“You can have your Latin food and eat it, too…Romero takes a fresh, healthier approach to Latin cuisine while expanding the vegan repertoire beyond the basics of tofu, seaweed and brown rice…Easy-to-follow recipes.”
“Latin-style food has been hugely underrepresented in vegan cookbooks, but this new book sets everything right.”
“Terry successfully provides the vegan world with Latin-based vegan delights. The naturally-fresh nature of some Latin recipes greatly aid in her delicious new creations.”
VegNews, December 2010
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It is the cookbook I've come to treasure, you made it possible to not give up my culture in the pursuit of healthier eating. You created a priceless jewel.
Both the chorizo and white seitan recipes are spot on. I keep them on hand all the time. I've used the arepas recipes, the tamale recipe, and others and have been impressed at every step. I have dozensof vegan books and cookbooks, and Viva Vegan has been on top of the pile for a long time. Finding PAN harina led me to huitlacoche, avocado leaves toasted for beans, canned squash flowers, Brazilian black beans, and many other ingredients that I didn't know.
This is only the 2nd vegan cookbook I've ever given as a gift, and that says something. I hope to make nearly every recipe in this book and I know I'll love every one.
The layout is perfect. The first section covers the basics of a Latin/Vegan kitchen; but covers it very quickly without wasting paper on unimportant facts or items. The next section dives into recipes, starting with sauces, salsas, and other condiments. If you are like me, you'll spend a lot of time with this section. Most of the sauces and condiments are items of importance to preparing these recipes. The guacamole recipe is basically the same I have been using for years, but it's nice that it is basic and easy (and doesn't have filler like tomato). The sour cream substitute is good (using almonds), and is a little more basic than the other substitutes in other books.
The recipes are varied, tasty, and make me appreciate being a vegan all the more. Many of the recipes are also gluten free (which is a bonus). Overall a good addition to the vegan recipe book collection.
I have made dozens of recipes from this book. The White Seitan and Seitan Chorizo are awesome. The Green Posole is delicious. The Chimichurri Tofu is probably my favorite tofu recipe ever, and all the beans and rice dishes are fantastic. I haven't quite made it to the desserts yet, but I'm sure they're amazing.
If you love Latin American cuisine, and you're interested in vegan/vegetarian food, then this is the book for you. It is hands down one of my favorites.