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  • Apr 24, 2009
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Mine is by no means a vegan household, but how could I resist a book with this title? By the time I had found the authors' explanation, I was in love with the book: "...a big vegan cookbook needed a big vegan name. (But just to be on the safe side, don't read this cookbook backward at the stroke of midnight.)" So I checked it out of the library a month ago Shhh! I KNOW I need to bring it back!

The clever introduction makes the case that "vegan food = normal food." The authors move on to a saucy explanation of prepping and cooking terms and some ingredient-specific advice, endlessly entertaining and informative. Take polenta: "Polenta has been called many things, each more insulting than the last: cornmeal mush, grits, porridge. But it got a new lease on life in the '90s when foodies started referring to it by its proper name and charging twenty dollars a plate for it." They follow with basic polenta-cooking instructions.

I had planned to browse and move on. I don't like to cook fiddly things -- no ravioli-making for me -- and I never seem to have enough of the right ingredients for vegan cooking. But what a surprise this book was! Even with no tempeh or miso on board, a quick pass through the front of the market gave me all I needed for some of these yummy recipes.

We loved the Israeli Couscous with Pistachios and Apricots (confession: I used regular couscous) and the Herb Scalloped Potatoes. I was planning to make Roasted Eggplant and Spinach Muffuletta Sandwich but we ate the roasted eggplant before I got the olives. My favorite recipe so far: Jalapeno-Onion Skillet Corn Bread.

There are many other recipes I'd like to try: Fresh Rosemary Foccaccia, Roasted Portobellos, Chickpeas Romanesco, Penne Vodka; and every single thing pictured in full color in the middle of the book. Veganomicon: The Ultimate Vegan Cookbook ends with menu suggestions: My Own Private India Menu; Greek to Me and You Menu; Smash Your TV Dinner Menu. Just the names make you want to throw a party, don't they?

Isa Chandra Moskowitz and Terry Hope Romero are vegan veterans, and their knowledge and enthusiasm permeate this practical book. I recommend it as a workbook for healthier eating and just for the fun of it, too.

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April 24, 2009
Melissa, what a wonderful goal, feeding your little one the purest food possible. Yes, you'll find a lot to like in this book. Shannon, until I read this book I thought it would be a sacrifice to go vegan, but Veganomicon changed my mind about that. My husband just developed--or maybe just recognized--an intolerance of gluten, so obviously eating at my house is undergoing a lot of scrutiny at the moment. I'm so glad I found this book! Raina, thanks for the tip, I'll check out the books you mentioned. Since we have to make a change anyhow, I want to be as well-informed as possible.
April 24, 2009
Thanks for this awesome review- I have been a veggie for a little over 3 months and would like to just go vegan- maybe this is just what I need! :)
April 24, 2009
great review, thx! i also don't care to make "fiddly things" - knew exactly what you meant there : ) love that you enjoyed this and aren't even strictly vegan. I'm similar - just trying to prepare tasty healthy fare for my toddler & keep her system as pure as I can. I'll check this out for sure -- oh, and so true about how great polenta can be & it's so underestimated! trader joes has a great, already cooked version that's so easy to prepare it should be criminal (and cheap!)
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Who knew vegetables could taste so good? Moskowitz and Romero's newest delicious collection makes it easier than ever to live vegan. You'll find more than 250 recipes--plus menus and stunning color photos--for dishes that will please every palate. All the recipes in Veganomicon have been thoroughly kitchen-tested to ensure user-friendliness and amazing results. And by popular demand, the Veganomicon includes meals for all occasions and soy-free, gluten-free, and low-fat options, plus quick recipes that make dinner a snap.
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ISBN-10: 156924264X
ISBN-13: 9781569242643
Author: Terry Hope Romero, Isa Chandra Moskowitz
Genre: Cookbook
Publisher: Da Capo Press
Date Published: November 1, 2007
Format: Hardcover, 336 pages
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