After reading and hearing so much about this book, I was already planning to buy it. But to my delight I was given this book as a gift for a Secret Santa (or Chris Kindle as they call it in Ireland)! I was thrilled!
Here's my review on this book. I hope it will be helpful to you.
Book Introduction The book starts with a good introduction on basic cooking - vegetables, grains, beans etc. I find this very helpful especially for people who are shifting to a vegan diet. Very often people are at a lost when starting on a new lifestyle and diet; this book becomes very useful in assisting even with the change in vegan pantry stocking! Cooking vegan is not just substituting the meat all the time but it's a totally new genre of cooking approach.
Ingredients used I was pleased to find that most of ingredients used were common accessible ones. I think this is a great plus. I believe what people really want when buying a recipe book is to be able to actually make these recipes at home with what they can get at the local supermarket and with limited means.
Utensils and applicances required Not everyone have a highly equiped kitchen with the latest utensils, appliances and gadgets. So basic (but not basic on taste!) recipes that don't require fancy expensive equipment are the most welcomed. Most of the recipes would just require a normal pan, bakeware and basic kitchen utensils.
Recipe Categories I love the way the recipes are organised into meaningful categories. This book does not just categorise into something like Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, Dinner or Desserts but it also provide categories by food types which I find very useful. Very often I get asked questions by veggie-interested people about what they can do with beans or tofu for example. So, I believe it's pretty much how people think in a way when cooking; we mostly cook by ingredients. I found categories like Sammiches, Grains, Beans, Tofu, Tempeh and Seitan, One-Pot Meals and Stove-Top Specialities particularly insightful.
The Recipes So far I have tried (sometimes with some of my own tweakings to the recipes):
Ceasar Salad with Roasted Garlic Croutons (Yummy!)
Banana-Date Scones (a classic not to be missed I would say!)
Potato and Kale Enchiladas with Roasted Chile Sauce (I only made the potato and kale part of this recipe and it was great!)
Creamy Tomato Soup (I added cabbage to this and it was really comforty)
These are not the only ones as very often I mix and match the recipes or I get inspiration to create my own. Looking forward to try:
Chickpea Cutlets (Can you believe I haven't tried those yet?! I'm sure I won't be disappointed when I do)
Fudgy Wudgy Blueberry Brownies
Acorn Squash, Pear and Adzuki Soup with Sauteed Shitakes
and many more...
One or two downsides, maybe... It's perhaps the lack of pictures of the food. There are only a few pictures in the book. But then, with more photos, the author couldn't possibly include all the recipes in the book or we would end up with a book 3 times the thickness. So I would rather have the recipes that more photos. After all it's a recipe book!
Maybe this one is just me, but I find it easier to read through a recipe that's been organised as steps or bullet points. I sometimes found it tedious to read through the long recipe instructions and getting lost halfway through. Not too much of a problem though.
My Conclusion I hope these few points provide some help or guidance to people wanting to purchase this book.It's the perfect book for a beginner. But for me, who got it almost 3 years after becoming vegan, it is also a good kitchen companion for the already accustomed vegan.
What I like best is that the recipes are made out of real ingredients instead of relying on egg replacers, fake meats and such. I have nothing wrong with those products and enjoy the occasional Tofurkey kielbasa, but such foods (processed) certainly aren't healthy on a daily basis.
I love this cookbook. Seriously, it holds a special place in my heart, right next to my Cuisinart food processor and boxed wine. I had absolutely no flipping idea how to cook (anything, animal or vegetable) when I decided to go vegan. This book supplied me with a bunch of basic how-to sort of things, like whether or not to salt the eggplant. Without this book I might still be wondering just how many ways one can cook broccoli… This book is loaded with wonderful … more
I admit, the Veganomicon wasn't exactly as amazing as everyone I knew had made it out to be. I was still excited to get it, however. The recipes are easy to read, require ingredients that you can get at just about any large supermarket, and are pretty simple dishes to make. A lot of the dishes were really too simple and basic for me, but I'd say I'm pretty knowledgeable about vegetarian cooking. This would be a great book for a beginning vegan/vegetarian, and a good book for your cookbook … more
My favorite vegan cookbook. Great recipes of all sorts. The book isn't too fancy or expensive, but funny and informative. And recipes like the potato salad have fooled my non-veg friends who have yet to taste the difference.
First off, I would like to state that I am not a vegan. I am a vegetarian from Wisconsin who finds the idea of veganism difficult to wrap my mind around (what about the cheese??). With these feelings aside, any of Isa's cookbooks are wonderful additions to a kitchen. Rather than using highly processed ingredients (mainly meat substitutes) that a lot of vegetarian cookbooks use, Isa's recipes utlize a plethora of healhy ingredients that are easy … more
My girlfriend, being vegetarian and also thoroughly in control of Sunday night dinners, asked me to pick up this book from a Chapters near our place. I was skeptical (as with all cookbooks- after all, can't we just go online?) and bought it only grudgingly. However, on the bus ride back home, I perused the first few pages and immediately changed my mind. Veganomicon introduces vegeterian thinking without the preachy, haughty sophisticated tone that many vegetarian or vegan authors use. There … more
When one makes the decision to convert to the vegan lifestyle, apart from the jackass comments from friends and family, it now becomes a real challenge to eat healthy, and re-learn how to cook. Agave Nectar, Agar Flakes, Seitan, what is all this stuff?! That's where Veganomicon comes in. It was one of the first cookbooks I got, for christmas of my first year of being Vegan. This cookbook is amazing. Apart from having every cuisine style under the sun, it has intoduction chapters … more
I am a health and environment conscious vegan who likes to share recipes and more. I believe in a different experience of the world where everyone can enjoy sunshine, a flower and freedom! My way is not … more
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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.