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Which one should I get? (pick any as you'd highly recommend)
Vegan Finger Foods 2%  2%  [ 1 ]
Chloe's Italian Vegan Kitchen 17%  17%  [ 7 ]
Vegan Casseroles 26%  26%  [ 11 ]
Fresh from the Vegan Slow Cooker 7%  7%  [ 3 ]
Whole Grain Vegan Baking 2%  2%  [ 1 ]
Vegan Diner 45%  45%  [ 19 ]
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 Post subject: Help me choose what cookbook to get with my birthday money!
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So, I'm going to preorder the new VWaV and need to bump up my order to $35 for the free shipping, as one does. These are the options that most tempt me and I CANNOT DECIDE. Halp.

(If there's something you think I'd like that's not on the list, tell me! There are so many options anymore my head is spinning!)

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I have your entire list except the first two (and the one thing I've had from CIVK I didn't like), and the reason I recommended WGVB is that lots of the stuff in there looks good but I haven't gotten around to it yet. I've mostly made the desserts from Vegan Diner and they're good, I'm not as big a fan of Vegan Casseroles as everyone in that thread, and most of the slow cooker recipes didn't grab me. I assume you have all of Isa's books already but I would recommend any of them over any of your list.


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Yep, I have all of Isa's :-) Thanks for the input! I've had a couple other people on FB steering me away from the slow cooker one...

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I am super-excited for Vegan Richa's new book!!!
http://www.veganricha.com/2014/10/vegan ... kbook.html

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Ooh that does look good. oh for a bottomless cookbook fund

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I've made more from Salad Samurai than just about any other cookbook I've bought in the last 5 years, so if you don't have it, check it out too!

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I love Vegan Casseroles. I also have Vegan Diner which is good but definitely prefer Casseroles. It is a must have cookbook!


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Jill - I have been wanting to get more salad into my life. I've had a hard time getting inspired by THR's other cookbooks (checked them out at library/bookstores) but I just looked at the table of contents on Amazon and it does look like there's some good stuff in this one!

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I voted for Vegan Casseroles, I'm really liking it and I think the sauce recipes are good to have as standalone recipes too. CVIK would be my second choice from this list.

I'm looking forward to Richa's book coming out and seeing some reviews. I am concerned about how accessible it will be for ingredients.

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Another vote for Vegan Casseroles. It's my April book in the "use your cookbooks" thread and while I've only made a pot pie from the book, I think it's worth buying for the savory gravy recipe alone. It really is excellent. The combination of oat and chickpea flour was new to me and the gravy came together effortlessly, without any lumps or sticking to the bottom of the pan.

I made it a second time with sliced mushrooms and homemade roasted mushroom base (in place of the No Beef Better Than Bouillon called for) and it worked out really well.


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I can't vote since I only own Vegan Finger Foods from that list, but after making 13 recipes from it, I regretted I had bought it. I loved the theme, but I didn't like the taste of most dishes.

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Well, that's good to know! I'm intrigued by the idea of the finger foods but also not sure in reality how often I'd actually USE recipes like that. So far it seems like the casseroles is the win, which has the strongest pull for me!

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Moon wrote:
I'm looking forward to Richa's book coming out and seeing some reviews. I am concerned about how accessible it will be for ingredients.


Richa is based in Seattle, and her blog is geared to a US audience, as far as I can tell. So far I have not found that her recipes require anything more exotic or hard to find than Isa's recipes. My read is that she uses fewer "esoteric" ingredients than Terry. That said, I love Terry's recipes because I do get to expand my repertoire and try things I would otherwise never cook with!

I know you're in Canada, so I would definitely check out her blog and see if the recipes contain ingredients you wouldn't be able to source locally or through Amazon.

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This is my favorite thread because I didn't know Richa had a new book coming out and now I do!

Of the six listed, I've gotten the most use out of Fresh from the Vegan Slow Cooker, but Vegan Diner is probably the most fun!

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Vegan Casseroles! Like others have said, the book is great for the sauces if nothing else! I've used many of them as stand alones. The actual casserole recipes are great as well!

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I voted for Vegan Casseroles. I love that book.

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Argh, now I want to get VWaV, Vegan Casseroles, AND something else too! TOO MANY CHOICES.

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I have all the books on this list and if I had to pick one....I think it would be Vegan Diner. There are a few recipes from that book that I use as go-to standards (biscuits, gravy, breakfast sausages, etc.)

My second pick would be CVIK. Everything about that book is fun, beautiful, and yummy. A lot of the recipes are pretty easy to throw together.

I would love to use the Whole grain baking book more, but finding the different flours is a PITA


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I agree with Butternut. I have all these books except Chloe's Italian one, but i picked Vegan Diner because there are some recipes in there that have become true staples for me. My next pick would be Vegan Casseroles. Even though I don't use VC all that often, I feel like it provides recipes that are not easily found elsewhere, and when I'm in the mood for something like that -- I'm really grateful to have that book in my collection.

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This thread made me buy Salad Samurai.

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I have all of these books except the slow cooker one...I use Vegan Diner the most, and I have loved everything I have made from it (the soy curls are a staple, but I have loved everything I've tried from the muffins, to the chili, to the salads and desserts). I have actually never made anything from Chloe's Italian Kitchen, although I do think it looks great.

I have Whole Grain Vegan Baking, and also have not baked from it yet...all the flours intimidate me. Although I do probably keep more around than I used to - so maybe I should re-visit this book.


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Vegan Casseroles! Vegan Casseroles!


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 Post subject: Re: Help me choose what cookbook to get with my birthday mon
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WGVB intrigues me; I have a mill and generally keep a lot of grains around so the flours aren't really an issue for me, and I do bake a ton. Vegan Casseroles/Vegan Slow Cooker are appealing because I like one-dish things I can take to potlucks. Vegan Diner/CVIK just look fun. I'm pretty much ruling out the finger foods one now.

Now I'm questioning whether I should skip VWaV and just get two of these options instead ;-)

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Well, I just ordered used copies of Vegan Diner and Whole Grain Vegan Baking. I'm gonna hope for some etsy sales so I can add something to my VWAV order before it ships to get free shipping ;-)

FREE SHIPPING: TOTALLY A PLOY TO GET ME TO BUY MORE STUFF

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