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 Post subject: The 30 Minute Vegan's Taste of Europe
PostPosted: Tue Sep 04, 2012 10:45 am 
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 Post subject: Re: The 30 Minute Vegan's Taste of Europe
PostPosted: Tue Sep 04, 2012 10:10 pm 
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I have been to Europe, but not as a vegan. In fact, Europe made me give up vegetarianism. I'm over that now, so I'm curious about the recipes. Please post your thoughts.

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 04, 2012 10:45 pm 
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I've never heard of it, but it sounds pretty interesting. I'll be curious to see what you think.

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I'm a bit meh about the other 2 in that series, so I'll be interested to see how it is.

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 Post subject: Re: The 30 Minute Vegan's Taste of Europe
PostPosted: Thu Oct 18, 2012 10:14 am 
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anyone order this title yet? i'm very intrigued. the preview on amazon.com is awesome, love me a recipe list in the table of contents! anyone have it and make anything from it yet?

http://www.amazon.com/30-Minute-Vegans- ... 813&sr=1-2

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 Post subject: Re: The 30 Minute Vegan's Taste of Europe
PostPosted: Thu Oct 18, 2012 10:15 am 
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Efcliz wrote:
I'm a bit meh about the other 2 in that series, so I'll be interested to see how it is.


just curious, why were you "meh" about the other 2 in his series?

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 18, 2012 12:58 pm 
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Just that I haven't made anything from them. They don't inspire me.

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I need a cookbook to convince me that French cuisine is not as sad as culinary shows teach us, and by sad I don't mean just: no dish without a dead animal, but also: not being able to add flavour without butter - butter, butter, butter, cheese, wine, some more cheese, and butter. I always hated the flavour of butter. As a child I lived on cottage and my family had cows. Butter reeks of stables. I can't stand margarines with too much buttery flavour either.

I was considering Linda Majzlik's A Vegan Taste of France (I like her other cookbooks), but now I think I actually need this cookbook.


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 Post subject: Re: The 30 Minute Vegan's Taste of Europe
PostPosted: Fri Oct 19, 2012 5:01 am 
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This arrived and I from just a quick flick through I think I will use it more than the others. I think for me,
the first one is too healthy or easy and I have better Asian books than the second. European recipes
are less easy to get hold off, so they look more attractive, I think.

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 Post subject: Re: The 30 Minute Vegan's Taste of Europe
PostPosted: Sat Oct 20, 2012 10:35 pm 
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Efcliz wrote:
This arrived and I from just a quick flick through I think I will use it more than the others. I think for me,
the first one is too healthy or easy and I have better Asian books than the second. European recipes
are less easy to get hold off, so they look more attractive, I think.

Exactly my thoughts.

I haven't used it much yet, but it interests me more than the other two. And sometimes I really do want to make something different but I only have 30 minutes. European vegan food is different for me!


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 Post subject: Re: The 30 Minute Vegan's Taste of Europe
PostPosted: Sun Oct 21, 2012 5:51 pm 
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agreed, i'm very very tempted to order it. it's "point of view" seems pretty unique for a vegan cookbook.

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 Post subject: Re: The 30 Minute Vegan's Taste of Europe
PostPosted: Wed Nov 07, 2012 3:41 pm 
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I just got mine in the mail and plan on starting in Germany first! I'll let you all know how it goes.


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 Post subject: Re: The 30 Minute Vegan's Taste of Europe
PostPosted: Fri Nov 16, 2012 10:49 pm 
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admittedly i bought a copy online and returned it. although the concept of the cookbook seemed exciting and original, the recipes did not impress me. i've seen them in other places. they also somehow seemed a bit fussy to me, which is odd because i don't mind fussy recipes.

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 Post subject: Re: The 30 Minute Vegan's Taste of Europe
PostPosted: Wed Nov 21, 2012 1:39 pm 
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I made the creamy chickpea soup from the Greek chapter tonight and it was delicious. I cut the broth by 1 cup which is always how I start with soups because I like them thick. This was still not all that thick so I'd recommend starting low on the broth and working up. It was very tasty and perfect for our sniffly selves. It has quite a few ingredients to assemble but the actual cooking time is minimal.

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 Post subject: Re: The 30 Minute Vegan's Taste of Europe
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I haven't made anything yet, but it is hard to come across European vegan recipes so I was excited. I'm used to veganizing my own European foods, but it's definitely a hole in the vegan cookbook world.

That said, I guess the 30 minute concept wasn't exactly what I was expecting. Not that there's something sacred about that number, but I was hoping for a little more expedited/streamlined stuff. I have very limited time for food prep without a toddler freaking out on me, so while I know Rachel Ray turns off a lot of people here I actually like the concept of very quick, streamlined meals, or minimizing prep time, or whatever.


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 Post subject: Re: The 30 Minute Vegan's Taste of Europe
PostPosted: Wed Nov 28, 2012 11:10 am 
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Good point. It kind of feels like the 30-Minute thing was an obvious brand and that his book deal contained three books, so he called it that, but they are slightly more finicky recipes than I would expect. I quite like that aspect, though it is a little misleading.


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 Post subject: Re: The 30 Minute Vegan's Taste of Europe
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I stopped caring about the whole 30 minute thing when the second book had dosa in it!

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I made the apple hazelnut salad with shaved fennel today for a casual apple-themed work potluck tomorrow and it seems like it is going to be lovely. Lucky since my CSA loves to give me tonnes of fennel and celery, and they aren't my favourite ingredients.


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 Post subject: Re: The 30 Minute Vegan's Taste of Europe
PostPosted: Thu Dec 06, 2012 11:24 am 
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The 30 minute vegan cookbook is probably one of my least favorite cookbooks. It is a bit my fault for buying it but if the recipe calls for things like daiya, I'm not happy. Other people are fine with that.

I'm guessing this cookbook has a lot of that as well?

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 Post subject: Re: The 30 Minute Vegan's Taste of Europe
PostPosted: Mon Dec 10, 2012 7:37 pm 
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I don't think there has ever been daiya in the 30 minute vegan cookbooks.

I find that there are a lot of side dishes in his books and I don't always get excited by his recipes. Some are good and others are not as good due to short cuts for cooking in under 30 minutes. In Taste of Europe, there are 2 recipes that appealed to me. I made the Chickpeas with Roasted Garlic (Spanish/Portugal section) and added spinach. They were very good!

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I meant things like 'vegan mozzarella', now maybe it isn't daiya but I rather not have cookbooks that call out for vegan subs.

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 10, 2012 11:01 pm 
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linanil wrote:
I meant things like 'vegan mozzarella', now maybe it isn't daiya but I rather not have cookbooks that call out for vegan subs.


Do you have The Mediterranean Vegan Kitchen? There's no cheeze, tofu, seitan, etc, at all, more of an emphasis on fresh produce, nuts, beans, etc. Everything I've made so far has been great.

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 Post subject: Re: The 30 Minute Vegan's Taste of Europe
PostPosted: Tue Dec 11, 2012 6:19 pm 
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My copy is arriving tomorrow and I can't wait! I suck at veganizing recipes, I need it all spelled out for me. :)


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PostPosted: Sun Dec 23, 2012 10:22 pm 
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I made the pistachio crusted tofu. SO good!!!


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 Post subject: Re: The 30 Minute Vegan's Taste of Europe
PostPosted: Tue Dec 25, 2012 7:58 pm 
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I don't have any of his other books, but I got this one for Christmas. There are a lot of recipes that I'm excited to try!


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