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 Post subject: So I'm on the market for a new book
PostPosted: Tue Mar 20, 2012 1:56 pm 
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And there are soooo many to choose from... help?

1) I'm in the UK, might make a difference with some books heavy on country specific ingredients
2) I love Latin food, travelled in Latin America last summer, but have just had over kill on it or would be going for Viva Vegan I think...
3) I have AFR, and The Asian Vegan Kitchen and soooo many Indian and Thai recipes, so I think Asian esq books are out
4) I don't like cooking with seitan

anyone with a huge array of books, that based on the above can highlight one or two that might suit :)

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Do you have Vegan Italiano?

The recipes are all fairly basic; just nice, fresh tasting food. The bean salads, pesto, and poached pears are great.

It doesn't use vegan subs so ingredients should be standard and easy enough to find, if not pantry staples.

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 Post subject: Re: So I'm on the market for a new book
PostPosted: Tue Mar 20, 2012 2:39 pm 
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Another Dinner Is Possible is a UK book, so no conversions necessary. i haven't made a huge number of recipes from it, but the ones i've tried have been good, and there's a bunch of interesting non-recipe chapters.

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 Post subject: Re: So I'm on the market for a new book
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Bryant Terry's new book The Inspired Vegan is fantastic. As is Bryanna Clark Grogan's World Vegan Feast. If you don't have Veganomicon it's a must!


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Can you give us some more information, like what type of foods you normally like/dislike, how long you like to spend preparing meals, etc? Do you want something all-encompassing with breads, salads, soups, entrees, desserts, etc. or mostly just entrees and sides?


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 20, 2012 3:09 pm 
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I like Mexican/Latin American food, Pasta, Middle Eastern food, Thai, Asian, Indian.... but I like new foods.. I like spice, have never tried Caribbean food and Caribbean Vegan looks interesting, just read the reviews on here.

I want something that has a mix, of starters, breads, mains, sides etc.

Time can vary, when I want to cook I'm happy in the kitchen all afternoon when time permits.

There are so many to choose from, just reviewing the above suggestions on here and amazon :)

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 Post subject: Re: So I'm on the market for a new book
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Do you already have Veganomicon? It's pretty much the most comprehensive book out there.

Just off the top of my head, Vegan Fire & Spice (well, not so much bread... but the other stuff), World Vegan Feast, and Urban Vegan all meet those criteria too.


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I don't have Veganomicon... but I have AFR and VCCTOTW - and I use this site, which are all fab.

So I kinda wanted to expand my vegan author range, but if it is really really the best book, I may have a re think :)

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I support expanding your vegan author range, but Veganomicon really is a must-have! :)


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By your criteria, I would highly recommend Caribbean Vegan, especially as in London you'll have pretty easy access to the ingredients. I don't think the book gets anywhere near as much love as it deserves. There's a good range of cooking times for both weeknights and weekend cooking and it definitely opened up a new type of cuisine to me. I don't think even in London it's easy or even possible to buy much Caibbean vegan food so if you want to try it you'll pretty much have to make it, and this book is fab.

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EmperorTomatoKetchup wrote:
Another Dinner Is Possible is a UK book, so no conversions necessary. i haven't made a huge number of recipes from it, but the ones i've tried have been good, and there's a bunch of interesting non-recipe chapters.


This!

I've cooked quite a lot from it & everything has been good.


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 Post subject: Re: So I'm on the market for a new book
PostPosted: Wed Mar 21, 2012 10:09 pm 
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Terry has a Latin cookbook. Do you own Viva Vegan?

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Efcliz wrote:
By your criteria, I would highly recommend Caribbean Vegan, especially as in London you'll have pretty easy access to the ingredients. I don't think the book gets anywhere near as much love as it deserves. There's a good range of cooking times for both weeknights and weekend cooking and it definitely opened up a new type of cuisine to me. I don't think even in London it's easy or even possible to buy much Caibbean vegan food so if you want to try it you'll pretty much have to make it, and this book is fab.


I agree with this 100%!


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 Post subject: Re: So I'm on the market for a new book
PostPosted: Thu Mar 22, 2012 5:19 am 
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If you want a general encompassing book, I'd recommend "1000 Vegan Recipes" by Robin Robertson. I've had it for a while and I'm slowly starting to make a lot of stuff from it, the Beans Bourguignon is the most delicious thing I've ever made.
However, Veganomicon remains the go-to book for general overarching recipes.

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 Post subject: Re: So I'm on the market for a new book
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celyn wrote:
Efcliz wrote:
By your criteria, I would highly recommend Caribbean Vegan, especially as in London you'll have pretty easy access to the ingredients. I don't think the book gets anywhere near as much love as it deserves. There's a good range of cooking times for both weeknights and weekend cooking and it definitely opened up a new type of cuisine to me. I don't think even in London it's easy or even possible to buy much Caibbean vegan food so if you want to try it you'll pretty much have to make it, and this book is fab.


I agree with this 100%!

Me too. I need to get more use out of it but it is so unique and really quite an enthralling read, considering how unfamiliar most people (myself included) are about Caribbean food!


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 Post subject: Re: So I'm on the market for a new book
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thanks guys. I think I want to venture into the unknown, rather than generic recipes so Caribbean Vegan it is :)

I'll look at Veganomicon maybe next month...

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 Post subject: Re: So I'm on the market for a new book
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I just made the split pea dhal. OMG, sooo good :)

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 Post subject: Re: So I'm on the market for a new book
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from which book :)

I bought some new books too :)
I finished up my Isa Collection [minus desserts] with Vegan Brunch
And in one fell swoop made a huge dent in my Celine Steen + Joni Newman collection with Heart Vegan Dinners/500 Vegan Recipes/Vegan Subitutes/Best Veggie Burgers.

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 25, 2012 2:54 pm 
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Caribbean Vegan. Best dhal I have ever made.

Will try something more adventurous next week, but you can normally judge a book on its simple dishes and ifs thats anything to go by, then I'm very excited!

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OHO.
Doubles?! I love Doubles!

crepe. There goes another book in my cart!
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 Post subject: Re: So I'm on the market for a new book
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I would also recommend picking up Veganomicon! Fantastic cookbook :)

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