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 Post subject: Mango and Mint
PostPosted: Mon Jun 25, 2012 7:23 am 
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This isn't released for ages yet but I saw the title and was so excited

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Mango-Mint-Arab ... 898&sr=1-3

Does anyone know anything about it, the author or done any testing for it?

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 Post subject: Re: Mango and Mint
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There's more info here - http://www.pmpress.org/content/article.php/NickyGarratt

I'm liking the sound of the latter half of the blurb: "A section called “Ganging Up” has ideas and procedures for planning ahead and saving money by maximizing resources. This includes buying in season, getting the most out of a barbeque, freezing, cooking in batches, creating vegetable stocks and base sauces.

The final section “Recycled” has a selection of recipes for normally discarded matter like watermelon rind, leftovers, and wild plants.

An index for fresh ingredients enables one to quickly locate a recipe by provisions already in your refrigerator while a sample menu section coupled with full-color photographs offer presentation ideas."

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 Post subject: Re: Mango and Mint
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Looking forward to that one!

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 Post subject: Re: Mango and Mint
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 Post subject: Re: Mango and Mint
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This book just arrived. I'll do a proper review later, but even if I never cook anything from it, I will always love these words from the intro:

'This is not a health food book, nor do I make any health claims about a vegan diet. Any health benefits from these recipes are purely coincidental. You will not read the
phrase "supports the immune system", nor will I balance imaginary energy fields, attach fabricates properties to herbs and spices, invoke ludicrous homeopathis assertions or any other such mumbo jumbo'.

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 Post subject: Re: Mango and Mint
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I'm looking forward to your review, as I'm very interested in this book!

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 Post subject: Re: Mango and Mint
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Efcliz wrote:
This book just arrived. I'll do a proper review later, but even if I never cook anything from it, I will always love these words from the intro:

'This is not a health food book, nor do I make any health claims about a vegan diet. Any health benefits from these recipes are purely coincidental. You will not read the
phrase "supports the immune system", nor will I balance imaginary energy fields, attach fabricates properties to herbs and spices, invoke ludicrous homeopathis assertions or any other such mumbo jumbo'.


Sold. I already love this book.

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 Post subject: Re: Mango and Mint
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I should just qualify that the typos are mine and not from the book.

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 Post subject: Re: Mango and Mint
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I bought this one too and read through it. I can't wait to get into it, I like everything about the book so far, especially the stories of his experience being vegetarian/vegan. Except that there are too few pictures and of the ones that are there, a few are duplicates! Everything looks delish though.


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 Post subject: Re: Mango and Mint
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oh cool, so glad this one is out. I've had my eye on it!

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I finally caved! I love it so far. Some of the curries look really interesting/delicious, and I am enjoying reading the prose because it sounds honestly like an author's voice rather than what we typically get in a lot of cookbooks nowadays where the publishers try to streamline everything and recipe intros always include the word sumptuous, easy, special, delicious, warming, etc... This is just like "hey I wrote recipes and I'm excited about them and I'm going to tell you about them with honesty." I'm looking forward to trying a lot of the soups, and the savoury brussels sprouts look amazing.


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Does anyone know where I can see a sample recipe? I'm intrigued but I'd like to see what a typical recipe looks prior to buying

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 Post subject: Re: Mango and Mint
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On Amazon.com there is a preview with many recipes. If you cannot see them at first, make sure you are signed in and try again.

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 Post subject: Re: Mango and Mint
PostPosted: Thu Sep 05, 2013 11:32 am 
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I got this book a few weeks ago. As far as I can tell so far, the index is pretty good. There's an index by cuisine as well.

Things I've tried so far:

- Cabbage and Peas with Ginger: Excellent and easy to make. I had it with rice.

- Chana Masala with Chiles: Delicious as well. I didn't have any green chiles, so I subbed the mildest chiles I had (and only used 2 instead of 8, because I'm a bit of a wuss; the heat was perfect for me). I subbed lemon juice for the mango powder, because I didn't have any at the time.

- North African Flavored Pasta: I didn't purrée my bell peppers, just chopped them very small. I halved the preserved lemon, used less capers and left out the chiles - it was still pretty spicy! Next time I'd use even less preserved lemon, as I think it was a bit overpowering. It was still pretty good though!

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 Post subject: Re: Mango and Mint
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Kale and Moong Bean Stew: Delicious! I used spinach instead of kale, though. ;) Anyway, this is my favourite recipe so far. I used 1.5 chilis and it wasn't spicy at all, so next time I'll use 2 or maybe 3 (the recipe says 2-4). I served it with naan (made from the recipe from Vegan Eats World).

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 Post subject: Re: Mango and Mint
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I made the Ful Mudammas today and it was really, really good. I used pre-cooked beans (seasoned with cumin) so that I could reduce the cooking time. I let it simmer for about 45 minutes - the beans were soft but not entirely cooked down, just as I like it. I used less salt (3/4 tsp) than the recipe asked for. I don't often bother with garnishes, but I did include the cucumber and paprika and it was a nice addition. I'll definitely make this again!

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 Post subject: Re: Mango and Mint
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I just wanted to big up this book - I completely forgot I had it on Kindle until last weekend. I've made a ton of the recipes since then, and so far all great. The spice mixes taste really, really authentic to me - I think the amchur/mango powder makes a subtle but noticeable difference, it was definitely worth hunting it down. Tonight we're having beautifully flavourful basmati rice, channa masala with chiles and apple curry - which is really yummy.

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 Post subject: Re: Mango and Mint
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I made the Apple Curry this weekend and it was delicious -- sweet and spicy and great as leftovers, too. Mine wasn't spicy in in heat but spice-y in that it had great flavors from the spices.


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