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 Post subject: Cookbook reccommendation for cooking at somebody else's
PostPosted: Sun May 01, 2016 8:26 am 
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I applied for a job consisting in cooking for a vegan person with disabilities. I would be responsible for buying the groceries at a nearby small supermarket and cooking meals for half the week twice a week. I would have a three-hour span for shopping, cooking and washing the dishes each time. The person has no allergies and apparently likes everything.

When I cook for myself, I don't mind if it takes a long time, requires advance preparation, asks for health food store ingredients or more expensive ingredients, and I don't mind if I am stuck with leftover ingredients in my fridge or pantry. But cooking for someone else, I'd need main dishes with easy-to-find, unexpensive ingredients that can be easily integrated to future recipes to avoid waste, and I'd need recipes without long or advanced preparation.

Any ideas of cookbooks I could use? I plan on using mostly Vegan on the Cheap, One-Dish Vegan, The Vegan Family Cookbook and 1000 Vegan Recipes, which I already own. Would Supermarket Vegan be good for this? Other suggestions are welcome! I'd prefer a cookbook without too many fake meats, store-bought vegan cheese or yogurt, vital wheat gluten/seitan, TVP, or coconut since I don't cook with those. And with a good proportion of main dishes, like One-Dish Vegan.

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 Post subject: Re: Cookbook reccommendation for cooking at somebody else's
PostPosted: Sun May 01, 2016 9:19 am 
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What fun. I think you have a good list to work with but here are some other suggestions:

More Quick Fix Vegan
Soup's On by 30 Minute Vegan
Two Week Wellness Solution and Radiance 4 Life by Tess Challis
Isa Does It
Vegan Casseroles

Hope that helps.

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 Post subject: Re: Cookbook reccommendation for cooking at somebody else's
PostPosted: Sun May 01, 2016 12:44 pm 
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Thanks for the suggestions!

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 Post subject: Re: Cookbook reccommendation for cooking at somebody else's
PostPosted: Sun May 01, 2016 12:53 pm 
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You could always do things like soak cashews at home to help with prep.

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 Post subject: Re: Cookbook reccommendation for cooking at somebody else's
PostPosted: Sun May 01, 2016 1:01 pm 
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ijustdiedinside wrote:
You could always do things like soak cashews at home to help with prep.

Good idea, but I would be buying the ingredients just before cooking them, and I would be going to work by foot 3 km, so it's better if I don't have to carry ingredients to my home beforehand and bring them back there again.

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 Post subject: Re: Cookbook reccommendation for cooking at somebody else's
PostPosted: Sun May 01, 2016 1:09 pm 
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Minatomachi wrote:
ijustdiedinside wrote:
You could always do things like soak cashews at home to help with prep.

Good idea, but I would be buying the ingredients just before cooking them, and I would be going to work by foot, so it's better if I don't have to carry ingredients to my home beforehand and bring them back there again.


I've read that you can freeze soaked cashews for later.


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 Post subject: Re: Cookbook reccommendation for cooking at somebody else's
PostPosted: Sun May 01, 2016 1:14 pm 
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pepitajobo wrote:
I've read that you can freeze soaked cashews for later.


Oh, that's good to know.

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 Post subject: Re: Cookbook reccommendation for cooking at somebody else's
PostPosted: Mon May 02, 2016 12:57 pm 
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Wow, what a great part-time job!

I wanted to give you a blurb about Supermarket Vegan. I have it, and at home, it's one of my least used cookbooks. But I use it for exactly the context here. I take it (well, photocopies from pages of it) to my parents' house and cook a few things for myself there. My parents are NOT the kind of people who "like everything," but there is one thing that they will always eat from this book. It's called Jamaican-style black bean and coconut cornbread bake (it calls for a tiny amount of jerk seasoning that doesn't do anything and I probably quadruple it).

It meets your criteria of not using fake meats, store-bought vegan cheese or yogurt, vital wheat gluten/seitan, and TVP. You won't even have to stock a large spice shelf. It does have canned coconut milk in some recipes (like the one I mentioned).

It isn't the most creative cookbook in the world, and I haven't made many recipes out of it (basically the same five or so over and over, like the cornbread bake above and a mu shu thing). But I have shopped for it at a small grocery store. Coconut milk is probably the wildest ingredient in the book.

It does make use of canned and frozen goods. Like, canned yams (which doesn't appeal to me at all) and beans and bags of frozen mixed vegetables. It occasionally calls for a bag of shredded cabbage or shredded carrots, but you could always shred your own cabbage and mix your own mixed vegetables if it fits into the budget better.

Anyway, that's my two cents on Supermarket Vegan for your purposes. Except maybe to add that if you already have Vegan on the Cheap, One-Dish Vegan, The Vegan Family Cookbook and 1000 Vegan Recipes, you probably don't need Supermarket Vegan. There are a lot of quick and simple recipes in 1000 that would meet your needs.


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 Post subject: Re: Cookbook reccommendation for cooking at somebody else's
PostPosted: Mon May 02, 2016 3:34 pm 
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Thanks RunLonger, it answers my questions about that book. I'll grab it if I find it used or on sale.

I do wish I get that job!

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 Post subject: Re: Cookbook reccommendation for cooking at somebody else's
PostPosted: Mon May 02, 2016 4:22 pm 
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note: actually, you can also just boil or microwave cashews instead of soaking them

Also, I think Donna Klein's books might be good for this - Mediterranean Vegan Kitchen, and Vegan Italiano. The recipes use very straightforward ingredients, aren't fussy, and are easy to make. In fact, I often like fancier/fussier things when I cook because - like you - I enjoy the time and challenge. But for these circumstances, I think these would be great books.

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 Post subject: Re: Cookbook reccommendation for cooking at somebody else's
PostPosted: Mon May 02, 2016 5:36 pm 
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Thanks ameyfm! There is no microwave, but boiling the cashews would be a very convenient method of getting soaked cashews.

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PostPosted: Mon May 02, 2016 7:23 pm 
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Quick Fix Vegan is my favorite Robin Robinson cookbook for its accessibility of ingredients and speed of cooking.

I also highly recommend Chloe's Vegan Italian Cooking by Chloe Coscarelli. Delicious and has quicker recipes than her first cookbook. The only thing is that the salt quantities are high.


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 Post subject: Re: Cookbook reccommendation for cooking at somebody else's
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Thanks LFL! Salt is easy to adjust.

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 Post subject: Re: Cookbook reccommendation for cooking at somebody else's
PostPosted: Mon May 09, 2016 5:51 pm 
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The Coop refused to give me the job in spite of the disabled person's request, because the personnality tests didn't fit with what they want (I don't know what they mean by that). The disabled person wishes me to help him all the same with various tasks including cooking, only he can only pay below minimum wage. So, to recapitulate: he gets stuck with an omni cook from the Coop, and spends more; I earn less for less interesting work. We both lose. And that because of personality tests done by people I wouldn't have had to interact with anyway...

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 Post subject: Re: Cookbook reccommendation for cooking at somebody else's
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Wow, sounds like they've got a real, uh, process working for them there.

I'm sorry it didn't work out, Minatomachi. Shopping for and cooking vegan food would have been a great gig.


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 Post subject: Re: Cookbook reccommendation for cooking at somebody else's
PostPosted: Wed May 11, 2016 10:58 am 
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I'm sorry too, Minatomachi. That really sucks. I've never heard of personality tests being integrated into a job application for a job where you'd only be working for or with one other person.


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