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 Post subject: Deliciously Ella cookbook
PostPosted: Fri May 29, 2015 6:43 am 
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This is also a vegan cookbook. She mentions honey a few times but always have vegan substitutes. It is very similar to her blog with simple plant-based recipes.

I shared my review, a recipe for Almond Butter Fudge (excellent!) and a chance to win a cookbook today:

https://tastespace.wordpress.com/2015/0 ... ter-fudge/

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 Post subject: Re: Deliciously Ella cookbook
PostPosted: Fri May 29, 2015 10:26 am 
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Yeah, she was a bit snarky about vegansin a recent interview. Given the other authors I would rather support, I'll pass.

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http://fatgayvegan.com/2015/01/27/truly-disappointing/

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 Post subject: Re: Deliciously Ella cookbook
PostPosted: Fri May 29, 2015 12:06 pm 
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I tried her sweet potato brownie recipe and it was truly the greatest recipe fail I've ever had. I've had success with pumpkin and sweet potatoes in other dessert recipes before (Dreena Burton's chocolate pumpkin pie, for example). But these were spit-out-and-throw-in-the-trash disgusting. The recipe called for 2 large sweet potatoes and 4 TB of cocoa powder - that right there should've tipped me off that these would basically just taste like bitter sweet potatoes, and made me question the author's recipe development skills.


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 Post subject: Re: Deliciously Ella cookbook
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matwinser wrote:
Yeah, she was a bit snarky about vegansin a recent interview. Given the other authors I would rather support, I'll pass.


Whoa, that was a very disappointing read. I don't want to support her either.


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 Post subject: Re: Deliciously Ella cookbook
PostPosted: Fri May 29, 2015 1:01 pm 
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matwinser wrote:
Yeah, she was a bit snarky about vegans in a recent interview. Given the other authors I would rather support, I'll pass.

Commentary:

http://fatgayvegan.com/2015/01/27/truly-disappointing/

Mat.


That would explain why I couldn't find a thread for the cookbook. I figured it had to be one, but alas. I didn't know about her thoughts about veganism.

Angela from Oh She Glows also stopped labelling herself as vegan - is that just as egregious?

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 Post subject: Re: Deliciously Ella cookbook
PostPosted: Fri May 29, 2015 1:17 pm 
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matwinser wrote:
Yeah, she was a bit snarky about vegansin a recent interview. Given the other authors I would rather support, I'll pass.


That's disappointing but not surprising, I suppose. She makes clear in her book that she adopted her diet solely for reasons of health and that readers should feel free to add meat and cheese at will.

Having made her berry scones, I find it very had to believe that the picture in her book is of the actual recipe. I always follow baking recipes exactly and instead of beautiful golden scones I ended up with leaden masses that never cooked all the way through despite leaving them in the oven for more than three times the baking time.

I bought the book not knowing that the family (bar one) is no longer involved in the business, so I assumed I'd get the full weight of Sainsbury's test kitchens behind the recipes. (Mummy! I want a cooking blog! And I want to be a cookbook author! Make them to do it RIGHT NOW!) Clearly, I had that wrong.


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 Post subject: Re: Deliciously Ella cookbook
PostPosted: Fri May 29, 2015 1:22 pm 
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saveur wrote:
matwinser wrote:
Yeah, she was a bit snarky about vegans in a recent interview. Given the other authors I would rather support, I'll pass.

Commentary:

http://fatgayvegan.com/2015/01/27/truly-disappointing/

Mat.


That would explain why I couldn't find a thread for the cookbook. I figured it had to be one, but alas. I didn't know about her thoughts about veganism.

Angela from Oh She Glows also stopped labelling herself as vegan - is that just as egregious?


As dissapointing as Oh She Glows not longer labelling herself vegan, that's hardly the same, she did so because she was annoyed by people telling her she wasn't vegan for not bringing her child up vegan, so she said "oh well, if you say Im not vegan, than Im not vegan". Which is dumb, but not the same. Deliciously Ella was never vegan, has a really negative attitude towards it and profits from veganism being trendy.

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 Post subject: Re: Deliciously Ella cookbook
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LaurenL wrote:
I tried her sweet potato brownie recipe and it was truly the greatest recipe fail I've ever had. I've had success with pumpkin and sweet potatoes in other dessert recipes before (Dreena Burton's chocolate pumpkin pie, for example). But these were spit-out-and-throw-in-the-trash disgusting. The recipe called for 2 large sweet potatoes and 4 TB of cocoa powder - that right there should've tipped me off that these would basically just taste like bitter sweet potatoes, and made me question the author's recipe development skills.


I came across this review (below) when searching for her recipes and thought of this. Although she didn't say she didn't like the taste, just that her hubby didn't like it and it was too difficult to make. Sometimes I wonder how it could be her most popular recipe?? (I haven't tried it)
http://adventures-of-a-twenty-something ... ie-review/

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 Post subject: Re: Deliciously Ella cookbook
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saveur wrote:
I came across this review (below) when searching for her recipes and thought of this. Although she didn't say she didn't like the taste, just that her hubby didn't like it and it was too difficult to make. Sometimes I wonder how it could be her most popular recipe?? (I haven't tried it)
http://adventures-of-a-twenty-something ... ie-review/


Hah! "A little funky" is a very polite way of putting how these tasted. Also, a very sad waste of expensive ingredients (almond flour, maple syrup, medjool dates).


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 Post subject: Re: Deliciously Ella cookbook
PostPosted: Sun May 31, 2015 12:41 pm 
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Really disappointed to read her comments on veganism. I enjoy following her blog (mainly for aesthetic reasons..) but have only ever tried one of her recipes before-- a beet soup that was actually pretty good. Her recipes, at least on the blog, seem poorly written and unprofessional. I watched one of her cooking videos that she posts and was kinda freaked out by some techniques. Like, a recipe she was making called for a cup of something. In her video she says she doesn't use measuring cups, she'll just grab whatever mug or cup she has available (!). This works fine if you're making something loosey-goosey like granola or a smoothie but not baking!!! I checked out her Amazon reviews and there are a lot that are pretty illuminating. A lot of money seems to have gone into this project and I think somewhere along the line Ella's crew did her a diservice. She should have worked with an established chef on this or at least had proper testing and editing...


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 Post subject: Re: Deliciously Ella cookbook
PostPosted: Wed Jul 01, 2015 3:49 am 
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I just bought the book and I like the look of some recipes but I do have some doubts about the recipes for baked goods in the books. How are they going to rise and be anything more than a solid lump with no raising agents? But I am going to attempt the sweet potato brownies and see if she proves me wrong.

I did try the dates and almond butter last night, which I know is not really a recipe, but it was a very yummy snack that I wouldn't have thought of before.

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