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PostPosted: Tue Sep 15, 2015 9:36 pm 
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Zsu Dever's new cookbook, Vegan Bowls, is currently out. Since it was only $5.99 for the kindle, I pre-ordered it and it appeared on my ereader last night. The recipes look really interesting and varied in their origins (for example there are Thai, Hungarian, Mexican, Irish, Korean, Italian, English, American and Indonesian dishes, as well as fusion recipes like Spicy Ginger Polenta Bowl with Bok Choy and Chickpeas). I was wondering if anyone has tested for this cookbook or bought it, and if so what are your favorite recipes?


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I also got it because it was only $5.99 on kindle so I'm interested to see what others say.

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I got it in paper and it's waiting for me upstate. I'm excited to cook from it.

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I tested for it and I can tell you I'm so excited to get it. This was the favourite testing I have done for a long time and I have tested for some great books recently. The thing I love especially about Zsu's recipes is that she knows what authentic is, but she makes some really clever shortcuts to make things quicker and easier. I can also tell you that out of all of the authors I've ever tested for, and there are many, Zsu is the most committed to retesting, reweighing, making again with a different ingredient - she NEVER suggests anything she hasn't tried and I swear she must make some of these recipes 10 or more time even after they have been tested.

Given that I haven't actually got it yet, I went back to the tester board to check what I totally loved. These may have been renamed:

Reuben Mac n Cheese (need I say more?)
Solet (a sort of Hungarian Cholent)
Philly cheesesteak bowl with tater tots
Korean bulgogi with black bean samjang
Onion and tomato uttapam with rice and dal pongal (this is one of the really clever shortcuts I mentioned; I'd never have believed I'd be making uttapam for breakfast)
Hungarian breakfast scramble
Ful medames middle eastern breakfast bowl
Congee with tempeh and scallions
Cream chipped hash
Hungarian lecso pasta

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 16, 2015 2:06 pm 
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Thanks Liz, I really appreciate that recipe list. I hope more people chime in.


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I love the idea of a bowl with tater tots! I've been looking forward to this book - can't wait to hear what everyone likes.


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I was on the fence about buying another cookbook, but I'm so glad I did! The breakfast bowls chapter is what sold me, but the whole book looks amazing. The recipes look healthy, delicious, creative, and yet not too difficult. Also, the kindle version is a steal for $5.99! I pretty much bookmarked every recipe, but these are the ones I'm most excited to try:

spicy ginger polenta bowl with bok choy and chickpeas
philly cheesesteak bowl with tater tots
veggie lasagna bowl
reuben mac and cheese bowl
jerk tofu bowl with asparagus and coconut rice
cajun tofu and artichoke bowl
buffalo chickpea salad bowl
tapenade panzanella bowl
everyday dal with potato cakes
huevos rancheros bowl with black beans and tofu
cinnamon toast oatmeal bowl with streusel topping
figgy pecan polenta porridge bowl
seitan-bacon hash bowl with brussels sprouts
grits and tomato gravy bowl with pinto beans and pan-roasted corn
onion and tomato uttapam bowl with rice and dal pongal
ful medames breakfast bowl

I'll probably turn to this book more when the weather gets cooler and I'm craving a nice warm bowl of vegan yumminess.


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I typed out the recipe list in case this helps people who are still deciding! I modified some of the recipe titles to help me search for ingredients better, so my apologies if that's confusing.

just-in-case basics
easy vegetable broth
cashew sour cream sauce
slow-simmered seitan
chapatis
corn tortillas
red curry paste
chipotle purée
whole-wheat parker house rolls
30-minute brown rice
perfect quinoa

grain bowls
paella bowl with edamame
roasted zucchini and mushroom pilaf bowl
hungarian sólet bowl
southern beans and grits bowl with collards
sweet and spicy eggplant-zucchini bowl
spicy ginger polenta bowl with bok choy and chickpeas
winter butternut risotto bowl with chickpeas
tex-mex black bean and corn risotto bowl
freekeh stir-fry bowl with broccoli and shiitakes
thai panang curry bowl
seitan gyro bowl with tahini yogurt sauce

sauteed bowls
lentil picadillo bowl with farro
kidney bean shepherd's pie bowl
tempeh paprikás with quick cabbage salad and dumplings
sin carne guisada bowl with jackfruit and cauliflower
korean bulgogi salad with pear-marinaded portobellos and black bean ssamjang
seitan ossobuco bowl over polenta
puerto rican asopao de tempeh bowl
holiday bowl
roman-style tempeh bowl with kale and apple salad
braised greek kabocha squash bowl
enchilada bowl with pumpkin cream sauce
irish stew bowl with white beans, mushrooms, and farro
philly cheesesteak bowl with tater tots
chickpea and potato brasoi bowl in a paprika-garlic sauce

pasta bowls
veggie lasagna bowl
indonesian stir-fried noodle bowl
carbonara bowl with mushroom bacon
lemongrass bok choy and tofu bowl
braised butternut bowl with sage and chard
hungarian lecsó spaghetti bowl with seitan
puttanesca bowl with sauteed kale
lemon-caper cannellini couscous bowl
reuben mac and cheese bowl
tex-mex pasta bowl with pintos and broccoli
mushroom larb bowl with rice noodles
wide noodle and collard bowl with wild mushroom ragout
spinach pesto pasta bowl with roasted vegetables
mac and cheese bowl with spinach and garlic bread crumbs

grilled bowls
sausage-style tofu bowl with squash and potatoes
jerk tofu bowl with asparagus and coconut rice
chimichurri grilled zucchini-couscous bowl
jalapeño bbq tempeh bowl over creamy grits and chard
grilled portobello bowl with farro and succotash
cajun tofu and artichoke bowl
sambal-glazed tempeh bowl
lebanese fattoush bowl with portobello kebabs
balsamic-glazed seitan bowl with grilled potato salad
grilled summer vegetable bowl with farro and roasted corn salad
miso-cajun grilled sweet potato bowl with quinoa and black beans
tempeh bowl with fennel sofrito and sweet potato mofongo

salad bowls
spinach salad bowl with warm pecan dressing
two-bean salad bowl with pesto dressing
hearts of palm and quinoa bowl with citrus-oregano vinaigrette
buffalo chickpea salad bowl
tapenade panzanella bowl
greek quinoa salad bowl with pickled onions
vietnamese tempeh goi ga bowl
blt club salad with black beans and quick croutons
chef’s salad bowl with lentils, tofu, and sundried tomato dressing
acorn squash salad bowl with freekeh
hungarian potato and seitan salad bowl
pad prik king tofu salad bowl
sizzling southwestern fajita salad bowl with smoky, spicy lentils

soup bowls
tortilla soup bowl with black and pinto beans
green and white chili bowl
white bean noodle soup bowl
caldo verde bowl with potatoes and kidney beans
gumbo bowl with okra and kidney beans
pho bowl with seitan
everyday dal with potato cakes
senate bean soup bowl
rhode island chowder bowl
hearty sambar bowl
hungarian cauliflower soup bowl
spicy caribbean kidney bean and collard soup bowl with coconut milk
pasta e fagioli bowl with watercress

breakfast bowls
huevos rancheros bowl with black beans and tofu
cinnamon toast oatmeal bowl with streusel topping
chocolate-cherry granola bowl with almonds
creamed chipped tempeh hash bowl
quinoa breakfast bowl with orange, pear, and cardamom
figgy polenta porridge bowl
seitan-bacon hash bowl with brussels sprouts
grits and tomato gravy bowl with pinto beans and pan-roasted corn
onion and tomato uttapam bowl with rice and dal pongal
hungarian breakfast scramble with mushrooms
ful medames breakfast bowl
congee bowl with tempeh and scallions


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 Post subject: Re: Vegan Bowls
PostPosted: Thu Sep 17, 2015 1:13 pm 
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kidsdoc wrote:
I typed out the recipe list in case this helps people who are still deciding! I modified some of the recipe titles to help me search for ingredients better, so my apologies if that's confusing.

just-in-case basics
easy vegetable broth
cashew sour cream sauce
slow-simmered seitan
chapatis
corn tortillas
red curry paste
chipotle purée
whole-wheat parker house rolls
30-minute brown rice
perfect quinoa

grain bowls
paella bowl with edamame
roasted zucchini and mushroom pilaf bowl
hungarian sólet bowl
southern beans and grits bowl with collards
sweet and spicy eggplant-zucchini bowl
spicy ginger polenta bowl with bok choy and chickpeas
winter butternut risotto bowl with chickpeas
tex-mex black bean and corn risotto bowl
freekeh stir-fry bowl with broccoli and shiitakes
thai panang curry bowl
seitan gyro bowl with tahini yogurt sauce

sauteed bowls
lentil picadillo bowl with farro
kidney bean shepherd's pie bowl
tempeh paprikás with quick cabbage salad and dumplings
sin carne guisada bowl with jackfruit and cauliflower
korean bulgogi salad with pear-marinaded portobellos and black bean ssamjang
seitan ossobuco bowl over polenta
puerto rican asopao de tempeh bowl
holiday bowl
roman-style tempeh bowl with kale and apple salad
braised greek kabocha squash bowl
enchilada bowl with pumpkin cream sauce
irish stew bowl with white beans, mushrooms, and farro
philly cheesesteak bowl with tater tots
chickpea and potato brasoi bowl in a paprika-garlic sauce

pasta bowls
veggie lasagna bowl
indonesian stir-fried noodle bowl
carbonara bowl with mushroom bacon
lemongrass bok choy and tofu bowl
braised butternut bowl with sage and chard
hungarian lecsó spaghetti bowl with seitan
puttanesca bowl with sauteed kale
lemon-caper cannellini couscous bowl
reuben mac and cheese bowl
tex-mex pasta bowl with pintos and broccoli
mushroom larb bowl with rice noodles
wide noodle and collard bowl with wild mushroom ragout
spinach pesto pasta bowl with roasted vegetables
mac and cheese bowl with spinach and garlic bread crumbs

grilled bowls
sausage-style tofu bowl with squash and potatoes
jerk tofu bowl with asparagus and coconut rice
chimichurri grilled zucchini-couscous bowl
jalapeño bbq tempeh bowl over creamy grits and chard
grilled portobello bowl with farro and succotash
cajun tofu and artichoke bowl
sambal-glazed tempeh bowl
lebanese fattoush bowl with portobello kebabs
balsamic-glazed seitan bowl with grilled potato salad
grilled summer vegetable bowl with farro and roasted corn salad
miso-cajun grilled sweet potato bowl with quinoa and black beans
tempeh bowl with fennel sofrito and sweet potato mofongo

salad bowls
spinach salad bowl with warm pecan dressing
two-bean salad bowl with pesto dressing
hearts of palm and quinoa bowl with citrus-oregano vinaigrette
buffalo chickpea salad bowl
tapenade panzanella bowl
greek quinoa salad bowl with pickled onions
vietnamese tempeh goi ga bowl
blt club salad with black beans and quick croutons
chef’s salad bowl with lentils, tofu, and sundried tomato dressing
acorn squash salad bowl with freekeh
hungarian potato and seitan salad bowl
pad prik king tofu salad bowl
sizzling southwestern fajita salad bowl with smoky, spicy lentils

soup bowls
tortilla soup bowl with black and pinto beans
green and white chili bowl
white bean noodle soup bowl
caldo verde bowl with potatoes and kidney beans
gumbo bowl with okra and kidney beans
pho bowl with seitan
everyday dal with potato cakes
senate bean soup bowl
rhode island chowder bowl
hearty sambar bowl
hungarian cauliflower soup bowl
spicy caribbean kidney bean and collard soup bowl with coconut milk
pasta e fagioli bowl with watercress

breakfast bowls
huevos rancheros bowl with black beans and tofu
cinnamon toast oatmeal bowl with streusel topping
chocolate-cherry granola bowl with almonds
creamed chipped tempeh hash bowl
quinoa breakfast bowl with orange, pear, and cardamom
figgy polenta porridge bowl
seitan-bacon hash bowl with brussels sprouts
grits and tomato gravy bowl with pinto beans and pan-roasted corn
onion and tomato uttapam bowl with rice and dal pongal
hungarian breakfast scramble with mushrooms
ful medames breakfast bowl
congee bowl with tempeh and scallions

Kidsdoc,
You are awesome!


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 Post subject: Re: Vegan Bowls
PostPosted: Thu Sep 17, 2015 1:15 pm 
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Thank you Kidsdoc! I'm hungry already.

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You're welcome, Chickpea and linanil! :)


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Can someone with the book comment on the average prep/cook time?

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Breakfast bowls? I am in.

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 27, 2015 2:02 pm 
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Just picked up the Kindle edition! I'm going to have a read through it this afternoon and pick out some stuff to make.


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OMG Do you get paid to be a tester? It sounds like the most amazing job in the world - let me at it!


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No, you don't get paid. Often, you do get the cookbook which you tested for though.

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 30, 2015 11:21 am 
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Well. I thought I could put off getting this until Christmas by living vicariously off the ppk's descriptions of all the great bowls. I gave you two weeks to get posting, people!

So... I had to get my own copy. I just love the bowl concept, and I've been looking forward to this cookbook since I heard about it. The book itself is very nice looking! I'm really happy to see publishers investing in bigger color budgets for vegan cookbooks. There are plenty of pretty pictures - if you randomly open the book, and you don't see a photo, there will be one on the next page. I tested this extensively, so I know it's true. :) I'm happy with the index too. It lists recipes by name but also by main ingredients (chickpeas, tofu...), but not by every ingredient (I bought annatto seeds for something and promptly forgot what I was going to make), but that's totally usual. (Once this gets indexed by Eat Your Books, problem solved.)

Zsu wrote in her blog that she was aiming for 30-minute recipes, and while two of the three things I made took more like 40-45, I think I could get the time down if I made something a couple of times (also, my small kitchen involves a lot of rooting around). Similar to my experience with IDI, really. The things I started with came together pretty fast and tasted like more than their components.

The book ends with a neat table on how to mix and match recipe components for even more combinations of Asian-, European-, and Latin-inspired bowls. But there are lots of recipes I want to make so it will be a while before I make use of this.

Here's what I made to eat this week:

Quinoa Breakfast Bowl with Orange, Pear, and Cardamom: Yeah, I liked this! It's so easy to chuck in some whole cardamom pods and some orange peel and end up with subtly flavored quinoa. With the fruit and nuts, there's plenty of texture. (This also struck me as a great use for the coconut milk I'm left with when I open a can for a recipe that calls for 1 cup of it - to just replace an equal amount of the almond milk for a richer result.)

Lemon-Caper Cannellini Couscous Bowl: I adore Israeli couscous, and I love an excuse to open a bottle of wine. This was another win. I scored some red chard and wanted to keep the pretty stems, so instead of trimming off the leaves, I put the chopped stems in with the onions and liked the result a lot.

Paella Bowl: My stupid stove runs hot as the sun even on the lowest setting I can turn the knob, so I didn't end up with colored layers as shown in the mouthwatering photo of this recipe because I had to keep stirring it to prevent burning. But! It still tasted good. I went with the edamame option and this bowl is just an explosion of colors and textures. So pretty - so good.


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 06, 2015 7:02 am 
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I agree, I really like this book. There are so many recipes and none are filler. Sometimes it bothers me when there are recipes for plain roasted cauliflower. Well, Zsu has those too but paired with other components to make it a whole meal! Creative, international and balanced meals. Love it.

So far I have only made the white and green chili but it was excellent.

I shared the recipe today and a chance to win a copy of the cookbook here:

https://tastespace.wordpress.com/2015/1 ... -giveaway/

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Hungarian Cauliflower Soup Bowl: Oh this soup. I never tried freekeh before, and I love it (disclaimer: I've never met a carb I didn't like). I had fresh peas for this, so I put them in when the cauliflower was half done because I like my peas "al dente." Loved it! I got this done in <30 minutes, easy. This soup will be on frequent rotation this winter. My favorite so far, but I have a long way to go with this book.

Sausage-Style Tofu Bowl with Squash and Potatoes: This didn't really remind me of sausage, but if I can change the recipe name to Two-Potato Bowl with Brussels and a Kick, I'm in! I did like it, and it's quick and easy. I think I got it done in <30 minutes from start to finish.

Roman-Style Tempeh Bowl with Kale and Apple Salad: One caveat, my sweet potatoes needed twice as long to cook as the recommended time (could be I don't know what half-inch dice looks like). I tasted the kale salad separately first and thought the dressing had too much lemon juice, but once I had the salad in the bowl with the sweeter tempeh + veg concoction, I appreciated the sweet-and-sour combination much more. I don't cook with tempeh often enough...


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As a single person that works long hours, the idea of bowls speaks to me. Are the recipes easy to make into 1 portion?

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Rosie wrote:
As a single person that works long hours, the idea of bowls speaks to me. Are the recipes easy to make into 1 portion?


Hi Rosie,

The recipes are mostly for 4 servings and a few are 2 servings in the breakfast section. Although during testing I did have one family that successfully doubled everything (they have a big family), I did not have anyone reducing the recipes to one portion.

The very best way for you to see if this book would fit your needs is to try one of the seven recipes that are being featured in the blog tour.

HERE is a link to the blog tour itself (with all the giveaways being hosted) and below I am linking to the recipes on different sites. This would give you the best indication if this is a book that would be an asset to you.

Thanks to all who have posted here and who are hosting reviews! PPK-ers are the best!!


Indonesian Stir-fried Noodles Bowl
Green and White Chili Bowl
Thai Panang Curry Bowl
Spinach Salad Bowl with Warm Pecan Dressing (scroll to the bottom)
Paella Bowl
Roasted Zucchini and Mushroom Pilaf Bowl
Mushroom Carbonara Bowl

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Thanks for the reply Zsu, quartering and halving I think I can wangle. Will give some recipes a try and report back :)

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Wow! what a great book! Not sure what to make first, as everything looks so good. I see myself using this book a lot. I love the concept of bowls, and everything looks quite quick and "do-able" in this book.

Thanks Zsu! What a creative book!!!!


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I am so glad this book came so highly recommended from efcliz because I got it last week and I love it! I don't go out of my way to make bowls (unless I'm out of clean plates?) but these recipes look like there was a tonne of thought that goes into the flavour combinations. I am so, so excited to try the uttapam bowl. Actually the breakfast chapter is pretty exciting; I expected granola and acai bowls but I love that there are so many savoury options.

Zsu, you should write a breakfast book next!


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This week's recipes!

Spinach Salad Bowl with Warm Pecan Dressing: I had to make this with kale instead of spinach because reasons (hubs cranked the temp down in the fridge to chill a large volume of beer for a thing; spinach froze/kale survived), but I liked the result a lot. The dressing has a subtle pecan-orange flavor that contrasts nicely with the little zip in the fennel. Quick to make, too.

Indonesian Stir-Fried Noodle Bowl: I bought shredded cabbage in a bag, so the only thing I had to cut was the broccoli and this was another <30 minute recipe. I probably have stir-fry sauces I like better; your mileage may vary.

Spicy Ginger Polenta Bowl with Bok Choy and Chickpeas: I knew I would love this. Great flavors in the polenta, and from now on I will double the recipe for the polenta because I wanted more than a fourth of it. Love the stir-fried chickpeas with their little bit of crispiness. And here's the thing. I don't love bok choy, but I really liked it in this, so that's saying something. AND this was another easy <30-minute recipe.

So now I have made nine recipes from this book, love eight, liked one, and finished four or five of them in the <30 time frame on the first try, which is pretty rare for me because I'm kind slow in the kitchen. Yay!


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