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 Post subject: Re: Isa Does It
PostPosted: Wed Oct 23, 2013 9:45 am 
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It's here! I love it! I spent my evening on the couch reading all of the recipe blurbs!

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 Post subject: Re: Isa Does It
PostPosted: Wed Oct 23, 2013 9:45 am 
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After 3 hours of sleep the night before, topped by another extra long day of work, I finally settled onto my bed @ 10pm, propped up by elbows and pillows, with this gorgeous tome that had arrived earlier that morning.

I savored every line of every page, yet noticed that my blinks were becoming longer and longer by the time I reached the Tofu Butchery section. Sadly, I did not make it thru that tutorial, but rather face-planted ("just resting my eyes") till my husband pried out my bible from under me, removed my glasses, and advised me to "straighten out" (like that'll ever happen - but I'm pretty sure he meant it literally, on the bed, head on pillow).

Eagerly awaiting part II tonite! Of course, work beckons first..... Already LOVING the writing (as usual), and the fun & chatty back story/instructions/ideas, along with the beautiful and colorful layout and text. ♥


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 Post subject: Re: Isa Does It
PostPosted: Wed Oct 23, 2013 9:46 am 
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Walking to the bookstore soon to see if they have a copy!!

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 Post subject: Re: Isa Does It
PostPosted: Wed Oct 23, 2013 10:35 am 
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Made my first recipe this morning, Sinfully Wholesome Waffles topped with strawberries. Delicious, fairly easy, and my 2-year-old raved "Mussins! Wi sah-bees!" (High praise from her, because muffins are like cake, which is the premier foodstuff.)

The layout is beautiful. I haven't had a chance to read through page by page yet but I LOVE that the recipes are on one page, that there are so many pictures, that there are tips for replacing the more esoteric ingredients...just LOVE it.


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 Post subject: Re: Isa Does It
PostPosted: Wed Oct 23, 2013 10:53 am 
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Mine came too! I wish I had more time to spend with it last night, but it looks amazing. I can tell all other cookbooks will cease to exist for me for awhile.


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 Post subject: Re: Isa Does It
PostPosted: Wed Oct 23, 2013 11:00 am 
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so out of the 8000 recipes i bookmarked as "MUST TRY FIRST" here is i am going to try to make next week:

sweet potato & red curry soup
olive oil bread
ranch salad

new england glam chowder
(use more of the olive oil bread)


tofu & mushroom stroganoff


dilly stew (to use up some of the dill bought for something else above)

curried peanut sauce bowl

i have to go through my other cookbooks for some side veggies or salads to go with some of those but im pretty psyched!

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 Post subject: Re: Isa Does It
PostPosted: Wed Oct 23, 2013 11:11 am 
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Amazon have just decided that they cannot deliver until November 25th.
Book depository apparently have it in stock so I have ordered from them.

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 Post subject: Re: Isa Does It
PostPosted: Wed Oct 23, 2013 11:15 am 
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Yeah I'm surprised I never made the tofu & mushroom stroganoff, that is on the list
My husband wants the Incan stew (I told him cookbooks aren't menus)

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 Post subject: Re: Isa Does It
PostPosted: Wed Oct 23, 2013 11:17 am 
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my preorder has not shipped yet. :(

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 Post subject: Re: Isa Does It
PostPosted: Wed Oct 23, 2013 11:33 am 
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I had pre-ordered from Amazon maybe 2 months ago when I had a gift card; it showed up yesterday. I made the chocolate gingerbread cookies right off the bat and they're great, seriously rich and yummy. Even after a stern talk with myself about only flagging the recipes I'm MOST excited about because a book completely stuffed with post-its is not really more helpful to one's decision process than an untouched cookbook, I probably marked around 80 recipes. Doing a big produce shop tomorrow and diving in.

I might eventually get the Kindle version as well; I've got standard old-people vision issues and have to put my nose about 3 inches from the book to read the fractions. That's the only small criticism I have of a cookbook that might end up being my favorite ever.


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 Post subject: Re: Isa Does It
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Now I finally know what this funny flat wooden spatula that comes in cooking sets is for. I always wondered why it exists.
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 Post subject: Re: Isa Does It
PostPosted: Wed Oct 23, 2013 11:55 am 
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linanil wrote:
My husband wants the Incan stew (I told him cookbooks aren't menus)


that's too funny!
i have the opposite problem.
my husband is completely unopinionated and cant make decisions. if i didnt cook for him he would eat only frozen burritos and salt and vinegar chips.

sometimes i ask him if there is anything specific he wants for dinner during the week and he says "uh i dunno...food?"

ive never given him a savory cookbook to pick stuff out because he would literally pop a blood vessel with the effort. ive tried with a dessert book and it was more than he could handle.

recently when i asked him again what he wanted for dinner that week he said "uh i dunno what you've been doing works for me"

that translates to: i like when you do all the planning, all the shopping, and all the cooking and i dont have to make decisions or do anyting.
thankfully i love cooking

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 Post subject: Re: Isa Does It
PostPosted: Wed Oct 23, 2013 12:02 pm 
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Mine just arrived! It's gorgeous!


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 Post subject: Re: Isa Does It
PostPosted: Wed Oct 23, 2013 12:11 pm 
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linanil wrote:
Yeah I'm surprised I never made the tofu & mushroom stroganoff, that is on the list
My husband wants the Incan stew (I told him cookbooks aren't menus)


Haha, Brian looked through it and was like, "Why have we never made this or this or this (from the tester forums)?!" Uh, you never asked?

I am going to make a shopping list today, even though I have access to the tester forums as part of my modly privileges, it's always exciting to get the book and pick out recipes that way.

Isa, what's the less than $100 blender you mentioned you like? Cause mine is seriously busted and missing that plastic piece from the center of the lid.

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 Post subject: Re: Isa Does It
PostPosted: Wed Oct 23, 2013 12:39 pm 
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Mine should be here tomorrow. I almost wish amazon hadn't sent a shipping email because I'd kind of forgotten it was preordered and was not tuned in to this being release week. I'm sure I'd have figured it out when the facebook posts start flooding in, but maybe I'd just have been pleasantly surprised to have a present waiting for me on my doorstep, seemingly out of the blue, when I get home tomorrow. Oh well, I'm sure it won't be any less fantastic just because it wasn't a surprise! Yay!

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 Post subject: Re: Isa Does It
PostPosted: Wed Oct 23, 2013 1:20 pm 
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LisaPunk wrote:
linanil wrote:
My husband wants the Incan stew (I told him cookbooks aren't menus)


that's too funny!


that translates to: i like when you do all the planning, all the shopping, and all the cooking and i dont have to make decisions or do anyting.
thankfully i love cooking


This is hilarious because that's basically my life.
Me: "What should I make for dinner?"
Husband: "I don't care. Whatever you make will be fine."

I always want to smack him and order him to just have an opinion, any opinion!

Anyway, this is not the real reason I came on here. I came to rave about the book! This morning I dove in and made the Rosemary Chocolate Chip Cookies and the Red Lentil Thai Curry. Both were amazing, as one could probably already expect. I'm so very excited about so many more recipes though! Those soup and stew/curry chapters are gonna be devoured this fall and winter!


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 Post subject: Re: Isa Does It
PostPosted: Wed Oct 23, 2013 1:23 pm 
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The funny thing about my unopinionated husband is that on the occasion he comes to an actual less than positive opinion he repeats it over and over.

I'm like " I get it you didn't like that!!!"

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 Post subject: Re: Isa Does It
PostPosted: Wed Oct 23, 2013 1:39 pm 
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I don't have my copy yet, but I went through my tester notes and made a list of my absolute favorites if anyone is interested (sorry if any of these have different names in the book, or if any didn't make it in for some reason):

My top of the top:

Chandra Malai Kofta
Coconut Chana Saag
Falafel Burgers
Korean BBQ Portobello Burgers
Shiitake Banh Mi
Tofu & Kale with Curry Peanut Sauce

Also amazing:

Chipotle Sausage Hash
Dilly Stew with Rosemary Dumplings
Harira with Eggplant & Chickpeas
Island Black Bean Burgers
Jerk Sloppy Joes with Coconut Creamed Spinach
Mashed Tempeh Tacos with Crispy Potatoes
New England Glam Chowder
Pesto Risotto with Roasted Zucchini
Ranch Salad with Red Potatoes & Smoky Chickpeas
Red Hot BLT
Red Sweet Potato Curry with Cauliflower & Aduki Beans
Summer Seitan Saute with Cilantro & Lime
Tofu Mushroom Stroganoff

Favorite breakfasts and desserts:

Lemon Blueberry Loaf
Mediterranean Overnight Scramble
Orange Chocolate Chip Bundtcake
Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Bars
Scrambled Chickpeas
Sugar & Spice Pineapple Upside Down Cake

It was really hard picking out these few, because out of all I tested there were only a very small handful that I didn't love.

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 Post subject: Re: Isa Does It
PostPosted: Wed Oct 23, 2013 2:29 pm 
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elizabee wrote:
Even after a stern talk with myself about only flagging the recipes I'm MOST excited about because a book completely stuffed with post-its is not really more helpful to one's decision process than an untouched cookbook, I probably marked around 80 recipes.


Heh. I have the same problem.

It is such a problem that people give me post-it notes as stocking stuffers.

My copy is not here yet, but dang it I have the post-its.


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 Post subject: Re: Isa Does It
PostPosted: Wed Oct 23, 2013 2:34 pm 
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My top of the top:

Chandra Malai Kofta


Okay, the whole list sounds amazing, but I admit I freaked out for a solid minute over this.


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 Post subject: Re: Isa Does It
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Just ordered this. I will have to wait until mid November here in Europe, though. Hope it comes much earlier! (Even broke my not ordering from amazon-rule for this one!)


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 Post subject: Re: Isa Does It
PostPosted: Wed Oct 23, 2013 3:52 pm 
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I want to make everything I tested again, but I really want to try the things I didn't get around to testing. The whole post-it note thing is probably going to be useless for me.


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 Post subject: Re: Isa Does It
PostPosted: Wed Oct 23, 2013 3:58 pm 
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Okay, after all your rave reviews and me having decided that Appetite for Reduction is the best cookbook I know and I just wish it would be prettier, this needs to be bought. I'm working at the bookshop on saturday and I'm going to pre-order it (Europe...) straight away. <3

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am going to make New England Glam Chowder next week.
must figure out what shittake mushrooms are.

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 23, 2013 5:32 pm 
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Shiitake mushrooms are an Asian mushroom. Not sure if you have Asian stores anywhere near you? Our Asian stores in the US tend to carry fresh, frozen or dried shiitake mushrooms. Many regular US stores also carry fresh, some carry frozen and dried as well.

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