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 Post subject: Vegan al Fresco by Carla Kelly
PostPosted: Thu May 08, 2014 11:38 pm 
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Anyone have this?

Mine's on the way. Looks like a fun and tasty cookbook!


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 Post subject: Re: Vegan al Fresco by Carla Kelly
PostPosted: Fri May 09, 2014 9:52 am 
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i got mine today! it looks so nice and bright - i'm flipping through it now.
(it would be nice if Amazon was capable of sending me an undamaged book)

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 Post subject: Re: Vegan al Fresco by Carla Kelly
PostPosted: Fri May 09, 2014 10:10 am 
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Mine should be here today. I'm really looking forward to it!


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 Post subject: Re: Vegan al Fresco by Carla Kelly
PostPosted: Fri May 09, 2014 11:35 am 
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flipping through this - i am very excited. I love that it's 'Summer' inspired. (and I think a lot of these can go w/Salad Samuari).
a lot of this is light and simple for well. picnicing. i think it's a winner.

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 Post subject: Re: Vegan al Fresco by Carla Kelly
PostPosted: Sun May 18, 2014 2:09 pm 
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I just saw on Amazon that this one is out and came here to see if anyone had gotten it yet. When we decide to picnic it's sometimes spur of the moment so I was wondering if the recipes in this one are relatively quick or time consuming?


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 Post subject: Re: Vegan al Fresco by Carla Kelly
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they loook pretty quick. (like some are like a pasta salad, and so that would be more of cook, make the dressing for it, and bobs your uncle).

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 Post subject: Re: Vegan al Fresco by Carla Kelly
PostPosted: Tue May 20, 2014 1:13 pm 
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I ordered this a few weeks ago on a whim, and it's nice looking! I brought it out today to actually cook something for the first time, since I've been making hot dishes and casseroles like crazy (to freeze for when the baby comes) and felt like something a little more refreshing/summery. Had to modify the two recipes I made to fit what I had in the kitchen, but still had good results.

I made the pickle potato salad using frozen peas instead of asparagus. I felt like potato or pasta salad but really did not feel like making my own mayo or powdered cheesy mix from other subrecipes, so that's how I settled on this one. Anyway it was really good and got two husband thumbs up!

Also made the glazed seitan, only with strawberries instead of raspberries (and added some dried basil), and I baked it in the oven instead of grilling. Delicious as well, though I can see how it would be even better on a hot grill. I had to take it out while the seitan was still pretty soft because it was starting to smoke a little bit in the oven and I didn't want an Incident.

Anyway so far I'm liking the book. I see it filling a role on my cookbook shelf similar to Vegan Diner - maybe not the kind of book I would consider a must-have for everyone, but full of tasty modernized classics worth trying.


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 Post subject: Re: Vegan al Fresco by Carla Kelly
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I want to buy this for the pickle potato salad!


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 Post subject: Re: Vegan al Fresco by Carla Kelly
PostPosted: Fri May 23, 2014 10:19 am 
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Ok I flipped through this today and I was so impressed! The recipes are really unique and I love her style--she doesn't overcomplicate things but keeps the flavour there and uses more than just the obvious ingredients, there are no recipes that have been done already in tonnes of other books, the photos are light and pretty without attempting to be too showy, everything sounds delicious, and I love how the majority of the book doesn't require an outdoor barbecue.

I liked Vegan Bake Sale but I don't really bake much, and I didn't care about the slow-cooker book because I don't have a slow-cooker, so it is really nice to see a book by Carla that really appeals to me! Also I love that she's with Arsenal Pulp, and the theme menus are really tempting. I think I will have to get this one.

I am waiting until Salad Samurai is released and I think these two books will be invaluable all summer.


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 Post subject: Re: Vegan al Fresco by Carla Kelly
PostPosted: Fri May 23, 2014 10:29 am 
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Yeah, I can't wait for Salad Samurai as well!! I can't easily get the kinds of lettuce and such I'm used to, so I'm hoping it has a lot of recipes that rely on sturdier veggies. (Salads are kind of a different beast here, with lighter, leafier greens just not seeming to be as common as a base for them)


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 Post subject: Re: Vegan al Fresco by Carla Kelly
PostPosted: Fri May 23, 2014 4:23 pm 
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I got an email from the publisher (in response to a query) saying that the ebook version should be available on Amazon in the next few days.


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 Post subject: Re: Vegan al Fresco by Carla Kelly
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Oh that is good. I really want Salad Samurai.

I'm not sure about this book. I really don't do deserts or appetizers, this book seems to have a lot of those?

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 Post subject: Re: Vegan al Fresco by Carla Kelly
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I'd love the try the tofu cooked on the cedar planks (on the barbecue) with lemon. Sounds amazing!


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 Post subject: Re: Vegan al Fresco by Carla Kelly
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does this book have any actual grilling recipes in it? the look inside feature on amazon isnt really working for me right now

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 Post subject: Re: Vegan al Fresco by Carla Kelly
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I just bought this for kindle yesterday, along with Salad Samurai. I love Carla's other books, particularly Vegan Bake Sale. I agree that this book is similar in some respects to Vegan Diner (which I love) and just as pretty too. Some of Carla's recipes have been real game changers (like the cashew based quiche in VBS) so I'm looking forward to adding some new regulars to my repertoire.

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 Post subject: Re: Vegan al Fresco by Carla Kelly
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I made the mushroom and walnut pate for my boss and his family. Thought it's not as amazing as my favourite pate (the shiitake sake one from Extraveganza), it went over very well! I also made the Israeli couscous salad last week for a similar purpose. Decent but safe. But seeing as I'm cooking for skeptical non-vegans, a lot of these recipes are coming in handy! I am really stoked to try the fried tofus and seitan though, especially the apple cider battered tofu since my husband is a cidermaker. I'll probably give that a go this weekend. I am pretty jazzed by this cookbook's approachability and seasonality.


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 Post subject: Re: Vegan al Fresco by Carla Kelly
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i made the berry glazed tempeh. instead of buying/straining blueberries i used a bit of blueberry juice. it was really good!

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