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 Post subject: Vegan Bible by Marie (Mari) Laforet
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Amazon has Mari - but her website, and the UK have Marie, so I put both names, so everyone knows what we're talking about! I am actually still waiting for this book. I know we were discussing this in the upcoming books. It released in October for the UK, but nothing doing for North America

(I'm 1/2 tempted to buy the UK version. I am thinking since it is french, the NA version will still be weighed etc, and not Americanized).

Does anyone have this book? Cooked from it?

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I think the original title is just "Vegan"? If so, I have it in the original French. There's also a food porn thread about it: viewtopic.php?f=31&t=32189

It's largely focused on vegan versions of traditional French dishes and desserts (both gastronomical and more mundane ones).

I tried: the quiche, olive savory cake, fig tajine, caramel flans, pear and chocolate tart, rhubarb upside-down cake. The desserts are amazing. Fruit based desserts are very much on the tart side, French-style. The few savory dishes I tried were good, but I've grown too lazy to follow a book that has grains, proteins and vegetables each in a different section.


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I would love to hear more from anyone who has cooked from it. Though I wish it were available in a digital edition.


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LFL wrote:
I would love to hear more from anyone who has cooked from it. Though I wish it were available in a digital edition.



if amazon ever releases my book, i'll report :)

yes it's originally called as Vegan in french . i am hopeful the other books get translated

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LFL wrote:
I would love to hear more from anyone who has cooked from it. Though I wish it were available in a digital edition.



if amazon ever releases my book, i'll report :)


Do you really have a book? I'd love to hear about it, in all seriousness.


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LFL wrote:
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I would love to hear more from anyone who has cooked from it. Though I wish it were available in a digital edition.



if amazon ever releases my book, i'll report :)


Do you really have a book? I'd love to hear about it, in all seriousness.



yeah - it's just not releasing. (I'm actually having the feeling that amazon's going to cancel my order, so i'm going to just bite the bullet and order it via the New/Used vendor who apparently owns a copy). I've been waffling because i am trying to think what is it that i NEED this book - but then i read the food porn website, and it's like. oho. yes. this is why.

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Daisysunshine, I had this book on order from Amazon.ca for months and finally cancelled the order. But you reawakened my interest and I ordered it from Amazon.co.uk and it's supposed to be here by December 18. I think I might put aside the package to open on Christmas because a post-present crash on the sofa with coffee and a book is traditional for us. Oh, who am I kidding? I know I'll tear into it as soon as I get it . . .


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Marie Laforêt has many recipes on her website (in French) for people to try, which is helpful as the book is pretty expensive: http://www.100-vegetal.com/p/les-recettes.html

Also, she has a Christmas book out with about 30 recipes in it that looks interesting (not sure if English translation is available). The blurb says it contains traditional French holiday recipes, but also Swedish, Slavic, Spanish, Swiss and New Zealand:

http://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/2842214 ... 1_1&sr=8-1


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Daisysunshine, I had this book on order from Amazon.ca for months and finally cancelled the order. But you reawakened my interest and I ordered it from Amazon.co.uk and it's supposed to be here by December 18. I think I might put aside the package to open on Christmas because a post-present crash on the sofa with coffee and a book is traditional for us. Oh, who am I kidding? I know I'll tear into it as soon as I get it . . .


I was about to. (the only reason why I didn't was because it was 31.00 when I pre-ordered it, and everything else is like 40++).

this is one. impressive book. it looks like something you'd have on your coffee table! (and per tradition mine has to go right back to Amazon because it's damaged. I swear they never send me anything in good condition).


so this is written in British weights and stuff (and ovens). it's kind of daunting. (I don't know what malt yeast is... or lacto-fermented tofu). but (oop. she has a recipe for this :) okay).

there's maize flour. (which i thought was corn flour, but she has that too).
lacto fermented soy yoghurts...
lupun beans..?

yeah. there are some things that are making me go "is this available near me?"

this... if if I had to find something a word to describe it. is veganomicon. but with a french flair to it. like this is what you'd pull out to impress people and show "yeah, you think vegan can't be awesome? let me show you awesome."

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God Bless Google.

maize-flour = cornmeal
cornflour = cornstarch
there's recipe for the lacto fermented tofu (but not the tamari one, but i bet it would be the same way)
my mom said that lupini beans can be like butter beans..
and malt yeast her guess would be brewer's yeast and we can get that in a health food store/bulk food store.
tomato passata = tomato puree

so it looks like it stays :) Imma gonna cook like a french woman :D
*i'm still stumped on pot-soy-yoghurt. i wonder if this is her way of saying homemade?

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I see what you mean, Daisy. I looked at one of her online recipes and it calls for smoked tempeh. That's not something I know how to make and it isn't sold at stores near me.


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LFL wrote:
I see what you mean, Daisy. I looked at one of her online recipes and it calls for smoked tempeh. That's not something I know how to make and it isn't sold at stores near me.


the pot soy yoghurt is stumping me.
and it now doesn't help that she has soy yoghurt (in one recipe) and then "pot soy yoghurt." in another.
hm. i wonder if she means....I wonder if she means like a single serving pot of yoghurt? in the book it says -1x100g pot soy yoghurt. that has to mean that.like an 8 ounce mini yoghurt. yeah. I'll have to be measuring a lot of stuff. LOL

yeah the smoke tempeh is out. (france has a lot of interesting vegan goodies, eh?)

she also calls for soy cream. (i have no idea what that is either).
like. she calls for

Sour Cream
non dairy cream
soy cream

so it's differentiated for sure....
hm maybe she just means, actual Soy. Cream(er).

man. i am getting scared of this book again.

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in the book it says -1x100g pot soy yoghurt. that has to mean that.like an 8 ounce mini yoghurt. yeah. I'll have to be measuring a lot of stuff. LOL


100g yoghurt is more like 3.5oz than 8! It's a bit less than half a cup. There's a converter here - http://www.traditionaloven.com/conversi ... erter.html

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For the smoked tempeh thing, I would have thought just adding a bit of liquid smoke would do the job. We tend not to be able to buy liquid smoke easily in the UK, I imagine it's the same in France, so if you want a smoky flavour you have to go to the bother of actually smoking your food. There are easy ways to home smoke though, using a stock pot with a lid and some small bits of wood. (Or so I've heard. I found liquid smoke from Harvey Nicholls' food hall so I haven't had to try yet!)

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I've seen smoked tempeh in some vegan shops here but it's not usual. Smoked Tofu is readily available here, maybe it's the same in France.

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thanks for the converter.

I decided that this goes back to amazon. it's gorgeous, but just not for me right now.

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The book will ship within 9 days according to Amazon.com (Amazon prime shipping is available too) but the price has shot up to $49.95!

daisysunshine wrote:
she also calls for soy cream. (i have no idea what that is either).
like. she calls for

Sour Cream
non dairy cream
soy cream

so it's differentiated for sure....
hm maybe she just means, actual Soy. Cream(er).

man. i am getting scared of this book again.


Daisy, I'm pretty sure soy cream is something I was once able to buy from Pangea or Vegan Essentials. This was about eight or ten years ago, and it was imported from Europe. It was similar to soymilk, but thicker, the way cream is thicker than milk. It wasn't creamer, in that it wasn't flavored or sweetened. It was more like whipping cream that hasn't been whipped yet. It definitely wasn't sour cream! Depending on what you're using it in, you might be able to use coconut cream (I know Trader Joe's sells that in cans) as a substitute.


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I've seen smoked tempeh in some vegan shops here but it's not usual. Smoked Tofu is readily available here, maybe it's the same in France.


Thanks. Smoked tofu is readily available here in the US, too, at least at Whole Foods and similar stores. But smoked tempeh is something I haven't seen before. This was a recipe for butternut squash stuffed with smoked tempeh and creme forestiere. It sounded perfect for Thanksgiving, if only smoked tempeh and soy cream were available here. I'm not sure I'd make that with coconut cream, as it would change the flavor.


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Oh yeah, soy cream (we can also find oats cream) is a direct replacement for heavy cream. It comes in little tetrapacks. I had no idea this was a European thing! In savory dishes I would replace it with unflavored (no lemon or broth), relatively liquid cashew cream.


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LFL wrote:
The book will ship within 9 days according to Amazon.com (Amazon prime shipping is available too) but the price has shot up to $49.95!

daisysunshine wrote:
she also calls for soy cream. (i have no idea what that is either).
like. she calls for

Sour Cream
non dairy cream
soy cream

so it's differentiated for sure....
hm maybe she just means, actual Soy. Cream(er).

man. i am getting scared of this book again.


Daisy, I'm pretty sure soy cream is something I was once able to buy from Pangea or Vegan Essentials. This was about eight or ten years ago, and it was imported from Europe. It was similar to soymilk, but thicker, the way cream is thicker than milk. It wasn't creamer, in that it wasn't flavored or sweetened. It was more like whipping cream that hasn't been whipped yet. It definitely wasn't sour cream! Depending on what you're using it in, you might be able to use coconut cream (I know Trader Joe's sells that in cans) as a substitute.


ahh. well thanks for that.
yeah I am not regretting this going back to Amazon (even though I had a good deal - 31.00 for the book). I could just see myself getting really frustrated with things. though again. it is beautiful and it had a lot of intriguing things. I am just scared that for me, the "intriguing things" would result in me throwing a massive hissy fit.

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Oh yeah, soy cream (we can also find oats cream) is a direct replacement for heavy cream. It comes in little tetrapacks. I had no idea this was a European thing! In savory dishes I would replace it with unflavored (no lemon or broth), relatively liquid cashew cream.


Cashew cream is a better idea than coconut cream. If I could add smoky seasoning to tempeh, maybe I could make that butternut squash next Thanksgiving.


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I borrowed this from the library today. In the intro she says she avoids using ready-made vegan meat subs because she wants it to be store-cupboard friendly, but I'd be very surprised if anyone outside France tested for this because there are certainly some unusual-looking ingredients e.g. lupin flour is not something I've seen for sale in the UK, it seems to be something that grew in popularity on mainland Europe since the 90s but is now raising concerns re. allergies.

I'm pretty sure "malted yeast" is nooch. I used Bing translate to translate that to French "levure maltée", then I found someone's blog where they have a picture of a tub of Engervita nutritional yeast next to that caption.

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Did you get to try any of the recipes, dropscone?
I saw this book in Waterstones today and almost bought it. There aren't many reviews around so I was wondering if anyone in the forum has had any success with her recipes.


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Did you get to try any of the recipes, dropscone?
I saw this book in Waterstones today and almost bought it. There aren't many reviews around so I was wondering if anyone in the forum has had any success with her recipes.


No, I've renewed it a couple of times and keep flicking through to see if I get inspired - so far I've only earmarked the orange and semolina cake.

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Did you get to try any of the recipes, dropscone?
I saw this book in Waterstones today and almost bought it. There aren't many reviews around so I was wondering if anyone in the forum has had any success with her recipes.


I cooked from this book throughout January for a cookbook of the month review on my blog, and I had mixed success with it. I don't think it's that accessible, and there weren't many things that really bowled me over. It was alright, but not amazing.

Review here:
http://herbivoresheaven.com/2016/02/01/ ... gan-bible/

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