I was talking about this book in another thread, and it seemed appropriate to post it here. So I bought this book 5 years ago when I was getting into vegan cooking, but I gave it away 3 years ago because it was big and picture-less and the recipes seemed kind of boring. (Interestingly, I gave this book away shortly after my above post on this thread, I guess my enthusiasm didn't last very long!) However, a while later, I bought the e-book version when it went on sale for $2.99 on Amazon.
And I'm so glad I re-purchased it! I have actually used 1000 Vegan Recipes a TON since buying it again. I've made about 50 recipes from it total, and it is now one of my most used cookbooks. I originally didn't care for it, but once I was able to search through it easily using the Eat Your Books website, I discovered a lot of absolutely delicious and easy recipes! The recipes didn't catch my attention first time around, but since owning it again over the past year, I've realized how awesome this book every time I need to use up ingredients and make an easy delicious recipe.
These are my favorites:
Pasta salad with grilled summer vegetables - sounds boring, but SO flavorful with freshly grilled summer veggies!
Summer berries with fresh mint - seems like a simple/obvious combination, but it was such a lovely breakfast
Grilled vegetable skewers with charmoula sauce - so tasty, got rave reviews from omnis
Chinese "chicken" salad - I originally would have never looked twice at this salad, but I've made it about 5 times in the past 3 months
Refried bean and salsa quesadillas - a nice use of pantry ingredients and very tasty
Chocolate coconut brownies - THE BEST, EVER. MAKE THIS.
Blueberry peach crisp - I made this for a brunch I hosted to use up some fruit in the fridge. It was delicious and was devoured by all.
Pineapple-glazed tempeh and sweet potatoes - Another recipe I initially would have skipped over. But it's one of the best things I made last year. Used farro instead of tempeh.
Ratatouille lasagna - Seemed boring. BUT OMG this is the best lasagna I've ever had. The veggies are just incredible here.
Artichoke pesto with toasted gnocchi - very tasty and easy
Granola Infused Oatmeal - such an easy way to make morning oatmeal a bit special. the crunch is nice.
Asian Flavors Fruit Bowl with Mojito Dressing - I devoured this whole thing within 24 hours.
Garden patch sandwiches on multigrain bread - has become one of my lazy day staples.
As with many Robin Robertson books, I do tweak the recipes quite a bit, as I find that they can sometimes be a bit bland. I do think that my minor tweaks often change the recipes from good to amazing.
Recipes I've bookmarked recently:
Green Tea Rice with Lemon, Snow Peas, and Tofu
Austrian Noodles and Cabbage
Creamy, Crunchy Fruit-and-Nut Sandwiches (like PB&J but with pear, walnut, cranberry)
Deconstructed hummus pitas
Cheezy cashew-roasted red pepper toasts
"Sour Cream" Coffee Cake
Triple Coconut Cheezcake
Giant peanut butter-chocolate chip cookie cake
Also, this blog (http://testing-1000vr.blogspot.com/
) where someone is cooking their way through this book is still active! It's fun to see all the recipes the blogger makes from this book.
Anyway, I just wanted to share my thoughts on re-discovering this book. I'm so glad it made its way back into my life!