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 Post subject: Re: What would you like to see in my new cookbook?
PostPosted: Thu Jun 07, 2012 5:40 pm 
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More homemade dressings like in AFR.
Veggie-heavy dishes... also like AFR.
Curries, dals and the like. Or asian dishes too.
Bowl, pizza and other combo ideas.
I bought Quick Fix Vegan recently and love love love the "quick" part... so I'm imaging Isa+quick=awesome!!

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 08, 2012 6:59 am 
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I love the Mediterranean recipes in Veganomicon. I could use more of those and maybe some Middle-Eastern stuff too? I can never have enough stews with veggies, grains and beans.

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 08, 2012 11:32 am 
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Lots of chickpeas!


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More votes for one pot meals, crock-pots and pressure cooker recipes.

Pantry friendly stuff is awesome, especially with recipes using dry beans and grains.

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I have recently discovered how to make nut butter, so lots of different recipes for peanut, almond, coocnut and cashew :) :D (please and thanks!)

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 18, 2012 6:40 pm 
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Can you include a description of what the batter is supposed to look like on cakes/cupcakes etc. Often I think mine is too goopy or too hard and it works out nicely, but there is that apprehension during cooking to see if I completely screwed the pooch (NV).

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 Post subject: Re: What would you like to see in my new cookbook?
PostPosted: Tue Jun 19, 2012 7:00 pm 
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Slow cooker recipes pleeeeeeeeeeeease
And savoury pies like curry pies
Steamed dessert puddings
Lots of self saucing puddings!


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PostPosted: Wed Jun 20, 2012 1:25 am 
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Another thing I looooove to see is photos of every recipe, wherever possible. I know I know, budget and all... it's my one wishlist item!

I think if space is given to photography, I'd prefer to see the actual finish product instead of, say, a closeup of ingredients or vintage cookware or whatever. if there's a whole page dedicated to pictures, then I like seeing four photos on that page (of four different dishes) than one page dedicated to one photo of one dish.

Oh and if you want a tester from Australia, to test all the metric conversiony things with the recipes, I'm your vegan!


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 Post subject: Re: What would you like to see in my new cookbook?
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Yay, pictures! And weeknight recipes! You are going to nail it, Isa!
The only thing I would like to add is that I don't want to wait until 2013 for this! >_<

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I want pictures of Isa laughing with children and doing cartwheels and watching tv in her pjs.

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 Post subject: Re: What would you like to see in my new cookbook?
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I also really like stuff to make cooking and eating well easier...lunches, snack ideas and freezer recipes. Lots of hints for getting through the week on the cheap and without going hungry.

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 Post subject: Re: What would you like to see in my new cookbook?
PostPosted: Thu Jun 21, 2012 12:22 am 
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I agree with all of the requests for slow cooker meals, quick meals, pantry-friendly meals and metric conversions. I'd also love to see plenty of legume-based meals. If possible, perhaps a substitutions guide could be included at the back of the book listing alternatives for certain ingredients? Some ingredients can be difficult to obtain and it would be good to have other options.

I can't wait! :-)


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 Post subject: Re: What would you like to see in my new cookbook?
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mrsbadmouth wrote:
I want pictures of Isa laughing with children and doing cartwheels and watching tv in her pjs.

Ooh, and one in a fancy cocktail dress too.


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 Post subject: Re: What would you like to see in my new cookbook?
PostPosted: Sun Jun 24, 2012 11:01 am 
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Heavy on spices and herbs! Like perhaps a basic introduction to using herbs and spices, which ones, etc


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 Post subject: Re: What would you like to see in my new cookbook?
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Heavy on spices and herbs!
Yes yes yes yes yes.

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 Post subject: Re: What would you like to see in my new cookbook?
PostPosted: Wed Jun 27, 2012 9:20 am 
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lavawitch wrote:
Stuff for cilantro haters!

+1 yucky


I'm definitely not a cilantro hater, but I'm pretty sure that if you are one, you can just leave it out of any recipe that includes it. Unless it's like...cilantro salad with cilantro dressing and cilantro garnish.

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 Post subject: Re: What would you like to see in my new cookbook?
PostPosted: Wed Jun 27, 2012 9:26 am 
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I don't know, I hate cilantro but there are some things that just taste off without it.
Maybe I'm not as big of a hater as I thought tho...

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 Post subject: Re: What would you like to see in my new cookbook?
PostPosted: Wed Jun 27, 2012 9:31 am 
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I would love to see recipes for sauces. Like, multi-purpose, "make this sauce and you can use it on this this this this or this" type recipes, with suggestions for what it would taste good on (instead of "this this this"). I love sauce.

One thing I love about your cookbooks, Isa, is that you're a really talented writer, not just someone who puts a bunch of recipes together. And I really prefer the written descriptions and quirky anecdotes about the food to the shiny photos. I just don't really care that much what the food looks like, personally. And I love the stories and stuff!

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 Post subject: Re: What would you like to see in my new cookbook?
PostPosted: Wed Jun 27, 2012 10:24 am 
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I agree, you're cookbooks are some of the best to read through. So keep up the commentary! And sauces are always good.

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 27, 2012 10:59 am 
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One thing I love about your cookbooks, Isa, is that you're a really talented writer, not just someone who puts a bunch of recipes together. And I really prefer the written descriptions and quirky anecdotes about the food to the shiny photos. I just don't really care that much what the food looks like, personally. And I love the stories and stuff!


Totally true! Shiny photos are nice too though!


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 Post subject: Re: What would you like to see in my new cookbook?
PostPosted: Fri Jul 06, 2012 11:26 am 
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I just checked through this again and saw a bunch of people have mentioned it's helpful to know approximate weights and measurements of ingredients. Absolutely. As I was reminded last night (which in turn reminded me of this thread) it would be great to know if that weight is pre or post cooked when we're talking about pastas or beans and the like. I've seen a handful of recipes call for a certain volume of, pasta for example, then include the actual boiling of the pasta in the instructions. I almost always assume this means pre cooked, just like weights for veggies and everything else is done before cooking. But now I have about 3 pounds of extra pasta sitting in my fridge, and this isn't the first time my ratios have been way off because of this.

Please include whether weights/volumes for pasta, beans, rice, etc. are before or after cooking.


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 Post subject: Re: What would you like to see in my new cookbook?
PostPosted: Fri Jul 06, 2012 11:38 am 
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I am terrible at judging weight. There was one recipe I did recently that called for a pound of mushrooms. Or maybe it was half a pound? How many mushrooms is that? I had no idea. I really like mushrooms, though, so I just put in every single mushroom I had in my fridge. It turned out delightfully.


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Over here mushrooms are commonly sold in 8 oz packs, so it's trivial to get a pound or half pound. Publishing cookbooks for use in multiple countries must be a huge PITA....

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8 oz packs are available at bigger places, but I just go to random fruit and veggie stands where I just grab as many as I want, which tends to be however many will fit in my bag.


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 Post subject: Re: What would you like to see in my new cookbook?
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After some recent cooking failures (with books by other authors), I remembered this thread and would love to see a few words on how a batter/mix/etc should look or what it's consistency should be like. For eg, "the batter should be quite thick" so if my batter is runny, I know there's a problem.


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