Thursday, 29 April 2010

Book Review - American Vegan Kitchen

Photo stolen from Amazon - please go there and order this book to keep them happy!

I've been a Facebook-friend of Tamasin's for a wee while now, and we've been commenting on each others updates as you do, then I had a brilliant idea - offer to do a review of her book, in exchange for a future review by her of mine. Its like swapping a solid defenceman for a first round draft pick, or something (hey, it is the playoffs!).

So she obligingly popped a copy of American Vegan Kitchen in the post for me to review.

First impressions -
I had to laugh when I saw the list of American Celebration Food days list thingy on pages 14 and 15 because I have something similar-ish planned for my book! (If it makes it past the editors) Now it looks like I am copying! but I swear Tami, I'm not.

Other than that, everything is well laid out, recipes are easy to read and follow. I only saw one typo in my quick perusal (the All American Spice blend as you to let it "cook completely" before storing where "cool" would be more appropriate.) I like the scope of the recipes and the range of dishes covered.

I liked the photos in the middle, more than you often get with a soft cover book. Nice.

There are loads of recipes I'd like to try but what I did try was-
For lunch I made the Fried Avocado Wedges, page 53 to go with a green salad dressed with the Creamy Garlic Basil Dressing, page 87. Then later I made the Beer-Battered Onion Rings, page 162 to munch on while watching the hockey (woot Montreal, what have you guys been feeding on lately. Superb series win come-back).What I thought? -
Fried Avocado - O M G I could eat this every day. Its one of those recipes you think "I really wish I'd thought of that" because it is so very very good. Simple and good. The creaminess of the avocado contrasts with the crispness, and slight sour / spicy-ness of the batter, and it is a good thing I only had one ripe avocado!
The salad dressing was great. I liked the balance of flavours. A real summery taste.
The Onion rings were great too, and would be better if made with the batter from the Avocado!! Next time!

Will I be making more from this book? -
Will I ever. Try and stop me!!

Thanks Tami, for a happy full tummy! Now the pressure is on for reciprocating.


Tami (Vegan Appetite) said...

Wow, Carla, what a great photo of the avocado wedges!

Those calendar things are fun-- great minds and all that.

Thanks, Carla!

Courtney said...

I was a tester for this rocks!


Knit-Picky C said...

Thanks for this review.
The best and greatest thing about being a vegan in 2010 is the fantastic and welcome explosion of vegan cookbooks in the last 5 years.
I started my blog last year but didn't have a camera - I have one now & am going to be posting my first recipe this Sunday night, starting out simply. You see I, too, am hoping to eventually publish a vegan cookbook!

Take care, I look forward to your next review.

radioactivegan said...

you definitely know how to make a book look awesome! thanks for the recommendation.

I wanted to let you know that I have bestowed on you the great honor of "Sunshine Award" :) You can check it out here, but it basically just means you're awesome! Thanks for some great blogging :)

Carla said...

Aw shucks. Thanks

chris said...

Fried avacado? Genius. I bet they would be great with some fresh salsa or even on a burger :-D I know what I'm eating this weekend.

Carla said...

Chris, you should make it! So very good. Would be great with salsa!