Sunday, 11 March 2012

Book Review - Skinny Bitch Book of Vegan Swaps

This book was not entirely what I was expecting. I had in my head that it was going to be something along the lines of The Complete Guide to Vegan Food Substitutions and I was quite excited to have another book giving recipes for store bought staples. However, I was wrong. This book is focused on giving vegan processed food options for non-vegan staples to aid the transition to a vegan diet. In the introduction Kim (may I call you Kim?) uses the phrase "Supermarket Bible", and that really is what this book is in a nutshell, a vegan supermarket guide so you know what to look for, and look out for as you buy your groceries. As such I feel it would be most helpful to new vegans, those making the transition to animal-free meals, and it would be a great gift to give to someone in that position. Also it is very US centric, some of the brands I had never heard of here in Canada, so bear that in mind too. Unlike the first "Skinny Bitch" it isn't completely loaded with profanity, so you could easily give this one to your (open-minded) grandma.

It is a cute book, small and square (fit in your big purse for trips to the store) with a ring binder spice (nice!) to hold the book open, its laid out by items being "swapped" and gives the best use for the items - for example best vegan cheese for melting, best for Mac'n'Cheese, best for dips and spreads etc.

There are a few recipes (10) and my only real regret is that there aren't more, including some giving uses for some of the items mentioned on the pages. The recipes I made, in page number order, were -

Page 36 - Blueberry and Lemon Cream Parfait

Nice, creamy, yet light and refreshing. Easy to make - minutes only.

Page 40 - Deb's Chili

I've never used those taco seasoning packages before. I don't know why. This was a bit of an experiment for me. It was a nice chili, but I don't know if I'd use the packs again I prefer to add spices to taste.

Page 41 - Corn, Asparagus and Fresh Risotto

The "fresh" in the title seems a little out of place! Being risotto this was a little more work, but worth it. Bursting with sweet fresh vegetables.

Page 45 - Ratatouille

Classic. Simple and tasty. Not a huge eggplant fan but liked this fine.

Page 47 - Peanut Seitan Noodles

But without the seitan, and with rice noodles instead of pasta. I really liked this one.


Bianca said...

I'm making the peanut seitan noodles tonight ... with gluten-free seitan that I had leftover from my review of The Complete Idiot's Guide to Gluten-Free Vegan Cooking.

Robin E said...

I made the chili, except I added Vegan Meat and Fresh Garlic and cayenne, The dish is colorful and smells like actual chili "meat eater chili" and The husband and his driller workers didn't tell the difference ;-)