Monday, 9 July 2012
Book Review - Let Them Eat Vegan
As with all Dreena's work, the book is well written, with a lot of information about ingredients, methods, and the recipes themselves, in the introductory section, the appendices, the chapter headers, and the recipe headers (not to mention the notes and hints!). This is one of those cookbooks you can read like a novel and enjoy just reading. I do like cookbooks like that. Layout is simple and effective, with one recipe per page, and each recipe has an indicator as to whether it is soy, wheat, or gluten free - handy for folks with allergies and intolerances.
Now, what about the food.....
I made a bunch of recipes, and here are my notes. Page number order as always.
Page 36 Three Bean Salad
Simple salad, similar to many I have had before. Solid recipe.
Page 37 Kale Slaw with Curried Almond Dressing
Dressing on page 49
Not the best Kale Salad I'e had, but nice enough. The dressing didn't absorb into the kale so well, softening it, as is my preference.
Page 38 Quinoa Nicoise
Oh, happy genius. Loved this salad. The flavours and main ingredients of Nicoise, with quinoa! Love it.
Page 39 Smoky Sweet Potato and Black Bean Salad
Loved this one too.The combination really works well, and while not too hot there is a good amount of smokiness which accentuates the sweetness in the beans and sweet potato.
Page 40 Quinoa Tabbouleh with Olives
I had to use green olives as I was out of Kalamata, but this was still a lovely salad. Not overely herb-y but nicely balanced.
Page 43 DJ's Hummus Salad Dressing
Another genius idea! I know Dreena borrowed it, but still. Yum!
Page 44 Classic Caesar Dressing
Nice Caesar dressing, good tang.
Page 53 Peanut Tahini Sauce
A little disappointing, as I love both peanut and tahini sauces. I didn't feel the mix was a vibrantly tasty as it could have been, and needed a little zing of lime or something to liven it up a little. Would make again and tweak.
Page 84 French Lentil Soup with Smoked Paprika
Loved this soup more the first day than the second, which is unusual for me and lentil soups. The flavours seemed to get lost overnight somehow.
Page 95 Lemon Dijon Green Beans
Simple and delicious.
Page 100 Gingered Broccolini
Works just as well with broccoli! Tasty side dish, and not just for with Asian meals.
Page 102 Roasted O&V Potatoes
Simple and very tasty.
Page 114 Jerk Chickpeas
Lovely both straight out of the oven and cold. Super simple to make so will make often I think.
Page 135 Nutty Veggie Burgers
These were goooood burgers. Really good. I meant to only eat one but had to go back for more!
Page 175 Triple Threat Chocolate Coconut Macaroons
Thee simplest cookies ever! and so tasty. If you like the chocolate coconut combo you should make these!
Apologies for the lack of pictures for anything but salad!! All in all, way more hits, so I would recommend this book to everyone!!