Monday, 20 August 2012

Book Review - Vegan 101

This book is not huge (being only 101 recipes!) but makes a good introduction to veganism for those looking to dip their toes in without too much commitment. It is part of a larger "101" series from Surrey Books and doesn't appear to have a single author - being edited by Kate DeVivo with some recipes coming from other books (with attribution).
The book starts with a simple introduction to being vegan, basic cooking equipment, techniques and ingredients which would be helpful to the complete novice. The recipes are simple, the instructions not overly detailed but workable, and the photos are nice. If you looove photos, there may not be enough for you, but there is a good smattering to give you an idea of how the recipes should turn out.

The recipes I made -
Page 28 Black Bean Hummus
Nice riff on regular hummus, with a different flavour added from the black beans and soy sauce. Worth making and tasty.

Page 32 Pinto Bean and Avocado Dip
Thicker and more hearty than Guacamole, this dip is nice with salad as well as with a variety of things to dip (pictured are nacho chips and fried baked potatoes). I enjoyed it.

Page 34 Garbanzo Salsa
Tasty, fresh yet filling, nice as part of a salad spread.

Page 34 Fried Ripe Plantains
Not that I feel I need a recipe for this, but I do love some plantains!

Falafel Burgers with Tahini Dressing
Tasty. I didn't think the falafel mix was going to hold together, but the texture of these was great, as was the sauce. The sauce was thicker than expected.

Page 62 Curried Pasta and Vegetables
OK. Nothing super great, but decent combination, and easy to make.

Page 78 Bean Gazpacho
Really good. Thicker and heartier than a "regular" gazpacho, and more filling. One I would have liked to have thought of!

Page 83 Vietnamese Curried Coconut Soup
I added quite a bit more curry powder and chili paste to get the flavour oomphed up a little for this one. Simple but nice - I would have liked a little more vegetable variety but that is easy enough to do.

Page 98 Mango and Black Bean Salad
Nice and refreshing, while staying filling. Great as part of a salad buffet.

Page 120 Orange Cilantro Rice
Tasty and simple, though the recipe doesn't say white or brown rice. The picture is white which is what I went for and I think that was right.

While not the most awesome book I've had, this one is perfectly serviceable, with tasty recipes, and makes a good starting point for new vegans and vegan-wannabes.

1 comment: said...

great review! the pinto bean/avocado dip looks divine!