Monday, 2 December 2013

Book Review - Vegan Pizza

Cute book. Not an overly large book, but there are only so many variations on the theme you can make before getting repetitive. Photos of ingredients (not colour) are smattered through the text, but there are no photos of the pizzas or other recipes. This is not a biggie to me, but I know some folks like lots of photos in cookbooks, are find it easier to visualise the end product.

The book is divided into logical chapters, and starts with a run down of ingredients, equipment, and tips and tricks for successful pizza making and devouring (party anyone?). There are options (including Gluten-free) for crusts (if you choose to make your own), sauces (cheesy and other wise), and homemade "meats" for topping. I especially like how quinoa is used in these meat replacement recipes - very clever, and tasty! There is even a chapter on dessert pizza and while I didn't make any of these I can see myself doing so in the future for a different treat (maybe when the kids have a sleepover or party!)

The recipes I made -
Page 10 - Gluten Free Pizza Dough
Worked really well. Made a crisp crust and wasn't too hard to work with.

Page 18 - Sausage Crumbles
Tastes lovely. Not just for on pizza. I would use this on pasta as well - and in all sorts of ways. Easy to make.

Page 35 - Tomato-Garlic Pizza Sauce
Super simple. Perfect as a base for adding toppings too - not much else to say.

Page 38 - Garlic Sausage and Onion Pizza
Using the recipes above! Nice combination, very tasty.

Page 56 - Mushroom, Broccoli and Sun Dried Tomato Pizza
We love mushrooms on pizza, and we love broccoli. Of course we loved this!

On the down side - I'd have liked to have seen more recipes not calling for shredded vegan cheese (my initial assumption is commercial) or more places where it is mentioned how to use the recipes that are given for sauces etc in place. This information is given, but I think it would warrant repeating just to keep it in the forefront of peoples minds.

Recommended? If you love pizza and would like to make your own, from crust up, then for sure. There are some tasty topping ideas, so even to use this as a jumping off point is a good deal.

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