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Asian Vegan Kitchen: Authentic and Appetizing Dishes from a Continent of Rich Flavors [Illustrated] [Paperback]

Hema Parekh
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15 Oct 2012
The Asian Vegan Kitchen is a collection of recipes from across Asia, featuring the spices and the many tasty ingredients that have made these cuisines popular world-wide. It caters to the growing segment of people of all ages who have chosen to eschew animal products, yet still want to add some global spice and excitement to their diet.
There is one big difference between this and many other vegan cookbooks. These dishes do not use replacement ingredients for traditional recipes. Instead, author Hema Parekh - a noted teacher of vegetarian cooking styles in Tokyo - has selected recipes that were traditionally vegetarian, and have been enjoyed by diners for decades, even centuries. In doing so, she has had to make only minor changes, if any, for these recipes to be deliciously appealing to everyone: vegan, vegetarian or otherwise.
Over 200 dishes have been selected to cover a wide variety of tastes. Here readers will find vegan-ready recipes for everything from Japanss sushi to northern Indian curries, from Vietnamese spring rolls, to red-hot tofu, Chinese-style. Soups, noodle dishes and some desserts are also included.
The recipes are simple, with detailed explanations. Also included are over 50 mouth-watering photos and a comprehensive glossary.
Vegan cooking just became a lot more interesting.
A long-time vegetarian, Hema Parekh has been teaching vegetarian cooking in Tokyo for almost twenty years. She has written two popular books on vegetarian cooking in Japanese A Touch of Spice and Indian Vegetarian Cooking and is working on a third.
Parekh has lived in Japan for 27 years.

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  • Paperback: 191 pages
  • Publisher: Kodansha America, Inc (15 Oct 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 156836430X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1568364308
  • Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 1.5 x 25 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 111,153 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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If your concept of international vegetarian cooking is limited to eggplant parm from Italy and bean burritos from Mexico, take a world tour with Hema Parekh, author of the new book, The Asian Vegan Kitchen Parekh's philosophy is all about cooking as a way to share love and demonstrate hospitality. New York Daily News


.".. wide variety of innovative dishes... Beautiful color photos." Vegetarian Journal


--New York Daily News

About the Author


A long-time vegetarian, HEMA PAREKH has been teaching vegetarian cooking in Tokyo for almost twenty years. She has written two popular books on vegetarian cooking in Japanese A Touch of Spice and Indian Vegetarian Cooking and is working on a third. Parekh has lived in Japan for 27 years.

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37 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy this book! 13 July 2008
Format:Paperback
This is a wonderful book for fans of Asian food whether vegan or not. I love having 9 areas of Asia covered in one book. The recipes are well laid out and very easy to follow and most of the ingredients are already in the store cupboard of those of us who cook Asian food regularly so there's no need for lengthy shopping lists - you can just pick up the book and start cooking. Lots of the recipes are pretty quick to cook too which makes it great to use after a day at work.
I've only had this book a couple of weeks and I've already tried 8 recipes and they've all been excellent - especially the Split Pea Fritter Curry - love it!
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars really good 23 Mar 2009
By Al Parr
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
lovely lovely book,have made several dishes already,all really tasty and authentic,better than any take away and as good as food on holiday in india,photographs inspiring too,so pleased i have bought it,far superior in my opinion to the spicy vegan.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars She's a genius 8 Mar 2010
Format:Paperback
I never, ever write reviews, but in this occasion the book is so good I've got to share. If you like Asian flavours, healthy and simple vegetarian dishes with a kick, this is the one. This is first time I buy a cook book and I am compelled to try different recipes every day (normally I find two I like and use them until I get bored, then find another book)This morning I tried the carrot, cabbage, split mung bean tomato soup, thinking it wasn't going to work...I was wrong. I wisked up the recipe in 30 mins and it tastes delicious. Can't wait until lunchtime.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best.Vegan.Asian.Cookbook.EVER! 25 Jun 2010
Format:Paperback
I lived in different countries in Asia for over six years and when I decided to make the move back to a Western country, went into huge withdrawals for all of my favourite dishes. This book to me has been an absolute lifesaver and has seen me through some tough times! As with all my cookbooks, recipes I like get a wee sticker beside them, and this book is riddled. I love it!!

The book is very well laid out, with clear, easy to follow recipes sectioned into their country cuisine. Especially impressive is the Korean section, the dishes from which taste exactly like the real thing. While overall there have been a few duds, the majority of the recipes I have tried have been amazing and so close to what I remember.

The only problem some people might find is that, being quite authentic dishes, there are a lot of ingredients that people might not be familiar with, and that, depending on where you live, might be hard to get hold of. The ingredients lists are also in particularly small print, which for me makes for a bit of squinting mid recipe when I'm buzzing around the kitchen!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
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I am a vegan and a huge fan of Asian food so this book is perfect for me, possibly my favourite cookbook from a considerable collection. The book is laid out by country which is great, with some pictures in the centre to get your appetite going. The only thing about these recipes is that some of them have a lot of elements to prepare and a wide selection of spices. This is fine for me as I already had a rather well stocked pantry, but you might need to pop out to your local Asian food store for a few of the ingrediants if you dont already have them.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
By Sofia
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I had brought this book to get ideas and find some recipes that I can make for the whole family without having to cook two different things because of my little one who has some food allergies and intolerances. The objective of buying this book was therefore a) to ensure that my little one did not feel left out from what the rest of the family were eating, b) ensure that the family were eating more vegetables c) get varied recipes that would be tasty, look good and be nourishing.

I have to admit that this book does tick all of my objectives and therefore I have rated it 5 stars. As this book does have copious recipes from nine Asian countries that will definitely keep you busy in the kitchen cooking authentic dishes that are wholesome, tasty and healthy. With recipes such as these I believe that it is easy to be a vegetarian, vegan or to ensure that you consume more vegetables without it being a chore.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Authentic, flavoursome and achieveable recipes 29 Jun 2008
By Bo
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Wow. This is a superb book, with a selection of recipes from different parts of the world introduced in a friendly, informative style. Lots of delightful combinations of flavours using straightforward techniques and avoiding outlandish ingredients. It's nicely laid out, and has a middle section of photos illustrating some of the dishes. A real treasure - so glad I found it. I've already used it much more than more expensive, glossy books which remain sitting on the shelf.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Good recipe book, only one downside that there is no pictures. Looks slightly boring...
Published 1 month ago by Edita Vasiljeviene
2.0 out of 5 stars had high hopes for this book but was really disappointed. didnt feel...
had high hopes for this book but was really disappointed. didnt feel any dishes looked/sounded appetizing enough to cook so havent made a single one. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Miss J R Austin
5.0 out of 5 stars every recipe I've made has been excellent
I've had this book for a number of years and made many things from the various chapters - everything has been delicious. Read more
Published 10 months ago by E. L. Woodcock
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent and authentic recipes
This is an excellent book full of traditional recipes from a variety of Asian cuisines. If you follow the recipes, the food will turn out as expected. Read more
Published 14 months ago by ukvillafan
5.0 out of 5 stars Asian Cookbook
I really like this book after seeing it in a cafe in Tokyo called Brown Rice...... in hard cover...... found it very hard to stop reading inbetween eating
Published 17 months ago by ann
3.0 out of 5 stars Asian Vegan
A good solid book with some interesting recipes. I enjoyed it, but would have liked more recipes and some more photos
but a good buy nevertheless.
Published 18 months ago by Marion Charlesworth
2.0 out of 5 stars Dishes sound appetising - but some ingredients difficult to find
I have been a vegetarian for over 20 years and have recently decided to try being a vegan.

I love asian food and so was really excited to find this book, especially as... Read more
Published on 3 Aug 2012 by Kate Logsdon
2.0 out of 5 stars Mediocre Book
In the transition of becoming a vegan I decided to buy this book. Having already purchased lot of books from the medias top rated chefs and I consider myself to be quite an... Read more
Published on 2 Aug 2012 by Gathers
3.0 out of 5 stars Ingredients difficult to obtain
A brilliant idea, with a wide range of recipes designed for Vegans which means that I can continue to eat my favourite spicy foods. Read more
Published on 2 July 2012 by Caroline
5.0 out of 5 stars A great reference for vegans and omnivores alike.
This is one of my all-time favorite cookbooks. I can't tell you how often I refer to it. It's so comprehensive and showcases ingredients and recipes I've never seen before, which... Read more
Published on 2 Jun 2012 by BoringJade
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