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I love love love Zsu's blog and have been following it for some time now. She presents easy to make dishes with easy to find ingredients and writes recipes clearly so you can easily make any of them with great success. I love this book, it is bright and full of color photos that make you want to get cooking. It is always a good sign! The recipes cover everything from basics that you can make yourself (or buy of course but it's nice to have the option since it is usually cheaper and then you can control the ingredients as well) like seitan, stocks, mayo, bacon tofu, blackened tempeh and ranch dressing (the best ranch dressing) to casseroles, side dishes, desserts and soups.
Most recipes are quick and easy with a few that might take a bit longer. It is full of great information about technique and ingredients and has loads of pictures! Here are some of my favourites by chapter:
Basics--seitan, stocks, broth powder, baked tofu, mayo, ranch dressing, bacon tofu, blackened tempeh
Soups--Creamy Tomato-Basil, Hot and Sour Soup with Bok Choi, Split Pea and two different Chowders
Sandwiches--Egg and Chicken-Free Salad, Mushroom Po'boy, Greek Gyros, Banh Mi Burgers, California Clubs, Portobello Fajitas w Roasted Poblano Cream Sauce, Deli Reuben
Salads--German Potato, Muffaletta-Inspired Salad, Seven Layer Tex Mex, Creamy Macaroni, Buttermilk Coleslaw
Mains: Maple-Chipotle Crispers, Meatless Pies in Buttermilk Biscuits, Glazed Holiday Roast, Country Fried Portobellos or Seitan, Vegan Meatloaf
Pasta and Grains--Mushroom Stroganoff, Pad Thai, Pasta Primavera, Scampi Pasta, Chili Mac
Casseroles--Baked Eggplant Parmesan, Tater Tot Casserole, Stuffed Cabbage Rolls, Spinach and Bean Enchiladas
Sides & Snacks--Classic Hummus, Spinach Artichoke Dip, Nachos (great nacho sauce and there is a gf version too)
Breakfast & Brunch--Tex-Mex Migas, Fried Vegan Omelet, Classic Style Benedict, Country Hash, Southern Biscuits and Gravy, French Toast with Apple and Candied Nut Topping
Desserts & Bakery--Fudge Brownies, Caramel Sauce (this is my favourite), Apricot and Raisin Rugelach, Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting, Soft Pretzels, Blueberry Scones.
I highly recommend this book! You won't be disappointed.