Whether you are an omnivore, vegetarian, vegan, or want to incorporate more veggies into your meals and less meat a few times a week simply for health benefits or weight loss, this cookbook is a winner in my book. I've had a few vegan cookbooks that I utilized just a few recipes out of and rarely could I find one that was a "go to" for entertaining with recipes that non-vegans wouldn't notice were vegan...this is such a cookbook. The tastes range from everyday to yummy gourmet. But the recipes are easy to follow with few ingredients.
Here are some examples:
Chili and cilantro corn fritters with tomato sauce (and this means chili as in red chili pepper not chili as in the cowboy beefy saucy chili, mind you. LOL)
Warm cumin and coriander spinach on garlic mashed potatoes
Rich mushroom sauce with tagliatelle
Wild mushroom soup
Roasted squash soup with fresh cilantro
Corn, coconut, lime and basil soup
Vegan Sushi with avocado and cucumber
Eggplant and potato bake
Stirfried black beans with lime and chile
Thai green vegetable curry
Individual crispy porcini bakes
Rich mushrooms on toast with truffle oil
Hot grilled sweet potato with watercress salsa
Warm lemon and olive oil beans on rosemary mashed potatoes
Spanish potato gratin
thai vegetables on fresh herb bread
Avocado butter with tomato relish in foccaccia
Tomato and pine nut linguine with carmelized lemon
Gnocci with tomatoes and fresh mint
Mixed mushrooms and tofu pasta
Spicy vegetables and coconut cream
Sponge cake with strawberries and lemon balm
Banana flapjacks with fresh fruit compote
Hot poached pears with toffee crisps
Coconut rice pudding with mangos and papaya
...and tons more...you get the idea!
With almost 250 pages of recipes it's a bargain in my book for finding many that I'm in the mood to cook. Almost every recipe has ingredients that are easy for me to find in any of my local groceries and most recipes are only a few steps in spite of them sounding and tasting far more complicated. Everything I have made has lived up to the billing of both "fast and fresh". And cooking vegan meals isn't always fast in spite of what is left out!
The first chapter touches on vegan nutrition and how to ensure you are not only eating well in taste, but well in health.
There are nutritionals for every recipe and most of them wowed me...very light in calories while not tasting like it. Even the desserts!
Time needed to make each dish is 5,10, and 20 minutes depending upon the dish.
Negatives: I am not one who needs pictures in my cookbooks to visualize a recipe. However, I know some shoppers are. The price of this cookbook is low so it's no surprise they aren't included but you should know going in if you have that expectation or need, there aren't pics included here. For me, I'd rather have more recipes included in the pages but I thought I'd throw that out there in case it's important to others.
Conclusion: Well done in every regard. Easy recipes, fast recipes, easy to find ingredients, taste gourmet and appeal to most, many recipes to choose from, nutritional included show healthy recipes and most are cheap to cook as well!