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Isa Chandra Moskowitz is co-author with Terry Hope Romero of bestselling vegan cookbooks, Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World, Veganomicon and Vegan Cookies Invade Your Cookie Jar. Jessica Alba featured Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World in her Seven Secrets for a Fast Slimdown. Isa and Terry won US VegNews's Best Vegan Cookbook Authors award three years in a row. They hosted the public access vegan cooking show The Post Punk Kitchen and were featured in the New York Times and US Public Radio. She lives in Portland, Oregon.
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I have all of Isa's books and they are all great. She really is one of the best vegan cooks out there. This book is beautiful. It has a lot of pictures along side the wide range of recipes. So far I have made 12 recipes and the have all been delicious. I will certainly make them all again. So the rosemary chocolate chip cookies were wonderful. The sinfully wholesome waffles were fantastic. I loved the Chandra malai kofta and the tempeh meatballs with spaghetti and spicy slurpy sauce. The tofu mushroom stroganoff, lentil a roni, dilly stew with rosemary dumplings, coconut chana saag, smoky Incan stew and meaty beamy chili were also wonderfully tasty. If you want a vegan cookbook you won't go wrong with this book. I can't recommend it highly enough and I can't wait to try out some more recipes. It is worth noting there is a British and American version. I have the American as I prefer using cup measures and this is the version I have based my review on.
Being Vegan isn't hard but being Vegan and having some hearty meals can be a bit of a pain. Before this book I was sometimes afraid to experiment with different beans and ideas, basically stuck in a rut of I'll have this recipie I like and that one I like but not try anything else. Then I got this book and everything sounded so tasty (there are only pictures for every few meals and not for everything), Isa has a little blurb before the recipie that always makes me laugh and you can tell a lot of time, care and attention has gone into this book.
Yes the measurements are all USA but to be honest I haven't found that it matters too much, I just go with the measurements anyway and it seems to work out. Finding some of the ingredients hasn't been hard but a bit stranger than the norm, for instance I could only find Jamaican Curry powder at my local spice shop and it took me forever to find corn meal here in the UK (Did not realise it is Polenta), Nutritional yeast can easily be bought on Amazon in a 3 pack and lasts for months.
I have tried at least 25 of the recipies here and only disliked one, everything else has been so hearty and tasty.
A little tip from me, Isa tends to use cashew cream in a fair few of the recipies, I found that making a massive batch in the blender then freezing it (it freezes really well) and then when frozen whacking it with a hammer to break it into pieces meant that I always had it handy without sitting and soakng the Cashews for hours. Just add a couple of blocks to your recipie and give it an extra 5 mins.
So if you want a new Vegan cook book with loads of awesome recipies then go on and buy this. Also check out Isa's series on YouTube for Breville where she shows off a few of these recipies.
CycleRacingHALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 27 April 2014
I was given this book on Mother's Day, and I absolutely love it.
It is a 'real' cookery book. It contains beautiful pictures of the recipes. The whole layout is bright, engaging and colourful, and it makes me want to get into the kitchen and cook - even when I'm tired!...
At first glance, some of the recipes looked as though they were not the kind of thing I would usually make for my family. But I've given it a chance, and started working my way through the recipes and as of yet, not a single one has disappointed. The book has made me more adventurous in what I cook and what I am willing to attempt to cook. Friends who are not vegan, have also enjoyed what I've made.
Yes, sometimes what is written down seems to be American, but it isn't too hard to figure things out with the aid of the internet.
All in all, this book is great and the recipes are very good. I'm really pleased with it.
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I'm not a vegan, but this is now my favourite cookbook. I've never enjoyed cooking before, and always thought I wasn't very good at it. My waist line has expanded as a result of an excess of ready meals and takeaways in the last few years.
When I got this book, I was instantly struck by the warm homemade appearance of all the food, and how it all looked so appetising to someone who previously had an aversion to healthy food. It made me desperate to learn to cook. I've never looked back, and there hasn't been a day since when I've chosen a takeaway over one of Isa's recipes.
This book is stuffed full of comfort food recipes. Stuff you want to eat every day. You don't need a lot of fancy ingredients, just fresh vegetables and a few store cupboard staples. Everything is clearly explained with Isa's friendly, guiding style. A complete beginner (like me) can follow with ease.
It's easy to substitute in meat if you want to, and even cheese and dairy products if you're just vegetarian (like me). But I've found most of the time the meals are great how they are, wholesome, hearty and packed full of goodness and flavour.
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From the moment you open Isa Does It you realise you are holding a special book, and that delicious dinners await!
The styling of the book is lovely. It's well laid out and benefits from loads of really tempting photos of the finished dishes,(something that often lacks in vegan cook books!)
I like how the book is divided into sections like "comfort food" and "hand held food", as well as your usual soups, salads, pasta etc. A big focus in this book is making food that's satisfying, and Isa says this is done by putting emphasis on three things: char, creaminess and complexity.(also things that often lack in vegan recipe books!)
As with all Isa books there are very detailed instructions with each recipe, and tips to either help you cut time, or make substitutions if you can't get all the ingredients. (you kind of feel like your'e getting a mini cooking lesson with each recipe you read!)
The ingredients used are generally easy to find, although a few recipes do use seitan, which is tricky to get here in the UK (however there are plenty of recipes that don't use it). Cashews also feature a fair bit, but for those who can't eat cashews there's a helpful page which suggests substitutions for various ingredients ie Sunflower seeds in place of cashews.
I love how the recipes are mostly quick and not very labour intensive, so are perfect for weeknights, (but let you still feel you're making a special dinner.) I feel this book is equally suited to new and experienced cooks. So far I've only made the kale salad, and leek potato soup, but I know that there are lots of new favourite dinners in this book just waiting to be made, and I can't wait to try more!
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