For a long time, I have been searching for really good recipes like the ones in this book. I tried to veganize some non-vegan versions with very little success. I was also looking for foods of this nature to make in bulk for work, parties, etc. This food will keep, and you really don't have to worry about temperature variations. A lot of these items are good hot or cold.
Vegan Deli's "Boneless Chickenless Chicken Salad" is an absolute winner, worthy of spreading in a sandwich or just eating on its own. At a recent work party, many were incredulous when I revealed that this recipe is completely free of animal products. I had brought some as part of our potluck dinner and party. There were no leftovers. Many other dishes at my workplace did have leftovers, and I had made more than enough of my dish for the party. So everyone was obviously digging into my contribution.
How's that for proof?
Joanne includes Eastern European fare as well as many other deli delights. I was pleased to find Tunisian and Moroccan recipes along with the delightful things that we all so fondly remember growing up-now veganized! This book proves that simple recipes are often better, and more versatile! I never saw quite the plethora of recipes all under one roof. It was my "holy grail" to find a Vinaigrette coleslaw that worked, and a potato salad that was not boring (not to mention the vegan issue.) This book offered both and then some. Many potato salads are included-believe it or not-one does not even contain mayonnaise! That recipe is a vinaigrette potato salad. Wonderful!
The "Chick Peas and Spinach" with its Middle Eastern flare of lemon and mint, was so addictive it was unreal. As the days went on, it became even better, as flavors mingled. The Spicy Italian Chick Pea soup and fruit soup were also winners, reminding me that next time I will have to quadruple the recipes so that all of my friends can share! The mock tuna recipes and the lox also worked well.
So if you have friends that want to cook ahead and store, or make party food or even lunch foods, check out this book. Joanne Stepaniak proves once again that there's no excuse to avoid being vegan! Get back to your roots and get this book! Even if it's not your roots, you'll be familiar with a lot of the contents and you will enjoy this book.