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Vegan Italiano: Meat-free, Egg-free, Dairy-free Dishes from Sun-Drenched Italy [Kindle Edition]

Donna Klein
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In the sumptuous style of classic Italian cuisine, this collection of delectably authentic recipes reinvents vegan. Mouth-watering dishes burst with fresh fruits,vegetables, whole grains, nuts, and healthy fats like olive oil - all within an animal-free diet, ideal for lactose-intolerant eaters and vegetarians, too.

Delicious Italian food was made for bountiful and flavor-filled variations, not weak substitutions - which is why none of these recipes calls for tofu, soy milk, or other ingredients that mimic meat, dairy, and eggs. Now readers can treat themselves to something scrumptious - even if they can't make it to Italy this year.



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Classic Italian dishes, minus the meat and dairy, from the author of "The Mediterranean Vegan Kitchen". In the sumptuous style of classic Italian cuisine, this collection of delectably authentic recipes reinvents vegan. Mouth-watering dishes burst with fresh fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts and healthy fats like olive oil-all within an animal-free diet, ideal for lactose-intolerant eaters and vegetarians too. Delicious Italian food was made for bountiful and flavour-filled variations, not weak substitutions, which is why none of these recipes calls for tofu, soy milk or other ingredients that mimic meat, dairy and eggs. Now readers can treat themselves to something scrumptious - even if they can't make it to Italy this year.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 726 KB
  • Print Length: 196 pages
  • Publisher: HP Books (3 Oct. 2006)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001O4SCX8
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #917,961 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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24 of 28 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Molto disappointing 27 Jun. 2007
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
"Vegan recipes from sun-drenched Italy" - conjures up a wonderful picture, doesn't it? I was looking forward to inventive, imaginative, delightful dishes, bursting with colour and freshness and flavour and goodness. What I got was a cookbook written for the American market (so quantities are given in cups and ingredients require translating; plus it refers to certain ready-made sauces etc that I haven't seen in UK supermarkets); not a single picture apart from the one on the front cover; and, most serious of all, not a single recipe (and there are more than 150 pages of them) that remotely inspires me to make it. I really can't believe there are many vegans out there who haven't already worked out for themselves how to make a tomato sauce using canned tomatoes and onions with a bit of basil thrown in, or how to roast a selection of vegetables in olive oil - if you're one of them, then by all means buy this book. Otherwise, please don't waste your money: buy a nice bottle of Italian wine instead!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Mmmm....... Tastes like Italy (in a bowl!) 26 Feb. 2015
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I can't vouch for the authenticity of this book as I've never been to Italy, however I can tell you the recipes are delicious, easy to prepare and cheap to make too, nearly everything I've tried has been made from store cupboard ingredients. There have been some negative comments on here about the use of shop bought ingredients but these are mainly sun dried tomatoes, tinned tomatoes, olives and jarred peppers, I think most people who cook regularly keep these in the cupboard. The author suggests using tinned tomatoes but you can easily substitute fresh. I always use tinned tomatoes in the depths of winter and fresh home grown in the summer. I've only had this book for a short time but it's constantly in use when I can't really be bothered to cook but I want something nutritious, tasty and quick. This is a perfect book for quick work night dinners, students looking for something fancier than baked beans on toast, beginner cooks and anyone on a modest budget but avoid if you've been cooking for 50 years and a total pro in the kitchen or you learned to cook from your italian mama, chances are these recipes are too basic for you.
Some other points worth mentioning:
- There are no meat substitutes used here and no fake cheeses. The author prefers to focus on dishes which are already vegan or can be easily veganised. Not a problem for me but you could easily add some veggie mince to some of the red sauces, namely the rosemary marinara, I have done this with good results if you're so inclined and a chopped up veggie sausage makes a great addition to some of the pasta dishes.

- Nutritional information is included, yay! I love it when books do this.

A few minor niggles, I've deducted a star for this.
- absolutely no pictures, not even one!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm loving it 2 Sept. 2007
By Carms
Format:Paperback
I bought this fairly recently and I've made a number of dishes from it that have all turned out perfectly. I'm thrilled to have found a vegan cookbook that uses simple, healthy ingredients with no tofu or meat substitutes in sight!

I've served a couple of these meals to non-vegetarians and they were super impressed! Donna Klein is my new favourite vegetarian cookery writer.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simple, delicious cooking 4 April 2008
By Mez
Format:Paperback
This is the first recipe book I go to when I've been presented with a previously 'uncooked' vegetable in my lucky dip organic delivery. It hasn't failed to provide me with a tasty recipe with ingredients that are likely to already be in my pantry. Clean, tasty, no dairy substitutes (yuck!). I've never considered the lack of food photos to be an inconvenience. Well done!
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150 of 152 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Delicious, Authentic and no weird ingredients 8 Nov. 2006
By Kathryn Bennett - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I pre-ordered this book before it came out because I loved the author's previous book, The Mediterranean Vegan Kitchen. When it arrived I started using it immediately and have not been disappointed. I hope she goes on to write a Vegan Francaise cookbook and many more.

The recipes are relatively simple and straightforward. I am thrilled that they avoid vegan ingredients that are not indigenous to the region - there are no calls for tofu, fake meat or tempeh, etc.

Where an Italian recipe traditionally calls for cheese or eggs, the author finds a vegan version or invents one, staying within the norms of the cuisine. Most recipes are less than a page. There are no pictures. Every recipe I have tried has been delicious and even my husband (who thinks all Italian food should be smothered in cheese) has liked these dishes.

Anyone who like Italian food will appreciate this book.
78 of 82 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Tired of wimpy frozen lasagna, limp spaghetti, and uninspired Italian? 15 Jun. 2007
By Bundtlust - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Do you love Italian food, but are tired of greasy, unhealthy versions in restaurants? Looking to lighten up on fat and cholesterol? A vegan or vegetarian looking for authentic Italian without strange soy meat substitutes?

Enter Donna Klein's Vegan Italiano. Author of TheThe Mediterranean Vegan Kitchen, The PDQ (Pretty Darn Quick) Vegetarian Cookbook: 240 Healthy and Easy No-Prep Recipes for Busy Cooks, and the The Gluten-Free Vegetarian Kitchen: Delicious and Nutritious Wheat-Free, Gluten-Free Dishes, Klein writes easy-to-follow, delicious vegan recipes that, best of all, are free of strange soy substitutes like TVP crumbles, soy sausage, tofu or tempeh. Only garden-fresh natural ingredients are used, with a touch of olive oil for flavor.

Naturally, Italian standards such as bruschetta, minestrone, gnocchi, and lasagna are included. Bruschettas include Asparagus, Apulian-Style with Cherry Tomatoes and Basil, and Cherry Tomato and Roasted Red Pepper. Lasagnas include Spinach and Eggplant and Zucchini. The main part of the book is dedicated, not surprisingly, to pasta, with numerous farfalle, linguine, and fusili offerings. There are also numerous ideas for fresh wild greens salads, vegetable side dishes, pizzas and breads, and desserts. Many of the dessert offerings would be perfect on a hot summer's day on the patio: fruits poached in red and white wine, macedonias, and granitas.

The great thing about vegan Italian recipes is that they're delicious as written, but if you want to add cheese, feel free. It's much easier to add animal products to a successful vegan recipe than it is to subtract them from a traditional one.

The majority of recipes are easy to prepare and contain detailed nutritional info. Fans of Donna Klein's other vegan and vegetarian cookbooks, as well as those looking for healthier updates on authentic Italian cuisine, will do well to check out Vegan Italiano. Although not as thorough as Klein's Mediterranean Vegan Kitchen (much of Vegan Italiano felt like carryovers from MVK), these are still healthy, delicious Italian favorites that are easy to prepare.
34 of 38 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Terrific everyday cookbook 23 Aug. 2007
By Judith Lautner - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I've had this book only for a few weeks but I have used it many times already. It is often the first cookbook I head for when looking for something to cook.

That's because it is full of simple recipes using common ingredients, many of them quick and easy to put together. A really good everyday cookbook. The only reason I didn't give it a higher rating is that it didn't have more recipes.
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Saluti! 20 Mar. 2010
By K-Cizzle - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
The bad: No Graphics except for the cover. Cookbooks should be in COLOR, with pictures for each recipe!

The good:
1. Every single recipe in here is amazing. The desserts especially. I loved the apple cake and grilled stuffed peaches...mmm, yum!
2. The author has a great chatty style. It feels like you're over at your best friend's house who happens to be an amazing cook and you're sipping on Limoncello as she tells you about her day whilst cooking quick appetizers for a summer picnic :) (my imagination got carried away there).
3. The recipes are true to Italy so you won't find fake soy/gluten based meats or vegan cheeses that are difficult for beginning vegans to make or use. These recipes are true vegan recipes, meaning they were never intended to have meat/cheese/eggs etc.! So it doesn't feel like you're missing anything and most people won't even realize they just had a completely vegan meal until you tell them so!
4. She describes each region in the beginning of the book and tells you which region each recipe comes from as well.

Verdict...GET IT!
19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm loving it 2 Sept. 2007
By Carms - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I bought this fairly recently and I've made a number of dishes from it that have all turned out perfectly. I'm thrilled to have found a vegan cookbook that uses simple, healthy ingredients with no tofu or meat substitutes in sight!

I've served a couple of these meals to non-vegetarians and they were super impressed!
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