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Vegan with a Vengeance: Over 150 Delicious, Cheap, Animal-free Recipes [Paperback]

Isa Chandra Moskowitz
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28 Feb 2007
Vegans have often been misunderstood or treated with suspicion because of their beliefs. Now, this strict form of vegetarianism is attracting thousands of new adherents both young and old and it has now become socially accepted as more people learn the health risks of eating too much meat and the benefits both to themselves and the planet of a plant-based diet. "Vegan with a Vengeance" is a vegan cookbook for the 21st century. It is the creation of Isa Chandra Moskowitz, co-host of the hugely successful TV vegan cookery show in the US called "The Post Punk Kitchen". Isa's cooking philosophy embraces being kind to animals (all recipes are completely animal-product free) and your wallet - while being creative and having fun in the process. She emphasizes fresh ingredients and says that, like good music, cooking is best when it's innovative and experimental. Her inspired recipes - covering all the meals for the day are influenced by dishes from around the world that include: Asparagus and Sun-dried Tomato Frittata, Sweet Potato Hash with Five-Spice and Watercress, White Bean and Roasted Garlic Soup, Fresh mango Summer Rolls, Ginger Roasted Winter Vegetables, Cold Udon Noodles with Peanut Sauce, Raspberry and Chocolate Chip Blondie Bars and Lemon Gem Cupcakes.

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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Grub Street (28 Feb 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1904943667
  • ISBN-13: 978-1904943662
  • Product Dimensions: 17.2 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 96,538 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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Named a "Top Ten Vegan Cookbook" by VegNews, July/August 2010 Portland Oregonian's FOODday blog, 2/3/10 "Fun sounding." GirlGetStrong.com, 4/30/10 "Written by a quirky and edgy Brooklyn born and raised vegan, Isa Moskowitz...Moskowitz gets rave reviewers for her innovative and yummy recipes and her entertaining and upbeat dialogue." Food Management, October 2010"The voice of the new veggie generation...[Isa Moskowitz is] a chatty Brooklynite with a gift for bold international flavors." Vogue India "A quirky cookbook that extols the virtues of liberated living and helps you create vegan versions of traditional recipes." Jackson Free Press, 4/11"Moskowitz takes familiar recipes and gives them a delicious and innovative twist that the whole family can appreciate." --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Isa Chandra Moskowitz has been cooking up trouble in the New York City punk rock scene since the eighties, when she started hanging out in Manhattan's Lower East Side. Her public access cooking show, The Post Punk Kitchen, which is filmed in her small Brooklyn apartment, has been a smash hit since it hit the airwaves in 2003. She has been inspiring fans of vegan food and loud music ever since. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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90 of 90 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Get the American version instead 22 Sep 2007
By Helena
Format:Paperback
The recipes in this book are fantastic and I recommend it highly. However, if you can, I have to recommend the US version over this one. This version does not have any pictures, whereas the US version has a section with full color pictures of the prepared recipes. Worse is that in this version the typography is awful. The letters are orange and and red and the typeface is much too wide. This makes the instructions hard to read (thankfully, the ingredients are set in a more conventional typeface), and it makes the book look a bit cheap. The fact that some pages have a reddish tint near the top adds to the cheapness.

A benefit of this version over the US version for European readers is that this version measures the ingredients by weight (both grams/liters and oz's) instead of by cups, so if that is important to you, I still recommend this version. Be aware that the conversion from cups to grams can be a bit off sometimes. For example, one cup of flour is converted to 115 grams. In my experience, a cup can also be 140 grams, depending on the type of flour.

Either way, the recipes are wonderful and I liked the personal touch of the author.

Edited to add that I do not agree with the two negative reviews that have been written after mine, and I was surprised to read them, because actually what I like most about the book is that many recipes are so easy to make (there are some exceptions, of course) and that there are not many pasta/pizza dishes. Also: I guess they are a staple in vegan cookbooks, but I don't own them and never had a decent vegan pancake before, so I liked those recipes as well. There are four waffle and four pancake recipes, I would hardly call that "ad infinitum". Your meaning may vary of course.
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93 of 95 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars one of the best vegan books 11 Mar 2007
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ok, i have the older version of this but I've noticed no-ones given either a review so I'm going to have to tell everyone how good this is. I've been vegan for about a year and a half and am very much into cooking. I have LOTS of vegan books and I'd have to say this is probably my favourite.

Sarah Kramers stuff is good but although theres some great recipes there seems to be a lot of 'fillers', and whenever I've done an Isa vs. Sarah, Isa has usually won hands down. Isa does't have as many recipies but she's obviously been selective. Its quite a fun book as well. lots of silly anecdotes, so it feels like your hanging out with a friend in the kitchen.

For all of those more 'womad' type vegans, dont let the 'post-punk' kitchen thingy put you off. This isn't a anarchist cookbook just 'for the kids' without the food to back it up. This is a quality cookbook with quality recipes. Everthing I've done out of this is great.
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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a little taste of heaven! 8 July 2007
Format:Paperback
I bought this cookbook on the merit of the chocolate chip cookies that a friend brought to a party (they were AMAZING, every bit as good if not better than the ones I used to buy from cookie bars in my pre-vegan days!) and her recommendation, and I haven't been disappointed, since everything I've tried yet has been just as good!

Both the sweet and savoury recipes in here are outstanding, and there's something for all tastes, from exotic curries to old, pre-vegan favourites like pizzas. As well as great recipes, she also offers tips on having a well stocked pantry and the best kind of equipment to buy and use. It's a great book for beginners and experienced cooks alike.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars My favourite Vegan cookbook. 28 Feb 2010
Format:Paperback
I bought this as my first vegan cook book and to honest i was a little put of by some of the recipes as they can have alot of ingreideints, and are sometimes alittle complicated, BUT
DON'T let that put you off. I have never had a diserpionting result from this cook book. The way the authour explains the recipes makes complicated processes easy to understand and the food is oh so good. (I strongly recomend the morrocan tagine or the mexican chocolate pudding, seriously, they are epic)
There is the slight problem that you get with many vegan cookbooks, which is that the author is American and thus uses several American terms and ingridients, but not so much that it's difficult to understand.
This might not be the perfect book for you if you have only just started cooking, but it will inspire you to stretch your cooking skills and try new things.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
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GREAT things about this book:

* The recipes work and are unusually good. In my experience a lot of vegan cookbook recipes tend to be fairly bland and/or just don't work (like the ingredient quantities are made up), Easy Vegan Cooking: Over 350 delicious recipes for every ocassion: Over 350 Delicious Recipes for Every Occasion being a good example. This book is VERY different. The author has obviously made all the recipes herself and is a real foodie. Best recipes: Morroccan tagine with spring vegetables, Sweet potato crepes with coriander-tamarind sauce and Spanakopita are all out of this world and were definite winners with herbivores/omnivores alike at my house.

* I found the "punk points", which are basically food preparation tips, REALLY useful. How to cut up a butternut squash and mango with minimum fuss, for example. The sorts of things my Mum might have taught me if these foods were as popular/available in the 80s!

* The quirky, humourous personal touches and auto-biographical stories in this book. It's not just a cookbook, it's a little peak into the Brooklyn/New York alternative punk scene and this lady's life. Let's face it, food isn't just fuel, it's culturally important to most of us. I really enjoyed reading the author's food-related memoires.

* The info on veganism in general (e.g. net resources) and on how to veganize other recipes. I have a LOT of cookbooks and have used the tips to veganize my favourite recipes.

NOT-SO-GREAT things about this book:

* NO PICTURES, AAAAARGH! I have never eaten a knish in my life and have no idea what it looks like. This goes for a lot of the other fabulous, often ethnically diverse recipes too.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars xmas present
I brought this for trying to be vegan work mates for Christmas. They say they have enjoyed reading it and getting ideas.
Published 2 months ago by AmazonAddict
5.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic book, for someone vegan or not
I bought this book to try out veganism with and it did not fail to disappoint.
It told me how to substitute ingredients whilst also giving me fantastic recipes (particularly... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Jumpin Jax
3.0 out of 5 stars Too much Tofu for me.
If you like tofu and peppers, you will like this, but for me there are only a very few recipes I'll be trying out.
Published 9 months ago by Gadget Girl
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good book
I use it as a source of inspiration, but it doesn't have many pictures which is what I like to see in a cook book. ...but it's a very good book despite the shortage of images ;o)
Published 13 months ago by Ms. M. Montanaro
5.0 out of 5 stars More delicious recipes
I thought Isa Moskowitz's Vegan Brunch was great. This book provides more inspiring recipes. I am not vegan (or 100% vegetarian) just trying to find out how to make veggie meals... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Hels books
5.0 out of 5 stars ISA CHANDRA is superb
I credit this lady's influence in successfully becoming vegan - her recipes are clear, concise, work and are VERY tasty.
Published 15 months ago by Scally Cross
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book highly recommended
I've tried lots of receipes from this book and all have turned out well. Very tasty vegan food with ingredients you can get easily enough and clear instructions. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Jim Hirsch
4.0 out of 5 stars very interesting
Even though I've only found 11 recipes (reason for the 4 stars) in this book I love it, and it has taken my interest in a big way. Read more
Published 19 months ago by ste&shir
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
There is little variety, it's mostly variations of a handful of ideas and main ingredients. There are some excellent vegan books and some pointless ones. Read more
Published on 9 Nov 2011 by M. Davies
4.0 out of 5 stars Deserves 4 stars for the peanut butter/oatmeal cookies alone
They are ridiculously good, as is the spinach and chickpea. Slightly annoying that a few recipes call for ingredients that are hard to find in the UK.
Published on 3 Nov 2011 by Palabras y guitarra
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