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4.0 out of 5 stars Better than expected, 30 Sep 2013
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This review is from: Vegan Pizza: 50 Cheesy, Crispy, Healthy Recipes (Paperback)
Here's a basic, single deal-type of book that gives those who follow a vegan diet 50 different recipes to make pizza. There might even be something here for the ambitious otherwise meat-eating pizza fan too.

Invariably you either will have a specific need or desire for this kind of book or not. There is no real halfway house. If you just want a general book full of vegan recipes there will be others out there and they probably include a pizza or two. However if you like pizza and don't want the hassle of converting a "normal" book, this could be a little gem.

Starting with a general overview of what you might need in your pantry and some basic guidance, it is a quick gallop to the recipes, beginning with a variety of doughs that will form the base of your future creations, then "house-made meats" (which does sound strange to a meat-eater trying to get into the mind of a vegan) and various sauces and spreads. After that it is pizza, pizza and more pizza, some possibly familiar, some less so and some that you might consider experimental, edgy or rather unconventional. Sweet pizza pies?!?!

This book has a clean, simple and friendly design that just is a pleasure to read. It would have been nice, however, to have had some photographs of the finished dishes to aid inspiration. It seems a curious omission when there has been space and a budget for various large pictures of tomatoes arranged in an "artistic pose" and other clip art type images throughout. Our usual niggles about the lack of an estimated preparation and cooking time and the reliance on sole U.S. imperial measures is applicable here. Why is it so difficult for some publishers to understand just how important small things can be? A suggestion that it is acceptable to use the conversion table hidden at the back of the book will get a virtual wad of pizza dough aimed at the head!

As noted, some of the recipes are far from "normal" and that is a good thing. They deserve a wider audience and it is a shame that many non vegans will pass this book by. Raspberry Crumble Pizza is something that everybody should try at least once, if only for novelty value. It does have the potential of being a favourite item though.

All in all this book turned out to be much better than one's initial thoughts had determined. A fair few niggles that weigh the book down but it is sufficiently different and priced reasonably enough to make it worthy of consideration by non-vegans who just fancy trying something new. Vegan pizza lovers will naturally have a stronger bond to this - and that might engender a deep relationship or an ambivalent one without it reflecting on the book itself.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very useful book, 11 April 2014
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This review is from: Vegan Pizza: 50 Cheesy, Crispy, Healthy Recipes (Paperback)
I'm a pizza fan and soon after I became vegan I started to miss this delicious dish. This book helped me to prepare delicious spreads that superseded cheese on our pizzas and it offers many good ideas in terms toppings, too. Tip from us: If you have no nutritional yeast flakes, try a tiny bit of Marmite instead :).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Vegan deliciousness, 23 Dec 2013
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I bought this for a friend's birthday. She's a vegan chef, writer and activist and said she had only been reading about this book a few days before and thought about getting it, so was thrilled when I got it for her. She said it's a great book, so happiness all 'round!
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