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5.0 out of 5 stars Quick-fix Heaven- easy ingredient solutions!, 4 Aug 2012
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I think this book rocks! I really love Robin Robertson: she's a bit of a US vegan Delia - her recipes are delicious, well-explained and they work. I also own her 'Vegan on the Cheap' and '1,000 Vegan Recipes' which are genius imho.

Firstly,, about 90-95% of the ingredients are easy to source. Re the more unusual items, I realise that might be a problem for newish vegans or those cooking for them. But it's simply because as a US book it doesn't list UK brands

In fact, most of them are available in big supermarkets, Sainsbury and Waitrose especially: I've bought miso (sweet and dark varieties); vegan mayo (Plamil brand); vegan marg (Pure and Vitalite); vegan puff and shortcrust pastry (Jus-Rol and most s/market own brands, just check no added butter). Tempeh isn't yet in supermarkets but is available in good health food shops - frozen. Holland & Barrett will also stock most things. Vegan sausages? Linda McCartney's are vegan. Other brands (health food shops) include Redwood, Fry's and Vegetarian Choice.

Re using vegan stock, if you don't have home-made (I rarely do!), just use a vegan stock cube or bouillon powder. Marigold red and purple tubs are vegan (not the greeny orange one); Kallo do vegan stock cubes and even Green Oxo is vegan. Things like chipotles in adobo - just use dried chipotles, soaked in stock and don't worry about the more obscure extras. (Chipotles are a dried, smoked chilli - yummy!)

If anyone has a problem with a US vegan ingredient, Google it - not only do most of the big UK supermarkets have an ingredient search - but there are lots of UK online health food stores such as Goodness Direct, Alternative Stores, Veggie Stuff and tons more that deliver. Similarly, US sometimes has different words for foods, e.g. scallion for spring onion; eggplant for aubergine etc. Again, a quick google will take you to several sites that list these foods and their UK equivalents.

If none of the above works, please contact me jane@viva.org.uk - I'm the food person there and I would be pleased to help.

The only downside is that there are no or few photos of the food, which is a shame but all too common in US vegan cookbooks it would seem ('Vegan Yum Yum' one of the exceptions). I guess it's down to tight publishing budgets... but many of these cookery writers have cool websites where you can view some of their creations,

Hope this helps!
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Initial post: 30 Sep 2012 09:24:42 BDT
AyrtonNorris says:
As a vegan just starting on their vegan pledge I would like to thank you for that helpful comment. Will download this book to my Kindle today :)

Posted on 21 Aug 2013 11:39:41 BDT
Last edited by the author on 21 Aug 2013 11:42:37 BDT
Thank you Jane for such a positive and helpful comment. One of my main concerns was actually sourcing ingredients without too much hassle. I do feel a lot more confident about that now though having read your review.

In reply to an earlier post on 21 Aug 2013 12:44:59 BDT
Jane Easton says:
Glad it was of use! Enjoy!

In reply to an earlier post on 21 Aug 2013 12:46:16 BDT
Jane Easton says:
Oh, wonderful! Have a great time, hope you enjoy it all.

In reply to an earlier post on 21 Aug 2013 12:46:29 BDT
Jane Easton says:
Glad it was of use! Enjoy!
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