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Isa Does It: Amazingly Easy, Wildly Delicious Vegan Recipes for Every Day of the Week Hardcover – 11 Feb 2014

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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Sphere (11 Feb. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0751555460
  • ISBN-13: 978-0751555462
  • Product Dimensions: 21.5 x 3.3 x 26.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 12,655 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Isa does it again! Delicious recipes that are explained in a way that a child could understand. Beautiful photos and mouthwatering, cruelty-free food! What more could you ask for?--Emily Deschanel

"The grande dame of vegan cookbooks."--VegNews

""Warning: Food cravings are about to kick in.""--Women's Health

"Warning: Food cravings are about to kick in."-- "Women's Health"

"Isa does it again! Delicious recipes that are explained in a way that a child could understand. Beautiful photos and mouthwatering, cruelty-free food! What more could you ask for?" "Emily Deschanel""

"This focused solo effort should enchant mainstreamers and the vegan-curious alike...For those who consider veganism a creed of abstinence and austerity, these joyous, vivid recipes are a persuasive argument to the contrary." T. Susan Chang, ""The Boston Globe"""

"Moskowitz has singlehandedly revolutionized vegan cooking" "San Francisco Book Review""

"The grande dame of vegan cookbooks." "VegNews""

"It's a hefty hardcover with beautiful photos and lots of hand-drawn illustrations, so it makes for a truly satisfying gift." ""Bust"""

"Warning: Food cravings are about to kick in." ""Women's Health"""

"Veteran chefs, budding vegans, and bacon fanatics can all appreciate Moskowitz's hilarious prose, simple instructions, and culinary creativity." "Portland Monthly""

"ISA DOES IT is full of her quips, making the book not only an unintimidating introduction to vegan cooking but also a darn fun read." ""Omaha Magazine"""

"Hands down, the best vegan cookbook of the year. Isa Chandra Moskowitz does it again with this collection of easy and delicious recipes designed for everyday cooking." ""The Oregonian"""

"Isa Moskowitz has a peerless capacity to conjure comfort from the unique, transmute simple to divine, and, most importantly-she makes her vegan cooking prowess approachable. "Isa Does It," like her other work, will be a dog-eared staple in my kitchen for years to come." "Biz Stone, founder of Twitter""

"Isa Chandra Moskowitz comes to the rescue with her latest cookbook "Isa Does It." The book is filled with pantry-friendly, satisfying recipes for every day of the week-and, yes, they're vegan, too!" "The Kitchn"" --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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Recipes, tips, and strategies for easy, delicious vegan meals every day of the week, from one of the world's bestselling vegan cookbook authors.

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Being Vegan isn't hard but being Vegan and having some hearty meals can be a bit of a pain.
Before this book I was sometimes afraid to experiment with different beans and ideas, basically stuck in a rut of I'll have this recipie I like and that one I like but not try anything else.
Then I got this book and everything sounded so tasty (there are only pictures for every few meals and not for everything), Isa has a little blurb before the recipie that always makes me laugh and you can tell a lot of time, care and attention has gone into this book.

Yes the measurements are all USA but to be honest I haven't found that it matters too much, I just go with the measurements anyway and it seems to work out.
Finding some of the ingredients hasn't been hard but a bit stranger than the norm, for instance I could only find Jamaican Curry powder at my local spice shop and it took me forever to find corn meal here in the UK (Did not realise it is Polenta), Nutritional yeast can easily be bought on Amazon in a 3 pack and lasts for months.

I have tried at least 25 of the recipies here and only disliked one, everything else has been so hearty and tasty.

A little tip from me, Isa tends to use cashew cream in a fair few of the recipies, I found that making a massive batch in the blender then freezing it (it freezes really well) and then when frozen whacking it with a hammer to break it into pieces meant that I always had it handy without sitting and soakng the Cashews for hours. Just add a couple of blocks to your recipie and give it an extra 5 mins.

So if you want a new Vegan cook book with loads of awesome recipies then go on and buy this.
Also check out Isa's series on YouTube for Breville where she shows off a few of these recipies.
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Format: Hardcover
I have all of Isa's books and they are all great. She really is one of the best vegan cooks out there. This book is beautiful. It has a lot of pictures along side the wide range of recipes. So far I have made 12 recipes and the have all been delicious. I will certainly make them all again. So the rosemary chocolate chip cookies were wonderful. The sinfully wholesome waffles were fantastic. I loved the Chandra malai kofta and the tempeh meatballs with spaghetti and spicy slurpy sauce. The tofu mushroom stroganoff, lentil a roni, dilly stew with rosemary dumplings, coconut chana saag, smoky Incan stew and meaty beamy chili were also wonderfully tasty. If you want a vegan cookbook you won't go wrong with this book. I can't recommend it highly enough and I can't wait to try out some more recipes. It is worth noting there is a British and American version. I have the American as I prefer using cup measures and this is the version I have based my review on.
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Plus points: Just what I needed: a huge selection of recipes that are easy to put together and all just amazingly delicious. Whereas before it used to take me hours to make a vegan meal worthy of the name, the ideas in this book show how you can make a satisfying, interesting meal that appeals to even the fussiest of diners. One of the other reviewers has kindly left a list of some of the recipes she tried, so you can see for yourself if you like the look of them.

On the down side: Some of the ingredients are a little tricky to find and might put you off because you have never used them before, and at first it might seem like a bit of a gamble: for example if you make your own seitan (vegan meat) and you don't like it, will all that gluten powder go to waste? Also, to make it cost-effective, I've had to bulk buy a lot of ingredients - a kilo of raw cashews... don't tell my partner. So, it seems tough to justify the initial outlay, but I think that if you are becoming vegan, you shouldn't just jump in with both feet anyway, but ease your digestive system in progressively, so that means you can start with the ingredients you think are going to be the most useful in the long run, and build up your pantry like that. I've tried a fair few of these recipes now and they are really all delicious, so you can trust the writer. If you are unsure, check her website and try a few of her recipes there.

If you are new to veganism, this would be a great book to start with, as the recipes are unfussy and delicious. If you are a long-term vegan and looking for some fresh ideas, this would also be an excellent choice.

WARNING: I bought the kindle version and it's basically PDF scans of the book.
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Format: Hardcover
I'm a huge fan of Isa Moskowitz so was always going to buy this book. It's her most beautiful yet, looking like a 'proper' cookbook on the shelf in the shop where I bought it. The layouts, graphics and photography are so fun and colourful and do make the food look exciting.

My main impression of it is that it doesn't, in my opinion, live up to its title. It's meant to contain 'easy' recipes but every single one that I've looked at that I might want to try requires a specialist ingredient (e.g. coconut oil, seitan), extensive preparations (a creamy soup I liked the look of requires me to soak cashews for several hours) or ingredients that you need to Google to find out what they are known as in the UK. (That's my other main gripe - I waited months for the UK version and it still asks you to buy 'collards', 'navy beans' and 'Frank's Hot Sauce'. I should have just bought the US edition! It's like the UK publisher just changed the price from $ to £ on the dustjacket and sent it to print - why didn't they actually adjust it to a UK audience?)

I think a lot of people will enjoy this book, and as a vegan I'm happy to see such a beautiful vegan cookbook on the shelves. It's just that there aren't many recipes I'd want to try. I like recipes where I'm likely to have most of the ingredients already in the kitchen, and not have to take a trip to a specialist supermarket to buy the rest. I also like to be able to throw things into the one pot, leave them to cook, then eat them, rather than having umpteen things going on at once and having to plan ahead to soak or marinate things for hours.

In 'Isa Does It' many recipes are complicated by additions, such as a soup that looks pretty good but it also asks you to prepare seitan in a specific way to go on top.
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