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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Da Capo Lifelong Books; 1 Original edition (27 April 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0738212733
  • ISBN-13: 978-0738212739
  • Product Dimensions: 18.7 x 1.9 x 23.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 577,212 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Basil and Spice, 4/29/10
"[Romero] offers a dynamic intro to Latin food ways with her latest cookbook, "Viva Vegan!" that even the most staunch omnivore will salivate over...Newcomers to Latin food and plant-based dishes will appreciate Romero's primer on the Latin pantry and how to source these ingredients."
4/30/10
# 10 on "Tucson Weekly"'s bestseller list for the week
Blogcritics.org, 5/24/10
"[Romero] comes to the rescue of cooks whose imagination limits their vegan output, and vegans who would like more Latin dishes on their menus. There are 200 recipes in this colorful book; among favorites like tacos, burritos, and tamales (and everything else you'll find in popular Mexican, Cuban, Costa Rican, South American and Spanish restaurants), there are wonderful desserts, salads, stews, snacks, sweets, casseroles, and...ooooh, those creamy corn-filled empanadas!...There is a great selection of dishes that everyone will enjoy...'Crepes with Un-Dulce de Leche and Sweet Plantains' are swoon-worthy...Bottom Line: Would I buy "Viva Vegan!"? Si."
EatDrinkBetter.com, 5/27/10
"Crepes with Plantains...[is] one of the best vegan breakfast ideas I've come across...A good cookbook for novice cooks as well as for those more experienced cooks who want to add a little variety to their culinary repertoire. It works well as an introduction to preparing Latin foods."
GoDairyFree.com, 6/2/10
"[An] insanely creative cookbook."
The Electric Review, May/June/July 2010 issue
"As Terry Hope Romero shows in "Viva Vegan!," it's entirely possible for diners to get big flavor with organic ingredients that fore-go all-things-animal. Here, Romero takes a fresh approach to vegan cooking, ...introducing an assortment of recipes that simultaneously pay homage to vegan principles and the saucy-flair of traditional Latin cuisine..."Viva Vegan!," which speaks with equal precision to both the professional chef and the novice, contains a comp

Basil and Spice, 4/29/10
"[Romero] offers a dynamic intro to Latin food ways with her latest cookbook, "Viva Vegan!" that even the most staunch omnivore will salivate over...Newcomers to Latin food and plant-based dishes will appreciate Romero's primer on the Latin pantry and how to source these ingredients."
4/30/10
# 10 on "Tucson Weekly"'s bestseller list for the week
Blogcritics.org, 5/24/10
"[Romero] comes to the rescue of cooks whose imagination limits their vegan output, and vegans who would like more Latin dishes on their menus. There are 200 recipes in this colorful book; among favorites like tacos, burritos, and tamales (and everything else you'll find in popular Mexican, Cuban, Costa Rican, South American and Spanish restaurants), there are wonderful desserts, salads, stews, snacks, sweets, casseroles, and...ooooh, those creamy corn-filled empanadas!...There is a great selection of dishes that everyone will enjoy...'Crepes with Un-Dulce de Leche and Sweet Plantains' are swoon-worthy...Bottom Line: Would I buy "Viva Vegan!"? Si."
EatDrinkBetter.com, 5/27/10
"Crepes with Plantains...[is] one of the best vegan breakfast ideas I've come across...A good cookbook for novice cooks as well as for those more experienced cooks who want to add a little variety to their culinary repertoire. It works well as an introduction to preparing Latin foods."
GoDairyFree.com, 6/2/10
"[An] insanely creative cookbook."
The Electric Review, May/June/July 2010 issue
"As Terry Hope Romero shows in "Viva Vegan!," it's entirely possible for diners to get big flavor with organic ingredients that fore-go all-things-animal. Here, Romero takes a fresh approach to vegan cooking, ...introducing an assortment of recipes that simultaneously pay homage to vegan principles and the saucy-flair of traditional Latin cuisine..."Viva Vegan!," which speaks with equal precision to both the professional chef and the novice, contains a complete cours

Finally a recipe book that offers vegan recipes that are a familiar take on Mexican and South American foods. Viva Vegan would even appeal to people who think all vegan eating is just grains and veggies and soy products with no taste. The book is very creative with its recipes Whether you are vegan, vegetarian or an omnivore, this book would be a great addition to your cookbook library. Curled Up With a Good Book Romero has opened my eyes to a whole new world of vegetable possibilities with her book Romero s book makes it so simple [to] whip up meals One bite and I was converted Romero includes helpful tips, friendly encouragement, and snippets of beginner Spanish that let us gringas pretend we ve got Latin flair in the kitchen...Viva Vegan is a perfect way for the not-quite-committed to make the transition to a vegan lifestyle without giving up the flavors we love Romero s approach is chatty and light-hearted, suggesting that whipping up these recipes is equally breezy. I can tell you that this particular kitchen-illiterate reviewer found it to be just that, and produced easy, tasty dishes that even the family carnivores wolfed down. Midwest Book Review, August 2010"

In Romero's kitchen, firm tofu is turned into a chewy, smoky pan-fried vegan stunt-double for chicharron, the fried pork rinds popular in the Caribbean, while ceviche is reimagined with mushrooms or heart of palms. Sacramento Book Review, August 2010 No matter what your dietary persuasion, Viva Vegan! is a cookbook everyone needs to bite into. Sassy and exploding with flavor, this book includes both joyful reading and happy eating I imagine I ll be turning to Viva Vegan!...frequently. And I m not even vegan What sets Romero s recipes apart from other vegan fare is her reliance on standard kitchen ingredients not creepy faux meats Her recipes ultimately rely on fresh ingredients, creating healthier, lighter versions of otherwise traditionally heavy meals Fresh, fun, and enticing, recipes from Viva Vegan! are certain to become staples in your family meals. Vegan.com, 7/29/10
Latin-style food has been hugely underrepresented in vegan cookbooks, but this new book sets everything right.
Fresno Book Review, 8/8/10"

Loaded with attitude to show that vegan cooking can be an absolute blast and doesn't have to rely on faux meats and pretend cheeses to taste good This being summer, it's time for easy-to-make salads, and Romero offers a wonderful selection, including Black Bean and Corn Salsa Salad, where most of the energy goes into creating its gazpacho-style dressing, turning simple black beans and roasted corn kernels into something special. Metro New York, 7/20/10 Viva Vegan! audaciously ventures meat-and-cheese-lessly into the heart of Latin American cooking and brings you 200 vibrant recipes that don t skimp on taste or authenticity. The Hippo, 7/15/10 These are some of the best kinds of vegan recipes because they present fun foodie twists that will be interesting no matter what your diet is. Munster Times, 7/17/10 The author leaves no frijole overturned, giving step-by-step directions for Chili Rellenos, Red Chile-Seitan Tamales and other meatless entrees. We d need a lot more pages to list her fabuloso suggestions for sides, soups and sweets. New York Daily News, 8/4/10"

Provides an outstanding collection of dishes Using the basic spices of Latin cooking, this takes vegan dishes to a new level, offering professional chefs and beginners a fine set of vegan choices. Every vegan library should acquire this as an unusual addition to the collection! The Vegetarian (UK), September 2010 This book introduces us to the incredible tastes and diversity of South American cooking [It] features lots of useful hints and tips It s well worth hunting out all the authentic ingredients for this book but you won t be disappointed with the recipes with more accessible items. Definitely one of my favourite books of the year. The Vegan (UK), September 2010 An innovative new book that incorporates exciting new recipes with delicious traditional Latino favourites. Romero shows you how to transform vegan ingredients into wonderful dishes for you to enjoy Whether you are looking for a comforting feast or have a specific dietary requirement Viva Vegan has something for you [It] will definitely keep you cooking with passion every time. "

This book is wonderful for vegetarians and vegans alike, but the recipes can be prepared and enjoyed by anyone with an appreciation for Latin food. BestOfYouToday.com, 9/21/10
Terry successfully provides the vegan world with Latin-based vegan delights.The naturally-fresh nature of some Latin recipes greatly aid in her delicious new creations. VegNews, December 2010 Cookbook of the Year.
VegNews
, December 2010
A gorgeous, comprehensive guide to tackling everything from crispy plantains to rich dulce de leche While the book features some meat-free substitutes it focuses more on beans, grains, and vegetables, highlighting the healthy side of traditional dishes Helpful how-to illustrations pepper the book, teaching beginners the secrets Provide[s] the perfect foundation for eager amateur chefs, while foodies will surely appreciate the creative vegan twists There s no doubt that Viva Vegan! marks a milestone for vegan cookbooks. Eco Mama s Guide to Green Living, 11/17/10 Viva Vegan is for those who like a little spice A great holiday gift for that person who likes Latin American cuisine. "

[Romero] has collected 200 authentic recipes for Latin food lovers that will make you drool as you read how diverse herbs, spices, vegetable, legumes and fruits come together as enchiladas, green tomatillo sauce, taquitos, and flans. Peta.org (UK), 6/30/10 Viva Vegan! is the ultimate guide for anyone looking for a new way to add fresh, seasonal ingredients and authentic Latino spice to their meals without relying on animal products. Tucson Citizen, 7/2/10Romero draws on her Venezuelan roots and her experience as a cook in an New York City Latino-operated restaurant to concoct delightful new takes on old favorites This is a marvelous collection, especially for the hot summer months. The salads and beverages are wonderful choices when the temperature climbs above the century mark. Portland Oregonian, 7/13/10"

[This book] comes as a nice surprise to those who think Latin American food consists primarily of meaty dishes.Viva Vegan! contains easy, creative recipes for vegans who love Latin American cuisine [It] is one of the greatest ethnic additions to a vegan's cooking library, with recipes that require a minimum level of culinary skill and taste as delicious as they look.
PowerfulLatinas.com, 4/1/11
Romero s tasty and easy-to-follow recipes will tempt even hard-core carnivores.
TikiTikiBlog.com, 4/14/11
A decadent romp with things like chocolate mole tamales, mushroom ceviche, and sweet coconut corn pudding, with a good dose of educational cooking and ingredients information.

Big City Vegan, 7/7/11 The volume and expanse of recipes in this book is impressive This vegan cookbook is one big fiesta! Vegan food is not just for vegans anymore and this cookbook proves it.

TheLatinKitchen.com, 10/19/12"


The Feminist Texican, 8/26/10
If you think meat-free Latin food is not a possibility, prepare to have your mind blown As for the recipes themselves? Delicioso!...This cookbook is extremely hard not to like. She is knowledgeable and easygoing, and the book itself is easy to navigate. I love that the book has recipes from a variety of Latin-American countries; it s fun to see the variations inspired by different cultures.The book does not disappoint! January, 8/29/10 Most surprising [Romero] delivers. Z-Life, Fall 2010
You can have your Latin food and eat it, too Romero takes a fresh, healthier approach to Latin cuisine while expanding the vegan repertoire beyond the basics of tofu, seaweed and brown rice Easy-to-follow recipes. LaCosmopolatina.com, 8/16 Viva Vegan! has made it fun and easy to take the vegan plunge while still staying true to your Latino roots in the kitchen [It] will have your cupboards ready to handle any meal without hurting our furry friends! Taste for Life, October 2010"

Basil and Spice, 4/29/10
[Romero] offers a dynamic intro to Latin food ways with her latest cookbook, Viva Vegan! that even the most staunch omnivore will salivate over Newcomers to Latin food and plant-based dishes will appreciate Romero s primer on the Latin pantry and how to source these ingredients. "

Books and Chocolate blog, 11/24/10 Covers every aspect of Latin cookingsuch asbebidas (drinks), ensaladas, empanadas, nourishing stews, and one-dish meals, while teaching the readerthe basics of Latin cooking how to make the perfect tamale, salsa to complement any dish, and beans from scratch plus treats like flan andchurros A great resource. Natural Solutions, January 2011 [One of the] 12 Favorite Cookbooks from 2010
Natural Solutions
, January 2011
Romero, a Venezuelan-American and celebrated vegan chef, makes classic Latin recipes (from empanadas to churros) meat-and-dairy free. Vegan Mainstream, 1/8/11 [Romero is] a knowledgeable and passionate foodie who sheds a different light and even some Latin heat on veganism. Vegetarian Journal, Vol. 30, Issue 2, 2011
Romero shows you just how festive and inventive Latin cuisines can be Helpful tips throughout.
Metapsychology Online Reviews, 4/10/11"

4/30/10
# 10 on Tucson Weekly s bestseller list for the week

Blogcritics.org, 5/24/10

[Romero] comes to the rescue of cooks whose imagination limits their vegan output, and vegans who would like more Latin dishes on their menus. There are 200 recipes in this colorful book; among favorites like tacos, burritos, and tamales (and everything else you ll find in popular Mexican, Cuban, Costa Rican, South American and Spanish restaurants), there are wonderful desserts, salads, stews, snacks, sweets, casseroles, and ooooh, those creamy corn-filled empanadas!...There is a great selection of dishes that everyone will enjoy Crepes with Un-Dulce de Leche and Sweet Plantains are swoon-worthy Bottom Line: Would I buy Viva Vegan!? Si.

EatDrinkBetter.com, 5/27/10

Crepes with Plantains [is] one of the best vegan breakfast ideas I ve come across A good cookbook for novice cooks as well as for those more experienced cooks who want to add a little variety to their culinary repertoire. It works well as an introduction to preparing Latin foods. "

GoDairyFree.com, 6/2/10
[An] insanely creative cookbook.

The Electric Review, May/June/July 2010 issue

As Terry Hope Romero shows in Viva Vegan!, it's entirely possible for diners to get big flavor with organic ingredients that fore-go all-things-animal. Here, Romero takes a fresh approach to vegan cooking, introducing an assortment of recipes that simultaneously pay homage to vegan principles and the saucy-flair of traditional Latin cuisine Viva Vegan!, which speaks with equal precision to both the professional chef and the novice, contains a complete course in how to apply vegan principles to Latin cooking Noted for its clear narrative that educates without intimidating.
Bergen Record, 6/14/10
Two-hundred festive recipes fly off the pages of this Latin-American book, each sacrificing meat and dairy but not authentic techniques.
Deseret News, 6/15/10
Romero blends her Venezuelan roots with her experience working in a New York Latino-operated restaurant to create Latin American vegan recipes. "

SvelteGourmande.com, 6/18/10
Flipping through this book was both fun and jaw-dropping. Not only was it beautifully written, I also don t think I d have predicted that so many classic Latin dishes would lend themselves so well to going meat and cheese-less. The recipes were compelling and all looked fresh and perfect for summer.
Miss Eco Glam Blog, 4/28/10
Inside the book are recipes for every aspect of Latin Cooking You will learn the basics of Latin cooking, how to make beans from scratch, how to perfect a Tamale, and how to make authentic desserts. This book will keep you busy in the kitchen for as long or as short as you like, the variety of recipes in here are fabulous!... It s the kind of recipe book you read and start drooling because each dish sounds so exotic and sooo yummy! VegNews, July/August 2010 Viva Vegan! hits the mark. Celebrating her Venezuelan roots and Latin culture as a whole the NYC-based chef has not simply veganized Latin-food favorites Instead, she presents unique dishes infused with Latin flavors Thirteen well-organized chapters of recipes cover everything from quintessential condiments to more versions of rice and beans than you ever thought possible. Bookviews, July 2010"

About the Author

Terry Hope Romero is a vegan chef and coauthor of several bestselling cookbooks. She contributes to VegNews's "Hot Urban Eats" column and has hosted the public access/podcast vegan cooking show the Post Punk Kitchen. She lives in Queens, New York.


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As a vegan Texan living in the UK, I sorely missed Latin food. Terry's book really takes care of every possible craving I could have and creates a few new ones! I've easily made 1/3 of the recipes in the book. I've had it for less than a year and it's almost as stained with use as my other favourites that I've owned for years. I love this book so much, I even sent copies to my sister in Texas and my best friend in Newcastle.

My favourite recipes are the Drunken Beans with Seitan Chorizo paired with the Yellow Rice with Garlic (the best rice I've ever eaten in my life), Quick Red Posole with Beans, Swiss Chard with Raisins and Capers, Chimichurri Baked Tofu, pupusas, Cachapas (corn pancakes), tamales, Agua de Papelón, and Coconut Tres Leches Cake. In fact, apart from the plantains, I can't think of a single thing I've made from this book that I didn't love.

There are really just a few recipes that I want to make but can't because of lack of ingredients. However, most of what you can't get from health food shops can be purchased online - masa, chillies, annatto seeds, and spices from Lupe Pintos or Chilli Pepper Pete, vital wheat gluten (for the seitan - which has nothing to do with spelt) from Flourbin or Low Carb Megastore, nutritional yeast from Real Foods, Goodness Direct, or Vit-Shop, etc. So look around and experiment, and don't be put off by the unfamiliarity of it!
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I love this book. It has been great for expanding my cooking repertoire. South American food is poorly represented in the UK, and until I bought this book my knowledge boiled down to either chilies or fajitas/enchiladas. This book has really started to open my eyes to a world of brilliant cuisine and there's not been a single dish I've tried from here that I haven't loved (even the plantains!)

Yes, some of the ingredients can be a little hard to track down on a cold Tuesday night after work, but either a little inventiveness and substitution, or a bit of forward thinking to stock your pantry, overcomes those problems. If you were to get completely stuck on locating an ingredient, then the world of the internet is there to help with substitutions and advice. I recently came across corn husks in a food store and can't wait to get working on some tamales!

Given the ingredients situation in the UK, unless you live close to a good ethnic food shop, this book isn't necessarily for someone who wants an easy no-brains-inspiration dinner when you're exhausted from work. If you're into cooking and get excited by new cuisines, ingredients, and ideas, and you don't mind a little forward thinking, experimenting and creativity to get round the occasional ingredient, I thoroughly recommend it.
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This book introduces us to the incredible tastes and diversity of Mexican influenced cooking, a cuisine often overlooked here in the UK. Like Veganomicon, this book features lots of useful hints and tips as Terry shares her wisdom on issues like explaining the various folding methods for burritos or showing you how to make authentic tortillas with masa harina. You can, of course, use shop bought ones but that takes away all the fun! My favourite recipes so far has been the tamales - sweet poato flavoured chipotle in adobo, wrapped in corn husks and then steamed. It's well worth hunting out all the authentic ingredients for this book but you won't be disappointed with the recipes using more accessible items. Definitely one of my favourite books of the year.
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To be honest, I found this book a little confusing. I admit that I have never tried to cook Latin American food before and was hoping to spice up my vegan repetoire but quite a lot of the ingredients can only be found online and my local big supermarkets had never heard of half the ingredients on my list; I still haven't found toasted manioc flour although I've found out it is made from cassava. I did find a couple of recipes that contained fairly 'normal' ingredients such as "Creamy Corn-Crusted Tempeh Pot Pie" and "Tangy Mojo Sauce".

There are lots of sauce and salsa recipes and a lot of seitan recipes.

It is not a book for the beginner that you can simply pick up and start cooking; I couldn't tell which recipes were starters or main courses (I apologise for showing my ignorance of Latin American cuisine) although there is a section at the back of the book which gives ideas for dinner parties. There is also a shopping list at the back of the book.

For newcomers like me to Latino cuisine I think the book would have benefited from photographs next to the recipes; there are only 16 photos in the middle of the book which are very colourful and look appetising but I think they should have been placed at the side of the recipes.

Edited to take comments into account - I have been vegetarian for several years but have only just taken the plunge into becomming vegan.I apologise for thinking Spelt was the same as seitan. Thank you for comments and putting me straight on this one. (I shouldn't rely on Wikkipedia for info!!))Perhaps we should bombard the big supermarkets with requests for more vegan products.
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