Saturday, July 27, 2013

Review: One Dish Vegan

Title: One-Dish Vegan: More than 150 Soul-Satisfying Recipes for Easy and Delicious One-Bowl and One-Plate Dinners
Author: Robin Robertson
Publisher: Harvard Common Press (September 10, 2013)
Format: Paperback; Pgs 208
Genre: Cookbook
Source: Amazon Vine

If people are programmed to eat with their eyes first, why do some cookbooks not have pictures? That has always been a confusion to me. Give me big glossy pictures and I am more likely to purchase the cookbook and attempt the meals in hope that they come out looking and tasting the way they were intended. Cookbook authors put in a great deal of work into getting a final product out so give the reader pictures; let us see what they have strived so hard for.

OK, that rant is over, but now we are on to the next.

Porcini powder, vital wheat gluten, wheat-free tamari, tempeh - as you can tell, some of the recipes in this book are not your usual throw it in a pot and stir instructions. There is thought and a really good natural food market involved in getting the final product on the table. I do not want to turn you off this book, there are also many less complicated and very tasty sounding recipes that involved easy to find supermarket items.

The book is divided into eight chapters from Robin Robertson’s definition of one-pot cooking and prep, to soups, salads, stews, chili, saut├ęs and pasta. The final chapter is oven to table, which translates to baked dishes.

You do not have to be a vegan to appreciate this book. Sometimes you want to include meatless and dairy less fare for you family and this is a good place to start.

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