Vegan with a Vengeance : Over 150 Delicious, Cheap, Animal-Free Recipes That Rock

 
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In Vegan with a Vengeance, Isa Chandra Moskowitz, cohost of the vegan cooking show, The Post Punk Kitchen, brings the do-it-yourself, community-driven ethos of punk rock into the kitchen. Her cooking philosophy embraces being kind to animals (all recipes are completely animal-product free) and your wallet--while being creative and having fun in the process. She emphasizes fresh ingredients over heavily processed corporate brand-name foods and says that, like good music, cooking is best when it's an innovative, experimental, and completely real experience. Her inspired recipes--covering all meals of the day and influenced by dishes from around the world--include:

Asparagus and Sun-dried Tomato Frittata--Fresh Mango Summer Rolls--Pumpkin Waffles--Tofu Dill Salad Sammiches--Green Goddess Garlic Pizza--Sweet Potato Crepes with Cilantro-Tamarind Sauce--Brooklyn Pad Thai--Banana Split Pudding Brownies--Fauxstess Cups--Gingerbread Apple Pie

PLUS: - Lists of essential tools and post punk pantry items - Suitable substitutes for those without all the fancy kitchen gear and ingredients - Inventive twists on classic dishes - Handy resources for vegans and punks - The story of The Post Punk Kitchen - Rockin' recipe intros and descriptions - Even fun facts and tips from Isa's cat, Fizzle!

Customer Reviews:

  • Isa, you are my hero!!!
    I am so glad to have this cookbook, and Veganomicon. This is the younger, cheaper, punkier of her two major cookbooks. I am definitely a fan. The witty introductions to the recipes even get my husband motivated to cook, or at least marginally excited about the process!
    I have only made a couple of recipes so far, with so-so results. This morning, we made the lemon-corn waffles and could not get them to come out crispy. :( they still tasted good, but that was a bit of a disappointment. I just made the tempeh-mango curry salad, which should not taste good - I was totally shaking my head as I mixed it - but actually, it is awesome! I've also made the scrambled tofu, which was OK.
    We are looking forward to making many of the other recipes in this book. Overall, they call for pretty basic ingredients, though some - like nutritional yeast - you'll need to go to the health food store for. Generally, the ingredients, provided you are eating in season, are pretty cheap and the recipes not too complicated.
    The sheer entertainment value of the cookbook earns it major points in my book. At first the "..with a vengeance" in the title scared me off; I'm not a vegan, though I eat vegan quite often. Other cookbooks/magazines are very preachy and I tend to stay away from those, but here, the focus is just on good food. The author communicates such sheer joy from cooking and eating, you can't help but love it!
    Highly recommended for all veg kitchens!!...more info
  • Look Past the Radical Title- The Best Vegetarian/Vegan Cookbook Ever!!
    I have bought many, MANY vegetarian cookbooks over the years.They all sit on my shelf never being used most of the time. I was a little wary of this one because I am not really into the whole political side of vegetarianism. i am definitely not punk, or anything with a vengeance. I am glad that I starting flipping through the recipes in this book though- really creative ideas! Most vegetarian cookbooks are just different versions of the same pastas, salads, risottos, etc. Vegan with a Vengeance makes vegetarian cooking seem exciting again! I have loved everything I have made so far- tempeh bacon, the best scrambled tofu ever, curries, quinoa croquettes, corn fritters, scones, (although the seitan stroganoff was good, it doesn't really approximate the creaminess of the real thing) and the best vegetarian dessert section of any book I own.

    Get this! You will actually use it! Your non-veg friends will be asking for the recipe. ...more info
  • A First and a Forever Vegan Cookbook
    I'm a new vegetarian, but I'm marrying a Vegan. Not to mention, I've always had trouble cooking ANYTHING - vegan or non. This book is completely comprehensive for the beginner vegan or the beginner vegan cook. I noticed that my fiance and I were eating out at the few vegan places we knew that were too expensive to keep revisiting. By taking manners in our own hands and using this cookbook often, we've saved so much money and are so thrilled with these recipes. I only give it 4 stars because, yes, there are a lot of super-sugary confections that I can't help but make all too often. I agree in saying it's not the healthiest - but hey, whoever said that being a Vegan always means being healthy? You'll still need to exercise, but these recipes are heavenly.

    Our favorites - Ginger Carrot Macadamia Nut Cake with Coconut Frosting (soon-to-be wedding cake!), Punk-Rock Chick Pea Gravy (a MUST at Thanksgiving) Pumpkin Waffles, and the sparkling ginger cookies (we secretly make these too often).

    If you're thinking it over - google the recipes and try one. If you like it, buy this book asap! ...more info
  • One of the best cookbooks I ever got as a gift
    My non-vegetarian husband was very excited to give me this book for Mother's Day and I can see why! The recipes are amazing and the book reads very easily. It is less textbook style and more casual in manner. To hear a non-vegetarian get excited about scrambled tofu was a dream come true! He had book marked a number of recipes for me to try and has enjoyed every one of them. Being vegetarian in a non-vegetarian household is so much easier when everything I cook is tasty and well received.

    I am thrilled to have such a wonderful book that does not scream "pigs are tortured" because we are vegetarians and vegans who choose our lifestyles because we are already compassionate towards living beings. Its less political and is more of a lifestye book, which I love. The punk kitsch doesn't hurt either! A great book for Vegetarians and Vegans...and for those who have to feed the occasional meat eater....more info
  • VEGAN WITH A VENGEANCE ROCKS!!!
    Vegan with a Vengeance : Over 150 Delicious, Cheap, Animal-Free Recipes That Rock Awesome! Isa Chandra Moskowitz is one hec-of-a chef and she makes it so simple and doable! I switched to the vegan diet and her book is perfect to help make the transition and my non-vegan friends love the food I've been making from her recipes. The food tastes excellent! I was never a cook and now I'm a cooking fool! Isa Chandra is funny, witty, practical and she and her cat Fizzle have given me so many tips on cooking, foods to have on hand, utensils, and meal prep. I even bought a pizza baking stone and I've been making gourmet pizzas practically every week. I'm telling you, I was never a cook before! She's got me making homemade pizza dough and sauce with ease! I've made tofu scramble with tempeh bacon, yummy pancakes, pad thai, chocolate chip & crispy peanut butter cookies, basil-tofu ricotta, pesto pasta, and I'm about to make fresh mango summer rolls, sweet potato crepes with cilantro-tamarind sauce and maybe her fauxstess cupcakes or a ginger-macadamia-coconut-carrot cake. The recipes are phenomenal and they make a non-cook type person look like a gourmet chef. They are easy to prepare. It goes way beyond tofu, and incidentally, she taught me how to press/prepare tofu properly in order to get the right texture and level of marination. So say good-bye to bland, watery tofu. I've followed her recipes and am encouraged to make my own additions, and she encourages one to really get into it and have parties or even a cooking show. The point is to have fun with it. It's clean, animal-free protein, delicious, scrumptious, healthy, practical and I love it! I recommend you buy "Vegan with a Vengeance : Over 150 Delicious, Cheap, Animal-Free Recipes That Rock" by Isa Chandra Moskowitz if you're vegan, vegetarian or not. Either way you will love it and love yourself in the kitchen.
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  • Thank God for cupcakes!
    This is a good book for us Vegans. She has done a great job developing baking recipies that are yummy!

    I have not starting making the main dishes yet, but so far everything is really good....more info
  • I use this cookbook every week
    I really like this cookbook--everything I have tried in it has come out the way it is supposed to, in large part due to the helpful comments in each recipe. I have not been let down by anything in this book and I love that the book includes cookies and desserts, muffins, and waffles, as well as savory meals. Our favorites include the pumpkin muffins and waffles, pad thai, morrocan dinner, tofu frittata and the incredible pumpkin, oatmeal raisin cookies. My only gripe is that maple syrup seems to be the secret ingredient in most everything in here, but hey, it seems to work!...more info
  • Love the recipes, loathe the heavy-handedness.
    Isa Chandra Moskowitz, Vegan with a Vengeance: Over 150 Cheap, Delicious, Animal-Free Recipes that Rock (Avalon, 2005)

    I think a new rule of thumb is called for here: never trust any book whose title contains the phrase "with a vengeance" whose author promises-- after a ranting, raving foreword by Ryan MacMichael-- at the end of page one that "the heavy-handedness ends here." Because I guarantee you, folks, that just isn't true. It's certainly not true in this case; As the book progresses, you will find yourselves reading propaganda for Food Not Bombs, cutesy asides on the evils of corporate America, etc. etc. ad nauseam. Pretty much what you'd expect from a book whose foreword contains the sentence "Eating is a moral act or a political statement, depending on whom you ask." (I'll give MacMichael credit, at least, for the "whom", and Avalon credit for not changing it.)

    Which is kinda too bad. If you can stuff down your inherent loathing for such things, there are some great recipes to be found here. I can't knock any cookbook that contains a falafel recipe. Everyone should know how to make falafel correctly, and there are maybe fifty people on the planet who do. (They mostly work for really expensive restaurants.) You can end your ignorance on page 98 of this book. (Oh, good lord, the style has rubbed off on me. I'm sorry. I'll try not to do it again.)

    Unfortunately, the book does have one other big knock against it-- Moskowitz' repartee throughout is an odd mixture of cynical and cute. Sometimes it works (cf. Tricia Sullivan's Maul, which I will review once I've unburied myself from the other fifty I have to get to). Sometimes it doesn't. If you come away from this book with the former response, good. I didn't-- it grated incessantly.

    But still, the recipes. I am, as I'm pretty sure you figured out from the beginning of this review, not a vegan-- I believe the familiar and much-loathed acronym stands for People Eating Tasty Animals, and wear my philosophy proudly whenever possible-- but, you know, falafel. And interesting egg/milk substitute ideas that could be invaluable to non-vegans watching their weight, for example. So bite the bullet, get it out of the library, and see if there's anything you can use. I will be quite surprised if there isn't, no matter how much of a carnivore you are. ***
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  • This book is a must for any vegan
    I love VWAV, I especially love the vegan chocolate chip pumpkin cookies.
    This book is fun, quirky and I'm a huge fan of the post punk kitchen....more info
  • Yum!!
    Yum yum yum!! I love that so many of the recipes can be made with things you might have laying around in the cupboard!
    I suppose that my only "gripe" is the proliferation of white flour, but any experienced cook can substitute whole wheat pastry flour with little effort.
    YUM! What a wonderful book!...more info
  • Real World Recipes
    I'm a new vegan - for health reasons. I like to cook but cooking without meat and animal products has been a steep learning curve for me. This book has been a great resource for me.

    These recipes are good because they taste good. I think they work because Isa comes at them from someone who likes food and is just sharing what she likes and works for her. They are not driven by a production schedule of a TV show.

    The recipes are straightforward, simple, easy and cheap to make, and taste good. I recommend this as a great cook book for anyone - especially vegans....more info
  • vegan cooking
    pretty good recipes and it is easy to get the ingredients in Oklahoma. Some things in other cook books are not easy to find here. I love the ideas it also gives me tweak other recipes to make them vegan..they give a great list of ingredient substitutions....more info
  • Isa is Awesome
    Isa Moskowitz is a fabulous vegan chef and these recipes are a testament to her awesomeness. Every recipe I've cooked has turned out great on the first try and there are lots of recipes I still want to test. There are lots of great recipes on Isa's website as well [...]. I only wish I lived in Brooklyn so I could watch her local access cable show.

    There are two negatives to this cookbook, though. The first is that the prep time and cook time are not listed at the top of each recipe-- you have to read through the text to find that information. If you're looking for something to throw together in a hurry, this can be a problem.

    The second negative is the same negative I've found in other vegan/vegetarian cookbooks: some of the recipes have lots of ingredients and spices that your average grad student either doesn't have or can't afford. But that's only a problem if you're strapped for cash like me! ...more info
  • You will love this book!
    I love this book! Great recipes, great information and written in a fun, easy to read style.

    Everything I have tried from this book has been great and that's hard to say about a lot of cookbooks.

    No weird ingredients to find, no strange procedures to follow, just great tasting food.

    Even meat eaters like these recipes! ...more info
  • This girl does great things with seitan...
    I'm a huge fan of all the recipe books that Isa Chandra Moskowitz has put out. Her cookbooks are the inspiration for me to return to being vegan after a few sad years of being just vegetarian. All the recipes are delicious, all of the recipes are creative, and all of the recipes have appealed to even my non-vegan friends (which we all know it's not easy to please them when it comes to eating & actually enjoying vegan food!).

    What I am most impressed with is her use of seitan in recipes. Before her recipes books, I used tofu, oh, about 100% of the time!! I never bought seitan because it was on the more expensive side, and I was too intimidated to think about MAKING my own to use in recipes. But alot of the recipes in Vegan with a Vengeance (VWAV) that looked so awesome were recipes that call for seitan & so I jumped right in, made my own seitan (well, Isa's recipe) & I will say I am now obsessed with all things seitan. Btw, I use the basic seitan recipe from her Veganomicon cookbook for any recipes in VWAV that call for seitan; I find it to be a slightly better taste than the recipe she uses in VWAV (and not as high sodium too).

    The recipes from VWAV that blew me away are the Seitan-Portobello Stroganoff, the Ethiopian Seitan and Peppers with Savory Crepes, and Cold Udon Noodles with Peanut Sauce and Seitan. The other recipe that I am compelled to rave about is the Tofu Dill Salad. I cannot believe that I can now make a better Salad spread than what I used to pay lots of money for (for little quantity) at a health food store. The key to this recipe succeeding is that you HAVE to follow it exactly - don't skimp on draining the tofu for an hour, and don't skimp on refrigerating before eating. Isa has mastered her recipes - follow them & you'll be in vegan heaven!!!!!!!!...more info
  • THIS IS THE ONLY COOKBOOK I COULDN'T LIVE WITHOUT
    I don't use cookbooks much, but this is the only cookbook I couldn't live without. Every recipe I have tried in this book has been fantastic. My favorite part is that the ingredients can be found in most grocery stores and the recipes are easy to make. Don't miss the scone recipe. I had veganized my shortcake recipe that I grew up the, but the scone recipe in this cookbook blew that one out of the water. My family would rather eat the vegan scones with strawberries than go back to my regular shortcake recipe. We also love the Banana pancakes, the Fronch toast (absolutely yummy) and the Ginger Roasted Winter Vegetables. Even my meat eating/dairy loving husband liked Isa's Pizza. We did a full vegan brunch for my daughter's birthday using recipes out of this book and most of the people there were not even vegetarian. They couldn't get enough of it. Buy it!!!!...more info
  • This book rocks!
    I seriously refer to this book daily. I've been veggie (now vegan for about a year) for 18 years and was getting a little bored with my old recipes and needed help "veganizing" things. Chandra has opened my mind to a whole new world! I can have french toast again! Can't wait to buy the Veganomicon book. You will not be dissappointed....more info
  • Not sure what all the fuss is about!
    This book has had a kind of cult following from the start, but as a sturdy, everyday kind of vegan cookbook, it falls short. I've made several of the recipes with really mixed results: the basic pancakes are fabulous, the jerk seitan was so-so for all the effort it took, and the matzo balls made a horrible slurry at the bottom of the pot. I agree with the other reviewers that the desserts are too sugary; and why use all-purpose flour when you can use whole wheat pastry or spelt with the same or better results? Still, there are a lot of inventive ideas in the book, so I haven't totally given up. The black-and-white design is pretty boring, though the photos are good. The authors are funny, but I don't necessarily need comedy when I'm trying to get dinner on the table....more info
  • One of my favorite cookbooks that I own!!
    This is a great cookbook and a definite must have! I have been vegetarian for 16 years and vegan for 3. Cookbooks for me are important and I read them like a real book- envisioning the finished dish! This book reads well and made my mouth water the whole way through before I even made anything!! Some of my favorite recipes from this book are: Lemon Corn Wafles with Blueberry sauce, White Bean and Roasted Garlic soup, Olive Tomato and Millet stuffed Zucchini, Chickpea and Spinach Curry and the Chocolate Chip Cookies- which no one would EVER KNOW were vegan! If you don't have this book, you are missing out! ...more info
  • a bit disapointed
    i really wanted to like this book. I like the author's newer book, veganomicon, which has many excellent recipes as well as information on how to cook vegetables so they come out just right. This book, unfortunately, has disappointed me numerous times, with many of the recipes just not tasting so good, if you know what i mean. I'm a health nut and former macrobiotic, so i'm open to tastes outside the mainstream. I've prepared a lot of my own vegan food, and enjoyed a great deal of vegan food in some pretty amazing restaurants that range from the informal to the fancy-schmancy. The dishes i've made out of this book are complex and time-consuming, but just not so great. (i've made about six or seven of them). I kind of wonder whether these recipes were thoroughly tested, like those in the later book were said to be. In addition, this book is vegan but not so concerned with health, and in fact it is possible to make AMAZING vegan food without the use of white flour and sugar, which the author uses rather too liberally....more info
  • umm--is this the best there is?
    I'm surprised at the rave ratings of this book. First, many of the recipes are for high fat sweets. I've got tons of cookbooks full of these, and I'm aware that oil can be substituted for butter--that one ain't rocket science. Second, often the recipes aren't clear--one example--a thai curry that includes instructions for a home made pepper paste fails to tell the reader how much pepper paste to use if they decide to go with the (cheaper, infinitely easier) store bought paste, available even in my local little grocery store (town of about 6000). I would have loved some suggestions on where to get prepared seitan, and if it isn't as good as homemade, how to improve it's taste, and where it works, and where it doesn't. Last, and this is probably just my quirk--sometimes the book is just too cute. What's the point of calling sandwiches 'sammiches?' The authors seem to think that the reader will assume that all vegans are dull, boring and organic and put too much effort into being trendy and hip. I'm wondering if the high ratings reflect the lack of serious, useful vegan cookbooks......more info
  • nothing special
    I've been cooking for decades and a vegan for a long time, this is the first vegan cook book i have ever bought and it was a real waste. the most recent fail from this book is the sunny blueberry corn muffins, they are so bland like about 1/2 of the other recipes.
    the other problem with the book is how political it is, one of the things keeping the vegan movement down is people thinking we're all a bunch of sniveling liberals. i mean come on do you really need to reference flag burning in a cook book?
    you can find every recipe in this book on the internet or just convert a non vegan recipe yourself, this brings nothing new and exciting to the vegan table....more info
  • The Best Yet!
    I have been vegan since childhood and collect cookbooks. Isa has a natural flair for creating the most delicious and simple recipes. Every recipe from this book is amazing and worthy of company. She is also funny and has a great writing style.
    The ingredients are relatively simple and easily obtained. I have all 3 of her books and eagerly anticipate her brunch title due out soon.
    If you are vegan you will be grateful for this book. The food is so great and you can have great dinners for your non-vegan friends and they will rave about your cooking!...more info
  • Great Cookbook
    Just got the book last week and I LOVE it!! The recipes are cheap, easy and delicious! I am going to order Veganomicon now - they say it is better but I don't see how!...more info
  • delicious, CHEAP, & animal-free
    isa isn't joking. these simple recipes make a variety of reasonably priced & yummy vegan-friendly meals. my husband 7 i never ate vegan until we got this book & it made it all so simple. get her veganomicon for things a little more complex & adventurous. but by all means do yourself a favor & get a little isa in your life. ...more info
  • The BEST Vegan Recipes
    Seriously, don't waste your time with other vegan cookbooks. This one is really so completely and utterly wonderful. To be honest, I'm not vegan, but hard times called for less meat and dairy, and we have a friend who is both lactose-intolerant and vegetarian, who introduced me to the vegan cupcake book...which led me to this. Frankly, I think the fact that I'm not vegan and still love everything in here is a tribute to how great it is. The recipes are very straightforward, very realistic, and don't contain long lists of expensive ingredients you'll never use again. AND I haven't made anything from it that I didn't love. You NEED this!...more info
  • Fun, witty, and most of all tastey
    This book opened my views of vegan cooking. I now cook professionally and practiced many recipes from this book and ideas from this book to incorporate into special menus for my vegetarian and vegan friends. I used to view being vegetarian as being picky... but food done well, is good food.

    The book is fun, witty and the recipes are great. I highly recommend this book for any home cooks, high school/college students, people interested in learning or trying vegan/vegetarian cuisine, or someone trying to convert a carnivore! The recipes are easy to follow and explanations and sides notes are entertaining to read.

    I recommend trying the thai green curry and the butternut squash soup. Two of my favorites. Enjoy!...more info
  • Sophisticated spices and seasonings
    The author is especially good with using spices to enhance flavors. I'm partial to Indian food and curries, and this book will not disappoint. I've tried several soups and baked goods with great success. As a recent convert to vegan cuisine, I don't feel "deprived" eating this food. ...more info
  • The bookbook that taught me how to cook, and cook well
    This was my first vegan cookbook, and I'm so glad it was! Isa's voice makes the fledgling cook comfortable enough to tackle any meal. Recipes range from super easy and tasty (lemon poppyseed muffins, pancakes) to more complex and downright delectable (brooklyn pad thai, raspberry blackout cake). I've NEVER had a bad experience with any of the recipes in this book, every single one has been a winner.

    My favorites (the ones I make over and over) include: tofu scramble, tempeh bacon, "fronch" toast, lemon corn waffles with blueberry sauce, BBQ Pomegranate Tofu, ginger roasted root vegetables, chocolate chip cookies, orange-glazed scones, asian grilled tofu, pumpkin oatmeal cookies, seitan, horseradish-coriander crusted tofu...so many!...more info
  • Fool-Proof recipes!!! Works well with omnivores too :)
    My husband and I have been vegans for almost a year but before we dove in head first, we wanted to do as much research as possible to ensure that we were going to be eating a balanced meal that was not going to gross us out (or any future dinner guests). I currently own 10 vegan recipe books (and growing) and I will say that Vegan with a Vengeance is the cookbook I depend on the most. I have tried 3/4 of the recipes in the book and ALL OF THE RECIPES WERE KEEPERS!!! I am not sugar coating this by any means...The recipes were easy to follow and just so damn delicious!!! (my personal favorite was the Chickpea and Spinach Curry)

    One evening my husband invited his good friend and his family to our home for a nice sit down vegan meal. The meal was perfect to the "T" and I cannot forget to mention that the Black Bottom Peanut Butter Pie was a HUGE hit especially with my husband's friend's 5 year old kid :)

    After the huge success that Vegan with a Vengeance has been in our home, I also bought Veganomicon which is a more fancy vegan cookbook by comparison and I normally use on special occasions. Out of all the vegan cookbook authors out there, I will say that Isa is my personal favorite and she has definitely won me over and over again with her creativity and her extensive knowledge of good vegan food :)...more info
  • Super!
    Great recipes, easy to understand and follow! Love it and use it several times a week. I have a handful of vegetarian/vegan cookbooks I swear by and this is now officially on the top of my list of those. Hurray for Vegan with a Vengeance! Shut up and just buy it. ...more info
  • Best Cookbook Ever
    This cookbook is a must have for anyone interested in a vegan diet. The recipes are simple, there are no salads, and no fake meat products. It is practical and every recipe I have tried is delicious! No ridiculous weird ingredients, everything can be found in your local grocery store. Buy this cookbook!...more info
  • best vegan cookbook ever...
    If you sick of the bland vegan recipes go for this one.
    She also has a web site (postpunkkitchen.com)
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  • A winner
    I am a long-time lacto-ovo-vegetarian, and was pondering going vegan. I stumbled across the YouTube videos of the authors' old public access show Post Punk Kitchen, and adored it - I went out and got this book. Every single recipe I have made has been a winner - the scrambled tofu and the samosas are two of my favorite savory recipes, and I love ALL of the cookie recipes. The only spot I have had any trouble with was the carrot muffins - and this may have been my oven's fault more than anything else.

    HIGHLY recommended, and not just for vegans. The food is truly tasty, and you don't have to tell anyone its vegan. I promise you, they will be too busy enjoying their meal to notice....more info
  • Awesome cookbook
    I'm a vegetarian and was kinda bored with my usual meals and was looking for a good cookbook that would give me some new ideas. What can I say..I found it. I have tried most of the recipes in the book, incl. the baking section and every single one has worked out really well and even more importantly was delicious. I like that it is a little unconventional and not so stiff and conservative as most cookbooks out there are. Definitely the best cookbook I have ever purchased. I would also say that it is not only for vegans, but for every one who allows herself some fun in the kitchen and enjoys trying some new stuff or a different take on things you already knew. I LOVE the baking recipes coz I never really have eggs in the fridge anyway and now I don't need to run to the store when I crave cookies or pancakes. A+ aka 5 points *S*...more info
  • Fun
    If you're looking for an easy and fun guide to vegan cooking that doesn't hit you over the head with vegan politics, this is the cookbook for you. The pumpkin oatmeal cookies and chickpea gravy are fantastic! The scrambled tofu is pretty good, too....more info
  • Some fantastic recipes, some not so great
    Usually recipes in this book are either totally awesome (Ginger Macadamia Coconut Carrot Cake, Chickpea Spinach Curry, Jerk Seitan, White Bean and Roasted Garlic Soup) or they are really, really off for example: (Gingerbread apple pie, Horseradish and Coriander Crusted Tofu, The dough recipe for the samosas - awful) I follow recipes very very exactly, not everyone does. I feel like the awesomeness of the recipes that are really good outweighs the bad, and just make sure to mark which ones you like and don't like for the future....more info
  • I'm in love with this cookbook
    This woman is a kitchen goddess. I am not a vegan (maybe I should say that I am a middle aged Republican with heart disease so no one thinks I am in love with the author ;^). But I am in love with this book. I have lost track of how many copies I have given to family and friends. While I have many favorite cookbooks, more meals appear on our table out of this book than the next two combined.

    My single favorite meal from this book is the pomegranate barbecue tofu (which I usually make with seitan or tempeh instead of tofu -- just because she is a goddess doesn't mean you can't play with the recipes) with coconut rice. Horseradish tofu is another staple along with lemon corn waffles with blueberry sauce, cold udon noodles with peanut sauce -- not to mention the simple sides like sweet potato fries. And her scones are to live for (this is healthful food after all, why eat something that will make you die?).

    The author does have a lot of attitude -- and leftist politics. If you are offended by this, get over it: the food is worth swallowing your politics (along with some tamarind sauce)....more info
  • Best Vegan Cookbook Out There
    I have bought several vegan cookbooks before this one, and have been disappointed in all of them. This is by far the best. This is not a book about how to recreate standard meat dishes with meat substitutes, but rather a book with tons of fantastic recipes that do not not contain animal products. There are a few ingredients that are hard to find, but not many, and they are mostly optional.

    Every recipe I have made has been terrific. Now I need to get the new cookbook, too! I liked the muffins so much that I made three batches of different ones today. Soooooo good....more info
  • not as advertised
    I was SOOO looking forward to this cookbook-after all the good reviews. My youngest daughter is allergic to milk products-and I am vegetarian... so, I am in search of good non-milk, vegetarian dishes that my meat-eating, more traditional meals, husband would enjoy so that I don't have to make 2 or 3 different meals for every dinner. Admittedly, I only made one recipe-a desert-which came out ok-although the rum SURE was the MAIN ingredient, taste-wise-not really a family desert. Then, I started looking through the book-and couldn't find any entrees that I thought he'd enjoy-I thought I'd really like them, but the recipes are not for the unadventurous.

    The OTHER thing I realized, which is why the title of my review, is that she periodically uses profanity. It is not on ALL of the pages and is only in some of the descriptions. However, I was not expecting a cookbook to include such words-and I am not comfortable having a book like that in the house as my children are beginning to learn how to read-and enjoy reading my cookbooks. That is NOT where I want them to hear those words. What a shame. I would have kept the book around, if it hadn't been for that. At least I would have had some variety for my husband to eat-even if they weren't his favorite dishes. So... I am still looking for a good vegan cookbook for the whole family. This was NOT it.
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  • great vegan cookbook
    This was a gift for someone, but the recipes looked great and it came really fast. Thanks!...more info
  • One of my top three vegan cookbooks
    (And one of the other top ones is her newer book, The Veganomicon)

    I found Vegan with a Vengeance at my local Waldenbooks in podunk town, Okla. I was so shocked that they had it, I bought it (trying to create demand here, you know?) It's one of the best purchases I've made in my young vegan life.

    I found the recipes wonderfully easy to make, and easy to find the ingredients for, even in a small Oklahoma town (with occasional trips for specialty items to the health food store about an hour away, but only if I was going in that direction anyway). I love her pancake recipe ... it's one of the easiest vegan pancake recipes I've ever found. Her scrambled tofu recipe is also great ... I was loathe to abandon my own tried and true scrambled tofu, but I decided to give hers a try and haven't looked back. The pumpkin-chocolate chip cookies are also awesome. I was skeptical about the "fronch" toast, because I loved me some french toast back in the (nonvegan) day. I was pleasantly surprised. It's not totally like the real thing, but it looks convincing and it tastes pretty awesome in its own right.

    All in all, I liked that these were actual real recipes of actual real food that actual real people eat. Five stars!...more info
  • For entertainment or display purposes only--please do not try at home: contains inedible, expensive, and impractical recipes!
    I purchased this book for my 4 y.o. who is allergic to dairy and eggs and he hasn't liked (i.e. he's spit out) anything I've made from this book. I've made the "fronch" toast (that's what the author calls it), pancakes, muffins, cookies. Both of the gravy recipes ruined my potatoes; the "punk rock" chickpea gravy was sour and all I could taste in the miso gravy was the cooking wine. I've had to throw out food because the dishes were so bad. Moreover, these dishes were expensive and inconvenient to make. Most of the recipes call for at least 10 ingredients and there are no pictures or descriptions of the obscure ingredients and only 10 pictures of finished dishes. In order to make several dishes from this book I had to make separate trips around the city. I purchased at least 11 spices from an Indian market (~$30) and specialty foods from the Asian market and health food store that I'll probably never use again (eg. nutritional yeast and hijiki). This book is full of personal anecdotes and jokes that were more annoying than amusing because it seems more time was spent on trying to be witty rather than providing decent recipes. I've had more luck with vegan recipes I found off the internet or by just using the vegan alternative in tried and true recipes. This is a book you can judge by it's cover: full of hype and low on substance. ...more info
  • Good cookbook
    Really interesting recipes....her Isa pizza (best pesto and marinara sauce i have ever had) and mango rolls are delish. However, the recipes are all fairly time consuming and i did sometimes wish she used more nutritious ingredients (whole wheat flour vs. white, etc). However, she is very entertaining and the cookbook is a testimony to her amazing journey as a vegan......more info
  • Amazing!
    I've tried a good deal of the recipes in this book and my family has loved almost all of them. I especially love the cookies and muffins! Some of the meals are a bit too "hippie" for my liking but the concepts are great.

    My only complaint with this authors books is the use of products that are somewhat hard to find (or overly expensive) in rural areas.

    Overall its an amazing addition to even the non-vegans cook book collection. I love so many of the recipes and use them all the time! It has a great lay-out, nice pictures, its easy to read, and the recipes are practically "dummy proof". ...more info