The official Big Vegan review thread (to be updated).
Add reviews for Big Vegan: More than 350 Recipes, No Meat/No Dairy All Delicious by Robin Asbel here, and I'll add them to the compilation. Thanks to blinknoodle for this list!
Mock Duck or Seitan
Smoky Maple Tempeh Bacon
Marinated and Baked Savory Tofu Steaks
Crunchy Fish Sticks
Smoky Red Lentil Sausages
Almond Cashew Chèvre
Pine Nut Cheese
Almond Crumb Parmesan
Tofu Avocado Sour Cream
Basic Vegetable Stock
Roasted Vegetable Stock
Dried Mushroom Stock
Kiwi Green Tea Smoothie
Tropical Coconut Mango Smoothie
This tasty smoothie has fresh pineapple, fresh mango, coconut milk along with a little vanilla extract, some ice cubes and a touch of cinnamon. I added a little agave because the mango and pineapple weren't sweet. I gulped down the entire recipe it was so good. (tweety)
Beautiful Papaya Carrot Booster
Strawberry Banana Blender
Hemp Cherry Muesli
Overnight Slow Cooker Farrotto
Sweet Quinoa Pumpkin Seed Pilaf
It was okay, but even though I should have been tipped by the title, it was far too sweet. So much that my teeth hurt a little. (katequeenofsprouts)
Griddled Oat Polenta with Smoky Maple Tempeh Bacon
Cocoa Peanut Butter Granola
Maple Barley Granola
Fruit Sweetened Chai Spice Granola with Pecans
Lemony Quinoa Almond Granola
Tomato Basil Tofu Scramble with Toasted Baguette
Sunshine Carrot Tofu Scramble with Spinach
I liked this. At first I wasn't sure but I ended up really enjoying it. Decreased the amount of sunflower seeds, added black salt. May decrease nutritional yeast next time. (blinknoodle)
One Handed Tempeh Bacon, Sweet Potato, and Brown Rice Breakfast
Apple Almond Date Breakfast Burrito
Red Flannel Hash with Smoked Tempeh
Fluffy Banana Bran Pancakes with Maple
Buckwheat Silver Dollar Cakes with Rhubarb Compote
Peanut Butter and Jelly Stuffed Banana Muffins
Blueberry Lemon Muffins
Sweet Potato and Raisin Muffins
Coconut Mango Muffins
Sticky Cinnamon Raisin Rolls
Trail Mix Bars
High Protein Oat Breakfast Bars
Whole Wheat Maple Cherry Scones
Matcha Scones with Golden Raisins
Crunchy Amaranth Date Scones
French Toast with Mango Maple Syrup
Homestyle French Toast with Simple Brown Sugar Syrup
Baguette French Toast with Cream Cheese and Apples
Rustic White Wheat Baguettes
No Knead Spelt Sandwich Loaf
Veggie Sandwich Loaves
Savory Hazelnut Bread
Cinnamon Raisin Braid
Hemp Seed Dinner Rolls
Herb and Onion Whole Wheat Rolls
Overnight Oat Date Rolls
Crunchy Buckwheat Drop Biscuits
Sweet Potato Drop Biscuits
Herbed Cornmeal Biscuits
Scottish Oat Crackers
Flax and Pepita Crackers
Quick Indian Flatbreads
Whole Wheat Pita Bread
These were good tasting, but the first pita I'd ever made. I had some technical problems (including that it didn't make nearly as many as promised) which may have been my problems since I didn't have the pita making skills down yet; also, in a cool kitchen, these might have done better with another hour or so rising (or a rising in a slightly warmer kitchen). (katequeenofsprouts)
Skillet Onion Flatbread
I am so excited to try the recipes in this cookbook... they look so delicious! I hope the recipes deliver. :)
Thank you for making this thread, AC. :)
This is on my wish list and might be one I'll get. I don't think I'm going to get a lot of cookbooks this year like I did last year as I still have a lot of recipes to try in one's I have. Her commercial on Amazon makes the food look so good. It's not that an expensive book and might be worth it just for the salad and soup sections. Look forward to seeing some reviews.
I have plans for a few recipes this weekend. :)
There are a few recipes (many of the ones that I bookmarked) on the web already as it did its "potluck tour".
See here for some of the links: http://robincooksveg.wordpress.com/2011/11/01/dinner-and-dessert-at-the-big-vegan-potluck/
Rasta Pasta - I thought this was ok but I think it is because I substituted 1 tsp garam masala for the 1 tbsp curry powder. It was a bit too pungent for me, but ok to eat. I'd like to try this again with the curry powder. It was a quick noodle stirfry.
Jamaican Tofu Chowder with Collards - I really liked this! I will admit that this was my first time using "curry powder" (I used a higher quality Madras) and was a bit iffy about using a tbsp but it worked really well here. Lime-marinaded tofu is combined with collards in a coconut-curry. Yum!
I just ordered this since I needed some cycling gloves, and I pretty much always get a cookbook with an Amazon order...
I do the same....gotta get the price up so I can get free shipping and adding a cookbook usually helps.....that's my story. LOL
That's my excuse, too! ;)
I recently discovered Book Depository, though:
I picked up World Vegan Feast for $13, free shipping. I didn't know if I would get dinged with duties so I only bought one book. Now, the book prices seemed to have increased (boo), so it must have been at a time they were having a sale. I will keep checking though since it is nice not to have any shipping restrictions (the prices were comparable to amazon.com but alas, being a Canadian means the books are still so much more expensive).
Book Depository is definitely our friend down here in the wop wops. Amazon shipping can get way pricey. I tend to find that the prices on Book Depository are a smidge higher than on Amazon, but when you factor in the shipping, the Amazon ones actually work out more expensive.
That being said, I have never actually ordered a cookbook from either of them, because I'm too cheap/poor to buy cookbooks, but I do often lust over them and put them in and out of my shopping cart haha
black bean and chipotle dip - Quite good. Nothing unique here, just black beans, chipotle and cilantro, etc. I didn't had any liquid because I wanted a thicker consistency.
Pan-toasted corn and black bean salad - Very good! It has corn, onions, black beans, zucchini, tomatoes, garlic and what makes it interesting champagne vinegar and fresh basil which gives it both a latin and Italian style flair.
Braised sweet potato and pecan pasta - Good. What I liked was that it was unique and differet: whole grain angel hair pasta, sweet potato, crushed pecans, fresh save and garlic. Nice combo. What I didn't like was that it was on the dry side. I gather it was supposed to be more wet with the addition of 1/4 cup of the pasta water, but didn't work for me. For some reason she asked that you rinse the pasta in cold water first, and I did this but won't again as it was messy and made the pasta clump together while I waited for the water to boil, but it came out good after it hit the boiling water.
asparagus and new potato salad - Good...nothing special, just grilled asparagus and potatoes, fresh basil with some olive oil and vinegar. The flavor of the basil brings it together nicely. I did not follow her instructions on grilling the potatoes but just boiled themed, but I grilled the asparagus on a grilling pan on the stove.
Tapenade - Very good. This kalamata olive tapenade has capers, fresh thyme, garlic, olive oil and orange zest. After sitting a while the orange flavor comes through and is quite tasty.
Kale, olivada, and tomato bruschetta - Fantastic! I used the tapenade recipe from this same cookbook as the tapenade. I really wasn't expecting a whole lot from this dish, however, the combo of kale, fresh tomatoes, garlic and this tapenade together was so good I had to force myself not to eat the entire recipe in one sitting.
Crunchy protein salad - Very good. In fact I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed this. All the ingredients seemed to come together real well and the sum is greater than the parts. It has wheat berries, tofu, edamame, veggies and a nice mayo dressing that has fresh parsley and dried dill but in a small enough amount that it doesn't overpower anything. I was concerned that it has raw crumbled tofu in it, but I drained it real well and it marinates real well with the dressing and blends in with the other ingredients it's perfect as it is. This was my first experience with wheat berries and was pleased to note it cooks in my rice cooker well as long as there's a lot of water in it.
Asian tropical fruit and vegetable salad - Loved this! It was quick to put together and the combo of sweet tropical fruits like papaya, pineapple, melon went extremely well with tomato, cukes, jalapeno, cilantro, and red onions. The dressing is rice vinegar and agave (only two teaspoons which I maybe used 1.5).
Curried Chickpea Stew - Very good. Nothing horribly unique here but it's food I dearly love. I like that she doesn't rely on curry powder but uses the individual ingredients. I added some asafoetida at the beginning along with the cumin and mustard seeds, and I used diced tomatoes instead of pureed.
Jamaican tofu chowder - Loved this. This has tofu, spices, curry powder,sweet potatoes, collard greens and coconut milk. I added a homemade hot scotch bonnet pepper sauce (from the cookbook Caribean Vegan) for some heat.
Mango-jicama salad with lime dressing a pepitas - Very quick and easy to make and quite tasty.
Cuban black bean soup with cabbage - This was o.k. Nothing to get excited about, just your standard black bean soup. I subbed collards for the cabbage since that's what I had on hand, and enjoyed that twist on cuban soup. This soup really doesn't resemble Cuban black bean soup that I've had here in Florida, but it's still good.
Nutty curry-stuffed squashes - This was really good. I followed the recipe pretty closely except I subbed quinoa for millet since I didn't realize I was out of millet and that worked out just fine. Minor change I made was I didn't use toasted almonds, but raw and chopped them up a bit rather than leave them whole. Again, I like that she doesn't use curry powder but the individual spices. She asked that after cooking the squash for ten minutes prior to stuffing them you use a spoon to cut into the flesh, loosening it in spots so the sauce will permeate the squash better. I decided that wasn't worth the effort after doing it once.
Sunshine Carrot Tofu-Quinoa Scramble - I liked this. At first I wasn't sure but I ended up really enjoying it. Decreased the amount of sunflower seeds, added black salt. May decrease nutritional yeast next time.