The Unofficial "Other Cookbooks Not Listed" Thread
I thought I would start a thread for recipe reviews of cookbooks that don't have a thread, and probably don't need a thread.
So if you are using older cookbooks, or cookbooks without a thread, I'd love to hear from you here.
From the book Japanese Cooking: Contemporary & Traditional
"Meat" and potatoes - This was really good! It had a soft sweet taste that paired really well with some extra soy sauce and white rice. I rehydrated the TVP using "beef" broth.
Does anyone have the book Classic Vegetarian Cooking from the Middle East and North Africa? I'd like to see some reviews from there.
I have "Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone," which is a really nice, huge book. One of these days, I'll make some stuff.
Don't know if anyone else has this book but I'm a fan even though the three things I have made are banana. I tend to buy a lot of bananas that I swear I'm going to freeze and then get lazy.
Oatbran banana muffins - I could have used a little more sweetness but that's what this book is all about - being healthy so I'm not going to complain. Everyone who tried them liked them.
Banana bread pudding - Super yum! I'm not even a fan of maple syrup and this was very good to me. Although if I were to make it again I would try substituting golden syrup which is my favorite.
Banana chocolate muffins - Not overly sweet and they poof up during baking. Lovely!
Looks good! And I love that spoon - it's so cute! (if you don't mind my calling your dinnerwear cute, that is!)
From: Japanese Cooking: Contemporary & Traditional
Curry Rice - I made a few changes to this. I didn't use that ridiculous amount of flour to thicken it and thank goodness. I also omitted the sugar and grated apple (didn't have it anyway) and instead used fresh shiitakes. I used 2 S&B Golden Curry Sauce cubes and added a can of chopped seitan "duck." This was inhaled in my house for dinner last night and now there's only a little left for lunch =( so sad.
OMG, except for the rice cookbook, I have all the others mentioned above.
Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone is an amazing cookbook. Yes, a lot of the recipes have dairy but there are so many recipes there are a gazillion that don't or where the dairy can be easily swapped out. Her soups are amazing.
The Accidental Vegan is in its second or third reprinting I think. The recipes are simple and straightforward and most come out delicious. The Peanut Sauce recipe is my go-to simple peanut sauce recipe and ultra convenient if you are travelling and want to bring most of the ingredients with you or not sure what will be available when you get to your destination. It comes out great if you make it in the blender. I keep the tiny cans of coconut milk on hand to make this since you only need 2 tbls.
The Kripalu Cookbook was my first vegetarian cookbook. The recipe for the tofu fingers on this site is extremely similar to the kentucky fried tofu recipe in Kripalu. I have made a lot of recipes in that book and should post my reviews, but truthfully there have been other cookbooks since with recipes I like better.
The Vegetarian Lunchbasket is also something on my shelf. I tried a few of the recipes and they weren't a hit, including the tofu nuggets. I should give it another try, though.
I also have Jay Solomon's 150 Vegan Recipes. There are a couple of things I've tried but the one I make the most is the Ginger Scented tofu noodle dish. He seems to have been friends with the Moosewood people, because they mention some of his dishes in their cookbooks. Many of the dishes in that book are for chilis and stuff, which were never ideal for my kids.
Wow, I have a lot of cookbooks.
Wow, I have a lot of cookbooks.
I love cookbooks, but I'm still waiting for the cookbook that actually cooks the dishes itself.
I bought my daughter PETA's Vegan College Cookbook since she will be starting College in the spring and she's already using it (I can't remember what this tofu salad was called).
Honestly, I wasn't particularly impressed with the cookbook, but for a college student with a small dorm fridge making meals on the fly, it might be useful.
Classic peanut butter cookies - These don't taste 'healthy' at all but thankfully they are! The only problem is that they are crispy (I'm a crispy cookie hater) so I don't know if I'd make them again. The cookies are sweetened with maple and brown rice syrup but unless you told someone that they'd never know it wasn't refined sugar. I'm loving this baking book!
From Vegan Lunchbox Around the World
Easy Piecrust-good, too much salt to use in a dessert, I think, and I had to use a bit more water than called for. Nice and flaky.
Chik'n Pot Pie-this got rave reviews and requests for a remake soon. Only thing I'd change would be adding some herbs to the sauce. I like how she basically makes a roux w/ no oil.
Chik'n Paprikas-Meh, I've never had the real thing, but this mostly tasted of green bell pepper. I probably won't make it again.
Noodles with Poppy Seeds- good and weird. I think it definitely needs salt, and probably more eb, but we all thought it was weird and good!