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.
Another winner from ExtraVeganZa: Diana's Artichoke Heart Dip. Artichoke heart, garlic, mellowing in oil with a bit of heat from chili flakes. It can't go wrong. It says to serve chilled, but I nearly gobbled it all up while it was still warm from the stovetop. :P I found the dip paired extremely well with the olive oil and pepper triscuits.
Nonna's Italian Kitchen
Eggplant timbale - This was really tasty! I thought I always hated eggplant but I guess I like how it tastes when it is broiled. This recipe takes some time to put together because you need to salt the eggplant, let it drain, rinse it, etc. Totally worth it though and it made a ton (That's even after cutting the recipe to use a 8oz of pasta instead of 16oz).
Bajan macaroni pie with tofu cheddar - This has amazing flavor and is the only mac and cheese I've made as a vegan that I can really enjoy. It takes awhile to put together but it is so worth it.
Dakshin: Vegetarian cuisine from South India
Cauliflower sambar - I thought the taste from this was kick ass. It's a bit time consuming since the spices need to be tempered, a paste needs to be made, etc. I didn't have red chili so I just used a serrano and it came out great.
Bean poriyal - This was cut up green beans with coconut flakes, mustard seeds, and cumin seeds. It tastes soooo good, I miss it already.
Thought I'd give a shout out to Lorna Sass' "Vegetarian Kitchen". All the recipes are vegan, and the cookbook is geared towards pressure cooking, but standard stovetop directions are always included. I mention it, because my go to tofu recipe is from this book "Oriental Baked Tofu", as well as my go to "healthy" cookie recipe"Oatmeal Raisin Cookies". I also like her "Scrambled Tofu" recipe, and her "Kamut with Limas" which is a simple yet flavorful cold salad perfect for summer.
Toasted pepitas and cranberries from Moosewood Restaurant Cooking for Health:
I liked this snack. It is unassuming. Few ingredients, but they worked well together. I liked the addition of thyme. The dried cranberries make this sweet without other sweeteners.
White sweet potato shepherd's pie - I didn't use sweet potatoes since I don't like them and used a regular russet. This was divine! There ended up being no leftovers since everyone went back for seconds.
Pad thai - This has been the best version I've made at home so far.
Stir-fried wide noodles with sweet soy sauce - Awesome!! I used some Asian baked tofu and this was a great addition.
Wide noodles with gravy - Fantastic again but the problem is that the gravy makes a TON, enough for 1 lb of dry noodles so it needs to be halved if that much isn't wanted.
I recently bought Vegan Diner by Julie Hasson. I have only made a few things from it, but I'm already super impressed. I love Julie's recipes & website (Everyday Dish TV - think Food Network-style cooking segments, but online & all vegan!).
Earlier this week, I made the Herbed Breakfast Sausage Patties with Two-Pepper Golden Gravy. YUM!!! Both were super easy to make, low(ish)-fat, and incredibly delicious.
Yesterday I made the recipe for brownies - and these are, hands down, my favorite vegan brownie recipe! I have been on a hunt for the best brownies for years, and I thought I had found them in Vegan Cookies Invade Your Cookie Jar - but nope, these are better. AND easier to make!
I can't wait to cook more from this book! Definitely comfort food at its finest.
Just earlier today I added Vegan Diner to my wishlist!
I preordered Vegan Diner for my kindle and it won't be available till March 22.. boo. That looks so good JessaCita!
Aw, that sucks about the Kindle version delay.
This book is great! I actually bought it "for" my boyfriend as a birthday gift because he loves comfort food - but I'm the cook of the household, so the book was equally "for" myself. ;) He'll just be in charge of picking out some recipes to make! There are so many recipes I want to try that I stopped marking the pages I was interested in. :)
The book looks awesome from what I've seen on Amazon. Keep the reviews coming gurl!
If anyone is interested in an "official" review for any books that I don't have, feel free to type me a list of the recipes, and I will format, and keep it updated.
Salt bread - This is a really light bread that rises nicely. I just threw everything in my bread machine so all I really had to do was shape it.
Island burgers - Really good! I accidentally overprocessed the mixture since I didn't cut the green onions fine enough but it was still great. I baked them in the oven and they still held together. I used some homemade bbq sauce with pineapple like she suggested.. so good!
Rum punch - I used Malibu since that's what I had on hand. If you like fruity drinks, wtf are you waiting for?! This tastes like something you would order at a bar.
Bajan "beef" stew - This was decent but I wouldn't bother making it again. It didn't really stand out to me as something that was good, it was just fine.
Pigeon pea rice - Lots of garlic in this means it's fantastic! I didn't taste any of the seasonings that went into this but who cares? It was still awesome.
Stir-fried cashew nuts - This is a great dish that has tofu, onion, mushroom, and cashews. It's a sweet dish if you add the optional sugar that tastes delectable with some sriracha. I used a full block of tofu and 8 oz of mushrooms so it made a good amount.
Stir-fried flambe morning glory - I didn't add the water until it was already cooking because I didn't care to create a spectacle like the dish is supposed to. This was sooo good, the best way to eat some Asian greens in my opinion.