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Veganomicon Recipes

OK, I bought my copy of Veganomicon (cookbook from the same authors as Vegan with a Vengeance and Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World) last week at Barnes & Noble.  Over the weekend, I made my first recipes from the book.  I made the Chickpea Cutlets with the Mustard Gravy.  I also made the Tomato-Rice Soup with Roasted Garlic and Navy Beans.  For sweets, I made the Chocolate-Chocolate Chip-Walnut Cookies.  Everything was really good.  I've been having a difficult time staying away from the cookies, they're so good (very thin, crispy, chewy!).  Has anyone else here purchased this cookbook yet and made any recipes?   I'd love to hear what people are making and enjoying from this cookbook.  I really enjoy Isa Chandra Moskowitz and Terry Hope Romero's other cookbooks, and I'm looking forward to exploring more in this new book.

I would say most of the ingredients called for are "normal" grocery store foods.  The only thing I've seen that I need to search for is mirin (a kind of Japanese rice wine similar to sake, according to wikipedia), but I have a pretty good access to most things.  I looked at Trader Joe's yesterday and saw plenty of sake, but no mirin.  I have a couple more places I can look, though.  There are plenty of recipes that don't call for anything out-of-the-ordinary.  Some recipes do contain tofu, silken tofu, or tempeh, but there are plenty that do not.  I hope this bit of info helps some of you.

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I would say most of the ingredients called for are "normal" grocery store foods.  The only thing I've seen that I need to search for is mirin (a kind of Japanese rice wine similar to sake, according to wikipedia), but I have a pretty good access to most things.  I looked at Trader Joe's yesterday and saw plenty of sake, but no mirin.  I have a couple more places I can look, though.  There are plenty of recipes that don't call for anything out-of-the-ordinary.  Some recipes do contain tofu, silken tofu, or tempeh, but there are plenty that do not.  I hope this bit of info helps some of you.

I can buy mirin at a regular grocery store (though I usually buy the more expensive kind at the HFS because the one at the regular grocery store had high fructose corn syrup in it!).  I usually find it not with the wines, but near the vinegars/condiments.

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Reporting back on the Chile Cornmeal Crusted Tofu Po'Boy (pg 99):

Excellent.  It involves a few steps since you have to make the coleslaw (pg 102), then the Chile Cornmeal Crusted tofu (page 125), but it comes out really good!  It's also really easy to make the coleslaw while you're still pressing the tofu so that it has time to sit in the refrigerator while you make the tofu.  Honestly, I was really surprised at how good this was, I do have one suggestion, though.  If you want the Tofu to be a bit spicier, add more chili powder and more cayenne.  I followed the recipe exactly just to see and there's just not enough. Adjusting the seasonings is more of an issue if you're going to eat the tofu with something else and not on the sandwich, though.  If you have the tofu on the sandwich, you get a decent flavor with the addition of the chipotle mayo. 

In response to Willwolf, you can find Mirin in large supermarkets that have an Asian section.  I usually find it mixed in with the teriyaki sauces and the chili sauces, etc etc--usually in the big chain stores where you usually can't find anything else. :)  Good luck!!

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I would say most of the ingredients called for are "normal" grocery store foods.  The only thing I've seen that I need to search for is mirin (a kind of Japanese rice wine similar to sake, according to wikipedia), but I have a pretty good access to most things.  I looked at Trader Joe's yesterday and saw plenty of sake, but no mirin.  I have a couple more places I can look, though.  There are plenty of recipes that don't call for anything out-of-the-ordinary.  Some recipes do contain tofu, silken tofu, or tempeh, but there are plenty that do not.  I hope this bit of info helps some of you.

I can buy mirin at a regular grocery store (though I usually buy the more expensive kind at the HFS because the one at the regular grocery store had high fructose corn syrup in it!).  I usually find it not with the wines, but near the vinegars/condiments.

In response to Willwolf, you can find Mirin in large supermarkets that have an Asian section.  I usually find it mixed in with the teriyaki sauces and the chili sauces, etc etc--usually in the big chain stores where you usually can't find anything else. :)  Good luck!!

Yes! The Asian section---where you'd find the Asian sauces and such.  I was confused because at the grocery store near my house the "Asian section" and the condiments/vinegars are in the same aisle.

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are the recipes really grocery store friendly?  I think i heard this, but just want to double check. first, the closest bookstore that would supply this book is an hour away, second, the closest place that i can get silken tofu, yogurt, cream cheese, sour cream, nutritional yeast, tvp, and those likes, is also an hour and a half away.  i cant use many recipes in my cookbooks because i just dont have these ingredients and i cant get them! : (  i've heard so many good things though about this cookbook, maybe i should try it out.  yeahh!

I dunno about Isa's book (cuz I'm still waiting!)
But for an amazing vegan cookbook with NO tofu, soy, TVP or NY etc. check out Donna Klein's Italian and Mediterranean cookbooks. She only has recipes that are traditionally vegan, not 'veganized' foods. They are so awesome and soooooooo good! Mmm yummy whole foods!

I also wanted to add that I LOVE those books for the exact same reason.

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Thanks, hopfrog and killer, for the tips on finding the mirin.  I'll check next grocery trip.

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Mine arrived yesterday!  I can not wait to cook something this weekend.  I brought it to work today so I can pick out something awesome!

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Oooo I really want this book!  Every time i go to the bookstore I want to buy it, but dont :( Now you all are making me want it even more!

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are the recipes really grocery store friendly?  I think i heard this, but just want to double check. first, the closest bookstore that would supply this book is an hour away, second, the closest place that i can get silken tofu, yogurt, cream cheese, sour cream, nutritional yeast, tvp, and those likes, is also an hour and a half away.  i cant use many recipes in my cookbooks because i just dont have these ingredients and i cant get them! : (  i've heard so many good things though about this cookbook, maybe i should try it out.  yeahh!

I dunno about Isa's book (cuz I'm still waiting!)
But for an amazing vegan cookbook with NO tofu, soy, TVP or NY etc. check out Donna Klein's Italian and Mediterranean cookbooks. She only has recipes that are traditionally vegan, not 'veganized' foods. They are so awesome and soooooooo good! Mmm yummy whole foods!

Oh, I love her Mediterranean cookbook! Unfortunately we're separated by about 300 miles right now, and I wanted to give some of the recipes to my school's cook... :( I want the Butternut Gratin!

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AHHH  I just picked up my copy and I'm about to go read it.. I can't wait :) I have a week off from work due to the opening of our fall musical next week so I'll be cooking lots of food to eat and I can't wait

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I just finished eating the Caesar Salad with Roasted Garlic Croutons from Veganomicon.  Very tasty!!  My non-veg boyfriend even enjoyed this, and he's not a big salad eater.  I added some vegan "chicken" to make it more of a main dish.  This recipe makes a bunch of dressing and croutons, so I'm looking forward to the leftovers over the next couple days.  I should note that I don't know how close this is to traditional Caesar salad, as I'm not sure if I've ever had it (and if I had, it would have been 15+ years ago).  Regardless, this is an excellent salad!

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Tonight, I made two more recipes from this book--Snobby Joes and Herb-Scalloped Potatoes.  Both were very good and easy to make.  I wound up making these because I happened to have all of the ingredients on hand for both.  No trip to the store is a big plus!  Has anyone else made anything from the book?

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I made the fudgy-wudgy blueberry brownies only I subbed in raspberry and they were TOO good. seriously, really good. definately not a cake-like brownie, DEFINATELY fudgy. but just the way I likes em:)

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Blueberry brownies?!

I was on the fence before. Now I have consumerist fever. I. Must. Have. That. Book.

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I made the mousakka with pine nut cream and it was sooo good!  It made a ton so I brought some over to my parent's house and they loved it also. It took a long time to make but well worth it.

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It finally came....yay me!  But alas, I want to try and squeeze in a couple more vegan iron chef recipes before voting so it shall have to wait for the weekend before it is used.

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JALAPENO CORN GRAVY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1    :D :D :D :D :D :D :D

It was so flippin' delicious. I am going to cut the jalapeno in half for thanksgiving so it's more hearty with only a little kick. For everyday use, it's perfect as is!!!

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I love this book!!
Caesar salad=excellent
pumpkin saag= pretty darn good
black bean burger=excellent
spaghetti and bean balls=excellent
BBQ seitan and coleslaw sandwhich=excellent
I have probably made other recipes, but I can't remember.

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I flipped through Veganomicon in the bookstore today. Looked more appealing then Vegan With a Vengeance. It seemed more reader-friendly, more grocery store-friendly with healthy dish choices, cooking tips and suggestions.

There were a couple of scone recipes that looked really good, pumpkin-cranberry and another I think, and the wheat-free chocolate chip cookies. Anybody try those yet? Blueberry brownies? Wow.

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D*mn. I have been trying so hard to curb my cookbook-buying habit (seriously, it's a problem), but I MUST have this book! I am drooling reading the reviews here & on Amazon... Aaaargh. What to do? ::) I didn't love "Vegan with a Vengeance" (I know--don't hate me), but this book looks amazing!

And Herb Scalloped Potatoes?! I have been missing scalloped potatoes something fierce lately... I need this book!

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