Cooking continues unabated; fewer pics sadly, resulting in fewer write-ups. Recently I won the Seasoned Advice weekly competition, which won me a handful of books.
I wanted to follow up on a post I dropped on the site. I don't too frequently get cookbooks, and only infrequently review them. Here's what I got the first time I won.
Vegan Holiday Kitchen: More than 200 Delicious, Festive Recipes for Special Occasions really delivered on a few of its dishes and I look forward to just plopping it down once Thanksgiving comes around and going through that section with the family to figure out who's making what.The book is definitely well-written, but it's encouraging and practically invites you to cook. Definitely a good pick for needing a good, impressive plate.
Beautiful book. Has a differentiated Rosh Hashanah, Passover, and Hanukkah sections as well.
Veganomicon: The Ultimate Vegan Cookbook is a sturdy bible of recipes and information on the topic of Vegan cooking. It is my personal resource for finding the common denominator among any vegan dish. I have turned to it over and over not only for a few that are the baseline, nailed-it formulations, as well as the ones that just hammer it home with a perfect rendition.
This is the third time I have procured this book. Once I bought it as a gift for my ex-wife. Then at Christmas I bought it for my sister. It's my second, or fourth, Moskowitz/Romero book, I think Miss Kristin has the other five and each one seems to have a quadrillion stand-bys. The skillet corn bread is as quick, simple, and elegant as it is nommalicious and flexible.
Vegan Diner: Classic Comfort Food for the Body and Soul is definitely a cookbook geared to the vegans who don't want to give up their favorite dishes. It lets them know how to not do that. Well-done, but the recipes themselves have a certain same-y quality and turn to the same tricks.
What the recipes lack individually in flair, the book itself compensates for with scope; the collection itself is a good resource for browsing and idea forming. The recipes are easy and the writing undaunting.
So that's a quick review on some cook books I recently got. I would like to go through them soon moer methodically with highlights and so on. But if you're looking for three good vegan cookbooks, there you are.
The next quick review will have the books from my second win, a short, introductory catalog for the Gastronome: Baking Illustrated , The New Best Recipe , Molecular Gastronomy: Exploring the Science of Flavor (Arts and Traditions of the Table: Perspectives on Culinary History).