I could sum up Veganomicon in four words:  this book is incredible.

But, you know me, I could never leave it so succinct.

Veganomicon is not the book for everyone, and I can’t say it’s the first book I would recommend to a fledgling plant-eater.  Many of the recipes are a little long on the ingredient lists, some are a bit complicated on the process.  Only a few recipes have photos, so new cooks might worry if theirs is turning out the way it should.

That said, if you want to impress your non-vegan acquaintances, this is the way to go.  Veganomicon has just the right mix of comfort foods and gourmet vegan fare, “veganizing” staple dishes like Macaroni Salad and challenging even seasoned vegans with original recipes that will wow the stagnant palates of omnivore guests.  I pull this book out when I want something different, when I want something that tastes like it came from a restaurant, and when I am ready to hunker down in my kitchen and pull out all the stops.

The Potato-Kale Enchiladas are a staple in our household, although we just tried them with the pepitas for the first time (worth it!) and got rave reviews at a recent potluck.  After getting a good deal on apples, I made the Apple Peanut Butter Caramel Bars and had a hard time putting the fork down they were so good.  The Banana Chocolate-Chip Bread Pudding is actually the reason I purchased this book, so needless to say, it’s an incredible twist on an old favorite.

Logistically speaking, the cookbook is well set-up.  The index is very complete and recipes are easy to find.  The photos are full-color and together in the middle of the book if you need inspiration.  A set of symbols lets you know which recipes are quick, which can be made with easy-to-find ingredients, and which are diet-friendly.  There are typos here and there, but it’s not an annoyance–it’s actually kind of nice, because it’s a sign that a real person wrote it and it wasn’t just lifted from other sources and edited to death by a mega-publisher.

Isa and Terry do not disappoint.  If you’re a new cook, consider these recipes a goal to aim for.  If you’re a seasoned vegan looking to spice up your weekly menu, you owe it to yourself to make this book the newest member of your family.


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