When I first bought Voluptuous Vegan, I was a bit intimidated by it. It’s arranged in an unusual way – not starters, main courses, desserts – but around whole meals. Nowadays I find that sensible, but back then when I didn’t cook as much I got scared and thought it ws too much work – and didn’t even realise that I could mix and match, and not bother with some of the elements of the meal if I didn’t want to. This is a perfect book if you want to spend some time cooking but you can enjoy some of the dishes even if you don’t. My only complaint is that I can’t get hold of some of the ingredients, like burdock, fiddlehead ferns, delicata squash and hominy, but that’s not the author’s fault, and there’s plenty of dishes I can make. And when I do, they never fail to impress.
I’ve got a few other Myra Kornfeld books – they aren’t vegan or even vegetarian, but I do like her cooking style. I haven’t made much from the other two (Healthy Hedonist and Healthy Hedonist Holidays), so do let me know if you’ve got any recommendations.
If you’d like to try some of the things I enjoy, these are my favourites:
Curried chickpea tart with fennel cauliflower sauce, herbed coconut chutney and spinach
Chilli and cornbiscuit casserole with guacasalsa
Pumpkin, sage and pecan ravioli
Tofu-Leek tart with pine nut crust and french lentil sauce