Veganmofo 2009 – Great chefs cook vegan

As you’ve probably gathered I’m a fan of books that involve a lot of cooking and produce stunning results, so I was really excited to get my hands on this book. The author approached lots of famous (in the US) chefs and asked them to produce a creative vegan meal, then compiled them all into a book. So how did they do?

Well, there’s no denying that it’s a beautifully published book. The photos are mouth watering. But as yet I’ve not made anything at all from it. Why? Well, maybe I’d be more inspired if I knew more about the chefs. This is my fault not the book’s, but I’d only heard of 2 of the chefs. I’d be extremely interested to see a British version with chefs I know more about.  Also, many of the recipes so obviously rely on really high quality ingredients and I can tell that they wouldn’t work at all with the versions I can get hold of here – for example, if a dish uses best quality heirloom tomatoes as a centrepiece, a greenhouse tomato from a local supermarket just will not do. I also can’t get hold of quite a few of the ingredients such as a variety of fresh wild mushrooms, or certain vegetables such as sorrel, jicama and salsify.

I fully intend to try something from this book and I’m glad I bought it just because it’s so beautiful, but it’s not the inspiration I thought it would be. If you’re looking for a vegan cookbook with wonderful recipes that you can slave over, I recommend an Eric Tucker book instead.

Has anyone made anything from this book? I’d love to hear about it.

Advertisements

10 thoughts on “Veganmofo 2009 – Great chefs cook vegan

  1. I thought a lot of the chefs in this book didn’t really try very hard. I got it from the library and am very glad I didn’t spend any money on it. I’d rather use the Millenium books. Those are much more do-able projects!

  2. sadly, I can’t help. I have this book too… and haven’t ever made anything from it. First of all, I have to say that not many of the recipes really call out to me. Secondly, they are so complicated. But I know one day inspiration will strike. Maybe I”ll go take a peek now… it’s been a long while since I looked in there!
    🙂

  3. I’ve heard about this book, but never seen it. I’d love to flip through and look at the recipes. When it comes to cooking, I’d much rather fix comfort/soul food than gourmet artsy dishes. But I do love to look at pretty food pics.

  4. I made the cauliflower steak, but I made it before the book came out and it had a different puree. It was really good. I think some of the breakfast recipes look pretty nice and doable.

    • I think of this as a “coffee table” book. It’s beautiful to look at but not practical to cook from – perhaps for a special anniversary dinner some day…

  5. I have a copy of this book, but I haven’t made anything from it either. (With the two little ones I rarely have time to get THAT involved.) Gorgeous photography, though… I’m going to look at it for inspiration when my husband’s and my anniversary rolls around again.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s