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.