This is probably the book I own that I’ve cooked the most from. That’s because I was really lucky to test for it, and I’ve made some of the recipes time and time again.
It’s a wonderful book – loads of pictures (I think that’s the first book I’ve been able to say that about this month!). It’s written in Isa’s usual quirky style which lets you get an idea of the her personality – I really like that about cookbooks.
We only make a real effort for brunch at weekends so we ate most of the recipes for dinner. Even if you’re not a morning person there’s lots to make in this book, so don’t let it put you off getting it. There’s a really good balance between savoury and sweet, which suits me perfectly as its only once in a blue moon I’ll fancy something sweet at any time of the day, especially breakfast.
It would be pointless listing all the things I’ve made from this book as I’ve made almost everything in it. It would almost be equally pointless to list the things I loved, as I loved almost everything (the one thing I didn’t like was the sour cream but that was just a personal thing). I did make things I never thought I’d make at home, such as bagels, English muffins, pierogies and dosas. And they worked!
So I think the best thing I can do is to tell you the things I’ve made repeatedly, because given how often I cook new things, that must tell you a lot about how good they are.
Ethiopian crepes with potato salad coleslaw
Cornbread waffles with pantry mole rojo and seitan
Mom’s breakfast casserole
Courico casserole with grilled pineapple salsa (I always use soaked TVP chunks now for the soy curls)
Beer battered tofu
Smoked almond gravy
Mushroom, leek and white bean pie
Tempeh sausage pastry puffs
Well, that’s the end of VeganMofo for this year. I managed 30 posts, which is amazing, especially since I was away from home for a week this month. I think I only did 20 last year. It made it much easier having a theme. I picked the cookbook reviews because I’ve got so many so I knew it would be easy. I just picked them totally at random. It was great fun and although I only did it because I thought it would be an easy theme, I really enjoyed it and it reminded me of many dishes I intend to now go ahead and cook. It’s amazing how tastebuds can change, or ingredients become more available, or cooking skills improve, so that dishes that seemed unattractive one year can look gorgeous the next. And of course, I have lots of your rcommendations from all of the books that I absolutely promise to try.
I’ve still got lots of other vegan cookbooks not to mention all my many vegetarian books. I can’t help being a cookbook whore! (Even since Mofo started I have either received or ordered another 5). People (apart from one person, the only downside of this Mofo for me) seem generally to have enjoyed the reviews, so I think I might make it a monthly feature – please let me know if you’d like it.
And now I’m off to spend a few months catching up on everyone else’s brilliant Mofo efforts. Hope you all enjoyed it, and back to normal from now on!