Cookbooks are items we seem to hang on to for generations. I still have some of my grandmother’s cookbooks, and they have lots of timeless recipes. Through the decades, though, more and more complicated gourmet cookbooks have come out, and they can be a challenge to follow. Many have tricky, time-consuming steps and foreign ingredients. So, it’s refreshing to find a cookbook that offers good ole’ recipes that are easy to make and taste delicious. Enter New Vegan Cooking.
I confess, if a recipe is too intricate and laborious to make, I’ll skip it. Most of us have busy lives and don’t have the time to fuss over meals. The New Vegan has 125 easy, delicious, real food recipes that we can create in no time. As I perused through the book, I noticed great care has been taken to ensure the healthiest ingredients are incorporated into each recipe. They also explain any steps in a simplified manner along with some images. I’m a visual learner, so pictures speak volumes.
I love to have smoothies in the morning; they’re refreshing, tasty, light, and easy to digest. This book offers several yummy smoothie recipes; my favorite is the Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie. There are also other breakfast recipes for oatmeal, granola, and more.
Soups are another favorite in my home. There’s really nothing more welcoming than a steaming bowl of veggie goodness. The Classic Potato Soup and Hearty Minestrone soups hit the spot each time. These soups are loaded with nutrition and warm the soul. There’s also a few stock recipes that we can make and freeze until we need them.
Salads are an important part of our meals. It’s so boring eating the same old humdrum basic salad, and this book offers some jazzed up recipes that will have your family eating more. The Curried Chickpea Salad and the Blackened Plum Tomatoes over Cucumber and Fennel Salad add spark to any meal.
Chapter six offers several side dish recipes like Sweet and Sour Baked Beans, Perfectly Baked Yam Fries, and Sweet Slaw. Each is great for family get-togethers, parties, and snacks.
I’ve never been good at creating my own sauces or salad dressings. Chapter one has a plethora of great sauces, dips, vinaigrette’s, and dressing that you can whip up in no time. They also offer recipes for homemade ketchup, mayo, and flavored oils. I love the idea of creating my own fresh condiments; I know what’s in the recipe and have control over the ingredients.
Chapter seven has some hearty dishes that will resonate with everyone’s taste buds. How about some No-Rice Fried Rice or some Quinoa Moussaka? And, of course, we cannot leave without mentioning desserts. Chapter eight has recipes for cookies, muffins, bars, crisps, mousse, sauces, and more.
New Vegan Cooking is a breath of fresh air. All the recipes are nutritious, fun to make, and delicious to savor. The book is perforated with big, bold and bright images that get you in the kitchen trying out the recipes. Whether you’re a vegan or not, you’ll find several recipes tempting, appealing, and addicting.
Disclosure: I received product to faciliate a review. All opinions are my own, yours may differ.