250 simple, sumptuous recipes from street cart favorites to haute cuisine
Vegan cookbook review

The short introduction to Dynise Balcavage’s The Urban Vegan covers only the most useful kitchen equipment (for city dwellers with tiny apartments); offers a brief overview of vegan substitutions for meat, dairy, and eggs; provides an extensive list of vegan pantry essentials; and explains the icons used throughout the book:

  • Low-fat
  • Fast (30 minutes or less)
  • Omnivore friendly (impress your friends)
  • Frugal
  • Kid friendly

The 250 recipes are divided into 11 chapters:

  1. Cafe Culture – citrus-scented blueberry muffins, cherry-chocolate chunk scones, bubble drinks…
     
  2. All-Night Breakfast at the Diner – better than buttermilk pancakes, shiitake on a shingle, cornmeal scrapple…
     
  3. Lunch Cart – sloppy joes, tomato pie, grilled cheese and bananas…
     
  4. Soup Kitchen – pumpkin-daal soup, Italian wedding soup, corn consommé…
     
  5. The Melting Pot cauliflower-chickpea tagine, Welsh rarebit, spicy Indian eggplant…
     
  6. House Party – arty-farty party nuts, couscous mosaic, sweet potato salad… (plus 20 tips for a stress-free-dinner party)
     
  7. Urban Garden – spinach-fennel salad, balsamic-roasted vegetables, porcini quinoa with cauliflower and pecans…
     
  8. Haute Cuisine – chocolate-chipotle chili, seitan saltimbocca, Vidalia onion tart…
     
  9. Just Desserts – urban apple pie, passion fruit mousse, sticky toffee pudding cake…
     
  10. Saucy Vegan – basil-fennel cream, satay sauce, pear-pepper chutney…
     
  11. Happy Hour – caipirinha, lemon drop, Mexican-Irish coffee…

At the end of a book are conversion tables, a short glossary, and two dozen menu ideas, both by cuisine (Brazilian, Provençal, Moroccan…) and by theme (fancy shmancy, Saturday breakfast, winter warmer…)

The Urban VeganIf you have access to a well-stocked natural foods store, The Urban Vegan can help you cook a variety of meals from all over the world.

Buy The Urban Vegan:

Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk
 

Author’s website: urban vegan

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