Facebook Logo Twitter Logo Pinterest Logo

Nut Gourmet Blog Logo

only search Vegetarians in Paradise
VIP Bird
VIP Banner
Fill out your e-mail address to receive our newsletter!
*E-mail address:
*First Name:
Last Name:
Please let us know your location for special events:
Los Angeles:
(Outside USA):
Subscribe Unsubscribe


Vegan for the Holidays

Vegan for the Holidays has sold out its first printing.
New copies and the Kindle Edition are still available for purchase at Amazon.


Translate This Page

sphere Homepage

sphere News from the Nest

sphere Vegan for the Holidays Blog

sphere Vegan for the Holidays Videos

sphere Zel Allen's NutGourmet Blog

About Us


Weight Loss

Food History/Nutrition/Recipes


Nutrition Information

Los Angeles Resources

Cooking Tips/Recipes

Guest Contributors

Books/Media Reviews


sphere Archive Index

sphere Contact Us

*Privacy Policy: When you subscribe to Vegetarians in Paradise (vegetarian e-zine) your email address will not be sold or rented, and will only be used to let you know in an email what's new in our monthy web magazine.

All the world is nuts about

    What's in The Nut Gourmet

The Nutty Gourmet

Vegetarians in Paradise

Vegetarian Books

Each issue the VIP birds endeavor to soar to the highest literary peak to peck out the most unique, informative, and accomplished book that contributes to vegetarian enlightenment.

This month we review a cookbook that could become the ultimate vegan classic.

Veganomicon: the Ultimate Vegan Cookbook

By Isa Chandra Moskowitz and Terry Hope Romero

Marlowe & Company, 2007
Hardcover $27.50

Hip, creative, and total foodies--that's the only way to describe Isa and Terry who have created Veganomicon, a highly informative vegan cookbook that rivals the venerated cookbooks we collected eons ago and still keep on our shelves for reference.

Veganomicon is not just a great storehouse of original vegan recipes, but rather an extensive culinary classroom in a book. Keenly aware of their eager audience and the dearth of vegan cookbooks covering basic cooking instruction for the kitchen novice, the authors applied their personal kitchen expertise, drew from long-standing kitchen wisdom, and offered good common-sense approaches to plant-based cooking.

Written in conversational style with humor and carry-over from their post-punk Vegan with a Vengeance cookbook, this compendium is not only a delightful cookbook, but also an enjoyable read. The last recipe you read at night will spur you to wake up in the morning eager to prepare that "interesting dish."

Veganomicon Each recipe contains icons to inform readers whether it's soy-free, gluten-free, low or reduced fat, prepared in under 45 minutes, or contains ingredients easily found at the supermarket. The section on pantry staples includes a few unique items like chickpea flour and tapioca flour, plus a host of suggestions for storing these and other staples.

On wines and vinegars, the authors say, "A snotty person once said that you shouldn't cook with any wine you wouldn't drink. We say 'Pfft!' The wines you'll find in any supermarket marked simply 'cooking wine' are just fine." They note that a shot or two of wine transforms a sautéed item into something quite special.

Kitchen Equipment covers more than just the necessities. There's a pack of good solid advice in this section followed by invaluable old-fashioned cooking terminology so necessary to fully understand and follow a recipe. The book contains good suggestions on low-fat cooking and an extensive section on cooking vegetables including grilling indoors and outdoors, along with a host of sidebars that offer excellent cooking tips. No more wondering how long to cook a kidney bean or how much water to add when cooking wild rice--it's all included.

The recipe section opens with such tantalizing starters as Autumn Latkes stunningly photographed in the center section of full-color food photos on smooth, clay-coated paper. An appealing dollop of Horseradish-Dill Sour Cream finishes the dish with the perfect garnish.

Brunch at the authors' pad is easy to recreate with recipes like Potato-Mushroom Blintzes or Greek Tofu Benedict, an old classic turned vegan with tofu, Dill-Tahini Sauce, and roasted red peppers standing in for salmon, hollandaise, and poached eggs.

Sammiches, otherwise known as sandwiches, become a spectacular meal when given the Isa /Terry treatment. They fearlessly pile on the good stuff and pack their sammiches with plenty of roasted veggies, seared seitan, salad fixings, a sprinkle of great seasonings, and enclose them in exceptional breads. One mouth-watering example is the Roasted Eggplant and Spinach Muffuletta Sandwich pictured in the photo section.

No need to wonder how restaurants create those crisp-crusted tofu steaks. They're easily accomplished in your own kitchen with the recipe for Chile Cornmeal-Crusted Tofu on page 125. If you drool at the thought of a succulent cutlet, you'll want to make the Chickpea Cutlets kneaded with thyme, Hungarian paprika, and rubbed sage and flavored with soy sauce, and garlic.

Isa Chandra Moscowitz/Terry Hope Romero True soup aficionados will certainly have challenging choices to make when it comes to deciding on Smoky Red Peppers 'N' Beans Gumbo, Roasted Yellow Pepper and Corn Bisque, or French Lentil Soup with Tarragon and Thyme. Or why not do an Isa --combine Gazpacho and Borscht and bring a bowl of Gazborscht to the table.

Because the authors are keen on baking, they pack the book with tempters like Home-Style Potato Rolls, Scallion Flatbread, and Skillet Corn Bread. And in autumn when pumpkin and cranberries are in season, they bake a batch of Pumpkin-Cranberry Scones. But for dessert, they dish up nirvana on a plate. Imagine serving that someone special an Individual Heart-Shaped Apple Galette on Valentine's Day or perhaps Smlove Pie, a rich, yet light chocolate pie with peanut butter caramel, studded with maple candied pecans, and drizzled with chocolate.

Whether it's creating a quiche, a jambalaya, a favorite American dish, one from an international cuisine, or a dazzling dessert, this author-team steps up to the task and veganizes them all with a creative flair.

The attractive photos tucked into the center of the book illustrate what two creative minds can do with a desire to cook from scratch with wholesome cruelty-free ingredients. The book concludes with 15 menu suggestions, notes on Timing, Acknowledgements, an Appendix of Recipes by Icon, and an extensive Index.

With its 250 totally vegan recipes, plenty of kitchen how-to, and a host of good solid culinary advice, Veganomicon: the Ultimate Vegan Cookbook is an awesome volume for a newcomer to the vegan path as well as for those experienced in the kitchen. Every cookbook shelf needs a handy kitchen reference--Veganomicon could easily become the ultimate vegan classic.

Click here for past book reviews

Vegetarians in Paradise

Homepage sphere Los Angeles Vegan Events Calendar sphere Our Mission sphere The Nut Gourmet sphere Vegan for the Holidays sphere Vegan for the Holidays Videos sphere Vegetarians in Paradise Diet sphere Vegan Survival Kit sphere News from the Nest sphere Vegan Recipe Index sphere Los Angeles Vegan & Vegetarian Restaurants sphere Vegan Basics 101 sphere Protein Basics sphere Calcium Basics sphere Ask Aunt Nettie sphere VeggieTaster Report sphere Vegan Reading sphere VegParadise Bookshelf sphereHeirloom Gardening sphere Cooking with Zel sphere Dining in Paradise sphere Cooking Beans & Grains sphere On the Highest Perch sphere Road to Veganshire sphere Words from Other Birds sphere Using Your Bean sphere Ask the Vegan Athlete sphere Vegan Holiday Meals sphere Great Produce Hunt sphere Farmers' Markets sphere Natural Food Markets sphere Vegetarian Associations Directory sphere Links We Love sphere VegParadise Yellow Pages sphere Media Reviews sphere 24 Carrot Award sphere Vegetarian Food Companies sphere Archive Index sphere Contact Us

© 1999-2015 vegparadise.com