This month we review a book that puts an entertaining spin on cooking delicious vegan foods.
Mistress Ginger Cooks!
Everyday Vegan Food for Everyone
By Mistress Ginger
Book Publishing Company, 2014
Mistress Ginger Cooks! by Mistress Ginger is a highly entertaining vegan cookbook that introduces readers to an exceptional multi-talented author with a bent for creating original recipes enhanced by witty writing.
The book is "an artist's portfolio" that displays the diverse talents of Justin Leaf, a ballet dancer, singer, performer, yoga instructor, dedicated vegan, and animal rights activist. As a seductive, wisecracking entertainer, Justin dresses in drag in a fluffy red wig and dons a wardrobe of ultra-feminine short nighties and brief dresses that show off an attractive pair of legs.
Mistress Ginger takes a unique approach in introducing recipes that make the book a titillating read with its infusion of humor and lightheartedness, even within the recipe directions.
In the chapter This Thing Called Vegan, the author explains veganism with a sincere, yet original, approach that makes it easy for readers to understand and accept the philosophical reasons vegans choose the compassionate lifestyle.
The "how-to" section offers 10 tips for meal planning, a listing of pantry staples, a glossary of typical plant-based foods, and suggested menus, all with that saucy touch of humor that's bound to bring on a chuckle. The recipes are not only written with wit, but they also contain natural, health-promoting whole foods that are readily available.
The breakfast section offers a host of familiar morning meals that even a carnivore would enjoy. Examples like flapjack fritters, French-kissed toast, and classy crepes along with healthy options like smoothies and oatmeal are temptations for everyone. Opposite page 33 is a full-color photo of a tall stack of mouthwatering Midnight Pancakes with a chunky strawberry sauce cascading over the edge and between the layers. On this page Mistress Ginger says, "It's gotta be midnight somewhere, right?"
Those who enjoy baking will be drawn to the recipes for scones, hot buns, and muffins. There's even one for Naughty Naan. Warming beverages like Ginger's Lemon Brew and Vanilla Nutmeg Chai are perfect on chilly days, while Love Juice refreshes during steamy weather.
When she "can't bear to cook" on those hot steamy days, she makes delicious salads. Standouts include Cabbage Patch Nishime and a uniquely flavored Moroccan Broccoli Salad made with steamed broccoli, dried cranberries, roasted peanuts, and a quick well-seasoned and ultra-creamy dressing prepared in the food processor.
Whether it's soups, stews, sandwiches, wraps, dressings, and spreads, this charismatic author has it covered in her cheeky, seductive style, but she also offers heartier choices with an international appeal like Brazilian Rainbow Platter, as well as risotto, lasagne, jambalaya, and pasta creations.
Maintaining her playfulness throughout the book, Mistress Ginger attempts a touch of naughtiness in the dessert section within the headnotes and recipes for Gingersnatch Cookies and Ginger's Balls. But aside from all the ultra-diva-style teasing, this delightful entertainer really does cook, as clearly demonstrated with preparations like Babooshka Bundles and Barbarian Torte.
Mistress Ginger Cooks! is truly a delightful cookbook with exceptional treasures to offer, not only within the array of tasty recipe from appetizers to desserts, but also in the visual treats that pop up on a vast number of pages. Photogenic Mistress Ginger makes her kitchen THE place to be, as shown in the impressive number of brilliantly colored photos, from full-color food shots to the diva herself in sexy garb and a great big smile. This showgirl makes cooking fun AND delicious!