Vegan dishes are healthy, delicious, and surprisingly easy to make. Yet many people are daunted by the idea of preparing meals that contain no animal products. For them, and for everyone who loves great food, vegetarian chef Vicki Chelf presents Vicki’s Vegan Kitchen, a comprehensive cookbook designed to take the mystery out of meatless meals.
The book begins by offering tips for making nutritious food choices, as well as an extensive glossary of ingredients. Vicki then discusses the simple kitchen equipment you need to have on hand and explains basic cooking techniques. Following this are twelve chapters packed with over 350 recipes for delicious dips, scrumptious soups, pleasing pastas, decadent desserts, and much, much more. Whether you’re interested in compassionate cooking, you value the benefits of a meat-free diet, or you just want to treat your family to a wonderful meal, Vicki’s Vegan Kitchen will bring delectable vegan fare to your kitchen table.
I was introduced to Vegan cooking by my son and the need for good health and longevity by my doctor. I am 62 and it is never too late to begin a life of good health. I saw Vicki's book being reviewed on the Today show. They said it was easy to follow. Not being adapt at Vegan cooking and recipes and wanting to cook for my son and daughter-in-law when they visited from Florida, I looked up the book on Amazon. I fell in love with the format of easy to read information, simple things to change your kitchen, easy salad, pizza and sandwich building.
It truly is vegan for the beginner and for the experienced. I found three recipes especially wonderful: the Guacamole recipe on page 93, the Chocolate Almond Date Candy on page 292, and Lemony New Potatoes with Chives on page 155. I do not like spicy food but the Guacamole recipe can be adapted. I just leave out the hot peppers and it is wonderful!!! I converted my sister, who hates guacamole and my daughter, who ate up mine when she visited, wanted the recipe. Well, she was won over as well and wants to make it rather than buy guacamole at the local store. My husband loves the Almond candy and he is a processed sugar freak just as I was. Now with Vicki's Vegan Kitchen cookbook I am weaning him off it a bit. Even though I have had the book for two years, I haven't stopped exploring it yet. I am going to try the Vegan Lasagna when my son visits his new nephew this August. I am also itching to try doing more of the recipes in the Eat Your Breakfast section, to get away from the same old things. Vicki offers helpful hits to change up most recipes by adding different things to them, things to suit your taste and add variety.
I guess you could say the book is homey, comfortable to read, not above you with odd groceries to buy as some cookbooks are, using food stuffs you would have while you are changing over to a plant based diet and it just feels like it was written by your best friend. I can't say enough good about it. Go, buy it, now!!!!!!
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