Complete with gorgeous color photos, Viva Vegan! is the ultimate guide to authentic and inspired new Latin cuisine.
I am a recently converted vegan. I am lucky enough to have the full support of my closest friends and family; my mom even sought out a vegetarian restaurant when she was on a business trip to see what it was all about! I realized recently, however, that supportive as they are, many don’t think that it’s possible to have a vegan meal that doesn’t taste like “substitution” food. I have no desire to shove my opinion down people’s throats; when we have visitors or I have to contribute food, I would LOVE to be able to prepare and share vegan meals where they don’t necessarily notice that there aren’t any animal products. I’ve quickly learned that this is more than just possible–it’s probable. Like any kind of cooking– you just have to learn the techniques and tricks of the trade (for instance, until quite recently I didn’t realize that it is a good idea to press tofu). This book is a fantastic resource for achieving this goal. Last night my husband (an omnivore) and I had the chickpea potato enchiladas paired with spinach, capers and raisins– it was AMAZING; I never anticipated capers and raisins pairing so brilliantly together. My husband, a self proclaimed cheese-addict said that they were some of the best enchiladas I’ve ever made hands down. I followed the recipes to a T. In the future he’ll request these over their cheese-drenched cousins. As other reviewers have alluded to, the educational components of the book are thorough, enlightening and engaging. I am completely smitten with this book and would recommend it to anyone interested in becoming a better vegan cook and/OR just better acquainted with Latin American cooking in general.
Out of all of her books, this one is the best for a two-person household wherein both people work long hours and don’t want to cook every night. Everything so far has done well heated up after a day or two as leftovers, so I go ahead and make the full recipe rather than cutting it in half. So far I’ve made: Steamed Red/White Seitan Seitan Chorizo (original AND chipotle versions) Peanut Sauce (Salsa de Mani) Red Chile Sauce Shredded Carrot-Jicama Mango-Jicama Chopped Salad Venezuelan-style Black Beans Tempeh Asado Sweet & Nutty Roasted Stuffed Plantains (a must try) Quick Red Posole with Beans Taquitos with Chorizo and Potatoes Chipotle, Seitan and Potato Tacos Black Bean-Sweet Potato Tamales My one little complaint is that I wish there were more pictures!
I loved this cookbook! I am now reading it again for the second time page by page….no kidding. It’s a cookbook but you can read like a book if you’re crazy like me, because it’s written in an upbeat, fun way. You could also just skip to the recipes you want very easily. I really liked how Terry H. Romero did not assume everyone reading the book is Vegan, she explains some commonly used vegan ingredients but not in an annoying way, if you are already familiar with these. I’m Flexitarian myself, exploring more and more vegan food so I found her approach helpful. I loved that she gave a little bit of background on the traditional dishes and that she gave the cookbook a pan Latin American approach. I not only learned about the food traditions of other cultures, I was very happy to see the foods I grew up eating included in the book (healthier vegan versions of course). This book will seriously be one of the main cookbooks in my kitchen! Her recipes were easy to follow, the ingredients are simple and easily found. I have nothing but good things to say, if you’re thinking of getting this book it is definitely worth the money. And as a Puerto Rican/Dominican with a Cuban boyfriend who grew up in a Brazilian neighborhood….I can tell you the recipes are pretty authentic and traditional, just without the animal products! A lot of the recipes make use of Seitan in different forms which I am excited to make at home for the first time now after reading this book. There are plenty of vegetable only, bean based and some Tofu dishes but I was happy to see all the different ways you can use seitan. I even became inspired to try a few inventions of my own. As a Latina who recently became Flexitarian/vegetarian, I was thrilled to find this book because I can keep my cultural traditions and even pass down some new meatless versions to my daughters.
- Title: Viva Vegan!: 200 Authentic and Fabulous Recipes for Latin Food Lovers
- Autor: Terry Hope Romero
- Publisher (Publication Date): Da Capo Lifelong Books; Original edition (April 27, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: | 0738212733
- ISBN-13: | 978-0738212739
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