Ultimate Vegan Cookbook

nomicon_pageI’ve blogged numerous times about how The China Study was the single biggest motivating factor in my adopting a vegan diet. However, at least equally important is “Veganomicon,” the book that has sustained me through the transition and has become a fixture in my kitchen.

Veganomicon, which bills itself (rightly so) as the Ultimate Vegan Cookbook, is the product of Isa Chandra Moskowitz and Terry Hope Romero, who also wrote “Vegan with a Vengeance” and “Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World”. The pair also created the PostPunkKitchen (theppk.com) vegan recipe website, where you can find some teaser recipes from the Veganomicon book.

My partner and I have tried about 40 of the dishes in Veganomicon, some several times, and our copy of Veganomicon (covered with numerous post-it notes and splatters of various sauces) is never far from our sides or minds.

One of my goals was to attempt all of the 250 recipes in the book. However, we’ve enjoyed the recipes we’ve tried so much (our favorite being “Baja-Style Grilled Tempeh Tacos”), it’s difficult to find reasons to try new ones.

Among our many other favorite recipes are:

  • Chickpea Cutlets (p133)
  • Escarole with Beans (p107)
  • Spicy Tempeh with Brocolli and Rotelle (p191)
  • Spicy Peanut and Eggplant Soup (p147)
  • Eggplant-Potato Moussaka with Pine Nut Cream (p164)

And for those of you with a sweet tooth:

  • Almond-Anise Biscotti (p240)
  • Fig Smushed-Anise-Almond Cookies (P235)
  • Banana-Date Scones (p224)

True to the authors’ claim, many of the recipes in the book can be prepared with ingredients in your pantry or found at the local grocery store. There are also main dishes and deserts that are more elaborate and time-consuming but well worth the trouble, as you and your non-vegan family/friends will not feel they’re missing anything.

Fortunately for me, I discovered Veganomicon shortly after finishing The China Study, or I may have died from malnutrition, if not boredom, first. I believe both books are required reading for anyone interested in giving up their animal-based diet for one based on plants. It sounds trite to say, but Veganomicon may really be the last cookbook you’ll ever buy!