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Veganomicon: The Ultimate Vegan Cookbook

3.98  ·  Rating Details  ·  18,503 Ratings  ·  579 Reviews
Who knew vegetables could taste so good? Moskowitz and Romero's newest delicious collection makes it easier than ever to live vegan. You'll find more than 250 recipes--plus menus and stunning color photos--for dishes that will please every palate. All the recipes in Veganomicon have been thoroughly kitchen-tested to ensure user-friendliness and amazing results. And by popu ...more
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published November 2nd 2007 by Da Capo Lifelong Books (first published January 1st 2007)
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Lisa Vegan
Nov 13, 2007 Lisa Vegan rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: all cookbook collectors, all vegans & vegetarians and those who enjoy delicious food
Well, for some reason I thought that this was going to be more like a thorough vegan Joy of Cooking type book but it isn’t quite so comprehensive. However; it is great, and I didn’t end up being disappointed.

Only cons:
1. all the photos are in the middle of the book vs. on the recipe pages
2. for my taste too long vegetable steaming times given (although possibly they & I are thinking of different sized pieces of veggies)
3. and most importantly: the authors don’t have a restaurant serving the
Jan 14, 2016 Emily rated it really liked it
Shelves: cookbooks
This book is saucy and I like it:

so far:

Pineapple cashew quinoa - I accidentally made this with whole pecans instead of cashews because I was aggressively drunk cooking. I think the cashews would be better with this. I'm all about the pineapple flavor, though, and this was really easy to put together (or was it, drunk Emily?? was it???).

Chickpeas Romanesco - I'm not familiar with traditional romanesco sauces, and this felt too difficult for a chickpea curry (though I roasted my own bell peppers
Nov 18, 2008 jess rated it it was amazing
Shelves: food, 2008
My wife & I have been working through this cookbook for a year now. Finally, I am going to write my review of it. Isa Chandra Moskowitz is a vegan foodie sensation. If you make vegan food regularly, you know there are basic techniques and styles we all rely on, and every once in a while, some sort of revolution sweeps through the vegan cooking world, and suddenly everyone is looking at their tofu a little differently. Veganomicon is that moment.

We are busy people who love to cook delicious
Michael Batz
May 19, 2015 Michael Batz rated it liked it
Shelves: eat-and-drink
God, I wanted to love this cookbook. Picked it up when it was brand new, as Vegan with a Vengeance is one of my favorites. I appreciate the idea behind it - so many vegan cookbooks are thin paperbacks that it's a cool idea to try to up the game with a nice solid hardback. But in my opinion, this is a middle ground cookbook - too highfalutin for daily use, but not quite polished enough for special events.

Other than a few standbys, I rarely use this cookbook because it is chock o' block with the
Apr 17, 2014 Ellen rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: anyone who ever cooks anything
First, the recipes are very well written and explained. The authors don't leave out any details, and include things like "when you bake this cake, it's really really important to not open the oven for at least 45 minutes no matter how tempting it is". They include lots of variations for most recipes. Most importantly, the recipes are very weeknight: A lot of them are pretty quick to prepare, very tasty, and don't necessarily involve a billion different steps and sub-recipes.

I've either liked or
Apr 06, 2012 Geoff rated it it was amazing
I am like 90% pescatarian, meaning that throughout a month like 90% of what I eat contains no soil- or earthbound or non-sea worthy animal components except dairy, because I love cheese to an almost shameful degree. The 10% of my diet that is made from earth-roaming beasts comes generally in the form of charcuterie at nice restaurants or the infrequent baconing of some component of a meal or if I go to my parents for a meal, as they eat pretty much only animals and potatoes, in thick animal grav ...more
Nov 16, 2007 melissa rated it it was amazing
Veganomicon is the grown-up version of Vegan with a Vengeance. Not its momma but the grown-up post punk herself. Still the same intelligent, clever and witty writing and the same mind-blowingly creative recipes but this time there is some very helpful information on kitchen necessities, both cookware and pantry staples, basic information on how to prepare different types of produce, some very grown-up and organized menus and the layout is beautifully refined. Much like I am trying to be in this ...more
Feb 20, 2009 Christopher rated it it was amazing
This is a great cookbook for both dyed-in-the-wool vegans and those omnivores who want to mix it up a little. Myself, I'm a longtime vegetarian who considers himself a vegan-wanna-be (I love vegan food to death but I still can't give up ice cream, cheese or cream cheese) and this book makes me really think I could make the leap and keep my taste buds happy. After I finish this pint of Rum Raisin, that is...(ahem).


The book is written with a breezy sense of humor that will make readers of
May 25, 2016 Amanda rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
A comprehensive vegan cookbook. I'll have to try some recipes before being sure of my rating. I'm not a fan of the emphasis on tofu and traditional wheat flours, but perhaps it will be worth it.
Aug 24, 2010 Lee rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Lee by: Lisa V and Trish
Recipes made so far:

Fudgy Wudgy Blueberry Brownies = Excellent
Coconut Lemon Bundt Cake = Awesome
Eggplant and Potato Moussaka with Pine Nut Cream = Okay
Tamarind Lentils = Delish
Curried Tofu = Good
Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Pudding = Very tasty
Chickpea Cutlets = Outstanding and addictive
Lasagne Marinara with Spinach = Very good
Creamy Tomato Soup = my daughter actually ate some which is a miracle.

Apr 01, 2010 Trish rated it it was amazing
I've had this book for a year or more and have recommended it countless times to aspiring vegans, curious vegetarians, and diabetic carnivores. I use it every week: it is the backbone of my menu. It completely demystifies the 'vegan' label and makes good food easy, acessible, delicious, and fun. The food is good-looking and tasty and balanced enough to serve to guests--who often exclaim in pleasure over the results. I absolutely don't care about the 'lack of pictures' complaint. It could have no ...more
Mar 01, 2016 Stephanie rated it really liked it
I've been going through this cookbook slowly, one intimidating recipe/ingredient at a time, because vegan cuisine seemed mysterious & I was ambitious.
Also, Veganomicon is an awesome cookbook name. My eyes always drifted to the cover in bookstores, and I would think, "I should try that cookbook" based purely on the name. And then I'd open it, frown at the ingredients & ugly pictures, and put it back on the shelf. Every time.
Until finally, I bought it.
Fall & winter 2015/2016 became t
Aug 31, 2008 Erin rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: people who eat
Shelves: food
A good vegan cookbook is harder to find than a flesh-bound book of the dead. So, this is aptly, aptly named (and far less un-deadly). Not only is this book filled with, as far as I have tested, delicious recopies, it is better organized and extensive than most other cookbooks I've come across, vegan or not. It has icons under recipes to indicate which are soy-free, gluten-free and low/reduced fat, and, more useful and impressive to me, which ones can be made in under 45 minutes and which only ha ...more
Jan 05, 2012 Stephanie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: vegan-cooking
I decided to make the leap into veganism in July 2011 after reading several books about the diet's benefits and I have never felt better. I once couldn't imagine NOT eating meat or dairy, but after experimenting with so many great cookbooks, it really has been an easy transition. I have slipped up a few times and believe me, your body will LET YOU KNOW that it doesn't want that crap anymore. It's a shame that vegan dishes get a bad rep - most I have tried have been fantastic. Even my husband, wh ...more
Feb 09, 2008 Carolyn rated it it was amazing
Not a vegan, but certainly have cut down on all forms of saturated fat and upped the vegetable, fruit, and whole grain intake. As vegetarian Alice Waters said, it's what you eat, not what you don't eat. Steph is a wonderful resource for all things vegan and she was the inspiration for me looking into a solid vegan cookbook. I want to be able to create something hearty and real - not relying on the scurry to Whole Foods for the lonely Field Roast....

This one practically leapt of the shelves. Aut
Jan 24, 2008 Devery rated it it was amazing
This is a phenomenal cookbook for anyone who likes to cook and eat delicious food, vegan or vegetarian or BBQ-snarfer. The whole section on how to cook vegetables is worth the price alone (I had no idea how amazing roasted green beans were, for example) and the Simple Seitan recipe is a streamlined (and yummier) version of the one in Vegan With A Vengeance.

So far I have made the Leek and Bean Cassoulet with Biscuits, the Chestnut Lentil Pate, the Kalamata Dip, the Seitan Piccata, the Chickpea C
Mar 14, 2014 Kayla rated it it was amazing
Shelves: vegan, cookbooks
I'm still working my way through this cookbook, but so far I have really enjoyed the recipes I have tried. They are easy to make and the instructions are well written. I like the little tips that are included with the recipes. For example they list different alternatives to certain foods (like peppers) if you can't find them. The only thing is I wish there were more pictures in the book and that he pictures were next to the respective recipe instead of in the middle of the book. Otherwise this i ...more
May 09, 2011 A rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Lentil Lovers and Veggie Vigilantes
Recommended to A by: Isa Chandra herself
I was first introduced to the wit and flavor of Isa Chandra Moskowitz through, her blog. I picked up a copy of Veganomicon after reading a lot of the website and I have to say that I absolutely love this cookbook. Not only does it have a lot of helpful cooking tips and instructions, it breaks down what items are useful for a well-stocked vegan pantry and has really inspired me to do a lot of food exploring. I love the symbols by each recipe that tell you pertinent info such as whe ...more
Oct 01, 2011 Melissa rated it it was amazing
Shelves: food, cookbooks
I've had this book for going on a year now. I made my first recipe from it last night---Pumpkin Baked Ziti with Caramelized Onions and Sage Crumb Topping. Cashew "Ricotta" is my new favorite thing. Omnivore hubby (who does not like ricotta cheese) had a big serving then helped himself to seconds. To me that is always the highest recommendation for a vegan or vegetarian recipe. If you like lots of pictures with your cook books you will be disappointed in that respect (although there is a mouthwat ...more
Jeanette  "Astute Crabbist"
Feb 07, 2008 Jeanette "Astute Crabbist" rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cookbooks, nonfiction
I haven't had the chance to make nearly as many recipes as I'd like to from this book yet, but I'm giving it a tentative five stars and will amend that if necessary.

I tried to test a variety of recipes from different sections of the book so I could get a good overall feel for it. If there's a dud in this book, I ain't found it yet!
I especially enjoy the additions of unique ingredients and textures that give the recipes more complex flavors.

I also appreciate that the cooking times in the recipes
May 06, 2016 Rebecca rated it liked it
Not as exhaustive as it claims to be (how can it explain cooking different types of vegetables but not give any general guidance for tofu and other more unusual meat replacements?) but some very good recipes all the same - the samosa stuffed baked potatoes were especially delicious!
Mar 16, 2010 eq rated it did not like it
I wasn't really enticed by any of these recipes. Nothing popped out and said, EAT ME! I think a good portion also had to do with the photography, which was a tad on the cyan side and made me gag a little. Perhaps it's just the vegan lifestyle... No! I take that back. I've read and tried alot of different vegan recipes in my time and I think focusing on the simplicity of the elements within the recipe should be the focus. Clearly, not the case with this cookbook.

Check out 101cookbooks or Cucina
Jan 28, 2009 Sarah rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Laura
Shelves: cookbooks
Quite possibly my all-time favorite cookbook. Not only did practically every recipe sound appealing, the accompanying descriptions made me LAUGH. The two Brooklyn-based authors of blog world Post Punk Kitchen fame have a witty free style and aren't afraid to poke fun at themselves or veganism in general. Even die-hard carnivores are sure to enjoy the majority of their vast array of soups, salads, pastas, sandwiches, deserts, and more. This is by no means a low-fat, sprouts only tome, the authors ...more
Dec 02, 2008 Trena rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Vegetarians, Vegans, and those who love and cook for them
Many of my friends have loved this cookbook so I figured I should check it out. I think the praise is well-deserved. It contains a lot of imaginative recipes way beyond the usual (I stopped buying cookbooks several years ago because there was never anything really new in them). Most of the recipes can be made with items found in a regular grocery store, though there is a little reliance on specialty items that I'm sure are easy to locate in NYC but not so much for the rest of the US. I really ha ...more
Ela Moreno
Aug 28, 2010 Ela Moreno rated it it was amazing
This book came recommended by my local coffee shop hero. A long time vegan, he said he had a truly boring food life because he couldn't cook. He credits this book with teaching him how to make a killer vegan meal.

This is a great book for a beginner, there are sections on how to cook grains or prep/roast different vegetables. I think it's an awesome step in the learning to cook direction.

As someone who is a little more well versed in the ways of the kitchen, I still find this book handy. I've bee
Dec 05, 2015 Lara rated it liked it
This does look to be a really good basic vegan cookbook, but maybe a little too basic for me? Or not basic enough? Or like...the focus seems to be a little more on vegan versions of mostly typical non-vegan foods, which I don't really care about, and I hate seeing things like vegan margarine in recipes. I don't think that's used in much, but I'd just really rather stay away from butter and cheese substitutes and just not pretend. There are also three sections on breads and cookies and bars and d ...more
Feb 17, 2015 Miriam rated it it was amazing
Shelves: vegan
Diese Rezension bezieht sich auf die englische Ausgabe. In meinem Besitz befindet sich das Buch seit April 2012.

Grafik, Design und generelles Aussehen
Das Buch ist ein Hardcoverbuch mit stabilem Einband. Die Texte sind gut zu lesen, die Schrift ist nicht zu klein. Obwohl es ein Hardcover ist, liegt das Buch auch offen auf dem Tisch, wenn man daraus was nachkocht. Man muss die Seiten also nicht mühsam beschweren. Das Buch ist generell etwas gross, grösser als Format A4. Das macht es etwas unhandli
Aug 17, 2010 Laurie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: delectable
I've made probably 5-10 recipes so far and I'm pretty sure I love this book! I've been a vegetarian for 17 years and have recently decided to start incorporating more vegan recipes into my diet (which I thought might be a difficult thing to do, being the cheese-lover that I am). I've found a lot of different types of flavors represented in this book that are exciting to try.

I foresee a future of eating the Chickpea Cutlets monthly, at the very least.
Aug 22, 2008 Von rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cookbook
This is a really great vegan cookbook. Everything I've made from here has been delicious, except for the potato enchiladas, which were tasty but more work than they were worth (although I didn't have toasted pumpkin seeds handy, which MAY have added whatever made it worth the more than 2 hours it took to make ...)
All in all, great cookbook. Really well written recipes, and very well organized.
Nov 27, 2013 Melissa added it
Shelves: food, want-to-buy
Great cookbook to have on hand for weeknight suppers, snacks, and...well, pretty much everything. It's sort of like the vegan Joy of Cooking in its breadth, and there are plenty of recipes you can whip up without buying a bunch of specialty ingredients. Just made the pumpkin ziti (the tofu ricotta is delish) and the smlove pie this afternoon, both of which are fabulous.
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