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Plum: Gratifying Vegan Dishes from Seattle's Plum Bistro

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Plum Bistro, Seattle's wildly popular vegan restaurant, is known for its delicious and innovative vegan recipes using local ingredients. Sure to please both vegans and meat-eaters, this cookbook features Plum's flavorful, comforting dishes for brunch, soups, salads, entrées, desserts, and more. This photo-filled book features 60 recipes, including Pesto Plum Pizza, Good Ol ...more
ebook, 160 pages
Published April 23rd 2013 by Sasquatch Books (first published January 1st 2013)
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As a work of photography, wow. That spinach pasta is one of the loveliest things I've seen in a while.

As a cookbook, meh. Recipes aren't super compelling, plus there are things that have to be modified in terms of timing, or things have way too much oil, or no salt, etc.

Seitan with chimichurri: OK, though I wouldn't serve it to guests.

Beet salad with cilantro pesto: I enjoyed it, but the chef de cuisine said "I'm OK if we never make that again."

Brownies: more like a decent chocolate cake (esp
Sylvia Martinez
I recently was prescribed a Vegan Diet for health reasons, and I am going to say that it is really hard. I find myself reading every label and only eating salads. i have to say I got pretty tired of salads. I knew I have to do something. Then I came across Plum gratifying Vegan dishes. I have to say I loved the photos, and it ignited a new passion for searching out the best in taste. I am a little afraid of cooking with tofu, but I found some recipes that are doable and sound great to eat. I lov ...more
This is not the book for people on a budget or people looking to incorporate a few vegan meals into their weekly repertoire. There's not a recipe in here that does not include at least three ingredients I'd need to buy in order to create it, and they aren't inexpensive ingredients. It would be less costly to just go eat my vegan meal at a restaurant.

Having said that, this is a gorgeous book. The pictures are amazing, and I'm pretty sure I would eat just about everything in it. I am also fairly c
I was given this book as a present, and the giver seemed very excited about it. However, looking through it, I was hard pressed to share her enthusiasm. This is a "tofu" vegan cookbook, this isn't an "eat a variety of proteins such as nuts and beans etc" vegan cookbook, such as Lorna Sass' "Complete Vegetarian Kitchen", which is actually vegan despite its name. I'm neither vegetarian nor vegan, but I like to eat that way when I can. As a person who cooks a lot and who possesses a reasonably stoc ...more
Andrea Martin
As a professional in the culinary industry I found this cookbook to be inspiring. It is refreshing to see a book like this that doesn't rely heavily on tofu and is geared to the more culinarily inclined. The photographs are beautiful and the information about the various vegan ingredients I feel would be beneficial to those who have limited exposure to this cuisine. The vegan doggy snack recipe at the end is an added and fun bonus. Well done.
Always on the lookout for vegan and vegetarian dishes that I can try, I was drawn in by the lovely photos of the food in this book. The author and owner of the Plum Bistro was raised vegan and encourages veganism, though she no longer completely practices it herself. I will admit that almost all of the dishes looked tasty, this like a lot of other restaurant-inspired cookbooks, have dishes that I’d rather eat in the actual restaurant by professionals. Of course there were three or four dishes th ...more
There was not one recipe in this cookbook that I wanted to make. I cook vegetarian a lot and I wanted to incorporate more vegan options into my repertoire but this book did not have what I was looking for at all. I do not like ersatz food. Sorry vegans. I just don't see the point of using a bunch of weird ingredients (e.g. egg white substitute, xantham gum. Earth Balance butter substitute) just to avoid using animal products. Just make something different. As for the recipes that don't include i ...more
Beautiful book! both the writing and the photography is gorgeous. Recipes seem very approachable.
Hurts to give this two stars...I had such high hopes for this book. I'm a fan of Plum Bistro itself but had a hard time with the recipes from this book. Nothing seemed to turn out right, and when I asked around I found many friends were encountering the same issues. Things that should be thick were runny, cooking times led to under-cooked food...I just don't get it. BUT absolutely beautiful photography and I'm still a patron of the restaurant!
Gina Marie
I live the photos and the creative depth of the recipes, however I've never had a cookbook that was of the level that was not a typical home cooking require you to purchase premised parts of the menu to avoid revealing the ingredients. It's no secret the fans of Plumb were in great anticipation of the famous Mac n Yease which was intentionally withheld. I would have visited the restaurant more had it been included, not less.
What I made from this book was quite good (particularly the Roasted Beet and Blood Orange Salad with Cilantro Pesto). Would have given it a a higher rating but for the curious reliance on pretty processed foods like cheese, soy products, etc. I suppose I was expecting less of that...
I can only give this 4 stars because my favorite Plum recipes (including Spicy Mac & Yease) are not in here. Still a beautiful book with lots of great recipes!
Nov 04, 2013 Megan rated it 4 of 5 stars
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One of my favorite local restaurants, and a wonderful cookbook!
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