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The Candle Cafe Cookbook: More Than 150 Enlightened Recipes from New York's Renowned Vegan Restaurant

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It's hard enough to satisfy choosy diners at a hot New York restaurant-- imagine having to do it without using meat, fish, dairy, or eggs! The Candle Cafe has been doing just that for years, offering vegan food that has earned the praise of food critics, celebrities, and countless New Yorkers.
The food at the Candle Cafe expands the horizons of vegan cuisine, proving that
Paperback, 256 pages
Published July 22nd 2003 by Clarkson Potter Publishers
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Aug 05, 2007 Camille rated it liked it
The Candle Cafe is known for its amazing cuisine, and I thought I would get a strong sense of that in their book. One on hand, I did -- there are a lot of food and meal options, all of which are exciting. That said, not only do I have a hard time recreating their flavors at home, their recipes require a lot of prep time. I was also disappointed by the number of entrees and main dishes that require maple syrup and sugar. I'm not a big fan of the "all American" food tradition of sweetening savory ...more
Lisa Vegan
May 13, 2007 Lisa Vegan rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: gourmet chefs, vegans & vegetarians who don't live in/can't visit New York
I’ve never made anything from this cookbook as I am not sufficiently motivated to tackle complex recipes. But I enjoy reading the book, and I can tell I’d enjoy much of the food. I haven’t visited New York since I was 19, which was before I was either vegetarian or vegan; there are so many vegan/vegetarian restaurants I want to dine at in New York city, and the Candle Café/Candle 79 are at the top of my list. I love having restaurant cookbooks: they give me access to dishes from restaurants I ca ...more
Jun 13, 2007 Jennie rated it really liked it
Shelves: my-library, cookbooks
I agree with Nate. The Candle Cafe is one of my favorite restaurants in the world, but there is a reason I like to go there in person rather than try to recreate their cuisine at home. It is definitely time-consuming. That being said, I have learned a lot from this book and do use it as a reference as I cook 90% vegetarian at home and there is nothing better in vegetarian cooking than to have lots of tricks to make the cuisine more interesting!
Mar 14, 2007 Nate rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: People with lots of disposable income, shelf space, and time
Shelves: cookcook
Candle 79 is probably the best restaurant (anywhere, ever), but the recipes are

1) way too time-intensive;
2) unreliable; and
3) filled with annoying ingredients.

There are a few amazing ones; the seitan steaks can't be beat. But most of it ... Don't pay $20 for 'stupid things to do with phyllo dough' or a tapenade recipe that could be condensed into 3 lines.
Oct 03, 2011 Melanie rated it liked it
Shelves: cooking
The recipes LOOK good, but when you make them... meh. There were some great recipes (Vegan Sour Cream was num nums) but the split pea soup and the Lentil Chowder were HUGE disappointments (ie. they tasted like water). I've tried about 15 recipes, and only 3 were good. They are accesible, though, and generally easy to prepare.
Jul 19, 2011 David7466 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cookbook, vegan
You'll be hard pressed to find recipes in this book that are way too simple like a red beans and rice dish, and also too hard requiring comlicated ingredients you'll never find. The dishes are easy, delicious and prove that vegan cooking can be and is delicious.
May 16, 2008 Elaine rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cookbooks
We learned of this book just a couple months ago and were quickly prompted to ask for it for a bday gift...then we got we love it... How come I'd never heard of the Candle Cafe before? The book - and presumably the cafe - is fantastic.
Jan 19, 2016 Kaitlin rated it really liked it
I love the upfront of this book that shares the history of the cookbook. I read the cookbook cover to cover and just need to aquire some of the ingredients, and then I'll be on my way to cooking my way through the cookbook.
May 01, 2007 chelka rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: people who like good food
Shelves: foodbooks
This book is worth the read if only for the carrot cake recipe. I also adore the chocolate ganache frosting. Unsurprisingly, I prefer the dessert section of the book...but the whole thing is pretty tasty.
Martha Smith
Nov 29, 2011 Martha Smith rated it liked it
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I had to adjust all the recipes to exclude nuts, oils, salt and extra sugars. But as gourmet vegan cookbooks go this one is great. I have added two dozen adjusted recipes to my recipe box.
Dec 16, 2007 Laura rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: people who like to cook delicious stuff.
man i love this place and the cookbook makes me less sad that i don't live in nyc anymore. although my versions aren't as delicious, they come pretty darn close.
Nov 08, 2007 Kalliope rated it really liked it
I like this cookbook because it has the ultimatismo chocolate ganache cake lovers supreme recipe and is excellent to read right before bed
Jul 24, 2012 Kerri added it
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I liked the following recipes:
- Creamy Broccoli Soup - delicious!
- Lentil Chowder
- Sweet Corn Chowder
Jun 13, 2010 Czarina rated it it was amazing
Wow! Every recipe I made from this book was easy and delicious! This cookbook is a keeper.
Jun 02, 2008 Jennifer rated it it was amazing
Everything I cook in this vegan cookbook comes out tasting fantastic
Jul 14, 2008 Christine rated it liked it
I love the resturant more than this cook book. The recipes are a little complicated and several of them have amounts that just don't work...l don't remember which one but one called for way too much pepper. As with all recipes, remember to taste and I would recommend adding ingredients little by little so you don't over do it.
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