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Vegan Brunch: Homestyle Recipes Worth Waking Up For—From Asparagus Omelets to Pumpkin Pancakes

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Omelets. French toast. Bacon. Brunch has always been about comfort, calories—and for vegans everywhere, a feast of foods they can't touch. Until now! Bestselling vegan chef Isa Chandra Moskowitz unleashes her signature flair and ingenuity to give readers breakfast they won't find anywhere else, whether welcoming you from a late night on the town or waking you up for a meal ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published May 26th 2009 by Da Capo Lifelong Books (first published May 20th 2009)
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Melissa
Aug 09, 2012 Melissa rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cookbooks
This is an amazing cookbook. It probably improved the lives of a great many vegans who enjoy attending brunch potlucks. It's incredibly fun to bring something like the Tempeh Sausage Pastry Puffs (p. 129) to an omnivorous brunch potluck and explode everyone's brain with it.


This ain't health food, and it never claimed to be. I've never been one to consume fancy breakfasts in the morning--much more of the breakfast-for-dinner type--and this book is great for that. Tell me you don't want to eat the
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jess
Sep 03, 2009 jess rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: ladies who brunch, all the hip vegans, anyone with tastebuds
Shelves: 2009, food
It's no secret that half the vegan universe drools over everything Isa Chandra Moskowitz touches - but there's good reason! This cookbook, once again, raises the bar for homemade vegan cooking, with singular emphasis on the most important meal of the day: brunch!!!!! Since my household is also part of the cult of Isa, we pre-ordered the book without absolutely no concerns or reservations as to the soundness of our investment. It arrived, and my wife & I held it between us, caressing it and s ...more
Lisa Vegan
Aug 17, 2008 Lisa Vegan rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone who enjoys brunch food, especially vegans, vegetarians, & those who cook for them
This is a wonderful cookbook. I love this cookbook author’s other three books too, and I’m excited about her upcoming fifth vegan cookies book. This fourth one is just as great as the first three. Her recipes always look wonderful but what’s best about this cookbook (as with her others) is that she’s entertaining and she’s funny also.

This book is beautiful and stylish. The layout and colors are gorgeous. The photos of the food are mouthwatering.

The recipes I most want to try (in approximate or
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Laurie
Jun 06, 2010 Laurie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: delectable
As with most recipes I've tried of Isa Chandra's nothing has been disappointing. Here's what I've tried so far:

~Mushroom & Spinach Tofu Omelet (time-consuming and a bit frustrating but totally worth it)
~Mushroom Scrambled Tofu
~Basic Scrambled Tofu (w/ lots of nutritional yeast; excellent & easy-peasy side dish)
~Basic Scrambled Tempeh
~Pesto Scrambled Tofu w/ Grape Tomatoes (I cheated & added some fresh mozzerella; it was amazing)
~Buckwheat Pancakes (fluffy & delicious, not dry at
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Virginia Messina
Sep 13, 2008 Virginia Messina rated it it was amazing
Shelves: food, vegan
I bought this cookbook after coming across a number of its recipes on the web. It is fantastic!

The very best thing about it is that the author introduced me to "black salt" (which is actually pink), known as Kala Namak, which smells and tastes exactly like hard boiled egg yolks. If the only things in this book had been the tip about black salt and the recipe for omelots (using chickpea flour, tofu, black salt, and a bunch of other things) it would have been worth the price. But it has a whole b
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Sps
Mar 25, 2011 Sps rated it really liked it
Shelves: cookbooks, 600s
Read previously, but borrowed again to make new things (chocolate beer waffles with cashew cream), remind myself of old (sesame-yam scramble), invent variations on favorites (basic scrambled tempeh & roasted squash), or look at the pictures and think about how I want to make them for certain people on a lazy morning (crepes with lemon-berry filling).

Emily
Jun 12, 2009 Emily rated it it was amazing
Like all of Isa Chandra Moscowitz's books, this one has quickly moved to the top of my list of favorite cookbooks. I find her to be one of the most reliable cookbook authors around -- I'm rarely disappointed when I use one of her recipes. Many of the recipes in this book make good lunches and dinners too -- not just brunch. My favorite ones so far include the Chesapeake tempeh cakes and the cauliflower and red pepper quiche.
melissa
Apr 07, 2009 melissa marked it as to-read
Even though I am no longer vegan and I will eat anything that swims, walks, crawls, flies, slithers, stumbles, or flat out flops onto a plate in front of me (SORRY VEGANS) I love, love, LOVE Isa Chandra Moskowitz and every book she puts her name on. The woman is that good. I heavily anticipate this release. I promise not to make bacon with any of my vegan brunches.
Kelly
Oct 12, 2013 Kelly is currently reading it
Shelves: favorites, cookbooks
I haven't yet gotten around to reviewing this cookbook - but you can see some of the dishes I've made from Vegan Brunch here: http://www.easyvegan.info/tag/vegan-b...
Morgan
Feb 18, 2012 Morgan rated it really liked it
Shelves: cook-books
Thanks to Susan for recommending this one! Great stuff.

ETA: Made the Coffee Chip Muffins this morning. Delish!
Martha Smith
Nov 16, 2011 Martha Smith rated it did not like it
Shelves: cookbooks
I found 3 or 4 recipes. All the rest contained foods I am allergic to or am avoiding for other health reasons. But I wish I could eat her waffles.
Sherry
Apr 15, 2012 Sherry rated it it was amazing
Another vegan favorite!
Jessica
Dec 26, 2009 Jessica rated it really liked it
Shelves: cookbooks
All in all, this is a great cookbook that's accessible to beginning cooks and people new to the vegan lifestyle. While it's not as diverse as Veganomicon: The Ultimate Vegan Cookbook, there's a lot going on in these pages. Here are my takes the first five recipes I've tried:

Italian feast sausages: It's worth buying this book for this recipe alone, which is an easy technique to make sausage. I subbed extra vegetable broth and salt for the soy sauce to make it soy-free, and it was great, with the
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Kat
Jun 25, 2009 Kat rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: vegan and non-vegan brunch fans
Shelves: cookbooks, vegan
I love this cookbook!!! Isa reigns supreme yet again with her appealing, easy-to-follow recipes for what is typically the most non-vegan meal of the day. As long as you and your friends & family are willing to make it all on a lazy late-morning Sunday, you will never miss out again on omelets, french toast, quiche, pancakes, tasty sides, pastries, etc etc. Add some OJ, coffee, conversation, and good tunes, and you are in brunchy heaven from construction to consumption, my friend.

The recipe
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Lauren
Jul 14, 2009 Lauren rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cooking, veggie
After making seven recipes from this book, I now feel that I can rate it accordingly. Honestly, I think 4.5 stars is closer to how I feel, but I am generous and tend to round up. Breakfast has always been a favorite meal of mine, and brunch is a brilliant invention. I loved the variety of dishes in this book. Many of them are perfectly suitable for dinners as well (frittatas, quiches, roasted veggies, etc.) The stuffed poblano peppers were a favorite for dinner. I made the zucchini spelt muffins ...more
Kate Lawrence
Race you to the kitchen! Isa continues to turn out terrific vegan cookbooks, and I've barely begun to scratch the surface of Veganomicon, not to mention her fabulous Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World. She believes brunch is an ideal meal for sharing with family and friends. Vegan Brunch gives great ideas with just enough hand-holding for beginners, but enough challenge for experienced cooks as well. I prepared one of the dishes, Tofu Scramble, for breakfast at a recent family reunion, where it ...more
Gina
Apr 22, 2010 Gina marked it as cooking
Tomato Rosemary Scones: Very, very good. I'd like to substitute a little wheat flour in for all purpose next time.

Polenta Rancheros: Delicious. The polenta is especially good using vegetable broth for the cooking water. I recommend Rapunzel Organ Vegan Vegetable Bouillon with Sea Salt and Herbs. I could eat one of those cubes all by itself. Two issues I had: (1)The tomato sauce/onion mixture is not runny enough to use an immersion blender in the pot unless you have a very deep pot and a lot of
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Oswego Public Library District
Isa Chandra Moskowitz’s cookbook Vegan Brunch is a must for anyone who loves breakfast foods! Check this out if you’re looking for a classic meal like French toast, pancakes, waffles, and hash browns with a delicious vegan twist. Large, colorful photographs accompany many of the recipes. Ingredients are grocery store friendly, and Moskowitz includes variations for recipes and helpful kitchen tips.

Moskowitz is an award winning chef and runs a cooking blog called The Post Punk Kitchen. -JM

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Lauren
Jun 11, 2010 Lauren rated it really liked it
Shelves: cooking
All the recipes I have made out of this book have been delicious:

*Chocolate Beer Waffles (I was questionable at first, but the flavor that comes out of this is amazing. I used Budweiser because that's was was around. Absolutely delicious. Just mix until combined and DON'T overmix or they will come out a bit flat. Also, right after they are mixed, IMMEDIATELY use them in the waffle maker.)

*Scrambled Tofu (Actually, I prefer this to regular eggs :o)

*Pumpkin Waffles (Another yummy waffle)

*Tempeh (I
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Rachel
Aug 05, 2014 Rachel rated it really liked it
I really rather liked this Vegan Brunch cookbook, more than I thought I would given that most brunch recipes are heavy in eggs and cow's milk. Honestly though, I'm pretty sure there is nothing that Moskowitz can't make look awesome. I've really enjoyed her other cookbooks as well. There were scrumptious recipes that I wanted to try like Pumpkin Pancakes and Gingerbread Waffles, as well as savory treats like the Potato Spinach Squares. She even managed to make tempeh sound good in the Tempeh Saus ...more
Jenn
Dec 19, 2009 Jenn rated it liked it
Shelves: cookbooks
I have been starting to use some of the recipes in this cookbook and quickly realize - the proportions are intended for a hosted brunch - not for breakfast for two! The "Banana Rabanada" (Brasilian style french toast) turned out to be enough for at least four people - so I might cut down the recipe next time. The frittata recipes are great - as are the scone recipes. I really am having a lot of fun with this cookbook - esp as a way to share my passion with a friend who loves food but who doesn't ...more
Anne Holcomb
Nov 02, 2009 Anne Holcomb rated it really liked it
Shelves: food, cookbooks
This cookbook shows that brunch is the best meal of the day for a vegan diet! The inclusion of a vegan quiche recipe will save the day for our annual new years' brunch, I've been trying to find a good vegan quiche recipe for a few years. Also, the tofu benedict recipe is delicious. While this cookbook uses some ingredients that may be unfamiliar to those who don't spend a lot of time in health food stores, Moskowitz provides wonderfully detailed explanations of what the ingredients are and how t ...more
Samantha Arias
Dec 27, 2013 Samantha Arias rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cooking
This is a book that will shut everyone I know's faces. I am the only vegan and vegetarian I know. All I ever hear is talk about me only eating salads or chopped veggie platters with dip. I make these dishes, take pictures of them and send it to everyone to make them jealous. Not to mention serve them up to people when ever I can. I love all of Isa's cookbooks. Have them all. I really love the fact that this isn't a "healthy" vegan breakfast book. To me brunch is supposed to be far from anything ...more
Alex
Dec 05, 2010 Alex rated it it was amazing
Shelves: food
I was waiting for this for so long! My local library (like most libraries) takes a while to get things into circulation. I had the first hold & used it well.
The recipes here are insane & delicious. Definitely a good cookbook to lend to your non-vegan friends to convince them that vegans eat more than mixed vegetables.
The chocolate-beer pancakes/waffles are among my faves from Vegan Brunch.
Pick this up not only for easy-to-follow recipes, but brunch inspiration & tips on how to host
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Susie
Jan 23, 2016 Susie rated it liked it
I checked out this book for the pancake & waffle recipes. Sunday is big breakfast day at my house and if we're doing this vegan thing for lent we're going to need some good breakfast recipes! I saw some reviews with pictures that make the other recipes more enticing than they are in the book. There is something kind of lacking about the presentation of the recipes.

Update:
Made the pumpkin pancake recipe today and I could not get the inside of the pancakes to cook. I tried higher and lower te
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Nim
May 23, 2013 Nim added it
Shelves: non-fiction, own
I'm not much of a brunch person. I love eating it- I hate making it. I'm pretty much a zombie in the mornings, but I have made almost 10 recipes from this so far (just not for brunch), and they were delicious. The Coffee-Chip muffins in particular were an instant favorite for me and all the omnis whom devoured them at the potluck I took them to. The sausages are brilliant and a game changer; not to mention money saver as I don't need to buy field roast when I have a hankering anymore, and so ver ...more
Laura
Mar 10, 2012 Laura rated it it was amazing
I never thought I would read, much less like, a vegan cookbook. I got mine from the library when I wanted to find some dairy-free recipes at the suggestion of my new baby's doctor.

This cookbook rocks! Everything looks so good and I've made several items from it. I recommend the Chelsea waffles and the chorizo sausage.

I'm sad I have to return this book to my library since there's more recipes I want to try. Guess that means I'm gonna be buying my own copy!
Grace
Dec 08, 2008 Grace rated it really liked it
Shelves: vegan
So far I've just made 3 recipes from this: swiss chard frittata, and crepes and berry sauce. The crepes were amazing (despite my lack of skills in cooking them), especially since I haven't had them for at least the 8 years I've been vegan and probably awhile before that. So far the only issue I've had is that what I consider medium hot is apparently hotter than what Isa does, so I keep almost burning things, but now that I've realized this hopefully it won't be a problem.
Melissa
Feb 26, 2009 Melissa rated it it was amazing
Shelves: food, want-to-buy
Another great cookbook from Isa, vegan chef extraordinaire. I was inspired to try my hand at bagel-making last night, and I was amazed at how easy it is--the dough was a snap to prepare, and it was really fun boiling the bagels. I know, it doesn't take much to impress me. I can't wait to try the Chocolate Beer Waffles, Smoked Almond Gravy, or the Cherry Sage Sausages, to name a few of the delicious recipes you'll find in this (full color!) book.
Stacey Wacknov
Jan 20, 2010 Stacey Wacknov rated it it was amazing
Whether you're a vegan or not, this is a hell of a cookbook. The Chelsea Waffles are to die for; the sausage recipes are delicious and a great alternative to Boca Burgers and the like (at least you know what's in them!). Some ingredients are not readily available in your basic grocery store, but Isa offers substitution ideas for many of them (and most of the oddballs are at Whole Foods, so not too terrible). A great tool for reducing the meat in your diet while still eating scrumptiously.
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