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Vegan with a Vengeance: Over 150 Delicious, Cheap, Animal-Free Recipes That Rock

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In Vegan with a Vengeance, Isa Chandra Moskowitz, host of the community access vegan cooking show The Post Punk Kitchen, brings the do-it-yourself, community-driven ethos of punk rock into the kitchen. Her cooking philosophy embraces being kind to animals (all recipes are completely animal-product free) and your wallet—while being creative and having fun in the process. Sh ...more
Paperback, 280 pages
Published October 28th 2005 by Da Capo Press (first published January 1st 2005)
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7jane Speaking here of the 10th Anniversary Edition: Not all, but many. They are in color. :)
(The original doesn't seem to have them, another reason perhaps…more
Speaking here of the 10th Anniversary Edition: Not all, but many. They are in color. :)
(The original doesn't seem to have them, another reason perhaps to prefer the anniversary version, for those who really would prefer to have photos?)(less)

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Trish
Jan 23, 2011 Trish rated it it was amazing
O.M.G. I should have known, after using Veganomicon for a couple of years, that the cookbook that launched Isa Chandra Moskowitz was bound to be a keeper. Isa credits Terry Hope Romero with the Chili Sin Carne recipe that ROCKS with its own calypso band on days 2 and 3. Make it a day early if you've guests coming and this recipe will stay in your memory forever. And the Macadamia-Coconut-Carrot Cake is, without exaggeration, the far-and-away BEST carrot cake I have ever encountered. I probably w ...more
Amanda
May 25, 2016 Amanda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
I like the photos in this volume. Not as many entrees I want to try as I had hoped, but a grand emphasis on fun vegan breakfasts.
jess
Nov 29, 2008 jess rated it really liked it
Shelves: food, 2008
I've been cooking out of VWAV for several years now; it's about time I write a review for it.

If you are new to vegan cooking, or looking for a basic place to start wooing a vegan date, this is a solid, dependable book to start with. While I love Isa's newer book (veganomicon) a lot more, I have to give credit where credit is due and say that VWAV is the root of much of my cooking ability. I would be lying if I didn't say that many of the basic dishes that I science up on the regular come from t
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Nicole Marino
Apr 04, 2008 Nicole Marino rated it it was amazing
I love this book with all my heart. There is not one meal that I have made that hasn't been delicious; the fact that my incredibly carnivorous and generally unhealthy food devouring family is duly impressed with each new dish is amazing.

I appreciate the simple yet malleable nature of most of the recipes (well, the ones I've tried!). A vegan due to a variety of food related health issues, I also have to keep my foods gluten free, and do my best to keep them low-fat. It's incredibly easy with the
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Kathryn
Jan 17, 2012 Kathryn rated it really liked it
Very good, but necessarily recommended for those exploring/dabbling in a plant based diet.

I'm a huge fan of Isa's recipes. Though I have only made a few from this cookbook so far, I have made several from Appetite for Reduction: Fast and Filling Low-Fat Vegan Meals and Veganomicon: The Ultimate Vegan Cookbook and been impressed with almost every single one. "Veganomicon" has some more complex recipes, but "Appetite" and "Vegan/Vengeance" have many recipes that are very easy or fairly easy to mak
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Jennifer
Feb 26, 2008 Jennifer rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cookbooks
As a professed hater of vegetables, it's nothing short of amazing that I even picked up a vegan cookbook, let alone gave it 5 stars. I don't consider myself a vegan, in fact, I love meat. But I do hate tortured animals and chemical additives, so I thought I'd give it a try. I've made about 8 of these recipes and each one has turned out divine. What do I mean by divine? Suffice it to say that my fiance is usually considered the best cook in the house, but after cooking those last 8 recipes, he qu ...more
Andrew Frueh
Nov 30, 2014 Andrew Frueh rated it it was amazing
Shelves: food
It doesn't quite feel right only giving this book five stars. It was more than a cookbook, it was an education. Isa's prediction from her introduction absolutely came true for me:

"A cookbook isn't just light beach reading; it becomes part of your life. In a few month's time it will be scribbled with your notes and splashed with tamari and tomato sauce. Its food-stained, dog-eared pages will bring back memories"

As a vegetarian for over a decade, I decided 2012 would the year I would go completely
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J
May 04, 2008 J rated it liked it
Shelves: veg-cookbooks
As much as I love the PPK, the main course recipes in this cookbook are not exactly ideal for someone who doesn't have a lot of time or a big budget. The different tofu marinades and crusts alone call for way more ingredients and time than I can afford. The few main courses I have tried are good, though (albeit rich). My favorite is the green curry (although I use curry paste from the store). The highlight of the book are the baked goods. I am not much of a baker, but I have tried a number of th ...more
Alissa
Jan 15, 2008 Alissa rated it liked it
Shelves: chef-ette-reads
I received this last year for xxx-mas from melissa. (yeah?) Seriously, Isa does a good job about telling a story and making it interesting, but her flavor profiles are off. I KNOW that being a good cook doesn't mean following a recipe, but sometimes when it says "This is really good and yadda yadda" in the book and on the web site I trust too much. So... with a grain of salt (literally TASTE everything you make in a small batch before you commit to ANYTHING in this book) I enjoy this book for it ...more
Karen
Aug 28, 2007 Karen rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone who likes to cook, especially if they're interested in becoming vegans
We've got a lot of cookbooks at home. This one ranks right up there with my battered copy of Tassajara Cooking, the one that taught me how to cook in college - and that's saying something.

There are two vegans and one, well, carnivore in our house. I've made a lot of the things in here, and there hasn't been a badly received one yet. The pizza crust recipe is a terrific intro to bread baking in general. Just take a look at it.
Elizabeth
Oct 12, 2009 Elizabeth rated it did not like it
I didn't think it fair to rate this book, as I neither finished reading it nor made recipes from it. My fiance and I are both enthusiastic omnivores, but are looking for new ways of incorporating veggie protein in our diet in order to diversify, save money, and be planet friendly. This cookbook came highly recommended, but as with Veganomicon The Ultimate Vegan Cookbook, I was underwhelmed. A number of the recipes looked interesting, but required enough specialty ingredients in place of meat/dai ...more
Jen
Mar 31, 2011 Jen rated it it was amazing
Totally loved this cookbook! I'm not a vegan, or a vegetarian, but saw it recced in a few different places so I decided to try it out. This is one of the easiest and best cookbooks I've come across. As someone who uses a PVC pipe as her rolling pin I'm good with anyone encouraging you to go your own way in the kitchen. I loved the author's fearless attitude, straightforward recipes, and easy to find ingredients.

The only sad part is I now have to return this book to the library. But it goes with
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Katherine
Jul 28, 2011 Katherine rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Katherine by: found it at the library by accident, then J surprised me with my own copy
Shelves: food-and-health
Isa's writing helped me work out what I had preceived as dissonance between the counter-cultural idealism of my youth and the responsible adultness necessary to have a family and be married to a pastor. She calls it being "post-punk." I thought I had just gotten boring. But I'm over the hump now. I've been learning over the last few years that it is possible to be radical (okay, I'll say it one more time. . . and idealistic) and discontent with the state of the world in the process of doing thin ...more
Tammy
Feb 09, 2014 Tammy rated it it was amazing
This book was the book that made me know that I could follow my heart and eat a plant-based diet. I've always felt badly about eating animals but was raised an 'omni' so it was hard to make the switch--or so I thought. The recipes in this book are ridiculously tasty and flavorful. I still use this book but it is not quite as healthful as Moskowitz's Appetite for Reduction which I now use far more often (it is another of my very fav cookbooks!). Anything Isa writes is worth getting...she has a ne ...more
melissa
Mar 31, 2007 melissa rated it it was amazing
I finally got this last week! I LOVE IT! Isa is freakin AMAZING, she writes like how I talk (but not like how I think. How I think is much more Jane Austen.) and this has ot be the most exciting, inspiring cookbook I've ever laid my feasty little eyes and hands on. I would put it straight into my belly but then I couldn't make things like....coconut pancakes with pineapple sauce. Or Butternut squash vindaloo. Or pomegranate tofu and coconut rice and summer rolls and fauxstess cupcakes and and an ...more
Jenny
Apr 25, 2011 Jenny rated it really liked it
Recommended to Jenny by: Sps
All around basic, easy, and tasty recipes for vegans (and non-vegans hoping to impress their vegan girlfriends). Usually, cookbooks have a few duds but everything that I've made so far (about 15 recipes) has been good. I am addicted to the Cajun french fries, the asparagus and sun-dried tomato frittata is nom nom, and the sparkled ginger cookies (with my addition of crystallized ginger) is maybe in the top three of my favorite cookies that I've ever made (and I will admit I generally like a lot ...more
Crysta
Apr 07, 2014 Crysta rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cookbooks
Vegan with a Vengeance is one of my favorite vegan cookbooks. It is my first reach when I want to make something new and fantastic. The recipes are fast, easy, and don't ask me to go searching through exotic markets to find the right ingredients.

This is a great starter cookbook for vegetarians and vegans. I also highly recommend it for anyone looking to expand their menu.

My favorite recipe from Isa is her Brussel Sprout Fried Rice

2 tablespoons refined coconut oil, divided
12 oz Brussel sprouts,
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Sarah Eiseman
Jan 01, 2015 Sarah Eiseman rated it it was amazing
Originally posted in Sarahsbookshelf.com:

Isa Chandra Moskowitz is a vegan chef that I’ve been checking out recently. Her recipes combine a clear understanding of not only healthy vegan cooking, but the realities of cooking on a budget and within a short amount of time. This appears to be one of her early cookbooks, so it’s still a little vegan preachy, if that makes sense. I’m attempting to eat a more plant-based diet, so for me this diet is less about a political position and more about health.
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Cheyanne Juntunen
I was pretty disappointed with this book overall. It didn't have anything that you can't find in every other vegan cookbook. I was looking for a fresh, unique take, but it only offered the same old boring recipes you can find everywhere. For a beginner, it will probably be helpful if it's one of the first cookbooks you read, but for a veteran vegan cook, it's old hat.
Lisa Vegan
May 13, 2007 Lisa Vegan rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: vegans, cookbook collectors
This cookbook is so entertaining and the recipes look great. Have read a lot of this cookbook, although haven't yet tasted any of the recipes. But I can tell that I'd find them delicious. The recipes look relatively easy to make although many have a lot of ingredients. I highly recommend this cookbook.
Loraine
Jun 22, 2014 Loraine rated it liked it
I very much enjoy Chandra Moskowitz online presence--her Post Punk Kitchen blog is interesting, full of energy and always has great recipes. I like her philosophy regarding food she will eat--raising animals to be slaughtered for the table has become more & more distasteful to me as I've grown older. (This, from me, a woman who grew up on a farm. I've said for years I've earned my right to eat chickens, at least, because I had to slaughter a flock of broilers I had raised for a 4-H project. ...more
Ramey Moore
May 28, 2009 Ramey Moore rated it really liked it
mostly damn good recipes. I wouldn't do the carrot coriander soup though, unless you like a soup that is like a bland carrot hummus. Emphasis on bland.
Kimberly
Mar 29, 2015 Kimberly rated it it was amazing
When I was a grad student with twin toddlers and very short on cash, this was my go-to book. I checked it out from the library so much that I started to feel guilty about hogging it, and bought my own copy. It really does use cheap ingredients (or at least they are cheap where I live), and doesn't use pre-made or processed stuff (which I'm not against, but I have a kid with food allergies, and pre-made food she can eat is expensive). I'm not vegan, but there were times the butter and eggs just w ...more
Whitaker
Dec 10, 2010 Whitaker rated it really liked it
A really great book shows us how everything is great and worth to die for
Lisa Factora-borchers
Just awesome. So much creativity. I want to be BFF with Isa.
Kathleen
Jul 24, 2015 Kathleen rated it it was amazing
This is the best vegan cookbook for times when omnivores are eating at table with vegans, but it is a great cookbook anyway! The "Sausage" Gravy for over biscuits gets its thickness from white beans and uses vegan sausage, either using Isa's recipe or storebought sausage. The tofu scramble is something I look forward to making and is much more flavorful than scrambled eggs. The author gives lots of tips to make things easier, too. If you will be cooking for a vegan, either yourself or someone yo ...more
Megan
Apr 23, 2012 Megan rated it liked it
Shelves: cookbook, food
I tried to love vegan baking. I really did. But when my chocolate chip cookies came out looking more like biscuits or scones, I had to face a sad truth: baking, in the world of Megan, needs butter. It really is better, you see. And trust me, in theory, I completely agree with and support all of the lovely things that vegan baking stands for. I've enjoyed that feeling too, you know. The one where you feel as though you can save the entire world, one baked good at a time, from the comfort of your ...more
Tatiana
Oct 22, 2009 Tatiana rated it liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
This is a fun cookbook. I'm enjoying just going through and reading it as though it were a novel. Lately I've had this epiphany about cooking, about what a great healing and homebuilding and even a spiritual experience it is, lol. It's some kind of gonzo motherhood thing, I think. Anyway, since I've given up meat (again) my taste buds have exploded with deliciousity trying all these new flavors and textures. Seriously, if you're a gourmand, if you are a serious hedonist of food, you owe it to yo ...more
Sarah
Nov 03, 2007 Sarah rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: anyone who likes tastiness and is short on cash
Shelves: earthing
I am not a vegan. I'm not even a vegetarian. In my younger and food-snobbier days, I once pretentiously told my roommate that I did not believe in veganism. Nothing personal to all you vegans out there (some of my best friends are vegans, I swear!), I just like cheese. A LOT. In any case, Isa Chandra Moskowitz has written a book of vegan recipes that will now, I not ashamed to say, constitute the bulk of my diet. (Hey, I refuse to sacrifice tastiness and start forking over my money to the frozen ...more
Jessica
Mar 02, 2008 Jessica rated it really liked it
Shelves: cookbooks
I've finally tried three recipes from this cookbook. My difficulty wasn't that none of the recipes appealed to me, but that one appealed far too much! I kept making the Brooklyn pad thai over and over again -- that's got to be a good sign.

Beyond the pad thai, I've now made the diner-style pancakes and the pumpkin oatmeal cookies, and I've been pleased with how all three turned out. I did have to modify the pad thai recipe somewhat -- leaving out the onion since it calls for scallions too and dia
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