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The 30-Minute Vegan's Taste of the East: 150 Asian-Inspired Recipes--From Soba Noodles to Summer Rolls

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From the authors of "The 30-Minute Vegan": delectable and healthy recipes inspired by the cuisines of China, Japan, Korea, India, Thailand, and beyond
ebook, 289 pages
Published July 6th 2010 by Da Capo Press
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Jan 14, 2016 julieta rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I want to make every one of these! Love this book!!
The recipes look great, but many call for unique ingredients and spices that the everyday kitchen may not have (mine certainly doesn't!) Honestly I prefer to eat most Asian cuisines in restaurants as I find that my versions never come out as good, so I'm not sure if I will attempt any of these recipes.
I enjoyed reading this book much more than the 'Taste of Europe' one. There is quite a lot in here that I want to try. The recipes generally can be knocked out quickly and India, China, Thailand, Japan are well represented but there's an Asian Fusion section that seems pretty decent. I think I'll struggle to get ingredients for the Japan recipes but generally I think the book is quite accessible.

In my cooking so far I've had mixed results (like the Europe book). I think his temperature guides an
Mar 08, 2012 Jessica rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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OK, it's official. This is my favorite cookbook since The Vegan Cookie Connoisseur: Over 140 Simply Delicious Recipes That Treat the Eyes and Taste Buds. (I realize they were both published in 2010, but I only just discovered this book!)

I am a long-time vegan, but I also work and have a family, so time is precious. I love fancy cookbooks for weekends and holidays, but on weeknights, I like to get dinner on the table within 30 minutes. Still, I don't need instructions on how to make a pasta dish,
Let me preface by saying I really wanted to like this book! 30 minute vegan Asian recipes, what's not to like, right?
Well, pretty much everything about this cookbook! It saddens me to say that I honestly did not enjoy a single recipe I made. There were many hard to find ingredients, and I have both Asian and Indian markets close by.
Something about the recipes just didn't resonate with me, from the layout of the cookbook to the taste of reach dish I made. I'm sure I'll check it out from the lib
Man, this made me hungry.

Some of the asides were sort of dopey, but at least they understand that I don't want to spend all night cooking. They didn't seem to understand one-dish meals, but the recipes looked doable and generally reasonable. If I had had appropriate ingredients in my pantry, I would've been cooking right then. (I'm not vegan, but I enjoy good food.)
I am always on a the lookout for meat-free meal options for me and my family, and the recipes in this book are not only quick but the majority of them look delicious. I will say that you will probably have to hit up an Asian market to get some of the ingredients, but baring that, most of the ingredients can be found in your local grocery store. I liked that the recipes were from a variety of cuisines, not just your typical meals from India, China and Japan, but also Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia, ...more
Lori Goshert-shokirov
These recipes look great, and I'm looking forward to trying them! My Tajik husband and I were especially happy to see a vegan recipe for plov. He wanted to clarify, however, that plov is NOT traditionally made with horse meat!
Jan 29, 2012 Katey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Instead of just focusing on one area of Asia, this explores Thailand, China, Japan, India, and a fusion section which includes Indonesia, Korea, Vietnam, and even a recipe or two from Tibet, Nepal, Afghanistan, Pakistan, etc. The ingredients are not difficult to find (most of them already are in my pantry/fridge) and available either in a standard grocery store, or maybe in a local Asian grocery store. Delicious recipes, much different from the ubiquitous grease and meat laden dishes you find in ...more
Thomas Fackler
We didn't make anything except for entrees. Quite a few of them were good. The only problem with this book (or with me) is that the serving sizes are 1/4 to 1/2 of what they need to be. My guess is the authors expect the cook to make a multi-course meal. Unfortunately this means the 30 minute time frame needs to be multiplied by the courses produced. This means that there is a market for "The 30n Minute Vegan's Taste of Whatever where n is the number of courses produced". Catchy titles sell book ...more
Jun 22, 2013 Sps rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Thai mango salsa was a hit with book club. Using Bragg's for fish sauce added a mysterious, almost funky flavor that we savored.

Indonesian coconut tempeh was definitely speedier and more straightforward than many tempeh recipes, but it wasn't super delicious either. Just OK.

Rebecca Johnson
Very interesting and inspired collection of recipes using a wide range of spices, ingredients and flavors. Eastern cuisine really lends itself to vegan to find as fantastic a book for those of us who love meat!
Martha Smith
Nov 29, 2011 Martha Smith rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Great vegan cookbook. Of the 10 recipes I tried all were winners. I will make them again. I adjusted all recipes to exclude oils, nuts, salt, and sugars.
Jan 09, 2013 Mckinley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Lots of good sounding dishes to try.
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