This is possibly my favorite cookbook, which is saying a lot given how much I love the Veganomicon. So far, I've made about 20 recipes from various seThis is possibly my favorite cookbook, which is saying a lot given how much I love the Veganomicon. So far, I've made about 20 recipes from various sections, with an emphasis on soups and desserts. When I had guests over for the holidays, I used this book, everyone was super impressed, and I didn't even have to work very hard. Paging through the whole book, few if any of the recipes look intimidating, unlike the Veganomicon.
The recipes really are as easy as advertised. For other cookbooks, recipes usually take at least double the predicted time when I try them, especially the first time. I have a couple 30-minute cookbooks that are really more like 2-hour cookbooks. But with this one, when it says 20 min of active time, that's really all it takes. The variety she covers and manages to make accessible is incredible. The vast majority of ingredients are supermarket-friendly. The tips at the beginning and sprinkled generously throughout are useful and widely applicable to other cooking projects. And the cookbook is so pretty, it's a joy to use it - great quality paper, colorful, with gorgeous full-page photos by an excellent photographer. I would highly recommend this cookbook to anyone interested in a plant-based diet....more
**spoiler alert** (WARNING: Spoiler after the first paragraph.) I just finished listening to the audio version, narrated by Neil himself! It is wonderf**spoiler alert** (WARNING: Spoiler after the first paragraph.) I just finished listening to the audio version, narrated by Neil himself! It is wonderful. Now I want to listen to him narrate all of his stories, which is actually more possible than one might think. Most of his books are available on audible with him as the narrator. I think he is one of the best storytellers of the age, and listening to a storyteller tell his own stories adds its own magic to the experience. The first time I read it, I did it in one sitting. Listening to Neil read it slowed down my pace and brought out subtleties that I had previously missed. . . . So here is the OMG!!! SPOILER. You have been warned. SPOILERS AHEAD. Something that didn't sit well with me the first time I read it, and still makes me uncomfortable. It is a recurring motif in magical, fantastical stories and each time I encounter it, it bothers me. Deeply. Maybe Neil handled it better than most, but I still don't like it. Why did the girl have to forget? In this case, it seemed like that's what she wanted. Her exposure to the world of the dead was so traumatizing, she would rather lose that part of herself than keep the memories. But would remembering really be that bad? Isn't that what life is about - dealing with things we would rather not deal with, and learning to put the pieces back together again? Just erasing it seems like cheating - cheating yourself out of your experiences AND just plain cheating. Because life isn't so simple that you can just delete the darker bits and retreat into the happy coherence of your previous life. And I know that Neil knows that....more