Oh.My.God!! This has become one of my all-time favorite cookbooks. My fingers are itching to actually try out the recipes. The only reason I am postinOh.My.God!! This has become one of my all-time favorite cookbooks. My fingers are itching to actually try out the recipes. The only reason I am posting before trying the recipes is that I won this as an early birthday present from the Vegan Cookbooks group, and I wanted to post before the publication date of October 30.
It arrived on the 23rd. I have been carting it around with me since then, showing it off to friends. I think the very first recipe I will try is the Ethiopian Chocolate Flourless Torte (p.340), which I hope to make soon to celebrate my past birthday. (If I don't make my own birthday cake, I don't get a homemade one-might get a store-bought one if I am lucky.) I am not one who usually likes cakes so much...they are okay with ice cream (dairy-free, of course!) I much prefer tortes and pie. And I ADORE chocolate!! I am curious about the "smoky berbere spice" that the Ethiopian Torte contains. Sounds delicious! I may have to eat the whole thing myself though--I don't have very many food-adventurous friends! (May not be a bad thing! ;-D )
I really appreciated the way the cookbook was laid out. Contents were listed at the very beginning of the book, with recipes listed as they appear in the book. Also, at the back of the book, the author has listed recipes by icons: Beginner Cooking, Gluten Free, Lower Fat, On a Budget, Quick and Easy, Sit Back and Simmer, and Soy Free, making it easier to find a particular type of recipe. This is something that I have never seen in a cookbook before, although this is the first I have read by Ms. Romero. Also at the back of the book she listed several menu suggestions, including some specifically for parties (I may just have to host a International Super Bowl Party this year!) Others I may have to try are: Ethiopian Mesob Not to Be Missed, Pumpkin Kibbe Surprise Lunch, Homestyle Chinese Takeout Menu, Thali Up! (Mix'n'Match Indian and Sri Lankan Curries), and especially appropriate this time of year:Indian Thanksgiving.
Another feature of the cookbook I really enjoyed was the Kitchen Cartography, where she goes into all the nuts and bolts of cooking: from how to cook efficiently (laying every thing out, how to chop, dice, peel garlic etc.); to what the different ingredients are; to generic shopping lists for different ethnicities; to kitchen equipment. I know how to cook, I mostly enjoy baking more, so the how-to section was helpful to me. I've never been a fan of tofu (when people find out I'm vegetarian, they often remark that they couldn't "do" tofu, and are surprised when I say I don't like it either!) I guess to be more accurate, I don't like the texture of fried tofu that I've gotten in Chinese and Thai restaurants. Other than that, I have nothing against tofu per se. I HAVE enjoyed seitan dishes in restaurants, and am looking forward to try to make seitan myself at home following her directions.
There are very few recipes in this book that don't appeal to me. I don't like savory ingredients mixed with sweet(so I am not a fan of chutney and BBQ or anything with ketchup), and I didn't find many of those in this book. There are too many that I would probably like to list, but a sampling of the ones I most would like to try are: Spice Blends: Sichuan 5-Spice Powder, Toasted Rice Powder, Berbere Spice Blend, Spiced Buttery Oil (Niter Kebbeh) The Three Protein Amigos: Tofu, Seitan, & Tempeh: Seitan Coriander Cutlets, 5-Spice Seitan, Lemon and Olive Chickpea Seitan, and I *may* be brave enough to try Savory Baked Tofu! The one time I tried tempeh, I didn't like it--I probably won't try the tempeh recipes. Pickles, Chutneys, and Saucier Sauces: Cilantro Chutney, Green Tahini Sauce, Toasted Hazelnut Crunch Dip (Dukka), Cashew Yogurt Sauce, Sour Dilly Cream, and I am especially eager to try the recipe for Cucumber Tzatziki! Salads, Spreads, and SandwichesThis section (except for the Soups section) may be my main go-to section. Some of the recipes I plan to try include: Coconut Kale Summer Rolls with Peanut Sauce, Greek Village Salad with Cashew Faux Feta (Horiatiki Salad), Bittersweet Apple and Endive Salad, Pistachio Date Quinoa Salad, Roasted Pumpkin Salad with Dukka, Garlicky Potato Dip (Skordalia), Sweet Autumn Toasted Pita and Kale Salad, Seitan Gyro Roll-Ups Soups This is the time of year I especially begin craving soups--when the weather turns chilly.Some I look forward to trying are: Zen Spinach Wonton Soup, Black Bean Soup with Roasted Poblanos (though I would leave off the recommended Pickled Red Onions), Masala Potato Soup, Like an Egyptian Lentil Soup, Sauerkraut Mushroom Soup (ShChi) Curries, Hearty Stews & Beans: Pumpkin Coconut Curry, It's Easy Being Green Curry, Pumpkin Black Bean Posole Stew Dumplings, Breads, & Pancakes: Potato Pierogi with Fried Onions, Afghan Pumpkin Ravioli with Spicy Tomato Sauce, Turkish Zucchini Pancakes (Mucver), Filo Samosas, Jamaican Curry Seitan Patties Asian Noodles to Mediterranean Pasta: Cuury Noodle Soup with Oyster Mushrooms (Curry Laksa), Pad Kee Mao (Spicy Drunken Noodles), Takeout Stir-Fry Noodles with Mushrooms and Greens, Pad Thai with Avocado and Spicy Greens, Greek Eggplant Lasagna (Pastichio "Vegani") Hearty Entrees: Gyro Roasted Seitan, This is Sparta! Spinach Pie, Moroccan Vegetable Filo Pie (Bisteeya), Ella's Buck Wild Stuffed Cabbage with Sunflower Cream Tomato Sauce, Fluffy Scrambled Chickpea "Eggs" with Shallots (But'echa),Jerk-Roasted Seitan Strips Robust Vegetable Entrees & Sides:Roasted Eggplant Marsala, Lemon Garlic Potatoes, Yu-xiang Eggplant (Sichuan Spicy Eggplant), Luscious White Bean and Celery Root Puree Rice and Whole Grains: One-Pot Meals & Supporting Roles This section includes basics of cooking rice, and some basic rice recipes. Some of the recipes that I'd like to try include: Steamed Sticky Rice (one of the basic recipes that she includes, but that I enjoy and have never tried to make), Lemony Dill Rice, White Rice and Black Beans, Island Brown Rice and Peas, Colombian Coconut Lentil Rice Sweet Beginnings besides the Chocolate Torte mentioned above I'd like to try: Walnut Spice Sticky Cake, Pumpkin Churros (although I don't care much for fried food, these intrigue me!), Carrot Semolina Halva, Vanilla Coconut Sticky Rice with Mango, Italian Cashewcotta Cheesecake
Whew! It might take me over a year to work my way through this! I look forward to the opportunity! Thanks again, Vegan Cookbook Group and Da Capo Press for this book! ...more
I disagree--Indiana tomatoes are best!! But I digress. I really liked this young adult novel, even though I know next to nothing about the worlds if bI disagree--Indiana tomatoes are best!! But I digress. I really liked this young adult novel, even though I know next to nothing about the worlds if ballet and tennis. Very engaging characters and written in alternating viewpoints; once I started reading, it was hard to stop. Highly recommended....more
I loved this book...I think it is one of his best. The killings are particularly gruesome, but if you can get past that, the writing is superb. Once II loved this book...I think it is one of his best. The killings are particularly gruesome, but if you can get past that, the writing is superb. Once I started reading it, I could not put it down. I devoured it in a day and a half, and only that long because I had places to go,darn it!...more
I think my friend (a big Stephen King fan)was right when she told me that she thought this was King's best book yet. I haven't read many of his latestI think my friend (a big Stephen King fan)was right when she told me that she thought this was King's best book yet. I haven't read many of his latest books, since I've lost desire to read scary, gore-filled books. I LOVED this book! I'm still digesting much of what was in it, but I was entranced by it.
It was hard to stop reading it, and yet it took a LONG time to read since it is so HUGE. I couldn't carry it to work much because it weighed so much. I would have preferred to read this in e-book format, but getting library books in e-book format is much harder. I thought the wait for this would be too long....more
I really loved this last installment of the series! Mostly for the personal development aspects--I did not figure out "whodunnit" but I DID figure outI really loved this last installment of the series! Mostly for the personal development aspects--I did not figure out "whodunnit" but I DID figure out a big secret in the book WAY before Dixie did. Well, actually, she NEVER figured it out--another character did. Maybe Dixie is way more naive than I am. I dunno.
I was also irritated at the author's assertion: "Blood has bacteria that seeps into cracks and crevices and gets into the air. It takes a specialized cleaning crew to sanitize a house where a brutal homicide has taken place." This makes it seem as if blood is festering with infection, and that's why the clean-up after homicides, when blood has no more bacteria in it (usually) than is EVERYWHERE present. Blood-borne pathogens are usually viruses, not bacteria. Most of the sanitization of a crime scene has more to do with killing any viruses present and removing any traces of hemoglobin. Most people do not like to dwell on the fact that our world is literally teeming with bacteria, molds, and very small "critters" that for the most part are harmless, and sometimes even beneficial to our health. But for the majority of readers, that would not even irritate them. I think my occupation as a clinical laboratory scientist has made me a little too sensitive about such matters! :-)
I can also highly recommend the author's blog (Kitty Litter) on her website: www.blaizeclement.com. In this book, as in previous books, she mentions Cora's Chocolate Bread. Well, I just happen to be going to a party tomorrow and wanted to try it, so I searched her website for "chocolate bread recipe" and found the blog entry that had the recipe. I am so excited to try it! I even have all the ingredients on hand. I will edit this review after I have tried it out and let you know how it came out. (Lisa, if you are reading this review, be sure to remind me!)
Overall, I love this series, and I really LOVED this book! If you like cozy mysteries, like I do, and like animals, you would love this series too! Try it out.
Probably would've liked it better if I was younger, and had more time to figure out the clues myself. I think I would've LOVED reading a book like thiProbably would've liked it better if I was younger, and had more time to figure out the clues myself. I think I would've LOVED reading a book like this when I was about 11. ...more