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Isa Does It: Amazingly Easy, Wildly Delicious Vegan Recipes for Every Day of the Week

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Recipes, tips, and strategies for easy, delicious vegan meals every day of the week, from America's bestselling vegan cookbook author.

How does Isa Chandra Moskowitz make flavorful and satisfying vegan meals from scratch every day, often in 30 minutes or less? It's easy! In ISA DOES IT, the beloved cookbook author shares 150 new recipes to make weeknight cooking a snap. Mou
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published October 22nd 2013 by Voracious (first published October 1st 2013)
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missy jean
Oct 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cookbooks
I mean, my kitchen is basically a shrine to Isa. Like, I make her recipes four days a week and sometimes while I am cooking I fantasize about her being my roommate, or at least being a distant relative so that I can periodically enjoy her cooking and acerbic wit at family reunions. But those are just fantasies, so I settle for her cookbook and blog. I was worried that this one would be a re-hash of her older books (since they are all dense with deliciousness) but amazingly, it isn't! It's all th ...more
Jan 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cooking
So, encroaching old age has got me worried about the number of cheeseburgers I've scarfed down over the years and I'm now looking to atone for my gastronomic sins, plus HOLY CRAP! HAVE YOU SEEN THE PRICE OF MEAT LATELY? Grocery store sticker shock has got even my husband, a voracious carnivore who would gladly eat steak and bacon at every meal, willing to give meatless a try.

First we checked out vegetarian cookbooks, though cheese and eggs - big no-nos for anyone concerned about bad cholesterol
Jenny (Reading Envy)
Aug 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I jumped at the chance to review this from NetGalley (this is my disclaimer... I got to see it for free, now I give my honest opinion....)

I have been impressed by Isa Chandra Moskowitz before, in her blog and previous cookbooks which I also own. There is something special about this one - the recipes are intended to be easy, weeknight fare, which is what I need most often. To really test it out, I picked recipes to try and did so on two normal busy days after work. Both recipes were tremendous.
Mar 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Isa does it again, the title should read. This is simply delicious, filling vegan fare and Isa’s intent was to make the recipes quick enough to make on a weeknight. I have some favorites from this book that will go in my long-term memory.

The ingredients of the Puréed Split Pea Rutabaga Soup are unusual enough that one is glad Isa told us to add star anise. This is memorable, and hearty, and smells so good cooking. Everybody passes up their noses at those big, waxy rutabagas at the grocery, but
Cynthia Corral
Oct 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book is perfect for people who:
Are vegan
Are vegetarian
Love to cook
Love to try new things
Love meat but will eat meals without it
Love comfort food
Love healthy food
Love food

I was so surprised at the size of this cookbook (it's Veganomicon sized!!) and SOOOO many large color pictures of heaping plates of delicious food. The recipes all appear to be very easy, with lots of notes on variations if you're missing/allergic/dislike something. There are familiar recipes and quite different recipes. I
Aug 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I love this cookbook. This is what a cookbook should look like. So many beautiful photos of the wonderful dishes. I have already tried numerous recipes from this book and all were great. I plan to cook my way through the entire cookbook. The meals I made came together very quickly. Many of the dishes in the book require soaking of cashews of a few hours but if you plan ahead the dish that requires the nuts comes together fast. I have been vegan for a few years and I have all of Isa's cookbooks a ...more
Dec 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned, reviewed, cooking
I love the layout of this book! The recipes are yummy, too. I've mostly only done desserts, but I'm planning to do more soon! ...more
Diane S ☔
Jun 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
I am by no means a vegan, though I am starting out slowly and trying to increase my meatless days. I loved this cookbook because the recipes are fairly easy and all I have made are very very good. The recipes for the most part do not include things that are difficult to find. My favorite so far is the kale and sweet potato salad, the dressing is just fabulous. She has a website that I found and now follow. ...more
Oct 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I have all of her cookbooks and couldn't wait to get my greedy hands on this one. Vegan brunch is my favorite, well it was till this one. She rocks the vegan world of cooking, again. Her recipes are clear, easy to make and use regular ingredients found in most grocery stores. My husband, a confirmed carnivore even asked for seconds when I made the Korean BBQ Mushroom sandwiches, the Dragon Noodle Salad and more.
There are many that can be made quick and easy for a healthy fast meal. I have used
Marta  Marecka
Jul 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I usually don’t review cookbooks, but I feel I need to review this one, because of how good it is. I have a fair amount of vegan cookbooks and this one is probably the best.

First, the recipes are actually filling, you guys! And they are nutritionally adequate! I have seen waaaay too many vegan cookbooks putting dishes made entirely of vegetables, very low-cal, very low in protein, in their entrees section. Now, I love my veggies, but I’m also a grown woman who works hard, exercises daily and nee
Feb 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
One of the best cookery books I've ever bought! The recipes are simple and there are few if any weird ingredients. The photography is beautiful and Isa has made me realise that eating vegan everyday is not as hard as I thought! If you only buy one vegan cookbook make it this one! ...more
SUSAN   *Nevertheless,she persisted*
I am not vegan but this tome of delicious meat free/dairy alternatives is easy to follow. Most of the recipes consist of items you can find in most supermarkets.
I have prepared a few of the dishes and they were hearty and flavourfull. Enjoy.
Dec 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
omg. OMG. OMG! Where have you been all my life?!
Seriously, this is THE BEST vegan cookbook I've read up till now!


What's more - I own the kindle edition, and the hard back is already on its way to me! Can't wait - great photography, multi colour pages, nice font - it will be a delightful addition to my kitchen bookshelf. Not to mention, that I find it easier to cook/bake from a traditional cookbook, rather than following the recipe on my tablet.

I have to admit that before this book (and few ot
Dec 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cookbook
I love all of Isa's cookbooks but I'm pretty sure this one is the best. And it's not just the very appealing and delicious recipes. I'm a sucker for a well designed cookbook and this one is beautiful and has great thick paper and tons of enticing photos. love it!

The goal of this book is to provide easy meals for the busy household. I found that most of the recipes are easy to make on a work night with some of them being more suited to a weekend day. There aren't many super hard-to-find vegan ing
Dec 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Isa Chandra Moskowitz is known for her decadent vegan recipes from Veganomicon and Vegan with a Vengeance. Here recipes, although delicious, sometimes would be very complicated. I would hesitate to cook anything from her books since the amount of dishes seemed intimidating. Most recipes were set up by veggies sides, a grain, and a protein. Sure the tofu would be manageable, but making the rice and the veggie side? It’s all just seemed too much for two adults on a weeknight.

But then came Isa Does
Jan 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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 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, recip
Jul 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: food-drink
My newest favourite cookbook.

Isa's recipes are easy, affordable, tasty and nutritious. Also, very important, the ingredients are stock pantry items or readily available at the supermarket. No messing about sourcing specialist suppliers or making expensive internet orders.

As a lifelong Coeliac recently diagnosed lactose intolerent too (Oh joy!!!) I'm pretty adept at substituting ingredients for gluten but needed dairy free alternatives. Isa already has common allergies in mind. The 'Swap Meet' c
Kat Williams
Jan 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: vegans, vegetarians, omnivores, anyone with a palate
This cookbook is killer! So many amazing flavorful recipes with plenty of variety. Easy to read and entertaining. Her intro section is awesome for those just starting out their vegan kitchens with tips on what to stock your pantry with and other assortments to keep on hand. The pasta recipes are DELICIOUS. Seriously so so good and pretty easy to make. There are many recipes that require you to make cashew or other nut creams so a good blender is essential. One of the things I love about this boo ...more
Sep 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Whether you're a vegan or not - this book is a treasure. The recipes are quick and not complicated - using ingredients that you most likely already have in your pantry. And the results - delicious. I've made three recipes so far and loved them all. Isa even inspired me to (finally) make my own seitan yesterday. (It was so easy - what was I waiting for??)

The design of the book and the pictures are beautiful - always a bonus and an inspiration. But what I think I love most about this book is that
This book is 4.5 stars for me, but I will round up just because I like Isa more all the time. I was given this book as a gift, and an initial skimming left me less than excited as many recipes have tofu or tempeh, and tofu is creepy to me. It is also missing nutritional information (which is always a big plus), and while it does say how many servings, it does not give specific serving size information.

Then I started cooking some of the recipes. And eating them. And they were delicious! I have m
Mar 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cookbooks
To delicious for words.

Another great cookbook from Isa, I honestly don't know how she does. Plenty of recipe that offer some new and flavourful to add to my repertoire. It also a beautifully presented book with plenty of large colour photographs the finished products for inspiration and drooling over.

I was concerned that content might just be a rehash of her earlier books and while there are still a few familiar recipes here largely I found everything seems fresh and new. I keep finding new re
May 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The. Best. Cookbook. Ever.

I'm not vegan, but I don't eat meat and I'm trying to significantly cut back on dairy, so this cookbook obviously appeals to me on those levels. What makes this book so great, however, is that every recipe I've tried has been delicious. The potato and leek soup, something I didn't think could be satisfyingly veganized, was amazing - non-vegans wouldn't even be able to notice a difference. My favorite, though, has been the harira - a Moroccan soup with eggplant, tomat
Martin Rowe
Feb 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
I'm not a great reader of cookbooks, but this one is proving to be an enduring and satisfying supplier of hearty and warming soups and stews this cold, snowy winter in New York City. As someone who grew up in northern Europe, I like my dishes hearty, and Isa isn't disappointing me. Thankfully, however, the food isn't too heavy, but it's nourishing and the recipes are easy to follow. As a fellow publisher, I would like to extend my appreciation to the publisher for producing the book so beautiful ...more
Aug 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cookbooks
I was a big fan of veganomicon but sometimes it seemed difficult to find something I wanted that didn't have 5486 components. this is isa's answer to that conundrum, these are the week day recipes that are fuss free but still packing a lot of flavor. she's a big fan of the hot sauce which I am not but I still found tons of things I wanted to try. with the nice, friendly design (not white pages) and good pictures, this is an excellent addition to your vegan bookcase ...more
Mar 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Every recipe in this book is spectacular! Isa is a vegan goddess. I have never eaten so well. Easy recipes and perfect technique instructions. Even non-vegans will fall in love with these dishes! Delectable!!
Dec 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I got this book for Christmas.

First of all, the book is beautiful. The photographs a) make you want to eat the food and b) look like a normal human (me!) could make the food.

The premise of the book is that the meals are on the table quickly and I can see that this is going to be the case (although with the caveat that if you're going to making your own seitan etc. then that's going to add to your time).

The writing style is very engaging and fun. Isa makes me want to cook, and I think that is hig
Jan 16, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I'm usually not a fan of "easy" recipes because that almost always means "unseasoned" (looking at you, MinimalistBakerTastyNewYorkTimes). However, this book is exactly what the title says: easy, wildly delicious, and....vegan....

This book is for chefs new and experienced, palates of all sort, and adventurers from all walks of life! I really like this book especially in the winter, aka, stew season. This book is full of comfort food that creatively incorporates whole foods and vegetables. Some wo
Ryan Schepers
Jul 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I've made four of these dishes in the last three nights and each one has been amazing! ...more
Feb 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
So, I haven't technically read every page but between my wife and me, we have probably made twenty of the recipes already and we love this recipe book. We're vegetarians, not vegans, but everything is so delicious. It also adds new flavors and textures to our regular weekly menu. Highly recommend! ...more
Apr 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Easily my favorite vegan cookbook. The recipes are delicious, the photos are gorgeous and the writing is delightful, peppered with Isa’s cute sense of humor. Hail to the post punk vegan queen!
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