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African, Caribbean, and southern food are all known and loved as vibrant and flavor-packed cuisines. In Afro-Vegan, renowned chef and food justice activist Bryant Terry reworks and remixes the favorite staples, ingredients, and classic dishes of the African Diaspora to present wholly new, creative culinary combinations that will amaze vegans, vegetarians, and omnivores ...more
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published April 8th 2014 by Ten Speed Press (first published January 1st 2014)
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Sep 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book's theme is the connection between Africa and the Americas (particularly (souther) US, the Caribbean isles, and Brazil), though recipes presented here. Some are no doubt familiar from the author's previous books, but they have been 'remixed' here. There are 100+ recipes, many with pictures; at the end are some menu suggestions. Michael W. Twitty (author of "the Cooking Gene", another great book) gives the afterword. Again Terry gives us music with each recipes, and books/films with ...more
Nov 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Oops, I totally forgot to add and review this book ages ago! Or at least, like three weeks ago.

As half of my family is from Southeast Texas with roots in Louisiana, much of this is the kind of food I grew up on, and feels like home. Or at least like my mom's home. It's also one of the very, very few cookbooks in which I actually read all the introductions and essays and things. It's super interesting, and gives a really good overview of the history behind many of these dishes and where they
Jan 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Foodies, people curious about delicious vegan cooking
Recommended to LaToya by: NetGalley
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I have enjoyed both Bryant Terry's Vegan Soul Kitchen and The Inspired Vegan, so it was no surprise that I liked Terry's latest, Afro-Vegan: Farm-Fresh African, Caribbean, and Southern Flavors Remixed. One of my favorite aspects of Terry's cookbooks, in addition to the recipes, is the soundtrack that accompanies each dish. As an omnivore who sometimes goes meatless, I am always on the hunt for delicious meatless dishes.

I experimented with these dishes and spice mixes from the cookbook:
Oct 27, 2018 rated it liked it
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This was a little disappointing but I feel like it could easily be just my perspective. The introduction was the best part, where the author lays out his intentions for its genesis: the need for more African Americans to understand the African roots of their cooking and to be able to integrate ingredients and spices from Africa into their vegan cuisine. While I thought his promotion of the book was solid, he didnt really follow through with a lot of that knowledge for the rest of the book. Apart ...more
Dec 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
although i am not vegan, nor do i plan to go vegan, i do appreciate vegan cooking. this was on my list because i was curious how to include more vegan options in my family cooking that still feels like "home" and familiar. my family is from the south, and i'm african many of the inspirations for these recipes were familiar.

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i love that the majority of recipes do not include the seitan or tempeh. while there is some that does include it, it isn't overwhelming like many vegan
Mazzou B
Jun 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Vibrant, brimming with flavour, Afro-Vegan is a fresh approach to some of the best flavours in the world: African, Caribbean and Southern. By blending each of these traditional cuisines together, famous chef Bryant Terry has created a scintillating eating style which is sure to please all palates. Although I am not a Vegan, I eat as many vegetables as I can possibly fit into my diet, and I always appreciate awesome vegetable recipes! The book begins with instructions on how to make many of the ...more
May 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing

Finally, vegan food that isn't bland or reliant on tofu. I cook with a lot of spices and need my food to be spicy, zesty, and/or tangy: Terry totally gets this. The recipes are all mouthwatering. I mean, he even has a section for spice blends and hot sauces! Be still, my beating heart.

Plus, like I mentioned, it's so refreshing to see vegan recipes that aren't all about tofu. There are so many vegetable alternatives you can go through before you need tofu. Terry introduces grains, vegetables,
Madam Pink Justice
Feb 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is actually my SECOND read of this book and honestly my first read ratings were not good but as you will see how and why that changed DRASTICALLY. I read this book a while back when I was thinking of changing to plant based. It wasnt a good fit because I was so unfamiliar with a lot of items and terms. But now that Im a little bit more mature in eating this way, I understood just about everything. Also I was a law student so I didn't have the time to invest in cooking and it was one of the ...more
Callista Cassady
Feb 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
One of the coolest cookbooks I've read in recent times. Awesome spice mixes, menu suggestions, song and book recommendations for recipes, and even a little touches of history. Not for the beginner cook, but someone comfortable in the kitchen will find it a welcome addition. I wish there were more photographs, and, as always, I wish people wouldn't wax on about how great the farmer's market fresh fruit for dessert is. Who has the time or the money to go to the farmer's market? Seriously. Not ...more
Jill Murray
Jan 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: afro-vegan
Full of not just good food, but also music, book and film recommendations!
Jan 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Feb 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. Bryant Terry has a beautiful awareness of the history and cultural significance of the food he is presenting, but also his approach to food activism is really quite wonderful as well. The recipes in this book are lovely, and there are a ton of flavors here that I love. I also appreciated the soundtrack listed for every recipe. I love the inclusion of the sound and feeling that goes into a recipe and how you prepare food. So clever, and it delighted me. My only wish is that ...more
Jun 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
A beautifully put together book! It feels like a personal project, which is awesome. Ive never had a cookbook with soundtrack/movie suggestions, and now I wish every book did. ...more
Jun 22, 2017 rated it liked it
Beautiful recipe book with tons of interesting recipes. Despite the recipes being delicious, I do wish that the recipes had an estimated time for how long it would take to cook because most of these recipes are very elaborate. It's definitely not an everyday cooking cook book. Its more like a cooking on a special holiday or day off book. Also, the ingredients he suggests are often pretty hard to come by at a regular grocery store. I would recommend this book as a treat, for when you feel like ...more
May 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Bryant Terry's books demonstrate that a life of pleasure can be entirely consistent with living a life committed to social justice. Terry's recipes are fantastic. He makes delicious food. But what I love even more than his great culinary gift is his commitment to grounding and orienting his food in the rich traditions of the African Diaspora. Terry is working for food justice within a community that is underserved in terms of access to healthy foods and medical care. He presents his food as a ...more
Prima Seadiva
Jul 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: food
I would highly recommend this. I am liking a number of the recipes. I am not a vegan but do like to eat lots of fresh vegetable dishes and this offers some new ideas particularly for some classics I grew up with like black eyed peas and greens.
It's fairly easy to adapt many of the recipes to your own liking. The seasoning blends appealed to me. My basil is almost ready to harvest and make into Basil Salt.
A nice plus is each recipe has a music suggestion and sometimes a book or movie suggestion
Roberta Tabanelli
Dec 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
Great descriptions of food and traditions, with soundtrack, and occasionally a film or a book, to accompany each recipe. So, it's also a great read besides being a cookbook. So far, I've tried about 4 recipes, they turned out very good, they offer an interesting fusion of various traditions. They can be quite labor-intensive and time consuming, and likely need to go grocery shopping for specific ingredients, but if you decide to make a date out of the shopping, preparation, cooking, and eating, ...more
Jan 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is a beautiful cookbook, inside and out! Great recipes and photos and each recipe has a song listed at the top, creating a "book soundtrack," which I love. There's a playlist for it on YouTube and it was awesome to hear while cooking. Some of the recipes even list book recommendations about various topics. Another thing I appreciated about the book were the recipes for homemade spice blends. What more could you ask for in one place? Yummy vegan recipes, reading ideas, cool music, beautiful ...more
May 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Terry's Afro-Vegan provides so much more than just recipes- it is the full experience of food. Starting with the base components of African and Caribbean fused seasonings and following through courses and beverages, Afro-Vegan shows plating, provides a meal soundtrack, and touts local ingredients. If I were half so passionate about cooking as Bryant Terry, I would surely make all of these meals.
Oct 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Foodies
Some interesting recipes from the Afro-Diaspora. No nutrition information and old school measurements are used. Some recipes look heavy on salt and oil, but nowhere near as crazy as Anglo-southern cooking. This is a fusion cookbook, so don't expect to create a country specific menu. Lots of spice mixes and condiment recipes included along with mains, sides and drinks. I will have to try a few recipes before I can rate it.

I have tried a couple of recipes now, tasty!
Feb 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
First cookbook review.. I have a bad habit of acquiring cookbooks and not using them for months, but I bought this beauty at the perfect time- made 4 recipes in a week! This is a rare cookbook where I use the recommended spice quantities and it's sufficiently flavorful- and the first vegan cookbook I've used that resembles how I like to eat. Be warned, this is not for the beginner cook and the recipes are time consuming. With experience you can come up your own shortcuts.
Another thoughtful winner from Bryant Terry. He cooks about 3 clicks up from me, so I don't actually make a lot of his recipes, but I appreciate what he's going for. Also, saving your corncobs and making broth from them is a good idea and it worked.
Jun 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
What an incredible book. There is so much packed into every single page that it felt like a whole experience just to read. History, culture, a soundtrack (and even some book and film recs) to accompany each dishgenius. And at the center of it all is a connection to the historical and cultural paths that brought certain foods and recipes to the here and now, and how those foods can shape a modern American diet that is healthful, conscious of the environment, and nourishing to the body and soul.

Jan 22, 2018 rated it really liked it

I read an article online recently that mentioned this book. First, I was intrigued by the title: a mashup of African cooking and veganism. Second, when I read multiple reader reviews on Goodreads, my mouth kept watering from all the delicious-sounding recipe titles that the reviewers were referencing. So with a growling belly I requested this book through my library. The cookbook is full of beautiful, closeup, full-color photos of these beautiful and intriguing recipes. Not only does Bryant
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May 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Soul food is often stereotyped as being as unhealthy as it is delicious. This cookbook boasts huge flavor alongside a variety of nutritious, no-meat treats. Bryant Terry pulls from cooking traditions from the diverse African diaspora North Africa, Ethiopia, Brazil and the 61DUkUn680L._SX258_BO1,204,203,200_Southern US all feature prominently throughout the book. You can find sauces, salsas, and stews, sweet and savory snacks, and beautiful images accompanying each of the sections. A whole ...more
Jun 27, 2017 rated it liked it
Nothing mind-blowingly interesting, though I like the idea of using corn cobs to make a broth. I like that each dish had information about its inspiration, which helped me learn a little bit about African and Caribbean cuisine. But I found myself unwilling to make a lot of the recipes because a lot of them called for a not so healthy amount of oil, and all of the greens recipes called for first boiling the greens and then transferring them to another pan to cook, a method which seems to ...more
Jul 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A truly wonderful and unique cookbook. Bryant Terry provides delicious recipes alongside powerful information about history and the African diaspora from which he draws from.

One of my favorite things about this cookbook is the inclusion of books and songs with each recipe. Someone needs to make a playlist for this cookbook if they havent already!!

I will add that the recipes themselves tend to be on the more complicated side. There are typically several steps for each dish, and special
Jul 22, 2017 rated it liked it
Everything looks tasty, delicious, spicy. I'm not a vegan, but I cook 70% vegetarian because delicious veggies makes my heart go pitter-patter the same way steak makes some people feel. I haven't actually cooked anything in the book as written, but riffed on a couple of them, and more than that I found the recipes and writing inspiring, which is what I need when I'm in a cooking rut.

This would make a great gift for the foodie in your life, because it suggests music to match with many of the
Molly Walker
Mar 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019-books, cookbook
Gorgeous photographs highlight delicious recipes in Bryant Terry's third vegan cookbook. I read these cookbooks from cover to cover, less for the recipes and more for Terry's views on food justice and fostering community.

"While it is becoming increasingly clear to more and more Americans that our food system is broken and that we need to collectively do something to fix it, many people simply aren't aware of the structurally based threats to public health and the foundations of our food system.
john aaron
Dec 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
It's a very useful overview of how to make vegan versions of a lot of southern and african-style dishes. The recipes are mostly good, although any of the dough recipes need some fiddling to deal with the ingredients themselves - the measurements are likely to not be as good as just eyeballing it and seeing what works well. That said, the methods are all pretty good, and the flavor combinations themselves are fantastic. The ground-nut soup recipe alone is perfection enough to justify buying the ...more
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Bryant Terry is an Oakland-based eco chef, food justice activist, and author of Vegan Soul Kitchen: Fresh, Healthy, and Creative African American Cuisine (Da Capo/Perseus March 2009). For the past eight years he has worked to build a more just and sustainable food system and has used cooking as a tool to illuminate the intersections between poverty, structural racism, and food insecurity. His ...more

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