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Vegan with a Vengeance: Over 150 Delicious, Cheap, Animal-Free Recipes That Rock

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The classic first cookbook from the coauthor of Veganomicon is back with even more tasty recipes, chatty anecdotes, and money-saving tips for easy plant-based cooking, featuring tempting full-color photos throughout.

Ten years ago a young Brooklyn chef was making a name for herself by dishing up amazing vegan meals--no fuss, no b.s., just easy, cheap, delicious food. Severa
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Paperback, 280 pages
Published October 28th 2005 by Da Capo Lifelong Books (first published January 1st 2005)
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7jane Speaking here of the 10th Anniversary Edition: Not all, but many. They are in color. :)
(The original doesn't seem to have them, another reason perhaps…more
Speaking here of the 10th Anniversary Edition: Not all, but many. They are in color. :)
(The original doesn't seem to have them, another reason perhaps to prefer the anniversary version, for those who really would prefer to have photos?)(less)

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Sean Barrs the Bookdragon
I’ve been a vegan for almost six years, and in that time I’ve amassed a rather large collection of plant based cookbooks.

And some of them feel very samey, filled with very similar main courses and sides. Some are overly fancy with complex dishes of expensive ingredients I’ve never even heard of. They’re impractical. Veganism doesn’t have to be difficult and the food involved doesn’t have to require huge amounts of effort and time. It can be simple and straightforward just like this cookbook. Thi
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Trish
Jan 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing
O.M.G. I should have known, after using Veganomicon for a couple of years, that the cookbook that launched Isa Chandra Moskowitz was bound to be a keeper. Isa credits Terry Hope Romero with the Chili Sin Carne recipe that ROCKS with its own calypso band on days 2 and 3. Make it a day early if you've guests coming and this recipe will stay in your memory forever. And the Macadamia-Coconut-Carrot Cake is, without exaggeration, the far-and-away BEST carrot cake I have ever encountered. I probably w ...more
Amanda
May 25, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
I like the photos in this volume. Not as many entrees I want to try as I had hoped, but a grand emphasis on fun vegan breakfasts.
jess
Nov 29, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2008, food
I've been cooking out of VWAV for several years now; it's about time I write a review for it.

If you are new to vegan cooking, or looking for a basic place to start wooing a vegan date, this is a solid, dependable book to start with. While I love Isa's newer book (veganomicon) a lot more, I have to give credit where credit is due and say that VWAV is the root of much of my cooking ability. I would be lying if I didn't say that many of the basic dishes that I science up on the regular come from t
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Kathryn
Jan 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
Very good, but necessarily recommended for those exploring/dabbling in a plant based diet.

I'm a huge fan of Isa's recipes. Though I have only made a few from this cookbook so far, I have made several from Appetite for Reduction: Fast and Filling Low-Fat Vegan Meals and Veganomicon: The Ultimate Vegan Cookbook and been impressed with almost every single one. "Veganomicon" has some more complex recipes, but "Appetite" and "Vegan/Vengeance" have many recipes that are very easy or fairly easy to mak
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Nicole Marino
Apr 04, 2008 rated it it was amazing
I love this book with all my heart. There is not one meal that I have made that hasn't been delicious; the fact that my incredibly carnivorous and generally unhealthy food devouring family is duly impressed with each new dish is amazing.

I appreciate the simple yet malleable nature of most of the recipes (well, the ones I've tried!). A vegan due to a variety of food related health issues, I also have to keep my foods gluten free, and do my best to keep them low-fat. It's incredibly easy with the
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Alix
Feb 26, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cookbooks
As a professed hater of vegetables, it's nothing short of amazing that I even picked up a vegan cookbook, let alone gave it 5 stars. I don't consider myself a vegan, in fact, I love meat. But I do hate tortured animals and chemical additives, so I thought I'd give it a try. I've made about 8 of these recipes and each one has turned out divine. What do I mean by divine? Suffice it to say that my fiance is usually considered the best cook in the house, but after cooking those last 8 recipes, he qu ...more
Andrew
Dec 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: food
It doesn't quite feel right only giving this book five stars. It was more than a cookbook, it was an education. Isa's prediction from her introduction absolutely came true for me:

"A cookbook isn't just light beach reading; it becomes part of your life. In a few month's time it will be scribbled with your notes and splashed with tamari and tomato sauce. Its food-stained, dog-eared pages will bring back memories"

As a vegetarian for over a decade, I decided 2012 would the year I would go completely
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Cindy
This is a reread for me. I got my first copy when it came out in 2005. It was the first cookbook I bought for myself and the first one I read that felt like it was for me. It was a little edgy with a do your own thing, punk rock, love life kind of vibe. It was a good jumping off point. Techniques and tools are explained well, most of the recipes are super easy and the food rocks. Everything I've made from the book so far has been good. My carnivorous buddies even like what I've made for them.
J
Jan 23, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: veg-cookbooks
As much as I love the PPK, the main course recipes in this cookbook are not exactly ideal for someone who doesn't have a lot of time or a big budget. The different tofu marinades and crusts alone call for way more ingredients and time than I can afford. The few main courses I have tried are good, though (albeit rich). My favorite is the green curry (although I use curry paste from the store). The highlight of the book are the baked goods. I am not much of a baker, but I have tried a number of th ...more
Alissa
Jan 15, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: chef-ette-reads
I received this last year for xxx-mas from melissa. (yeah?) Seriously, Isa does a good job about telling a story and making it interesting, but her flavor profiles are off. I KNOW that being a good cook doesn't mean following a recipe, but sometimes when it says "This is really good and yadda yadda" in the book and on the web site I trust too much. So... with a grain of salt (literally TASTE everything you make in a small batch before you commit to ANYTHING in this book) I enjoy this book for it ...more
Karen
Aug 28, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone who likes to cook, especially if they're interested in becoming vegans
We've got a lot of cookbooks at home. This one ranks right up there with my battered copy of Tassajara Cooking, the one that taught me how to cook in college - and that's saying something.

There are two vegans and one, well, carnivore in our house. I've made a lot of the things in here, and there hasn't been a badly received one yet. The pizza crust recipe is a terrific intro to bread baking in general. Just take a look at it.
CJ Juntunen
I was pretty disappointed with this book overall. It didn't have anything that you can't find in every other vegan cookbook. I was looking for a fresh, unique take, but it only offered the same old boring recipes you can find everywhere. For a beginner, it will probably be helpful if it's one of the first cookbooks you read, but for a veteran vegan cook, it's old hat.
Aja Marsh
Oct 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cookbooks
Never got the original one, this one is full of even more fun ideas and interesting flavor combinations and lots of yummy treats! I might have to pick this one up for the bookshelf...
Ellen
Feb 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I started reading the original cookbook (checked out from the library) but had to return it before I finished it. When I got another copy, it was the 10-year anniversary edition. Both are good in their own ways. The new version is automatically good because it has tons more pictures. BUT Isa updated her intro, and in doing so, a new reader misses out on her entire story of what brought her to write the book, which I found helped to make the book. Otherwise, I'm excited to try out a ton of the re ...more
Elizabeth
Oct 07, 2009 rated it did not like it
I didn't think it fair to rate this book, as I neither finished reading it nor made recipes from it. My fiance and I are both enthusiastic omnivores, but are looking for new ways of incorporating veggie protein in our diet in order to diversify, save money, and be planet friendly. This cookbook came highly recommended, but as with Veganomicon The Ultimate Vegan Cookbook, I was underwhelmed. A number of the recipes looked interesting, but required enough specialty ingredients in place of meat/dai ...more
Katherine
May 04, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Katherine by: found it at the library by accident, then J surprised me with my own copy
Shelves: food-and-health
Isa's writing helped me work out what I had preceived as dissonance between the counter-cultural idealism of my youth and the responsible adultness necessary to have a family and be married to a pastor. She calls it being "post-punk." I thought I had just gotten boring. But I'm over the hump now. I've been learning over the last few years that it is possible to be radical (okay, I'll say it one more time. . . and idealistic) and discontent with the state of the world in the process of doing thin ...more
Jen
Mar 31, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Totally loved this cookbook! I'm not a vegan, or a vegetarian, but saw it recced in a few different places so I decided to try it out. This is one of the easiest and best cookbooks I've come across. As someone who uses a PVC pipe as her rolling pin I'm good with anyone encouraging you to go your own way in the kitchen. I loved the author's fearless attitude, straightforward recipes, and easy to find ingredients.

The only sad part is I now have to return this book to the library. But it goes with
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Tammy
Aug 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This book was the book that made me know that I could follow my heart and eat a plant-based diet. I've always felt badly about eating animals but was raised an 'omni' so it was hard to make the switch--or so I thought. The recipes in this book are ridiculously tasty and flavorful. I still use this book but it is not quite as healthful as Moskowitz's Appetite for Reduction which I now use far more often (it is another of my very fav cookbooks!). Anything Isa writes is worth getting...she has a ne ...more
melissa
Mar 13, 2007 rated it it was amazing
I finally got this last week! I LOVE IT! Isa is freakin AMAZING, she writes like how I talk (but not like how I think. How I think is much more Jane Austen.) and this has ot be the most exciting, inspiring cookbook I've ever laid my feasty little eyes and hands on. I would put it straight into my belly but then I couldn't make things like....coconut pancakes with pineapple sauce. Or Butternut squash vindaloo. Or pomegranate tofu and coconut rice and summer rolls and fauxstess cupcakes and and an ...more
Jenny
Apr 25, 2011 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Jenny by: Sps
All around basic, easy, and tasty recipes for vegans (and non-vegans hoping to impress their vegan girlfriends). Usually, cookbooks have a few duds but everything that I've made so far (about 15 recipes) has been good. I am addicted to the Cajun french fries, the asparagus and sun-dried tomato frittata is nom nom, and the sparkled ginger cookies (with my addition of crystallized ginger) is maybe in the top three of my favorite cookies that I've ever made (and I will admit I generally like a lot ...more
Lisa Vegan
May 13, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: vegans, cookbook collectors
This cookbook is so entertaining and the recipes look great. Have read a lot of this cookbook, although haven't yet tasted any of the recipes. But I can tell that I'd find them delicious. The recipes look relatively easy to make although many have a lot of ingredients. I highly recommend this cookbook.
Whitaker
Dec 10, 2010 rated it really liked it
A really great book shows us how everything is great and worth to die for
Ash
Dec 02, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the book that you should get if you are planning on becoming a vegan. Amazing recipes! Every single recipe is delicious. My most favorite cookbook.
Ramey Moore
May 28, 2009 rated it really liked it
mostly damn good recipes. I wouldn't do the carrot coriander soup though, unless you like a soup that is like a bland carrot hummus. Emphasis on bland.
Lisa Factora-borchers
Just awesome. So much creativity. I want to be BFF with Isa.
Holly Scudero
It’s been ten years since vegan chef Isa Chandra Moskowitz published her first book. Now “Vegan with a Vengeance” is back with a tenth-anniversary edition, complete with updated recipes, a few new recipes, and more tips from the infamous Fizzle, Moskowitz’s cat. Readers who already have a tattered copy of the original will love the simplified directions and shortened ingredients lists, as well as the inclusion of several popular recipes from the author’s blog and other cookbooks. New readers wil ...more
Rachael Walker
Feb 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is the iconoclast of vegan cooking, and for good reason. This whole book dazzles, especially for brunch. I HIGHLY recommend the Chocolate Mocha Muffins, which are THE best muffins I’ve ever had, vegan or not. Chandra is funny, approachable, and straightforward. The recipes are easy to follow and ask for commonplace ingredients (vegan-wise — you will need nutritional yeast and tofu, but if you don’t know what aquafaba is you’re still in the clear) and encourage experimentation. LOVE this coo ...more
Hope
Aug 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this cookbook! I made several recipes from it, always omitted the oil as I cook without it. Every single thing I made tasted WONDERFUL!!!
I forgot to mention it here on my Goodreads earlier, as in when I first checked it out from the library and started using it, but this is definitely one I need to buy! It is awesome! :-D
M
Aug 21, 2017 rated it liked it
Middle of the road, fun vegan cookbook. Nice recipe ideas and presentation but at times overly complex for my culinary style. I would recommend it for those wanting traditional meal substitution, and not where simplicity is a goal.
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