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Vegan Yum Yum: Decadent (But Doable) Animal-Free Recipes for Entertaining and Everyday

3.90  ·  Rating details ·  2,478 ratings  ·  58 reviews
Lauren Ulm is a vegan cook whose star is on the rise. She hosts a popular blog that is read by more than 30,000 a day. She's a 2008 Veggie Awards winner from VegNews magazine who has been featured on The Martha Stewart Show, AOL, and the hippest sites on the web, including and Now she delights her blog fans, as well as millions of vegetarian and ve ...more
Paperback, 304 pages
Published September 1st 2009 by Health Communications Inc
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Feb 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: the newly vegan, vegetarians
I have not actually seen or made a recipe out of this book, but Donna has been making stuff from the Vegan Yum Yum blog for about three weeks now. Let me tell you, it has gone very well.

Lots of vegetarians make up for the lack of meat in their diets by eating lots and lots of cheese. I know, because I developed quite a cheese habit over the last few years. But once you stop eating things that rely on cheese for flavor, you realize how many other, more subtle flavors are out there.

Recipes like t
Nov 18, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Lee by: Ginny Messina
The recipes are delicious and simple. I have tried several and not been disappointed. The Hurry Up Alfredo Sauce on p. 195 is absolutely scrumptious! Thankfully there is a photo accompanying each recipe.
Lisa Vegan
Oct 06, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone, especially those of us who lack confidence in the kitchen but love to eat well
Recommended to Lisa by: Ginny Messina

This is just a paperback cookbook but it’s a beautiful book. There’s a photo of each completed recipe and some of the recipes even have photos that show the preparation process. The author made all of these recipes in her own kitchen and took the photos herself. The instructions for each recipe are given in steps and given very clearly, so that even the more complicated ones seem doable. The whole layout of the book is very attractive.

I really love Lauren Ulm. She seems like such a personab
Oct 24, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cookbooks
I love the blog so I knew I'd love the cookbook, and I was not disappointed. In addition to compiling so many of the fantastic recipes I'd already tried -- including the Hurry Up Alfredo [] -- this cookbook has lots of gorgeous, mouthwatering photos. Yum!

Now a few recipe reviews --

Homemade vegetable broth: I usually throw broth together using whatever I have on-hand, but when I was feeling sick and didn't want to think, I used this recipe. The end result w
Ginny Messina
Sep 29, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: food, vegan
It's true--these recipes really are decadent but doable. This is a beautiful book. Every recipe is photographed by the author, and if you have seen the photos on her website, you know that she is a skilled food photographer.

The recipes are far easier than I expected. I made Crispy Sesame Kale, Hurry Up Alfredo, and Coconut Lime Tofu, all in the first couple of days I had the book. All super easy and delicious. And the directions for each recipe are given step by step, making them very simple to
I only had time to make two recipes (corn fritters & rainbow rice) but both were delicious, simple, and affordable. I adore the book's layout. The ingredients are conveniently listed on the side panel and every recipe includes a gorgeous photo to let you know what your food should look like. Any steps that may pose a small challenge are also depicted in pictures. I liked this book very much. :)
Joannw Joanne
Nov 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Sep 21, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I bought this cookbook because I follow Lauren's blog of the same name and I had heard the cookbook was just as fantastic. It hasn't disappointed at all.

The photography is beautiful, the best I've ever seen in a cookbook. Each recipe has at least one full colour photo and sometimes more for different stages of preparation. I would have bought this book for the food porn alone. Here's a less awesome picture that I took of one of my favourite recipes, the basil and eggplant stuffed tomatoes:

The r
Nov 25, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: keepers, reread-once
Meatless Mondays is a growing movement. This cookbook is the bridge to help cooks who like flavor explore cooking meatless.

This beautifully photographed book remains my favorite vegan cookbook, particularly because seasoning and spices makes everything so delicious. Kale for breakfast? Absolutely fantastic with the luxurious, toasty and cheese-like saltiness of cheezy sauce.

Highly recommended to anyone who cooks vegan or might want to try cooking vegan. I can't think of a better way to try Meatl
Nov 22, 2009 marked it as to-read
Shelves: cooking
Didn't get to review this thoroughly yet. Too busy. Looks good, though. Thought it had a lot of fattening stuff in there that would be good when guests were trying vegan, but wouldn't be good for every day, but then I noticed lots of interesting stuff. Will get a chance, evenutally.
Apr 20, 2018 rated it liked it
I generally don’t love meat substitutes like tofu and tempeh because I don’t ever have those things on hand and reluctant to make a special trip to the store, I usually skip over the recipes with these ingredients. I did a lot of skipping through this book until I got to the soups and dressings. There is a black bean soup that I will definitely make and one very special creamy maple sesame dressing that deserves a go. I’ll take any reason to open up that crunchy bottle of Canadian pure maple syr ...more
Aug 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The book is totally fantastic.
Sep 19, 2010 rated it it was amazing
First off, this book is gorgeous! There are mouth-watering color photographs throughout (for every recipe) and the layout is just beautiful. It's also very practical, with the steps clearly and simply laid out. Props to whoever designed this! Now on to the recipes. I confess that I am giving this 5 stars without having yet made a single recipe but I could not wait any longer to share the news of how much I am loving this book. Tonight, I am making the Red and White Cauliflower Bake. I am digging ...more
Rachel McCready-Flora
Aug 15, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: vegan
I really wanted to like Vegan Yum Yum more, but everything has been so-so, or the recipe just doesn't work out like it was intended. For example, I tried to make the breakfast sandwiches this morning. The 'egg replacement' was awful, inedible really, and I don't know what I could've possibly done to make it work. The maple-soy tofu was okay, but not anything special (sausage seitan would be much better, if we're going for substitutes), and while the texture of the biscuits was good, the cooking ...more
May 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: vegan
Having so much fun with this book! The layout is fabulous - I love that the ingredients are on the sidebar, there's a beautiful photograph for each recipe, and the cooking directions are laid out simply and to-the-point. And, as a novice cook, I really appreciate the author's laid-back tone in her recipe intros. It's a lot less intimidating to feel as though the recipes are coming from a good friend, as opposed to some omniscient, faceless super-chef somewhere.

I'm happy to add that the recipes i
Samantha Arias
Aug 27, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: cooking
I would give this book a rating of 5 stars if I walked up to the book with a fresh mind and never having seen her website or app. It's got great recipes and amazing photography to make you want to just dive in. Most dishes are simple and easy to prepare. As for me though, I have have been to the website. I've seen all her recipes. I was excited to see she was coming out with a book and I was let down. As I was scrolling through the book I came to find that there were no new recipes. They are an ...more
May 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
I don't think I ever rated a cookbook on my Goodreads... I don't think I ever marked a cookbook as read on Goodreads. But seeing how I read this book in two days and marked tons of recipes - and even cooked from it already -, I had to rate it and talk about it.

I am by no means vegan... nor do I intend to become one and in the Blueberry Waffles that I transformed into Strawberry Pancakes I used Greek yogurt because I didn't have soy yogurt (fortunately I had soy milk, but that's because I am not
Aug 25, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Grace by:
Shelves: vegan
I'm so glad this finally came out, because Vegan Yum Yum has delicious recipes and some of the best food blog photography that I've seen! All recipes have pictures, which is lovely, and the step-by-step pictures of a few recipes with more complicated methods are especially helpful. I like how most of the recipes have fairly basic/readily available ingredients, but are still innovative and delicious. I haven't made that many recipes from it, but everything I've made I've loved so much I've remade ...more
Nov 14, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: eat
Love this book. The three spice potatoes are wonderful, and now that I've learned the technique I have successfully adapted it to different combinations of spices. This is now my staple roasted potato recipe. I also enjoy many of the Asian recipes in this book: smoky miso tofu, pea tendril and daikon salad, sweet chili lime tofu, seven spice udon. Most of these recipes are also fairly simple to prepare and don't require too many ingredients. Beautiful photos as well - taken by the author! The bi ...more
Dec 23, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, cooking
I found out about this book because I was a regular reader of the author's blog. I have to admit that I usually read the blog because the pictures were so neat to look at, and not because I actually tried the recipes. I'm not vegan, and most of them are too complicated for me. I found the same problem with this cookbook. I prefer simple recipes, and so I marked a couple of recipes to try, but for the most part this was a bit too gourmet for me. However, if you're vegan and love to cook ... you s ...more
Jul 05, 2010 rated it really liked it
In short, I love this cookbook. The only reason it doesn't get five stars is that frequently I felt the author specified far more sugar and salt in the recipes than is actually called for, but that's easy enough to correct for. That said, I find myself craving the Caesar salad, Chili-lime tofu, crispy kale, spicy chickpea tomato soup...well, you get the idea. I'm also a fan of the Vegan Yum Yum blog, but overall found the cookbook much easier to follow.
Jun 28, 2011 rated it really liked it
Some creative and delicious-sounding recipes in this book. I have only made the Super Quick Tomato Basil Cream Pasta so far (featuring cashew cream in lieu of dairy), but I have at least a dozen more tagged to make. The creamy tomato-basil sauce was wonderful--especially on bucatini. Mmmm...

Here's a link to the recipe and photos:
Jun 09, 2010 rated it really liked it
Learning about some allergies and food sensitivities, I'm basically living a vegan lifestyle now, unless I'm eating meat or fish. I don't cook those things at home much, so I'd better learn to cook vegan!
I fell in like with the author's blog (of the same name) and bought the book. I've already made a few recipes from it, and they've all been pretty good. I've adapted a few things, added what I know of baking or my own flavor preferences, and I'm creating new delicious food.
Tamara Catlin
Feb 02, 2011 rated it it was amazing
The first Vegan cookbook I bought and I found it a little intimidating at the start because I wasn't used to some of the ingredients.... but everything I have made from it has been kick arse amazing.... and I have given sooooo many copies of recipes to others! I hope she brings out another book soon... or starts writing in her blog again.
Oct 18, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cooking-baking
My absolute favorite vegan entree comes from this book/blog. It's called Hurry-up Alfredo. Lightning fast prep time and rich, comforting flavor make it the best dish to eat anytime and guests love it.
Scott Cardwell
Jul 20, 2011 rated it really liked it
Great ideas for cooking, you do not need to be a Vegan to love this book.
I've used at least three of these recipes. The chili lime tofu is now on my permanent menu, and baked Kale are on my permanent menu.

My only criticism is a lack of detail in the recipes.

Highly recommend this book.
Apr 18, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned, veg
I've cooked the Italian rice and beans from the blog where this book originated, and they were excellent. I love how thorough this book is. I've made the Baked Mac and Cheeze and the pasta Gremolata since I bought the book and they were both hits!
Kristina Marie
Sep 09, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cookbooks, 2010
These recipes are good, not that complicated, and allow you to mold them to your own tastes. I also eat gluten-free, and have never had any major problem converting her recipes. Good food, good blog.
Oct 23, 2009 rated it really liked it
This cookbook is amazing and I really hope I get a copy of it for Christmas! It has a really wide range of recipes from simple to complex, and I'm excited to start putting it to work starting dinner tonight.
Jan 25, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: library, cookbook, 2010
Helped me understand that vegans are not as fanatical as I'd been lead to believe (sorry y'all!). My supervisor, who has gone vegan, recommended this, and hey - she's right! Some really good stuff in here -
lemon-Pepper Pasta
Coconut Lime Tofu
Pumpkin Whoopie Pies
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Lauren Ulm, "Lolo," is a vegan foodie and founder of who lives in Boston with her husband and two cats. She is not a chef, has never been to culinary school, and she's not a professional photographer (but she has fun pretending!) When she went vegan in 2002, the kitchen became her favorite room in the house, and still is today. She has appeared on The Martha Stewart Show and has be ...more