Lisa Vegan's Reviews > Chloe's Kitchen: 125 Easy, Delicious Recipes for Making the Food You Love the Vegan Way

Chloe's Kitchen by Chloe Coscarelli
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Feb 29, 2012

it was amazing
bookshelves: cookbook, non-fiction, vegan, vegetarian, reviewed
Recommended to Lisa by: Kathryn
Recommended for: families with kids, new vegans, anyone who enjoys comfort foods, cookbook collectors

4 ½ stars as I’m mostly reviewing for the recipes/food.

So, the advice isn’t great, particularly the promise of weight loss when switching to a vegan diet, if weight loss is needed. I’m really sick of that one. And there are lots of “model like” photos of the author that kind of annoyed me (though similar ones in Alicia Silverstone's book didn’t bother me at all, nor in most books) but then there was a great photo of the author with her two rescued dogs and I warmed up to the photos. And there is some great vegan primer and vegan cooking information.

And the author certainly has credentials: she attended the Natural Gourmet Institute of Health and Culinary Arts school in NYC, and completed Cornell University’s plant-based nutrition program, and she was an intern/worked at my favorite San Francisco vegan restaurant, Millennium. And she won a cupcake contest!

I’d use more whole grains and less oil, but many vegan cooks will be happy to make the recipes exactly as intended. Many are healthy as is.

The index doesn’t seem to be adequate for some searches. But what’s cool is in the contents, each section’s recipes are in alphabetical order by name; that is helpful.

Many of the recipes are very family and kid friendly, there are luscious photos of many of the recipes, and there are pithy and fun comments at each recipe, so it was fun to read this book. And many of the recipes greatly appealed to me. The ones with a * really, really, really appeal to me:

From Small Bites: * Jalapeño Cornbread Poppers with Maple Butter; Garlic Knots; Garlic White Bean Dip, Mini Potato Skins Stuffed with Avocado Salsa, Warm Spinach Artichoke Dip

From Soups and Salads: Cheesy Broccoli Soup in Sourdough Bread Bowls, Curried Spinach Lentil and Apple Stew, Tomato-Basil Bisque with Pumpernickel Croutons, Tuscan Beans and Greens Soup over Garlic Toast

From Simply Vegetables: * Guilt-Free Garlic Mashed Potatoes, Grilled Lemon-Olive Oil Asparagus, Maple-Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Toasted Hazelnuts, Thyme for Creamy Scalloped Potatoes

From Eat with Your Hands: Avocado Toast, Rosemary Tomato Galette with Pine Nut Ricotta

From Oodles of Noodles: * Best-Ever Baked Macaroni and Cheese, * Sweet Potato Gnocchi with Sage Butter, Avocado Pesto Pasta, Orecchiette in No-Cook Spinach Sauce, Fettuccine Alfredo, Ooh-La-La Lasagna, Pasta Italiano, Stuffed Shells with Arrabbiata Sauce, Wild Mushroom Stroganoff Fettuccine

From The Main Event: Barley Bliss Casserole, Eggplant Timbales, Pancakes for Dinner

From Cupcakes and More: * Ooey Gooey Cinnamon Rolls, Chloe’s Award-Winning Ginger Nutmeg Spice Cupcakes, “Chlostess” Crème-Filled Cupcakes, Buckeyes, Chocolate Molten Lava Cakes with Raspberry Sauce, Happy Birthday Cake, Cinnamon-Expresso Chocolate Chip Cookies,

and, best of all: * Peanut Butter Dog Treats. (I’ve never met a dog who doesn’t enjoy peanut butter.)

The Basics section is wonderful and contains: Basic Pizza Dough, Beans and Grains, Homemade Seitan, Pressing Tofu, Sweet Tomato Ketchup, Sour Cream, Barbecue Sauce, Marinara Sauce, Sweet-and-Sour Sauce, Soy-Free Soy Sauce, Toasting Nuts

and the Menu Suggestions’ names/themes are: Weeknight Italian, Date Night, Potluck Dishes (something I’m always looking for!!!), Kids Birthday Party, Holiday Feast, Game Day, Comfy Cozy Southern Supper, Teen Slumber Party, Ladies Lunch, Light Lunchbox

Yummy! I do recommend this book, for kids, teens, and adults, vegan and not vegan.
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Lisa Vegan Thanks, Kathryn. Added it.

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Lee As always, thanks for the great review! The recipes sound pretty good.

Lisa Vegan Lee, I suspect you'd probably also like many that I didn't list.

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Lee Probably! :-)

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Kathryn Glad that you enjoyed the book, for the most part. I agree the "become vegan to lose weight" argument isn't one of the better ones for going vegan, but glad that didn't cloud the book too much. The rescue dogs pic must be adorable :-> Hopefully my library will get a copy soon.

Lisa Vegan I loved the photo with her and her two dogs, yes.

And the food looks great!!! That's the main thing for a cookbook.

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