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Vegan Yum Yum Decadent (But Doable) Animal-Free Recipes for E... by Lauren Ulm
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Sep 21, 2009

it was amazing
bookshelves: cookbooks, reference, 2011, 21st-century, america, vegan

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 recipes are equally awesome. I've tried many different vegan alfredo sauces and this one is by far the best. Super flavourful, rich and creamy. Better than its dairy counterpart, if you ask me. And there are a couple of new things in here for me, instead of just variations on things I had already tried. Ulm is also really creative with new ways to make dishes that are traditionally pretty fussy, into simple yet still decadent recipes. Like the Tomato-Barley Risotto, which manages to be just as delicious and toothsome as it's more usual arborio rice counterpart, yet takes half the effort to make.

However, his isn't going to be the cookbook for you if you're looking for super healthy meals though. Ulm isn't shy with the margarines or the fatty foods. Hence the decadent part of the title. But at least the recipes are vegan so you don't really have to feel that guilty!

Not all of the recipes have worked perfectly for me. The tofu eggs from the breakfast sandwich recipe took a lot of playing around with to get just right, but even the mistakes from this cookbook are totally interesting. This book is definitely worth playing around with. There are also a ton of recipes that I still can't wait to try out. Like the Chinese Broccoli Wontons in Ginger-Soy Broth and well, pretty much everything else too!
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green-earth Wow, that looks SO delicious!

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