There are so many amazing new cookbooks popping up at the moment! This one is slightly different in that it’s an eBook- an interactive one at that!
“ A Vegan Dinner Party” is part of an eBook series called Culinary Quandaries designed to show readers how to cook to different dietary requirements, whether they have recently adopted a new diet themselves or would like to learn how to cook for someone else with requirements or preferences that they are unfamiliar with, or even if they are already well-seasoned vegans, vegetarians, gluten- and lactose-intolerant people themselves and are just looking to pick up some fresh and exciting new ideas for extending their culinary repertoire.
The introduction is especially useful for newbies as it explains veganism, what is and what isn’t vegan, and where to find some of the more unusual ingredients those not used to cooking vegan are likely not familiar with.
The recipes in the book have been contributed by experienced vegan chefs and bloggers, Anya Kassoff of Golubka Kitchen, Allyson Kramer and Janet Malowany of The Taste Space, so you know they’re going to be good!
The recipes range from the extravagant to the more classic, homey type, so you’ll be sure to find something to suit whatever mood you’re going for with your dinner party.
I would have loved to actually host a dinner party and make a few of the recipes from the book to serve to my guests but I just haven’t had the time lately. I’ve been happily testing out the recipes for my everyday meals though.
I kicked off with the Tamarind Roasted Eggplant and Chickpeas. I’ve had a half jar of tamarind concentrate in my fridge forever (luckily it lasts a long time) but don’t remember what I’ve made with it, other than the Tamarind Lentils from Veganomicon, which I’ve made many times, and the Tamarind BBQ Tempeh & Sweet Potatoes from Appetite for Reduction. Anyway, I was glad to find another use for it and this curry is certainly one I’ll make again and again. I served it with homemade naan but I think it would be good over rice too, maybe with a side of greens.
Mains I’ve particularly got my eye on to try next are the Hazelnut Burgers with Roasted Tomatoes and Avocado and the Melon Basil Summer Rolls.
Next up was the Chickpea & Apricot Salad with Pineapple-Ginger-Cilantro Dressing. This came from the Starters section but I think it’s better suited as a side-dish or a lunch option, which was how I ate it. I liked all the different textures going on here, and this dish was actually what got me back into adding fruit to my salads.
Other Starters include Baked Veggie Spring Rolls (including homemade spring roll wrappers!), Fig and Kale Salad and Roasted Red Pepper Hummus and Dippers.
As I mentioned, this eBook is interactive, meaning it’s not just a simple PDF, and there are drop down menus, separate ingredients lists and instructions, etc. Once purchased, you can view it directly online via the Erudition website or downloaded to iBooks or Kindle format.
I found it much easier to read/use the ebook on my iPad rather than a computer or laptop as it’s quicker to scroll through the directions rather than clicking through to a new page for each step. I love that some of the more complicated recipes are broken down step-by-step with visuals and even videos to guide you through.
To note: A couple of the recipes do call for slightly more processed ingredients which I don’t tend to use in my own cooking, such as TVP, vegan cheese, vegan cream cheese or vegan butter, but these are definitely in the minority, so there are still plenty of recipes to suit my tastes.
You didn’t think I’d skipped dessert did you? I had a tough time choosing a recipe to try but in the end went all out with the Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie with Almond-Coconut Crust. Gosh is this delicious, but most definitely a dinner party recipe! Meaning, it’s very very rich and not one for every day! Good thing I halved the recipe as it would be dangerous having too much of this around.
For my next dinner party it’s a toss up between the Pineapple and Mango Tart and the Vegan Panna Cotta Tea Cups with Raspberry Compote…
You can buy the eBook online here…
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