I think it’s safe to say we all have a favourite cookbook or five, whether it’s the only book someone owns or it’s based on careful choice from a great collection. While my collection continues to grow, my favourites wane and shift with the new tastes I develop along the way. In the case of American Vegan Kitchen, it’s been a journey in reverse, a trip down memory lane to remind me of old favourites.
I grew up in the United States and much as the idea of homestyle diner food conjures mental images of rendered fat and heart attacks, this book has stunning alternatives that will satisfy without clogging the arteries. Not an ounce of animal fat in sight, this volume still contains the usual classics that bring to mind nostalgic Americana: apple pie, “meat” loaf, burgers and fries, plus more stunning flavours. Deep fry aficionados shouldn’t however panic as you haven’t been forgotten (marry me, Fried Avocado Wedges), and there’s a full page of frying tips (contrary to popular belief it’s possible to deep fry without the food soaking in loads of oil).
From waffles to veggie sausages, your diner style vegan breakfast will be covered. Lunch is sorted too- consider the Fork-and-Knife Reubens or the Almost-Philly Cheese Steak Sandwiches. Your Saturday picnic will come together a treat with some Deli Potato Salad or Homestyle Macaroni Salad, along with one of the many dairy-free coleslaw recipes. For dinner hit up the two page spread of suggested blue plate special menus! Hello Seitan and Herb Dumplings with Rosemary Carrots! Finally, if you’ve got a sweet tooth I promise you’ll look forward to a slice of Apple Butterscotch Pie or a big chunk of Spiced Chocolate Pudding Cake.
Those from North America can take a trip down memory lane to re-discover veggie versions of their favourite childhood comfort foods, while others will meet new recipes guaranteed to join the usual dinner rota favourites. Tami’s recipes are easy to follow and she’s one of the few authors whose recipes I trust to come together well and taste exactly how they sound like they should taste.
And that’s why you should buy American Vegan Kitchen. You won’t be disappointed.