You know how some people say one should never stray from the registry when purchasing a gift? When I got married six years ago, a friend did, and I’ve been grateful to her ever since.
She bought us the cookbook Veganomicon as our wedding present, which has turned out to be quite possibly the most consistently awesome cookbook I own — and I’m kind of a cookbook hoarder. The book features 250+ vegan recipes – nearly all of which have had even my beef-loving husband salivating.
Why the high praise?
Veganomicon’s recipes are a breath of fresh air in this world. They feature dishes like Jamaican Yuca Shepherd’s Pie with Sweet Potato, Kidney Beans, and Plaintains; Southwestern Corn Pudding; Cauliflower and Mushroom Potpie with Black Olive Crust; and Spaghetti Squash Mexicana with Tropical Avocado Salsa Fresca (featured below).
Veganomicon is whimsical. Recipes often start with humorous vignettes. There are menus called the “Vegan Ghost of Julia Child Menu” and the “Fancy Schmancy Menu.”
You will find yourself sampling cuisine from nearly every corner of the earth – Indian, Greek, Latin American, Middle Eastern, and of course, American. This, in my mind, is one of the single best things to recommend a vegan or vegetarian diet.
It forces creativity, since one can’t fall back on steak-and-potatoes fare. The authors go a step further and provide menus based around a specific nationality or event — the Mediterranean Comfort Menu, the Down-Home Gourmet Menu, etc.
The proof is in the [soy milk] pudding. Nearly every recipe has been a slam dunk in our household, with favorites including: