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Eat, Drink & Be Vegan - WOW!!

I think this might be the greatest vegan cookbook EVER!!

So far I've made the Cashew-Ginger Tofu and the One Wild Chick Soup. They are both A-MAZING. I just got it so those are the only two I've made but there are DOZENS I want to make, and usually I maybe only want to make 20% of recipes in any given vegan cookbook.

Woo-hoo Dreena!

What else have you made and loved so far??

I just finished licking the chocolate ganache from the spoon after making Leslie's Bad But Good Bars!. Wow.

If the finished bars, which are cooling, setting in my refrigerator as I type this are half as good as their ganache topping, I'm in serious trouble.

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Leslie's Bad But Good Bars were a real hit at my omniverous office. 

I personally thought that thick chocolate ganache topping on it was the best part. It was like a firm peanut butter/chocolate pudding-tasting top. I could see myself using it for other recipes to top a pie or other cookie bars, or serving alone--still warm and elegantly decorated with a berry and mint leaf-- in a small tart cup or dessert plate.

I did add about a tablespoon or two of soymilk when I pureed the tofu so it would be a smoother texture before blending in the chocolate.  It still set nicely after I put it in the refrogerator.

The bottom layer was tasty but I think it could be improved a little so that layer is a little thicker and held better. I did use 1/4c malted barley syrup instead of 1/3 c brown rice syrup, and sweetened shredded coconut instead of unsweetened coconut, so I don't know if that had something to do with it. I didn't think that it would but maybe it did.

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Last week I made the Tomato Basil Breakfast Quesadilla.  I hate posting a bad review, but I didn't think this was all that great.  The quesadilla was ok, and I ate it, but I doubt I'll be making this one again.  The combination of flavors just didn't seem to mesh well with me.

Oh..I'm sorry to hear this! I was really excited to try this quesadilla....it sounds so good! I love tomato+basil anything so maybe I will try it anyway.  Would you suggest a different hummus recipe?

eta: I going to make the Hemp-a-nola today and maybe the Simple Chard and Kinda Corny Muffins. I'm in the mood for chili...strange since its the middle of summer and all...but still, I want some! Has anyone tried either the Cocoa Coconut chili or the Sweet Potato Lentil chili? I can't really imagine how they would taste...and I hate to buy all the ingredients without knowing...maybe I will just whip up a boring chili of my own...

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Last week I made the Tomato Basil Breakfast Quesadilla.  I hate posting a bad review, but I didn't think this was all that great.  The quesadilla was ok, and I ate it, but I doubt I'll be making this one again.  The combination of flavors just didn't seem to mesh well with me.

Oh..I'm sorry to hear this! I was really excited to try this quesadilla....it sounds so good! I love tomato+basil anything so maybe I will try it anyway.  Would you suggest a different hummus recipe?

Hmmm, I don't have another hummus suggestion.  We actually liked the Roasted Red Pepper & Almond Hummus on its own with crackers, veggies, and the like, just not with the quesadilla.  I think it was just a weird mix of flavors.  I like all of the ingredients, just not together.  Also, the Smoky Avocado Sauce I made to go with the quesadillas was oddly flavored with the liquid smoke; I don't suggest this as a complimentary sauce.  Who knows, though, maybe you'll really like this recipe...different strokes for different folks.

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Last week I made the Nicer Krispy Squares.  I used to make krispy squares with Vegan Sweets marshmallows but those have become impossible to find.  Anyway, my kids saw me making these and they were very excited.  However, the macademia taste is  strong and in the end they didn't like them much. I thought they were okay but I certainly don't need krispy squares.  I won't make these again.

This weekend I made the Kids Dynamo Hummus which is supposed to be mellower than regular hummus and seems to be a lot more fattening as well.  I was relieved when my husband said it was good and the kids don't seem to object, but I personally think the raw cashews and NY give it a bit of a funky taste.  Nobody likes it as much as regular hummus (there is a hummus recipe in VLV that we really enjoy) so I doubt I'll be making this again either.  However, it might be a good choice if you're trying to get your kids to eat hummus as it is pretty bland.

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VeganSapien sent me some peanut butter chocolate cookies, and some chocolate mint cookies out of this book and both were outstanding. Very soft, chewy and delicious. I need to get this book now!

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VeganSapien sent me some peanut butter chocolate cookies, and some chocolate mint cookies out of this book and both were outstanding. Very soft, chewy and delicious. I need to get this book now!

sb, I should have sent the recipes, too!...if you want them pm me and I will send them to you. I love the chocolate peanut butter ones. I had some leftover and quickly scarfed them all down. I think I might make another batch this afternoon to take to my media class get-together this evening.

I will try to review what I have made so far. The cookies were the bomb I have also made the Hemp-a-nola which was yummy and easy to make. I think I might play around with the flavor of it. I would like it to be more almond/coconut-ty. (I'm addicted to the flavor of Oktokrewl's granola bar awesomeness...)http://vegweb.com/index.php?topic=21646.msg220450#msg220450

Actually, I just realized I haven't made much else...I just got this a couple weeks ago. I did make the red rooibos iced tea...but I basically knew how to make it since it consists of tea + stevia...

There a lot of other ones I would like to try. JKL I would love to know which recipe inspired the Bad Poetry thread. That cracks me up!

eta: I did make the You Got Chocolate in My Peanut Butter cookies for my class and everyone went berserk! My professor actually stopped in the middle of the movie to say how good they were, lol!

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There a lot of other ones I would like to try. JKL I would love to know which recipe inspired the Bad Poetry thread. That cracks me up!

I'm sure it was the Hide the Lentils pasta sauce.  I served it over pasta and my kids literally said "Mommy, are you mad at us?"  My husband also thought it was  yucky.  I think the rosemary did it in.  It came right on the heels of the Confetti Casserole, which also wasn't a hit.

However, the seared portobello mushrooms are DELICIOUS.  Really good.  I didn't have potato starch and used arrowroot, so they got a little gloppy when cooking them, but they were still delicious.  The only mistake I made was I marinated the mushrooms all afternoon instead of the short period she recommends and I think they soaked up too much of the wocestershire taste.  My kids hated those too but what do they know!

We also like the chickpea sensation patties, although not quite as much as the aduki bean ones in VLV.  I made the Spicoli Burgers as well and I was surprised they weren't more of a hit and I am probably not going to make them again.  I never serve her patties with rolls or potatoes as suggested because they already have a ton of starch in them.

Since I'm already writing about her book, I can also mention that I've made:

Zuchini spelt muffins--good but not sure they're worth the effort

Living Ceasar Dressing--very good

Balsamic Maple sauce--okay but nothing to write home about

Mellow Lentil Sniffle Soup--eh and not sure the rosemary works.  Kids suffered through it and I have better lentil soup recipes

Broccoli Chashew Teriyaki Tofu Stirfry --good but kids didn't like it; very gingery

Orange Sesame Tofu--pretty good; my husband and  I liked it but the kids did not

Walnut, White Bean & Spinach Phyllo Rolls -- needless to say, my kids did not like these (but no surprise there).  My husband and I thought they were good but I was disappointed and expected them to be better.  No one ate the leftover rolls.

Coconut-Lime Basmati Rice.  Good but it seems like it should be a sweet dessert rather than a savory dish.  My kids didn't like it.

Rosemary Cornmeal Polenta Fries are a staple in our house.

Warm Potato Spinach Salad with Pine Nut Dressing is VERY GOOD

I think everything else I've made I've reviewed above or in the other posts in this thread.

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Wow, JKL! You have made a lot from this book. That is too funny about your kids thinking they were being punished by dinner  ;D

I had thought about possibly trying that lentil pasta sauce, but am glad I didn't. My kids are pretty open to eating unusual foods that I like to try. But, they don't like when something familiar(like pasta sauce) has stuff added to it. I currently use a modified version of the Garlic Lover's Sauce on here. They love it and so do I , so I think I will just leave well enough alone on the spaghetti front.

It seems like a lot of the recipes got less than average scores from everyone....it makes me kind of wary. I hate to make something and not like it...then the leftovers sit in the fridge til I need to make room for something else. I think that is why I rarely use my cookbooks. I really need to hear the feedback from others before I decide if it is something I'll like.

I've had my eye on the warm potato spinach salad...it sounds fabulous! I am glad that one got 5 stars from you. Its going on my To Make list.

Thanks for all the feedback!

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i made the zucchini spelt muffins and quite liked them - even though i spaced on adding both sweets (sugar and liquid).  i meant to eliminate only one but realized about half-way through oven time that i'd left both out.  oops.  they still tasted alright to me, really cinnamony. 

also made the banana pecan brown rice pudding - yum!  i'd probably do without the sugar in the topping - just the pecans and cinnamon - b/c i'm not a huge sweets person.  i didn't have any arrowroot and used tapioca starch instead; didn't have any brown rice syrup so i used a little agave.  didn't seem to affect the texture, consistency, or really make anything taste odd or off.  delicious topped with a tad of soy milk, as suggested, and fresh berries on top of that.  yum!

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Eat, Drink & Be Vegan or Viva la Vegan? Which is better?

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Eat, Drink & Be Vegan or Viva la Vegan? Which is better?

I have both and I think it is hard to say because there are hits and misses in both books, but I think I have had better overall luck with VLV.  However, if you have a library nearby, both of these books are prime candidates for borrowing and checking out some of the recipes and seeing if you like Dreena's palate.

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Eat, Drink & Be Vegan or Viva la Vegan? Which is better?

I have both and I think it is hard to say because there are hits and misses in both books, but I think I have had better overall luck with VLV.  However, if you have a library nearby, both of these books are prime candidates for borrowing and checking out some of the recipes and seeing if you like Dreena's palate.

Thank you for the recommendation. I checked out Eat, Drink & Be Vegan from the library and sadly had to return it after a string of succeses with her recipes. I love trying out spelt, oat flours, grains, natural sweeteners that I hadn't baked much with before.

I was curious about her first book though, and will try and check that one out too if it's at the library.

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Her first book was Everyday Vegan which I also have but have not cooked from much. There have been a bunch of threads on VLV in the past where people listed their favorites and not so favorites--maybe you can find them. If you do get VLV the lemon herb tofu is a winner.

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Her first book was Everyday Vegan which I also have but have not cooked from much. There have been a bunch of threads on VLV in the past where people listed their favorites and not so favorites--maybe you can find them. If you do get VLV the lemon herb tofu is a winner.

There's so many great vegan cookbooks out there now  :)>>>that I got them confused. Thanks for correcting me. I'll check out those Everyday Vegan threads.

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I have Everyday Vegan, and I can't say I like it too much... I also can't say I don't like it because none of the recipes really inspire me, so I haven't tried too many. I've made a couple pasta sauces that were good, but nothing extraordinary. I think Dreena is the Queen of Vegan Cookies, and all of the recipes for cookies in Eat, Drink, and Be Vegan are amazing! I also love her dips/salad dressings and soups. But other than that, a lot of the recipes I've tried of hers (like casseroles, sandwiches, tofu, etc.) are just "meh." Not bad, not great. Maybe we just have different tastes? I should make more from "ED&BV," though, to come up with my absolute verdict!

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Saskia:  She has three books--Everyday Vegan, Vive La Vegan (I might be spelling this wrong because I never took French) and Eat, Drink & Be Vegan.  I am mainly interested in cooking savory foods but when I've made her healthier baked goods (as opposed to the more decadent desserts) I haven't been overwhelmed.  I don't make the cookies or cakes because I have lots of recipes for those and I really don't have the time to do so often anyway.

When it gets cool enough to turn your stove on, get a copy of VLV and make the lemon herb tofu.  I really can't say enough good things about it and it is a cinch to make.  And double the recipe.

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I made the You Got Peanut Butter in my Chocolate Cookies which I thought were really good. I had to add a splash of soymilk to my dough to make it moist enough to work with, but then I stuffed the peanut butter into the cookies magic middles style instead of cutting it in with a knife. They were really great!

I also made the Sweet Potato Lentil Chili, which I thought was really tasty. I used chunked tomatoes from my garden and tripled the spices. Good Stuff!

I also made the Lentil Tomato Dill soup (can you tell I'm trying to use up tomatoes? I have them by the bucketload). I left out the molasses 'cause I just thought that sounded gross and added diced carrot and ton of cracked black pepper. Its simmering on my stove right now. I just tasted it (pre-adding dill) and its is pretty good. I plan on freezing it for later. It makes a TON!

**eta: the SWPL Chili has 117 percent of your daily fiber if you make it with six servings. I was eating some this morning and I thought, you know, this has lentils AND black beans AND sweet potatoes AND other random veggies, so I nutrition checked it and.....yeah.

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I made the Chickpea Sensation Patties last week.  We just finished them up today for lunch.  They have a great mild flavor, and it's nice having a burger without soy.  My nonveg boyfriend has liked both these and the Spicoli Burgers, and he's very unadventurous when it comes to food (however, he's very familiar with hamburgers, so I think veg burgers go down much easier for him than other "weird" vegan foods).  We ate them as burgers over the course of the week, but I think these would be great as cutlets with mashed potatoes, veggies, and gravy.  I think these are a little bit lighter than the Chickpea Cutlets from Veganomicon as these have no vital wheat gluten.  I did have to sub for the vegan worcestershire as I didn't have any; I used HP steak sauce instead (happens to be vegan).

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i made the sesame lime soba noodles w/shiitake mushrooms and snow peas last night.  soooooo good!  it says in the notes that you MUST use toasted sesame oil, but i just used regular, and it was just as tasty.  i could eat this all the time.  yummm.

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