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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 am addicted to Dreena's blog, and I was so excited when I got this book for my birthday! :) I am absolutely IN LOVE with the Caesar dressing--except I learned that I really like it much better with only 1 Tbsp. lemon juice, instead of 3. Far too acidic with 3. But I seriously dream about this salad... Romain lettuce, pretty ribbons of red cabbage, tomatoes, cucumber, hemp seeds, avocado, homemade croutons, crispy vegan chik'n tenders, and this dressing--pure heaven! :D

The white bean, rosemary & basil soup is amazing, too! (That's not the precise name; I can't remember it right now... :-\) AND, I was actually just reading the reviews of this book on Amazon earlier today to get tips on what to make next, and some people were raving about the Thai Chick-Un Pizza. I'm pretty intrigued & would like to make that very soon!

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Oooh, ooh! this is out already?! I love Dreena Burtons's two other books, Everyday Vegan and Vive Le Vegan, so I'm psyched to get this one... heh, I just said psyched ;D... I am thoroughly impressed with every recipe I have made from her books and am looking forward to getting her new one.

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It is so awesome. I also love that it very much emphasizes whole, unprocessed foods. Even her desserts are fairly innocent, and she likes to use agave or maple syrup instead of white sugar as much as possible! I really appreciate cookbooks that use a lot of whole ingredients instead of processed stuff... I like frozen vegan burgers & "meat" crumbles as much as the next person, but when I buy a cookbook, I want to know how to make it myself. It's healthier & cheaper, too.

I just bought The Vegetarian Meat & Potatoes Cookbook , and it uses SO much pre-packaged food! Soy cheeze & frozen burgers are called for in pretty much every recipe... >:( I understand that some people might not mind that, but I do not like it at all. I went to make the meatloaf recipe on Sunday night, and the main ingredient was 4 frozen veggie burgers. ::) I don't know--that bugs me. (It's going back to the store...) That's one thing I really love about Vegan with a Vengeance, too--so many great, whole foods & instructions on how to make your own meat analogues--seitan, for example.

Jeez. Rant over! I just wanted to emphasize how great Dreena's food philosophy is, especially when compared to some other books... :P

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You guys have just conviced me to buy one of her books.  :)

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I also really like that she uses hemp-- you don't find that in cookbooks often-- and she doesn't use margarine at all, just oil (minimal amounts). That is great for me cause my son can't have soy, which is in all vegan margarine and most others, too. She explains how to make stuff in great detail as well as having parts in her book about certain ingredients.

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I have Dreena's Vive Le Vegan cookbook, and it's also good, but MAN, is ED&BV the BOMB. Keep a drool bucket nearby when perusing  ;D

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You are convincing me to get it. I threw out half the stuff I made from Everyday Vegan but had better luck with Vive Le Vegan.  We make those celebrity patties almost every other week.  I'm going to have to get this new one.

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I threw out half the stuff I made from Everyday Vegan but had better luck with Vive Le Vegan.

Ooh, really? I have The Everyday Vegan & have liked what I've made so far, but truthfully, I haven't made a whole lot... What didn't you like? I hate wasting food, so I love hearing negative reviews of recipes, too!

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Well, I just made the "honey" mustard (the creamy version, not the vinaigrette; both are offered!), and it is AWESOME! :D I was a little nervous (I usually am when trying new recipes; I've been disappointed too many times ;)), but this is absolutely wonderful! I am dipping my green beans, celery, and vegan chik'n strips in it! Yum! Perfect for a cozy night!

I am going to make the One Wild Chick soup tomorrow night! I can't wait!

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Jess--I am going to have to stop saying that.  I pulled out my copy of Everyday Vegan and could only find notes on one recipe--the Arichoke Dip.  I don't even needs notes because I remember very well making it for a family gathering at my house and how disgusting it was.  No one ate it (one person tried it) and I was pretty disappointed.  I thought I had cooked more from that book but I can't remember as I skim through the recipes. 

If you ever get Vive Le Vegan, this is what I've tried:

apple-hemp muffins:  okay
balsamic-garlic flax oil:  okay
creamy hummus:  very good
lemon-herb tofu:  very good
pecan fried wild rice:  disappointing
celebrity adzuki bean and rice cakes:  very good
chickpea pasta sauce with fresh herbs:  disappointing (I wrote "yuck")
sunflower-lentil pie:  okay
sweet curry chickpea casserole:  okay
tomato-lentil pasta sauce:  okay to very good (somewhere in the middle)

I'm going to try her new book.

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chickpea pasta sauce with fresh herbs:  disappointing (I wrote "yuck")

Thank you for your summary of likes/dislikes! :) I just wanted to highlight the above, as I hardcore LOL'd when I read that because I do the same thing! Not just suggestions on how I could make the recipe better, or what exactly I did/didn't like, but weird little comments sometimes--like I'm angry at the recipe! ;D

I have a recipe in one of my cookbooks where I just wrote in big, black pen: "WTF?!?!" Yeah, I sure told that recipe...

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I am going to make the One Wild Chick soup tomorrow night! I can't wait!

JessaCita - that soup is AMAZING!! The flavors are so perfect together. My hubby LOVED it and he's not vegan. He was so excited to have the leftovers!  ;D Let me know how it turns out!

BTW I'm trying another one tonight (?? can't remember what it's called, but it is some kind of pesto pasta dish??) and tomorrow I'm  having one of my fave meals from Vive, the lemon-herb tofu with lemon rosemary potatoes. Yummers!

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You guys have just conviced me to buy one of her books.  :)

Me too.

Edit:  I just ordered it and can't wait to get it!

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I can't wait to try out this book!  I have a signed copy from when she did a cooking demo at the Taste of Health veggie-earth-fest in Vancouver last month.  It makes me happy!!!    :D

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I am going to pick this up. I love Everyday Vegan!

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I made the Sun Dried Tomato Pesto with Toasted Almonds and Pine Nuts (I think that's the name, or something close to that). It was delish! And SO easy and quick to make - literally 20 minutes from start to finish!

The one I am most excited about making will happen tomorrow night......

Rosemary Cornmeal Polenta Fries!!!! *happy dance*

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So I made two recipes from ED&BV yesterday:  the White Bean Rosemary Soup and the Pureed Spicy Sweet Potato & Peanut Stew With Chickpeas.  And the verdict is.... YUMMY!!!  Seriously, seriously yummy!  My friend who was hanging out at my place actually made me give her my ED&BV for the rest of the weekend so she can make the White Bean Rosemary Soup too.  ;D 

I think I'll try one of the desserts next... I've been drooling over the Chocolate Pumpkin Pie With Macadamia Maple Butter Cream since Dreena posted a pic in her blog months ago!

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Totally shocked to find this today at my english language book store in Amsterdam!  Wanted to pick it up, but didn't.  Did, however, drop HEAVY hints to my boyfriend that Christmas is coming up and all......

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I got this book recently, and I finally made my first recipe from it tonight.  I made the "Spicoli" Burgers, and I really liked them, as did my nonveg boyfriend.  I served these in whole wheat pitas with lettuce, tomato, dill pickle, and Vegenaise (he skipped the tomato and added ketchup and mustard, also).  I'm looking forward to having the leftovers for lunch tomorrow.  I'll definitely make these again.

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Last night, I made the "You Got Peanut Butter in My Chocolate" Cookies.  They're super tasty!  I used part of a dark chocolate bar, chopped, rather than dark chocolate chips.  I did make mine with all-purpose flour instead of barley or spelt (all 3 options are given in the book), as I don't typically have those on hand.  I really like that Dreena's cookie recipes don't make a ton (I think I got 15 or 16 cookies out of this recipe)--that way I don't wind up eating 3 dozen cookies.

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