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The Unofficial "Other Cookbooks Not Listed" Thread

I thought I would start a thread for recipe reviews of cookbooks that don't have a thread, and probably don't need a thread. 

So if you are using older cookbooks, or cookbooks without a thread, I'd love to hear from you here. 

Simple Lentil Dal With Fresh Ginger, Green Chiles, and Cilantro from Indian Home Cooking: One of my favourite dals! I used chili flakes instead of the fresh chilis and decreased the oil. I loved using split yellow peas, because it made the dal more sweet to complement the ginger, garlic and cumin. Delicious!

can i have the recipe? pleaseeeee

i wouldn't mind the miso gravy recipe either  ::)

if you have a copier/ scanner at work i could give you my email address

No problemo! Let me know how you like it.  Here are links to the recipes:

Dal (I used only 1 tbsp of oil and 1/2 tsp chili flakes instead of the chilis): http://juliasvegankitchen.blogspot.com/2010/08/killer-dal.html

Miso gravy: http://tastespace.wordpress.com/2011/08/22/oven-baked-sweet-potato-fries-with-freshs-miso-gravy/

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omg bi buv boo <3

do you really use spelt flour for the gravy? have never seen it though i've never had my eye out for it... can i sub for regular or no?

just wanted to say, i love your reviews and food pics <3

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omg bi buv boo <3

do you really use spelt flour for the gravy? have never seen it though i've never had my eye out for it... can i sub for regular or no?

just wanted to say, i love your reviews and food pics <3

Ah, thanks! I like posting my reviews here first and eventually they trickle down to my blog.. a few days or even weeks, later! :)

I bet normal flour would work, too. Let me know how it goes. :)

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what is your blog? i don't see it on your VW profile!

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From Asian Fusion by Chat Mingkwan from the section of Korean food, I used Stir-fried vermicelli noodles for inspiration to make this dish.  I pretty much followed instructions, but instead of carrots, leeks and shitake mushrooms it was carrots, celery and red peppers, which completely altered the recipe.  That said, this was an excellent dish.  You stir fry the noodles in a bit of soy sauce and sesame oil, set aside and stir fry the veggies in a light mixture of stir fry sauce and broth, along with some chili peppers.  Very light and tasty.  It called for sugar which I omitted.

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what is your blog? i don't see it on your VW profile!

Oh, you're right. I should add it there.
Here it is: http://tastespace.wordpress.com/

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Great blog and your food porn is amazing.

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blinknoodle do you eat mainly vegan? i noticed most of your recipes lately appear vegan but their is some other stuff on your blog too... just wondering, it's fine either way... just wanted to add you to my blog list

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I went vegan as well as free of refined flours/sugars in March. I was mainly vegetarian before, so older recipes may have dairy or meat, but now everything should be vegan (unless I make a special treat for someone else).  Glad you like it! :)

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I went vegan as well as free of refined flours/sugars in March. I was mainly vegetarian before, so older recipes may have dairy or meat, but now everything should be vegan (unless I make a special treat for someone else).  Glad you like it! :)

oh ok cool... ya i will add vegetarian blogs to my list but not omni ones so yay :)

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From The Vegan Gourmet - Cauliflower sauteed with peaches and cardamom - This side dish sounds weird but actually worked.  It calls for sautéing cauliflower and shallots in water so it's fat free, then adds fresh peaches and cardamom.  That's it, but the combination is good.

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Has anyone here mentioned "Clean Start" by Terry Walters?  It's a great book!  The book is entirely vegan, as well as gluten-free, processed food-free, and refined sugar-free (uses ingredients like maple syrup & pureed dates instead of sugar when a recipe needs sweetness).  The recipes are organized by season, which I love.

My only real critique of the book is that a few times throughout, the author suggests pairing dishes with chicken or fish...  I guess she isn't vegan but cooks mostly plant-based?  I don't know.  Anyway, it's cool that she's opening up the world of vegan cooking to non-vegans, but I just feel like there are a billion meat-centric cookbooks out there & I don't need meat suggestions in a vegan one.

But ANYWAY.  Today I made the Pumpkin Spice Muffins, and they are the most amazing pumpkin muffins I have ever had, GF or not!  I usually make the ones from "VWaV," but these are seriously THE BEST.  And there's no sugar or oil!  The only changes I made to the recipe were to use Bob's Red Mill GF Baking Mix (instead of all the different flours), and I added 1/2 tsp xanthan gum.  One note: I made a half batch & I am super glad I did because that yielded 28 mini muffins for me (the full sized recipe supposedly yields 30, so...).

Definitely recommend these!  In addition to being delicious, they are high-ish protein thanks to the chickpea flour & almond butter.

(I just found the recipe on Terry Walters' website if anyone wants to try it: http://terrywalters.net/2010/11/pumpkin-spice-muffins/)

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But ANYWAY.  Today I made the Pumpkin Spice Muffins, and they are the most amazing pumpkin muffins I have ever had, GF or not!  I usually make the ones from "VWaV," but these are seriously THE BEST.  And there's no sugar or oil!  The only changes I made to the recipe were to use Bob's Red Mill GF Baking Mix (instead of all the different flours), and I added 1/2 tsp xanthan gum.  One note: I made a half batch & I am super glad I did because that yielded 28 mini muffins for me (the full sized recipe supposedly yields 30, so...).

Definitely recommend these!  In addition to being delicious, they are high-ish protein thanks to the chickpea flour & almond butter.

(I just found the recipe on Terry Walters' website if anyone wants to try it: http://terrywalters.net/2010/11/pumpkin-spice-muffins/)

these look awesome! I will try these. thanks for posting the link to the recipe :)

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They  do look amazing.   Funny how just because it's "gluten and sugar" free it's touted as "clean".  Please, there's a whopping 1/2 cup of maple syrup and fat and starch.  Still it's so much better than the refined store bought kind, so I should get off my high horse, but it's annoying still.

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Hmm.  I guess I disagree.  IMO, "clean" means easy to digest & free of processed crap.  By my definition (and hers), these fit the bill...  All the sugars & fats are unrefined/whole, and I don't consider garbanzo bean flour simply a "starch," at least not the way I would white flour.  The pumpkin adds vitamin A & fiber.

I don't think a muffin can get much healthier.  :-\

P.S. I had a friend over tonight & she couldn't stop eating these.  They're really good.  I forgot to say above that I added a handful of raisins & pumpkin seeds to the batter, and they were a great addition.

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That's o.k. we can disagree, (remember I disagreed with Tess about what constitutes "guilt free") but I appreciate the explanation.  Sorry, but I can't see 1/2 cup of pure sugar disguised as maple syrup, and potato starch, and other flours just because they are gluten free, as "clean" but I understand her definition and allow that.  I definitely, like I said above, appreciate that's it's homemade and not processed.

Also, I'm one of the lucky ones without issues with gluten.  So to me whole wheat is as clean as those other flours she uses.

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660 Curries: The Gateway to Indian Cooking by Raghavan Iyer, Workman Publishing. I won't bother going into too much detail on the actual cookbook as you can read my review on my blog: http://catscrossing-laura.blogspot.com/
While this is not a vegetarian cookbook, there are lots of veggie and legume curries. Awesome, aromatic and pungent spice blends that are a treat to the eyes and nose as well as the palate.
Recently took the following to a potluck and got more compliments than I've ever gotten on my cooking (people actually sought me out to express appreciation for these dishes):
Gujarati-Style Black and Yellow Chickpeas with a Spicy-Sweet Sauce - a combination of 4 legumes, tomatoes, hot peppers and seasonings - just the right hotness without being overwhelming
Jubilee Scallops with Onions, Bell Peppers, and Tomato - this called for a sweeter seasoning blend that I roasted and ground myself - yummy, what an aroma - Used Jenn Shagrin's directions for Tofu Scallops from the cookbook, Veganize This! (will make comments on this on my blog at a later date). A definitely different flavoured curry from the legume, but also delicious.
Butter Basmati Rice with Spinach and Onion - used Earth Balance in place of butter, delicious change from plain rice - not a scrap of this left at the end of the potluck.
I happen to be a fan of Indian cookery as it is generally easy to veganize and it tastes great, so was quite thrilled to find this cookbook. To my North American palate, these recipes tasted quite authentic.
And please don't think that in order to make curry, you just have to throw some curry powder into a pot of veggies. That curry powder we find in North America is not even authentic.

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Forgot to mention that I actually tripled the recipes, finished the final cooking in the slow cookers for the curries and the rice dish was done in my rice cooker (after doing the cumin, onions and spinach in my stir fry pan). I also used brown basmati rice instead of white.

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From Quick-Fix Vegetarian by Robin Robertson, I made Three Bean Soup - This is from the slow cooker section of the book, but I quick cooked it stove top.  It calls for red kidney beans, black beans, and white beans.  I sauteed onions, garlic, red pepper and carrots for a few minutes and added the optional sherry and boiled that almost off and added the tomatoes, thyme and broth.  I cut back to only two cups of broth whereas the slow cooker method calls for four.  This is a very basic low fat and very healthy recipe.  Nothing to get excited about, but it's so healthy and hearty I like it.

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I have got to stop looking at this page or I'm going to want to buy all the cookbooks.

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