Author: Ann Gentry
Subject: Cooking Vegan
Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing
Release date: June 14, 2011
I got this book: From the publisher to review through NetGalley
"Ann Gentry's Vegan Family Meals makes vegan cooking accessible for the time-strapped cook who craves delicious meals that are easy to prepare. Leading cooks inside the vegan pantry, Gentry demystifies how the vegan cooking process differs from vegetarian cooking by not relying on any animal by-products."
What I noticed immediately was the quality of the pictures. There are lots of pictures from the author and her family. Some of them feel a bit modeled in my opinion. However the food pictures simply look gorgeous. A good point the author mentions in the book is that you don’t have to go all vegan to make a difference. That message was something that appealed to me. She states in this book that you don’t need to feel intimidated by vegan cooking and makes it sound easy, yet most of the recipes call for difficult to find ingredients. While she does offer a lot of information and tips to substitute ingredients, I still felt intimidated. This was also because most of her recipes do require a lot of different ingredients, making it impossible for me to try most recipes due to a limited budget.
The book is very informative and also covers some basics, like cutting techniques and cooking equipment. The fact that the book gives so much background information I find a big plus, however I mostly buy a cookbook for the recipes and I was disappointed in that area for the reasons mentioned above. While the author tried to attract an audience that has no experience with vegan food, I think she only succeeds partly to address the needs of this group. I consider myself within her target audience and while I did learn a lot, I wasn’t able to put much into practice because of the too complicated recipes, which I find a real pity.
Of course I did manage to find an easy recipe to try and share with you all :)
- 800gr Yams (orange sweet potatoes)
- 2.5 tbsp neutral cooking oil
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp paprika powder
- 0.5 tsp garlic powder (I used 1 tsp)
- 0.5 tsp black pepper
- Baking sheet
Pre heat the oven to 200 degrees. Peel the yams and slice them lengthwise. Stir the oil with salt, pepper, garlic and paprika in a bowl and add the sweet potatoes. Toss and coat them with the mixture. Arrange a single layer of sweet potatoes on the baking sheet and make sure not to overcrowd them. Place them in the oven for about 25 minutes and turn them occasionally.
This post is part of Weekend Cooking, Whip up Something New and Cookbook Sundays.
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