There are cookbooks you buy because they are beautifully laid out. There are cookbooks you buy because they were based on a restaurant menu you adore. And then, there are cookbooks you buy because every recipe title calls to you, tempting you to venture through the snow to the grocery store, to soak and simmer beans on your stovetop, and to savour a beautiful bowl of delicious, nourishing food.
If you’ve owned a book written by Isa Chandra Moskowitz, I know you’ve experienced the later. Luckily, she hasn’t grown tired of inspiring the masses to create meals that highlight the inherent flavours in whole foods. As the co-author of Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World, Veganomicon, Vegan Cookies Invade Your Cookie Jar and Vegan Brunch, Isa’s culinary prowess verges on dominance. Although, we can all thank her (and Terry) for taking decadent vegan delights to new heights – our bodies need more than frosting to thrive.
Isa’s newest book Appetite for Reduction, is full of 125 fast and filling, low-fat vegan recipes. I don’t want you to think that it is a “diet-book” with recipes for watery broths that will help you develop an aversion to cabbage. Instead each recipe in Appetite for Reduction relies on the healthful proprieties of beans, grains and produce. The dishes are full of fibre that will leave you feeling satisfied – the flavours will just leave you happy! This book is much more about being healthy than being skinny.
As many of you reflect on what you imagine 2011 will bring – I hope the top of your list is health and happiness. You might just find both in the pages of this book – creamy curries, crispy onion rings, substantial salads and rich soups, will all provide the nutrients you need, and the resulting leftovers will give you a great excuse to share a meal with the people you love.
I spend a lot of time reviewing or testing vegan recipes. For the first time in a long time, I was enticed by every title in this book. I didn’t need post-its to mark the items I wanted to try. I wanted to eat them all! Here are the first five, I made: