Vegan Eats World

March 5th, 2013 · Lisa · book review, Review · Comments

I feel like every time Terry Hope Romero publishes another book you can find me here gushing about her gorgeous, flavourful, satisfying, nourishing, inventive, impress-the-pants off people, recipes.

But I can’t help myself. This woman knows how to write cookbooks that find their place in your kitchen, rather than regulated to the bookshelf in the living room. She makes food that you want to eat and that you want to share, with everyone.

Terry’s recipe repertoire is my go-to when I’m invited to a potluck by my foodie-friends, or when I’m having a diverse group of friends over for a party, or when I want someone to love me just a little bit more. So far…it has been a successful strategy.

You’ve probably already seen many rave reviews of her most recent title, Vegan Eats World. It is a culinary journey around the globe, highlighting the bold flavours of diverse dishes. Through the pages of this book you’ll learn how to make your own spice blends, staple sauces, enticing entrees (be it dumplings, curries, noodles or sandwiches) to recreate your favourite recipes from a memorable restaurant meal or that special trip to an exotic destination.

Bringing the flavours into your regular meals can make everyday feel a little more adventurous.

So far, I’ve tried Terry’s

DSC_0362 2 (1)Coconut Kale Summer Rolls with Peanut Sauce

DSC_0364 (2)Kale, Preserved Lemon and Pomegranate Salad

DSC_0369 (1)

Ethiopian Chocolate Flourless Torte
DSC_0363 (1)Red Lentil Dahl with Tomatoes and Curry Leaves

DSC_0363Baked Punky Pumpkin Kibbe

Every dish made me wish I had a huge party of guests to impress. Terry’s dishes are amazing ambassadors for veganism; they represent the absolute bounty of deliciousness that comes from herbs, spices, plants and grains.

Although I can’t invite you all over for a big Indian, Thai, or Korean dinner party, I do have one other way to share the love. I have an extra copy of Vegan Eats World that I like to send out to one of you.

Giveaway!!! Congratulations Sarina!

You can enter simply by leaving a comment about your favourite vegan dish enjoyed while on vacation. The giveaway will close on March 11th. This contest is open to Canada and the continental USA.

I’m in Costa Rica at the moment, at Meghan Telpner’s Nourish Your Soul Retreat – the perfect time to reflect on the benefits of great food and great friends.

Love, Lisa


  1. Posted March 5, 2013 at 10:18 pm

    It all looks absolutely phenomenal. She’s done it again.


  2. Laurel McBrine
    Posted March 5, 2013 at 10:26 pm

    Wish I were enjoying a great meal at Meghan’s retreat too! My most memorable meal when on vacation was at raw vegan resto Pure Food & Wine in NYC. Magical. The ice cream desert I had there was the best sweet thing I have ever eaten!!

  3. Josiane
    Posted March 5, 2013 at 10:41 pm

    I love expanding my repertoire of recipes from around the world; it’s such a great way to travel even when I have to stay home! I would be thrilled to have some of Terry’s recipes become new favorites.

    One of the vegan meals I’ve enjoyed most while on vacation was a total surprise. It was at Dharma Kitchen in Vancouver, and I’d chosen what could have been a relatively boring brown rice bowl… However, I don’t know what’s the secret in their tempeh marinade, but it had turned it into the most amazing tempeh I’ve ever had!

  4. Bethany
    Posted March 5, 2013 at 10:55 pm

    My favorite vegan dish enjoyed while on vacation was definitely Gallo Pinto with Plantains while in Costa Rica (ironically!)

  5. Melanie
    Posted March 5, 2013 at 11:18 pm

    I have taken this out from the library and now I know I would love a copy! My favourite food on vacation has to be the time I went to Mexico and had fresh corn tortillas and guacamole every single day.

  6. Posted March 6, 2013 at 1:48 am

    My favorite vegan meal enjoyed while on vacation was probably the simple spinach pie I enjoyed at one of my husband’s favorite restaurants in his hometown. It was composed of flaky phyllo dough stuffed with spinach that was flavored with dill and other Greek seasonings. It was so simple and so good (not to mention a nice alternative to the other meat-filled options on the menu)!

  7. Posted March 6, 2013 at 1:59 am

    It is a delicious cookbook.. your trip to Costa Rica sounds incredible. My favourite meal on my last vacation were patacones at a vegan cooking class in Colombia. Yum! 🙂

  8. KitteeBeeBerns
    Posted March 6, 2013 at 2:07 am

    gracias madre in S.F. is soooOOOooOOoo good.

  9. coldandsleepy
    Posted March 6, 2013 at 2:44 am

    While traveling in Swansea, Wales, and just this side of starving, I found a vendor who was selling chips (fries) with curry sauce, and it turned out the curry sauce was vegan. Those chips saved my life. They might not have been the best in another situation but on that day… they earned their place in my heart forever.

  10. charj
    Posted March 6, 2013 at 8:38 am

    Coconut ravioli with broccoli rabe and shiitakes while in New York City

  11. Rachel
    Posted March 6, 2013 at 9:28 am

    Ohhhh I’d love a copy!!
    I’m not sure I can choose a favorite vacation dish! Honestly, some of the best meals have been ones prepared at the home of people we were visiting…so the best dish was probably something made with fresh vegetables from my parents’ garden…steamed baby snow peas or asparagus, anyone? 🙂 Can’t wait for spring.

  12. Posted March 6, 2013 at 11:33 am

    I was just flipping through this book last week – your photos of the recipes look incredible!

    Fave dish from vacation… I had so many from St. Lucia last year involving cassava bread, and fresh fruits from the island. Also love going for brunch at Sun in Bloom when I’m in NYC or din at Pure Food and Wine

  13. Posted March 6, 2013 at 12:48 pm

    Oh, too many options to count! I could almost say everything I’ve had here in Canada, but you know what? I’m not on vacation. This is home. (Squee!) So maybe the coffee granita I had in Florence 🙂

  14. Miet V
    Posted March 6, 2013 at 1:20 pm

    I’ve been coveting that book!

    My favourite vacation dish was probably the vegan chocolate cake in Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica, I always consider it a good sign when the word “vegan” appears on the menu!
    Also really enjoyed the pizza and pasta last year in Italy. Oh, and the gelato!

  15. kristine
    Posted March 7, 2013 at 5:48 am

    Love the title of this cookbook! Simply me. Hays. Favorite vegan meal in my travels was in mountain home, Idaho. An itty bitty town in the middle of nowhere had a DELICIOUS gluten free/vegan pizza! With a crust that was far tastier than your average brown rice crust and well roasted veggies left no slice uneaten 🙂

  16. Barbi
    Posted March 7, 2013 at 10:12 am

    My favourite dish while on vacation, you sure know how to pick difficult questions!! If I may opt for a tie, it would probably be the chicken wings from Native Foods (, or Kung Pao Chicken from Chopstix in Gainesville, Florida (

  17. Posted March 7, 2013 at 3:50 pm

    My favorite dish enjoyed while on vacation was last summer. We rented a large, multi-family beach house and did a huge mexican spread. I made a massive plate of nachos with fresh pico de gallo, amazing guacamole, homemade refried beans, and vegan nacho queso.

  18. Posted March 7, 2013 at 7:44 pm

    Gosh, it would be tough to pick a favorite dish; I’ve had so many wonderful meals during my travels. A few years ago when my partner and I spent a month in D.C., we frequented this small Ethiopian restaurant. The food was amazing and the owner was such a cool woman (it doesn’t hurt that she gave us free refills of injera!). We also found a place that would make pupusas with vegan cheese that rocked my world (I know Terry has a great recipe for pupusas in her Viva Vegan cookbook).

  19. elizabeth
    Posted March 8, 2013 at 4:25 pm

    Beautiful food!!
    Peace and Raw Health,

  20. Soozle
    Posted March 9, 2013 at 11:04 am

    I’m going to Mexico next week and I am obsessed with fresh guac out there!

  21. gwen
    Posted March 9, 2013 at 11:29 am

    Local produce. No better way to get a feel of a landscape than through its plants.

  22. amey
    Posted March 9, 2013 at 2:54 pm

    yeah, what a great book, huh?? i love it so much. I’ve made different things from you, so it’s really fun to see what you’ve been making from it. xo

  23. Kathryn
    Posted March 9, 2013 at 6:52 pm

    Definitely homemade tortillas, guacamole, and beans in Guatemala!

  24. Posted March 10, 2013 at 10:38 am

    I was skimming this book at the store one time and it looked amazing!
    This is a tough question – but let’s go with the yuca tart in Costa Rica 🙂 …unless raw chocolate macaroons count as a dish?

  25. Jessica
    Posted March 10, 2013 at 11:23 am

    I agree Terry Hope Romero does make very inspiring and delicious dishes.
    The best meal I’ve had on vacation was when visiting my in-laws house in Spain and we made lemon sorbet with the lemons in the garden. So fresh and so delicious!

  26. Sarina @ Earthgiven Kitchen
    Posted March 10, 2013 at 10:25 pm

    I would love to win a copy! Thanks for hosting the giveaway. The best vegan dish I’ve had on vacation was juice from the fresh juice bar. Nearly a dozen freshly squeezed juices to choose from, something I’d never seen at a resort before, what a treat!

    • Posted March 11, 2013 at 9:28 pm

      Believe it or not…I just won (based on my random number generator results). Can you please email me your address and I’ll put the book in the mail for you. Congratulations Sarina!

  27. Mary Casaubon
    Posted March 11, 2013 at 6:34 pm

    I am newly vegan, only for a year and a half so I haven’t been on vacation yet to have a favourite vegan dish. However, when I went to Blue Mountain, I got them to make me a vegan beaver tail and it was delish 🙂

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