For my third cookbook post, I’ve decided to go with the first ‘real’ vegan cookbook I purchased, meaning it had real savoury meals in it, rather than just cupcakes. Vegan with a Vengeance was written by one of my favourite authors, Isa Moskowitz. I’ve mentioned her a few times before, you can be sure I’ll mention her again.
When I first bought this book, I’d already been vegan for nearly a year and mostly doing just fine getting recipes off the internet, but this introduced me to real vegan cooking with real produce. It isn’t as varied at Veganomicon, I’ll say that straight away, but it has some brilliant recipes.
Although this book is a bit more ‘vegan’ than, for instance, Chloe’s Kitchen, I wouldn’t want to be without it. It contains plenty of tofu, seitan and tempeh recipes for all your protein needs, but it also has a variety of vegetable recipes. I recommend the orange-glazed beetroot recipe. Yum. Also, the pizza dough recipe is the best I’ve ever tried, and I’ve tried many of them. It just turns out perfect every week. Yes, we have pizza (nearly) every week. Don’t judge.
It’s structured into several chapters, dealing with brunch, mains, desserts and the like, and also contains some exceptional baking recipes. The pumpkin muffins are absolutely to die for.
My only real grievance concerning this book is the publishing. It contains zero photos, which is upsetting but understandable, since the book is a good few years old now. I own the UK edition, which I’m not too keen on since I prefer my ingredients lists in cups rather than pounds and ounces, but I suppose that’s a matter of taste. Unfortunately, the binding is also rather flimsy. After two years of cooking with this book, it’s pretty much falling apart. I know that these things happen, especially when you use something very frequently, but it really isn’t great quality. Having said that, I don’t know what newer editions are like.
My verdict of this is: amazing book, shitty publishing. I know this was Isa’s first book, and I know it was 2005 and the world was different, but such amazing recipes deserve to be treated better. I would still recommend buying this book, in the American version if you prefer those measurements and can get your hands on it. Your diet will certainly become more varied and the recipes don’t work out to be expensive, which makes it ideal for students. And, if we’re honest, for everyone else. Because who has money to throw out the window these days.
Do you own this book? What are your thoughts on it? Are the pages falling out yet?