Veganomicon. I don’t even know where to start. It’s subtitled as The Ultimate Vegan Cookbook, and I really can’t find a more fitting explanation. This book has absolutely everything, from quick every day evening meals to complete dinner-party menus, and it caters to absolutely every taste. If Vegan With A Vengeance is the best day-to-day budget vegan cookbook out there, then Veganomicon is the ultimate taking-cooking-a-step-further book. But let’s take a more structure approach to this review.The book is quite large and, in my edition’s case, hardcover. It stays open fairly well while cooking and the paper used is sturdy and the print easily legible. After a year of rigorous use, my copy still isn’t showing signs of wear. Well, apart from a few tomato stains, but that’s hardly the book’s fault. Rather than having lots of pictures, the book limits itself to a handful of glossy, full page photos in the middle of the tome. While I would usually criticise that, I think this is a good solution for this particular style of cookbook. Rather like the non-vegan cooking bible The Joy of Cooking, this book contains copious (more than 250!) amounts of recipes, covering side dishes, basic cooking instructions, variations and condiment recipes that including photos of all (or even most) of them would be unfeasible.
Unfortunately, I don’t have very many pictures of recipes I’ve made from this book, but I do have on of a meal I made rather recently, which I believe to be a good example of the book’s concept.
I made the Seitan Cutlets, Red Wine Roux and a slightly varied version of the Mashed Potatoes. As you can see, rather than provide a recipe for this meal, Veganomicon provides instructions for each component separately, resulting in a mix-and-match approach, although it does include suggestions on which dishes to combine. Similar to most of the books I’ve reviewed so far, this book has a broad variety of recipes, with sections covering everything from vegetables to sweet treats. I’m also very pleased that the latter takes over TWO chapters, one dedicated to Cookies & Bars, the other covering desserts. Yum.
Because of the deconstructed setup, I believe Veganomicon is more suited to those interested in learning more about cooking and hoping to enjoy some quality time in the kitchen rather than to someone looking for a book that will help them quickly throw together a dinner after a long day at work. While such recipes are also included, they do not make up the bulk of the book.
Having said that, this book is on of my absolute favourites and I use it very often, especially when I’m looking for something slightly more special than Mac’n’Cheese. Although it includes a recipe for that as well, which I’m rather fond of.
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