Veganomicon: The Ultimate Vegan Cookbook Review
When I first looked in to ordering vegan cookbooks from Amazon (long before I actually became a vegan), the one book that cropped up in the listings over and over again was Veganomicon: the Ultimate Vegan Cookbook by Isa Chandra Moskowitz and Terry Hope Romero. Both authors are big names in the US vegan world, hosting a Brooklyn-based vegan cooking podcast channel together several years ago. I had the impression this was a ‘bible’ of sorts to all vegans. It was an easy decision to order it for my collection.
It actually took me a couple of years to start using this on a regular basis. The main reason for this is that, although it contains a ton of vegan recipes, it doesn’t contain many photos at all. In fact, there are barely any. For someone like me who needs to see exactly what they’re supposed to be making in order to feel like I’m doing it right, this was off-putting and intimidating.
When I became a vegan in January this year, I realised I needed to start putting this to good use. I really started to study it. Sean and I bookmarked several vegan recipes we wanted to try. For a couple of weeks, most of our evening meals came from this book. It was a revelation: why had I not picked this up and paid attention to it before?! Everything we have tried, without fail, has been delicious.
Here I share some of our favourites, diligently photographed by myself as quickly as possible so we could tuck in.
Spinach Linguine with Basil-Cilantro Pesto and Artichokes (made with spaghetti as we were out of linguine 🙂
Lentils and Rice with Caramelized Onions and Spiced Pita Crisps (the pita crisps were absolutely amazing)
Seitanic Red and White Bean Jambalaya (actually using vegan Quorn as we had no seitan nor time to make it – but the recipe is in the book)
Potato and Kale Enchiladas with Roasted Chile Sauce (so delicious, we have had this more than once!)
Red Lentil – Cauliflower Curry (tastier than it looks)
The recipes I’ve made here are just the tip of the iceberg, for there are 250 recipes in Veganomicon. It will be very difficult to get bored of trying these out. Next on our list are the Eggplant Rollatini with Spinach and Toasted Pine Nuts, Mole Skillet Pie with Greens, and Southwestern Corn Pudding.
With it being US-based, there will of course be US measurements and terminology. With measuring cups and a quick google of anything unrecognisable we could navigate our way through this easily. Some of the ingredients are sometimes a little hard to find here in Oxfordshire. However I’ve found the best online retailer which has most of the more unusual ingredients at a good price to be ASDA.
I’m so glad we finally got round to giving Veganomicon a go, as we’ve discovered some really tasty, nutritious and fun recipes. Some of these will become staples for us going forward. I highly recommend this book, even if like me you are slightly afraid of a cookbook with no photos.
Veganomicon is available to buy on Amazon.