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Vegan with a Vengeance: Over 150 Delicious, Cheap, Animal-Free Recipies That Rock

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When it comes to vegan recipes, Isa Moskowitz is the best. Her first book, Vegan with a Vengeance, is the best of the best. All Moskowitz's books are terrific, but this is the one that I used until it fell apart.
Recommended by Cindy P., Powells.com

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"This cookbook is both explanatory and flexible; the suggestions for substitutions are excellent, and I greatly appreciate her emphasis on economical solutions....Absolutely packed with flavor and suitable for any occasion, the recipes in Vegan with a Vengeance will change your mind about vegan cooking." Jill Owens, Powells.com (read the entire Powells.com review)

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Publisher Comments:

In Vegan with a Vengeance, Isa Chandra Moskowitz, host of the community access vegan cooking show The Post Punk Kitchen, brings the do-it-yourself, community-driven ethos of punk rock into the kitchen. Her cooking philosophy embraces being kind to animals (all recipes are completely animal-product free) and your wallet—while being creative and having fun in the process. She emphasizes staying clear of corporate brand-name foods, and says that cooking should be an innovative, experimental, and completely real experience. This one-of-a-kind cookbook offers 125 recipes for all meals of the day, from stuffed mushrooms to tofu pizza, gingerbread cupcakes to pasta with "alfreda sauce," and is full of tips and tricks on how to keep your diet vegan, inexpensive, and liberated.

Review:

"To appreciate this quirky vegan cookbook, readers must welcome the author's offhand, rambling style. A chatty Brooklynite who hosts her own public access cooking show, she scatters stories about her mother, her friends and her politics among recipes for goodies like Fresh Corn Fritters and Curried Split Pea Soup. In one anecdote, she writes that her mother liked the scones from 'one of those overpriced French cafes in Union Square,' prompting the author to create Glazed Orange scones in her mother's honor, and the sweet, rich result rivals the average 'overpriced café' model. BBQ Pomegranate Tofu is actually baked, not barbecued, but still the tofu is rich and smoky, terrific over rice or packed into heroes. Even better, the vegan iterations of Spanakopita and Seitan-Portobello Stroganoff so closely approximate the traditional versions that even the pickiest eaters would happily trade one for the other. And although there's no chicken broth in Matzoh Ball Soup, the vegetable stock is hearty enough to cure the fiercest cold. Best of all, and rare in a vegan cookbook, the author provides several appealing dairy-free desserts that are tasty enough to fool most omnivores, yet unique enough to thrill any vegan who just can't face another tofu ice cream bar." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"It's hip. It's punk. It's high energy. And it's darn fun to read!...This book will be a hit with teens and young adults as well as with adults wanting to add more spice to their own kitchen experiments. Highly recommended." Library Journal

Review:

"This fun and creative book is delicious for people like me, who don't eat pets!" Joan Jett

Review:

"[The book] has got plenty of attitude, and the killer recipes to back it up. Watch out Betty Crocker." Erik Marcus, author of Meat Market — Animals, Ethics, and Money, and publisher of Vegan.com

Review:

"Integrates Isa's NY and punk roots with a sophisticated culinary palate and political nuance that only comes with experience." Josh Hooten, Herbivore Magazine

About the Author

Isa Chandra Moskowtiz has been cooking up trouble in New York City since the eighties, when she discovered punk rock and vegetarianism. Her public access cooking show, The Post Punk Kitchen, filmed in her small Brooklyn apartment, has been a smash hit since it hit the airwaves in 2003. She has been inspiring fans of vegan food and loud music ever since.

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Marlena Clark, October 14, 2008 (view all comments by Marlena Clark)
I have a lot of cookbooks, but most of them I use only as jumping off points to create my own dishes. This book is an exception, because it's exceptional! I've prepared about half of the recipes (so far) and not one of them has been a dud. Everything is delicious, the recipes are easy to follow, and Moskowitz includes many helpful hints for everything from how to slice a mango to substitutions. The baked goods are divine, and no one in my office even hesitates to accept a vegan cupcake now.

Vegan food has a bad rep for tasting too... health-foody. While I believe there's a time and place for a heap of quinoa mixed with some edamame and not much else, I think that more people would choose to go meat-free if they only knew how much delicious food was out there! Moskowitz brings it with this cookbook. If you're interested in trying some vegan dishes, or trying to show someone that vegan food doesn't have to taste like it was dug out of the ground yesterday, you can do no better than this book! (Though the Veganomicon comes in a close second!)
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meghanjanssen, January 31, 2008 (view all comments by meghanjanssen)
For a long time now I've felt a sincere inner desire to completely rethink my approach to cooking and finally go animal-free. But I didn't really know where to start. This is the book that gave me direction.

The most distinctively beneficial aspect of this cookbook is that it not only provides a wide array of creative and delicious recipes, but that it also divulges numerous suggestions and morsels of wisdom that give the reader the freedom to take personal creative liberties while preparing the described dishes. After following the more "specific" guidelines provided in the book, I found myself feeling more comfortable experimenting with measurements and substitutions than I've ever been in the past. I was especially inspired by Isa's sections on baking, an area of cookery that--with its mysterious chemical reactions and ubiquitous ingredients--had, for me, always proven to be somewhat baffling.

Besides being a marvelous help and inspiration to one's endeavors in the kitchen, this cookbook proves to be a distinctively enjoyable read. Isa provides humorous insights and reflects on her personal experiences throughout, creating an interestingly intimate aspect to the recipes enclosed therein. In addition, the book is full of helpful asides, indexes, and lists that are beneficial to those recently embarking into the realm of animal-free dining as well as to the well-weathered veteran vegan.

I reiterate the claim that has been made several times already by other reviewers: if you choose to buy only one vegan cookbook, this should be it. But, even if you do not keep to a strictly vegan diet, this cookbook should at least make it to your top five list of cookbooks that are genuinely worth owning.
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mmnelson86, February 10, 2007 (view all comments by mmnelson86)
Wonderful recipes for real, good food. The desserts are fantastic! The author's commentary makes this a fun book to read, not just cook from. Highly recommended.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781569243589
Author:
Moskowitz, Isa Chandra
Publisher:
Marlowe & Company
Photographer:
Tischman, Geoffery
Other:
Bailey, Neje
Other:
Tischman, Geoffery
Author:
Bailey, Neje
Author:
Moskowitz, Isa
Author:
Moskowitz, ISA Chandra
Subject:
General
Subject:
Reference
Subject:
Vegetarian cookery
Subject:
Cooking - Reference
Subject:
Vegetarian - General
Subject:
Vegetarian - Vegan
Subject:
Cooking and Food-Culinary Reference
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
November 2005
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
16 pages color photos
Pages:
280
Dimensions:
9.13 x 7 in 16 oz

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"Staff Pick" by ,

When it comes to vegan recipes, Isa Moskowitz is the best. Her first book, Vegan with a Vengeance, is the best of the best. All Moskowitz's books are terrific, but this is the one that I used until it fell apart.

"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "To appreciate this quirky vegan cookbook, readers must welcome the author's offhand, rambling style. A chatty Brooklynite who hosts her own public access cooking show, she scatters stories about her mother, her friends and her politics among recipes for goodies like Fresh Corn Fritters and Curried Split Pea Soup. In one anecdote, she writes that her mother liked the scones from 'one of those overpriced French cafes in Union Square,' prompting the author to create Glazed Orange scones in her mother's honor, and the sweet, rich result rivals the average 'overpriced café' model. BBQ Pomegranate Tofu is actually baked, not barbecued, but still the tofu is rich and smoky, terrific over rice or packed into heroes. Even better, the vegan iterations of Spanakopita and Seitan-Portobello Stroganoff so closely approximate the traditional versions that even the pickiest eaters would happily trade one for the other. And although there's no chicken broth in Matzoh Ball Soup, the vegetable stock is hearty enough to cure the fiercest cold. Best of all, and rare in a vegan cookbook, the author provides several appealing dairy-free desserts that are tasty enough to fool most omnivores, yet unique enough to thrill any vegan who just can't face another tofu ice cream bar." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review A Day" by , "This cookbook is both explanatory and flexible; the suggestions for substitutions are excellent, and I greatly appreciate her emphasis on economical solutions....Absolutely packed with flavor and suitable for any occasion, the recipes in Vegan with a Vengeance will change your mind about vegan cooking." (read the entire Powells.com review)
"Review" by , "It's hip. It's punk. It's high energy. And it's darn fun to read!...This book will be a hit with teens and young adults as well as with adults wanting to add more spice to their own kitchen experiments. Highly recommended."
"Review" by , "This fun and creative book is delicious for people like me, who don't eat pets!"
"Review" by , "[The book] has got plenty of attitude, and the killer recipes to back it up. Watch out Betty Crocker."
"Review" by , "Integrates Isa's NY and punk roots with a sophisticated culinary palate and political nuance that only comes with experience."
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