The book is funny. I mean, laugh out loud funny. I love his sense of humor and I actually did laugh out loud more than once while reading- Brian has a very unique way of telling his story while also giving you really great vegan recipes- and not the type you need weird ingredients for, either. Every recipe I tried I pretty much had the ingredients on hand.
Plus, any cookbook that starts out with a chapter on "The Most Important Meal of the Day....Cocktails", contains a "Pesto Manifesto" and Pizza's named after Nintendo video game characters really can't be bad, right?
For newbies to vegan cooking he does have some "WTF" references referred to throughout the book- "WTF is Nutritional Yeast?, WTF is arrowroot powder?", etc which I could see being quite helpful.
The Cashew Ricotta (pictured above, stuffed into something ending in "i" as suggested) was absolutely delicious. How could it not be with artichoke hearts as one of the main ingredients? It has a wonderful depth of flavor, is extremely versatile and is a new staple in my kitchen. I can honestly say I loved it.
I also fell in love with the Beany Tahini Burgers with Dreamy Tahini Dressing. As a kid, growing up in a home where we ate Middle Eastern a lot the flavors were familiar and comforting. The burger has a nice texture that held together well, created with some surprising ingredients- not the least of which are cous
cous and kalamata olives.
Beany Tahini Burger
I am thrilled to offer you a chance to win a copy of this book. All you have to do is leave me a comment below letting me know why you would like to win (along with an email address where you can be reached) and you will be entered. Simple! I will pick a winner on Saturday May 12, 2012. Good luck!
Bottom line, highly recommended. Go out and get yourself a copy. Today!