My handsome man friend Johnny and I are both vegan eaters and pretty active in the kitchen, although neither of us typically work from recipes. Personally, with the impending winter, I have been bulking up on cooking and baking supplies and one day, as I was clicking around on Amazon looking for my next mixing bowl set, I happened upon the ‘Veganomicon: The Ultimate Vegan Cookbook‘ by Isa Chandra Moskowitz and Terry Hope Romero.
I have heard of the book, being a long time vegan, and had known it to be the “vegan bible” in the kitchen. I ordered it and am still making my way through this tome of 336 pages. It is chalk full of new age spins on old staples and a great read all at the same time… however, it is not much for pictures.
As I continued clicking around on Amazon, ‘Isa Does It‘ was recommended to me, based on my previous purchase.
This book is a solo effort by Isa Chandra Moskowitz and is billed as ‘Amazingly easy, wildly delicious vegan recipes for every day of the week’. I made the second purchase of Isa’s book, based on it’s vibrant cover art and super value at $20.69 (list price is $30 USD) for 320 pages.
Let me tell you, I was certainly not disappointed. In fact, I would say that ‘Isa Does It’ is like the ‘Veganomicon’ 2.0. It is full of brightly coloured photographs of absolutely out of this world looking recipes. Just writing about it makes me want to jump back into the kitchen and get started on Creamy Sun-Dried Tomato Penne or a Cozy Hummus Bowl.
Nearly every recipe description is paired with a well staged, popping picture of the dish at hand. The layout is easy to read and to understand, with notes and serving suggestions to make your job easier. Each recipe dictates serving amounts, total time, and active time, which lets you know exactly how much you will actually be spent on your feet cooking and how much time you will have to do your nails or check your email.
The book is separated into soups, salads, handheld, pasta & risotto, stews, chilis & curries, stir-fries & sautes, bowls (and a few plates), Sunday night suppers, a few basic proteins, breakfast, brunch & bakes for the morning, and desserts.
The recipes are prefaced with an introduction about Isa (pronounced EESA), tips on how Isa does it in the kitchen, including technique building, planning ahead, and more, tools and gadgets for every kitchen and what you need to complete your pantry. There is even special sections on tofu and tempeh butchery and Isa’s favourite modifications for allergens.
All in all, the book has nearly 200 recipes that will truly take you through every day of the week and allow you to entertain family and friends for years to come. Isa’s voice throughout the book is cute and straight forward and she speaks to novice and expert alike, with clear and concise language.
I have only just recently received my copy of ‘Isa Does It‘ and so I have yet to get the opportunity to really dig in to many of the recipes quite yet, however, I have already read it extensively and am already applying some of the cooking tips and spins on recipe staples to my regular day-to-day cooking.
I look forward to really getting my hands dirty with this one and I think that you should too!