Cookbook Review: Vegan Eats World Cookbook

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February Cooking By Color – White, Brown, Black

Terry Hope Romero’s new cookbook, Vegan Eats World, is one of the best cookbooks to come out recently. Being a world traveler I’m a big fan of a full color cookbook that features some of my favorite foods from across the globe. It’s almost like the noodle chapter was written just for me! One of my favorite white foods happens to be rice noodles! Read on to find out how to make Terry’s take on my favorite dish from Thailand; Pad Thai with Avocado and Spicy Greens.

Vegan Eats World Asparagus Bisque

I tried a few recipes from Vegan Eats World and they were all delish. Last month I made the French Farmhouse Asparagus Bisque (page 123) in hopes of posting this review during my green month, but it never made it to the blog! So when February came along I looked in the index to see what kind of white foods I could choose from. Rice Noodles for the win! I had a hard time choosing from all the delicious sounding rice noodle dishes, but ended up having everything on hand for the pad thai. Honestly, avocado didn’t sound so good to me for this dish so I left it out.

Pad Thai - Vegan Eats World

Pad Thai is really one of the easiest dishes from Thailand to whip up. I like the addition of spicy greens and went with arugula. I loved the baked tofu, and my roommate has been making it every week since so we have yummy tofu on hand. I left out the garlic and reduced the shallot to only one, because I can’t handle that much allium family and it was just fine for me.

Click here for this Pad Thai with Avocado and Spicy Greens recipe! Enter the giveaway for the book at the bottom of this post! Now onto my review of the cookbook!

Loves:

I really like the use of the symbols for the recipes, which include under 45 minutes, inactive cooking time, cheaper, beginner recipes, low-fat, gluten-free, soy-free. This are extremely helpful for those in a hurry, on a budget, or have allergies.

The kitchen cartography is very informative yet simple for beginners. Lots of great information here. Being a chef and cooking instructor this section gives me warm fuzzies. I like when cookbooks share important details like knife techniques, tips for cooking, and ingredient glossaries especially when something as unique as global cuisine.

Spice mixture recipes are a nice touch. Toasting and or grinding your own spices can make such a big difference. The taste of bottled store bought garam masala is different than making your own. Homemade is so much more flavorful.

I really like the pickles, chutneys and saucier sauces chapter. Everyone seems to associate “pickles” with cooked brined cucumbers so showing some quick pickle variations is a nice touch. I also love making my own sauces and dressings from scratch. The macrobiotic side of me is going gaga for this chapter.

I like the added info in the swirly blue text telling you where to find ingredients or what tools to use. Helpful and highlighting it with the blue swirls makes it easy to find. I also like the green box info on various ingredients.

Irks:

It doesn’t seem as “international” as I would hope for but highlights some cuisine I’m sure most people have not tried but should! I wish the recipes were easily marked by what part of the country it’s from. The “globes” before the recipe could have been used for that. Some recipes you need to read quite a bit to find out where it’s from. For someone who does not know about food from other nations they are not going to easily be able to identify it based on the title.

Overall:

It’s a must have if you like global cuisine. Most of what you’ll find is Asian, Middle Eastern, with Indian, French and Italian thrown in. For more Latino flair be sure to check out Terry’s last book Viva Vegan!

What are your favorite ethnic foods? Have you traveled the world and found cultures that naturally have a lot of vegan options?

TWO lucky people in the US or Canada will win a copy of Vegan Eats World! Enter below and I’ll announce the winner next Friday!

GIVEAWAY CLOSED! Winners are Millie and Tricia S.

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Comment List

  • Maryz 01 / 03 / 2013 Reply

    I love Asian cuisine…anything stir fried is so good with some sticky rice!

    • Mary 02 / 03 / 2013 Reply

      I also love stir frys and would love to try pad thai, never have because I try and stay away from noodles.

  • I really enjoy VEW as well, but I definitely think it is very international. It lacks North American foods but covers most other continents pretty well, no? Anyways, my favourite cuisine in Indian and she has a lot to pick from there. 🙂

  • Audrey 01 / 03 / 2013 Reply

    Like most Americans, I love Italian and Indian food. I’m just starting to explore more Indian dishes, though, and that’s been fun.

  • Beth Wettstein 01 / 03 / 2013 Reply

    I LOVE Indian and Thai food…I have never attempted to make anything from either group at home yet…

  • Sonja 01 / 03 / 2013 Reply

    My favorite ethnic food is masaman curry, without the fish sauce of course. Delish.

  • angela 01 / 03 / 2013 Reply

    I adore Ethiopian, Thai, and Indian cuisine. I’ve recently been getting into Vietnamese and Korean food, too. Most of my traveling is through these food adventures at home or at an ethnic restaurant. Fits my budget better 🙂

  • Anita 01 / 03 / 2013 Reply

    Sweet and sour asian anything is always a favorite, but Ukranian pierogies are high on my list, too.

  • Terri Cole 01 / 03 / 2013 Reply

    I love Mediteranean food of all sorts!

  • Jessica 02 / 03 / 2013 Reply

    I love thai and mexican food. They both have lots of plant-based recipes and tons of flavor!

  • dorothy mora 02 / 03 / 2013 Reply

    (east) Indian- specifically southern India- cooking. my absolute comfort food <3

  • Nezumi 02 / 03 / 2013 Reply

    That’s a tough question! I guess I really like Asian food, especially when it involves soy sauce, roasted sesame oil and sriracha sauce.

  • Beth 02 / 03 / 2013 Reply

    I can eat Mexican food every day!! I also love veggie sushi! so much yum in one bite!

  • Vicky Tayloy 02 / 03 / 2013 Reply

    Mexican!

  • Nancy 02 / 03 / 2013 Reply

    Indian food is my absolute favorite!

  • Nicole 02 / 03 / 2013 Reply

    I was lucky enough to get a copy of this book when I met Terry at Tampa’s Veg Fest last summer before it was released. I immediately fell in love with the book and all the great choices! My favorite recipe from the book is the Sweet Potato and Kale Fatoosh! So amazing!

    My favorite ethnic cuisines are Vietnamese , Thai and Indian.

    I’d love to win a copy to share. This is one of my favorite vegan books for sure! 🙂

  • Karen Faivre 02 / 03 / 2013 Reply

    I adore Indian with all the wonderful spices, veggies and especially lentils. I get in ruts though and this book looks like it would inspire me to try other dishes.

  • De 02 / 03 / 2013 Reply

    I haven’t tried too many ethnic foods, but I’ve liked most of what I have tried. I’d love to try more, and having a good international vegan cookbook would help a lot!

  • Melanie 02 / 03 / 2013 Reply

    I love trying Asian and South American dishes, but my all time favourite is Middle Eastern, I always seem to come back to chickpeas!

  • Catlyn 03 / 03 / 2013 Reply

    Anything Asian and especially any Indian foods, I love currys!

  • vtknitboy 03 / 03 / 2013 Reply

    nice. never thought of adding ketchup!

  • Melody 03 / 03 / 2013 Reply

    I love trying out recipes and adore ethnic cuisine. A copy of this book would be a wonderful addition to my vegan cookbook collection (which is not too big yet since I’m a relatively new vegan)!

  • Stefani Threadgill 03 / 03 / 2013 Reply

    Asian!

  • Pad Thai is actually one of my all-time favorite dishes! My favorite is probably Latin food, but I also love Asian. I would love to win a copy of this cookbook because I reluctantly had to return the copy I checked out from the library yesterday. It’s a great cookbook!

  • Rachel 03 / 03 / 2013 Reply

    I enjoy Indian and Middle Eastern foods.

  • Martie 03 / 03 / 2013 Reply

    My favs are thai and mexican food, And while Thai is my absolute favorite, I’m more successful at cooking mexican-style dishes. I hope trying this one will change my record of ruining thai food at home 🙂

  • Melissa 03 / 03 / 2013 Reply

    I love curry anything, the spicier the better!

  • Jennifer 04 / 03 / 2013 Reply

    Anything Mexican, Italian or Asian. Also, I love Israeli/ Middle Eastern recipes. I know these are broad categories, but I love different foods for the variety of flavors they bring to the table. Can’t wait to see this cookbook!

  • Brandy 04 / 03 / 2013 Reply

    My fav is Ethiopian food!

  • Dalores Lounds 04 / 03 / 2013 Reply

    I like Indian & Mexican foods. I’m not sure what my favorite dish is.

  • Liz Crowe 05 / 03 / 2013 Reply

    I am on a BIG Pho and Ramen kick lately, can’t get enough! Yum! 🙂

  • j o miller 05 / 03 / 2013 Reply

    I love Mexican food, and I make bean burritos for dinner at least once a week. Easy, fast, healthy, and delicious!

  • Marcia S 05 / 03 / 2013 Reply

    I love Mexican Food. Spanish Rice is my fav! 🙂

  • Tracey 05 / 03 / 2013 Reply

    I love Indian cuisine. Egglant Bharta and anything with curry are my faves. Thank you for the giveaway!

  • Michaela 06 / 03 / 2013 Reply

    My favorite ethnic food is Japanese, so I absolutely adore our vegan macrobiotic Japanese restaurant here in L.A. called Shojin. Incredible vegan sushi rolls, kale caesar salad, soups…

  • Liz 06 / 03 / 2013 Reply

    I love Indian food and how it takes such simple ingredients and makes them magnificent through the use of spices. Chickpea masala is tasty!

  • Kelly @ Vegan Iowan 07 / 03 / 2013 Reply

    I think Asian cuisine is perhaps the most vegan-friendly of all. I’ve never had a problem finding a vegan dish at a restaurant, and have whipped up countless easy, fast recipes at home. I’d love to expand my knowledge even further!

  • Jody 07 / 03 / 2013 Reply

    I love Indian food. I could eat Chana Masala every day!

  • Sarah Swingle 07 / 03 / 2013 Reply

    I ♥ Asian food, especially Thai. It’s funny b/c I never really liked it that much before I went vegan, but when I was forced to try new foods that weren’t meat and dairy-based, I realized I had been missing out big time!

  • B 07 / 03 / 2013 Reply

    I love middle eastern food – hummus, salads, falafel!!!

  • Blanche 07 / 03 / 2013 Reply

    Ethiopian, Indian and Thai are at the top of my favorites list. So many vegetable and legume based dishes to choose from. Yum!

  • Lorraine 07 / 03 / 2013 Reply

    Love Thai

  • Julie 07 / 03 / 2013 Reply

    I love Mexican!!!

  • ziaweeza 07 / 03 / 2013 Reply

    I’m really into Lebanese food right now, especially falafel and fattoush. So much flavour!

  • Arminda 07 / 03 / 2013 Reply

    I LOVE Terry Hope Romero’s stuff! I was introduced to her as the duo in the amazing Veganomicon with Isa Chandra Moskowitz, and have been excited to get my hands on Vegan Eats World! Thanks for running the giveaway!!

  • Tricia 07 / 03 / 2013 Reply

    I really enjoy Greek food. Before I went vegan, I enjoyed lamb and mousaka but now, I would get meatless mousaka! They use a lot of eggplant in their dishes, and I’m a big fan of that and all other veggies.

  • LisaB 07 / 03 / 2013 Reply

    I am a global eater. I love Vietnamese, Chinese, Indian, Mexican, Euroean, Middle Eastern, Morrocan, Jamaican. Oh Yum!

  • dee m 07 / 03 / 2013 Reply

    decisions decisions.. I love everything, but find myself making more Indian foods more and more.

  • Anna 07 / 03 / 2013 Reply

    I love thai food!!

  • Belinda 07 / 03 / 2013 Reply

    I love Thai, Japanese, and Indian food!

  • Katie 07 / 03 / 2013 Reply

    I love Thai food, like pineapple-cashew “fried” rice with peas, raisins, tofu, etc…

  • Dawn Roosth 07 / 03 / 2013 Reply

    I love Asian food….so simple, tasty and vegan friendly.

  • Ania 07 / 03 / 2013 Reply

    Can’t get enough of Indian food!

  • Farrow 07 / 03 / 2013 Reply

    Love Pad Thai! This recipe sounds great!

  • Lynda 07 / 03 / 2013 Reply

    Asian is my fav!!!

  • Lisa K 07 / 03 / 2013 Reply

    My favorites are Thai, Middle Eastern and Japanese. Mexican also but that is so common here in Dallas it doesn’t seem int’l. 🙂 This new cookbook looks great and I’m printing the Thai recipe to make this weekend! Thank you for the chance to win!

  • Lisa K 07 / 03 / 2013 Reply

    I commented but didn’t see the ‘unlocked’ other ways to win. Someone please advise…thanks much!

    • Christy Morgan 07 / 03 / 2013 Reply

      You have to enter your email into the Rafflecopter to enter and fill out the remaining options.

  • Laura 07 / 03 / 2013 Reply

    I love kimchi with a healthy serving of sticky basmati rice. I could eat that every day!!

  • Carrie 07 / 03 / 2013 Reply

    I recently did some traveling in SE Asia. In several places I visited, it was difficult enough to understand what I was ordering, let alone find vegan-friendly options! Whenever I was in doubt, Indian dishes always saved the day. I’d love to learn more variations on my favorite Indian dishes, as well as some Asian adaptations that I missed when I was traveling! Thanks!

  • purplelarkspur 07 / 03 / 2013 Reply

    I love Indian food!

  • Maria 07 / 03 / 2013 Reply

    Indian food is the best. Love Chana masala 🙂

  • Christy Morgan 08 / 03 / 2013 Reply

    GIVEAWAY CLOSED! Winners are Millie and Tricia S.

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