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Published on November 24th, 2012 | by Heather Carr


Vegan Eats World: 300 International Recipes for Savoring the Planet – Cookbook Review

Vegan Eats World

Terry Hope Romero, author of Veganomicon, Vegan Pie in the Sky, and Viva Vegan!, has written a new cookbook, Vegan Eats World, containing “three hundred international recipes for savoring the planet”. Her latest cookbook was inspired, as she says, by the diversity of her own neighborhood of Queens, New York.

The introduction covers many ingredients, such as wonton wrappers or gochuchang, describes them and how to find them in stores and vegan. It also includes a quick round-up of cooking terms and short instructions for each.  The rest of the book is organized by types of dishes, with each chapter containing dishes inspired by a variety of cultures from around the world.

The Spice Blends – Romero starts the recipes with spice blends – Jamaican curry powder, Persian 7-spice blend, and two different kinds of harissa pastes, to name a few.

The Three Protein Amigos: Tofu, Seitan, and Tempeh – Lots of ideas for these protein staples in this chapter, including a recipe for homemade seitan.

Pickles, Chutneys, and Saucier Sauces – Plenty of sauces for dressing up vegetables or dipping chips into, such as fast land cabbage kimchi, cilantro chutney, star anise daikon pickles, and toasted hazelnut crunch dip (dukka).

Salads, Spreads, and Sandwiches – Creative salads accompanied by sandwiches or tacos and other tasty meals.

Soups – The soups section has an incredible variety of soups, such as Andean aji bean stew, en spinach wonton soup, French farmhouse asparagus bisque, and ginger peanut squash soup.

Curries, Hearty Stews, and Beans – A nicely seasonal pumpkin coconut curry sits amid another ten varieties of curry, accompanied by interesting flavors like eggplant shakshuka with green tahini sauce, beer-bathed seitan stew and over pommes frites, and saucy berbere lentils.

Dumplings, Breads, and Pancakes – The chapter starts with a basic dumpling dough and expands from there to watercress coconut lumpia rolls, sweet potato-stuffed paratha, and yogurt naan griddle bread. Bakers will love this chapter for the sheer number of possibilities Romero brings to the book.

Asian Noodles to Mediterranean Pasta – Curry noodle soup with oyster mushrooms (plus an extra-creamy version), sizzling seitan pho noodle soup, and pad see ew are just a few of the pasta ideas in this chapter.

Hearty Entrees – From burgers to eggplant parmigiana, the entrees provide a solid centerpiece to meals.

Robust Vegetable Entrees – If the previous chapter didn’t have enough, this one has even more entrees, such as roasted eggplant masala, crispy plantains with East meets West chocolate mole dip, and lemon garlic potatoes.

Rice and Whole Grains: One-Pot meals and Supporting Roles – In this chapter, Romero offers seven different takes on long-grain white rice – that stuff that’s in everyone’s grocery store. She doesn’t stop there, though. Jasmine rice, brown rice, basmati rice, and more are followed by couscous, bulgur wheat, and an artichoke skillet paella with chorizo tempeh crumbles.

Sweet Beginnings – Orange blossom hazelnut baklava, chai tea poached pears with ginger yogurt, and Italian cashewcotta cheesecake are just a few of the desserts.

The last few chapters have menus, online resources, and recipes grouped by low-fat, gluten-free, suitable for beginners, and so forth.

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Heather Carr loves food, politics, and innovative ways to make the world a better place. She counts Jacques Pepin and Speed Racer among her inspirations. You can find her on Facebook or .

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