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Cookbook Review: Grilling Vegan Style by John Schlimm

Grilling Vegan Style: 125 Fired-Up Recipes to Turn Every Bite into a Backyard BBQ by John Schlimm

Grilling season is in full swing and with the Fourth of July holiday coming up fast, 125 new grilling recipes are welcome. Even better, they’re all vegan.

John Schlimm’s latest book, Grilling Vegan Style: 125 Fired-Up Recipes to Turn Every Bite into a Backyard BBQ, has recipes of every kind to make a full meal on a backyard grill.

Not Just for Backyards

The first chapter covers the basics of grilling, including safety tips. The author talks about the different kinds of grills: charcoal, gas, electric, and even stovetop grill pans and griddles. This is handy for those who don’t have access to an outdoor grill.

The second chapter discusses ingredients. Even though grilled vegetables are on every summer cooking show, grilled fruits are a little less common. John Schlimm has a lengthy and appetizing list of foods to consider for grilling.

Along with the list, he includes resources for items that might be hard to find in a typical grocery store, such as vegan chocolate, alcohol, and tofu and other soy products.

125 Recipes

After that, the recipes begin. He has several chapters on appetizers, tapas, and side dishes. Some of the sides are fairly substantial and could easily make a whole meal.

An entire chapter focuses on marinades for tofu, tempeh, and seitan. Don’t worry. He goes into detail on how to prepare tofu, etc. for the grill.

My favorite chapter contained the bean burger recipes. The author uses a variety of beans and pairs them with different grains and seasonings. The same chapter also had mushroom burger recipes and slaw recipes. Yum.

The book finishes off with chapters about dessert and drinks. The desserts aren’t just grilled fruit, but also grilled cakes and pies, kebabs with dipping sauces, and ice cream (not grilled). The drinks chapter has mixed drinks that mostly differ from his Tipsy Vegan cookbook, but it also has non-alcoholic drinks.

The recipes in Grilling Vegan Style are inspired and inspiring. I recommend it for anyone, from novice griller to pro.