Vegan Planet: 400 Irresistible Recipes With Fantastic Flavors from Home and Around the World

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Open the door to a whole new world of delicious, healthy choices! If you are one of the millions of Americans moving away from meat, dairy and eggs in your diet, whatever the reason, then Vegan Planet is for you. It is by far the most comprehensive vegan cookbook ever and proves once and for all that the ...

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Overview

Open the door to a whole new world of delicious, healthy choices! If you are one of the millions of Americans moving away from meat, dairy and eggs in your diet, whatever the reason, then Vegan Planet is for you. It is by far the most comprehensive vegan cookbook ever and proves once and for all that the vegan way of eating can easily provide all the nutrition you need, and so with astonishingly varied recipes and absolutely fabulous food.
 
Recipes include:
Mango Tango Smoothie
Pumpkin Pie Pancakes
Fried Green Tomato Po’Boys
Ginger-Scented Pot Stickers
Curried Cauliflower Pakoras
Butternut Squash and Wild Mushroom Lasagna
Hot Tomale Vegetable Pie
Turkish-Style Stuffed Eggplant with Walnut Sauce
Five-Spice Chocolate Layer Cake
Banana Swirl “Cheesecake”

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
With 400 recipes, this is probably the biggest vegan (no animal products-meaning dairy- and egg-free) cookbook on the market. It's also one of the best. Robertson (The Vegetarian Meat & Potatoes Cookbook) is a likable guide to possibly unfamiliar ingredients such as flaxseeds and sea vegetables, and the recipe choices are almost overwhelming. Robertson relies on the usual trick of digging into ethnic cuisines (Thai-Style Leaf-Wrapped Appetizer Bits, Baked Sweet Potato and Green Pea Samosas are among the appetizers) for vegetarian options, but she also innovates in clever ways, as with Here's My Heart Salad with Raspberry Vinaigrette with hearts of romaine, artichoke hearts, hearts of palm and celery hearts. Some of the most versatile options appear in a chapter dedicated to sauces and dressings, such as Eggless Hollandaise and Vegan B chamel Sauce. Chapters on breakfast ideas, sandwiches, wraps and burgers-with six different veggie burger options-ensure that all bases are covered. Occasionally, Robertson relies on packaged products like the soy sausage and mozzarella that appear in "Sausage" and Fennel Cannelloni, but most of these recipes simply make the best of vegetables, legumes and grains. A cogent foreword by Barnard (president of the Physicians' Committee for Responsible Medicine) reports the startling fact that Americans-apparently misled into believing that switching from red meat to white will improve their health-now eat one million chickens every hour. (Jan.) Forecast: This is a serious entry in the field, and should fare well in its target market-this country's estimated 10 million vegetarians. Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Library Journal
This ambitious new cookbook from the author of The Vegetarian Meat & Potatoes Cookbook offers dozens of imaginative vegan recipes inspired by a wide range of cuisines, from Five-Spiced Portobello Satays and Lebanese Fattoush (bread salad) to Cajun-Style Collards and Moroccan Fava Bean Stew. There are also vegan versions of such meat dishes as shepherd's pie and chili, as well as sandwiches like Curried Chicken-Less Salad and Seitan Reuben. Robertson's style is more down-to-earth than Crescent Dragonwagon's in Passionate Vegetarian, but Dragonwagon's book, which includes recipes made with eggs and dairy products, complements Robinson's. For most collections. Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781558322110
  • Publisher: Harvard Common Press, The
  • Publication date: 2/15/2003
  • Pages: 592
  • Sales rank: 631,261
  • Product dimensions: 7.25 (w) x 9.13 (h) x 1.36 (d)

Meet the Author

Robin Robertson is a veteran restaurant chef, cooking teacher, and an acclaimed writer. She pens a regular column for VegNews Magazine and has written for Vegetarian Times, Health Naturally, Restaurant Business, National Culinary Review, American Culinary Federation Magazine, and Better Nutrition. She has written numerous cookbooks including the best-selling titles Vegan Planet, Vegan on the Cheap, and Quick-Fix Vegan. Robertson currently writes, promotes her books, and teaches classes on her innovative vegan cuisine from her home in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, where she lives with her husband and two cats. Her website is

www.robinrobertson.com

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  • Posted January 31, 2010

    Excellent Cookbook

    So far we've made the following recipes, all of which have been excellent: Cauliflower Pakoras; Red Beans & Rice; Fetticcuine with Red Lentil Sauce; & Lemon Risotto. The pakoras tasted as if they were restaurant made and the risotto was incredibly flavorful. This book was very reasonably priced and worth every penny. Thankfully, each recipe does not have a large number of ingredients. The ingredients included in the recipes are also very reasonably priced, unlike many other vegan cookbooks which call for expensive, hard-to-find ingredients. Additionally, the recipes are straight-forward and understandable. If you are a vegan who is looking forward to opening up your repertoire and not break the bank, this is the cookbook you need.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 24, 2008

    great cookbook

    I am a beginner to the vegan lifestyle. Every single recipe I've tried is delicious. I also appreciate they don't use too many obscure ingredients.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 8, 2008

    Haven't found a bad recipe yet!

    I've been vegetarian for over a year now, and have recently become interested in a vegan diet. I've tried 12 of the recipes so far and they have ALL turned out wonderfully! My mother, who always demands 'Where's the MEAT!' even truly enjoyed the meals. The recipe for the pizza dough is perfect, and I really loved the Fusili with Roasted Asparagus and Sun-dried Tomatoes. Living in South Dakota, which is not the most veg*n friendly state in the union, I have found nearly all the ingredients that the recipes call for to be readily accessible (which has been a challenge with some other veg*n cookbooks)

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  • Posted February 21, 2010

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    One of my top 5 fav cookbooks!

    I am mostly vegetarian (with the exception of an occasional piece of shrimp or fish) but I'm not adverse to eggs and cheese....although I try to limit those to keep fat and cholesterol down in my diet. I wanted to learn to cook vegan so that I could learn how to season vegetables without adding fat (ie: butter, cheese, etc.) I bought this book and it has been an excellent learning tool for me. The recipes have been terrific! Terrific means cookbooks that make me look like a good cook...and this one definitely fits the bill. This is a great book for vegans, but also if you're just trying to cook more veg in your meals with more flavor and without so much fat.... that actually still taste good. One of my top 5 I reach for when I'm looking for something new to cook. Your cookbook library needs this book!

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  • Posted August 22, 2009

    Fabulous Cookbook

    So far I have made 4 dishes from this cookbook and each one has been simple to prepare and delicious. I try to eat at least one vegan meal each day and this book is a tremendous resource. I am looking forward to trying many more recipes - every one looks enticing. Great variety of foods from salads to desserts, and lots of helpful nutritional information as well. Great value for the price.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 25, 2005

    Wonderful vegan cookbook!

    I've had this cookbook for about 6 months now and I refer to it frequently. I've enjoyed all the meals I've cooked from it, and know that it is one that I will refer to and use for many, many years to come. The recipes don't call for complicated or difficult to find ingredients - you can get almost all the ingredients at your local grocery store, and it's so rare to find a cookbook with so many recipes, at this price!! A great buy!

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  • Posted August 1, 2009

    All Vegans should own this one

    I have used this at least once a week for a fresh dinner idea when veggie burgers get old and I don't know what to cook. I used this when I first became a vegan because it gave ample justification for why one should choose whole grains or soy instead of meat. There is an excellent commentary on the benefits of the nutrients in a select dish. The dishes range from simple salads and soups to recipes that are gourmet preparations such as one would use for company or special events. Vegan Planet is also a great book to help the vegan cook prepare meals for non-vegans. My guests alawys ask for the recipe even if they are carnivores! Enjoy this mainstay in the vegan kitchen.

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  • Posted July 23, 2009

    Amazing Vegan Cookbook

    As a beginner vegan I was hesitant about giving up my regular diet but this cook book made it so easy to enjoy delicious vegan meals, desserts, and snacks. What I love most about this book however is that aside from the fabulous recipes its graces its fellow vegan pupils with it also provides helpful facts and information that every beginning vegan should have at their fingertips. So in one book your getting amazing recipes as well as a lifestyle guru with facts that were really the deciding factor for me.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 18, 2009

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    Delicious and Easy Recipes!

    This book is chock full of delicious and easy recipes. Try the sweet potato and black bean enchiladas (sounds weird, but is awesome!), and the Blushing Guacamole (a twist on a classic)!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 26, 2008

    Excellent Resource

    This was my first Vegan cookbook. I received it when I didn't think any Vegan cookbooks existed. I have now had it for many years. I absolutely love it. It is one of my favorites and I have used it many times with great results. It's one of two cookbooks that I constantly refer to.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 1, 2006

    Happy, Diligent Vegan Cook

    I bought this book almost a year ago, and I've enjoyed cooking along to many recipes, especially the chapter entitled 'Dessert Heaven.' The recipes are easy to follow and include substitution ingredients when others are not available. This book has become my number one cookbook.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2004

    A little disappointing

    Granted I've only been a vegetarian for three weeks, but I've been cooking since I was tall enough to reach the top of the stove (let's just say over 50 years), but I'm a little disappointed by the recipes I've tried. The black bean croquettes dissolved in the skillet (made great refries though) and the zucchini bread recipe called for 3 cups of flour and mixed up so dry that I had to add more soy milk. I'll keep trying, but if I had my money back, I think I'd try a different title.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 25, 2003

    Thank your Robin Robertson!

    Dear Robin Robertson,<br> Thank you for writing your wonderful cookbooks. I have both Vegetarian Meat and Potatoes and Vegan Planet. I have been a vegetarian for 11 years and a vegan for a year and a half. Your cookbooks have truely enhanced the quality of our meals! The Black Bean and Sweet Potatoe Enchiladas are the most amazing things I have ever eaten. Last night I made the Pizza Bandiera and it was so good we ate the entire thing! Thanks for making it a pleasure to be a vegan and cook healthy, quick and easy meals. I have made ten recipes from the book so far and all have been outstanding. I am looking forward to trying all the rest of the recipes. I am taking a weeks vacation soon to do spring cleaning and stay home and cook. Take care and keep up the good work. If I could only have one cookbook in my kitchen I would choose Vegan Planet.<br> Sincerely,<br> Christina

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