Vegan Yum Yum: Decadent (But Doable) Animal-Free Recipes for Entertaining and Everyday

Vegan Yum Yum: Decadent (But Doable) Animal-Free Recipes for Entertaining and Everyday

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by Lauren Ulm
     
 

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Put the yum into your meals with more than 85 mouthwatering vegan recipes!

When Lauren Ulm went vegan, she faced the typical onslaught of questions from acquaintances
and more than the occasional wince from unsuspecting dinner guests. Vowing to
prove that vegan food can be decadent and delicious—and not a bland stand-in for 'normal'
food—she

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Put the yum into your meals with more than 85 mouthwatering vegan recipes!

When Lauren Ulm went vegan, she faced the typical onslaught of questions from acquaintances
and more than the occasional wince from unsuspecting dinner guests. Vowing to
prove that vegan food can be decadent and delicious—and not a bland stand-in for 'normal'
food—she created a blog, veganyumyum.com. What began as a hobby became an obsession,
winning her not only legions of vegan and non-vegan foodie fans, but also the 2008 Best
Veggie Blog Award from VegNews magazine.

Here in her debut cookbook, Lauren shows that vegan food is anything but dull, with her creative
and quirky twists on everything from crowd-pleasing appetizers to indulgent desserts, from easy
weekend breakfasts to speedy weeknight dinners, plus holiday- and company-worthy fare you can
serve with pride.

Blueberry Waffles with Lemon Icing • Strawberry Rhubarb Coffee Cake • Stuffed Banana Berry French Toast
Sweet Chili Lime Tofu • Tahini Lemon Rice and Beans • Corn Fritters • Eggplant and Basil Stuffed Tomatoes
Creamy Tomato Barley Risotto • Crispy Sesame Kale • Moroccan Spiced Root Vegetable Home Fries • Smoky Miso
Tofu Sandwiches • Cannellini Bean Soup with Pan-fried Croutons • Chinese Broccoli Wontons in Ginger-Soy Sauce
Chipotle Basil Corn Chowder • Baked Mac and Cheeze • Gnocchi with Thyme Vinaigrette • Lime Peanut Noodles
with Seitan, Kale, and Carrots • and much more . . .

With most ingredients both readily available and budget-friendly, Vegan Yum Yum shows anyone
how to go gourmet the vegan way.

Editorial Reviews

elephant journal
"My one week experiment with veganism, inspired by Lauren Ulm's book Vegan Yum Yum, was a revelation to me. I not only survived, but thrived without dairy and meat in my diet... Vegan Yum Yum has a huge range of inspiring recipes. The photo of the seitan black corn bean burger is pure, classy food porn that makes its carnivorous rivals in the fast food ads look like cheap white trash. I was worried about what the desserts would be like as I'm usually a cream fiend, but I need not have feared as I fell head over heels for the blueberry grunts recipe."

--Jackie Gorman, elephant journal
— Jackie Gorman

elephant journal - Jackie Gorman
"My one week experiment with veganism, inspired by Lauren Ulm's book Vegan Yum Yum, was a revelation to me. I not only survived, but thrived without dairy and meat in my diet... Vegan Yum Yum has a huge range of inspiring recipes. The photo of the seitan black corn bean burger is pure, classy food porn that makes its carnivorous rivals in the fast food ads look like cheap white trash. I was worried about what the desserts would be like as I'm usually a cream fiend, but I need not have feared as I fell head over heels for the blueberry grunts recipe."

--Jackie Gorman, elephant journal

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780757395987
Publisher:
Health Communications, Incorporated
Publication date:
01/01/2010
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Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
304
File size:
5 MB

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Introduction


When I started my blog, veganyumyum.com, in late 2006, I never dreamed it would turn into a book. In fact, I never really even imagined anyone would read the blog. I'd post a recipe with a photo, and I was absolutely dumbfounded one day when someone commented on the site to say they had made a recipe and liked it.

My original goal was that other vegans would find my recipes helpful and tasty. I certainly know what it's like to stand in front of the refrigerator without a clue about what to make. I also hoped that nonvegans would stop by, and the whole idea of vegan food, if they weren't already familiar with it, wouldn't seem so bad. I wanted nonvegans to see my food and think, 'Yum, I could really go for that!' as opposed to, 'Ugh, vegans.'

Once people find out that my husband and I are vegan, they proceed to ask us a lot of questions (I'm sure you've fielded these questions as well, if you're vegan). Some of the questions involve ethics, factory farming practices, and hypothetical 'But would you eat eggs if . . .' situations, but one question persists: What on earth do you eat?

While I rattle off the list, what most people usually picture is unappetizing steamed vegetables, a pile of beans with a sprig of parsley on top, and a block of wobbly tofu. They either haven't had any experience with vegan food or the experience they had wasn't a good one.

When I first went vegan three years ago, it was a bit of a mystery to me, too. I was totally amazed that you didn't need eggs and dairy for baking, and that the resulting treat tasted just as good. Or that with a little imagination and a few swaps, you could make decadent things like doughnuts, cupcakes, and a macaroni and cheese that rivaled my mom's and weren't just pathetic vegan stand-ins for the 'real' versions. It was then that I became sort of obsessed with creating vegan food, both savory and sweet—recipes that would be enjoyed by even the staunchest carnivores.

Now my husband and I have a running joke; whenever I make something ridiculously over-the-top and decadent, we chow down with glee and declare as sarcastically as possible to each other, 'Man, it sure sucks to be vegan! I'm so hungry and unsatisfied!'

Would I want each and every person to try a vegan doughnut and declare him or herself a vegan convert? Sure. A much more attainable goal, however, is much less dramatic. I want to provide vegans with an armory of fantastic recipes they can serve to their friends and family with pride.

If you've just gone vegan and find yourself in need of kitchen skills—fast—I want you to have a book full of step-by-step recipes that will make you feel like a pro in no time. And I'd simply like people not to cringe when I tell them the cupcake I'm offering them happens to be vegan. You don't have to be a vegan to eat like a vegan. You don't have to be a vegan to put together a vegan meal. You don't have to be vegan to like vegan food! I really, truly hope this book convinces people of these things. And, of course, if you are convinced, I hope going vegan is something that you seriously consider.



Confessions of a Vegan Foodie


Confession time: I'm not a chef, and I've never been to cooking school. All of the photographs in this book were taken by me. The food pictured here was made in my tiny kitchen and eaten by my husband and me immediately after photographing it (even if sometimes it was slightly colder by the time we finally got to eat it). I point these things out because I think it's important for you to know you can make food that looks and tastes just as good. It's all real food you can make in your kitchen, starting today. You don't need to be a chef or a food stylist to sit down to meals like these.

My point is that great food is just that—great! A lot of great food is vegan, and you can make it for yourself starting here. Bon appétit!


What to Expect When You Go Vegan

If you're thinking about going vegan, congrats! I know it seems like a big change, and it is. But it's not as hard as you think. You'll probably be curious to try the vegan versions of your old favorites. Vegan cheese, vegan milks, vegan meats. It can get expensive, and I guarantee you it'll be at least somewhat disappointing. The best advice I can give you is to focus on fresh, whole foods at first. But that doesn't mean you shouldn't give some of the specialty products a shot; you never know what you like until you try. But stay open-minded and take the time to learn how to make foods that you really love, not poor imitations of foods you no longer eat. That's the secret to being vegan and loving it.

That being said, there are a few specialty products that I can recommend that might make your transition easier.


• Earth Balance Margarine:
Most margarines have whey in them. Earth Balance is 100% vegan, and in my experience, the very best butter replacement there is.

• Silk Soymilk:
Everyone has their favorite soy milk. It really is worth it to try different brands to see what your favorite is. Personally, I find Silk to have the best flavor and texture, and it won't curdle in your coffee like other nondairy milks can. The refrigerated version is different than the nonrefrigerated version. Personally, I like the refrigerated one.

• Vegenaise Mayonnaise:
This one is by far the winner when it comes to vegan mayo. There are other brands out there, but this is the only one I buy
.
• Tofutti Better Than Cream Cheese and Sour Cream:
Tofutti makes a killer cream cheese and sour cream. Other brands just don't stack up in my opinion.

• Vegan Cheeses:
There are all sorts of cheeses out there. Many are pretty gross. My three favorite cheeses are Teese, Sheese, and Dr. Cow. Teese cheese is made by the Chicago Soydairy. It melts fabulously, so it's great for anything you'd normally put mozzarella on. Sheese cheese has a wonderful cheesy flavor (I love the smoked cheddar!), but it doesn't melt, so it's best on crackers or in sandwiches. Dr. Cow makes wonderful, hand-crafted nut cheeses that don't have any scary ingredients in them, perfect for a gourmet treat.

• Nutritional Yeast:
I had no idea what nutritional yeast was before I went vegan. You'll find that most vegans use it and love it. Not only is it a nutritional supplement (offering a full assortment of B vitamins, including a vegan source of B12), but it also lends what most people describe as a 'cheesy' flavor to your food. I disliked it at first, but now I use it quite frequently. Give it a shot on some salted popcorn as an experiment!


There are all sorts of wonderful and delicious foods out there (and in this book!) that will show you what being vegan is all about. You can be compassionate to the planet without giving up great food. It's a myth that vegan food is boring, flavorless, and uninspired. No one has to choose between compassionate living and delicious meals. You can be the best cook your family and friends know, and not in spite of you being vegan—but because you are.



©2009. Lauren Ulm. All rights reserved. Reprinted from Vegan Yum Yum. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system or transmitted in any form or by any means, without the written permission of the publisher. Publisher: Health Communications, Inc., 3201 SW 15th Street, Deerfield Beach, FL 33442

Meet the Author

Lauren Ulm, "Lolo," is a vegan foodie and founder of veganyumyum.com who lives in Boston with her husband and two cats. She is not a chef, has never been to culinary school, and she's not a professional photographer (but she has fun pretending!) When she went vegan in 2002, the kitchen became her favorite room in the house, and still is today. She has appeared on The Martha Stewart Show and has been featured in Vegetarian Times. Visit veganyumyum.hcibooks.com

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Stormy_L More than 1 year ago
This book has been in print since 2009 - why am I the first to review it? This book is an AMAZING cookbook filled with tons of full-color pictures. I'm someone who needs a picture to go alone with a recipe so I know what the finished dish is supposed to look like. Most of the vegan cookbooks I found at B&N don't have many pictures - this book is filled with amazing pictures that Lauren Ulm took herself in her own home! How cool is that?! Even if you aren't vegan, this book is jam-packed full of innovative recipes that anyone would enjoy trying. It goes beyond the usual "veggies ... tofu ... stir it up and that's dinner" approach that I find from many vegan cookbooks. The recipes cover basic "American" fare like vegan mac & cheese to Japanese dishes like Onigiri. Super yum! If you are vegan, want to try vegan, or just want to try a more healthy way of eating - buy this book. It may not look glamorous on the outside, it may not have a thousand 5-star reviews, but I'm telling you - buy it, and you will not be disappointed.
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The recipes are easy to follow, the food is excellent and not intimidating. There are a good range of recipes from breakfast foods to dinner and sandwiches. My husband and I are new to the vegan world and have been extremely pleased with every recipe that we have tried so far.
Aphros More than 1 year ago
I should start this review off by saying that I have been Vegan for about 5 months now. Prior to that I had eaten my share of meat, cheese and the like and I have always LOVED going out to eat to satisfy my appetite with rich and delicious foods. When I became Vegan, I thought I was in for a life of plain, boring and slightly weird-tasting versions of the "real thing"...or I would have to eat lots and lots of salad. However, I have been so excited to find this wonderful world of DELICIOUS vegan food, and this book, "Vegan Yum Yum" is by far my favorite. With that said...I first found the Vegan Yum Yum Trio (iphone app, blog and cookbook) when I was looking to see if anyone made a vegan app for the iphone. I was pleasantly surprised to find Vegan Yum Yum and proceeded to make several of the recipes. I then found the blog and the cookbook. Everything I have made from Lauren Ulm has been nothing short of delicious! I recently held a vegan brunch for my girlfriends at my house (none of them are vegan or even vegetarian) and they all loved everything! Even my husband loves this food...which is nothing short of a miracle. My favorites from Lauren's book are the Hurry Up Alfredo (I make this about twice a week) and the Chard Florentine on Toast Points. I am slowly working my way through the book and it has made my life so much tastier for having found it! Thank you, Lauren!!!! You rock!!
mflaherty More than 1 year ago
Every recipe I have tried so far has been delicious. This is my new favorite vegan cookbook. Yum Yum is the perfect name.
Britty More than 1 year ago
I've only had this book for a week and have already made more recipes from it than any other cookbook I own. They are all delicious and the beautiful photographs really make you want to cook! I love this book, my new favorite and I own 15+ vegan cookbooks.
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Whether for Vegan or non-vegan eaters, this book is fun and delicious.
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