Monday, February 1, 2016

Light-year Cookbook Reviews: Vegan under pressure

Cookbook reviews shouldn't take a year, in my speed of light summaries I'll do it in less than 365 words! Even if you read one word a day, you will have at least .25 days left. I give you the "skinny" for every cookbook on some key points:
  • What is the aim of the book
  • How pretty it is
  • How readable the recipes are
  • How feasible the recipes are
  • How well the book supports good health (the horrible pun comes back around!)
  • Is the book good for vegetarians? 
  • Is the book good for vegans?

    Today we have Vegan Under Pressure: Perfect Vegan Meals Made Quick and Easy in Your Pressure Cooker by Jill Nussinow


    This cookbook aims to set up a corpus of vegan dishes that can be made quickly and simply using a pressure cooker. It is designed for the home chef.


    The book has nice photography and a clean visual style with simple lines and pleasing colors. Visual cues are used frequently. There are call-outs for cook times that are in the same position for every recipe.


    Fonts are large enough to read and in legible fonts. Recipe instructions are clearly numbered with relatively short entries. The tables for cooking single ingredients are exhaustive but easy to read.


    Nothing in the recipes are too complicated. Most recipes involve prepping vegetables, a short saute of onions, and then pressure cooking. Aforementioned cook time call-outs make it easy to check how long to set the timer from a few feet away


    Health is not the central focus, but pressure cooking recipes are naturally lower in fat--here the author uses at most 2 tablespoons of oil in any recipe. The simple trick to saute onions in water instead would remove 90% of the oil.


    See vegan, below.


    The central focus of the book is a vegan diet. All recipes are vegan, including the use of naturally-derived sugars. Most recipes are edible meat eaters would eat, but aren't adding lots of heavily processed fake meats. Clearly these recipes were built up from scratch, instead of trying to convert meat-centric recipes.

    If you would like to buy this book, please consider using the links in this post, a small bit trickles back to me if you do.

    Sometimes I receive complimentary copies of books I review, in this case I did not. I will always disclose this, but all opinions are always my own.

    Suggestions? Want to point me toward a book? Feel free to comment here, or ask me on twitter @RedHealthPotion.

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