Veganmofo 2009 – Great chefs cook vegan

As you’ve probably gathered I’m a fan of books that involve a lot of cooking and produce stunning results, so I was really excited to get my hands on this book. The author approached lots of famous (in the US) chefs and asked them to produce a creative vegan meal, then compiled them all into a book. So how did they do?

Well, there’s no denying that it’s a beautifully published book. The photos are mouth watering. But as yet I’ve not made anything at all from it. Why? Well, maybe I’d be more inspired if I knew more about the chefs. This is my fault not the book’s, but I’d only heard of 2 of the chefs. I’d be extremely interested to see a British version with chefs I know more about.  Also, many of the recipes so obviously rely on really high quality ingredients and I can tell that they wouldn’t work at all with the versions I can get hold of here – for example, if a dish uses best quality heirloom tomatoes as a centrepiece, a greenhouse tomato from a local supermarket just will not do. I also can’t get hold of quite a few of the ingredients such as a variety of fresh wild mushrooms, or certain vegetables such as sorrel, jicama and salsify.

I fully intend to try something from this book and I’m glad I bought it just because it’s so beautiful, but it’s not the inspiration I thought it would be. If you’re looking for a vegan cookbook with wonderful recipes that you can slave over, I recommend an Eric Tucker book instead.

Has anyone made anything from this book? I’d love to hear about it.


10 thoughts on “Veganmofo 2009 – Great chefs cook vegan

  1. I thought a lot of the chefs in this book didn’t really try very hard. I got it from the library and am very glad I didn’t spend any money on it. I’d rather use the Millenium books. Those are much more do-able projects!

  2. sadly, I can’t help. I have this book too… and haven’t ever made anything from it. First of all, I have to say that not many of the recipes really call out to me. Secondly, they are so complicated. But I know one day inspiration will strike. Maybe I”ll go take a peek now… it’s been a long while since I looked in there!

  3. I’ve heard about this book, but never seen it. I’d love to flip through and look at the recipes. When it comes to cooking, I’d much rather fix comfort/soul food than gourmet artsy dishes. But I do love to look at pretty food pics.

  4. I made the cauliflower steak, but I made it before the book came out and it had a different puree. It was really good. I think some of the breakfast recipes look pretty nice and doable.

    • I think of this as a “coffee table” book. It’s beautiful to look at but not practical to cook from – perhaps for a special anniversary dinner some day…

  5. I have a copy of this book, but I haven’t made anything from it either. (With the two little ones I rarely have time to get THAT involved.) Gorgeous photography, though… I’m going to look at it for inspiration when my husband’s and my anniversary rolls around again.

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