Veganmofo 2009 – Candle Cafe Cookbook

I’ve begun to realise as I work through my Mofo book reviews, that I’ve got an awful lot of vegan cookbooks that I like but haven’t made all that much from. I suppose that’s not necessarily a bad thing. I cook from magazines, TV programmes, blogs and websites as well as books, and I’ve done such a lot of testing that I haven’t needed to look at books much for ages. This book is typical of the many books where I look through now and wonder why on earth I haven’t made more from it.

There’s a few pictures in a chunk in the middle and there’s quite a range of recipes from simpler dishes to some which need a bit more attention. I made the lasagne a long time ago and remember it being rich but tasty. The rocket and pear salad with raspberry vinaigrette made a stunning looking starter with our Christmas dinner a few years back. There’s a lovely looking chapter on burgers, sandwiches and wraps and I can’t believe I haven’t tried the cornmeal-crusted tempeh or seitan piccata which both look divine.

Any favourites?


7 thoughts on “Veganmofo 2009 – Candle Cafe Cookbook

  1. I don’t have this one either, but it’s on my list. I’d die to eat at the Candle Cafe someday. I also have a lot of books that sit on the shelf quite neglected. I should start taking part in those PPK cookbook challenges.

  2. I have looked at this book off and on over the years, and somehow resisted buying it. (I know… so unlike me…) During my NYC days, I had many meals at Candle, which were very good. They used to do a club salad that was excellent. I wonder if it is in the book?

  3. The Indian Wraps were lovely, quite a bit of work and you only need half the marniade as it makes tons but it’s great. I thickend the marinade last night for gravy over a rice bowl (all the stuff from the wrap but without a wrap!) and it was gorgous!

    I also love the Asian Baked Tofu, very tasty!

    There are quite a few I want to try from the book but haven’t gotten around to yet but it seems pretty reliable so I’m looking forward to trying more!

  4. i’ve made a few things but one that stands out is the vegetable pot pie. i forget what they title the recipe. maybe savory vegetable pie? anyway, it has rocked the world of vegan and omnis alike. it calls for tofu, but i’ve also used seitan. great for holiday gatherings, etc.

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