I’ve been asked to write a review on the cookbook Veganomicon by Isa Chandra Moskowitz and Terry Hope Romero. One of the things I feared most about turning Vegan is that I would have to give up some of my favorite foods and most of the items wouldn’t be Core. This is not so. When I found Veganomicon, I read the line “most foods are made with staples in your pantry” and that caught my eye. Though the trend of hardly any photographs in cookbooks are becoming quite common, this book has a few in the middle, and from what I have tried — every recipe is a winner.


tempeh & broccoli rabe


Spicy Tempeh & Broccoli Rabe was among my favorites in the book. I knew as soon as I saw the photo that I wanted to try this recipe first. It was made to taste like an Italian sausage & pasta dish. It was both delicious and totally Core. The bitterness of the broccoli rabe (if you don’t care for broccoli rabe, you can just sub. regular broccoli) and the tart taste of the tempeh paired with the mild gentleness of the pasta was really a wonderful, magical explosion in my mouth.




Seitan is either a hit or a miss.. some of the recipes are too soggy or too chewy.. there is seldom a fail-proof way to make seitan edible yourself — especially for the first time cook. This recipe for a simple homemade seitan was fail proof and easy! I topped mine with some brown gravy (pts) and used corn and a side salad to marry the flavors. The seitan was wonderful! Not too chewy, not too tough, crispy on the outside, and tender enough to cut with a knife and fork.


Some of the recipes in this book require some tweaking to make them Core but this is easily done with very little work needed and those recipes that aren’t come in very low in points for the Core user. So the bottom line is this.. if you are looking for a delicious Vegan or nearly completely Core cookbook.. this is for you! Every food is mouth-watering.. every recipe delicious. You won’t go wrong with Veganomicon.


5 Stars!

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