Sunday, May 31, 2009

Vegan Brunch: An Unsolicited Review

Although I am still convinced that vegan cupcakes will indeed take over the world, I am now starting to think that vegan brunch is also key to global domination. Case in point: the Mother's Day brunch I hosted was enjoyed by vegan and non vegan alike (even the tofu!). So, I was very excited to hear that Isa had a new brunch book, and was even more excited when it came in the mail last week. First off, let me say this is probably the prettiest book Isa has put out--lots of great pics, soft pastel colour schemes on the pages, and multi-colour text. The layout and design are also nicely done, with most recipes taking up one page so they are easy to follow while cooking. But the real test, of course, is the food.
First up: pancakes and pumpkin french toast. The pancakes are a repeat from Vegan With a Vengeance, but who cares? These are still the best pancakes around, vegan or not, hands down. The french toast was also spectacular--soft and moist with the perfect spice blend to complement the maple syrup.
Joining the brunch party were these baked hash browns. The great thing about these is that your house does not have to smell like frying oil, and you can put them in the oven and forget about them while you make the rest of brunch.
Finally, Tofu Benny. I have never had eggs benedict so I have no idea if this is a good likeness or not. But I also don't care. This dish is so amazing it has now become one of my brunch staples. Mine doesn't look half as nice as the picture in the book, but it tastes great. I am definitely going to use the hollandaise sauce for other things, too.

So from just this small sampling I am declaring Vegan Brunch a winner. I am looking forward to many awesome brunches to come.

21 comments:

Jan Scholl said...

Were you able to find black salt? I saw it at Whole Foods but 21.00 is not leaving my wallet for it. I need to look around more. Mostly I am curious about it. I love this cookbook and got my copy about 2 weeks ago. With the whole GM meltdown, I am not spending much money but decided this book was worth going without something else.

Mary said...

That all looks so delicious! I've never tried Isa's pancake recipe, but they look so fluffy!

Mary said...

That all looks so delicious! I've never tried Isa's pancake recipe, but they look so fluffy!

panda with cookie said...

The muffins are all delicious, as well. I have to try the hashbrowns soon.

yasmin said...

The tofu omelets are really good too. Thanks for the review; you've encouraged me to check out more of the recipes.

Vegan Dad said...

Jan,
I have never seen black salt around here, though I would like to try it.

Amey said...

yummy fun!
I've made lots of things from the new book, but not any of the things you've made. So far, everything I've made has been really delicious!
:)

Capital Mom said...

The Tofu Benny looks awesome. Thanks for the review.

Just.Kate said...

Oi vay, I *need* this cookbook. Thank you for reaffirming the fact that I need to sell furniture for cookbook money. :D

Sal said...

i keep seeing such great food porn from this book! that french toast looks amazing and i want baked hash browns too now!

VeganLinda said...

I loooovvvveee brunch. I have been trying not to buy any new cookbooks, but now you've put me over the edge. I have to buy Vegan Brunch!

Miss Mabel said...

You deserve that snow! Your review made me pick up the brunch book today, thus feeding my vegan cookbook addiction!

I've never been happy with any of the faux-egg recipes I've tried so I hope to discover something nice in here. And you're right, it's beeootiful.

bubbasmama said...

thank you for the review! we LOVE VWV and VCTOTW so are hoping this 'book will be just as awesome!!

kmouse said...

Wow!!! Amazing looking brunch! Good job Vegan Dad!

Anonymous said...

I found black salt in an indian food store, only $1.42 for half a cup of it. It does have a sulfur-y smell, and made the omelets taste fairly eggy. But they would be fine without this black salt, too.

Joelle said...

Wow, that book looks really good. I mean, that food looks really good. I think I should add that book to my vegan cookbook collection...

Sidhe-Ra said...

I've been enjoying the heck out of the book, too. We picked it up on the day it came out (I work at a bookshop, so it was even convient), and made the grits, some roasted potatoes, and tempeh bacon. I agree that there are repeats, but I think that they're updated well (like the aforementioned tempeh bacon).

Anonymous said...

About black salt (kala namak), I live in Oklahoma and thought I'd never find such a specialty item. I almost placed a very expensive order on Amazon, but thought at the last minute about our small Indian grocery store. I bought two packages of black salt there for $2.49 each. Worth a try. And SO worth the effort to make tofu more like eggs.

Anonymous said...

You could find black salt in Indian markets. My jar was pretty cheap at $3. Your benedict looks pretty good compared to the one in the book.

happyherbivore.com said...

I just got my copy from the publisher - excited to review it. :) esp now after seeing this posting.

Clay said...

Just tried the pancakes and I agree; they're the best vegan pancakes I've had. Can't believe there's no egg replacer yet they retain the fluffy texture of a normal pancake, even crispy on the outside! My new staple pancake recipe!!!