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.