Thursday, June 17, 2021

Epic Vegan Quick and Easy: Simple One-Pot and One-Pan Plant-Based Recipes

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Epic Vegan Quick and Easy is a new cookbook for one-pan/pot plant based cooking by Dustin Harder. Due out 29th June 2021 from Quarto on their Fair Winds Press imprint, it's 192 pages and will be available in hardcover and ebook formats (ebook available now). 

I liked the casual humorous vibe here. The author is encouraging and supportive as well as presenting appealing food which can be prepared quickly and with a minimum of fuss. The dishes aren't too complex and none of them require esoteric ingredients or expensive tools.

The chapters are arranged logically and the recipes are grouped by theme: staples and recipes for ingredients are followed by appetizers/snacks, small bites, soups, sandwiches, lunch, main dishes, desserts and sweet treats. 

Ingredient measurements are supplied in American standard measurements with metric measures in parentheses (yay!). The nutritional information is not included. Extra tips or recipe alternatives are listed in the recipes. The recipes themselves are fairly straightforward and are made for the most part with easily sourced ingredients (not all though, some of the recipe ingredients are vegan substitutions for other products (butter, cheese, chorizo, etc)). Many are very simple, none of them are overly complex and they represent a refreshingly wide variety of world cuisines. There are a *lot* of one-bowl (Buddha bowl) type meals, so there are lots of variations or DIY dinner bowl possibilities. The author has also included a nice meal planning graphic for days when inspiration is difficult to find. 

The photography is abundant, although not all the recipes are accompanied by photos. The illustrations are colorful and appealing and serving suggestions are attractively styled and appetizing. 

Four stars - there are many recipes included which are perfectly accessible for beginning cooks and busy people. This would make a superlative choice for singles, college students, or younger folks cooking for one or two. There are abundant meal planning options to minimize food waste (and costs). 

Disclosure: I received an ARC at no cost from the author/publisher for review purposes. 

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