Book Review: The Great Chefs Cook Vegan by Linda Long

May 21st, 2009 by Jean Duane


Great Chefs Cook Vegan

Great Chefs Cook Vegan

Book Review: The Great Chefs Cook Vegan by Linda Long
Linda Long is a gifted food photographer who happens live a vegan lifestyle. She approached 25 renowned chefs to contribute recipes for this beautiful compilation. Vegan is usually considered the most healthful, healing way to eat, and certainly earth-friendly, and this cookbook takes vegan cooking to a new level. It shows beautiful foods made using sophisticated techniques yielding show-stopping dishes.
Chefs include Alex Stratta, Jose Andres, Marcus Samuelsson, Terrance Brennan, Thomas Keller, Gabriel Kreither, Jason Cunningham, Cat Cora and more. Each contributed a three or four-course vegan meal. Main dish selections include Basque Veggie Kabobs with Key Lime Sauce, Warm Heriloom Tomatoes with Fava Beans and Crisp Squash Blossoms, Vegetable Carousel Torte with Pomme Souffles filled with Peas and Eggplant and Vanilla Puree, Chinese Broccoli and Fried Tofu ?Cutlet? among many others.
Some of the desserts are breathtaking such as the Cantaloupe Truffle Bar with Soy Caramel and Spearmint ice. Or the Warm Venezuelan Chocolate Cake with Merlot Infused Cherries, Lemon Bergamot and Chocolate Gelato. Or the Kiwi Parfait made with soy yogurt and curried cashews. Or Gratin of Berries with Tahitian Vanilla Bean and Dark Rum to name a few.
The photography is magnificent. Full page color photos display completed recipes on a white background ? making the foods look almost three-dimensional. The reader may feel like grabbing a fork. When using plant-based foods, presentation and plating is enhance with the wide-variety of colors and textures.
Recipes use many familiar fruits, vegetables, grains, beans and nuts. Some unusual ingredients used in the recipes include celery root, fennel, Maracona almonds, star anise, blood oranges, baby arugula, squash blossoms, and rubarb — broadening any cook?s array of foods. Directions are clear and easy to follow. The home cook will be inspired to incorporate these dishes into their repertoire. And those looking for a wonderful culinary experience can seek out these chefs.
Though not gluten free, recipes could be easily converted to adapt to a host of dietary restrictions, allergies and the GFCF diet. It is one to consider adding to your collection. Great Chefs Cook Vegan is published by Gibbs Smith, Hardcover $35.00, September, 2008. (c)Alternative Cook, LLC 2009. All Rights Reserved.

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6 Responses to “Book Review: The Great Chefs Cook Vegan by Linda Long”

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