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From the author of Vegan Soul Kitchen: ingredients that inspire, unique recipes, and menus for everyday feasts. Marking his 10-year anniversary working to create a healthy, just, and sustainable food system, Bryant Terry offers more than just a collection of recipes. In the spirit of jazz jam sessions and hip hop ciphers, The Inspired Vegan presents a collage of food, stor From the author of Vegan Soul Kitchen: ingredients that inspire, unique recipes, and menus for everyday feasts. Marking his 10-year anniversary working to create a healthy, just, and sustainable food system, Bryant Terry offers more than just a collection of recipes. In the spirit of jazz jam sessions and hip hop ciphers, The Inspired Vegan presents a collage of food, storytelling, music, and art. Bryant shares his favorite preparation / cooking techniques and simple recipes -- basics to help strengthen your foundation for home cooking and equip you with tools for culinary improvisation and kitchen creativity. He also invites you to his table to enjoy seasonal menus inspired by family memories, social movements, unsung radical heroes, and visions for the future. Ultimately, The Inspired Vegan will help you become proficient in creating satisfying meals that use whole, fresh, seasonal ingredients and are nutritionally balanced -- and full of surprising, mouthwatering flavor combinations.


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From the author of Vegan Soul Kitchen: ingredients that inspire, unique recipes, and menus for everyday feasts. Marking his 10-year anniversary working to create a healthy, just, and sustainable food system, Bryant Terry offers more than just a collection of recipes. In the spirit of jazz jam sessions and hip hop ciphers, The Inspired Vegan presents a collage of food, stor From the author of Vegan Soul Kitchen: ingredients that inspire, unique recipes, and menus for everyday feasts. Marking his 10-year anniversary working to create a healthy, just, and sustainable food system, Bryant Terry offers more than just a collection of recipes. In the spirit of jazz jam sessions and hip hop ciphers, The Inspired Vegan presents a collage of food, storytelling, music, and art. Bryant shares his favorite preparation / cooking techniques and simple recipes -- basics to help strengthen your foundation for home cooking and equip you with tools for culinary improvisation and kitchen creativity. He also invites you to his table to enjoy seasonal menus inspired by family memories, social movements, unsung radical heroes, and visions for the future. Ultimately, The Inspired Vegan will help you become proficient in creating satisfying meals that use whole, fresh, seasonal ingredients and are nutritionally balanced -- and full of surprising, mouthwatering flavor combinations.

30 review for The Inspired Vegan: Seasonal Ingredients, Creative Recipes, Mouthwatering Menus

  1. 5 out of 5

    7jane

    This book continues Terry's recipes with a great theme: 12 seasonal menus with various themes, celebrating past history, human rights, great people, certain cities/countries. And not just African heritage stuff here, but also Asian, and combined. At the start there's an inspiration list for making this book, and throughout in recipes are soundtrack recommendations, sometimes also including books and films. The stories before each section are great in raising awareness on rights and importance of This book continues Terry's recipes with a great theme: 12 seasonal menus with various themes, celebrating past history, human rights, great people, certain cities/countries. And not just African heritage stuff here, but also Asian, and combined. At the start there's an inspiration list for making this book, and throughout in recipes are soundtrack recommendations, sometimes also including books and films. The stories before each section are great in raising awareness on rights and importance of food. The book starts with basics: techniques, some basic recipes (sauces, spice mixes...), tips and ideas. Interlude follows where we get menu recipes listed by type - the author recommends us to dare to mix and match recipes, not just follow whole menus. This is a great way to see what's in there. The photos are grouped in the middle, showing some of the recipes' foods/drinks. Some of my favorites were: Paprika peanuts, Savoury grits with sautéed broad beans roasted fennel & thyme, Minted citrus sweet tea, Rustic johnny cakes with caramellized onion relish, Saag tofu, Cardamom-saffron sweet lassi with candied cashews, Bright-black fingerling potatoes with frash plum-tomato ketchup, Raspberry-lime ice pops, Sliced cucumber & mint salad, Wet jollof rice with carrots cabbage & parsley-garlic paste, Crunchy chopped salad with creamy herb dressing, Smoky tomatoes roasted plaintains & crumbled tempeh, Mexican chocolate pudding & agave-coated pepitas, Jerk tempeh with cilantro sauce, Double garlic rice, Garlic-braised gai laan (broccoli), Kumquat-tangerine-meyer lemonade, Tofu with peanuts roasted in chilli oil, Cajun-creole-spiced mixed nuts, Red beans with thick gravy & roasted garlic. This book was a joy to read, tasty and awareness-raising. The themes are great, and the interlude's idea of making your own menu is great. Another great book from the author. :)

  2. 5 out of 5

    Kathryn

    First of all, Bryant Terry seems like a really cool guy! You can tell just from that photo on the cover. That hat! That smile! That posture! Reading his introduction, I can tell that he also seems like a very intelligent, compassionate and cultured individual. It is his hope that this book becomes more than just a cookbook, that it will spark readers' interest in history, culture, music, films, and learning more about "food justice" and how what we eat affects not only our bodies but our communi First of all, Bryant Terry seems like a really cool guy! You can tell just from that photo on the cover. That hat! That smile! That posture! Reading his introduction, I can tell that he also seems like a very intelligent, compassionate and cultured individual. It is his hope that this book becomes more than just a cookbook, that it will spark readers' interest in history, culture, music, films, and learning more about "food justice" and how what we eat affects not only our bodies but our community and Earth. He also hopes to raise awareness that not everyone has access to healthy, fresh foods and to inspire change in this. I admire what he is doing. I think it's really neat that almost every recipe has an accompanying "play list" for music, some suggestions for related reading, films, etc. And I appreciate his commitment to honoring his heritage and some crusaders in food movements and the civil rights movement. He even names some of his recipes after famous individuals, such as Ida B. Limeade (after Ida B. Wells, civil rights activist) and "Bloody Sunday" (instead of Bloody Mary; after the tragic "Bloody Sunday" civil rights incident). That said, I am always a bit uncomfortable when vegan cookbooks cross the line from food to politics. Not that they shouldn't--as I said, I applaud Terry for his efforts--but I do fear that it might alienate some of those who are just testing the vegan waters. Of course, it is all up to each author and what his/her ultimate goal is and the audience he/she wants to reach. Some people are going to love those elements. I guess I just feel that sometimes it's hard enough for people just to make a diet change, let alone to worry that you will be labeled for your choice. I think there is a general preconception about vegans that we are all liberal, hippie and/or activist types (and nothing wrong with being any of those things, but the universality is not the case at all-- yes, some are, but some aren't) so I think that for those who are not comfortable with that label, finding cookbooks that seem to speak as if we are all that way might be challenging as they first tackle the vegan journey. It might make them feel more lonely/alienated. Hopefully libraries will contain a good balance of both types of vegan cookbooks so that everyone can find books that appeal to them and encourage them on the vegan journey. In this case, to have a book ask us to revisit history and explore deeper realms of politics and our community might just be too much for some. Not everyone wants to be reminded of heart-wrenching events in American history when we set about making dinner on a Saturday night. Again, this is not a criticism of Terry's book or his work, just a personal observation and information for those who might not find this book suitable to their comfort zone at present. Some people, though, are going to love these aspects! They are very well presented. That said, there is also much joy in this book. I loved reading the parts where Bryant included his new daughter into his plans and ideas. The dream he has of her grown-up and cooking some of the recipes is just beautiful! He wishes to inspire a sense of community and family and I love that. As for the recipes themselves, most of them were a bit beyond me. I don't think this is a book for the inexperienced or reluctant chef. Terry does try to make the recipes easy to follow, but some of the ingredients are just not in most of our pantries (and many people may not find them in their supermarkets!) For all of his efforts to bring quality fresh food to all communities, for now Bryant's book is definitely for those of us with easy access to a Whole Foods or similar grocery store. I haven't tried any of the recipes yet as this is due back at the library but I'm going to copy a few and try them later. I only marked a few that looked like ones I would actually make. Most of them looked too complicated. I would love to try them at a restaurant, but don't think I could make it at home. At least, not right now. The fusion of Asian and Southern foods will probably interest some cooks, and inhibit others.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Lisa (not getting friends updates) Vegan

    So, most of these recipes don’t appeal to me too, too much, although quite a few do, and I love that the author specifically encourages reader cooks to deviate from his recipes and make them their own. Big points from me for that! And, this is one of the few cookbooks where the whole is more than the sum of its parts. It’s meant to be read as a book, not just used to look up and make recipes. Great stories. At menus and recipes are suggested soundtracks and/or books and/or films. There are wonderf So, most of these recipes don’t appeal to me too, too much, although quite a few do, and I love that the author specifically encourages reader cooks to deviate from his recipes and make them their own. Big points from me for that! And, this is one of the few cookbooks where the whole is more than the sum of its parts. It’s meant to be read as a book, not just used to look up and make recipes. Great stories. At menus and recipes are suggested soundtracks and/or books and/or films. There are wonderful quotes and photos and musings and, as I’d said, interesting (very short) stories, and what are basically mini-op ed pieces and autobiography snippets. There are lots of food and cooking tips. It’s a fascinating read. And it’s 100% vegan, so I love that, of course. Most of the food/recipes photos are in a color section that appears in the center of the book. As far as the recipes go, they’re by season: spring, summer, autumn, winter. For me there is way too much coconut. I admit that for me, any coconut is too much. I like coconut milk okay in restaurant Thai dishes but at home I wouldn’t use coconut in any form. Some recipes do look great to me and some give me some ideas. The recipes are highly creative and include an interesting meld of ingredients. A few that particularly intrigue me are: Tortillas Stuffed with Swiss Chard, Currants, and Spicy Guacamole; Molasses, Miso, and Maple Candied Sweet Potatoes; Gingered Black Sesame-Seed Brittle; and Roasted Winter Vegetable Jambalaya, and Red Beans with Thick Gravy and Roasted Garlic. You get a bit of the idea. Many recipes contain some form of coconut and I didn’t list any of those. I suspect coconut lovers will really love this book. And, as the author has said, readers/cooks can alter the recipes so even for people like me who don’t like coconut or other included ingredients, they can be left out or substituted. I also appreciate the activism of this author, bringing healthy vegan food to others, often concentrating on areas that lack easily obtainable healthy food options. He’s a wonderful guy. It’s such an unusual book it’s hard to give lists of recipes or even show the contents but here they are (they’ll make sense as you read!): contents: basics, interlude, menus: spring, summer, autumn, winter, thanks, index, about Bryant, contributing artists, art credits I also enjoyed Bryant Terry's earlier cookbook Vegan Soul Kitchen: Fresh, Healthy, and Creative African-American Cuisine.

  4. 5 out of 5

    EdibleNotesReviews

    As author Bryant Terry admits, he is trying to be a part of the movement to 're-integrate' food with art, culture and community. The Inspired Vegan follows his earlier works in style and substance with the additions of hip music tracks, books, films and iconic cultural movements and individuals to a sweeping but very approachable mix of recipes. These additions are the simplest evidence of connecting food and a vegan lifestyle to the world around it and hopefully, the minimum anyone will take aw As author Bryant Terry admits, he is trying to be a part of the movement to 're-integrate' food with art, culture and community. The Inspired Vegan follows his earlier works in style and substance with the additions of hip music tracks, books, films and iconic cultural movements and individuals to a sweeping but very approachable mix of recipes. These additions are the simplest evidence of connecting food and a vegan lifestyle to the world around it and hopefully, the minimum anyone will take away from the book. At a deeper level Terry counters the thought that the foods in under-served communities and communities of color are an unhealthy fried and sugary mess. His work and recipes are a reflection of what these communities do and can do more of, in creative 'inspired' ways. You will not come across a vegan or vegan cookbook that does not have agenda; to change the world or to prevent cruelty or injustice for example, but Terry has dropped the finger-jabbing and chosen to change our thoughts about food, community, health and equality one delicious dish at a time. And we will all be better for it. Edible Notes received a copy of the book from the publisher and no additional compensation. Copyright 2012 ediblenotes.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Shanae

    I absolutely love The Inspired Vegan. I think the work Bryant Terry is doing in food and politics and among "minorities" is truly amazing. He is an admirable man doing admirable work and this cookbook, The Inspired Vegan is a fine example of his commitment to changing the way people eat, encouraging people to eat differently, and being as eco-friendly/responsible as possible. I got this as an ebook, but it's so great that I also want the physical copy. I fully intend to refer to it in the future. I absolutely love The Inspired Vegan. I think the work Bryant Terry is doing in food and politics and among "minorities" is truly amazing. He is an admirable man doing admirable work and this cookbook, The Inspired Vegan is a fine example of his commitment to changing the way people eat, encouraging people to eat differently, and being as eco-friendly/responsible as possible. I got this as an ebook, but it's so great that I also want the physical copy. I fully intend to refer to it in the future. The recipes all seem so amazing, I've only tried a few, but I plan to have them all. This is a great resource for vegetarians and vegans. I can't wait to get some of my friends reading it...I know they'll strongly consider vegetarianism once they see some of Terry's recipes. Also, the book is very user friendly and basic - just what I need. I'm still learning my way around the kitchen and I love that Terry does not omit any steps, like so many other authors, it makes me feel like he really cares that I get the recipe and get it so well that I feel comfortable remixing it in the future. The music accompaniments are also another fabulous idea of Terry and shows just how interconnected he is as a man, father, husband, chef, activist, vegan, etc. He provided me with a great deal of music, film, and books to explore this summer. I cannot fully express how amazing I think The Inspired Vegan: Seasonal Ingredients, Creative Recipes, Mouthwatering Menus is and I don't think I'll ever fully express the admiration I have for Bryant Terry. This is a cookbook I think everyone should have. I love it!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Blair

    I got this because I have Terry's Vegan Soul Kitchen and wanted to see some more of his work. Really impressive book - Terry has really strong beliefs and is politically savvy and involved. It's an interesting counterpoint to his dishes - you can fight for what you believe in in a number of different ways. I'm excited to try some of the items in here - I have a couple marked already and I'm expecting that they live up to the recipes in VSK. If they do, it's a definite winner. I got this because I have Terry's Vegan Soul Kitchen and wanted to see some more of his work. Really impressive book - Terry has really strong beliefs and is politically savvy and involved. It's an interesting counterpoint to his dishes - you can fight for what you believe in in a number of different ways. I'm excited to try some of the items in here - I have a couple marked already and I'm expecting that they live up to the recipes in VSK. If they do, it's a definite winner.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Nancy

    There's maybe 2 things in this book that is like to eat, and they don't even sound that special. I'm not a picky eater, either. The few pictures in the book didn't look tasty at all. There's maybe 2 things in this book that is like to eat, and they don't even sound that special. I'm not a picky eater, either. The few pictures in the book didn't look tasty at all.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Molly Walker

    I read Bryant Terry's cookbooks less for the recipes and more for his views the ethical and social justice issues surrounding food, particularly for low-income communities and POC. "As an ethical eater, I believe that it is my responsibility to ensure that 'cruelty-free' extends to all living beings. As a citizen, I stand up for justice and call for the fair treatment of all agricultural laborers who ensure we have the most abundant and diverse food supply on the globe." Yes, yes, YES. I read Bryant Terry's cookbooks less for the recipes and more for his views the ethical and social justice issues surrounding food, particularly for low-income communities and POC. "As an ethical eater, I believe that it is my responsibility to ensure that 'cruelty-free' extends to all living beings. As a citizen, I stand up for justice and call for the fair treatment of all agricultural laborers who ensure we have the most abundant and diverse food supply on the globe." Yes, yes, YES.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Natalie Ullmann

    Tasty, original, inspiring, creative, health. his instructions are somewhat complex...the mark of a true chef. But the ideas were compelling and expanded my understanding of what I could prepare as a vegan, and how I could prepare things.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Carol

    While he claims to have few or no hard to get items, his big city life comes through. The Asian market here didn't even carry all the items. And none of these recipes are "get it on the table quick." While he claims to have few or no hard to get items, his big city life comes through. The Asian market here didn't even carry all the items. And none of these recipes are "get it on the table quick."

  11. 5 out of 5

    Alicea Walley

    His recipes are tasty and great but complicated and take a while to cook.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Jessie Wheeler

    Love this guy! Great ideas, great recipes!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Viriam

    Very nice cookbook, thank you! really liked the sound track suggestions.

  14. 4 out of 5

    LaCelle

    Creative recipes with an interesting theme of pairing music and books with meals. I only wish there were color pictures. Color pictures in a cookbook are essential.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Davida

    I have not made anything from this cookbook yet but I absolutely love the format. Bryant gives a soundtrack and suggested reading to go with each recipe. Such a cool idea (maybe it's been done before...)--very inspiring and exciting. I'm eager to try it out but right now I'm having fun just reading it! Update: spent many hours last night making the jerk tempeh with cilantro sauce as well as the double-garlic rice. Woo boy. Don't really think it was worth it. Plus, Terry's writing, I discovered, i I have not made anything from this cookbook yet but I absolutely love the format. Bryant gives a soundtrack and suggested reading to go with each recipe. Such a cool idea (maybe it's been done before...)--very inspiring and exciting. I'm eager to try it out but right now I'm having fun just reading it! Update: spent many hours last night making the jerk tempeh with cilantro sauce as well as the double-garlic rice. Woo boy. Don't really think it was worth it. Plus, Terry's writing, I discovered, is the kind I don't really care for in cookbooks--a bit too precise and persnickety, like Deborah Madison or Martha Stewart. He gives instructions like "Remove the garlic from the pan with a fork and place on a paper-towel lined plate. Now, drain off about one tablespoon of the oil and save for another recipe." Come on! Who is really going to do that?! (Confession: I almost did. Then I wised up. I just left the oil in the pot and used it. Yummier that way.) TONS of prep for the tempeh and it was a bit sickening when it was done. Oh well. I still think this book is great to READ but maybe not to actually cook from. I am impressed by Terry's breadth of skill and knowledge but the actual recipes are not too practical, in my opinion.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Lara

    I like Bryant Terry so much! There aren't a lot of photos in this, and they're all stuck in the middle instead of with the recipes they illustrate, and they're honestly not that great anyway cause some of them are so dark you can't even tell what the heck's happening in them, but it kind of doesn't even matter to me because all the food just sounds so good, and I really love the stories he tells about food and how he draws in history and politics and culture and activism and social justice. Did I like Bryant Terry so much! There aren't a lot of photos in this, and they're all stuck in the middle instead of with the recipes they illustrate, and they're honestly not that great anyway cause some of them are so dark you can't even tell what the heck's happening in them, but it kind of doesn't even matter to me because all the food just sounds so good, and I really love the stories he tells about food and how he draws in history and politics and culture and activism and social justice. Did I mention the food all sounds really good? This book is set up into a number of themed menus, and I want to eat (and drink) all of them, with a bunch of friends in the back yard or around our tiny kitchen table, while listening to the musical accompaniments he suggests... Something about his style just totally works for me. It's not stuff I would just throw together on a week night in half an hour or less, which is definitely my usual modus operandi, but it's like the ultimate comfort food at home with loved ones that lives in my imagination. Or something. Anyway, I will definitely keep working my way through his cookbooks and looking forward to the next one he puts out!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Shannis Knight

    Now THIS is more like it: a vegan cookbook that celebrates the food a vegan CAN eat instead of trying to make fake versions of foods a vegan can't eat (fake meat products, I'm looking at you -- what is the POINT???). All sorts of delicious menus, lots of recipes based in African-American cooking styles, some inspired by traditional African dishes, some Asian-inspired dishes here and there. He does menus and talks a lot about mindful eating, and he even throws in music suggestions at the beginnin Now THIS is more like it: a vegan cookbook that celebrates the food a vegan CAN eat instead of trying to make fake versions of foods a vegan can't eat (fake meat products, I'm looking at you -- what is the POINT???). All sorts of delicious menus, lots of recipes based in African-American cooking styles, some inspired by traditional African dishes, some Asian-inspired dishes here and there. He does menus and talks a lot about mindful eating, and he even throws in music suggestions at the beginning of each menu section. He also divides the menus into seasons, so you can figure out what's going to work based on what veggies should be in season and available -- we are supermarket people out of necessity where we live, so this will be huge. I'm going to be cooking from this one a lot. Also Bryant Terry is sexy as hell. Which can't hurt.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Megan

    Finding a cookbook that I actually want to read is rare. Usually I just skip to the recipes that sound good and a lot of vegan cookbooks aren't all too inspiring to me (I eat meat, just not every day so I want veggie or vegan recipes that will really whet my and my partner's appetite. I'm excited to try some of the recipes in hear and will be seeking out Terry's other cookbooks as well. But this book is more than just another cookbook, it's stories and inspiration from a man who is deep in the f Finding a cookbook that I actually want to read is rare. Usually I just skip to the recipes that sound good and a lot of vegan cookbooks aren't all too inspiring to me (I eat meat, just not every day so I want veggie or vegan recipes that will really whet my and my partner's appetite. I'm excited to try some of the recipes in hear and will be seeking out Terry's other cookbooks as well. But this book is more than just another cookbook, it's stories and inspiration from a man who is deep in the food justice and sustainability movement. He features menus inspired by family, spiritual leaders and activists complete with soundtrack, book and movie suggestions.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Sps

    Only had time to try two things, the savory grits with favas & roasted fennel and the tortillas with chard, currants, and guacamole, before my library loan ended but both were truly delicious. I appreciated the seasonal groupings of recipes because that's the way my community eats. Even just in the spring recipes, though, there were many I want to try next time around: Ginger molasses cake Minted citrus sweet tea Aromatic asparagus & sweet potato curry Bissap cooler Jerk tempeh with cilantro sauce Only had time to try two things, the savory grits with favas & roasted fennel and the tortillas with chard, currants, and guacamole, before my library loan ended but both were truly delicious. I appreciated the seasonal groupings of recipes because that's the way my community eats. Even just in the spring recipes, though, there were many I want to try next time around: Ginger molasses cake Minted citrus sweet tea Aromatic asparagus & sweet potato curry Bissap cooler Jerk tempeh with cilantro sauce

  20. 4 out of 5

    Gloria

    As with all other cookery books (save the rare exception), I hardly read from cover to cover. This was no exception. Thumbed through recipes for ingredients I had in stock or was curious to learn more about. In general, vegan books are slowly growing in appeal to me as the attention spent on the veggies are given a lot more thought and effort to make them well, more palatable and interesting. I do like Terry's bantering conversations interwoven throughout the book. Semi-commentary and ode. A lot As with all other cookery books (save the rare exception), I hardly read from cover to cover. This was no exception. Thumbed through recipes for ingredients I had in stock or was curious to learn more about. In general, vegan books are slowly growing in appeal to me as the attention spent on the veggies are given a lot more thought and effort to make them well, more palatable and interesting. I do like Terry's bantering conversations interwoven throughout the book. Semi-commentary and ode. A lot of the foods are dedicated to people, which I found amusing.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Michelle

    I am sure I would like Bryan Terry, the gentle warrior of food equality, just from reading his "inspired" book. It's set up by menus, which is kind of atypical, but certainly gives... well, inspiration for menu planning. There are so many vegan cookbooks out there that I'm surprised grocery stores still sell meat sometimes. Amid the many options, this one is worth checking out for its charming narrative style and truly unique recipes, many of which celebrate and re-imagine African or Afro-America I am sure I would like Bryan Terry, the gentle warrior of food equality, just from reading his "inspired" book. It's set up by menus, which is kind of atypical, but certainly gives... well, inspiration for menu planning. There are so many vegan cookbooks out there that I'm surprised grocery stores still sell meat sometimes. Amid the many options, this one is worth checking out for its charming narrative style and truly unique recipes, many of which celebrate and re-imagine African or Afro-American cuisine.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Millicent

    The use of large green leaves gets tired but I really really liked this book. An original layout, he includes soundtrack to dinners and odes to political figures. What I really like about this book is that he understands that part of eating ethically is considering and working towards bettering the access of others to healthy food. That is something a lot of healthy cookbooks miss: they are utterly oblivious to their privilege or they glorify in it. He has concocted my fave saag paneer recipe ev The use of large green leaves gets tired but I really really liked this book. An original layout, he includes soundtrack to dinners and odes to political figures. What I really like about this book is that he understands that part of eating ethically is considering and working towards bettering the access of others to healthy food. That is something a lot of healthy cookbooks miss: they are utterly oblivious to their privilege or they glorify in it. He has concocted my fave saag paneer recipe ever.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Jaq

    Inspiring reading, with the Soundtrack, Book and Movie snippets included beside most recipes - it's the fusion of art and cooking, that raises this book up and beyond most of the Vegan cookbook pack. And I loved the inclusion of the drinks section too! The only drawback is again the inclusion of ingredients that are not readily sourced in regional Australia. But still a great book for the Vegan/Vegetarian cook! Inspiring reading, with the Soundtrack, Book and Movie snippets included beside most recipes - it's the fusion of art and cooking, that raises this book up and beyond most of the Vegan cookbook pack. And I loved the inclusion of the drinks section too! The only drawback is again the inclusion of ingredients that are not readily sourced in regional Australia. But still a great book for the Vegan/Vegetarian cook!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Nicole

    Terry is one of my heroes, and this book will be a go-to reference and cooking inspiration. I love that he not only offers amazing recipes, but also suggestions on further reading, listening, and viewing by pairing each recipe with another artistic medium. The final chapter on New Orleans vegan encouraged me to buy the book, but I can't wait to try the other recipes. Terry also has a Bloody Mary recipe featuring pureed beets and vodka, a total surprise to me! Terry is one of my heroes, and this book will be a go-to reference and cooking inspiration. I love that he not only offers amazing recipes, but also suggestions on further reading, listening, and viewing by pairing each recipe with another artistic medium. The final chapter on New Orleans vegan encouraged me to buy the book, but I can't wait to try the other recipes. Terry also has a Bloody Mary recipe featuring pureed beets and vodka, a total surprise to me!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Phoebe

    I very much appreciate the author's voice and sense of perspective in this cookbook textured with activism, food justice, poetry and music, and many opportunities to learn more via links to websites and song suggestions. Too bad the book itself isn't clickable! I haven't yet attempted a recipe, but I've got my eye on something involving sweet potatoes and orange juice. I very much appreciate the author's voice and sense of perspective in this cookbook textured with activism, food justice, poetry and music, and many opportunities to learn more via links to websites and song suggestions. Too bad the book itself isn't clickable! I haven't yet attempted a recipe, but I've got my eye on something involving sweet potatoes and orange juice.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Autumn

    Super politicized vegan cookbook. I could do with more recipes and less "instruction on how to be awesome like me, Bryant Terry". But Ida B. Wells limeade is pretty great. Also, I like his menu themes of "the motherland", "soul food" and "my Asian wife". Will I actually cook out of this book? Not sure... Super politicized vegan cookbook. I could do with more recipes and less "instruction on how to be awesome like me, Bryant Terry". But Ida B. Wells limeade is pretty great. Also, I like his menu themes of "the motherland", "soul food" and "my Asian wife". Will I actually cook out of this book? Not sure...

  27. 5 out of 5

    Anita

    I love this cookbook. Not only are there delicious-sounding vegan recipes here, but Terry provides a suggest music playlist to go along with each. The idea is to provide an entire environment for all the senses to enjoy. It reinforces the concept that vegan eating is a rich, nourishing experience from any angle you approach it.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Brenna

    None of this food sounded good. I mean maybe I'm just not a southern food kind of girl but seriously I would never try any of this. The drinks though I'll give a go. I think Terry should try creating a book JUST for alcoholic drinks, I mean if he could come with a Cherry Sangria recipe I bet he has way more to share. None of this food sounded good. I mean maybe I'm just not a southern food kind of girl but seriously I would never try any of this. The drinks though I'll give a go. I think Terry should try creating a book JUST for alcoholic drinks, I mean if he could come with a Cherry Sangria recipe I bet he has way more to share.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Morgan

    Really cool activism pieces included throughout the book. Everything in here from simple to sophisticated. I tried the coconut quinoa and it was really great. Next up: Mexican Chocolate Pudding and Agave-Coated Pepitas.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Carrie Ridgeway

    I enjoyed the author's essay's in each section very much. A handful of the recipes made it into my notes. Overall, the recipes were not my typical style of cooking or eating. I prefer quicker preparation and not so many of the recipes sounded like something my husband and I would like. I enjoyed the author's essay's in each section very much. A handful of the recipes made it into my notes. Overall, the recipes were not my typical style of cooking or eating. I prefer quicker preparation and not so many of the recipes sounded like something my husband and I would like.

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