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06/09/2009

Guest post: Book review: Vegan Brunch!  »

Apparently Laura was too busy “working” on more “important” things like “making the world a better place” this weekend to come to my birthday brunch. Okay, I guess that’s fair. But as Isa Chandra Moskowitz asserts in her dedication page of her new cookbook Vegan Brunch, “Scrambled tofu saves lives!” So I was doing my part as well in testing out a few recipes from the book.

I had already learned that when invited to a vegan potluck brunch, inexperienced omnivores will bring fruit—they don’t know what we crazy vegans can eat for breakfast! So I needed to wow them with some savory dishes.

Diner Home Fries (pg. 177) did the trick. It’s a good solid potato dish that may not be fancy, but it’s the perfect anchor to any good brunch. I upped the “wow” factor with Sauteed Collards and Spinach (pg. 143) complete with homemade Italian Feast Sausages (pg. 140).

The sausages were my favorite part, as you feel a little bit like a mad scientist or magician creating them. I recommend making them the night before, as it’s a bit of a time investment. I won’t give the recipe away [Vegansaurus respects copyright laws!], but it involves vital wheat gluten and all kinds of spices. You form your dough into mildly obscene sausage shapes, wrap them in foil, and steam.

When they’re done, slice them up, fry them in oil, and serve with mixed with greens or potatoes. Or, just gobble them up as is, by the fistful.

The overall fan favorite dish was the Pesto Scrambled Tofu with Grape Tomatoes (pg. 26); but then, it’s really hard to go wrong with fresh basil.

Vegan Brunch has no shortage of sweet dishes as well. If I hadn’t run out of pans, I would have also made the Brazilian French Toast (pg. 102), which sounds contradictory, but looks amazing. And there are so many waffle recipes I’m thinking of investing in an iron.

Vegan Brunch is worth it for the food porn alone, and the recipes are solid with some old favorites, and inspired new ideas. Next up I want to try the Chesapeake Tempeh Cakes (pg. 132)!

Many thanks to Sharon for another excellent and delicious post! Do not click through to her Flickr unless you want to be very jealous of all the amazing food she eats. SO HUNGRY.

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