{City Girl Eats} Cookbook Review: Vegan Yum Yum

by Valerie on January 22, 2010 · 5 comments

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Vegan Yum Yum has completely become one of my new favorite cookbooks.  It is a very beautiful cookbook.  I cannot think of another cookbook at this price point that has full color photographs of each recipe.  As I have mentioned in the past, I eat a heavily plant-based, completely dairy-free diet – therefore I find a lot of great inspiration in vegan cookbooks and blogs.  I initially discovered the blog Vegan Yum Yum and when I saw Lola, the author, was releasing a cookbook last fall, I had to see it.  Sure enough, it was full of the same gorgeous photograph as the blog (Lola took all the pictures in the book herself), and I purchased it as soon as I saw it in person.

One thing I really like about the Vegan Yum Yum recipes is that savory dishes are heavy on whole foods, light on tofu and other meat substitutes (which is good, as I generally do not/cannot eat them).  In fact, many of the recipes that have tofu or other meat substitutes are easily adaptable – for example, when I made the Tahini Lemon Rice and Beans, I just left out the seitan and enjoyed the dish as rice and beans, which was delicious.  I have also loved the Spicy Tomato Chickpea Soup and the Hurry Up Alfredo (which you can view here on the Vegan Yum Yum blog, where it was posted as a preview of the cookbook). Some of the recipes use Earth Balance, but I find that I have been able to skip it and still get great results. And I finally tried roasted kale, using Vegan Yum Yum’s recipe, and all I can say is, why did it take me so long. I am now on a total roasted kale kick.

Crispy Kale 

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1 Lauren January 27, 2010 at 3:55 am

I'll have to check out the roasted kale recipe–I've been wanting to eat more of it but I generally don't like it in anything but soaps. Thank you for convincing me to buy this one! It's gorgeous and, while I haven't tried it out yet, looks yummy!


2 Analiese Marie January 27, 2010 at 1:55 pm

Thank you for the review. I keep seeing this book and wondering whether it's worth buying, so now I'm convinced! I recently made a rather dramatic change in my eating habits, so I'm finding a lot of inspiration in vegan recipes as well (and just blogged about some healthy cookbooks yesterday!)


3 Carolyn January 27, 2010 at 8:00 pm

I've tried the roasted kale thing, but it's just never done it for me. Maybe I'm not doing it right?? Everyone seems to love it!


4 Ellecubed January 29, 2010 at 2:57 pm

I have never tried roasted kale before. It sounds delicious. I think I might give it a try this weekend. Have you ever tried making kale chips?


5 Kiki February 3, 2010 at 8:46 pm

Would you mind posting a recipe for the roasted kale? I like mine sautéed with a splash of balsamic or raspberry balsamic, but since everyone is raving about the roasting I have to try it!


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