Sunday, November 19, 2006

Vegan World Fusion Cuisine: The Perfect Holiday Gift

Vegan World Fusion Cuisine: Healing Recipes & Timeless Wisdom from Our Hearts to Yours
Thousand Petals Publishing
November 2004, $24.95 Hardcover
Second Edition
Written by Mark Reinfeld, Bo Rinaldi, and the Chefs of The Blossoming Lotus Cafe

A cookbook just shouldn't be this gorgeous. A book of recipes is a utilitarian thing— a simple tool to make life easier in the kitchen.

Not so with Vegan World Fusion Cuisine. It does not occupy a space on my bookshelf along with the dozens of other recipe books I own. Instead, it reigns supreme on my coffee table, the only book to hold this place of honor.

The "oohs" and "aahs" it elicits from vegan and non-vegan visitors alike, have become all too predictable. My husband and I place bets on how long it will take a guest in our home to become mesmerized by this book. Still, I maintain that a cookbook simply should not be so shamelessly enticing. The spectacularly vibrant photographs contained within its pages further reinforce my already obsessive love affair with food, and make me long to find myself in enchanting and magical places I've yet had the chance to visit. It's filled with subtle, exquisite beauty and not-so-subtle temptation.

The vegan and living food recipes found in Vegan World Fusion Cuisine are all made with pure and simple ingredients: whole, fresh, ripe, raw fruits and veggies, nuts and seeds, unprocessed grains, unbleached flours, and unrefined oils and sweeteners. With names that are as imaginative as the multicultural dishes themselves, you can indulge in truly healthful and tasty creations.

Eternal Sunrise Smoothie is creamy, rich, and fruity, and the best smoothie I've ever tasted. (No kidding!) Satori Summer Rolls or Nooanda's Pistachio Blue Corn Crusted Tempeh served with Primal Peanut Sauce are as tantalizing as the names imply. Sicilian Seitan with Sundried Tomatoes and Pine Nuts makes me wonder why I ever thought that cheese was a necessary ingredient in Italian food. Star Lotus Persimmon Parfait and The Bliss of Krishna Tropical Rice Pudding deeply satisfy my almost insatiable sweet tooth. But don't be intimated by the exotic-sounding names. All of the recipes are easy and fun to prepare!

The engaging forward by Dr. Jane Goodall, inspiring quotations, brilliantly colorful photographs, and delectable multicultural recipes all blend together to illustrate the love and devotion that was poured into the creation of this book. With the sublimely flavorful recipes from Vegan World Fusion Cuisine you can create in your own kitchen, you'll feast on foods that will nourish and nurture your body, mind, and spirit, and serve love and healing energy to your family and friends.

Vegan World Fusion Cuisine has been voted Cookbook of the Year by readers of VegNews, and is the recipient of the 2005 PETA Proggy Award for Best New Cookbook, the Gourmand Award for Best Veggie Cookbook, 2006 Award for Best Veggie Cookbook, and even Martha Stewart's Nautilus Award for Best new Book.


Anonymous said...

I'm so hoping to find this book under the tree with my name on it tomorrow morning!

Banks Michaelson said...

ya this is a definite "coffee table book" so beautiful! Great review. I just picked it up on ebay for $2.99 (+3.99 s&h) hehe gotta love ebay