Epic Vegan: Wild and Over-the-Top Plant-Based Recipes

Epic Vegan: Wild and Over-the-Top Plant-Based Recipes

Not Your Granny's Home Cookin'!Epic Vegan offers a step-by-step guide to creating timeless comfort foods that are over-the-top delicious, and always plant based. Think classic and nostalgic, yet messy, juicy, and Instagram-worthy at the same time. Are you into playing with your food? Epic Vegan does just that, encouraging home cooks to think outside of the box. Author/>Epic...

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Title:Epic Vegan: Wild and Over-the-Top Plant-Based Recipes
Author:Dustin Harder
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Epic Vegan: Wild and Over-the-Top Plant-Based Recipes Reviews

  • Janet

    I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

    From the publisher, as I do not repeat the contents or story of books in reviews, I let them do it as they do it better than I do 😸.

    Not Your Granny's Home Cookin'!

    Epic Vegan offers a step-by-step guide to creating timeless comfort foods that are over-the-top delicious, and always plant-based. Think classic and nostalgic, yet messy, juicy, and Instagram-worthy at the same time.

  • thewoollygeek (tea, cake, crochet & books)

    I am not a vegan or a vegetarian even, but oh my God these recipes look amazing. This book is full of food that looks amazing, sounds amazing and from the ingredients you can tell will be tasty. I tried the ‘fried chicken’ noodle soup tonight and it’s so tasty. The book is well laid out, easy to navigate with clear chapters and subheadings. It’s bright and attractive with appealing photos. I think this is one of the best cook books I’ve seen in a long time. Highly recommended (and this is from a

    I am not a vegan or a vegetarian even, but oh my God these recipes look amazing. This book is full of food that looks amazing, sounds amazing and from the ingredients you can tell will be tasty. I tried the ‘fried chicken’ noodle soup tonight and it’s so tasty. The book is well laid out, easy to navigate with clear chapters and subheadings. It’s bright and attractive with appealing photos. I think this is one of the best cook books I’ve seen in a long time. Highly recommended (and this is from a non vegan). I think this will be great to encourage nay-sayers who pull their faces when you say vegan. Brilliant.

    Thanks to netgalley and the publisher for a free copy for an honest opinion

  • gem

    Sometimes creating delicious vegan meals can be a chore, you end up stuck in a rut using the same safe ingredients and find the prospect of experimenting too much effort... look no further than Epic Vegan, for this book puts the fun back into food!

    The recipes are delicious, full of flavour, texture and nutrition, but there are plenty of comforting (junk) options too.

    With easy to follow recipes and bright, colourful photos this is a must have guide for die-hard vegans or those looking

    Sometimes creating delicious vegan meals can be a chore, you end up stuck in a rut using the same safe ingredients and find the prospect of experimenting too much effort... look no further than Epic Vegan, for this book puts the fun back into food!

    The recipes are delicious, full of flavour, texture and nutrition, but there are plenty of comforting (junk) options too.

    With easy to follow recipes and bright, colourful photos this is a must have guide for die-hard vegans or those looking to embrace a more plant based way of life.

  • Julia

    REVISED VERSION!

    Thank you to the publisher's for sending me another copy that had actual content between the endpapers.

    Yes, the book has a boisterous title, I stand by that, but it delivers, add a pinch of humour and a side of reality, and you have a wonderful cookbook. Honestly, Mr Harder, wants to make cooking a joy and not slaving at the stove, following recipes that have weird ingredients and even weirder instructions.

    My personal favourite is the very first recipe in the

    REVISED VERSION!

    Thank you to the publisher's for sending me another copy that had actual content between the endpapers.

    Yes, the book has a boisterous title, I stand by that, but it delivers, add a pinch of humour and a side of reality, and you have a wonderful cookbook. Honestly, Mr Harder, wants to make cooking a joy and not slaving at the stove, following recipes that have weird ingredients and even weirder instructions.

    My personal favourite is the very first recipe in the book, Quinoa Bacon Bits. Who doesn't love bacon? Here's a vegan variant that works not only for the potato soup recipe on p. 140, but with a lot of other recipes.

    Speaking of potato soup. My father likes potato soup in a particular way and with lots of bacon in it. Mr Harder, Dustin, I fooled him with your bacon bits, so that is a very big win in my book.

    In conclusion, I agree, this cookbook has epic recipes that are easy to follow. As a part-time vegan, I might not try all of them, but I am definitely trying to cook as many as I can.

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    Boisterous title! Wonderful cover picture!

    BUT my review copy had little to no content between the ToC and Index. Shame! I would have loved to find out more about the epic food, not just read a few snippets about the author and look at a few pictures of yummy food.

    The few pictures are exquisit. I would have liked to try out one of the recipes the book is hinting at and see whether I can follow the author's instructions easily. Alas there wasn't a single recipe in this book. I found one paragraph with part of the instructions for preparation.

  • Annie

    Originally published on my blog:

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    is a cookbook full of hearty and satisfyingly tasty classic plant based recipes with an American slant by

    . Released 9th July 2019 from Quarto on their

    imprint, it's 192 pages and available in hardcover and ebook formats.

    As the author says in the introduction, plant based dishes have an undeserved reputation for being bland and boring. People who love bacon, Philly cheese-steaks, pizza, fried chicken, and BBQ burgers

    Originally published on my blog:

    .

    is a cookbook full of hearty and satisfyingly tasty classic plant based recipes with an American slant by

    . Released 9th July 2019 from Quarto on their

    imprint, it's 192 pages and available in hardcover and ebook formats.

    As the author says in the introduction, plant based dishes have an undeserved reputation for being bland and boring. People who love bacon, Philly cheese-steaks, pizza, fried chicken, and BBQ burgers tend to think that vegan cuisine has nothing to tempt them. This book has recipes for all of the above and more.

    The book is laid out logically. Staples and recipes for ingredients are followed by categories like beads, appetizers/snacks, handheld food (burgers, sandwiches, etc), pizza, pasta, soups/bowls, drinks, desserts, etc.

    Some of the ingredients could prove difficult to source unless the reader has access to vegetarian specific ingredients or specialty suppliers. The rest of the ingredients should be buy-able at any well stocked large grocery.

    There's a lot of humor and whimsy in the instructions and recipe names: the pastabilities are endless, cheesus take the wheel, etc. I found it amusing;

    foodies might take exception (lighten up, it's supposed to be fun).

    I really feel that moving toward a plant based diet will solve a lot of problems for our resource management as well as provide positive health benefits for all of us. I do think that there is room for a cookbook based on 'cheater' recipes which attempt to replicate meat heavy dishes. I've only tried a handful of the included recipes but we found them tasty and anything but bland. The cover photo is a good indication of the style of recipes included in this cookbook.

    Many (but not all) of the dishes are photographed and the photography is lush, clear, and beautifully appealing. I must say, however, that many of these recipes require quite a bit of prep-time. They are mostly 'cooking on the weekend' type recipes and not so much 'I worked all day, the dog threw up in the lounge, and my toddler is naked and running around with her undies on her head for the 34th time today' type recipes. I feel better for having said that (no judging here).

    This is the go-to book for veg*ns who want to convince their omnivorous friends and family that plant based meals are not boring and bland.

    Five stars, very well done. The flower petal unicorn french bread pizza is -really- beautiful (but all my friends took the petals off before they ate the pizza, cowards).

    Disclosure: I received an ARC at no cost from the author/publisher for review purposes.

  • Karen

    I've been looking forward to this one. Having previously stumbled across his YouTube channel and later purchased his first cookbook, when I saw he was working on another, my interest was piqued. Happily, there are many more options available for vegans and vegetarians these days, but there's always room for more! There's a lot to like here. Most fried recipes include the option of baking instead which is nice. Ingredients are listed by weight as well as volume - this is one of my pet peeves with

    I've been looking forward to this one. Having previously stumbled across his YouTube channel and later purchased his first cookbook, when I saw he was working on another, my interest was piqued. Happily, there are many more options available for vegans and vegetarians these days, but there's always room for more! There's a lot to like here. Most fried recipes include the option of baking instead which is nice. Ingredients are listed by weight as well as volume - this is one of my pet peeves with cookbooks since weight is so much more accurate and means fewer dishes to wash so big thanks for this! If you don't already have one, a small digital scale can be had for around $10 and it's so worth the small investment! The photos included are nicely-shot, but I do wish there were more of them. It's always fun to browse through a cookbook and choose a recipe based on the final product image. So far, I've only made the Fudgy AF Brownies (easy to follow directions, no weird ingredients and YUM!), but I have a ridiculous number of other recipes marked to try. As with any cookbook, not every recipe will appeal to every cook, but I think Dustin has provided enough variety here to please just about anyone (not just vegans). I'll definitely be adding this one to my own collection of vegan cookbooks!

    Thank you to Quarto Publishing Group – Fair Winds Press and NetGalley for the eARC in exchange for my honest review.

  • Cathy Geha

    This cookbook is full of interesting recipes. The premise is that you can take “basic” recipes and then play with them to create epic variations. You can use a cheese sauce with a bread and seitan for a sandwich or perhaps use the cheese sauce on pasta or on a baked potato. The first chapter has “the basics” and then lists other recipes they can be used in. The rest of the chapters include: sauces, breads, appetizers, giant handheld foods, pizza, pasta, bowls (made of food), beverages and sweets

    This cookbook is full of interesting recipes. The premise is that you can take “basic” recipes and then play with them to create epic variations. You can use a cheese sauce with a bread and seitan for a sandwich or perhaps use the cheese sauce on pasta or on a baked potato. The first chapter has “the basics” and then lists other recipes they can be used in. The rest of the chapters include: sauces, breads, appetizers, giant handheld foods, pizza, pasta, bowls (made of food), beverages and sweets. Some of the recipes looked intriguing but as usual, living where I do overseas, many of the ingredients are not readily available. I can see this as a gift to a vegan wanting to try something different. I did find out that the author has a website with recipes, programs from the past and other items that I plan to look at in the future.

    Thank you to NetGalley and Quarto-Fair Winds for the ARC – This is my honest review.

    4 Stars

  • Lisa

    “Epic Vegan” by Dustin Harder is definitely epic, both in quantity and creativity of the recipes contained within. I am no longer a vegan, but enjoy incorporating plant-based options into our meal plans. If you are vegan and are an intermediate or advanced cook, I think this book would be extremely beneficial, as it can most certainly add pizazz to what many see as a limited way of eating.

    There were definitely recipes that I would be more than excited to make, especially those contai

    “Epic Vegan” by Dustin Harder is definitely epic, both in quantity and creativity of the recipes contained within. I am no longer a vegan, but enjoy incorporating plant-based options into our meal plans. If you are vegan and are an intermediate or advanced cook, I think this book would be extremely beneficial, as it can most certainly add pizazz to what many see as a limited way of eating.

    There were definitely recipes that I would be more than excited to make, especially those contained in the bowls section. Loaded Baked Potato Soup with Pretzel Bowls? Yes, please. And the dessert section had me salivating with recipes such as Pumpkin Cream Cheese Latte Shake. Oh my. However, many of the recipes were a tad too epic for me, particularly in the “Monster Handhelds” section. Bacon-Cinnamon Roll Burgers with Peanut Butter didn’t sound all that appetizing to me.

    For novice cooks and those wishing to simply try out plant-based options, I have mixed feelings. The recipes provide good detail on how to make them, however some of the ingredients for many of the recipes are not simply items you purchase, but require you to make from other recipes contained in the book. If you are not vegan, some of this could be resolved by simply swapping non-vegan options in, such as cheese, mayo, etc.

    If you’re looking for dishes that are truly unique and you don’t mind spending quite a bit of time crafting a meal, this might not be a bad option for you. Likewise, if you are a vegan looking to spice up your meal plans, this could be a fun addition to your cookbook collection.

    *I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

  • MischaS_

    ***Advance Review Copy generously provided through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

    What can I say? The cover is just selling the cookbook!

    However, after reading it, I'm not sold.

    I have to start by saying that I'm not a vegan, I just don't eat meat. However, I'm all in for a full vegan food, those tend to be so delicious! But I'm not a fan of dishes like vegan some-traditional-meat-dish-where-the-meat-is-replaced-with-tofu/seitan-or-whatever. I prefer it

    ***Advance Review Copy generously provided through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

    What can I say? The cover is just selling the cookbook!

    However, after reading it, I'm not sold.

    I have to start by saying that I'm not a vegan, I just don't eat meat. However, I'm all in for a full vegan food, those tend to be so delicious! But I'm not a fan of dishes like vegan some-traditional-meat-dish-where-the-meat-is-replaced-with-tofu/seitan-or-whatever. I prefer it when the recipes do not try to be a meat dish without the meat, especially with Czech traditional dishes where you usually have a lot of heavy sauces.

    As for this cookbook, I wrote down several recipes which I'm going to try. Especially with Cauliflower! I love Cauliflower.

    But this cookbook is crying for more pictures; there are only a few which are lovely. I wish there was more of them because it would show the dishes way better.

    All cookbooks I ever bought had a picture for all or at least 95% recipes. I need to see what I'm going to cook.

  • Crystal

    Epic Vegan is an ebullient, playful, fun cookbook, full of whimsical photography of the food and the author, and recipes that sound delightfully, unhealthily delicious, from the creator and host of The Vegan Roadie. This isn't a cookbook for people in a rush on a weeknight who need something easy to make, as the author states in his introduction. Instead, it's a joyful love letter to the fun of playing with food and to the decadent flavor possibilities of vegan food, flavors that are meant to be

    Epic Vegan is an ebullient, playful, fun cookbook, full of whimsical photography of the food and the author, and recipes that sound delightfully, unhealthily delicious, from the creator and host of The Vegan Roadie. This isn't a cookbook for people in a rush on a weeknight who need something easy to make, as the author states in his introduction. Instead, it's a joyful love letter to the fun of playing with food and to the decadent flavor possibilities of vegan food, flavors that are meant to be accessible to vegans and carnivores and every human in between. Harder calls this "stunt food", food that is extravagantly delicious and attention-getting. His playful, non-judgmental exuberance rings throughout the text and photos of the book and in his personal stories of life with his husband and his extended family and friends.

    The only part of the book that didn't really strike me as consistent with its fun and joyful theme was the simple, sometimes dense, black font throughout the book. I gave up on trying to read the electronic advance copy I had, and waited til it came to my library instead. Even so, it can be hard on the eyes. As much photography as there is throughout the book, many recipes don't actually have an accompanying photo, so there can be page after page of dense black and white text.

    The only other possible party pooping element of this book is if you have food allergies or other dietary restrictions. The author has apparently attempted to include less soy in his creations, but manages to do so by relying HEAVILY on gluten-containing products. Vital wheat gluten, all-purpose flour, bread crumbs, baked goods, and seitan are on heavy rotation in the recipes. Nuts, especially cashews, also figure heavily in the recipes. I wouldn't recommend these recipes to anyone who is trying to eat vegan for health reasons, either--they are full of refined and/or saturated fats, such as vegan mayo and coconut milk, and processed foods (although there are also many recipes for basic items that can be used in recipes throughout the book). These recipes are wild and over-the-top, as the cover says, and are meant to be fun and decadent and delicious, not healthy. There's no shame in that. It's just a consideration for any reader of the book.

    Despite the elaborate, if playful recipes, this cookbook is actually quite practical. The kitchen equipment called for is fairly simple and standard--some pots and pans and a blender and food processor. There's a list of the more obscure ingredients mentioned throughout the book, with suggestions for acquisition or substitution, and cooking hacks featured throughout as well. The recipes are written up in an orderly and easy to understand way, with simpler recipes featured in the first section of the book, with progressively more complicated recipes in the following two sections. Many of the basic recipes, for sauces and other ingredients to later dishes, can be used on multiple recipes throughout the book, so you shouldn't be left standing with the remnant of a batch of Cheesiest Cheese Sauce or Aquafaba Whip that you don't know what to do with.

    These recipes remind me somewhat of recipes by Chef Chloe Coscarelli, who has written several cookbooks I enjoyed and now has an eponymous line of fast casual restaurants. While they aren't healthful exactly, they offer a painless way ahead for those who want to eat vegan without sacrificing favorite tastes and textures, and may, as Harder says, serve as a guide to a healthier lifestyle. He says, "Vegans can create fun, irreverent, and exciting food too!"

    While my health and dietary restrictions mean that I won't be trying the vast majority of these recipes, there are some, especially many basic recipes, that do sound worth trying for me. I'm especially intrigued by Quinoa Bacon Bits, Dreamy Creamy Cream Cheese, Carrot Lox, "Lobster" Rolls, Silky Sunflower Caramel Sauce, Carby Carbonara, Keep It Clean Bowl (a lettuce bowl! how have I not thought of that sooner?!), and I Try to Think About Elvis Ice Cream. I look forward to trying them and hopefully incorporating them into my plant-focused diet.

    Thank you to #Netgalley and Quarto Publishing for letting me read an advanced copy of #EpicVegan in exchange for my honest opinion. If you're looking for fun and fanciful vegan dishes, and don't have a lot of dietary restrictions, I hope that you too will pick up a copy and check these recipes out.

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