Isa Does It: Amazingly Easy, Wildly Delicious Vegan Recipes for Every Day of the Week
by: Isa Chandra Moskowitz
A Cookbook ReviewIsa Does It: Amazingly Easy, Wildly Delicious Vegan Recipes for Every Day of the Week
I received a digital copy of best-selling author and vegan chef Isa Chandra Moskowitz’s new cookbook Isa Does It. This book is a collection of vegan recipes that can be made, from scratch in 30 minutes or less!
The emphasis of this cookbook is definitely on recipes, but there are also great tips and advice for cooking techniques and vegan butchery (how to properly ‘butcher’ tofu and tempeh). Isa includes a list of essentials for the vegan kitchen, tips about how to plan ahead to make delicious meals quickly and includes a list of tools and equipment to make your life easier in the kitchen. Isa also incorporates substitutions for soy, and gluten allergies. The details that Isa provides throughout the book also make it not seem so scary to cook, and cook quickly.
It is easy to overlook that the focus of this cookbook is completely vegan by the array of ingredients and recipes that Isa shares. I think what makes this book so fantastic is that Isa proves that eating vegan doesn’t have to be for ‘hippies’ and that vegan cooking isn’t full of odd ingredients.
This is a great book for vegans, vegetarians and carnivores alike because Isa embraces the recipes, and welcomes you into the book – almost like it was your cool older cousin sharing the recipes with you. The recipes included really make me forget my love for cheese, and make me think that I could absolutely do this vegan thing.
Whether you’re totally vegan, or if you’re just trying to incorporate some more vegan recipes into your diet this book is good for you.
I chose 19 recipes to try from Isa Does It from all of the different sections in the book. The recipes I selected sounded delicious, and were vegan variations of the things that I cook that usually include dairy, or meat products like pad thai, tacos and nachos. D.J. isn’t the biggest tofu fan, so I chose the recipes that seem simplest, and will allow him to truly embrace how delicious tofu can be. I also chose recipes that seem kid friendly, so that I know that Anthony will indulge as well. Here is a list of the recipes that I chose:
- Wild Rice Soup
- Pesto Soup with Gnocchi
- Olive Oil Bread for Soup
- Roasted Yellow Beet Salad with Warm Maple Mustard Dressing
- Porcini-Tofu Burgers
- Black Eyed Pea and Collard Tacos with Apple Avocado Salsa
- Pesto-Cauliflower Pasta with Breaded Tofu
- Pesto Risotto with Roasted Zucchini (can you tell that I like pesto?)
- Acorn Squash Risotto with Cranberries
- Everyday Pad Thai
- Roasted Soba Bowl with Miso-Tahini Dressing
- Pizza Bowl with Greens, Sausages and Olives (of course… we have to try the pizza)
- Spinach and Black Bean Burrito Bowl
- Nacho Night
- Classic Baked Tofu
- Puffy Pillow Pancakes
- Banana Nut Muffins
- Chai Spice Snickerdoodles
- Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Bars
Overall this is a great cookbook for anyone looking to add more plant based meals to their diet. I am eager to try and share these recipes with you. Thank you Isa for sharing your awesome recipes with us in yet another remarkable cookbook.
If you like these vegan recipes, check out one of Isa’s other vegan cookbooks; Vegan Pie in The Sky, Vegan Cookies Invade Your Cookie Jar, Vegan Cupcakes Take Over The World, Veganomicon: The Ultimate Vegan Cookbook, Vegan With A Vengeance, Vegan Brunch and Appetite for Reduction. They are all available on Amazon. Furthermore, check out Isa’s website, Post Punk Kitchen – it’s definitely eye-catching. Before I knew it, I was on her site for 30 minutes, searching page after page of rockin’ vegan recipes.