I have to admit, it was the title that caused my hands to leaf through The Artful Vegan. Artful-ness isn’t something that you see flaunted in a cookbook title everyday, and Millennium’s cookbook isn’t disappointing me. The end of each recipe has a special instruction section on how to plate your just created dish, in what I presume is the style of the restaurant. Also included with each recipe is a nutritional breakdown- something I’m glad to see more cookbooks are doing.
The recipes themselves are turning out to be interesting…
- - they are a bit intensive. These dishes are usually the result of several components coming together to have a party on your dinner plate.
- sauces are serious business here. Just about ever recipe has a sauce recipe that accompanies it. I currently have a large bottle of roasted hemp seed mole that I doubt I’m going to use up!
- the recipes are scaled out to serve 6, and sometimes 8. Halving them to serve three turns out to work just right for dinner for two and leftovers.
- I’m having fun getting acquainted with some interesting vegan-lifestyle ingredients… seitan (can this really be pronounced satan? Evil fake meat?), agave nectar (wonderful!), roasted hemp seeds, and nut creams made with nutritional yeast.