Although I’m currently sitting here, patiently waiting for my tester copy, (hint hint) the latest cookbook from my favorite vegan superhero & author, Isa Chandra Moskowitz, Appetite for Reduction has hit the shelves – so it’s time for a fond look back.
This marks the fourth Post Punk Kitchen book I’ve been a recipe tester for – which is so.much.fun. While I didn’t have as much time on my hands or mouths to feed as I used to, and didn’t test every single recipe, I did made a bunch of satisfying dishes that I’ll round up below. Whether you’re looking for more responsible, vegetable dominated entrees, oil-cutting tips, healthy meal plan inspiration, or straight up, great and usually gourmet vegan cuisine, you should pick up this book! And try to do it from a vegan business, like Herbivore, Cosmo’s, Never Felt Better or Food Fight!, if possible. Is free shipping really that enticing? Does Amazon offer this shirt, or this one?
Some of my favorites:
- 40 Clove Chickpea & Garlic – I’ve seriously made this countless times, and usually up the garlic even more (spoiler alert: there’s not actually 40 cloves in the recipe)
- Surefire Seitan – This was my go-to seitan recipe this past year.
- Braised Seitan & Cabbage – This one surprised me in how much I liked it. Plus, it’s super easy if you have the seitan already made, and cabbage contains fiber and vitamin c and you should probably be eating more of it!
- Pasta con Broccoli – Simple and great – especially topped with one of the baked tofu options in the book. Like I’m not going to love a healthier version of a classic Italian dish full of more broccoli & garlic…
- Thai Green Beans – Again – so easy, but so flavorful.
- Jerk Asparagus – Ditto! You should have these spices in your house anyway, and await the countdown to one of spring’s first contenders.
- Curried Tofu – One of those recipes you’ll find yourself making semi-weekly after trying it.
- Apple Miso Tofu – because it’s another one casserole dish entree, and it’s just so unique!
- Ginger Soba with Bok Choy – it’s literally ginger, soba, and bok choy, and that’s so, so right.
- Black-Eyed Peas & Greens – purposely reminiscent of the Bye & Bye’s dish, and another I find myself making regularly. With the buzz about the book popping up over the last week, it was the first recipe that came to mind and that I just had to make this past weekend.
And these are just a few favorites. Crazy, but I don’t have photos for everything. Sometimes I forgot, or the lighting was awful, or the dish was being transported elsewhere, or I was just…really hungry. Off the top of my head, I know the Ethiopian Mushroom Tibs are missing, and probably a few others…
Without further adieu, my Appetite for Reduction photos:
40 Clove Chickpea & Garlic
Pasta con Broccoli (pictured with red wine roasted mushrooms)
Smokey Split Pea Soup
Pineapple Collards - oh, I really dug this, too!
Broiled Blackened Tofu
Curry Baked Tofu and Orange Scented Broccoli
Curried Chickpeas and Greens - hello, delicious lunch for the week!
Apple Miso Tofu (pictured with a chiffonade of miner’s lettuce and brown rice)
Curried Cabbage and Peas
Red Curry Tofu - how pretty is this?! bonus = it’s baked!
Thai Green Beans
Fussilli Roasted Veggie Primavera – okay, more and more favorites
Herb Roasted Cauliflower and Breadcrumbs
Cashew Miso Mayo - yeah, you read that right!
Surefire Seitan (pictured baked with chickpea breading)
Silky Chickpea Gravy (pictured with whole wheat biscuits)
Hoisin Tofu Lettuce Wrap (pictured with cabbage shells)
Red Wine & Kalamata Tempeh (pictured with mashed potatoes) – hello, classy!
Ginger Soba with Bok Choy
Vietnamese Salad with grilled tofu
Quicky BBQ Tofu
Curried Summer Loving Corn Chowder
Black Eyed Peas & Greens (pictured with cornmeal baked tofu)
Braised Seitan & Cabbage
Now, I’m sorry there are no before and after shots of my butt to show my own weightloss progress during this round of testing. Truthfully, some of these dishes were made over a year ago, I wasn’t focused on hiding my oil – because that can be crazy, and I make a point to be comfortable with my weight, my body, and myself, no matter what. Vegans come in all shapes and sizes, too!
That being said, I’m currently on week 12 of a new workout/activity plan, where there’s less beer, laziness, and more vegetables and whole grains in my diet lately, but I just hate using that word, so back to my point -
This book is not only full of wholesome, creative, special-diet-friendly recipes – it’s full of truth one can relate to, and a whole lot of healthy inspiration.
For sample recipes, check out the PPK book page.
For prettier photos, check out the flickr photo set from the wonders behind What the Hell Does A Vegan Eat Anyway?
If you have the book already, I’d love to hear other recs. And while you’re at it, leave Isa a review on Amazon and Goodreads and spread the word!