Great Chefs Cook Vegan

Last night after weeks of debating what I would make I finally cooked up a recipe from Great Chefs Cook Vegan.  This cookbook is filled with great recipes from some of the top chefs such as Thomas Keller, Daniel Boulud, Eric Ripert and Jose Andres, among many others.  It was great to see what these amazing chefs had come up with for their vegan dishes. 

 All of the dishes were really intriguing however definitely not for the amateur cook. Most of the recipes required expensive ingredients or ingredients that are not readily available at your local supermarket, co-op or famers market.  This was one of the biggest challenges I came across when trying to decide which dish I would try out.  I would have loved to have made Potato Leek “Risotto” with Chanterelles and Spinach, but Chanterelles are not easy to come by and cost more than my budget would allow.

 I settled on making the Grilled Polenta with Fresh Shell Bean Ragout by Suzanne Goin.  I had to adapt it a bit using what I could find; I used frozen beans for the fresh and green beans for haricots vert.  I also didn’t grill my polenta since the foot of snow outside did not make easy access to our grill so I popped it under the broiler instead.  This dish turned out great and the flavor was amazing! It was light, fresh and the polenta was nice and creamy- a great contrast to the crisp green beans. 

Slightly adapted Grilled Polenta with Fresh Shell Bean Ragout

Overall this is an interesting cookbook and a great resource for making more sophisticated vegan dishes, however it is definitely not one I will be using regularly.  The dishes are more complex and expensive to make than what I do in my everyday life but I will be sure to pick it up to make great “WOW” dishes for friends and family.

 If you’d like to pick up your own copy or take a peak into the book check out Amazon.com Here.

Blogger Disclosure: Cooking For a Vegan Lover received this product free from Gibbs Smith Publisher.

12 Days of Giveaways Day 5- Vega & Amazing Grass

The Winners are:

Here are your random numbers:

3- Chad

9- Beth

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I love to add Vega to smoothies and when I am at work I shake up some Amazing Grass with water to enjoy when I’m feeling tired or hungry.  Both of these are great and it’s your chance to win them.  Two lucky winners will win a packet of Vega and Amazing Grass (see below).  To win please comment below by December 11, 2009 at 8am. Sorry this giveaway is only open to US residence.

Blogger Disclosure: Cooking For a Vegan Lover purchased these items for this giveaway.

12 Days of Giveaways – Suzanne's Ricemellow

 

Result:16- The Winner is Lisa of Cravin’ Veggies

 

One of the fondest memories of my childhood was making fluffernutter sandwiches with my dad.  Once I went vegetarian this was all crushed because of the gelatin used in marshmellows to make the fluff.  I was pleasntly surprised to find Suzanne’s RiceMellow in a local natural food store a few years ago.  I have been a big fan ever since (and can enjoy fluffernutter sandwiches again).  Now it’s your chance to win your own container of Ricemellow.  Leave a comment by 8pm tonight December 10, 2009 for your chance to win. Sorry this giveaway is only open to US residence.

Blogger Disclosure: Cooking For a Vegan Lover purchased these items for this giveaway.

12 Days of Giveways – Vegan Bars

Result:9 The Winner is JAX   Are you an energy/health food bar fan?  Well I have 5 bars to give to 1 lucky winner today.  The bars include:  1.Bora Bora Tribal Cinnamon Oatmeal  (I haven’t tried this one but the others I have tried are delicious) this bar has:  “Rolled Oats have been shown to […]

Eating Vegan & Avoiding Highly Processed Foods

I was recently asked by a reader about strategies for eating vegan but staying away from high processed foods.  I find that one of the biggest issues that face vegans (especially new vegans) is changing eating habits from a meat based to a plant based diets.  Many times it is easier to turn to meat […]

12 Days of Giveaways Newman's Own Organics Peppermints

True Random Number Generator Min: Max:  Result:3 The Winner is Carol! Congrats ___________________________________________________________________________________ Who knew?  Newman’s Own Organics also makes organic mints! They come in Cinnamon, Ginger, Peppermint and Wintergreen.  I haven’t yet tried any of these mints but have the cinnamon stashed in my purse and am planning to take the ginger on my upcoming trip […]

12 Days of Giveaways – Barrington Coffee Roasters

  Result:2- The Winner is Sarah from See Sarah Eat ________________________________________________________________________________ Barrington Coffee Roasting Company sent me some great samples of their coffee.    One of the things that I love about this company comes from their mission statement: We applaud the individuals that grow our coffees by paying dearly for the fruits of their labor […]