November 02, 2010

Viva Vegan

At the end of yesterday's post I indicated we'd purchased a new cookbook after hearing Madhur Jaffrey speak on her book tour. Did we buy an Indian cookbook? Nope. We bought Viva Vegan by Terry Hope Romero.

I've been eyeing this book for a while — ever since tester recipes started appearing on blogs, long before the book was published. The evening after acquiring the cookbook, my husband prepared two dishes from the book, and they were both fantastic, so I have high hopes for some tasty meals ahead.

He made Portobello Feijoada which is a rich and savory black bean and portobello stew, with his own personal addition of roasted red peppers. He served this, as recommended by Terry, with Savory Orange Rice Brazilian Style, and steamed kale. It was a stunning meal. When my husband cooks something, and it comes out as great as this, I know we've found a terrific cookbook. (My photo sucks, I know, but the food was fabulous!) I can't wait to try another recipe.

Want to know what we did with the leftovers? Come back tomorrow!



  1. Andrea, this post was so timely! I've also had my eye on this cookbook for a while, and keep reading great things about it including in the latest issue of VegNews, so it's been on my wish list for a while. Your post will have me moving it from wish list to shopping cart as a little Christmas present to ourselves. Thank you!

    Looking forward to tomorrow's post, as well as all your Vegan MoFo posts to follow! Have fun! :-)

  2. I love this cookbook! I gave it away but then I missed it so much, I had to buy a new copy. :-)

  3. Viva Vegan is my favorite cookbook in the entire world! That stew looks so good, so I have to try it soon. I love love love the orange rice! Mmm.

  4. I tested for this book and I can pretty much guarantee yumminess all round!

  5. Terry's book is my favourite cookbook ever. Period.

  6. Laloofa,
    Great idea for a self-gift! The book looks like a gem.

    Chow vegan,
    Well, that's a good endorsement for the book! I think I'll hold on to my copy.

    Yes, definitely try the stew; it was so good. And the rice!!! So easy but so great.

    Lucky you! I was envious of the testers, and now I see my jealousy was well-founded. :D

    Coming from you, creator of masterful recipes, that is a great endorsement! And I have a feeling it's going to be my favorite, too.

  7. No, NO, NOOOOO!!!! I must not buy another recipe book!!!!!! Oh..... It looks so good.... Curses....

  8. I really want a copy of this book too!

    And I voted already. Thanks for the reminder.

  9. I haven't made anything from this book yet, but this looks like a great place to start.

  10. Penny,
    It's cheaper than a trip to Brazil. Think of that!

    I'm glad we bought it. But I admit I'm drawn to accumulating cookbooks and shoes.

    Yes, a very good place to start!

  11. I've been wanting to try a vegan version of feijoada. This book sounds great...I'll have to check into it.

  12. all the comments looks like this is the book to get! Your lucky that your hubby likes to cook <3

  13. Everywhere I look, I get tempted by this cookbook! I'm trying to refrain from purchasing anymore "books" because I'm runnin out of room! Like you, I've collected a few recipes from Viva Vegan from articles I've found online, but it's nothing like the real thing ^_^

  14. I have also been eyeballing that cook book. It looks like I am going to have to break down and buy it sooner instead of later. I keep seeing all these tempting recipes. :o)

  15. I got that cookbook from the library over the summer--there were SO many recipes I wanted to make! I wish there were not a waiting list for it at the library so I could have kept it to cook my way through, lol. I am back on the list, waiting to get it again to have another go...

    I am glad your hubby was able to cook something delicious from it, and that you both enjoyed it!


  16. Rose,
    I'd never even heard of feijoada so you're one step ahead of me. I think you would like this cookbook.

    I don't know if he likes to cook or if he just likes to eat. :D

    When we moved to Seattle from Wis., I left most of my cookbooks behind (they're still our house so I'll get them eventually), so I'm able to trick myself into thinking I need more. I do sort of need more HERE, but I don't really need more in total.

    Buying cookbooks is such a temptation. There are so many I want, I have to restrain myself on a daily basis. And new ones come out every day? What are we supposed to do?

    I like that there's a waiting list at the library for a vegan cookbook! That's progress. :D

  17. I love that cookbook! I should whip it out at some point for MoFo too. Your husband's orange rice and feijoada look perfectly cooked, and the red peppers add a beautiful (and I bet tasty!) touch.

    Thank you for sharing your sticky Dandies experience! :)

  18. I need to get that cookbook. There have been so many rave reviews of it in the blog world. I am tired of being out of the loop! It's so nice that your husband cooks for you.

  19. River,
    You didn't say what you were planning to make (at least I can't remember if you did) but there's also Suzanne's Ricemellow Creme, which works well if you need an equivalent to the jarred stuff.

    I think I'm really going to like the cookbook — all the raves were deserved. It IS nice to have someone else cook — it sounds like your boyfriend is shaping up to be a pretty good cook!

  20. that's the cookbook i told my husband i'd like to have. glad you were pleased with it, so far!

  21. What a beautiful meal....that orange rice is like a pop of colour on your plate.

  22. Jenny,
    I especially like that my husband wants to cook from it! :D

    You know what? It was like a pop of color in the mouth, too! I'm so glad we picked these two dishes to try first from our new cookbook.


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