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From actor and avid traveller Mena Massoud comes a collection of diverse, delicious, and accessible vegan recipes inspired from dishes all over the world, perfect for everyone at the table! It’s safe to say that veganism is no longer just a trend. Lifelong vegans, part-timers, and aspiring vegans are a diverse and eclectic group of people from all walks of life and backgrou From actor and avid traveller Mena Massoud comes a collection of diverse, delicious, and accessible vegan recipes inspired from dishes all over the world, perfect for everyone at the table! It’s safe to say that veganism is no longer just a trend. Lifelong vegans, part-timers, and aspiring vegans are a diverse and eclectic group of people from all walks of life and backgrounds, and yet, there’s very little out there in mainstream media that reflects this new reality. The Evolving Vegan cookbook celebrates both flavours and stories from a wide array of plant-based eateries all across North America, proving that a plant-friendly diet is truly accessible to all! In this book, you will meet Cyrus Ichiza from Ichiza Kitchen in Portland, whose Taiwanese mother inspired him to share his Southeast Asian roots through authentically flavorful vegan dishes. You’ll learn legendary behind-the-scenes secrets of San Francisco’s Peña Pachamama, a Bolivian plant-based restaurant that serves national dishes like pique macho and aji de fideo. And you can finally conquer veganism once and for all, without sacrificing the delicious flavours you love. Containing recipes from many different countries and cultures, and including helpful tips for lifelong and transitioning vegans alike, Evolving Vegan takes you on a food-based road trip to explore the vibrancy of veganism across North America.


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From actor and avid traveller Mena Massoud comes a collection of diverse, delicious, and accessible vegan recipes inspired from dishes all over the world, perfect for everyone at the table! It’s safe to say that veganism is no longer just a trend. Lifelong vegans, part-timers, and aspiring vegans are a diverse and eclectic group of people from all walks of life and backgrou From actor and avid traveller Mena Massoud comes a collection of diverse, delicious, and accessible vegan recipes inspired from dishes all over the world, perfect for everyone at the table! It’s safe to say that veganism is no longer just a trend. Lifelong vegans, part-timers, and aspiring vegans are a diverse and eclectic group of people from all walks of life and backgrounds, and yet, there’s very little out there in mainstream media that reflects this new reality. The Evolving Vegan cookbook celebrates both flavours and stories from a wide array of plant-based eateries all across North America, proving that a plant-friendly diet is truly accessible to all! In this book, you will meet Cyrus Ichiza from Ichiza Kitchen in Portland, whose Taiwanese mother inspired him to share his Southeast Asian roots through authentically flavorful vegan dishes. You’ll learn legendary behind-the-scenes secrets of San Francisco’s Peña Pachamama, a Bolivian plant-based restaurant that serves national dishes like pique macho and aji de fideo. And you can finally conquer veganism once and for all, without sacrificing the delicious flavours you love. Containing recipes from many different countries and cultures, and including helpful tips for lifelong and transitioning vegans alike, Evolving Vegan takes you on a food-based road trip to explore the vibrancy of veganism across North America.

30 review for Evolving Vegan: Deliciously Diverse Recipes from North America's Best Plant-Based Eateries—for Anyone Who Loves Food

  1. 5 out of 5

    Ink Drinker

    This cookbook is more than your regular cookbook. It's like a road trip around the world!! Massoud features recipes inspired by vegan restaurants where he has eaten meals all over the world and tells you the behind the scenes story to go with the diverse recipes. He also shares some of his Mother's recipe creations with us. The cookbook has easy-to-follow instructions which is good for someone just starting out with this lifestyle. The first recipe I made was a potato pierogi recipe and they were This cookbook is more than your regular cookbook. It's like a road trip around the world!! Massoud features recipes inspired by vegan restaurants where he has eaten meals all over the world and tells you the behind the scenes story to go with the diverse recipes. He also shares some of his Mother's recipe creations with us. The cookbook has easy-to-follow instructions which is good for someone just starting out with this lifestyle. The first recipe I made was a potato pierogi recipe and they were so flavorful, but not very pretty to look at my first go round! Some of the recipes contain pictures, but I would have liked to have seen pictures for all of them because the ones that were there, were gorgeous! I am reviewing based on the digital copy and there were some issues with that. Not very easy to maneuver within the recipes, so I will be buying the hard cover when it is released. I would recommend this cookbook to anyone starting out on the plant-based way of eating or someone that is experienced in this lifestyle. I would like to thank NetGalley and Tiller Press for the ARC in exchange for my review.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Faith

    “Try your hardest to cut down your intake of animal products, do your part to reduce your environmental footprint, and start taking pride in what you put into your body, because you know it’s better for your health. That’s what it means to be evolving vegan, and everyone is welcome.” The author was born in Egypt and moved with his family to Toronto when he was a young child. While his background featured Middle Eastern food, the recipes in this book are adapted from the cuisines of many countries “Try your hardest to cut down your intake of animal products, do your part to reduce your environmental footprint, and start taking pride in what you put into your body, because you know it’s better for your health. That’s what it means to be evolving vegan, and everyone is welcome.” The author was born in Egypt and moved with his family to Toronto when he was a young child. While his background featured Middle Eastern food, the recipes in this book are adapted from the cuisines of many countries, including Peru,Taiwan, India, Mexico, Ethiopia and Egypt. He collected recipes from the best plant-based establishments in the Unites States and has also included home recipes. Many of the recipes include commercial vegan substitutes for dairy products, eggs and meat. The photographs in the book are nice but there’s not a lot of them. The recipes sound delicious, but they are not health food and some seem quite labor intensive since they involve multiple sauces or other components that must be made before assembling the ultimate dish. Some of the recipes that interested me included: Breakfast: avocado toast with bacon bits made from shiitake mushrooms, bagel and lox with carrots substituting for the lox, potato hash with cashew cheese, sausage shakshuka (without the eggs) Appetizers: crab cakes made from hearts of palm, meatballs (from tofu and lentils) in tomato sauce with ricotta (from almonds), mango rolls Salads, soups and sandwiches: split pea soup (oddly made with red lentils), falafel salad, burger, chicken schnitzel (you have to make your own vegan chicken), Philly cheesesteak, tuna sandwich (from jackfruit, which is also used to create pulled pork) Entrées: soy chicken, mac and cheese, Szechuan beef (from seitan), tacos, tofu skewers, pizza, sweet potato lasagna, pad Thai, Sides: kale chips, grilled broccolini, Moroccan carrots, cauliflower bites (like Buffalo wings) Desserts: apple pie, pecan pie, coconut crumble cake, coconut cream pie, ice cream cookie sandwich, berry crepes I received a free copy of this book from the publisher. If I hadn’t received the ARC, I would have bought this book.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Alicia Bayer

    I'm in love with this clever cookbook, which features a compilation of recipes from four sources -- either directly from celebrated vegan restaurants who shared their recipes, inspired by dishes at such restaurants, from the author's own kitchen, or from the author's mama. I really love this concept, as there are so many fantastic dishes at vegan restaurants and now you can find out exactly how to make them yourself at home, plus it allows the author to also include those recipes that are his fa I'm in love with this clever cookbook, which features a compilation of recipes from four sources -- either directly from celebrated vegan restaurants who shared their recipes, inspired by dishes at such restaurants, from the author's own kitchen, or from the author's mama. I really love this concept, as there are so many fantastic dishes at vegan restaurants and now you can find out exactly how to make them yourself at home, plus it allows the author to also include those recipes that are his favorites from other sources. About half of the recipes include color photos, and they tend to be gorgeous. I definitely prefer a photo for every recipe and many of the photos helped show me why that dish is likely a hit in its restaurant. There's also a great mix of recipes. Some are very international, some are basic comfort foods, some are spicy, some are sweet, some are whole-foods based and very healthy, some use purchased vegan foods like sausages, some are gluten free and most can be converted.... There's just a really rich mix. Nutritional information is not provided. I'm looking forward to making many of these recipes, such as the loaded pancakes (gluten free!) with banana caramel, the "crab" cakes with curried dal, the jackfruit flautas with avocado crema and cabbage slaw, the split pea soup with crispy shallots, the cast-iron mac and cheese, the stranger wings pizza with cauliflower hot wings, vegan bleu cheese and bechamel sauce, the spicy and sweet peppas, the Moroccan carrots, the orange cauliflower bites, the Peruvian potatoes, the no-bake maple pecan pie, the Boston creme pie cake (another gluten free recipe), the coconut cream pie (raw, vegan, gluten free), the gluten free brownies, and the chocolate mousse with coconut dulce de leche. This is altogether a really fun cookbook that I really enjoyed. I read a temporary digital ARC of this book for review.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Jerika

    I'm not vegan, or even vegetarian. I also don't cook. I just like Mena and wanted to read what he wrote. Plus, a couple different places from Toronto are featured in here, and I definitely want to try them (the desserts, anyway).

  5. 4 out of 5

    Bonnie DeMoss

    Evolving Vegan by Mena Massoud provides recipes for learning to live a plant based lifestyle, many of them from restaurants all the over the country. The Kindle version I was given to review was very hard to read, as the recipes were interspersed with the text, so it was hard to see how much of each ingredient to use. Many of the pictures were also missing. I'm giving this book four stars because the material I could read was very good. However, there are problems with the Kindle version. I recei Evolving Vegan by Mena Massoud provides recipes for learning to live a plant based lifestyle, many of them from restaurants all the over the country. The Kindle version I was given to review was very hard to read, as the recipes were interspersed with the text, so it was hard to see how much of each ingredient to use. Many of the pictures were also missing. I'm giving this book four stars because the material I could read was very good. However, there are problems with the Kindle version. I received a free copy of this book from Netgalley. My review is voluntary.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Nicole Arciello

    What do we love more than vegan recipes? An inside look at the vegan visionaries behind the food, of course! Mena Massoud’s Evolving Vegan Cookbook gives us both! Evolving Vegan takes us on a culinary adventure through North American cities in this part travelogue, part behind-the-scenes cookbook that spotlights vegan restaurant owners and chefs with the ultimate pay-off: recipes from, or inspired by, these famous kitchens. ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Mena Massoud took the vegan world by storm when he, well, What do we love more than vegan recipes? An inside look at the vegan visionaries behind the food, of course! Mena Massoud’s Evolving Vegan Cookbook gives us both! Evolving Vegan takes us on a culinary adventure through North American cities in this part travelogue, part behind-the-scenes cookbook that spotlights vegan restaurant owners and chefs with the ultimate pay-off: recipes from, or inspired by, these famous kitchens. ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Mena Massoud took the vegan world by storm when he, well, took the whole world by storm with his stellar performance as the title character in Disney’s 2019 live-action remake of Aladdin. Mena co-founded Evolving Vegan, a company that aims to introduce people to the vegan lifestyle and evolve into it at their own pace. His star-status led to his veganism gaining mentions in magazine and television interviews. Then it all went viral on social media! This is why vegans LOVE vegan celebs, because they have the platform to inform! And set a compassionate example for the masses! And with the Evolving Vegan Cookbook he does just that! Inside you will find over 70 recipes. Many sourced directly from, or inspired by, the restaurants he visits in his cookbook-writing-quest, in addition to recipes from both his home kitchen and his Mamma’s kitchen, too! THE RECIPES: The diversity of the recipes in this book is outstanding! It’s truly a trip around the world featuring recipes from every cuisine imaginable – Moroccan, Indian, Thai, Italian, Egyptian, Ethiopian, Mexican, Chinese, with some American classics, too. I dove head first into the Potato Pierogies from Fare Well Restaurant in Washington, D.C. I love Pierogies, but have never before made my own. And I should mention, I love Doron Petersan. A perfect fangirl moment! (You’ll find yourself experiencing these moments again and gain throughout this book!) Doron is also the owner of Sticky Fingers Sweets and Eats and on a recent one-day trip to D.C. I was able to walk 45 minutes (one-way) from the airport to grab some vegan cupcakes, a milkshake and a wrap before my flight home. So making Doron’s pierogie recipe was an extra special treat, and the recipe did not disappoint! The pierogies were authentic, and bursting with flavor. Assembly takes some practice, but it is worth it when you can sit down with a plate like this knowing that you made it yourself! I love easy, fresh and flavorful salads, and who doesn’t want to make and eat what Mena Massoud is making and eating on the set! So the next fan-girl moment, um I mean recipe-testing moment, was the Fresh Chickpea Salad from Mena’s home kitchen. This oil-free salad is layered with flavor – cumin, coriander, fresh dill and kalamata olives – and takes about 15 minutes to prepare. I can see this as a regular lunch in my house! The Gluten-Free Chocolate Brownies from Trilogy Sanctuary in San Diego, California were quick to appear in my kitchen. Almond flour based, these brownies were very gooey, so much so that they need constant refrigeration to keep their shape after baking and cooling, but the flavor was rich and fudgy, reminiscent of a box mix, which to me is the ultimate goal of any brownie recipe. With that flavor, cold brownies? So what OTHER RECIPES I WANT TO TRY: “Cheesy” Kale & Butternut Squash Scones by Sweet Hart Kitchen Giambotta Stew from Pura Vita Toasted Jackfruit Tuna Sandwich from Off the Griddle And many more! THE VERDICT: This is a wonderful (and long-awaited) addition to your cookbook shelf. The recipes are easy to follow with well-written steps and instructions. The photos will inspire you to get cooking. If you have been lucky enough to visit some of these great vegan establishments, this cookbook will be even more exciting! And if you haven’t, you can get to work updating your vegan bucket list! Set to release on September 15, 2020, you can pre-order Evolving Vegan: Deliciously Diverse Recipes from North America’s Best Plant-Based Eateries — For Anyone Who Loves Food directly on the Evolving Vegan Website. And join the over 75K followers for even more behind-the-scenes with Mena and friends on Evolving Vegan on Instagram. If you purchase this book, be sure to come back and let me know what you think in the comments! I can’t wait to see what you have cooked up! Happy Reading! Thank you to Tiller Press and NetGalley for providing me with a digital Advanced Reading Copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. www.realfoodkindfood.com

  7. 5 out of 5

    Mani

    Evolving vegan is a fantastic cook book I am not a vegan, after reading this book now I changed to vegan I love the foods in book and I tried to prepare it. I will give 5 star to evolving vegan written by Mena massoud

  8. 4 out of 5

    Sara Catherine

    Love Massoud’s theory of “evolving toward” becoming vegan, and the idea that making small steps still makes a huge impact. Definitely a refreshing mindset compared to the stereotypical hardcore vegan types that the internet likes to joke about! I like how he incorporates recipes from his favorite restaurants and from his childhood which results in a great collection of vegan recipes that sound delicious as is but appear to be easily adjustable for those who don’t or can’t subscribe to a strict v Love Massoud’s theory of “evolving toward” becoming vegan, and the idea that making small steps still makes a huge impact. Definitely a refreshing mindset compared to the stereotypical hardcore vegan types that the internet likes to joke about! I like how he incorporates recipes from his favorite restaurants and from his childhood which results in a great collection of vegan recipes that sound delicious as is but appear to be easily adjustable for those who don’t or can’t subscribe to a strict vegan diet. As a working single woman, a lot of the recipes particularly in the entrée section seem difficult to make on a weeknight because of the amount of time required to make them. However, the ingredients are relatively accessible (a little harder for me to find in Alabama, but not impossible!) and a lot of work could be done ahead of time as a meal prep. HOWEVER, I did make the stuffed eggplant from the book and it was. so. good. I read through the rest of the recipes and given enough time I would try most of them! And I’m not even vegan!!! This is a great book, particularly if you’re wanting to venture into vegan cooking! The recipes are inspired by a lot of different cuisines and has a lot of variety throughout. I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Janet

    When life for the entire universe and planet turns on its end and like everyone else you "have nothing to do" while your place of work is closed and you are in #COVID19 #socialisolation, superspeed readers like me can read 250+ pages/hour, so yes, I have read the book … and many more today. (I AM BORED!!) I requested and received a temporary digital Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley, the publisher and the author in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher, as I do not repea When life for the entire universe and planet turns on its end and like everyone else you "have nothing to do" while your place of work is closed and you are in #COVID19 #socialisolation, superspeed readers like me can read 250+ pages/hour, so yes, I have read the book … and many more today. (I AM BORED!!) I requested and received a temporary digital Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley, the publisher and the author in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher, as I do not repeat the contents or story of books in reviews, I let them do it as they do it better than I do 😸. From actor and avid traveller, Mena Massoud comes a collection of diverse, delicious, and accessible vegan recipes inspired from dishes all over the world, perfect for everyone at the table! It’s safe to say that veganism is no longer just a trend. Lifelong vegans, part-timers, and aspiring vegans are a diverse and eclectic group of people from all walks of life and backgrounds, and yet, there’s very little out there in mainstream media that reflects this new reality. The Evolving Vegan cookbook celebrates both flavours and stories from a wide array of plant-based eateries all across North America, proving that a plant-friendly diet is truly accessible to all! In this book, you will meet Cyrus Ichiza from Ichiza Kitchen in Portland, whose Taiwanese mother inspired him to share his Southeast Asian roots through authentically flavorful vegan dishes. You’ll learn legendary behind-the-scenes secrets of San Francisco’s Peña Pachamama, a Bolivian plant-based restaurant that serves national dishes like pique macho and aji de fideo. And you can finally conquer veganism once and for all, without sacrificing the delicious flavours you love. Containing recipes from many different countries and cultures, and including helpful tips for lifelong and transitioning vegans alike, Evolving Vegan takes you on a food-based road trip to explore the vibrancy of veganism across North America. I always hear from my friends how hard it is to travel and be sure that the food is vegan - some are vegan by choice but I do know a few people who are deathly allergic to milk/milk proteins so they try to ear vegan to avoid a trip to the ER. (For me it is a serious allergy to pork, and I have to have the pizza people use a newly washed slicer ... ditto the sub slicer, lest I end up sick as heck.!) Am I going to travel to many of these places (Bolivia for one) but I did enjoy reading about these foods and wondering if I could make these dishes at home. I love to experiment, although I draw the line at Frankenfoods such as "chicken) which has 88 ingredients vs. chicken from a chicken that has one!) Plus, I have to add cheese from a mammal as I am addicted to the stuff - but if I were in these cities, I would probably run to these restaurants as the food sounds so good and I love the stories behind the chefs and the foods. A wonderful book for the vegan in your life --- as always, I try to find a reason to not rate with stars as I love emojis (outside of their incessant use by "🙏-ed Social Influencer Millennials/#BachelorNation survivors/Tik-Tok and YouTube Millionaires/etc. " on Instagram and Twitter... Get a real job, people!) so let's give it 🍄🥑🍄🥑

  10. 4 out of 5

    Annie

    Originally published on my blog: Nonstop Reader. Evolving Vegan is a recipe collection and tutorial book by Mena Massoud. Due out 15th Sept 2020 from Simon & Schuster on their Tiller Press imprint, it's 192 pages and will be available in hardcover and ebook formats. The book has an interesting take on plant based food which hooked me from the beginning. The author has curated the recipes from 4 categories: recipes generously provided by restaurants (the same or similar to dishes on their menus Originally published on my blog: Nonstop Reader. Evolving Vegan is a recipe collection and tutorial book by Mena Massoud. Due out 15th Sept 2020 from Simon & Schuster on their Tiller Press imprint, it's 192 pages and will be available in hardcover and ebook formats. The book has an interesting take on plant based food which hooked me from the beginning. The author has curated the recipes from 4 categories: recipes generously provided by restaurants (the same or similar to dishes on their menus), recipes inspired by a particular restaurant, recipes developed by the author himself, and family recipes (from mama's kitchen). The recipes run the gamut from trendy foodie-chic to ultra traditional/ancient and represent a wide variety of world cuisines: Asian, fusion, Middle Eastern, European, American, African, South American - lots of temptations from which to choose. The recipes are arranged roughly thematically: breakfasts, appetizers, soups salads & sandwiches, entrées, sides, and desserts. They have their ingredients listed bullet style in a sidebar. Measurements are given in US standard only, with a metric/SI conversion table in the appendices. Special tools and ingredients are also listed, along with yields and cooking directions. There isn't any nutritional information included. Most of the ingredients are easily sourced at any moderately well stocked grocery store. The graphics and photography are abundant and clear. The serving suggestions are appropriate, attractive, and creative. The layout is full-on edgy/trendy/young. It should appeal to foodies. Admittedly, my husband called it 'hipster trendy', which is maybe a tiny bit mean, but appropriate. I found it energetic and fun. I liked the inclusiveness of the book - there wasn't any preaching or stridency. The author says quite clearly that people come from different places toward vegetarian/vegan lifestyles and that's cool. Whether it's a philosophical choice, or a dietary choice, there's (literally) room at the table for everyone. Four and a half stars, rounded up for the engaged and humorous writing, meticulously developed recipes (often with anecdotes from the author's life and family), and photography. The photographs are beautiful. Disclosure: I received an ARC at no cost from the author/publisher for review purposes.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Jamie Jack

    Vegan Fun I have had an interest in vegan food for two decades, though I consider myself to be more vegetarian than vegan. But I'm always happy to find new vegan cookbooks and recipes to enjoy. I found this book a lot of fun. The author has gathered recipes from restaurants around the US., written some inspired by restaurants, and also has included her own and her mother's vegan recipes. If you ever thought vegan food was boring, just flip through these recipes. You'll see an incredible variety o Vegan Fun I have had an interest in vegan food for two decades, though I consider myself to be more vegetarian than vegan. But I'm always happy to find new vegan cookbooks and recipes to enjoy. I found this book a lot of fun. The author has gathered recipes from restaurants around the US., written some inspired by restaurants, and also has included her own and her mother's vegan recipes. If you ever thought vegan food was boring, just flip through these recipes. You'll see an incredible variety of colors, textures, and ingredient combinations that will make your mouth water! Some ingredients are certainly unusual, especially if you're accustomed to the traditional omnivore diet. Depending on where you live, you might have a hard time sourcing some ingredients, or at least I know I will in my rural southern Oregon town. Some recipes are more complex than you typically see in cookbooks these days. This is because so many of them are actual restaurant recipes or inspired by them. Real chefs tend to make fussier dishes than us home cooks. But I certainly found this collection of recipes inspiring, and there are more than a few that I want to try. Not every recipe has a photo, but many of them do. Many photos are taken from directly above, which I don't think is the best for most food dishes as it flattens the three-dimensional nature of food, not giving a true sense of what a dish looks like. I also had a problem with some of the graphic design of the book. Some recipes are given on a colored background that makes them at times hard to read. The light blue font on the medium pink background and green on yellow/orange were headache-inducing. All in all, though, I did find this cookbook immensely enjoyable. I received a free copy of this book, but that did not affect my review. My book blog: https://www.readingfanaticreviews.com

  12. 5 out of 5

    Becky

    Right away this cookbook felt different. I love the author's story of how he grew up and the things he ate. I like how it points out how we all eat, cook, and really that should be accessible for everyone. This book is now a bunch of photos from a blog. It's recipes collected from the author's kitchen as well as his family and restaurants. It includes city spotlights that discuss the vegan community around the country. There's also hero spotlights that lift up people working hard for the vegan mo Right away this cookbook felt different. I love the author's story of how he grew up and the things he ate. I like how it points out how we all eat, cook, and really that should be accessible for everyone. This book is now a bunch of photos from a blog. It's recipes collected from the author's kitchen as well as his family and restaurants. It includes city spotlights that discuss the vegan community around the country. There's also hero spotlights that lift up people working hard for the vegan movement. The pictures are absolutely gorgeous. I always want more pictures, but these feel evenly spread out in the book and I didn't feel like I was missing a ton. The fonts and way the recipes are written I really visually enjoy too. I will say I wasn't a big fan of the cover. There's so many amazing pictures inside that I loved so much more then the cover photo. Something else I love are all the recipes have a short description/story with them. I enjoy the ideas of how to personalize a dish, what to serve it with, or a memory to read of where the recipe came from. There's a nice variety of cuisines and recipes. Definitely something for everyone here. The ingredients aren't too hard to come by. It includes a bit of vegan processed foods like vegan sausages, cheese options, soy curls or vegan chicken, but I think most people can find those options now (I live in a small town in the middle of hunting and carnivore central, so I hope most people can find it). Overall a fun, slightly different feeling, vegan collection of recipes. Thank you NetGalley for the arc. All thoughts regarding the book are my own.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Ruth’s Romances

    ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ “Try your hardest to cut down your intake of animal products, do your part to reduce your environmental footprint, and start taking pride in what you put into your body, because you know it’s better for your health. That’s what it means to be evolving vegan, and everyone is welcome.” This is a gorgeous cookbook that has some beautiful photos and mostly easy to follow recipes with ingredients you can feel good about. I think one of the biggest misconceptions is that vegan food doesn’t tas ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ “Try your hardest to cut down your intake of animal products, do your part to reduce your environmental footprint, and start taking pride in what you put into your body, because you know it’s better for your health. That’s what it means to be evolving vegan, and everyone is welcome.” This is a gorgeous cookbook that has some beautiful photos and mostly easy to follow recipes with ingredients you can feel good about. I think one of the biggest misconceptions is that vegan food doesn’t taste good. And that just couldn’t be further from the truth. I am not 100% vegan, so I appreciate the authors stance on ‘evolving’ and that you don’t have to be 100% vegan to make a difference. . There’s something for every course, including appetizers and even dessert. Dessert is one thing that has been a struggle to find since eliminating dairy especially. So I’m looking forward to trying several in this book! The pulled ‘pork’, orange cauliflower and Boston cream pie-cake recipes are especially calling my name. I would have liked to see more recipe photos- perhaps that was just due to having a eARC copy. And I do find some of these recipes to be a bit more complex, where as I prefer a more quick and easy approach. I think this would be a great book though for those who are already familiar cooking with vegan substitutes. I was provided with an eARC for my honest review

  14. 5 out of 5

    CJ (one.chapteratatime)

    There are so many mouth-watering good recipes in this cookbook! The layout of the book is ideal with stunning food photography, easy to follow instructions, and cool title fonts. Amongst the recipes are stories of the author's travels and information about the Vegan world, both interesting and educational. I received the e-copy, thank you to Netgalley and SimonSchusterCanada. If you are like me and prefer physical cookbooks, I highly recommend you buy the print copy. It is the kind of book that There are so many mouth-watering good recipes in this cookbook! The layout of the book is ideal with stunning food photography, easy to follow instructions, and cool title fonts. Amongst the recipes are stories of the author's travels and information about the Vegan world, both interesting and educational. I received the e-copy, thank you to Netgalley and SimonSchusterCanada. If you are like me and prefer physical cookbooks, I highly recommend you buy the print copy. It is the kind of book that is easy to revisit over and over, for enjoyment and inspiration. I am not vegan, but I do enjoy trying Vegan food. I desperately needed new recipes. So far I have tried meals that will also please my 4 children, who are not as adventurous. Here's the ones (sorry not too adventurous) that have been family hits so far: Chocolaty Sunshine Oats Pattaya and Dragon Fruit Smoothie Avocado Toast (to perfection!) Acai Bowl Karma Soba Noodle Edmame Bowl Kale Chips Red Lentil Dal (Okay, the youngest two weren't thrilled, but the rest of us gobbled it up!) Cast-Iron Mac'n Cheese Butternut Squash Soup Fresh Chickpea Salad I wish there was a restaurant where I could order Mena's food! The many other recipes look delicious, and I hope to get to them.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Patrycja

    This book sounds fantastic. I am looking forward to trying the recipes. There are so many, with gluten-free options as well. As a person witch celiac, this is good news for me. The book includes recipes for breakfast, appetizers, salads, soups, sandwiches, entrees, side dishes, and desserts. There are also resources and metric charts. The author traveled through America, visiting different cities and different vegan bars and restaurants. He was collecting the recipes on his way. What he ended up This book sounds fantastic. I am looking forward to trying the recipes. There are so many, with gluten-free options as well. As a person witch celiac, this is good news for me. The book includes recipes for breakfast, appetizers, salads, soups, sandwiches, entrees, side dishes, and desserts. There are also resources and metric charts. The author traveled through America, visiting different cities and different vegan bars and restaurants. He was collecting the recipes on his way. What he ended up imputing in this cookbook are recipes from visited restaurants. Also, recipes inspired by vegan restaurants. Recipes from the author's kitchen and his mom's kitchen. There is a lot of options to choose from. I am looking forward to baking the chocolate cake or make crepes inspired by Little Choc Apothecary- the Brooklyn based restaurant. ( Their crepes are so delicious! I know, because I visited this place a few times 😁). Tofu pad thai always sounds good. Or "Meatball" skillet seems like a great recipe. You can also make Polish pierogis ( I need a gluten-free version for the dough, but I can use the recipe for the feeling). This book sounds like a great addition to the vegan cookbook collection.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Jessie

    The feature of this cookbook is the restaurant connection. Here the authors made popular dishes from well known Vegan restaurants in North America their own. Having eaten at two of the mentioned restaurants this cookbook intrigued me. The high quality of choices means these recipes naturally have many ingredients. However, to the target market for this book that won't be a problem. This cookbook will appeal to many who love entertaining. So far I have only made one dish, but that is more due to t The feature of this cookbook is the restaurant connection. Here the authors made popular dishes from well known Vegan restaurants in North America their own. Having eaten at two of the mentioned restaurants this cookbook intrigued me. The high quality of choices means these recipes naturally have many ingredients. However, to the target market for this book that won't be a problem. This cookbook will appeal to many who love entertaining. So far I have only made one dish, but that is more due to the limitations regarding covid-19. Running out the the grocery on a whim isn't practical at the moment. However, I am impressed by the recipes, the layout and plating. Also, the introduction claims to aim to inspire the reader and this cookbook does just that. It makes me want to up my cooking game. Also, the fact that it is a true Vegan cookbook -- not just vegetarian does not hold this selection back. I feel if presented with any of these dishes (based on photography) no one would turn it away. Beautiful and inspiring.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer Caloyeras

    I was so excited to read this book as I recently became vegan. Mena Massoud is an actor who starred in the live action version of Aladdin, and this book is not only filled with delicious recipes, but it also traces Massoud’s evolution to living a plant-based life. Evolving Vegan is a vibrant cookbook exploding with exciting vegan cooking ideas. The pages are colorful and creative: bagel and lox are constructed using carrots, “crab” cakes feature hearts of palm and my favorite, albeit most ambiti I was so excited to read this book as I recently became vegan. Mena Massoud is an actor who starred in the live action version of Aladdin, and this book is not only filled with delicious recipes, but it also traces Massoud’s evolution to living a plant-based life. Evolving Vegan is a vibrant cookbook exploding with exciting vegan cooking ideas. The pages are colorful and creative: bagel and lox are constructed using carrots, “crab” cakes feature hearts of palm and my favorite, albeit most ambitious meal is the Ethiopian dinner that includes components such as split peas, homemade wat, and collard greens. I prepared it and it delivered. This book is fun an inventive and I loved reading about which particular restaurants in various cities inspired certain dishes. Too many times chefs don’t give credit to those that influence their cooking. Mena Massoud delivers intoxicating recipes that range in flavor and I can’t wait to eat my way through this book.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Lara

    Um...I am clearly in the minority here, but I did not really enjoy this cookbook. I think a big part of it is that I do not like the way it looks, at all. I hate the layout, I hate the font used for recipe titles, the food photography is the kind that sort of grosses me out instead of making me hungry--too close up! Also, not great lighting. Probably all of it tastes great, but I'm not really feeling inspired enough to find out. And most of the recipes just aren't super interesting to me...just Um...I am clearly in the minority here, but I did not really enjoy this cookbook. I think a big part of it is that I do not like the way it looks, at all. I hate the layout, I hate the font used for recipe titles, the food photography is the kind that sort of grosses me out instead of making me hungry--too close up! Also, not great lighting. Probably all of it tastes great, but I'm not really feeling inspired enough to find out. And most of the recipes just aren't super interesting to me...just not my style of vegan, I guess, or I have encountered them a little too often? That said, I do like the profiles of various vegan chefs, and I miiiight be willing to give the pierogi recipe a shot, because there's no picture and I do love me some pierogies!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Gaby

    Mena Massoud's Evolving Vegan is offers something different. There is a brief discussion on how a plant based diet helps our planet, but Massoud also appeals to the reader's tastebuds as well. He shares recipes of dishes from internationally recognized Vegetarian restaurants - the recipes are straightforward (not fussy) and replicable in a home kitchen. The dishes are well worth the effort and healthy. Mena suggests ways to tweak the recipes, to make them your own. I acquired a few vegetarian re Mena Massoud's Evolving Vegan is offers something different. There is a brief discussion on how a plant based diet helps our planet, but Massoud also appeals to the reader's tastebuds as well. He shares recipes of dishes from internationally recognized Vegetarian restaurants - the recipes are straightforward (not fussy) and replicable in a home kitchen. The dishes are well worth the effort and healthy. Mena suggests ways to tweak the recipes, to make them your own. I acquired a few vegetarian recipe books since our family began our plant based diet 2 years ago. This Evolving Vegan holds recipes that we enjoy eating and are not overwhelming in types of ingredients or steps. This supplements the basic vegan cookbooks very well.

  20. 5 out of 5

    (a)lyss(a)

    I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This is an interesting recipe book! I've been trying to eat less meat and was interested in checking this book out. I was surprised to see that instead of recipes that include no cheese or meat many of these recipes included vegan cheese and meat substitutes. Because of the inclusion of plant-based alternatives there are a lot more "traditional" recipes such as a vegan macaroni and cheese. There are beautiful pictures I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This is an interesting recipe book! I've been trying to eat less meat and was interested in checking this book out. I was surprised to see that instead of recipes that include no cheese or meat many of these recipes included vegan cheese and meat substitutes. Because of the inclusion of plant-based alternatives there are a lot more "traditional" recipes such as a vegan macaroni and cheese. There are beautiful pictures for the recipes that have photos! I was hoping for more pictures. While some of these are a bit complicated for weeknight dinners some of these recipes look like good finds!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Niki Giammarco

    I was very excited to win this book in a Goodreads Giveaway. I've been cooking vegan for many years and mostly turned to online recipes (nowadays from blogs, though I used to use vegweb very regularly). I have a few vegan cookbooks but found I did not use them much (sorry Isa Moskowitz, I have Veganomicon and I know it's a great beloved cookbook that still occasionally comes in handy but it is a heavy tome with no pictures). The recipes in Evolving Vegan are artfully laid out and still easy to r I was very excited to win this book in a Goodreads Giveaway. I've been cooking vegan for many years and mostly turned to online recipes (nowadays from blogs, though I used to use vegweb very regularly). I have a few vegan cookbooks but found I did not use them much (sorry Isa Moskowitz, I have Veganomicon and I know it's a great beloved cookbook that still occasionally comes in handy but it is a heavy tome with no pictures). The recipes in Evolving Vegan are artfully laid out and still easy to read and follow, with gorgeous mouthwatering photos, and list ingredients that I either mostly have (or regularly stock up on) or only require a simple trip to the grocery store (there are a handful of advanced recipes that don't seem too intimidating to try). They are also unique and not found elsewhere. Massoud includes his backstory, interesting tidbits about the cities he toured, profiles of different restaurant vegan chefs, and each recipe has its own interesting blurb as well, so in addition to having interesting recipes to try, it's fun to read.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Janet

    When life for the entire universe and planet turns on its end and like everyone else you "have nothing to do" while your place of work is closed and you are in #COVID19 #socialisolation, superspeed readers like me can read 250+ pages/hour, so yes, I have read the book … and many more today. (I AM BORED!!) I requested and received a temporary digital Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley, the publisher and the author in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher, as I do not repe When life for the entire universe and planet turns on its end and like everyone else you "have nothing to do" while your place of work is closed and you are in #COVID19 #socialisolation, superspeed readers like me can read 250+ pages/hour, so yes, I have read the book … and many more today. (I AM BORED!!) I requested and received a temporary digital Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley, the publisher and the author in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher, as I do not repeat the contents or story of books in reviews, I let them do it as they do it better than I do 😸. From actor and avid traveller, Mena Massoud comes a collection of diverse, delicious, and accessible vegan recipes inspired from dishes all over the world, perfect for everyone at the table! It’s safe to say that veganism is no longer just a trend. Lifelong vegans, part-timers, and aspiring vegans are a diverse and eclectic group of people from all walks of life and backgrounds, and yet, there’s very little out there in mainstream media that reflects this new reality. The Evolving Vegan cookbook celebrates both flavours and stories from a wide array of plant-based eateries all across North America, proving that a plant-friendly diet is truly accessible to all! In this book, you will meet Cyrus Ichiza from Ichiza Kitchen in Portland, whose Taiwanese mother inspired him to share his Southeast Asian roots through authentically flavorful vegan dishes. You’ll learn legendary behind-the-scenes secrets of San Francisco’s Peña Pachamama, a Bolivian plant-based restaurant that serves national dishes like pique macho and aji de fideo. And you can finally conquer veganism once and for all, without sacrificing the delicious flavours you love. Containing recipes from many different countries and cultures, and including helpful tips for lifelong and transitioning vegans alike, Evolving Vegan takes you on a food-based road trip to explore the vibrancy of veganism across North America. I always hear from my friends how hard it is to travel and be sure that the food is vegan - some are vegan by choice but I do know a few people who are deathly allergic to milk/milk proteins so they try to ear vegan to avoid a trip to the ER. (For me it is a serious allergy to pork, and I have to have the pizza people use a newly washed slicer ... ditto the sub slicer, lest I end up sick as heck.!) Am I going to travel to many of these places (Bolivia for one) but I did enjoy reading about these foods and wondering if I could make these dishes at home. I love to experiment, although I draw the line at Frankenfoods such as "chicken) which has 88 ingredients vs. chicken from a chicken that has one!) Plus, I have to add cheese from a mammal as I am addicted to the stuff - but if I were in these cities, I would probably run to these restaurants as the food sounds so good and I love the stories behind the chefs and the foods. A wonderful book for the vegan in your life --- as always, I try to find a reason to not rate with stars as I love emojis (outside of their incessant use by "🙏-ed Social Influencer Millennials/#BachelorNation survivors/Tik-Tok and YouTube Millionaires/etc. " on Instagram and Twitter... Get a real job, people!) so let's give it 🍄🥑🍄🥑

  23. 4 out of 5

    Kathleen

    A number of appealing aspects to this book: the nonjudgmental concept of evolving vegan, the varied sources of recipes (from restaurants, inspired by restaurants, and from the home or mom's kitchen.) Finally, there are some intriguing ingredients I haven't used in my cooking: jackfruit, dragonfruit, açaí puree, chia seeds, gogi berries etc. I would like to try some of these recipes, but because I don't have many of the ingredients and the recipes strike me as a bit complex, I plan to wait until Co A number of appealing aspects to this book: the nonjudgmental concept of evolving vegan, the varied sources of recipes (from restaurants, inspired by restaurants, and from the home or mom's kitchen.) Finally, there are some intriguing ingredients I haven't used in my cooking: jackfruit, dragonfruit, açaí puree, chia seeds, gogi berries etc. I would like to try some of these recipes, but because I don't have many of the ingredients and the recipes strike me as a bit complex, I plan to wait until Covid 19 is under control and I can spend more time shopping, and I can cook for a larger group.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Bhoomika Singh

    This book is really good.Best for plant eaters I really loved this book😍😍😍😍😍.💕💕💕💕💞💞💞 Thanku Mena Massoud for bringing this book to all over the world.Thanku so so so much.....😊😊😊😍😍😍💞💞💞I really love the recipes inside the book.I recommend u all to buy this book and vote this book for goodreads choice awards.Thanku again Mena Massoud for bringing this book to us.I m just 13 and my parents bought this book just for me.I m trying to learn recipes from this book.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Wpn

    I loved how the recipes in this book felt accessible and perfect for everyday. She even includes recipes from (or inspired by) some restaurants i have been to and loved. Her tone is fun and made me laugh in parts. Great addition to a collection of vegan cookbooks at home. Photography is average- pretty but not much personality. May not matter to most people. The content though is great!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Janet

    Yes! There are photos of every recipe! The recipes have simple instructions and easy to find ingredients. I loved the moussaka and the okra stew. We aren't vegan but frequently cook plant based only and this cookbook offers lots of wonderful ideas. I look forward to it coming out in book form since I'm not comfortable cooking from my computer.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Greta

    Gorgeous cookbook with lots of variety. I loved that the author included some of his mom's traditional recipes along with recipes from restaurants. I was surprised to see some of my favourite Vancouver restaurants included here too! I didn't get a chance to try the recipes before the digital edition expired but I plan to buy this one especially for the family recipes.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Jennie

    Evolving Vegan is an interesting kind of cookbook. I it is a mix of a few recipes that Mena Massoud has created or gotten from his mother and ones that came from restaurants or were inspired by restaurant meals. Because of this some of the recipes have a lot of ingredients and look intimidating. That being said there are several recipes in here that look exactly like meals I would want to make. One of the nice things is that many recipes utilize ingredients like cashew cheese/cream so you have o Evolving Vegan is an interesting kind of cookbook. I it is a mix of a few recipes that Mena Massoud has created or gotten from his mother and ones that came from restaurants or were inspired by restaurant meals. Because of this some of the recipes have a lot of ingredients and look intimidating. That being said there are several recipes in here that look exactly like meals I would want to make. One of the nice things is that many recipes utilize ingredients like cashew cheese/cream so you have one staple items you need that appears throughout the book. So often there are staple items that only get used a couple of times so you might create more than you need. Another thing that is different about this book is that at the end of each chapter Mena highlights a city he traveled to and discovered their vegan scene with a vegan hero profile. Traveling can be difficult when you are trying to eat vegan so having those highlights is nice. I would not say this is a beginner cookbook but there are definitely a nice mix of recipes that I would try.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Rather.be.reading1

    Thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for the opportunity to read and review this book. I am always looking for new yummy vegan recipes. And now there are some cool restaurants I want to try! I really enjoyed that these recipes did not seem complicated, but rather simple that anyone can make.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Rj

    While a beautifully designed cookbook featuring a selection of diverse vegan recipes, the recipes themselves are collected from all the restaurants that the actor Massoud visited across North America.

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