COOKING & FOOD

Vegetable Kingdom: The Abundant World of Vegan Recipes

Ten Speed: Crown. Feb. 2020. 256p. ISBN 9780399581045. $30. COOKING
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Terry’s approach to food and its preparation is complex, even when recipes are simple. His previous book, Afro-Vegan, explored dishes of the African diaspora. This newest work broadens the global reach with international influences that blend traditional methods with the culinary techniques and training of the James Beard Award–winning chef and writer. Vegetables are the stars throughout; Terry is an advocate for a vegan diet that respects the foodways and cultures of various communities. Historical and generational connections to food and its preparation are related to his personal experiences. Recipes range from simple creamy cauliflower to complex millet roux mushroom gumbo, which includes detailed instructions for creating a vegan, gluten-free take on classic roux. A closing “cupboard” filled with recipes for flavored oils and vinegars, sauces, and seasonings enhance and amplify the taste profile of recipes throughout.
VERDICT New and experienced cooks will find flavor-forward vegan dishes, complete with a curated playlist, in this worthy successor to the author’s previous books, which also stands on its own.

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