Cooking with Plant-Based Meat: 75 Satisfying Recipes Using Next-Generation Meat Alternatives

America’s Test Kitchen. Apr. 2022. 192p. ISBN 9781954210028. $27.99. COOKING
The latest from America’s Test Kitchen includes 75 vegan and vegetarian recipes that use plant-based “meat”—rather than tofu or seitan—to satisfy meat cravings. There are recipes for snacks, appetizers, burgers, sandwiches, tacos, pasta, noodles, bowls, soups, skillet meals, and sheet-pan meals; some are building blocks (seasonings; doughs; cashew cheeses) for more complex dishes. The book also includes a section on flavor boosters that enhance meatiness. None of the recipes requires a particular brand or type of plant-based meat, giving home cooks the flexibility to use their preferred varieties or the ones they have on hand. A guide to cooking times, volume in relation to animal protein, and “doneness” will be useful for readers who are new to plant-based meat.
VERDICT This niche collection has the right quantity of recipes, for variety that isn’t overwhelming. The tips on handling, cooking times, and doneness are particularly useful.
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