The Modern Tiffin: On-the-Go Vegan Dishes with a Global Flair

Tiller: S. & S. Nov. 2021. 224p. ISBN 9781982177089. $24.99. COOKING
Self-taught vegan cook Naik has been featured on the Food Network, the Today show, and CNN for her inventive globally inspired and Indian-influenced dishes. Here, she offers a range of portable vegan dishes serving two that are perfect options for picnics, casual lunches, appetizers, or snacks. Each chapter features five recipes inspired by a specific global cuisine—including South Asian, Italian, Mexican, and what Naik calls “American Comfort”—that can either be prepared individually or served together as part of a spread. Every recipe features a unique Indian twist that makes it Naik’s own, with highlights such as green-chutney quesadillas, masala chickpea bruschetta, and falafel-pear lettuce wraps. The drinks chapter offers a range of imaginative and colorful mocktails, while the extensive ingredient glossary and tip sheet on cooking with and substituting spices are a boon for less experienced cooks.
VERDICT The perfect cookbook for planning summer meals, this bright and creative collection puts an innovative spin on vegan cooking and will appeal to a broad range of home cooks, vegan or not.
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