Thursday, April 19, 2012

A Book Review ~ The Inspired Vegan by Bryant Terry

The author of Vegan Soul Kitchen, Bryant Terry, has come out with another book The Inspired Vegan.  Unfortunately, I haven't had the chance to try out any of the recipes, but I must say that there are some creative recipes that looks well worth the try.  One that I would love to try is the "Smoky Tomatoes, Roasted Plantains, and Crumbled Tempeh".  It has chipotle, bay leaves, garlic, and cilantro as part of the ingredients.  Interesting mix of flavors and textures. Though, I would change the tempeh for fried tofu and sesame seeds instead because I am not a big fan of tempeh.

The book is called Inspired Vegan because his goal is to inspire people to think outside the box when it comes to his recipes. The book is broken up by seasons (seasonal fruits and vegetables), but he encourages substitutions to be made using "whatever is readily available".  His book has a mix of recipes from different cultures from African American, Chinese, Indian, West African, as well as other cultures. His approach is simplicity.

What makes this book interesting is that it is not a typical cookbook.  Bryant Terry takes you into his world with hardships of his neighborhood to sweet memories throughout his life. He tells a story.  The story behind the people and places he has been to that inspired the recipes of his book.  "A decade ago I started dreaming of ways to make fresh, affordable food more widely accessible, which would help eliminate health disparities between low-income and higher-income people living in cities."

I really like that with each recipe, he ties it with a musical selection.  It gives you an idea of his mood when it comes to that particular recipe.  Each recipe is unique to its song and inspiration.  "If I did my job well, The Inspired Vegan will move seamlessly from your kitchen countertop to your coffee table to your nightstand." ♥

*I was sent a reviewer's copy.


  1. i didn't know that bryant terry came out with a new cookbook, love that there's a cultural mix. i have his vegan soul kitchen cookbook and it is sooo good and super simple! nothing is too overwhelming. sounds like this one follows suit. can't wait to check it out! :)

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