Her new pocket-sized guide, Vegan a Go-Go! (Arsenal Pulp Press), offers travel tips and recipes that will hold up on the road but will also work just fine in your home kitchen. Read on for our impressions ...
Title & Publisher: Vegan a Go-Go! by Sarah Kramer. Published by Arsenal Pulp Press, 2008
First impressions: A pocket-sized, paperback book with a nice, sturdy cover. Recipes include colorful section tags and descriptive stamps, but no recipe photos. Vegan a Go-Go! includes a section of travel tips and packing suggestions, but it is primarily a cookbook.
Number of recipes: 150. The recipes are divided into 10 categories: breakfast, salads, soups, dips, entrees, sauces, side dishes, baking, faux (vegan dairy and meat interpretations) and odds (seasonings). Travel-themed stamps identify the recipes as new, quick and easy, travels well, will impress your friends, or needs special ingredients.
The other stuff: The introductory pages include Kramer’s very personal history with veganism and traveling, including a heartbreaking account of being violently assaulted while traveling with friends – an incident that left her with a thirst for life and dedication to safety.
The angle: Kramer shows off her glam-punk style throughout the book and takes an informal, heart-felt approach to her writing. There is also, obviously, a travel theme throughout.
Equipment needed: A few recipes – like Microwave Curried Chickpea Potato Soup – could be prepared with minimal equipment. But most assume you’ve followed Kramer’s advice to stay in a hotel with a kitchenette or, better yet, a friend. Staying with friends and being the kind of houseguests who treats her hosts to a home-cooked meal is certainly the kind of advice we can get behind.
Strengths: Kramer’s recipes are approachable and fun, and don’t include the mile-long recipe lists that turn us off to many vegan recipes.
Recipes for right now: Freedom French Toast (made with silken tofu), Delightful Broccoli and Red Pepper Soup, Sunflower Seed Avocado Spread, Pita Potato Pizza, Tomato Walnut-Crusted Fried “Chicken,” Date Walnut Energy Bars, Chocolate Upside-Down Pudding Cake.
Recommended? Yes, if you are a vegan (or vegetarian) who’s looking for fun, accessible recipes.
Why? The book is fun to read and the recipes are interesting and uncomplicated.
Buy the book: Vegan a Go-Go! (Amazon, $14)
More: Sarah Kramer: Go Vegan
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