To learn to cook without a book is a very useful skill to have. You then can use up whatever is leftover in your fridge, or cook up something from seasonal ingredients at the farm shop or from a veg box. Sometimes (like for vegan baking), sticking to a recipe is important. But for most savoury meals, you can often just eyeball the ingredients and use skills and experience, to create a tasty and nutritious meal.
Although vegan recipe books are wonderful, it’s also good to know how to make a meal, if you don’t have a recipe to hand. This is often what people of former generations (or who live in very poor areas) do. For instance, many Neapolitans will make you the tastiest pasta sauce, even though this area of Italy is one of the poorest, with little access to the expensive ‘Italian foods’ that a London deli would have. Here are (ironically!) books to help you cook without a book!
Vegan Yum shows how to create taste, texture and deliciousness, with 75 recipes to satisfy each part of teh palate. Each of the 6 chapters is devoted to a different aspect of cooking, with recipes. But also you will learn how each recipe is crafted, so you can adapt and make your own meals. Megan Sadd has spent nearly her entire life studying plant-based cuisine and now shares all her secrets. Recipes to learn and then adapt yourself include:
- Crispy Southern Chickpea Sandwiches
- Meat Lover’s BBQ Pulled Jackfruit
- Spring Linguine with King Oyster Scallops
- Smoky Gouda Melt
- Pesto Mac n Cheese
- Roasted Vegetable Romanesco Lasagna