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- Editor: Random House USA Inc; Edición: 1 (15 de julio de 2003)
- Idioma: Inglés
- ISBN-10: 0609809814
- ISBN-13: 978-0609809815
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The Candle Cafe Cookbook (Inglés) Tapa blanda – 15 jul 2003
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A treasure trove of delicious, creative vegan dishes features recipes from New York City's most highly acclaimed meatless restaurant, presenting such offerings as White Bean and Rosemary Pâté, Tempeh-Portabello Burgers, and Chocolate Praline Pie. Original. 15,000 first printing.
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It's hard enough to satisfy choosy diners at a hot New York restaurantimagine having to do it without using meat, fish, dairy, or eggs! The Candle Cafe has been doing just that for years, offering vegan food that has earned the praise of food critics, celebrities, and countless New Yorkers.
The food at the Candle Cafe expands the horizons of vegan cuisine, proving that the healthiest food can also be the most flavorful and satisfying. From delectable appetizers like Quesadillas stuffed with Portobellos and Red Peppers and Tofu Satay with Coconut-Peanut Sauce to classic dips like Hummus and Babaganoush, veggan cooking never tasted this good. Even the soups are specialSpring Vegetable Minestrone Soup is filled with fresh flavor, and Butternut Squash Soup gets a kick from toasted pumpkin seeds. Hearty, satisfying sandwiches and main courses like Barbecued Tempeh-Chipotle Burgers with Grilled Pineapple, Porcini Mushroom Stroganoff, and Indian Eggplant Curry are infused with delicious flavors from around the world. For dessert, treats like Chocolate Mousse Pie and Lemon-Tofu Cheesecake with Blood Orange Glaze are creamy and indulgent.
With helpful tips on cooking beans and grains, a full glossary of ingredients, and plenty of color photographs, The Candle Cafe Cookbook is a treasure trove of vegan recipes that have been drawing crowds and raves for years.
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I think that most, if not all, of these recipes are the actual recipes the restaurant uses, but I think they mathematically scaled down the recipes and then didn't test them. It's either that, or there are some major typos. I also think that many of the recipes need further instruction for home cooks who might not be familiar with certain techniques or methods of cooking.
I would never give this book to a brand new vegan OR someone who doesn't know much about cooking. For example, as a new vegan I didn't know to steam my tempeh before using it, and there are recipes in here that won't instruct you to do that. And as an experienced cook, I recognized that some recipes called for too much of an ingredient, but again, there might be persons who wouldn't catch that and follow a recipe blindly, rendering their food inedible.
Like I said earlier, I do use this cookbook frequently, but I've learned to follow my gut when something doesn't seem right with the recipe. I would love to see this book republished with some heavy editing, because when I make some tweaks the food turns out amazing.
Nine years later, I am vegan and more experienced in the kitchen. I now own more than a dozen vegan cookbooks to compare this with. And this still is one of my delicious favorites.
If I were to rank vegan cookbooks by indulgence versus healthy, if super-indulgent is a 10 and ultra-healthy is a 1, the Candle Cafe Cookbook would be an 8. Ranking by taste, 1 is sawdust and 10 is divine, this is an 8 again on balance (though the restaurant's food, when they prepare it, ranges 8-10,so something may be lacking in this cook!). And if spare simplicity is a 1 and massive complexity is a 10, this book's recipes average a 7, I'd say. Overall, crucially, this is a chef's cookbook, with all the finesse, balance, and je ne sais quois that an experienced chef puts into a dish.
The longer version:
If you buy this book, the reasons to do so are some of the flavor and ingredient combination ideas, and _some_ of the recipes. But without reading through all of the Amazon reviews, you won't know in advance which recipes work well and which, well, fail pretty miserably. But there are some gems and some *great* ideas, too.
The reason not to buy the book: You're a cook who wants to grab a recipe, cook it precisely, and have it turn out well. Half the recipes don't work. That doesn't mean they can't be made to work - but you have to experiment with them and trust your own experience and intuition over the recipes... in the right places.
Some examples might help illustrate:
The borscht with cilantro lime sour 'cream' (tofu, etc.) was really outstanding: But we're wise to the ways of this book now, and knowing that the recipes often come out pretty bland, used 4C vegetable stock and 2C water instead of 2C vegetable stock and 4C water.
The grilled seitan skewers with chimichurri citrus-herb sauce: The seitan and marinade is *the* best preparation of seitan we've ever had. Hands down. But the sauce - first, it's too strong and overwhelms the delicious flavor of the seitan. Second - too much OJ. Third - the quantity! The recipe makes about 4x too much sauce for the quantity of seitan. You're far better making the seitan, throwing it on a pita with some hummus and tabbouleh, and calling it a delicious vegan middle-eastern sandwich.
But overall, I'm moderately disappointed. If you want a day-to-day cookbook, "Veganomicon" is a much better choice - save the money you'd have spent on this book and go for a meal at Candle 79 instead. (It's a fantastic restaurant.) On the other hand, if you want a cookbook to read for inspiration, not details, this is actually a reasonable book.
Many of the recipes are make-overs of non-vegan recipes such as Onion Soup, or a Chipotle Salad with Creamy Chipotle Ranch Dressing which doesn't use any diary products. Everything I've made from the book has turned out well and the ingredients have been easy to find. Several contain tofu or store-bought vegan cheeses. The recipes are easy to follow and are appealing to vegans and non-vegans alike.