Monday, December 3, 2012

Taste of Europe cookbook review

I was given the chance to review and write a post about Mark Reinfeld's new cookbook The 30 Minute Vegan's Taste of Europe.

I was pretty excited to take a peek at this.

I love European food but since giving up on meat and almost all dairy I wasn't sure what delicacies I would be able to eat.

Mark's book though is chock full of choices separated out by various countries, instead of chapters.

I went straight to France first, as I have been to Paris a few times and have always thought their food was amazing.

He has recipes for:

French Onion Soup
Kermit's Relief (faux frog's legs)
Seitan Bourguignon
Quiche Monet

However to please my family I went with Italy and Greece for our first recipes to try.

I chose a spanikopita filling and instead put it in ravioli (I used wonton wrappers as a short cut) and topped it with Mark's Italian sun dried tomato sauce.

The picture isn't very good as the pasta was warm, and steaming, but I did the best I could with my amateur skills.

Oh my goodness the filling was wonderful.

It had tofu in it and my kids ate it right idea that it was in there (to them that is a little bit of a "funny" ingredient).

The recipe was simple to follow and I never had a moment where I had to second guess the directions.

Mark puts variations for each recipe as well as a tips and trick section to make things a bit easier.

I found these sections answered any questions I had about the recipes I was reading.

This is a great cookbook for vegans, wannabe vegans, or vegan curious.

You will find tons of variety in the food choices and will surely find a meal that omnivores to vegans alike will enjoy.

Do you have any new cookbook that you have found?  Do you have any one your Christmas wish list?


  1. These recipes sound delicious. I'm always happy with Italian and I would love to try Greek and French! I have a cookbook I am going to review, but I have to get my butt in gear to make some of the recipes! ;)

  2. No more cookbooks for me. I usually find all I need on the internet, it's awesome! Your ravioli looks great. My oldest loves ravioli, my younger two prefer plain pasta.

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  4. Oh wow this books sounds AMAZING! Lucky you getting to review it ;) I never imagined that there would be any French or Italian vegan recipes available as their cuisine tends to be heavy on the dairy. This book is going on my Christmas Wish List right away! Thanks so much for raising awareness of it :)

  5. p.s. Your ravioli dish looks really yummy. This is just the sort of meal that Lil' L would love! I can't wait to give it a try. Please Santa can I have this book for Christmas!!! ;)