Thursday, July 10, 2014

Afro-vegan by Bryant Terry

First of all, what a beautiful book!  It is jam-packed with pictures of gorgeous recipes and ingredients.

When I was looking through cookbooks and found this one, I knew I had to have it.  It covers Africa (my current home), Brazil (my previous home), the Caribbean (never lived there but have visited it a few times), the South (my origins) and food (my passion)!!  Yes, this book was calling my name.

The author describes his book best so take a look at what he says -"Imagine if you removed the animal products from African, Caribbean, Southern, and other Afro-influence cuisines then meticulously cut, pasted, and removes the food to produce recipes with farm-fresh ingredients as their heart and soul: that is Afro-Vegan." Doesn't that make you want to run out and get a copy of this book NOW??!!

Over a hundred recipes in the book and they all look absolutely amazing.  First few on my list to try are creole-spiced plantain chips, za'atar, harissa, blackened cauliflower with plum tomato sauce, slow-braised mustard greens, savory grits with slow-cooked collard greens, and maple-glazed banana johnnycakes.  Really, I want to make everything. Right. Now.

There are stories woven in to each chapter and recipe that really make this book special.  It is so much more than a cookbook.

Music and books
As much as I love the recipes, I think the music and book recommendations for each recipe is my favorite part of the book.  What a great idea!

So really, go pick this book up now.  You'll be glad you did!

I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.