Wednesday, January 28, 2009

African Beans and Potatoes from The Tropical Vegan Kitchen


I recently purchased The Tropical Vegan Kitchen by Donna Klein. The recipes cover more territory than I expected, including Australia, the Canary Islands, Hawaii, Vietnam, Thailand, and Mexico. From the cover: "From Africa, the Caribbean, and Latin America to Southeast and South Asia, More Than 225 Sweet, Spicy, and Irresistible Vegan Recipes." The book begins with brief introductions to some exotic ingredients, such as jackfruit, chayote, and taro root, including information such as preparation and storage tips. The recipes are organized in courses, including appetizers, soups, salads, main dishes, sides, desserts, and beverages (Mango and Melon Colada anyone?).

I chose the African Beans and Potatoes for my first dish to try, because I had all the ingredients on hand, and, yep, because the word "potatoes" was in the title. We were quite pleased with the result, which was a subtly seasoned dish that allowed the peanut oil flavor to shine through. The Fusion-Style Dragon Noodles with Asparagus caught my eye to try soon, which is described as fuchsia-hued! There's a lot to explore in this book. If you've tried any recipes yet, leave a comment and let me know what you suggest. St. Louis currently has several inches of snow and sleet and the conditions "feel like" 1 degree F. Tropical Vegan Kitchen, take me away!

20 comments:

  1. I've never heard of that cookbook but it sounds really delicious!

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  2. That sounds like a great cookbook! I'd choose everything with potatoes in the title as well.

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  3. snow & sleet!?! stay warm, Lisa!

    The Tropical Vegan Kitchen sounds like a great book - and your dish looks awesome! warm & comforting! mmmmmmmm! that's really neat that she gives explainations of all the exotic yummies and tips on how to store them, too! gotta love that! sounds like a wonderful cookbook full of deliciousnesses that use new & interesting ingredients! i love it!

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  4. I hope you stay safe on the roads (or just stay inside with your yummy African food)! Our classes before 10am were cancelled this morning, but it seems like I'll have to go to class for the rest of the day after that. Booo.

    But seriously, African meals are my favorite! I love Ethiopian and I had an awesome African buffet at Disney World... I didn't realize Donna Klein had that book out too, since I have Vegan Mediterranean Kitchen and Vegan Italiano. Reading about your tropical recipe adventures is going to be fun!

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  5. That sounds/looks delicious! I was eying that book up, but I wasn't sure if it was full of hard to find ingredients or not.

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  6. Oh yes, chase that cold away with some yummy African sunshine! This sounds really fun - sunshine in a bowl. I'm also a sucker for anything with potatoes in the name!

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  7. Yum, yum! African food is the best, and I agree, that anything with potatoes is especially appealing.

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  8. Looks like a great dish. I wish I cooked more African food; the spices and flavors are just delicious because they're relatively foreign. And how appropriate for the blizzard we have here in MA!

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  9. I just got this book too, and I'm loving it! I highly recommend the Thai Coconut-Noodle Soup with Lemongrass. (I don't have the book here, so the title may not be exact, but the soup is divine! I added shiitake mushrooms because I had them on hand.) I'm making the Costa Rican Beans and Rice for dinner tonight.

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  10. I like the sound of that cookbook and I am with you, the word potatoes and my interest is perked. :-) This looks really good, I don't think I've ever had African food before, I might have to check it out.

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  11. Oh it looks so comforting for a day like today!

    I love all the international dishes you cook up, and I would have gone for the recipe just because it said "potatoes" too! :)

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  12. sounds like that would be a great cookbook!

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  13. The book sounds great and so does your stew. And I love potatoes so nothing could go wrong, haha

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  14. Mmmm, nothing like being transported to the hot, hot tropics when it's so frigid outside!

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