Vegan chef and cookbook author Robin Robertson has come out with One Dish Vegan - a vegan cookbook for real people, with over 150 Soul-Satisfying Recipes for Easy and Delicious One-Bowl and One-Plate Dinners.
This is an ideal cookbook for busy people, for one or two people, for those who want leftovers for another meal.
The recipes are not usually one pot meals, but full meals that are eaten with all components mixed together, rather than served in separate piles.
There may be two pots involved, or even 2 pots and a blender, but preparation is simple, quick & easy, and so is serving and eating.
That is exactly the kind of cooking I most often do. My goal is always to get a meal on the table as quickly as possible, with minimal cleanup mostly done before serving the meal, and preferably enough left over for another meal.
Robin Robertson nicely expresses the intent of this cookbook, so I will just quote her:
"This book is filled with main-dish recipes. You won't find any desserts, appetizers, or side dishes here. What you will find are loads of hearty and nutritious meals, including satisfying soups and stews, casseroles, and even main dish salads. That said, when feeding a crowd, for example, you could certainly serve many of these recipes as part of a larger meal."
I especially like the idea of making these dishes in advance, to reheat later for a potluck or holiday meal, or just to get lunch or supper ready quickly when you're in a rush.
Most of the recipes combine a grain, veggies and plant protein. For those which are not high in protein, as Robin points out, it's easy enough to add or serve the dish with beans or lentils, tofu or tempeh or seitan.
Also notable are entire chapters devoted to soups & salads, chili and pasta, foods which appeal not only to vegans, but most other people as well. That makes One Dish Vegan an excellent resource for those who need the occasional vegan dish to feed guests, or for Meatless Monday meals.
I book marked Oh! so many recipes to try in One Dish Vegan, including Chickpea Noodle Soup, Waldorf Rice & Spinach Salad, Spicy Vegan Sausage & Bean Chili, Linguine with Red Lentil Sauce - to name just a few.
I finally chose Penne & Broccoli with Creamy Chickpea Sauce as a sample recipe, because I had all the ingredients on hand, and because I really like how Robin uses beans and lentils in sauces.
I'm delighted to see a cookbook devoted to the kind of simple everyday cooking found in One Dish Vegan. It solves the problem faced by all of us busy vegans who want to eat healthy - how to balance efficiency with healthy, great tasting meals.
Robin Robertson has done it again: produced a down to earth, useful cookbook with delicious recipes that meets a real need in the vegan world.