Vegan Secret Supper by Mérida Anderson

I was sent this book to review for the Vegan Society. I am one lucky blogger 🙂 If you are not yet a member of the Vegan Society can I urge you to join. They do great work on supporting vegans and on representing us to the outside world.

As soon as I opened the book I knew that this was the one for me. Each dish cries out to be made and my copy was coated in sauces and grubby fingerprints within days; the sign of a cookbook that is meant to be used and not just glanced at.

The remarkable recipes in this book (developed by Mérida Anderson in her very successful pop up restaurants) are packed with flavour and move beyond the simple “family favourites made vegan” that many of her contemporaries seem to be providing. In fact this is not a book that I would suggest for someone who is unused to cooking or who is simply looking for meal inspirations at the end of a busy day. These recipes demand a little more time and preparation but would be perfect for a dinner party or celebration.

My personal favourite is her Wild Rice Dumplings with Pumpkin Lemongrass Curry (a heavily adapted version can be found on my blog which is deliciously rich with coconut milk and heavy with warming spices. The instructions in the book are easy to follow and the wonderful photography really gets your taste buds working. I really hope that this book is a taste of things to come in vegan dining. A real cookbook for the foodies amongst us who want to prove that we have moved beyond fake meats and piles of lentils.


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