Foodie Fridays: Minimalist Baker’s Everyday Cooking
One of my favourite food blogs for years now has to be Minimalist Baker. The vegan blog features easy-to-make recipes that have universally turned out scrumptious in my household, with ingredients that are a snap to pick up. Plus that ‘Minimalist’ in the title isn’t just for show – Dana Shultz, the wizard behind the recipes – commits to at least one of the following three requirements for every dish: It’s ready in 30 minutes or less, It uses 10 ingredients or less, or it only requires one bowl.
Between cooking my way through large chunks of the Minimalist Baker blog (as well as their downloadable e-book cookbook of 30 meals) I was super jazzed to see a full-length cookbook was on the way, especially since every single item is photographed (a must-have in my world). The book doesn’t exactly reinvent the wheel in terms of how its structured or the recipes’ format – a pretty standard lineup of breakfast, appetizers / sides, soups / salads, mains and of course, baking are included – but I promise that you’ll find a recipe or 10 to fall in love with.
I’ve been testing out a bunch of recipes from this cookbook over the last few weeks (disclaimer: I’m so not a food stylist) and I have nary a complaint (other than the typeface for the ingredients is a tiny bit small – double check to see if that 1/2 cup is actually 1/4!) Everything I’ve made has been tremendously tasty and pretty simple to make. While I love some of my other vegan cookbooks like Oh She Glows, I often get turned off by recipes that will take forever or just seem complex. Everything here? Totally achievable. Some of my faves so far have to be that nutty / sweet / spicy Garlic Pineapple Stir-Fried Quinoa that simulates fried rice but is way healthier, as well as the simple vegan Kale Caesar Salad I whipped up. I also love that the book includes nutritional info so I can feel extra good about the nutrients I’m getting!
All in all I’m happy (but not surprised) to say that I highly recommend this cookbook. If you’ve dipped a toe into the vegan cooking pool because of this blog, or if you were swayed by other runaway vegan cookbook successes like Skinny Bitch or Oh She Glows, then my friends, you’ve got to pick this one up. At the very least, visit the Minimalist Baker blog and try out a recipes there, fall in love, and then cook away!
Oh and while we’re at it, how about a bonus entry into my BIG Hillberg & Berk giveaway? Tell me in the comments below – are you interested in this yumtastic cookbook?