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Cookbook Review: Afro-Vegan by Bryant Terry

Afro-Vegan Book Cover Afro-Vegan
Bryant Terry
Ten Speed Press
Apr 8 2014
224

African, Caribbean, and southern food are all known and loved as vibrant and flavor-packed cuisines. In Afro-Vegan, renowned chef and food justice activist Bryant Terry reworks and remixes the favorite staples, ingredients, and classic dishes of the African Diaspora to present wholly new, creative culinary combinations that will amaze vegans, vegetarians, and omnivores alike.

When Afro-Vegan by Bryant Terry came across my desk I was immediately curious. Growing up, my girlfriend’s mother, originally from Mississippi, would serve us what she called Soul Food, and each and every time it was a treat, especially when compared the the Scandinavian food I was used to. Today, in my neighborhood there are ample opportunities to Creole, Caribbean, and Southern delicacies, but as a long-time vegetarian, ordering this type of cuisine at a restaurant always feels inaccessible. Afro-Vegan has opened the door to a world of food I haven’t been able to enjoy since my childhood, while exposing both the history of these dishes, and the modern health challenges associated with them.

The target readership for this book are those already well-acquainted with this type of cooking, and for those readers, the recipes included provide healthier and creative takes on familiar dishes, as well as the rationale behind veganizing them.

In Afro-Vegan, Bryant Terry takes the varied cuisine of the African diaspora, and masterfully veganizes it alongside beautiful photography. Recommended.

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