Saturday, February 27, 2016

Grilling Vegan Style, Cookbook Review

With outdoor grilling season soon to be upon those of us in the colder climates, it's time to tell you about a new cookbook I found. Grilling Vegan Style, by John Schlimm, is way more than just another vegan cookbook. It turned out to be an eye-opener for me.

It's true I have had to turn to vegan eating for my own health, but I also discovered how exciting and delicious the foods can be. One thing I wanted to do was to grill vegetables. Haha - you think a vegan lifestyle is stuck with grilling veggies only? Then you are in for a treat with Grilling Vegan Style.

For the Novice Griller and Expert Alike


Now, I will have to admit that I was a complete novice when it comes to using an outdoor grill. I had just gotten my first grill. But how much charcoal do I put into it? How will I know when the coals are ready? My list of questions was long. And author John Schlimm came to my rescue. He starts off with a simple explanation of how to handle a charcoal grill. After reading his explanation, I made my first grilled dinner easily.

So maybe you have lots more experience than I do. Maybe you have a gas or electric grill. Don't worry. Schlimm has you covered there, too. He details what temperatures look like on your settings, how to prepare your grill for cooking, even how to work with direct and indirect heat.

Covering Recipes for All


Granted, my initial grilling attempts were simple things like veggie kabobs and veggie burgers, but I knew I would expand into all numbers of delicious dishes after looking through Grilling Vegan Style. Schlimm shows you how to grill any number of foods including fruit. Grilled pear halves is now a great favorite at my house.

Those of us who enjoy tailgating have a friend in Schlimm. He has a whole chapter full of great recipes just for tailgate parties. Take a look as his Halftime Pizza recipe for example.

More than just tailgating, he covers picnic options, summer salads topped with grilled goodies, even PB & J sandwiches for the kids in all of us. Personally, I can't wait for watermelon season. Yep, you heard that right. Grilling Vegan Style includes a recipe for a grilled watermelon salad.

Helpful Tips Make a World of Difference
Grilling Vegan Style


John Schlimm is not just your average cookbook author. He adds many helpful tips to make grilling easier, better and more flavorful. My favorite trick, learned from Schlimm, is to soak potato fries in hot water before grilling them. That gives the fries that crispy outside.

He includes a whole chapter on marinade recipes. Not only are they delicious, but he offers timelines to help you. How long to marinate different veggies, fruits and other yummy treats, like tempeh and tofu.

As my world starts to gain warmer days, I'm grilling more and more outside. And my go to cookbook, not only for new recipes, but new ideas as well has become Grilling Vegan Style. Frankly, I'm not sure I would have been so successful from the beginning without it. May you have as much fun grilling as I do.







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8 comments:

  1. What a helpful sounding cookbook. My brother loves to grill and his girlfriend is a vegetarian. I will definitely be sharing this review with him for future meals on the grill (to which I frequently get invited)!

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  2. You know I need this cookbook! I am seriously challenged when it comes to cooking for our vegan daughter and I don't think I would ever consider grilling for a vegan. I have no doubt this vegan cookbook will be a real eyeopener for me, just like you said.

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    1. Not so easy is it :) Yeah Susan. Thanks for this.

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  3. We grill frequently, almost always meat. This year I'm going to do more veggie grilling. Years ago I put together stuffed zucchini and tomatoes, cooked that on the grill, and it became a favorite. Not sure why I haven't fixed it for a long time, but this year will be different. You've inspired me!

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  4. We grill frequently, almost always meat. This year I'm going to do more veggie grilling. Years ago I put together stuffed zucchini and tomatoes, cooked that on the grill, and it became a favorite. Not sure why I haven't fixed it for a long time, but this year will be different. You've inspired me!

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  5. I have a Vegan in the family (well, he's sorta a Vegan - no meat at all - only fish) - he would appreciate this book

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  6. I am not vegan... but there are times that I like to cook mostly fresh/good veggies. And I'm not so good at it. This sounds like a good cookbook to have!

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  7. I love grilled food, but our grill sits unused because Hubby used to do the grilling and now hasn't in years. I've been tempted to try it myself, but would definitely need a book like this to help me get started.

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