Frugal Vegan by Katie Koteen & Kate Kasbee of Well Vegan
Packed with 99 economical vegan recipes, Frugal Vegan by Katie Koteen & Kate Kasbee is the cookbook for penny pinching vegetarians. Creating plant-based cuisine in your own home doesn't need to be expensive or filled with hard to find fancy ingredients, Frugal Vegan is set to get your digestive juices flowing with a whole bunch of vegan recipes.
With nearly 200 pages of plant-based goodness, Frugal Vegan begins with some tips and tricks for keeping hold of the food budget reigns. With suggestions for buying in bulk, smart shopping, batch cooking and freezing, plus a list of dishes in the book that are suitable for freezing. The chapters of Frugal Vegan start with 'The Whole Enchilada', which we think translates to starters, other chapters include carbohydrate rich dishes in 'Carb Party', sauces and dressings under the heading 'Get Sauced' and of course desserts under the heading 'Glazed and Confused' - I think you get the picture.
Koteen and Kasbee have used a language that is fun and inspiring, that skips along with every chapter and dish. Delicious photos of nearly all of the recipes show that vegan dishes are neither boring nor expensive. Each recipe has notes at the top with identifying markers for example nut-free and soy-free recipes, plus many of the recipes have additional splurge-worthy ingredient suggestions for those with have a little more give in their purse strings.
Outstanding recipes in Frugal Vegan include: Mulligatawny Soup - for warmth and comfort, Warm Fall Harvest Bowl - very on-trend, Chimichurri Sauce - for spice-lovers, and Mini Key Lime Pies - oh boy!
The final few pages include some last minute information on budgeting and they introduce the reader to the concept of the 'triage box' in the fridge. Overall, Frugal Vegan by Katie Koteen & Kate Kasbee of Well Vegan is a neat little book that will become dog-eared and stained in no time at all. This would make a lovely gift for a new-to-veganism person, a vegan student, someone who is wanting to reduce their meat consumption or even for those who just want to curb their food spending.