Just as a note before I get into it, I haven't had a chance to actually make anything yet but I am going to share a few pics and some things I'm looking forward to :)
How stunning is this book?! The Elements of Pizza is written by the same author as Flour Water Salt Yeast, another gorgeous cookbook I have about the art of making bread. This one is all about pizza. It has tons of different crusts and different styles. The idea of making my own pizza crust has always been appealing but I never knew how and I'm quite picky. This book is large and hardcover and seriously beautiful. I will probably be saving this more for the fall since it is still too hot to be using the oven a lot but I'm really excited to give it a try!
This book, Zahav: A World of Israeli Cooking is fucking stunning. It is HUGE. And it is packed with gorgeous photos, amazing recipes and beautiful stories. This book was obviously appealing to me because it contains a lot of recipes for some of my favorite things and also a lot of new and easily veganizable recipes. The first section is devoted to Tehina (tahini) and the second is devoted to hummus!! You definitely can't go wrong with that!
These amazing flaky pillows of deliciousness are called Borekas. They are basically a puff pastry stuffed with all kinds of amazing savory fillings. I know they are a popular breakfast food in Israel and I haven't had them in a long time but I know that they are amazing. They can be stuffed with feta (which was of course the best but I will be making a vegan feta for it!), potato, mushrooms, spinach… anything you want! I've never made them myself but I'm really excited to give it a try!
There is a huge section of salads in the book as well. Israelis are big on salads. They eat salads with every meal. I need to get on that train because my veggie consumption has been weak. Luckily this is offering up some major inspiration!
This gorgeous salad is Green Beans and Mushrooms with Tehina, Lentils and Garlic Chips. Um, yes. Please.
Something to note about these books is that they are obviously not vegan cookbooks. The great thing is that most of these recipes are easy to veganize. There are some hardcore meat recipes in the Israeli book but honestly it's not a lot. I haven't really looked at those because they are not my priority but maybe I can make some great tofu or seitan dishes from them. It is very easy to be a vegan in Israel though which is why I knew that this book would be really great. The pizza book is VERY easy to veganize as well. Obviously I'll be using vegan cheese and I don't really like "meat" pizza anyway so mine will be packed with veggies.
You can definitely look forward to future Fun Friday posts where I'll share what I made from the books! have you picked up any cool cookbooks lately? I have one more on my list of "Must Haves" and it is the NYC Vegan cookbook. One day it will be mine! :)
What are your plans for the weekend?! I don't know what's going on here yet because I still have 2 more days of work to get through but I know I'll be babysitting on Monday. Inspire me with your plans!