Friday, July 28, 2017

Fun Friday! New Cookbooks

Happy Friday everyone!! I hope your week has treated you well! So far I'm liking this new posting schedule and I'm really excited about my Fun Friday post for this week! I've been feeling a bit crappy mood wise over the past few weeks and decided to do some retail therapy. And of course even though I've been downsizing my cookbook collection there are a few that I still have my heart set on. I decided to go for it and I'm really excited to be the proud owner of two new GORGEOUS cookbooks and I'm going to share them with you today!

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!

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6 comments:

  1. Yay for Fun Fridays! Those pics look delicious and inspiring. Vegan Crunk just posted a review about an air fryer cookbook that's making me want to get an air fryer and that cookbook! I have so many already but what's one more? ;) I may go stand-up paddle boarding this weekend! For someone with no sense of balance and zero upper body strength, this should be interesting. Have a great weekend!

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    1. Yay!! OMG I know I saw the post and I seriously want an air fryer. I'm so jealous, I've always wanted to try stand up paddle boarding! You have to let me know how it goes! Have a great time!!

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  2. A few cookbooks out always make room for new, improved additions! Love them! I feel like plant based food substitutes have exploded on to the scene, and with the advent of people consuming less dairy, there are more solutions for swaps. I can't wait to see what deliciousness you create! Yay!

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    1. Haha I guess I can justify it by saying I got rid of way more than I bought ;) There are definitely tons of easy swaps for most of these dishes and a lot of the recipes are already vegan. I just have to find a vegan puff pastry for the borekas because making it sounds daunting right now haha!

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  3. I dont know if you are watching GBBO Season 7? I am loving it. So bummed I read a spoiler of who wins. Making a successful Puff Pastry is really hard.

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    1. I always miss it but I'm hoping to be able to catch it on Netflix if they bring it over there. I always forget and only remember when it is too late. I'm not going to bother attempting the puff pastry for now, especially because it is summer. It doesn't sound worth it, ha! I'll just buy some vegan puff pastry for now.

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