While I do enjoy eating meat, including steak, and a great burger I’ve never shunned vegetarian food. I enjoy a variety of flavors and ingredients in my diet. While I don’t intend to become vegan, I have no problem trying some recipes that would expand my horizons. Thankfully, I have a friend who has recently decided to become vegan who has great tips for a beginner, including a vegan cookbook that she fell in love with.
Thug Kitchen is part of a series which includes Thug Kitchen 101 and Thug Kitchen Party Grub, all which specialize in different vegan recipes. Something you need to know? The book is absolutely delightfully filthy. The first paragraph in the introduction contained more than 20 swear words (mostly just your basics, nothing too crazy). So you need to know right off the bat that this book is filled to the brim with swear words. If you are easily offended I would avoid it. However the language, even with all the swear words feels similar to a conversation you would be having with a friend who knows how to cook and is teaching you. Since I haven’t had a chance to explore the cookbook I decided to turn it over to my friend who has experienced it already. So I sat down with M’kyleigh to see what she thought of this cookbook.
Erin: So how did you hear about this cookbook?
M’kyleigh: A vegan friend of mine gave it to me as a gift. It’s really made the transition into veganism much easier. Not only does it have a ton of delicious vegan recipes, it also has tips and tricks.
E: What kind of tips and tricks?
M: It talks about the differences between tofu and tempeh. It then gives different types of marinades and ways to bake it. It gives different tips on types of acidity to add, rather than simply adding more salt [so you can really enhance the flavor in a balanced way]. Whenever it mentions an ingredient you’ve never heard of it describes what it is and where yo might find it in the grocery store.
E: Speaking of grocery store, how easy or difficult is it to find some of these ingredients? Do the recipes usually require a crazy amount of ingredients that might make it difficult for someone just starting to be vegan, or someone who only wants to try some of these recipes?
M: The nice thing about the book though, is you don’t have to follow the recipes exactly. I can look at a recipe they use, and maybe tweak it a bit for things I currently have on hand. Most of the ingredients are simple and easy to find in your local supermarket. There are a few that aren’t so easy, and you’d definitely have to go to a whole foods store to find. There’s [also] a nice mix of recipes. Some have less ingredients and are quicker to make. Other recipes make everything from scratch and are much lengthier.
E: What was your favorite recipe so far?
M: The flautas.
E: Anything you didn’t care for about the cookbook?
M: No! Not at all! It’s actually pretty hilarious and enjoyable to read.
M: The Thug Kitchen Cookbook is jam packed with amazing recipes and helpful began basics! A must own for everyone on a plant based diet!
So there you have it, a cookbook designed for people transitioning to a plant based diet. Although, even if you aren’t planning to eat only vegan this looks like it is packed with delicious recipes for anyone who would like to incorporate vegan dishes into their diet, or just explore more flavors. Looks like I know what I will be cooking tonight.
What about you? What is your favorite vegan recipe? Your favorite cookbook?