Mark Reinfeld, author of The 30-Minute Vegan, returns with more quick and easy recipes. This time, the inspiration for the recipes comes from eight regions in Europe: France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Portugal, Spain and the United Kingdom.
Each of the seven chapters focuses on a European country or regions, Europe fusion and the UK and Ireland and gives insight into the foods that typically represents the country. Also included in the brief introduction to each chapter are country trivia and tips, while each recipe offers a morsel of trivia about the specific dish.
The dishes themselves are often vegan models of traditional foods from that particular country. The chapter on the United Kingdom, for example, offers recipes for Bangers and mash and Welsh Rarebit, or Germany’s Baked Vegan Schnitzel. The section on France also offers humor with the vegan alternative for Kermit’s Relief (faux frog legs) with Shallots and Garlic. Since many of the European recipes feature wine or beer, there are recommendations on which to use in the recipe or accompany the meal by chef and sommelier Patrick Bremser.
Reinfield’s kitchen philosophy includes creating an aesthetically pleasing environment in your kitchen to facilitate the inspiration to cook and encourages experimenting to create fusion dishes. He offers tips and tricks such as not peeling organic veggies—to save time but also to retain nutritional content of the food. To make the cooking process less intimidating and easier to follow, Reinfeld also makes brand suggestions for many items such as vegan butter and vegan cheese and explains less common items such as kudzu root or Italy’s caponatta. Some gluten-free options for marinades are also provided.
The layout of the recipe and editor’s notes is formatted on a single page to make for easy visual reference during preparation. Color closeups of the food are also featured on some pages; though they aren’t as low resolution as the black-and-white photographs, they are still quite grainy.
Overall Reinfeld’s book offers a large variety of relatively easy-to-follow recipes with a European flair. Recommended.