Category Cookbook Reviews

Sample Thursdays – Vegan Sandwiches Save the Day! and the Retro KFC-Style Sandwiches

* I’d been eyeing the Vegan Sandwiches Save the Day!: Revolutionary New Takes on Everyone’s Favorite Anytime Meal (whew!) cookbook for quite while. I’d seen photos around the internet that looked amazing. It wasn’t really a hard sell for me, to be honest. I love sandwiches and I like learning new ways to veganize my old favorites and if that sounds anything like you this is a book to get, no joke.

I’ve tested a number of the recipes so far and this one (shown below) is one of my favorites so far. That said, everything in here is amazing. I think of all the vegan cookbooks I’ve purchased so far this is both the least expensive and the most used. The authors, Tamasin Noyes and Celine Steen, clearly understand how and what people are looking for when it comes to the gourmet sandwich.

I have read several reviews offering a level of frustration with the recipes here, but if you read the book these ladies clearly state that the awesome thing about making sandwiches is you can make it as quick and simple or as involved and time consuming as you want. If you want to make the bread from the recipes they have? Do it! If you don’t want to take the time to make your own bread? Don’t do it! You get out of this what you invest, but more than that, even if you don’t want to spend three hours baking breads (which I actually did do- and they are simple and spectacular) you are still left with a greater knowledge of how to prepare fun meals for all occasions and for all types of eaters.

I made this “Retro KFC-Style” sandwich (pg. 95) without actually thinking it would end up like the “real thing” (let me say at this point that I absolutely hate when people say something is the “real thing”, I don’t even know what that means), but man oh man did it hit the spot! The seitan was crispy, the sauce had a nice bite, and though I’m not usually a fan of white buns it was reminiscent of that “fast (junk) food” feel. The recipe calls for shredded lettuce, which would have made it a little more KFC like, but I prefer green lettuce (not iceberg) and left it as a whole leaf. Overall I 5-star this recipe.

I am going to make/photograph a few more of the recipes throughout so you can see just how amazing they are, but starting now I am recommending you pick this up (and for only $10 how can you say no?).


Layout: 4
Photos: 5
Recipes/taste: 5
Recipes/ease: 4
Overall: 4.5


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