Vegan Mac and Cheese, by Robin Robertson

4 Sep
vegan mac cheese robin robertson

FIVE of 5 stars

I am shocked that I ended up giving this book 5 stars.
I’ll be honest, I thought this would be an easy review to knock off my NetGalley queue, I mean how many actually different vegan mac & cheeses can there be???

Well.

Full disclosure, I don’t even like mac & cheese that much. Vegan or non-vegan, I’ve never been a huge fan, although I’ve definitely enjoyed some good ones. Even as a vegan I enjoyed an occasional cheezy sauce made from nutritional yeast, it’s just never been something I crave.

This book has all the basic nutritional yeast sauces, and a few more. No matter your dietary restrictions or how you stock your vegan pantry, you should find a couple different sauces to make here right off the bat. But there is not a lot different than you would find in any vegan cookbook.

What makes this book special are all the different recipes for Mac & Cheese. Not just mixing up one cheese sauce with a different pasta and a unique topping. I’m talking “Mac & Thai” made with coconut milk and fresh Thai basil. Arugula Pesto Mac & UnCheese. BBQ Jack & Mac using jackfruit. Mac UnCheese Balls covered in ground flaxseed & Panko and fried (MMMMMmmmmmm).

And then it goes even further with “dessert” macs: Indian Vermicelli Pudding has sugar, cardamom, pistachios and golden raisins. And a Sweet Noodle Kugel with pineapple, dried cranberries and pecans.

There are macs with vegetables and macs with “meat”. Macs in quesadillas, macs in mugs, macs as waffles. There are old school recipes and very very original recipes.

I’m not a mac & cheese lover, but I am VERY interested in trying some of these ideas. And even non-vegans can accommodate these recipes using their own favorite cheese version.

This is truly a great mac & cheese cookbook. If you can honestly inspire and spark interest in a cook who has little interest in your main subject, you’ve written a 5-star book.

Thank you so much to NetGalley and Harvard Common Press for granting my wish of an ARC in exchange for an honest review. If you or someone you know is a mac & cheese lover (vegan or not) I highly recommend getting this book!

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