By Bryant Terry
This new cookbook from Bryant Terry offers over 100 vegan recipes with African, Afro-Caribbean, and Southern food flavors. Beautiful color photos are also included.
The first section of this book is called Spices, Sauces, and Heat. Sample recipes you can prepare include Creole Spice Blend, Jamaican Curry Powder, Pomegranate-Peach Barbecue Sauce, and Mango-Habenero Hot Sauce.
Section 2 is titled Okra, Black-Eyed Peas, and Watermelon and features these food items. Try Blackened Okra with Red Rice, Berbere-Spiced BlackEyed Pea Sliders, or Strawberry-Watermelon Salad with Basil-Cayenne Syrup.
The third section features Soups, Stews, and Tagines. Enjoy Sweet Potato and Pumpkin Soup, Black Bean and Seitan Stew, or Tofu Curry with Mustard Greens. You'll find Greens, Squashes, and Roots in the next section. Munch on Mucovado-Roasted Plantains, Citrus Salad with Arugula, or Dandelion Salad with Pecan Dressing.
Section 5 highlights Grits, Grains, and Couscous including Curried Corn, and Coconut Rice and Dirty Millet. Section 6 is titled Street Food, Snacks, and Small Bites. You can prepare Sugared Pecans, Lemongrass Boiled Peanuts, or Creole-Spiced Plantain Chips.
Next, move on to Preserves, Creams, and Spreads and try Dill-Pickled Mustard Greens, Fig Preserves with Thyme, and Mango-Maple Syrup. The Biscuits, Smoothies, and Porridge section offers Maple-Glazed Banana Johnnycakes and Fresh Corn Grits with Swiss Chard and Roasted Cherry Tomatoes.
For dessert you can prepare Vanilla Spice Ice Cream or Coconut Rice Pudding with Nectarines. And the book ends with beverages, including Grape-Tarragon Spritzer and Tamarind Sweet Tea.
Afro-Vegan (ISBN 978-1-60774-531-0) is a 224-page hardcover book. It is published by Ten Speed Press and retails for $27.50. You can purchase this book from your local bookstore or online. Reviewed by Debra Wasserman.