Makini's vegan kitchen

Makini’s Vegan Kitchen is a super recipe book by a professional chef from Seattle, who runs a highly successful restaurant and used to be Stevie Wonder’s personal cook. Uniquely, she has been vegan from birth (as has her chef brother Ayinde Howell who once made a vegan mac and cheese for Queen Latifah, who couldn’t tell the difference).

Before cooking, read up on food safety for people & pets (many human foods are unsafe around animal friends).

This book offers inspired recipes from one of the USA’s highest-ranked vegan fine-dining restaurants, focusing on local seasonal produce. The 60 boldly-flavoured dishes for every mood include:

  1. French toast with strawberries & soy cream
  2. Barbecue oyster-mushroom sliders with pickled onions
  3. Tofu & roasted yam sliders
  4. Plum’s smoky mac
  5. Cauliflower bisque with fresh fennel
  6. Blue corn pizza with pesto-grilled heirloom tomatoes
  7. Quinoa risotto with panko-fried portobellos
  8. Black plum & ginger sorbet
  9. Fresh blueberry shortcake
  10. Tiramisu pancakes

We so appreciate the wonderfully creative recipes in this very beautiful cookbook. Joaquin Phoenix

The food at Plum Bistro is a testament to the talented head chef Makini. It’s one of my favourite restaurants in the world. India.Arie

Makini Howell is a chef who runs a fine-dining restaurant in Seattle and has her finger in many vegan pies including a burger truck! Stevie Wonder loved her food so much he asked her to take a sabbatical to be his personal chef when he went on tour. She says he’s a very funny man who loves saying to people ‘Look at me when I’m talking to you’. Although he loved most things she made, once she made him pickled watermelon radishes’. He said ‘Makini, please don’t do that again!’

recipes by a French-Canadian Buddhist chef

Buddhist's chef's homestyle cooking

The Buddhist Chef’s Homestyle Cooking is a book by a popular French-Canadian chef who says that rather keep making hundreds of recipes, just keep practicing until you have a good base of 10 or so excellent recipes to enjoy again. This book has super reviews, as everything is made with affordable ingredients, and each recipe will work! Food to learn in this book includes:

easy apple tart

  1. Tuscan soup
  2. Macarini salad with jalapeno-marinated tofu
  3. Shawarma tofu wraps
  4. Ratatouille lasagne with almond ricotta
  5. Buffalo cauliflower
  6. Flaky pastry apple tart
  7. Trio of vegan cupcakes

Jean-Philippe Cyr

Jean-Philippy Cyr is a classically trained chef, whose recipes are super-simple and known to work. A Buddhist for over 20 years, he dedicates his spare time to creating simple tasty food for everyone. He lives in Quebec (Canada) with his wife and dogs.

Jean-Philippe Cyr

recipes by a gifted Welsh plant-based chef

plants only kitchen

Plants Only Kitchen is by ‘man of the moment’ Gaz Oakley, a talented Welsh chef, who works with top restaurants and hotels worldwide. Yet his high-protein recipes remain simple to make, mostly in one pot and some taking less than 15 minutes.

Despite his training, Gaz makes the recipes super-simple. None of your ’20 different ingredients from 5 shops’ recipes. The first recipe is literally a paragraph and a few sentences, to teach you how to make the perfect porridge! He then goes onto vary things up (two more paragraphs!) for a banana chocolate hazelnut porridge. You can tell that Gaz’s passion is food, not becoming rich and famous.

He then goes onto teach us how to make simple berry pancakes, a vegan ‘scramble’ and homemade muffins. Again, not one of the recipes has more than a handful of ingredients or a few paragraphs of explanation. And as a professional chef, we know these recipes work. Join his one million followers to make:

vegan lasagne Gaz Oakley

  1. Porridge (three ways)
  2. Corn chowder in bread bowl
  3. Mushroom buckwheat crepes with asparagus
  4. Incredible one-pot tomato pasta
  5. Vegan lasagne
  6. My dad’s potato chilli bake
  7. Black bean burgers
  8. BBQ ‘meatloaf’

black bean burgers Gaz Oakley

Dessert recipes include:

vegan Portuguese tarts Gaz Oakley

  1. Vegan Portuguese tarts
  2. Apple & blackberry pies
  3. Sticky orange crepes

Gaz Oakley trained as a chef in Cardiff age 15, and when he went vegan, the world discovered his talents. Now recognised as one of the world’s top plant-based chefs, his videos have amassed over 23 million views.

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