Book Review: The Urban Vegan

The Urban Vegan: 250 Simple, Sumptuous Recipes From Street Cart Favorites to Haute Cuisine
by Dynise Balcavage
Three Forks/Globe Pequot Press; $16.95

What does an urban vegan eat? Food adventurist and urban ethnic food-loving vegan Dynise Balcavage wrote The Urban Vegan: 250 Simple, Sumptuous Recipes From Street Cart Favorites to Haute Cuisine as a response to this particular question that she was continuously asked. But you don’t have to convert to veganism to appreciate Balcavage’s healthy, easy-to-make recipes.

Over 250 recipes are organized by themes, including café culture, breakfast at the diner, lunch cart, urban garden, haute cuisine, just desserts and happy hour. Each recipe is thoughtfully marked with icons for further description—low-fat, fast, omnivore-friendly, frugal and kid-friendly. Balcavage tops her recipes with how-tos, tips and commentary. From traditional guacamole to deconstructed monkey bread, you’ll learn how you can veganize any meal.