Veganomicon — Mac ‘n Cheese
Smokey Grilled Tempeh and Cheater Baked Beans. The tempeh and baked beans were okay, but we both decided there was no need to make the tempeh again. The beans were tasty, and worthy of a second try (and very easy to boot).
There’s so much positive buzz about this cookbook that we figured we’d do well with one of the more popular recipes. Unfortunately, we’re now one for three here. The mac ‘n cheese just didn’t work for us. Though I thought it was alright, I wouldn’t ask Jane to make this again. She actually disliked it, so much so that she said she won’t eat the leftovers. To put that in perspective for you, we don’t typically throw food away in this house. I didn’t have that strong an aversion to the dish, but something didn’t work for us, perhaps it was the large quantity of nutritional yeast.
I hate to take such a contrarian stance, but so far this cookbook isn’t living up to it’s hype, for us at least. Last time we posted about the tempeh, everyone who commented said they loved it. So we’re left to wonder if our taste buds are out of sync with the rest of the world, or perhaps Jane’s having trouble following recipes lately? So far, we’re much happier with Vegan Planet and the Real Food Daily cookbooks.
We’re not ready to give up on this book just yet. It’s a great big cookbook, and you all seem to love it so much. Next, Jane’s going to try the Chickpea Cutlets which the authors state is their signature dish. If we dip below the Mendoza Line (one for six), we’ll have to hang up our Veganomicon cleats.