Isa Does It

Isa Does It

I’d like to introduce you to the newest member of my cookbook collection:  Isa Does It: Amazingly Easy, Wildly Delicious Vegan Recipes for Every Day of the Week!  I’ve been eagerly anticipating Isa Chandra Moskowitz’s newest cookbook for months, and I was so happy the day it finally arrived in the mail.  I’ve long admired her culinary prowess (hello, Veganomicon, Vegan Pie in the Sky, Post Punk Kitchen…), but Isa really pulled out all the stops with this book.

Isa Does It is full personality.  It’s warm and inviting, and its tone is sassy and conversational.  It’s like you have a friend showing you the culinary ropes.  And everything is better when you have a good partner, right?  The pictures are stunning and plentiful (I’m not sure of the exact ratio, but there’s a picture for almost every recipe).

Its focus is on “recipes, tips, strategies, and even some philosophy to make your time in the kitchen as productive, easy, and hopefully even as fun as possible!”  Mission accomplished!  Isa walks you though equipping your kitchen, stocking your pantry, vegan butchery (tofu/tempeh) and cooking with ease (mise en place, for example), and then she shares 150 fresh recipes spanning many cuisines.

Most of the recipes really can be made any night of the week.  Some require a little advance planning, such as soaking cashews, but many don’t.  The easy-to-follow recipes are designed to impress, they don’t require special, high-dollar kitchen appliances to make, and most of the ingredients can be found in the average supermarket.  If I had to recommend one all-purpose vegan cookbook, this would be it.

I have what some would call a cookbook addiction, but it’s rare that I find a cookbook whose recipes I want to make cover to cover.  This is one of those books.  Here’s a glimpse at my progress so far.

Isa Does It - Scrambled Chickpeas |

Scrambled Chickpeas.  This twist on the classic tofu scramble is a nice change of pace.  In it, the tofu is replaced with partially mashed chickpeas, and then mixed with caramelized onions, garlic, dill and lemon.  With each bite, I fell more and more in love with this simple dish.  Breakfast-for-dinner nights will never be the same!

Isa Does It – Kale Salad with Butternut Squash and Lentils |

Kale Salad with Butternut Squash and Lentils.  One can never have too many kale salads in her repertoire.  At first glance this salad may sound too simple — kale, roasted butternut squash and lentils — but don’t let that fool you.  It’s hearty, filling and incredibly tasty, and the mustardy vinaigrette takes it over the top.

Isa Does It - Cheddary Broccoli Soup |

Cheddary Broccoli Soup.  I’ve never been a fan of the classic cheddar broccoli soup, but this guilt-free soup is ridiculous!  Cashews, nooch and miso combine to form a wonderful creamy and cheesy base, and then it is brimming with garlic, onions, carrots and broccoli (of course).  No matter how many times I make this soup, I always crave more.

Isa Does It - Pizza Bowl |

Pizza Bowl with Greens, Sausages & Olives.  Because pizza is always a good idea, and this bowl is full of so much goodness — brown rice, lots of kale, yummy sausages (I used Tofurky sausages), olives and any other pizza toppings you want to throw in.  Oh, and a roasted red pepper sauce to tie it all together.  So good!  The sauce makes a great sandwich spread, too.

Isa Does It - Sticky Orange Chicky Stir-Fry |

Sticky Orange Chicky Stir-Fry (made with another recipe in the book, steamed chicky seitan).  Sautéd onions, bell peppers, green beans and chickpea-based seitan strips are coated in a spicy and sweet (and slightly sticky) orange sauce with hints of ginger.  Perfection.  Who needs takeout?

Isa Does It - Sweet Potato Gnocchi with Seared Brussels and Tarragon Cream |

Sweet Potato Gnocchi with Seared Brussels Sprouts and Tarragon Cream.  This dish always makes dinnertime feel fancy.  Made-from-scratch gnocchi topped with flavorful Brussels and slathered in a creamy cashew and white wine sauce with hints of tarragon.  If you bake the sweet potato in advance, this comes together so quickly.  You can impress everyone at your table, and no one will suspect that it took less than 30 minutes!

No matter your comfort level in the kitchen, Isa’s approachable style to cooking will surely have you whipping up masterpiece meals in no time, and maybe even enjoying the process as well.

With the holidays just around the corner, I can’t imagine a more perfect gift for the person that loves to cook (or even the reluctant cook!) in your life than Isa Does It!

Have you cooked from Isa Does It?  What are your favorites?

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    • says

      Thanks, Randi! That’s so true about the recipes. One of the things I love is that even though the recipes are often relatively simple, you’d never guess it by the complexity and depth of the flavors and textures.

  1. says

    All those dishes look amazing. I was curious about the pizza bowl.
    I have made the sun-dried tomato sauce pasta, kale & sweet potato soup (several times now, it is pretty easy and makes for a few meals), but the dish I have been most impressed with is the chocolate chip rosemary cookies. Many non-vegans who tried them enjoyed them as well!

  2. says

    Whoa, this looks amazing. I always figured I would eventually get myself a copy of this cookbook – it’s Isa, so how could it be bad – but your beautiful pictures have got me nearly to the tipping point of buying it right away. The gnocchi & tarragon cream sauce looks and sounds insanely delicious!

    • says

      It is an amazing cookbook…I’ve continued to cook from it and haven’t been let down yet. You can always check it out from the library to give it a test run before you buy (that’s what I did…but just flipping through the pages that first time I knew I needed my own copy!).

  3. says

    I just recently got her book on Black Friday, when I managed to convince my husband that $30 wasn’t that bad if I actually cooked a recipe! I’ve made three things so far and I love love love this cookbook.

    My absolute favorite is the creamy potato and leek soup, which I have fed to non-vegans and they loved it! I didn’t tell them there was no dairy until afterwards, and then they wanted the recipe. I’m making a few recipes for Christmas next week, and I can’t wait.

    • says

      It’s more expensive than most cookbooks I own, but I have a feeling it is going to be one of my most used cookbooks (if not *the* most used), so in my mind it was worth it. My husband wondered why I needed yet another cookbook, but a few recipes in, he was sold. I haven’t tried that soup yet, but should to add it to my list — it sounds fantastic right now! Merry Christmas! :)

  4. Jill says

    Isa is amazing, never makes a wrong move. In the cookbook,the butternut squash and kale salad has a photo with some other ingredient in the bowl, maybe corn? Just wondering….


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