Vegan Sandwiches Save the Day should be one of the most popular vegan cookbooks ever, because Americans, including vegans, live almost entirely on sandwiches.
Of course America didn't invent the sandwich, but sandwich variations from every culture in the world have emigrated to America.
Authors Celine Steen & Tamasin Noyes offer flavorful samplings of that international variety, giving the book a nice range and balance of sandwich recipes, while catering to American sandwich sensibilities.
The One World Reuben recipe is a perfect example of their globe-trotting sandwich style, with harissa from Tunisia, ume plum vinegar from Japan, garam masala from India, and inspired by the Police song 'One World'.
I confess that I'm mostly a veggie, whole grain, bean kind of vegan, but I grew up on sandwiches, and I still eat some kind of sandwich almost every day, usually sauteed veggies wrapped in a dosa (Indian crepe) or a wrap made with gf flatbread.
I don't eat some of the ingredients in Vegan Sandwiches Save the Day, such as yeasted bread, sugar and wheat, but I love this cook book anyway.
Vegan Sandwiches Save the Day (VSSD for short) sandwiches are edible works of art, with appetizing photos. The book is bursting with creative energy, originality, useful information, and fun!
VSSD recipes aren't complicated - they're sandwiches, after all. But they go way above and beyond the average sandwich. With this creative collection of 101 sandwiches, there's no need to feel guilty because you aren't eating a 'proper healthy meal'. The best healthy vegan sandwiches and sandwich ideas are found in VSSD.
Chapter One is a sandwich primer - tips and tricks to make your sandwich building experience a breeze, with ideas for adapting the recipes, sandwiches on the go, sandwich accessories, sandwich making methods, and a guide to ingredients.
Speaking of ingredients, I was impressed that VSSD focuses on fresh and homemade ingredients, with recipes for sandwich breads, sandwich fillings and dressings. Not everybody will want that, but it's good to know how to make your own vegan mayo or tempeh bacon or seitan or bread cheaper and better than store bought.
Breakfast will never be the same once you read Chapter 2 on breakfast sandwiches, which of course can be eaten anytime. Toast is not mentioned once, which is a good thing since I no longer own a toaster. But I can see that a panini maker would be good to own. While I'm eating my steel cuts and amaranth for breakfast, I think wistfully about Berry Stuffed French Toast Pockets, which quite struck my fancy.
There's something for everybody in VSSD. Open faced sandwiches are well represented, with Beans Not on Toast (but waffles) a striking example - I'd eat that filling in a GF tortilla. And wraps! Scrambled Burritos sounded fantastic. My favorite kind of sandwich. And pockets - such as baked Faux-Lafel, a must make. And travel friendly sandwiches like chilled French Tofu Salad with Grapes, billed as the perfect picnic sandwich.
I haven't eaten bacon since my teens - which were a long time ago - and have never missed it, but I tested Tempeh Bacon because I was curious.
Tempeh bacon was not like I remembered bacon, i.e. crunchy, salty & greasy, but that's no loss. It was quite tasty and made a delicious BLT sandwich on rye bread. An excellent way to eat tempeh.
The dessert sandwiches were over-the-top! We were OMGing loudly at Mango Butter & Ginger Whoopee Pies, Bananas Foster Cake Sandwiches, Oreo Wafflewiches ... it was almost too much to take in.
There is no grilled cheese, or pbj, or bagel with cream cheese in VSSD. I guess those are too simple and obvious to be recipes, and not especially healthy, even though they are classics. But they are there, forming the backbone of so many more thrilling and complex sandwiches.
I highly recommend Vegan Sandwiches Save the Day for all you sandwich lovers. It will make your life of sandwiches complete.