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After graduating from college, Brian Patton was back to living at his parents' home in Pennsylvania, a public relations graduate with an expensive education but no job. He watched a cooking show and thought, I can do that, enjoying the simplicity of a recipe that sounded and looked delicious but was so easy he didn't have to write it down to make it himself. After moving t After graduating from college, Brian Patton was back to living at his parents' home in Pennsylvania, a public relations graduate with an expensive education but no job. He watched a cooking show and thought, I can do that, enjoying the simplicity of a recipe that sounded and looked delicious but was so easy he didn't have to write it down to make it himself. After moving to Los Angeles, he discovered he loved cooking, and found a cooking job where he learned the ins and outs of a professional kitchen. This led to the position of executive chef for Veggin' Out, a vegan home delivery service, and he experimented with veganism. He discovered he lost weight and felt great, with more energy and vitality, and he's been a vegan ever since. But, he's still the "regular dude" who wants to eat sandwiches, sliders, onion rings, pizza, and drink beer and cocktails while he watches the game.He became The Sexy Vegan by posting a video cooking demonstration on YouTube. He posted another, and another, and discovered that many people wanted what he wanted in a cooking demo: easy, failure-proof recipes that they'd cook again and again for food that satisfied in flavor and quantity. This new cookbook covers the basics of cooking, from slicing vegetables to finding the right type of tofu to recreating favorites without meat or dairy. With more than 100 recipes, Brian covers everything from cocktails (according to the Sexy Vegan, the most important meal of the day) to amazing breakfast sandwiches to desserts such as Sailor Peanut Rum Ice Cream. There are appetizers and nachos, pizza and "tuna-like" sandwiches as well as plenty of salads, pasta, and main dish choices.The Sexy Vegan's signature style is efficient, lively, and funny. He doesn't take himself seriously, but he takes his food seriously, and he delivers great options for enjoying food while staying healthy and protecting the planet.


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After graduating from college, Brian Patton was back to living at his parents' home in Pennsylvania, a public relations graduate with an expensive education but no job. He watched a cooking show and thought, I can do that, enjoying the simplicity of a recipe that sounded and looked delicious but was so easy he didn't have to write it down to make it himself. After moving t After graduating from college, Brian Patton was back to living at his parents' home in Pennsylvania, a public relations graduate with an expensive education but no job. He watched a cooking show and thought, I can do that, enjoying the simplicity of a recipe that sounded and looked delicious but was so easy he didn't have to write it down to make it himself. After moving to Los Angeles, he discovered he loved cooking, and found a cooking job where he learned the ins and outs of a professional kitchen. This led to the position of executive chef for Veggin' Out, a vegan home delivery service, and he experimented with veganism. He discovered he lost weight and felt great, with more energy and vitality, and he's been a vegan ever since. But, he's still the "regular dude" who wants to eat sandwiches, sliders, onion rings, pizza, and drink beer and cocktails while he watches the game.He became The Sexy Vegan by posting a video cooking demonstration on YouTube. He posted another, and another, and discovered that many people wanted what he wanted in a cooking demo: easy, failure-proof recipes that they'd cook again and again for food that satisfied in flavor and quantity. This new cookbook covers the basics of cooking, from slicing vegetables to finding the right type of tofu to recreating favorites without meat or dairy. With more than 100 recipes, Brian covers everything from cocktails (according to the Sexy Vegan, the most important meal of the day) to amazing breakfast sandwiches to desserts such as Sailor Peanut Rum Ice Cream. There are appetizers and nachos, pizza and "tuna-like" sandwiches as well as plenty of salads, pasta, and main dish choices.The Sexy Vegan's signature style is efficient, lively, and funny. He doesn't take himself seriously, but he takes his food seriously, and he delivers great options for enjoying food while staying healthy and protecting the planet.

30 review for The Sexy Vegan Cookbook: Extraordinary Food from an Ordinary Dude

  1. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Vegan

    I feel so guilty giving this book 2 stars because the author seems really nice and funny, but really it was only okay for me. For the most part the food just wasn’t my cup of tea. For me there was too much vegan meat, vegan cheese, vegan mayo, oil, coconut, vinegar, alcohol, and a few other ingredients of which I’m not fond. Also, I would have liked more photos. The included ones are not in color and there aren’t that many and many there aren’t even of the completed recipes but of the chef or of I feel so guilty giving this book 2 stars because the author seems really nice and funny, but really it was only okay for me. For the most part the food just wasn’t my cup of tea. For me there was too much vegan meat, vegan cheese, vegan mayo, oil, coconut, vinegar, alcohol, and a few other ingredients of which I’m not fond. Also, I would have liked more photos. The included ones are not in color and there aren’t that many and many there aren’t even of the completed recipes but of the chef or of raw ingredients. I don’t want to discourage others from trying it out though, especially if they enjoy vegan meats and vegan cheeses, coconut, oil, and foods that mimic omnivorous fare. The biographical information about the author is interesting and entertaining. He came to vegan eating via weight loss and health. What he writes for the sections and the recipes is short but interesting enough. Contents: Acknowledgments Introduction Chapter 1: The Most Important Meal of the Day…Cocktails! Chapter 2: Beatin’ the Meat – Meat Substitutes Chapter 3: The Second Most Important Meal of the Day, After Cocktails – Breakfast Chapter 4: Spoon Fed – Suops Chapter 5: Go Fork Yourself – Salads Chapter 6: Handheld – Sandwiches Chapter 7: The Dinner Bell – Entrees Chapter 8: Pizza!! Chapter 9: Snackage Chapter 10: Condiments and Sauces Bonus Chapter: We All Scream!! – Ice Cream So, just to understand how much these recipes are not my cup of tea, I could find nothing I would want to make/eat in chapters 1, 2, 5, 7, 8, and the bonus chapter. Recipes that did appeal to me: in chapter 3: Sexy’s Scramble; The Almond Brothers Breakfast Bar in chapter 4: Cauliflower and Roasted Fennel Soup; Country Veggie Soup; Minestone; White Bean and Kale Soup; Peanut Butternut Squash Soup; Harvest Vegetable Soup in chapter 6: The S.I.L.F.; The Beany Tahini Burger in chapter 9: Golden Beet Hummus; Boomin’ Shroomers; Gargantuan Guac; Jalapneo Poppers; Juanito’s Salsa; Pico de Gallo; Homemade Refried Beans in chapter 10: Scramble Seasoning Please check out the thread http://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/8... in the Vegan Cooking & Cookbooks group because at least one fan of the book has posted there, including recipes made, AND photos that the book lacks, and additional info and discussion also are there. I have unusual tastes and I’m a bit of a picky eater, so I wouldn’t want anyone to take what I say about this book as an indication they’ll feel the way I do.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Aurora Serenity Sildatke

    This is like the bro-fist of the vegan book world. If you like vegan food and constant puns about balls "hur, hur", then this book is for you. I enjoyed this book. The recipes seemed fun, and I will definitely be trying most of them. However, most of the recipes are... I guess what you could call "man food". I really don't like to perpetuate stereotypes, but calling the recipes "man food" is the most apt way of describing it. Imagine arriving at one of those famous southern food festivals - you kn This is like the bro-fist of the vegan book world. If you like vegan food and constant puns about balls "hur, hur", then this book is for you. I enjoyed this book. The recipes seemed fun, and I will definitely be trying most of them. However, most of the recipes are... I guess what you could call "man food". I really don't like to perpetuate stereotypes, but calling the recipes "man food" is the most apt way of describing it. Imagine arriving at one of those famous southern food festivals - you know, the kind with all the different kinds of chili and chocolate coated bacon - and discovering that all the food was vegan. That's kind of like this book. So, in short, if you don't like those "vegan meats" and "vegan mayo", slapped together with more "vegan meats" and more "vegan mayo", then this book may not be for you, unless you like to read a book which sounds as if it could have been written by a non-jerk Seth Macfarlane, of course (and personally that's reason enough for me!). But if you're ready for the next epic vegan manwich, and a taste of Patton's balls, then dive right in, my friend.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Eliana

    Some people like to use foul language and think everyone likes it. As a Christian, I don't like it. As an educated person, I don't like it. It takes brains to come up with something more suitable for the general public. Some of the recipes were good, but as a whole didn't like the flavor of the author. Some people like to use foul language and think everyone likes it. As a Christian, I don't like it. As an educated person, I don't like it. It takes brains to come up with something more suitable for the general public. Some of the recipes were good, but as a whole didn't like the flavor of the author.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Sugarpuss O'Shea

    I'd give this 1.5 Stars. Glad I got this at the library first. There were about 6-7 recipes I'd actually try. Everything else was either some kind of tofu, tempeh, TVP, seitan, franken-food nightmare. No thank you. I'll pass. I'd give this 1.5 Stars. Glad I got this at the library first. There were about 6-7 recipes I'd actually try. Everything else was either some kind of tofu, tempeh, TVP, seitan, franken-food nightmare. No thank you. I'll pass.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Bernadette

    Fun, tasty collection of vegan recipes, mostly easy to make, easily found ingredients. Parodies some popular fast food non-vegan dishes, like "Colonel Schmolonel's Fried Seitan with mashed taters, gravy and greens," The B.L.A.T. (tasty tempeh bacon avocado pizza), Buffalo wangs (crispy seitan wings coated in crushed potato chips)... Includes chapters on cocktails, making one's own mock meats and cheese sauces. Links to URLs for youtube demos for some of the recipes. Fun, tasty collection of vegan recipes, mostly easy to make, easily found ingredients. Parodies some popular fast food non-vegan dishes, like "Colonel Schmolonel's Fried Seitan with mashed taters, gravy and greens," The B.L.A.T. (tasty tempeh bacon avocado pizza), Buffalo wangs (crispy seitan wings coated in crushed potato chips)... Includes chapters on cocktails, making one's own mock meats and cheese sauces. Links to URLs for youtube demos for some of the recipes.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Dray

    Quite a nice vegan cookbook. Reimagines many nonvegan standards with alternate ingredients. I especially liked the inclusion of many vegan "homemade" sauces and condiments. Quite a nice vegan cookbook. Reimagines many nonvegan standards with alternate ingredients. I especially liked the inclusion of many vegan "homemade" sauces and condiments.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Heidi Roth

    If more vegan foods offered tastes and textures the average person recognized more people would eat vegan. I don’t mind eating vegan food in most cases (more on that later) and I certainly like a lot of vegetarian dishes. Precious attitude is also tiring—politics and holiness aren’t desirable flavors in my kitchen. Body chemistry is not a 1:1 relationship—when I eat vegetarian my cholesterol sky rockets. I know! It’s not supposed to work that way. And after multiple experiences over the years I If more vegan foods offered tastes and textures the average person recognized more people would eat vegan. I don’t mind eating vegan food in most cases (more on that later) and I certainly like a lot of vegetarian dishes. Precious attitude is also tiring—politics and holiness aren’t desirable flavors in my kitchen. Body chemistry is not a 1:1 relationship—when I eat vegetarian my cholesterol sky rockets. I know! It’s not supposed to work that way. And after multiple experiences over the years I know I need lean, quality animal protein in my diet to stay healthy. Each time after going back to this model my numbers dropped—something that is supposed to be impossible but it works. Sure, I am also that person who is the 1:100,000 will have some goofy reaction to a drug listed on that annoying tiny-folded piece of paper in your drugs. Patton avoids arrogance or religious fervor beyond being excited to share his personal results. These vegan recipes are a great way to cut fat, increase protein in many cases, and perhaps even reduce your eco-print along the way. So often foods for special diets don’t resemble any kind of dish you’ve ever seen before. One of the great successes in this collection is the feeling of hey, “I recognize that!” The results look, feel and taste like food. My husband even said, “That’s scary good for no meat.” The “Beany Tahini Burger” is a new go-to solution on those nights when dinner is uninspiring. A can of chick peas is a normal part of my kitchen pantry. If need be you can switch out dried herbs for fresh (though fresh will be tons better). I did add a little potato starch to get the burgers to come together a little firmer than normal; this reflects house preference where I live. Make them without the first time. The texture resembled an outstanding salmon patty. Even the color relates to the patty. But wait! There’s more to love about this cookbook: • Great value based on the test recipes. After making my usual three recipes, I can’t wait to make more. My husband’s responses ranged from “D*&n Good” to “Scary Good—for no meat!” I have no doubt the retail cost of the book will generate even more favorites we will use on a regular basis. • Stunning production values: Comparing the cost of the book and gorgeous graphics, complicated layout and inter-connected references justifies a higher price point. • Accessible: The recipes are manageable regardless of your experience with Vegan cooking. Seriously! You can do it. • Just Plain Fun: Patton’s personality in the writing shines and entertains. Reading may even be more fun that cooking with this book. Nah, that’s not true, make and eat some of these recipes. When it comes to favorites, I struggled to choose one. For starters, you’ve got to try the My featured recipe, “The Almond Brothers Breakfast Bar” is great for breakfast as claimed, hiking, or those busy days running around town. Check out my blog for this yummy, vegan, soy-free, gluten-free creation—no matter what labels fit the ingredients the bars are just plain good. Special diet needs, however, may find less to love in this cookbook. If you need to avoid soy or gluten, a serious group of recipes don’t work. Since both of these food sources make me sick, I really notice this in vegan foods. It’s the second reason this diet is just not an answer for my body. If either of these dietary concerns in part of your life, wait for a library copy or used copy in a year or so. You will still find lots to love in this book, but the recipe: cost value goes down drastically when the primary protein source in nearly a third of the recipes is outside your approved eating choices. My goal is always to get you in the kitchen making something you’ve never tried before. Then sit down to eat with friends and family so everyone has a good time. Come on, Cook! Eat! Laugh! Drop by my blog cookeatlaughwithheidi.weebly.com for the bar recipe!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Katey

    While obviously the thing that matters most when it comes to a cookbook is the quality of the recipes, I appreciate a bit of good (and humourous) writing thrown in. And the writing is entertaining, if only a bit too current and therefore dated, and certain subjects are not appetizing in an explicit sense. But of course I enjoyed the injection of certain references, like this in the preface before the pizza chapter "Its topping possibilities are as infinite as the amount of time the USS Enterpris While obviously the thing that matters most when it comes to a cookbook is the quality of the recipes, I appreciate a bit of good (and humourous) writing thrown in. And the writing is entertaining, if only a bit too current and therefore dated, and certain subjects are not appetizing in an explicit sense. But of course I enjoyed the injection of certain references, like this in the preface before the pizza chapter "Its topping possibilities are as infinite as the amount of time the USS Enterprise D would have remained in that tachyon distortion time-loop thing had Data not chosen to obey Riker's command over Picard's." Or my favourite, accompanying a recipe for stuffed shells puttanesca "This dish makes me think of family. And whores." And while personally I find a lot of the recipes too fussy with the multiple recipes included in the final result, they're appealing. Many cookbooks are sensitive to the fact that gluten allergies are more common and try to accomodate that, this cookbook didn't seem to specifically address that, but I like the fact, for instance, that the recipe for "meat" balls doesn't include vital wheat gluten. And there's a few other "meaty" type recipes that aren't wheat based, so that's nice. So far, so good with the recipes I have tried, and this library book will get renewed at least a few times as I try out more. Perhaps this will get purchased.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Sam

    *Sigh* I was so excited to get this book, now I wonder why I wasted my money and excitement on it. I am giving it three stars for now as there are a few recipes I'm interested in but I cannot give it fives stars and looking at it now, probably not four stars in the future. Why? well the why is purely based on my preferences and if the following issue I have with the book is not a problem for you, then you will probably like it and we can agree to disagree. So back to the why: THERE ARE A HUGE AM *Sigh* I was so excited to get this book, now I wonder why I wasted my money and excitement on it. I am giving it three stars for now as there are a few recipes I'm interested in but I cannot give it fives stars and looking at it now, probably not four stars in the future. Why? well the why is purely based on my preferences and if the following issue I have with the book is not a problem for you, then you will probably like it and we can agree to disagree. So back to the why: THERE ARE A HUGE AMOUNT OF RECIPES CALLING FOR TOFU (AND TEMPEH). Like I said, if you love tofu and tempeh then you might just like this book so don't let me turn you off from this book, talk to those who like tofu and tempeh and get their opinions on the recipes. If you, like me, avoid tofu and tempeh, then this is definitely not a cookbook for you. I'll update this after I have a chance to try one of the few (it seems) recipes without tofu or tempeh.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Monique

    I've been interested in vegan recipes for the last year or so.  I think my mouth Watson a frown while reading most of this book...the thought of tofu and "meatless" bacon still haven't registered on my palate (ok so I'm a work in progress).  I loved Patton's voice and descriptions while watching the videos were a definite plus.  Wish I lived in LA as I could try more of his recipes without ruining hard earned food.  Wish there were color photos of the food but I'm sure that kept the price down. I've been interested in vegan recipes for the last year or so.  I think my mouth Watson a frown while reading most of this book...the thought of tofu and "meatless" bacon still haven't registered on my palate (ok so I'm a work in progress).  I loved Patton's voice and descriptions while watching the videos were a definite plus.  Wish I lived in LA as I could try more of his recipes without ruining hard earned food.  Wish there were color photos of the food but I'm sure that kept the price down.  I'm sure hip vegans will love this book...as for myself I'm trying a few recipes (but not making any promises). 

  11. 4 out of 5

    egellston

    Readers beware. The title gives you a clue that this will not be Grandma's cookbook. The recipes are quite interesting and well written. I like Brian Patton's palate. However, I hate that he boasts of his idiotic life. I would not be boasting unsheepishly that I used to throw things at cars after I was 10 years old. Brian seems to think that raunch will make me want to like him. Sorry, it just reinforces that he has had a sad life. I would be embarrassed to share this book with my friends because Readers beware. The title gives you a clue that this will not be Grandma's cookbook. The recipes are quite interesting and well written. I like Brian Patton's palate. However, I hate that he boasts of his idiotic life. I would not be boasting unsheepishly that I used to throw things at cars after I was 10 years old. Brian seems to think that raunch will make me want to like him. Sorry, it just reinforces that he has had a sad life. I would be embarrassed to share this book with my friends because of the crude editorials. Too bad.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Disco

    3.5 stars. Irreverent & funny (obviously not for everyone judging by some of the other reviews). This is not a book for ultra-serious, ultra-health-conscious vegans. I would steer those people to Happy Herbivore or maybe some raw books. This book is more of a gateway book to veganism. Nothing is too scary; he spells out the more esoteric ingredients, and the food is similar to what most of mainstream America is familiar with. I would still recommend to anyone, because of some of the sauces and s 3.5 stars. Irreverent & funny (obviously not for everyone judging by some of the other reviews). This is not a book for ultra-serious, ultra-health-conscious vegans. I would steer those people to Happy Herbivore or maybe some raw books. This book is more of a gateway book to veganism. Nothing is too scary; he spells out the more esoteric ingredients, and the food is similar to what most of mainstream America is familiar with. I would still recommend to anyone, because of some of the sauces and soups.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Jayna

    I wanted to love this cookbook. Based on writing alone, it deserves five stars. But, unfortunately, the "okay" flavors of the recipes don't match the wonderfully spicy narrative of the author! My husband and I are 3+ year vegans, so we aren't new to the lifestyle. We tried three different recipes from the book -- all highly touted by the author as his favorite and best recipes -- and found all to be, well, a little bland. Read it for the humor, but don't expect to be wildly impressed by the food. I wanted to love this cookbook. Based on writing alone, it deserves five stars. But, unfortunately, the "okay" flavors of the recipes don't match the wonderfully spicy narrative of the author! My husband and I are 3+ year vegans, so we aren't new to the lifestyle. We tried three different recipes from the book -- all highly touted by the author as his favorite and best recipes -- and found all to be, well, a little bland. Read it for the humor, but don't expect to be wildly impressed by the food.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Davida

    Obnoxious and not good. I couldn't get past recipes like "My Balls." Who let this guy write a cookbook? Stupid. Needless to say, I did not try out any of his recipes; I just didn't have the patience. Obnoxious and not good. I couldn't get past recipes like "My Balls." Who let this guy write a cookbook? Stupid. Needless to say, I did not try out any of his recipes; I just didn't have the patience.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Amy Elizabeth

    The recipes look good and as straightforward as vegan cookery could be. The writing style is off putting and juvenile, like listening to an eleven year old tell fart jokes on a long car ride.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Roger Williams

    Even if you aren't vegan you should get this cookbook. The recipes are fairly easy to follow and they are beyond delicious. Oh and the first chapter of recipes is cocktails! Even if you aren't vegan you should get this cookbook. The recipes are fairly easy to follow and they are beyond delicious. Oh and the first chapter of recipes is cocktails!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Brenda Petersen

    Funny yet practical

  18. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    Cheeky and irreverent, this book takes a light-hearted approach to vegan cooking. Very enjoyable and the recipes are great!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Heidi

    Meh. The design and format are interesting and engaging, but none of the recipes jumped out at me.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Keita Ito

    Wity, conversational, & delicious recipes that will convert a carnivore. I love his personal stories and simple recipes. The fact that there is a cocktail section is just a bonus!!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Shari

    Weird guy, great cookbook. Has lots of tips and history. Unusual and down-home recipes.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Morgan

    Used the basic pizza dough recipe and it was easy and yummy. I want to try his seitan recipe.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Kris Siegel

    So far, hilarious, but I haven't cooked anything yet! Brian Patton's irreverent humor so reminds me of my young-adult sons. So far, hilarious, but I haven't cooked anything yet! Brian Patton's irreverent humor so reminds me of my young-adult sons.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Valerie Slate

  25. 4 out of 5

    Disha Agrawal

  26. 5 out of 5

    Jarred Vryhof

  27. 4 out of 5

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  28. 5 out of 5

    Amy M.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Kat Nip

  30. 5 out of 5

    Tara guinty

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