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With three bustling restaurants located throughout the Los Angeles area, Real Food Daily boasts a loyal clientele of ravenous vegetarian diners and health-conscious celebrities, trendsetting young hipsters and members of Southern California's culinary community at large. After 10 successful years as a cherished destination for lovers of delicious and naturally wholesome cu With three bustling restaurants located throughout the Los Angeles area, Real Food Daily boasts a loyal clientele of ravenous vegetarian diners and health-conscious celebrities, trendsetting young hipsters and members of Southern California's culinary community at large. After 10 successful years as a cherished destination for lovers of delicious and naturally wholesome cuisine, this eclectic hot spot continues to thrive under the stewardship of its pioneering founder, Ann Gentry, who raises the standards and expectations of nutritious, meat-free cooking through her unique brand of California cuisine. In THE REAL FOOD DAILY COOKBOOK, you'll find recipes for 150 of the restaurants' most popular dishes, such as Lentil-Walnut P?¢t?©; Country-Style Miso Soup; Tuscan Bean Salad with Herb Vinaigrette; Southern-Style Skillet Cornbread; Tofu Quiche with Leeks and Asparagus; Acorn Squash Stuffed with Sweet Rice, Currants, and Vegetables; and Coconut Cream Pie with Chocolate Sauce. After years of getting floods of recipe requests from her loyal customers, Ann is delivering in full force, not only to her patient fans, but to everyone who yearns for delicious, healthful, real food in their daily lives.


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With three bustling restaurants located throughout the Los Angeles area, Real Food Daily boasts a loyal clientele of ravenous vegetarian diners and health-conscious celebrities, trendsetting young hipsters and members of Southern California's culinary community at large. After 10 successful years as a cherished destination for lovers of delicious and naturally wholesome cu With three bustling restaurants located throughout the Los Angeles area, Real Food Daily boasts a loyal clientele of ravenous vegetarian diners and health-conscious celebrities, trendsetting young hipsters and members of Southern California's culinary community at large. After 10 successful years as a cherished destination for lovers of delicious and naturally wholesome cuisine, this eclectic hot spot continues to thrive under the stewardship of its pioneering founder, Ann Gentry, who raises the standards and expectations of nutritious, meat-free cooking through her unique brand of California cuisine. In THE REAL FOOD DAILY COOKBOOK, you'll find recipes for 150 of the restaurants' most popular dishes, such as Lentil-Walnut P?¢t?©; Country-Style Miso Soup; Tuscan Bean Salad with Herb Vinaigrette; Southern-Style Skillet Cornbread; Tofu Quiche with Leeks and Asparagus; Acorn Squash Stuffed with Sweet Rice, Currants, and Vegetables; and Coconut Cream Pie with Chocolate Sauce. After years of getting floods of recipe requests from her loyal customers, Ann is delivering in full force, not only to her patient fans, but to everyone who yearns for delicious, healthful, real food in their daily lives.

30 review for The Real Food Daily Cookbook: Really Fresh, Really Good, Really Vegetarian

  1. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Vegan

    This is the cookbook of a vegan restaurant in Los Angeles. It’s survived and thrived for many years, and it’s one of my favorite, if not my very favorite, restaurant in L.A. I love having the cookbook as I don’t get there very often. These restaurant cookbooks are wonderful to have if you live out the area but want to have access to the food/recipes.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Hazel Leu

    Surprisingly great recipes to follow!

  3. 4 out of 5

    BookBec

    I made the red bean-squash-okra stew and it was delicious. Thick, full of chunky veggies, boldly spiced. But that's the only recipe that appealed to me. Overall, this book has too much tofu/seitan/tempeh for my taste. And I hate recipes that involve making a bunch of other recipes first. Case in point: Black Bean Tostadas involve seven ingredients, but only three are actual "ingredients." The other four are separate recipes in the book. And the headnote suggests making two more recipes for extra f I made the red bean-squash-okra stew and it was delicious. Thick, full of chunky veggies, boldly spiced. But that's the only recipe that appealed to me. Overall, this book has too much tofu/seitan/tempeh for my taste. And I hate recipes that involve making a bunch of other recipes first. Case in point: Black Bean Tostadas involve seven ingredients, but only three are actual "ingredients." The other four are separate recipes in the book. And the headnote suggests making two more recipes for extra flavors. So you're suggesting I make seven recipes to end up with one dinner?! No thanks.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Melanie

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. You know a vegetarian restaurant is good when celebrity sightings are a regular occurrence. Real Food Daily has seen the likes of famous veggies such as Gwyneth Paltrow, Tobey Maguire, and Moby, just to mention a few. Located in Southern California, owner Ann Gentry steered away from the "granola" image of health food and created instead two hip, sophisticated and very successful restaurants, one in West Hollywood and the other in Santa Monica. Comfort is the key word to this food. This beautiful You know a vegetarian restaurant is good when celebrity sightings are a regular occurrence. Real Food Daily has seen the likes of famous veggies such as Gwyneth Paltrow, Tobey Maguire, and Moby, just to mention a few. Located in Southern California, owner Ann Gentry steered away from the "granola" image of health food and created instead two hip, sophisticated and very successful restaurants, one in West Hollywood and the other in Santa Monica. Comfort is the key word to this food. This beautiful cookbook with magazine styled food pics, is a joy to thumb through. I am one of those people who likes to see what the finished product will look like, so this is a bonus for me. I also love to read cookbooks, so I appreciate when they have good introductions. This one meets all my requirements. The book opens with Gentry's story, a Real Food Daily Profile, and information on eating organically and with the seasons. There's also a useful Guide to Real Food, which tells you step by step how create a fabulous atmosphere and an unforgettable meal and lists all the tools you'll need to do it. Then, if you don't have much experience cooking with whole foods, there's a section on preparing grains, legumes, soy foods and more. Wouldn't you like to know the "top twenty real foods to always have in your kitchen"? I can't list them all here, but the list includes maple syrup, quinoa, and root vegetables just to give you an idea of the variety (and peak your curiosity, of course). Finally, the recipes. Oh, the recipes. I started with guacamole. I figured if they could make it special, then they'd have me hooked. The intro boasts that their guac is "so rich and sinful tasting that people never believe we make it without sour cream." First, I was horrified to think that I'd unknowingly eaten sour cream with my last Mexican meal, then my interest was piqued. Honestly, this is the best guacamole recipe I've ever made, and I've made many a bowl in my time. There are raw recipes sprinkled throughout the book, and I loved how the entrees were divided into four sections corresponding to the seasons. Real Food Daily is closed every Thanksgiving, but they provide a long list of loyal customers a complete ready-made Thanksgiving take-out meal, and yes, the recipes are included here. We were traveling this past Thanksgiving and didn't celebrate it for the first time in my life, so these dishes will grace my Christmas dinner table, and I can hardly wait to see the looks on my guest's faces! This beautiful book has become one of the most treasured in my collection, and it would make a great gift for that special someone - veg or not - on your list.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

    I like this cookbook. For some reason, I started out intimidated by it, but nothing in it is impossible or even really difficult. It's just that most of the recipes take a little time -- making it the ideal weekend cookbook. Now for specific recipes ... The red bean chili with butternut squash [and okra:] was good even without the okra. The flavors were well balanced and it was chock full of veggies. I found it to be a little runny, but Jeff liked sopping it up with tortilla chips. The texicali cho I like this cookbook. For some reason, I started out intimidated by it, but nothing in it is impossible or even really difficult. It's just that most of the recipes take a little time -- making it the ideal weekend cookbook. Now for specific recipes ... The red bean chili with butternut squash [and okra:] was good even without the okra. The flavors were well balanced and it was chock full of veggies. I found it to be a little runny, but Jeff liked sopping it up with tortilla chips. The texicali chop with toasted tortilla strips is a little complex for a salad (think: soaking and cooking beans, squeezing citrus, etc.), but the end result was incredibly flavorful and the dressing went a long way. I also made the seitan fingers, which were a family hit, but took a lot of oil (for frying). My only thought was that the seitan I used (made from the recipe in Vegan with a Vengeance) was a little bit too much for the recipe. Next time, I'll tone down the spices and soy sauce.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Triseugeny

    I've been a fan of Real Food Daily in Santa Monica, California for well over 10 years now. The food is fantastic, healthy and flavorful! I was psyched when I saw the restaurant put out a cookbook and managed to cook recipes the 3rd time I checked out the book from the library. The recipes can be intimidating, especially if you are not familiar with vegan/macrobiotic cooking or cooking generally. But I have to say that it's worth the investment to make at least one of the dishes in this cookbook I've been a fan of Real Food Daily in Santa Monica, California for well over 10 years now. The food is fantastic, healthy and flavorful! I was psyched when I saw the restaurant put out a cookbook and managed to cook recipes the 3rd time I checked out the book from the library. The recipes can be intimidating, especially if you are not familiar with vegan/macrobiotic cooking or cooking generally. But I have to say that it's worth the investment to make at least one of the dishes in this cookbook - you'll be introduced to a new vegetable, grain, or flour, at least I was. I made the "Turkish Lentil Soup" and the " Rustic Italian Soup." Both dishes were fantastic and out-of-this world! The book also includes a short summary of natural foods and a short history of the chef's background and how Real Food Daily came to be the wonderful restaurant it is today. I highly recommend a visit to the restaurant or your local library to try a dish. Here's to good health...and cooking!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Deb

    I bought this cookbook a few years ago and made the cashew cheddar cheese. (Excellent!) When I bought it I was new to vegan cooking and found the book to be a bit intimidating and to have a little more seitan and tempeh than I was ready for but it is a good resource for creative, restaurant-worthy recipes and after sticking my toes in the water and becoming more familiar with meat-free ingredients, I have found it to be more user-friendly than I initially thought. I pulled this book back out and I bought this cookbook a few years ago and made the cashew cheddar cheese. (Excellent!) When I bought it I was new to vegan cooking and found the book to be a bit intimidating and to have a little more seitan and tempeh than I was ready for but it is a good resource for creative, restaurant-worthy recipes and after sticking my toes in the water and becoming more familiar with meat-free ingredients, I have found it to be more user-friendly than I initially thought. I pulled this book back out and have been perusing it the last couple of weeks, trying two of the soups. The Tortilla Soup: http://kahakaikitchen.blogspot.com/20... and the Creamy Broccoli Soup with Red Pepper Crème: http://kahakaikitchen.blogspot.com/20.... Both were easy to make and tasty.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Emma Nolan

    I've made the asparagus soup, tempeh loaf and the mac&cheese so far. All turned out great. I'm very pleasantly surprised with this cookbook. I was expecting the recipes to be less approachable since it's from a restaurant. Fortunately that's not the case, the ingredients and preparation are very down-to-earth. Not to mention the great photography, and the anecdotes about the restaurant throughout the book. This has very quickly become one of my favorites. I've made the asparagus soup, tempeh loaf and the mac&cheese so far. All turned out great. I'm very pleasantly surprised with this cookbook. I was expecting the recipes to be less approachable since it's from a restaurant. Fortunately that's not the case, the ingredients and preparation are very down-to-earth. Not to mention the great photography, and the anecdotes about the restaurant throughout the book. This has very quickly become one of my favorites.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Rukshana

    I love this book! And the restaurant. There are a manageable number of recipes so you could potentially make all of them. I've been working through the soup chapter these past few months and have been very pleased with the results. Most recipes are relatively easy to make. The book is printed on a more durable paper than most, and has lots of beautiful pictures. A wonderful way to bring the taste of Real Food Daily home and eat healthier in the process. I love this book! And the restaurant. There are a manageable number of recipes so you could potentially make all of them. I've been working through the soup chapter these past few months and have been very pleased with the results. Most recipes are relatively easy to make. The book is printed on a more durable paper than most, and has lots of beautiful pictures. A wonderful way to bring the taste of Real Food Daily home and eat healthier in the process.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    Now that I live in Southern California I am surrounded by health food restaurants such as the popular Real Food Daily. Most of the recipes featured here appealed to me though I would rather use actual dairy products than some newfangled cashew "cheese." Nutritional yeast does not compare to Parmesan no matter what any vegan tries to convince you (or herself!) Now that I live in Southern California I am surrounded by health food restaurants such as the popular Real Food Daily. Most of the recipes featured here appealed to me though I would rather use actual dairy products than some newfangled cashew "cheese." Nutritional yeast does not compare to Parmesan no matter what any vegan tries to convince you (or herself!)

  11. 5 out of 5

    Amey

    one of the best vegan cookbooks out there. The desserts aren't so hot, but the entrees are totally dependable. It's a vegan "meat and potatoes" kind of a book, hearty, healthy, nourishing meals. good. one of the best vegan cookbooks out there. The desserts aren't so hot, but the entrees are totally dependable. It's a vegan "meat and potatoes" kind of a book, hearty, healthy, nourishing meals. good.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Maureen

    It was fun to use the cookbook after eating at the restaurant. We made the cashew cheese and the "chicken" seitan. Both were outstanding--the best substitutes we've made. I liked our version of the "cheese" better than the restaurants! I plan to make the tortilla soup soon. It was fun to use the cookbook after eating at the restaurant. We made the cashew cheese and the "chicken" seitan. Both were outstanding--the best substitutes we've made. I liked our version of the "cheese" better than the restaurants! I plan to make the tortilla soup soon.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Beka

    Though I enjoyed the pictures, there is a misleading word in the title. This book is not merely vegetarian, it's vegan. I went in hoping to find good vegetarian meals, but nearly all of the recipes use products that are expensive and hard to find. Nice try, but not helpful. Though I enjoyed the pictures, there is a misleading word in the title. This book is not merely vegetarian, it's vegan. I went in hoping to find good vegetarian meals, but nearly all of the recipes use products that are expensive and hard to find. Nice try, but not helpful.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Joi Burke Straaten

    I was very excited to get this book, but have been a bit disappointed with it. The recipes aren't as varied as I'd like, and preparation isn't as easy/quick. Some of the combinations just seem odd... I was very excited to get this book, but have been a bit disappointed with it. The recipes aren't as varied as I'd like, and preparation isn't as easy/quick. Some of the combinations just seem odd...

  15. 5 out of 5

    Zora

    okay recipes, far too much advertisement for the restaurants.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    the recipes are way too difficult! the recipes look so good, but i am not willing to put in the effort.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Alisan

    Scrumptous vegetarian/vegan/local recipies...yum!

  18. 4 out of 5

    rachel

    the food in this book can take a while to prepare, but when you sit down to eat, all the work is worth it. follow the directions and you won't be disappointed. full of flavor and filling. yum! the food in this book can take a while to prepare, but when you sit down to eat, all the work is worth it. follow the directions and you won't be disappointed. full of flavor and filling. yum!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Nezka

    Usual veggie fare, but some good recipes, and the restaurant is awesome (enjoyed eating there last year).

  20. 4 out of 5

    Aja Marsh

    it feels outdated. i also cringed to read the tagline of "really fresh. really good. really vegetarian." i have been to one of the restaurants in LA and enjoyed it though. it feels outdated. i also cringed to read the tagline of "really fresh. really good. really vegetarian." i have been to one of the restaurants in LA and enjoyed it though.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Anjali

    yum.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Maggie

    Bought a copy but haven't finished it yet! Bought a copy but haven't finished it yet!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Natalie

    So many great dishes from the restaurant that I can recreate at home. Simple instructions and lovely photos to inspire.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    I ate at this restaurant in Santa Monica in March, and it was delicious! I can't wait to try the recipes at home. I ate at this restaurant in Santa Monica in March, and it was delicious! I can't wait to try the recipes at home.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Emily

    All recipes are vegan (some use cashew cheese - yum!), and most look amazing yet easy to make. First up for me: Butternut squash, corn, and cilantro phyllo rolls.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Rashelle

    Everything in this book is amazing!!!!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Kimberly Holiday

  28. 5 out of 5

    Eliana

  29. 4 out of 5

    veggiesplusmusic

  30. 5 out of 5

    Susan Cheetham

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