Test kitchen - take one.

I have about a million cookbooks. I think that's because cookbooks make that perfect gift for someone who loves to cook, bake, eat or any of the above. However, not all cookbooks are made equal. I own a few phenomenal cookbooks but more often than not cookbooks tend to be well, mediocre. I certainly don't claim to be a great cook; heck, I just really like to eat. I received Veganomicon as a gift (surprise). A twinge skeptical, I've been familiar with the authors of this book for a long time largely in part to The Post Punk Kitchen and my copy of Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World.

Admittedly, I only tried one Veganomicon recipe so far. I decided to test run the Creole Stuffed Peppers for dinner today. I halfed the measurements and only made two stuffed peppers instead of four.

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I managed to get an ok picture of the stuffing simmering away before I stuffed and baked the peppers. I thought the stuffing tasted great, it was a combination of beans, tomatoes, carrots, onions, jalapenos and spices. I should mention that I couldn't find any veg black-eyed peas so I subbed pinto beans (seemed similar enough).

But overall, this recipe just didn't work. The authors' described method of cooking the peppers was sort of strange and didn't work correctly.

I thought the bean and tomato mixture was super smoky and tasty but the peppers just didn't add a thing. I'd rather serve the bean and tomato mixture over rice as a main dish.

End result - scores a 5. Beans were good, peppers were pointless. Recipe could be simplified substantially for a faster dinner. Definitely needs some tweaks.

Like I said before, this is the first recipe I've tried from Veganomicon. Am I impressed with the book? No, not really but I'm not going to write it off just yet. I'm going to try 1-2 recipes a week for all of May to get a better feel for it. Stay tuned for more testing.