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BOOK REVIEW – Chloe’s Kitchen

I was really excited when the publisher of Chloe’s Kitchen contacted me offering a review copy of Chloe Coscarelli’s first cookbook. I received the cookbook prior to it’s official release (March 6, 2012) and am embarrassed to say that I am only now getting around to posting my review. Trust me when I say the delay in posting is in no way a statement about Chloe’s cookbook…it is amazing and does not disappoint.

Life has been busy, but not too busy to find the time to interview Chloe for Chic Vegan (so fun!!!). Click HERE to read the interview. What most impressed me about Chloe is the fact that she went from a college kid at UC Berkley who didn’t really know her way around the kitchen to becoming the first vegan winner of a major network cooking show (Cupcake Wars) in a matter of a few short years.

One might assume that Chloe’s Kitchen is a dessert recipe cookbook if their only knowledge of Chloe is rooted in Cupcake Wars, however nothing could be further than the truth. Having attended culinary school at the Natural Gourmet Institute after completing college, Chloe’s food experience is vast. After completing culinary school, Chloe honed her skills at celebrated restaurants such as the famed¬†Millennium Restaurant in San Francisco, Counter Organic Vegetarian Bistro in New York City, and Herbivore Restaurant in Berkeley.

Chloe’s cheerful voice is ever present in Chloe’s Kitchen and her dishes are inspired. During my first flip-through of the book (I have since read it cover to cover) I flagged so many recipes to try that it looked like a Post-It tree was growing out of the book. ¬†The hearty main meals I quickly flagged to try were:

  • Curried Lentil, Squash, and Apple Stew
  • Chloe’s Award Winning Mango Masala Panini
  • Double Drive-Thru Burgers
  • Avocado Pesto Pasta
  • Drunken Noodles in Cashew-Shiitake Broth
  • And on, and on, and on

I am a huge sucker for food pics and her cookbook is chalk full of them. I want to SEE the meals a cookbook is offering me and have to admit that it is oftentimes uninspiring to me when cookbooks don’t provide gorgeous food photography. Thankfully, the reader gets to see photographs of most of the 125 recipes Chloe’s Kitchen cooks-up.

Slam dunk Chloe. When can we expect your next cookbook? …

Maybe we should let her enjoy the fruits of this one first, but I will definitely be in the front of the line for whatever she cooks-up next.

Images courtesy of Chloe Coscarelli

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