Book Review and Contest: Sublime!

The Sublime Restaurant Cookbook is written by Nanci Alexander, originally an animal rights worker in Florida. Her commitment to animals led her to opening a restaurant showcasing how wonderful a plant based diet can be. Thanks to the always awesome Book Publishing Company, I have a copy of this book to give away.

The book has 12 recipe chapters, starting with Hors d’Ouevres and ending with Cocktails. While none of the chapters are jam-packed with loads of recipes, each chapter of about 5 to 10 recipes has several recipes that make you want to get into the kitchen and cook. The book is nicely organized with individual chapters for Pizzas, Pastas and Entrees, among others. The Entrees (5 recipes) include a Grilled Seitan Steak (right up my alley) and a Portobello Tenderloin which sounds like it would satsify any omni. The Pasta chapter has a Puttanesca, a Mac and Cheese (using soy cheddar cheese) and a few other recipes. Of course, the most eye-catching to me is the Pad Thai. The Pizza chapter (5 recipes) has a 7 Layer Pizza (Mexican themed) which would top my list of things to make. Other chapters include Soups, Salads, Sushi, Sides and Desserts, which includes Smore’s Brownies!

None of the recipes look very complicated, and some basics are included, such as making stock (light or dark), pizza dough and roasting garlic. All in all, this is a book I’d like to own. And now you get a chance to make this book your own! All you have to do is post a comment to this post about your favorite vegan restaurant, or about the one you’d like most to visit. Be sure to check back to see if you win!

Now, for a food photo so I don’t leave you picture-less. This is a breakfast from Friendly Toast in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. If you happen to be in the area, they are very vegan friendly and a fun, eclectic place to eat. It’s a tofu scramble with home fries and a bagel.

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  1. Posted July 30, 2009 at 8:08 pm | Permalink

    First comment?

    Anyway, my favourite restaurant is Country Life, located in Prague (the Czech Republic)! It is AMAZIIIIING! 😀

  2. Posted July 30, 2009 at 8:08 pm | Permalink

    I want. The recipes sound great especially the Mexican 7 Layer Pizza.

    Also, this has been on my amazon wish list for a while now.

  3. Posted July 30, 2009 at 8:11 pm | Permalink

    Ooo, that looks like a neat recipe book – I love the mini sections – and not too many recipes/section sounds perfect! I would love to visit either New York OR Portland – and then go to EVERY vegan restaurant in the city! So many choices!

  4. Posted July 30, 2009 at 8:17 pm | Permalink

    What a great book! I’m a new vegan so I’m not too familiar with vegan eats in my area yet. But there’s a vegan bakery called Cakewalk that’s not too far that looks good. I’m ALWAYS up for some sweet treats!

  5. Posted July 30, 2009 at 8:17 pm | Permalink

    7 Layer Pizza? OH MY!

    The vegetarian (not fully vegan) restaurant I am DYING to visit is Terre A Terre in Brighton, England. (I forgot to go last year, can you believe it?)

    My favourite vegan restaurant here is Radha in Vancouver.

  6. Posted July 30, 2009 at 8:27 pm | Permalink

    My favorite restaurant in Philly is Govinda’s. Their “shrimp” scampi is the most incredible dinner I’ve ever had. I’d love to try Red Bamboo in NYC, but haven’t yet gotten the chance.

  7. Posted July 30, 2009 at 8:41 pm | Permalink

    i live in socal, and have yet to make a trip to Madeline Bistro…(yup, shame on me)but i am dying to try their bigger macque, cholate souffle, and and chicken fried seitan! awesome giveaway!

  8. Posted July 30, 2009 at 9:06 pm | Permalink

    That book sounds like a great resource! My favorite vegan restaurant is TJ’s Vegan Pizza in Brighton, MA…but I think they’ve closed down now! :-(.

  9. Posted July 30, 2009 at 9:24 pm | Permalink

    My favorite vegan-friendly restaurant in my hometown is a Thai restaurant called Taste of Thai. They are very accommodating and will make food to order. It is additively delicious.

  10. Posted July 30, 2009 at 9:26 pm | Permalink

    Yum….Sublime. I just wrote a blog entry last week about what I’d get order if I went there!It’s called Phantom Menu at Sublime.

    My favorite vegan restaurant ever is The Millennium in San Francisco. Have you been? I’m making something from their cookbook tonight for dinner….Polenta torte with Puttanesca. In fact, that reminds me, I’ve got to leave work now and head home to start!

  11. Posted July 30, 2009 at 9:29 pm | Permalink

    I haven’t been to many vegan restaurants, but I really, really liked Aux Vivres in Montreal.

  12. Posted July 30, 2009 at 9:44 pm | Permalink

    I have been hearing amazing things about the Millennium restaurant in San Francisco, but can never coerce my grandmother into tryign it out when I’m there. :(

  13. Posted July 30, 2009 at 10:05 pm | Permalink

    I love Ecopolitan, a raw vegan place just a few blocks from my apt!


  14. Posted July 30, 2009 at 10:27 pm | Permalink

    The only vegan restaurant I’ve ever been to was Spiral Diner in Fort Worth, TX – but I’d LOVE to go to a vegan bakery one of these days!

  15. Posted July 31, 2009 at 3:05 am | Permalink

    I think my new favorite restaurant is the place I had lunch today – Liquid Earth in Baltimore, MD. I had an amazing vegan reuben and apple-ginger-beet juice.

  16. Posted July 31, 2009 at 3:36 am | Permalink

    Tee hee, I’d be happy just to see a vegan restaurant 😛

    I’d prefer a bakery though I think!

  17. Posted July 31, 2009 at 12:56 pm | Permalink

    That cookbook looks great!

    I’d have to say that one of my favorite restaurants is Earwax in Chicago. They make a killer brunch — pancakes and an unmilkshake so divine.

  18. Posted July 31, 2009 at 1:02 pm | Permalink

    I love HORIZONS in Philly. I take everyone there!

  19. Posted July 31, 2009 at 1:47 pm | Permalink

    It’s a toss up between Caravan of Dreams and the Red Bamaboo, both in NYC.

    That cookbook look amazing!

  20. Posted July 31, 2009 at 2:27 pm | Permalink

    My favorite veggie restaurant is actually Sublime. I get there about once a year, when I take my annual winter trip to Ft. Lauderdale. I’ve been there every year for at least 4 years now and it’s always always an amazing trip.

  21. lee ann
    Posted July 31, 2009 at 4:39 pm | Permalink

    My favorite vegan restaurant is Veggie222 in London. My goal is to visit Sweetpea Bakery in Portland and Vegan Treats in PA.
    I’d love to visit Sublime as well. I was in Fort Lauderdale last year but sadly didn’t hear about Sublime until after I was back. I’d have loved to go.

  22. C
    Posted August 2, 2009 at 1:08 am | Permalink

    That restaurant in Portsmouth sounds great… I’m trying to make a list of vegan-friendly places before I move to the area. Thanks!

    My favorite restaurant? Cafe Flora. <3 Not 100% vegan, but the portabello French Dip is to die for (minus the cheese)

  23. Posted August 2, 2009 at 1:08 am | Permalink

    That last one was me.

  24. Posted August 2, 2009 at 12:21 pm | Permalink

    This cookbook sounds really fun. I love getting the inside scoop on restaurant recipes. So far, my fave vegan restaurant is Millenium, but there are many more I’d like to try.

  25. susan
    Posted August 2, 2009 at 2:32 pm | Permalink

    vegetarians paradise….4th street in the west village…next to red bamboo…fantastic soul chicken…

  26. Posted August 3, 2009 at 3:25 pm | Permalink

    I’d like to visit RFD !

    : )

  27. jocelyn
    Posted August 4, 2009 at 5:20 pm | Permalink

    I too would love to have this cookbook, and I too want to visit The Millenium in San Francisco.

  28. Posted August 5, 2009 at 2:33 am | Permalink

    Even though I have 100 or so cookbooks, I always need another one! My favorite vegan restaurant was Nu Age Cafe here in Austin. Sadly it closed when the chef’s had to quit to take her of her sick husband, and nothing has opened in its place. Every dish was outstanding and so beautifully presented.

  29. Posted August 5, 2009 at 4:40 pm | Permalink

    My favourite vegan restauran is in Leipzig, Germany. I’ve been there around ten times already and I was never disappointed.

  30. Posted August 8, 2009 at 10:29 pm | Permalink

    I have never actually been to a vegan restaurant in England, sadly they seem to be very few and far between and not in my part of the country. I visited Portland a few years back and I have to say that almost every vegan meal I had there was wonderful so my wish would be to get back to Portland and eat my way around those I loved and find a few more. My favourite in Portland was Veganopolis, yummy!

  31. Posted August 11, 2009 at 9:22 am | Permalink

    We don’t have many totally vegan restaurants in my area, but I enjoy Sammy T’s in Fredericksburg, VA. It has many vegan options as well as vegetarian and omnivore.

  32. Kathy
    Posted August 12, 2009 at 12:39 am | Permalink

    I would love to try Real Food Daily. I have enjoyed the RFD cookbook and a visit to their restaurant would be a real treat.

  33. Posted August 12, 2009 at 6:06 pm | Permalink

    Oh, I’ve got to check out that restaurant in Portsmouth. Although I have just returned from NYC and all the amazing restaurants there, my favorite is still Green Elephant in Portland, Maine!!

  34. Posted August 12, 2009 at 8:33 pm | Permalink

    My favorite restaurant, alas is not longer. It was Horn of the Moon in Montpelier, VT. So now, I cook at home 99.9% of the time…

    I’ve always found that ‘restaurant cookbooks’ become particular favorites–think of all the people they’ve been tested on.

    So, since there aren’t veg restaurants in an approximate 30 mile radius, please…

  35. Posted August 13, 2009 at 4:36 pm | Permalink

    I’m so glad I got in on this in time! Those recipes sound amazing! You know, I don’t have many cookbooks – maybe 4 or 5 – so it’s fun to drool over some new recipes! :)

  36. Posted August 13, 2009 at 4:38 pm | Permalink

    Oh – forgot to mention – in my little town there are two sushi restos and they are the only ones that have naturally vegan options. That being said, there are two great bistros in town that will make killer huge & yummy delicious dinner salads if you ask them!

  37. Karen
    Posted August 13, 2009 at 5:21 pm | Permalink

    My favorite, alas, is no longer around… Horn of the Moon in Montpelier VT.

    In the years since they closed, and after many disappointing meals ‘out’, I cook 99.99% at home.

    I love restaurant cookbooks…well tested on the general public.

    So, you see, I NEED this cookbook!!

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