Saturday, August 11, 2018

Review: Vegan Cooking in Your Air Fryer

The Instant Pot may have many devoted followers, but back in the shadows, the air fryer has quietly been growing in popularity as well.

Blogger and author Kathy Hester loves hers, and her new cookbook, Vegan Cooking in Your Air Fryer, is guaranteed to get you excited about air frying too! Air frying is a type of convection cooking, using hot air to thoroughly cook just about anything. And it goes way beyond french fries and onion rings. An air fryer can make delicious crispy tofu, caramelized veggies, and even desserts with no (or only a little) oil.

Start at the beginning. Hester's introduction will teach readers how the air fryer works and provide advice on selecting the right one for your family, as well as plenty of info about how the cooking process actually works.

After that come the recipes!

  • Pantry staples: make your own Aquafaba (i.e. chickpea cooking liquid), bread dough, breadcrumbs, and more. 
  • Snacks: roasted chickpeas, apple chips, roasted nuts
  • Main Courses: Cornmeal Battered Tofu, Teff Veggie Burgers, Black Bean Avocado Chimichangas
  • Side Dishes: Battered Onion Rings, Southern Fried Okra
  • Breakfasts: breakfast sandwiches, Mixed Veggie Hash
  • Desserts: Carrot Cake in a Mug, Mini Apple Fritters

All recipes are 100% vegan, and all can be made gluten-free, soy-free, and oil-free as desired.

I personally do not have an air fryer. YET. But this cookbook really makes me want to get one!

The recipes all sound amazing! Simple ingredients, nutritious, and fits my preferred cooking/eating style (vegan and low oil). I love the idea of not having my kitchen heated up unnecessarily, and I definitely love the idea of cooking my food faster! The instructions all look simple, which is a necessity for me; I definitely don't have time to be following dozens of complicated steps.

There is a nice variety of recipes in here, and I could easily see myself spending a happy few months trying everything. It all looks THAT good (check out the gorgeous photos if you don't believe me!). I think the easy crispy tofu alone makes an air fryer sound like a fabulous idea. All in all, this book makes me hungry, and it makes me eager to learn a new way of cooking.

Definitely going to hold onto a copy until I get an air fryer of my very own!


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