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Even though veteran cookbook author Deb Roussou published this book 6 years ago, it’s still worth spotlighting because of its original take on the vegan approach. Here, the home-cook is presented a first-class primer on how to approach no-frills vegan dishes that combine fresh ingredients with sharp simplicity. What’s best about 350 Vegan Recipes is the ground Roussou covers as she offers a broad sampling of vegan fare, with dishes for every occasion and type of meal included. In turn, some of the best entries in this cookbook are found in the breakfast and small-plate chapters, as Russo artfully shows that there should be no such thing as a wasted moment in the kitchen. Highlights abound, including the Fiesta Pasta Salad accentuated by cumin and white wine vinegar; the Sopapillas; the Cilantro/Green Chile Cornmeal Focaccia; and the Stuffed Sourdough French Toast. In sum, cookbooks either succeed or tumble flat on their spines because of the skill of their creators: If a writer can’t impart a recipe in clear and definite terms while simultaneously inspiring the reader to want to create a star dish in the kitchen, then no amount of great recipes will safe it from the grave. And that’s really where Deb Roussou shines – not only does she have a compendium of unique recipes to share, she also understands how to educate the reader in real-time steps. Go to robertrose.ca or debroussou.com for more information.