I had heard of the Vegan Yum Yum website, but I'll admit that I had passed the cookbook over before because the title struck me as silly. Joke's on me, though; this book is far from silly. When I gave it a look at Barnes & Noble last week, I knew I had to have it in my collection.
The book has a lot going for it. First and foremost, the photographs. Ulm has a knack for taking some of the most appetizing food photos I've ever seen. More than once while flipping through the book, I've had moments where I want to reach into the picture and sample the recipe!
Second, Ulm provides clear ingredients lists and instructions (with more pictures if necessary). If a recipe requires unfamiliar or tricky techniques, she walks readers through the steps so as to avoid the dreaded dinner disaster.
Third, the recipes in Vegan Yum Yum aren't necessarily what you'll find in other vegan cookbooks. Yes, there is the ubiquitous tofu scramble and basic vegetable soup, but Ulm also tempts us with neat treats like vegan breakfast sandwiches made with maple soy tofu and tofu "eggs", pineapple baked tofu with seared pineapple rings and nutty greens, seven spice udon, and Moroccan spiced root vegetable home fries.
My only problem with this book is that some of Ulm's suggested serving sizes are almost twice what I would normally eat; but I'm a small person, so I can't judge for everybody. The bottom line is that Vegan Yum Yum is an amazing book that I highly recommend adding to any cookbook library. You'll enjoy looking at it, cooking from it, and especially eating the tasty results!