A review by leahsbooks
Great British Vegan: Simple, Plant-Based Recipes to Cook the Nation's Favourite Dishes, by Aimee Ryan

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4.5

Thank you to NetGalley for providing me with an ARC of this book. I am providing my honest opinion voluntarily.

I'm always so tempted by traditional British dishes, but then I'm immediately disappointed when I realize that I can't have them because they almost always include ingredients that aren't compatible with a vegan lifestyle. So when I came across this book, I just couldn't resist. 

The first thing that I noticed was Aimee Ryan's obvious love for the comfort foods that she had grown up with. I completely understood her desire to veganize the foods that she is most familiar with, and I'm more than happy to take advantage of the benefits of her hard work!

The author makes it clear that she's a home cook rather than a chef, which is reassuring. The recipes are easy to follow, and don't have long lists of complicated ingredients. All of the ingredients can be found at a local store, with the exception of one, which is an optional ingredient that is only used in some of the recipes. 

The photos are gorgeous, and made my mouth water. The recipes are broken into a variety of categories, including breakfasts, soups and salads, weeknight dinners, Sunday roast, pub grub, afternoon tea, sweets, puddings and desserts, British bakes, and festive feast. I bookmarked so many of the recipes, and was not expecting to see so many recipes that I couldn't wait to make. In addition, I was pleasantly surprised to see vegan recipes for foods that I never thought I'd be able to eat again - like fish and chips, bacon strips, and a BLT salad.
Not only that, but there's so many things that I can't wait to try for the first time, like a full English breakfast, shepherd's pie, and artichoke fishcakes. The desserts sound incredible, and I'm already trying to make the difficult choice of which one to make first!

I've already recommended this to a friend, and cannot wait to get started in the kitchen. The hardest thing is picking which recipe to try out first.