Bosh! – Simple Recipes – Amazing Food – contains vegan versions of international classics. The recipes are designed so that they can be made quickly and easily.
In their book Bosh! – Simple Recipes – Amazing Food – All Plants, Henry Firth and Ian Theasby show how you can easily prepare classic dishes without animal products. The dishes are designed to be quick and uncomplicated and as such often call for canned and convenience foods. The dishes would be healthier if only fresh ingredients were used and attention were given to the nutritional value of the ingredients.
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The cookbook Bosh! – Simple Recipes – Amazing Food – All Plants contains mainly vegan versions of classic international dishes. About two-thirds of the recipes call for canned or convenience products such as puff pastry or premade sauces, which cuts down on the required preparation time. Many of the ingredients include vegan alternatives to dairy products such as vegan butter or cheese. The majority of the dishes contain added oil, and often in larger quantities. About half of the recipes call for sweeteners but only in smaller amounts — with the exception of the desserts. The attractive photos for each recipe give readers a good idea of what to expect. However, preparation times are not included, which makes planning a bit more difficult.
In their cookbook Bosh! – Simple Recipes – Amazing Food –All Plants, Henry Firth and Ian Theasby have included a nice selection of recipes that can be used for everyday cooking. Their adaptations of classic, international recipes make it clear that it is just as easy to make plant-based versions of these traditional dishes. The authors have made it a priority to include recipes that are suitable for everyday cooking. As a result, the nutritional value of the recipes is not always as high as it could be. Bosh! – Simple Recipes – Amazing Food –All Plants by Henry Firth and Ian Theasby is available in German and English on Amazon and from Harper Collins Publishers. They also have a new book called BOSH! Healthy Vegan, which is currently only available in English (also on Amazon and from Harper Collins Publishers).
As a result of their desire to protect the environment, Henry Firth and Ian Theasby began to eat a plant-based diet in 2015. Then in 2016 the two founded Bosh!, a cooking channel that became an online global phenomenon within a year after its launch. In 2018, they published their first cookbook.
Bosh! begins with an introduction and then a chapter titled “Kitchen,” which provides readers with several tips on preparing the dishes. These include helpful kitchen tools and how to use some of the main ingredients. The chapter “Fantastic Feasts” contains suggested menus that are organized based on cuisine and occasions.
The recipes are divided into eight sections:
Quick eats: These international recipes include lots of noodles as well as rice- and bean-based dishes and a few sauces. Examples are Mushroom Pho and Quick Puttanesca Spaghetti.
You will also find international dishes in this section and only a few of them are more complicated and time-intensive such as Spiral Tart and Big Bosh! Roast, a mushroom Wellington.
This shorter section contains salads and bowls, for example, Beetroot, Onion & Sweet Potato Salad.
From hummus and dips to finger food and small plates, you will find the recipe you want for your next appetizer or side dish in this largest section of the cookbook. Cauliflower Buffalo Wings and Maki Sushi Rolls are just two examples of recipes here.
You can look forward to a small selection of cocktails in this section ranging from classics to new creations. Salted Caramel Espresso Martini is just one example.
In this section, you will find mostly baked desserts such as Spanish Beach Churros and Apple Pear Tart.
Try out these breakfast recipes ranging from hearty to sweet, for example, Creamy mushroom Toast and Turmeric Powershot.
Bosh! – Simple Recipes-Amazing Food-All Plants closes with a chapter on the most important nutrients, their sources, and a recipe index.
Book review written by Dr. med. vet. Inke Weissenborn