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Hi, we're Chad and Derek. We're chefs and brothers who craft humble vegetables into the stuff of food legend. Everything we create is a bold marriage of delicate and punchy flavors, and crunchy textures-all with knife-sharp attention to detail. We're proud graduates of the University of Common Sense who simply believe that eating more veg is good for you and good for the planet.
THE WICKED HEALTHY COOKBOOK takes badass plant-based cooking to a whole new level. The chefs have pioneered innovative cooking techniques such as pressing and searing mushrooms until they reach a rich and delicious meat-like consistency. Inside, you'll find informative sidebars and must-have tips on everything from oil-free and gluten-free cooking (if you're into that) to organizing an efficient kitchen.
Celebrating the central role of crave-able food for our health and vitality, Chad and Derek give readers 129 recipes for everyday meals and dinner parties alike, and they also show us how to kick back and indulge now and then. Their drool-inducing recipes include Sloppy BBQ Jackfruit Sliders with Slaw, and Grilled Peaches with Vanilla Spiced Gelato and Mango Sriracha Caramel. They believe that if you shoot for 80% healthy and 20% wicked, you'll be 100% sexy: That's the Wicked Healthy way.
The Sarno brothers, cofounders of the Wicked Healthy website (which advocates an "80% healthy, 20% wicked" diet), along with veteran cookbook author Joachim, emphatically tell readers to eat their vegetables. The book jacket features a chef's apron and cleaver stained not with blood, but with beet juice. A good portion of the collection are hearty dishes in which vegetables play the part of animal proteins, and only five of the 129 recipes are salads. Examples include sloppy barbecue jackfruit sliders; New England lobster rolls made with "dense and meaty" lobster mushrooms; and seven different types of plant bacon created by marinating tofu, eggplant, or even rice paper in a questionable mix of soy sauce, maple syrup, sriracha and liquid smoke. Among the desserts detailed is a lemon cheesecake made with cashew cream and coconut butter. Happily, ingredient substitutions do not extend to the pasta in pasta dishes, which, for dishes such as porcini ravioli with garlic butter and sorrel, use actual durum wheat pasta and plant-based butter. The liveliest chapter, "Straight-Up Vegetables," boasts a rainbow of colors, captured by photographer Eva Kosmas Flores, in a spectrum of vibrant dishes like grilled purple cabbage, and painted Dijon potatoes, which employs a paint brush to top red potatoes with strokes of mustard. This varied assortment will appeal mostly to herbivores wishing to comfort their inner carnivore.