if you're not a vegan but have always been curious to try this dairy-free and egg-free version of vegetarianism, The Ultimate Uncheese Cookbook, written by Jo Stepaniak and published by BPC would be one place to start, since cheese is often the item many people think they will miss by going vegan. This book has recipes for everything from cheese soups, to sauces and spreads and even a grated cheese substitute. It's a truly in-depth look at making healthy no-cholesterol alternatives to the saturated-fat-laden so many of us are addicted to. A great reference book for the health-conscious cook.
Here's one of the book's recipes, Amazing Mac 'N Cheez Sauce
1/2 cup flour (any kind; your choice)
1/2 cup nutritional yeast flakes
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon onion powder
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon hot or sweet paprika
2 cups water or plain nondairy milk
1/4 cup olive oil
1/2 teaspoon prepared mustard,(any kind; your choice)
Combine flour, yeast flakes, salt, onion powder, garlic powder and paprika in medium saucepan. Gradually whisk in water or milk, olive oil and mustard. Cook over medium heat, stirring almost constantly with a wire whisk until bubbly, thick and smooth.
I liked this sauce over vegetables. The texture was perfect and the taste subtle and pleasing. Next time will double the mustard, since to me, as a cheese-eater, it was more of a spiced cream sauce than a cheese sauce, but very good, just the same! (I used rice flour, soymilk, country style dijon mustard and smoked sweet paprika for my choices.)
This recipe is reprinted with permission of the publisher, Book Publishing Company, who generously provided the cookbook.