When I agreed to write a review of YumUniverse (in exchange for which I did get a review copy of the book), I didn’t realize what I was getting myself into. Books are like pillowcases full of trick-or-treating loot that way—it’s not until you get home and start going picking out your favorite pieces that you comprehend the full bounty of your haul. When the book arrived, I glanced through it and thought, oh, that’s nice. She seems nice. That’s a nice book. Nice, nice. I thought, oh, I’ll flip through and find a recipe and make it and that’ll be that.
Then I actually started reading.
Not to ruin the ending of the review here, but I still haven’t made a recipe. I’ve been too engrossed and impressed by all the other elements of the book to settle in enough to choose a recipe to make. Though, I’ll say, that the Fig & Caramelized Onion Tart looks incredible, and is definitely first on the list. I think. Or maybe it’s the Chickpea Flatbread, which comes with six variations on the base recipe. Or maybe all six of them, plus the tart. This kind of roundabout has been going on in my head for a while now.
So, in this sweet, friendly book there are way more Three Musketeers than black licorice pieces, to extend the pillowcase line a little further (and to reveal the candy preferences of kid-me). And, no, there is not actual candy, except in a really gorgeous graphic that anyone who follows Heather on Instagram has probably already ooh-ed and ahhh-ed about. Heather basically takes readers to plant-based cooking school, and answers just about every question one might have about how to cook plants. There are so many fun little callouts, quotes, charts, arrows, tidbits, and tabs that it will take quite some time to really get everything out of this book. What to do with fruit flies? Heather has your answer. What to do at dinner parties? Yep, she covers that too. How to shop, prep, and store food most effectively so that you don’t have to spend your entire life shopping, prepping, and storing food? Indeed! There really are seemingly infinite, as the subtitle promises, little bits of information in this gorgeous, hefty book.
Just to narrow down the goodness slightly, I found the following two things of particular interest.
1. Evidently, Heather and I have the same taste in cookware.
2. This. It’s particularly appropriate for the Halloween/trick-or-treat theme of the book tour, and it’s one of the great truths of all time. Carob is not chocolate. It never has been, never will be.
With this simple, tiny sidebar, Heather has made a lifelong fan. There are so many more wonderful things about this book, but why have me drone on and on about how good it is when you could simply read it for yourself—especially because I can offer one lucky reader a copy of your own! To enter the giveaway, simply leave a comment on this post before Oct. 22, and I’ll randomly select a winner. Good luck!
A big congrats to Heather and everyone who worked on this massive, impressive, and gorgeous book!