Chickpea & Barley Stew

This one came from The Garden of Vegan: How It All Vegan Again by Tanya Barnard & Sarah Kramer.  These two authors have written a few popular vegan cookbooks including Garden of Vegan, How It All Vegan, and La Dolce Vegan.  Let’s be clear: I don’t love these books.  Not all of the recipes appealed to me, but that may have more to do with how they name their recipes — this one was called “Bodacious Bean & Barley Soup” — and the over-the-top wacky presentation of recipes.  I can see how that approach may actually attract many people, I think I prefer a much more straightforward presentation.

That being said, when it comes down to the actual food, this soup was good!  Barley + chickpeas + cumin + turmeric + cilantro + mint = a good basis of things that I like to eat.  A really nice touch was the yogurt that is stirred in when the soup is finished cooking.  We used real yogurt instead of soy yogurt so our version was definitely not vegan, but the yogurt is what really tied it all together.

Garden of Vegan Garden of Vegan: How It All Vegan Again by Tanya Barnard & Sarah Kramer

Verdict: Check it out.

This is one that, for me, will remain a library book and never one that shows up in my personal library.  But, that was some tasty soup – so don’t completely skip by it on the shelf.