I am looking for recipes for the finest Vegan cooking costs of ingredients are NOT an issue. I want to show off the finest vegan food going to people who think that a tin of tomato over pasta (AKA squatters slops) is th eheight of our cuisine.
I love looking at regional food. Books that cull the best traditional or adapted vegetarian dishes from different cultures and countries. I think if your after a 'wow' factor thinking a bit outside the usual would be good. I love Indian, Chinese and Italian dishes for example, but really they're cuisines that most people are already pretty familiar with. However take this this Lebanese salad I found yesterday: http://justeatlove.com/2013/01/28/eggplant-almond-salad-with-a-minted-tahini-dressing/ it may not be haute cuisine but I suspect that for many people that would be something actually quite interesting. I'd pick a cuisine (or more than one) from a part of the globe that you feel is just a bit different and hit Amazon. Of course if your guests are extremely well travelled or serious gormands, that strategy may not be very useful! But it's an idea :)
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thanks icken. I live in the far east so I already use lots of local products. I do a lot of indian cooking and some chinese. Also Morrocan.
Its the sort of stuff you would find in an expensive London or Manhattan restaurant that I am after
The Aubergine/Almond salad looks excellent-Thanks for the link.
Edit - I have everything iin the fridge already (other than honey which I will use a susbstitute and I have the mint growing in the garden Ill try it on Monday .
Millennium is a very popular high end restaurant with vegan food: http://www.millenniumrestaurant.com/restaurant/index.html
I would browse menus like these for inspiration, then look for recipes for individual components.
Here is that places menu for some more ideas: http://www.barharborvegetarian.com/Seasonal_Menus.html