Crafting Seitan

These recipes deliver the appearance, texture, and flavors that will convince family and friends of all dietary persuasions that a plant-based diet has plenty to offer and nothing to lose.

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“Many people who embrace a plant-based diet do so for ethical reasons, and not because they dislike the flavor and texture of meat. But finding satisfying meat alternatives is not always easy for individuals who once enjoyed the flavors and textures associated with meat-based dishes, or for those who grew up with meat-based dishes as a traditional part of their family or ethnic heritage… This cookbook focuses on approximating the appearance, flavors, and textures of meat and the meat products that many of us grew up with.”

~ Chef Skye

Crafting Seitan: Creating Homemade Plant-Based Meats by Chef Skye Michael Conroy (author of other books including The Gentle Chef Cookbook and The Non-Dairy Evolution Cookbook) is a recipe book that teaches the reader how to create meat analogues at home.

While the book does a great job at presenting a comprehensive approach to meat analogues, where it shines is in its ability to educate the reader.

From Chikun, Beaf, and Porq, meat analogues attempt to replicate the texture, flavor, and appearance of a particular type of meat. While the target audience appears to be vegans, this book is also excellent for transitioning vegans, or simply the curious looking for healthier approaches to traditional meat dishes.

The book is broken up into three different sections. The first part explains essential ingredients and techniques. The second part presents specific meat analogues, followed by types of cuts and specific examples of recipes with the given technique (like making Chikun Souvlaki after learning how to make Chikun). The final part of the book is reserved for sauces, incidentals, and extras.

In this book, Chef Skye is successful at presenting not only clear instructions, but clear methodology of his process. In so doing, he opens the doors to homecooks from simply following a recipe, to understanding a technique. As they say, knowing a recipe means you can make a dish, whereas understanding a technique means you can make 100 dishes.

Because of this creative textbook-like approach, the book exemplifies the elegance of Chef Skye’s artistic vision: he is not simply looking to make good-tasting food, he is attempting to reconnect us with foods reminiscent of certain cultures, and recreate “foods that are familiar…and that evoke a feeling of nostalgia.” 

In succeeding, Chef Skye shows us why he is a master of his craft.

ISBN 978-1-57067-396-2 ​♦​ $24.95 ♦​ ​March 15, 2021 ​♦​ 208 pages ​♦​ full color

Skye Michael Conroy began his journey as a vegan chef as a hobby, but he evolved as he studied the culinary arts in depth. In 2014, he received the plant-based professional certificate of completion from Rouxbe Cooking School.


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This Post Has 3 Comments

  1. Anonymous

    I have 2 of his books, and will be adding this one soon!!!

  2. Anonymous

    This book is amazing and has given me more confidence in my vegan cooking quest. The foods have helped me convince some resistant to vegan meals they’re not only cruelty free but delicious!

    I use them on Sea Shepherd Conservation Society ships and love them!

    1. Angel Flinn, GW Outreach Director

      So pleased to hear this! We love Chef Skye’s creations. 🙂

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