Review: Twist on Tofu by Corinne Trang

Hmm, maybe…just maybe…I’m in a tofu rut.

I have my favourite recipes, used repeatedly. So I was super happy to review Twist on Tofu by Corinne Trang. Thanks Netgalley, Storey Publishing, and author Corinne Trang for the free ARC in exchange for my unbiased review.

It’s a book that gives us all a few ideas on how to change up our vegetarian dinners with tofu as a main ingredient. “Tofu is a sponge. It absorbs all sorts of flavors…It’s versatile. It can be braised, grilled, steamed, poached, stir-fried, deep-fried, or pan-crisped and added to soups or salads or everything in between.”

Trang notes that tofu is a complete protein, entirely plant based, and economic! She notes, “When you adopt a different perspective, have a little patience, and practice using tofu, you will open a door to endless possibilities in the kitchen.”

The book will appeal to seasoned tofu users like me, and beginners alike. It has an informative Tofu 101 section that delivers all the basics you’ll need to get up to speed, even handy pictures on how to cut the block into appropriate-sized pieces!

I decided on three recipes:

🔹Tofu Tacos: The tofu here was a nice filler, prepared using the shallow fry method. The star of the dish, though, was the amazing, tangy, salty vinegared red cabbage. The tacos came together nicely, and I made a salad of all the leftover toppings the next day.

🔹Tofu Loaf: This was amazing! This is the takeaway recipe for me from this book. It’s a bit fragile, but the umami flavour from the shitake mushrooms and the hypert-tangy glaze made this soar. It was great left over, and I’ve frozen some too.

🔹Tofu Mocha Brownies: I followed the recipe faithfully and the texture was unlike a brownie, but they tasted chocolatey (and not of tofu!) and froze well, so I’m eating them for snacks.

I had fun with Twist on Tofu! Mostly, the recipes I tried worked well…and that Tofu Loaf? That’s going on repeat in my kitchen.