A fresh addition to your recipe collection

Read Time:   |  27th March 2018

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Back in the days when being vegan was considered far from the norm, El Piano opened its doors. 21 years on, it celebrates its success with a new cookbook…

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21 Years Free from El Piano celebrates 21 years of serving wholly vegan food, entirely free from gluten, nuts, palm oil and refined sugar from this well-loved, family run York restaurant. If that’s not enough, the simple nature of the recipes helps re-engage your enthusiasm, while using ingredients that you should already have in your kitchen cupboards. So no special trips to shop for that hard to find item or vast shopping lists for ingredients that remain half used and sit on the back shelf until well passed their usable date.

The recipes are also easy to follow, so you don’t slavishly have to refer back to the text every few minutes and, once done, should stay in your head for next time or just a quick glance will refresh your memory. 

To give you a flavour of what you can find in the book, we are featuring just one of those dishes – a warming vegetable dish, perfect for these gloomy days, with just two ingredients and 5 minutes cooking time. It can be served as a side or a main when accompanied by your choice of fitters and salad – all of which are featured in the cookbook. If you want delicious food that’s simple and inexpensive to prepare, take a look at this gem. 

Puerros al sesame (Leeks in tahini)

Two ingredients and the most sensational taste… Choose stiff, crisp leeks, ideally with the roots still on.

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  • 4 fresh leeks
  • 4 tbsp toasted sesame paste aka tahini – toasted is the darker version and has a stronger, nuttier taste


  1. Put a pan of water on to boil.
  2. Cut the leeks lengthways in four, stopping just short of the roots.
  3. Now it is easy to wash them under the tap to remove any grit without them falling apart.
  4. Throw them in the boiling water for just 5 minutes. Remove, drain and put them in your serving dish.
  5. Stir in the tahini and then serve.

Get your copy of the book now!

21 Years FREE… (ISBN 978-0-9931105-0-4) by El Piano is available in hardback from 1 December 2017, priced at £19.95. However, we’ve teamed up with El Piano to offer you the chance to purchase their cookbook for just £15 when you click this link.

Fancy taking a look at some of the recipes on offer in the cookbook? Then feast your eyes on this delicious vegan tiramisu recipe, and this mouth-wateringly moist traditional fruit cake

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