You would be surprised to know that there are many soy products in your local market. Frozen desserts, flour, milk, edamame (soy beans), barbequed and smoked tofu products that taste like cuts of meat or smoked cheeses; soy burgers, soy slices of bologna or hot dogs, even soy cheese and even "Parmesan" sprinkles!
Not everyone enjoys the taste of tofu or lack of taste - because of its bland nature, it makes the best backdrop for flavors imparted by herbs, spices, sauces and dressings. Long marinating helps impart flavor, and the way you slice or cube the tofu can help present as much surface area to the sauce or marinade as possible.
The texture of tofu is varied - from custardy silken to toothy extra-firm. The softer the tofu, the smoother it will be in a purée; conversely, the firmer it is, the better for cutlets and sandwiches. Recipes may direct you to drain and press the tofu to get an even chewier feel. Breading and then frying or baking the tofu can also give it an appealing texture — crisp on the outside, but tender on the inside. Like our Cucumber and Fried Tofu Salad. For a healthier cheesecake alternative try our Decadent Chocolate Tofu Cheesecake. Or see all tofu recipes.