Book Reviews

ACV Drinks for Health and Energy: E-Book

Strawberry-Watermelon Slush

On VegKitchen’s popular page featuring apple cider vinegar and weight loss, many readers are seeing the results of adding ACV to their daily regimen, not only for the possibility of losing pounds, but improving energy and well-being. In this e-book featuring simple recipes for ACV drinks for health and energy, you’ll also learn about a number of other health benefits of ACV, many backed by research.

The biggest complaint about ACV? Many don’t enjoy its flavor when mixed with plain water. Fortunately, there are lots of ways to make apple cider vinegar drink recipes that are not only tolerable, but actually quite tasty! more→

Best Vegan Cookbooks

vegan cranberry-carrot cake

Sometimes it can be tough to come up with exciting vegan recipes. You might have a few go-to recipes you’ve stuck to since you became a vegan. But why not branch out and see what the vegan world has to offer? And these are the best vegan cookbooks for expanding your vegan repertoire. more→

Vegan Richa’s Indian Kitchen

Tofu Mango Curry by Vegan Richa

Ever cooked something with chickpeas or lentils? Ever wondered what’s in that dreamy sauce at the Indian restaurant, that you could pour on everything and eat every day. Or what to do with all that chickpea flour! You’ve got all those answers and more in Vegan Richa’s Indian Kitchenby Richa Hingle, © 2015 by Richa Hingle. Vegan Heritage Press, LLC.

There is a scientific reason that Indian food feels insanely delicious to many. The spices and flavors that don’t necessarily feel complementary are often used to give the final dish a complex flavor profile. It is radical and mesmerizing! Get your pantry ready, get vegetables and beans and use the spices for everyday meals or host a dinner to remember. more→

Salad Samurai by Terry Hope Romero

Mexican Roasted Corn Salad by Terry Hope Romero from Salad Samari

Review contributed by Marla Rose, Vegan Street. Is salad an often overlooked culinary art form? According to one creative cookbook, yes. A second book has just been released that seconds the “Heck, yeah, vegan salads!” sentiment and it comes from accomplished cookbook author Terry Hope Romero.

As you can probably see, I am an unabashed fangirl of Terry’s oeuvre. That being said, I think that I can be unbiased enough to still be critical-minded about her work to give it a fair review and I am pleased to say that her new cookbook, Salad Samurai: 100 Cutting-Edge, Ultra-Hearty, Easy-to-Make Salads You Don’t Have to Be Vegan To Love,* is one that I can highly recommend.

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The Blender Girl by Tess Masters

Tess Masters (aka The Blender Girl) has just published her much anticipated debut cookbook, The Blender Girl: Super-Easy, Super-Healthy Meals, Snacks, Desserts & Drinks*, and it’s a beauty. This is one colorful collection of 100 gluten-free, vegan recipes that all incorporate the use of a blender. And so, it should come as no surprise, that Tess’s philosophy of life is all about blending. “Blended” is a metaphor. more→

The Great Vegan Bean Book by Kathy Hester

Cherry Basil Bars Kathy Hester

Contributed by Joni Marie Newman. Kathy Hester has already taught me so much with her first book, The Vegan Slow Cooker,* and now she’s taught me so much more with The Great Vegan Bean Book.* Did you know that you can make a pie crust out of beans? How about biscuits? And what would you say if I told you you could make fudgesicles out of beans? Wha-wha-what? Yep! Kathy has recipes for all of these, plus more than a hundred other innovative recipes featuring the magical fruit.

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Hot New Vegan Cookbooks of 2013

Buckeye Pie Hannah Kaminsky

Contributed by Debby Sunshine of Vegan American Princess. I’m so excited about all the new vegan cookbooks which seem to be popping up everywhere, and these aren’t just your “run-of-the-mill” cookbooks. These are written to please a wide variety of palettes, including the palettes of those who are dipping their toes into vegan waters for the very first time, as well as the palettes of seasoned vegans and non-vegan foodies who simply love to cook.

You can find just about any type of recipe with this influx of wonderful new gems, including recipes for desserts, slow-cookers, vegan pizza, eating raw, and so much more. How will I ever choose which ones to buy? And the authors? An impressive bunch, I must say. Let’s take a peek into the new vegan cookbooks which caught my eye. more→

Feeding the Hungry Ghost by Ellen Kanner

Tofu scramble with cilantro

Feeding the Hungry Ghost* is the first book by accomplished food journalist, Huffington Post Meatless Mondays columnist, and VegKitchen contributor Ellen Kanner. Those who find themselves with this volume in their hands are in for a treat. It’s a collection of musings arranged seasonally (many in the form of memoir), on the place of food as a way to comfort, connect, inform, and expand our consciousness. more→

Quick and Easy Low-Cal Vegan Comfort Food by Alicia C. Simpson

Vegan Sweet potato pie

Reviewed by Rachael Braun. The latest book by Alicia C. Simpson, Quick and Easy Low-Cal Vegan Comfort Food: 150 Down-Home Recipes Packed with Flavor, Not Calories*, is focused on delicious food that is also low in calories. These 150 recipes are all 350 calories or less and are comfort foods that taste amazing! more→

Vegan For The Holidays by Zel Allen

Pear and Walnut Compot with Choco-wafers

Contributed by Allyson Kramer of Manifest Vegan. Vegan for the Holidays: Celebration Feasts for Thanksgiving through New Year’s Day by Zel Allen is a welcome addition to the array of books available these days on eating your way through holidays on a plant based diet. Published by Book Publishing Company, this title boasts a ton of recipes that are elevated beyond standard daily fare. more→

Vegan Food Gifts by Joni Marie Newman

Jars of Vegan Cookie Mix

Review and photo at top by Dianne Wenz. I really dislike malls and impersonal gifts, so during the holidays I often make presents for those on my Christmas list. I give cookies and cupcakes to certain people like the girl who cuts my hair and the complex superintendent. I’ve always wanted to amp my gift giving craftiness up a little though, with fancy wraps and homemade jams.

This just might be the year that I do just that, as I’m now armed with Joni Marie Newman’s Vegan Food Gifts: More than 100 Inspired Recipes for Homemade Baked Goods, Preserves, and Other Edible Gifts Everyone Will Love.* more→

Artisan Vegan Cheese by Miyoko Schinner

Reviewed by Dianne Wenz. One of the first cookbooks I bought after going vegan in 2001 was Miyoko Schinner’s The New Now and Zen Epicure. I didn’t know much about cooking back then and The New Now and Zen Epicure really helped to get me get started on the culinary path I’m now on. When I heard about Artisan Vegan Cheese I could hardly contain my excitement! A new cookbook from Miyoko and it’s how to make cheese? How awesome is that? more→

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