Book Reviews

Vegan a la Mode by Hannah Kaminsky

vegan a la mode by hannah kaminskyReviewed by Liz Arronson Reuven of Kosher Like Me. Sweltering temps have blanketed the Northeast again just as Hannah Kaminsky’s third book, Vegan a la Mode,* has hit the shelves. Icy cold treats are the perfect solution and Kaminsky’s sumptuous photos and highly creative recipes will have you ordering an ice cream maker before you can click out of this post. more→

Great Gluten-Free Vegan Eats by Allyson Kramer

Great Gluten-Free Vegan Eats by allyson kramerAllyson Kramer, who runs the popular Manifest Vegan blog (if you are interested in gluten-free, vegan, or both together, this is the place for you!) has just released her first book, the bountiful, colorful Great Gluten-Free Vegan Eats.Going vegan is a trend that has exploded over the last few years, and gluten-free diets have also gained traction in a big way. more→

The ABC’s of Fruits and Vegetables and Beyond

abcs of fruits and vegetables and beyond by steve charley and david goldbeckWhen my kids were young, we used to like to do what we called “food projects” — baking, cooking, planting seeds, making art out of food, and the like. A book like The ABC’s of Fruits and Vegetables and Beyond* by Steve Charney & David Goldbeck would have been perfect for us, providing many hours of after-school and vacation fun in ways that helped celebrate and appreciate fresh produce. more→

Main Street Vegan by Victoria Moran

Main Street Vegan by Victoria MoranIn many a glowing description of a non-fiction book, especially a prescriptive one like a self-help book or a cookbook, the reviewer will compliment the author by saying that reading their words feels like having a cup of tea with a friend. I can go one better and say that spending time perusing the pages of Main Street Vegan: Everything You Need to Know to Eat Healthfully and Live Compassionately in the Real World* truly is like having a cup of tea with a friend — because its author, Victoria Moran, is a friend of mine, with whom I’ve had actual cups of tea (okay, coffee in my case). And she brings the same warm, witty voice she is blessed with in person to her latest book.  more→

Ripe by Cheryl Sternman Rule

ripe by cheryl sternman ruleI first spotted Ripe from across a crowded room at a culinary conference. And from the moment I held the book in my hands, it was love at first sight. Ripe: A Fresh, Colorful Approach to Fruits and Vegetables*(written by Cheryl Sternman Rule, with photography by Paulette Phlipot, Running Press), is like no cookbook I’ve ever seen. It’s organized by the color of the produce rather than the usual categories, and while this may sound odd—honeydew precedes kale, which is followed by kiwi, I assure you, it not only works logistically, but creates a literal rainbow of a book. The whole concept is so appealing to me as a visual artist; and as a writer and foodie, well, I wish I had thought to create a book like this. more→

Let Them Eat Vegan by Dreena Burton

let them eat vegan by Dreena BurtonDreena Burton’s latest book,Let Them Eat Vegan: 200 Deliciously Satisfying Plant-Powered Recipes for the Whole Family,is indeed a satisfying addition to the growing list of a vegan pro. When I was the mother of two young children, the best I could eke out was The Vegetarian 5-Ingredient Gourmet,* a book for beleaguered cooks in which the word “gourmet” is used quite loosely. Yet Dreena, the mother of three young children, managed to produce this polished tome filled with warmth, kitchen wisdom, and in general, a wealth of yummy and nourishing fare. more→

Practically Raw by Amber Shea Crawley

practically Raw by amber shea crawleyDelicious, vegan, raw, gluten-free, soy-free and easy to make meals…sounds hard to do but Amber Shea Crawley has done it in her book Practically Raw: Flexible Raw Recipes Anyone Can Make*(Vegan Heritage Press, 2012). Every recipe gets you excited to make and enjoy it. What’s different about this book is that it presents both raw and cooked and baked options, all fairly easy, with additional substitutions and variations throughout. more→

The Sexy Vegan Cookbook

Sexy Vegan Cookbook Brian PattonReviewed by Rachael Braun. Looking for easy, down-to-earth vegan recipes that are delicious and fun to make? Look no further then The Sexy Vegan Cookbook: Extraordinary Food from an Ordinary Dude* (New World Library, 2012) by Brian L. Patton. It is filled with 100 recipes that will please anyone’s palate, vegan or not. This cookbook is entertaining and useful, with original names for all the recipes and tips, definitions and facts scattered throughout. And if you ever think you need a little extra help with a recipe, Patton has provided QR codes that you can scan with your phone to see a video of The Sexy Vegan himself demonstrating the recipe for you. more→

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