Book Reviews

The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Gluten-Free Vegan Cooking

Reviewed by Rachael Braun. This book is packed with everything you need to know about gluten-free vegan cooking. The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Gluten-Free Vegan Cooking* (Alpha Books, 2011) by Julieanna Hever and Beverly Lynn Bennett starts by giving you an amazing overview of gluten intolerance, where to find hidden gluten, and the benefits of a vegan diet.

complete idiots guide to gluten-free vegan cooking Hever and Bennett

It can be hard to have one dietary restriction, but with two in the mix, things can get complicated. This book will give you a new view on all you can do and make it apparent that you need never feel deprived! There are so many ingredients you can create delicious and nutritious meals with.

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Vegan Desserts by Hannah Kaminsky

triple-citrus cupcakes by hannah kaminsky

Reviewed by Gail Davis. After having my sweet tooth so soothingly satisfied by all of the sumptuously sweet recipes in Hannah Kaminsky’s first book, My Sweet Vegan,* I couldn’t imagine that there could possibly be that many more sweet surprises up Hannah’s skillful sleeve.

But to my amazement and delight, her new book, Vegan Desserts: Sumptuous Sweets for Every Season,* holds within its 240 hardbound (yes—layflat!), gloriously full-color pages, more than 100 new recipes that will tantalize any dessert-lover’s taste buds—vegan or not! more→

The Blooming Platter Cookbook by Betsy Dijulio

White bean and kale stew with fennel and vegan sausage stew

A review of The Blooming Platter Cookbook by Betsy Dijulio, contributed by Bryanna Clark Grogan: Betsy’s writing makes one feel that a good friend is writing to one, sharing special recipes and sometimes the stories behind her inspiration.

Reading statements such as: “…I have been consumed by what I like to call intense ‘investigative’ home-cooking and entertaining — fueled by the advent of the food networks — ultimately leading to part-time free-lance food writing and a bit of teaching. I remain an ‘independent study’ student of all things culinary.” and “For as long as I can remember, food has been the blaze that marked the path of my life.”, as well as her preference for soy milk, make me feel sure that Betsy is a “kindred spirit” (as Anne Shirley of Green Gables fame was wont to say).  more→

Vegan Comfort Food by Alicia C. Simpson

Sweet potato pie recipe

Want cookbooks that are like having a good friend helping you out in the kitchen? Look no further than  Quick and Easy Vegan Comfort Food by Alicia C. Simpson (The Experiment, 2009) and Quick and Easy Vegan Celebrations* (The Experiment, 2010). Alicia got tired of starving at parties with no vegan options and not being able to enjoy those great ‘down-home’ comfort foods she grew up with. You can’t ask for more with these two cookbooks, Alicia makes vegan cooking non-intimidating and comfortable. more→

500 Vegan Dishes by Deborah Gray

500VeganWhether you’re just starting out on a vegan diet or are already a fan of plant-based meals, 500 Vegan Dishes* (Sellers Publishing, 2011) is a great go-to book for vegan substitutions and tons of recipes. Deborah Gray offers information and recipes in a highly readable format. She starts out by giving an introduction with a brief overview and jumps into ingredients, listed alphabetically and with great tips, along with charts of cooking times and descriptions. Another helpful section within the ingredients are the recipes and tips on animal-free substitutions, like almond and coconut milk, nondairy cream cheese and mayonnaise. more→

Gluten-Free Recipes for the Conscious Cook by Leslie Cerier

GlutenFreeRecipesAfter months of migraines, my hands and feet going numb, stomach in knots and extreme dizziness and fatigue I found out I had gluten intolerance. And going gluten-free after 25 years of eating “normally” was and still is one of the hardest things I have ever done. I have been gluten-free for about four months now, and I am still finding it tough. more→

A Life in Balance By Meg Wolff

A Life in BalanceChanging your diet can change your life, and Meg Wolff is proof of that. A Life in Balance: Delicious Plant-based Recipes for Optimal Health* tells her story and provides an arsenal of recipes and tips for enjoying healthy, flavorful and economic meals. Eating a diet of whole grains, beans, vegetables and fruits can prevent and reverse chronic disease. more→

Vegan for Life by Jack Norris, RD and Virginia Messina, MPH, RD

Vegan for Life by Jack Norris and Virginia MessinaI gush. It’s true. If I love something I can’t help myself. This book was in my mailbox on Thursday. I finished it by noon on Friday. It’s that good. more→

The Everything Vegan Pregnancy Book by Reed Mangels, RD PhD

Everything vegan pregnancy book by Reed MangelsAny woman can feel confident about a vegan pregnancy with the easy-to-read but comprehensive Everything Vegan Pregnancy Book*, written by a registered dietitian who also holds a doctorate in nutrition. more→

The Vegan Slow Cooker by Kathy Hester

vegan slow cooker by kathy hesterI’d like to take a quick poll. Three Questions.

How many of you are vegan or vegetarian, and think the slow cooker is not your friend?

How many of you are full-fledged carnivores and think your tummy and tastebuds wouldn’t be satisfied without meat or cheese? more→

Unprocessed By Chef Abbie Jaye

UnprocessedNot just a cookbook, Unprocessed: How to Achieve Vibrant Health and your Ideal Weight*, by Chef Abbie Jaye is not only loaded with recipes but tells a moving and inspiring life story of the author and how an unhealthy diet can affect every aspect of your life. The foods you eat can alter how you feel and look as well as cause or prevent disease. more→

Speed Vegan by Alan Roettinger

Speed VeganWhen I first met Chef Alan Roettinger at Portland VegFest last year, I was struck by his commanding presence. Maybe I was simply awed by his stature, or maybe it was the white chef’s jacket—(they have that effect on me). But Chef Alan also reminded me of myself twenty-something years ago. Those first few years of going to veg conferences surrounded by like-minded people and all kinds of delicious vegan food made me feel very much like a kid let loose in a candy store. Perhaps he felt the same way. more→

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