Book Reviews

The Blender Girl by Tess Masters – Review

The Blender Girl cookbook by Tess Masters - coverReview contributed by Cybele Pascal. 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: A Review

great vegan bean book by 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.



Hot New Vegan Cookbooks of 2013

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 — a review, including Q & A with the author

Feeding the Hungry Ghost by Ellen KannerFeeding 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. What makes it a rarity in the realm of food writing is that it comes from Ellen’s completely plant-based perspective. Those of us who love good food writing might gravitate to books by Laurie Colwin and Ruth Reichl, even as we cringe over loving descriptions of beef stew and other bits of meaty whatnot. We no longer need to do that, thanks to Ellen. more→


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

Q & E Low-Cal Vegan Comfort Food alicia simpsonReviewed 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

Vegan for the Holidays by Zel AllenContributed 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

Vegan Food Gifts celine steen dianne wenz joni marie newmanReview contributed by Dianne Wenz of VeggieGirl. 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

Artisan Vegan Cheese by Miyoko SchinnerReview and photos by Dianne Wenz of Veggie Girl. 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 CheeseI could hardly contain my excitement! A new cookbook from Miyoko and it’s how to make cheese? How awesome is that? more→