Saturday, October 15, 2011

Cookbook Review: Vegan Holiday Kitchen

Initial Thoughts:
  • Recipes:  200 vegan recipes with menu ideas.
  • Would I buy this book?  Maybe.  It is best for the specialty market for vegans, but could be useful to other cooks as well with vegan friends.
I'm not vegan, but more of my friends have been developing food allergies so this book is a great resource to have on hand for ideas of what to make for food sensitive friends.   Nava Atlas fills the biggest gap in the vegan repertoire with more than 200 completely doable recipes for every festive occasion.

Atlas, one of the most respected names in vegetarian and vegan cooking, addresses everything from Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, and Christmas --to celebratory brunches, lunches, dinners, potlucks, and buffets. Such mouthwatering dishes as Coconut Butternut Squash Soup, Green Chili Corn Bread, Hearty Vegetable Pot Pie, delicate Ravioli with Sweet Potatoes and Sage, and Cashew Chocolate Mousse Pie will convince even the most skeptical eater that vegan cooking is well worth celebrating.

Delight friends and family with delectable dishes for:

Thanksgiving: Coconut Butternut Squash Soup; Black Bean and Sweet Potato Tortilla Casserole; Smashed Potatoes with Mushroom Gravy; and Pumpkin Cheesecake with a Hint of Chocolate

Christmas and the holiday season: Gingered Carrot Soup; Wild Rice Pilaf–Stuffed Peppers; Hearty Lentil and Mushroom Shepherd’s Pie; Chocolate Mint Bars; and a velvety “Vegg” Nog

Passover, Rosh Hashanah, and Hanukkah: Moroccan- Style Vegetable Soup with Vegan Matzo Balls; Vegan Latkes, Coconut-Almond Macaroons, Sweet Noodle Kugel; and Seven-Vegetable Couscous.

Easter: Roasted Setian, Peppers, and Portabellas; Spring Vegetable Tart; and Chocolate-Orange Cake

Independence Day and summer entertaining: A great guide to grilling vegetables and plant-based proteins; Summer Tomato Salad with Peaches and Pecans; and Corn Fritters with Cilantro Sauce

Brunches, appetizers, and potluck dishes: Rosemary Potato and Sausage Skillet (yes, it’s vegan!); Apple and Broccoli Coleslaw; White Bean and Sun-Dried Tomato Pâté; and A Big Pot of Really Good Chili

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