Get togethers can be stressful for us all – with all the cleaning, grocery shopping, and prep work involved from start to finish. For vegans, there are additional concerns like the barrage of questions they may face from people unfamiliar with veganism.
Top 5 Questions New Vegans Are Asked
Why did you go vegan?
What do you eat anyway?
Are you hungry all the time?
Where do you get your protein?
How long are you going to be a vegan?
Whether you’re having a vegan over for dinner, know a vegan, are thinking about going vegan or simply want to learn more about veganism – the library can help. We have a great blog post entitled Viva La Vegan chock full of cookbooks, online resources, and lesser-known facts about veganism and a ton of resources listed below to help you celebrate your next get together in style – vegan style that is!
Get Inspired to Make Creative Dishes With These Great Vegan Cookbooks
A best-selling vegan cookbook author presents her first book on entertaining, in a guide the includes menus and tips for every Holiday and every big celebration in between, as well as recipes for vegan versions of such dishes as Cinnamon Apple Crepes, Cheeseburger Pizza, Churro Biscotti, Biscuits and Gravy and many more.
Have yourself a happy vegan holiday! This exciting, inviting cookbook by veteran author Nava Atlas brilliantly fills the biggest gap in the vegan repertoire with more than 200 delectable, 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.
These recipes demonstrate that plant-based holiday foods are as delicious, innovative, and elegant as their hallowed meat-based counterparts. Readers are taken on a world tour of holidays that include Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa, and New Year’s and presented with a banquet of recipes for irresistible dishes steeped in heritage and tradition.
Bestselling vegan author Lindsay S. Nixon brings “healthy” and “holidays” together in her book, “Happy Herbivore Holidays & Gatherings,” filled with easy recipes that celebrate and define our favorite occasions throughout the year. Whether you’re planning an celebrate Thanksgiving, a no-fuss dazzling New Year’s Eve party, an omnivore-approved potluck for Super Bowl Sunday, or a lazy Sunday brunch with friends, this is the only cookbook you’ll need. Including more than 130 recipes with new and old favorites, “Happy Herbivore Holidays & Gatherings” guarantees you’ll have a healthy, festive, deliciously memorable meal—whatever you’re celebrating!
Twelve different special occasions are covered in detail with more than two dozen menus and detailed, step-by-step instructions, so your party planning is easy and effortless. Nixon’s fuss-free, fast recipes are also weeknight practical, so you can enjoy all her hearty main dishes, savory sides, and sweet treats all year long.
True to Lindsay’s beloved “everyday” cooking style, “Happy Herbivore Holidays & Gatherings” focuses on using only whole, unprocessed plant foods with no added oils or fats, or wacky, hard-to-find ingredients. She makes it easy to impress guests while also celebrating health—and without breaking the bank.
Say yes to: Portobello Pot Roast, Thanksgiving Loaf, Hot Chocolate Muffins, Mini Corndog Bites, BBQ Sliders, Cauliflower Hot Wings, Cherry Tart Brownies, Lemon-Rosemary Meatballs, Beet Salad, Banana “Cake” Pops, Mini Soy-Free Quiche, and more.
With “Happy Herbivore Holidays & Gatherings,” your healthy, hearty dishes will be the life of the party!
Entertaining friends and family can be a challenge when you’re vegan and gluten-free. It can be even trickier when you’re not, but a family member or close friend is. So what do you do when you want to prepare a gluten-free and vegan holiday dinner for eight? Turn to “Gluten-Free and Vegan Holidays” for help!
Jennifer Katzinger, author of the popular “Flying Apron’s Gluten-Free & Vegan Baking Book” makes celebrating the holidays simple and stylish with seventy delicious, satisfying recipes for our most cherished holidays. Here you’ll find both sweet and savory, gluten-free and vegan menus for Thanksgiving and Christmas feasts, for a romantic Valentine’s Day dinner for two, for springtime Easter and Passover celebrations, a 4th of July picnic, and many more. Whether you’re gluten-free and vegan or not, you’ll please the ones you love with these simple yet sophisticated and pleasing menus.
“Vegan Finger Foods” features more than 100 recipes for appetizers, small plates/entrees, snacks and treats that don’t require a fork or any other utensil–other than your fingers. Recipes include ingredients that can be found at almost any grocery store or farmer’s market–no faux meats, mayos, cheeses, or the like. There are even low-fat, soy-free, and gluten-free recipes!
Baking delicious, one-of-a-kind desserts is one thing, but when those desserts are gluten-free and vegan…now that’s something everybody can enjoy.
Cara Reed, creator of ForkandBeans.com, is sharing over 100 amazing and easy gluten-free, vegan recipes that are also unique from her blog. By using tasty and natural substitutions such as almond milk, soy butter, coconut oil and nut-based cream, your treats will be the star of the show with any crowd.
Creative and mouth-watering recipes include Churros with Chocolate Dipping Sauce, Pumpkin Cupcakes, German Chocolate Cake, and Sweet Almond Braided Bread. So whether you’re gluten-free, vegan or just looking to try something a little more plant-based and a lot more delicious, this book has it all.
From a popular blogger and gluten-free vegan cook: a comprehensive guide to making allergy-friendly sweet treats for any diet, complete with options free of refined sugar.
Are your food allergies or special diet making it hard to satisfy your sweet tooth? Dessert lovers, take heart – “Sweet Eats for All” provides creative twists on classic confections for people following all sorts of special diets. Recipes include steadfast staples like German Chocolate Cake and Key Lime Pie alongside innovative dishes like Matcha-Cashew Ice Cream and Chocolate Butternut Pots de Crème. You’ll also find tips, techniques, and common conversions and substitutions. Each gluten-free vegan recipe is clearly labeled as soy-free, nut-free, or corn-free, and the book dedicates an entire chapter to desserts free of refined sugar.
Do whole grain flours intimidate you? Does amaranth flour sound fascinating but perhaps a little too froufrou? Do you love the chocolate cherry scones at your local coffee shop, but feel way too scared to attempt them on your own?
Fears begone! You are now in the safe (albeit floury) hands of Celine Steen and Tamasin Noyes, two vegan ladies who know their way around the oven—and barley and buckwheat flour too. Expect to see not an ounce of white flour, refined white sugar, or powdered egg replacer in this book. Instead, indulge in wholesome breads, muffins, pies, pancakes, and other treats that draw on the nutty depth of flavor and enhanced taste of ingredients like whole grain flours and natural sweeteners.
All you need is a bowl, a spoon, and a little “can-do!” attitude to whip up treats like Caramel Nut Barley Squares, Potato and Walnut Wheat Bread, and Chocolate Raspberry Tart. With more than 100 recipes to choose from, the hardest thing you’ll have to do is pick out what to bake first!
Your taste buds will love you, your friends will adore you, your waist will thank you, and the planet will be singing your praises with Whole Grain Vegan Baking. You’re just a whisk away!
You can have your cake and eat it too with celebrity baker Gesine Bullock-Prado’s latest cookbook. Featuring more than eighty delicious, indulgent cookies, pies, cakes, and more with proven swap-outs that give the option of making each dessert healthy, gluten-free, and vegan.
In today’s allergy-prone and health-obsessed world, there are times when the refined sugar, eggs, wheat, or butter in our favorite treats just won’t cut it. Let Them Eat Cake includes classic recipes in all their extravagant glory, as well as the secrets to making three alternative versions of each one. From a Fudgy Chocolate Bundt and Maple Madeleines to Meyer Lemon Mile High Pie and Banana Split Ice Cream, this collection of cookies, muffins, brownies, pies, and cakes proves that, no matter your preferences, no dessert is off-limits.
Baking without eggs or dairy is a joy and equally as delectable with “The Joy of Vegan Baking,” Revised and Updated Edition. Whether you want to bake dairy- and egg-free for health, ethical, or environmental reasons, this updated edition of “The Joy of Vegan Baking” lets you have your cake and eat it, too! With familiar favorites including cakes, cookies, crepes, pies, puddings, and pastries this book will show you just how easy, convenient, and delectable baking without eggs and dairy can be.
Winner of the VegNews magazine award for Cookbook of the Year in 2008, “The Joy of Vegan Baking” has been updated, with all new photography and freshly revised recipes that use the latest natural ingredients and techniques. Learn just how easy it is to enjoy your favorite homespun goodies without compromising your health or values.
These treats are free of saturated fat, cholesterol, and lactose, but full of flavor. Recipes include Chocolate Chip Scones, Lemon Cheesecake, Dessert Crepes, Cinnamon Coffee Cake, Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcakes, Raspberry Sorbet, Soft Pretzels, Blueberry Cobbler, and Chocolate Almond Brittle.
A seasoned cooking instructor and self-described “joyful vegan,” author Colleen Patrick-Goudreau lays to rest the myth that vegan baking is an inferior alternative to non-vegan baking, putting it in its rightful place as a legitimate contender in the baking arena. More than just a collection of recipes, this informative cookbook is a valuable resource for any baker.
The first vegan winner of Cupcake Wars! Chef Chloe, author of the popular “Chloe’s Kitchen,” brings her signature creativity and fun to the best part of every meal: Dessert! Chef Chloe’s first all-dessert cookbook, Chloe’s Vegan Desserts, will satisfy your sweet tooth from morning to night with more than 100 recipes for cakes and cupcakes, ice cream and doughnuts and pies—oh my! And you just will not believe these delicious dishes are vegan.
You’ll love the selections, which include everything from breakfast delights to her award-winning Chocolate Orange Cupcakes with Candied Orange Peel to an assortment of holiday treats like … Easy Apple Pie and Absolutely Perfect Pumpkin Pie, Holiday Trifle, Nuts for Hot Cocoa, and Pumpkin Spice Latte. She re-creates classic desserts and treats from Chocolate Chip Cookies to Classic Crème Brûlée, and veganizes store-bought favorites with her Oreo-style Chloe O’s, Pumpkin Whoopie Pies, Animal Cookies, and Black-and-White Cookies—which are better (and healthier) than what you’ll find at the grocery store. Chloe also serves up brand-new triumphs like her dreamy Lemon Olive-Oil Cake, Rosemary Ice Cream with Blueberry Sauce, Coconut Cream Pie, Chocolate Cream Pie, Coconut Sorbet with Cashew Brittle, and good-to-the-last-drop milkshakes. Who can possibly resist?
Go ahead and lick that spoon—there are no worries when you bake vegan! With gorgeous color photography, clever tips, and a comprehensive section on vegan baking basics to get you started, “Chloe’s Vegan Desserts” will be your new vegan dessert bible.
More Great Vegan Dessert Cookbooks to Inspire Your Next Baking Adventure
Online resources to help you celebrate the holidays Vegan Style
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