I'm a big fan of juices and smoothies. I love starting my day with a glass of water, and then a glass of power-packed nutrition. I think it's something about knowing I'm getting several servings of fruit and veggies into my body before I do anything else. I've never been a lover of breakfast, so when I discovered juice and smoothies, it felt like a no-brainer. Emily von Euw's brand new book 100 Best Juices, Smoothies and Healthy Snacks hit the spot from the word go.
When I first received a copy of Kim Lutz's new cookbook Super Seeds: The Complete Guide to Cooking with Power-Packed Chia, Quinoa, Flax, Hemp & Amaranth, I have to say I was a little surprised. It's a smallish, square book - more compact than a lot of the cookbooks you see on shelves these days. But its size is deceiving because it is absolutely packed - I'd go as far as saying it's power packed! - with all kinds of great information, and even better ideas about how to get more of these nutritious little miracles into your meals and your diet on a daily basis.
I have to say, I'm glad Candle Cafe and the authors - Joy Pierson, Angel Ramos and Jorge Pineda - decided to focus on holiday foods. Thanksgiving and Christmas are a big deal, and each year when they come around, many vegans start to PANIC. Forums and online clubs are alight: "What am I going to make for my non-vegan family?", "What can I bring to this party that will knock the socks off my friends (or at least not have them looking at said food item suspiciously and asking, "what is it?")?", or "I'm hosting this year - what am I going to make??!!" This book will bring a lot of comfort. It's about more than Thanksgiving and Christmas - in fact it is organized in menus: Super Bowl Big-Game Parties, Lunar New Year, Valentine's Day, Passover Seder, Easter Brunch, Cinco de Mayo Fiesta, 4th of July Backyard BBQ, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Eve. They have got you covered.
It always provides me with a great deal of hope seeing young people embracing the veg lifestyle. A couple of years ago we shared an interview with a young vegan baker named Christopher Chernoff. Christopher, now 13, has recently been featured in a new cookbook all about young cooks and chefs: FutureChefs: Recipes by Tomorrow's Cooks Across the Nation and the World. Though this is is not a veg cookbook, there are lots of vegan and vegetarian options, and we love seeing support for young vegans in a book like this one!
I have always been a big chocolate lover, but it wasn’t until I opened up Jessica Fenton (now Jessica Laura)’s new book Raw Chocolate Treats: Healthy Recipes for the Chocolate Lover that I really started to understand that chocolate could be good for more than your soul. Ok, first up, let’s clarify. We’re not talking about your Hershey’s […]
There is so much in life to be serious about that it's important to know when to step back, relax, and just plain old have some fun! Author John Schlimm is the perfect party guide - vegan style! His latest book The Ultimate Beer Lover's Cookbook is choc-a-bloc full of recipes for snacks and drinks to suit any occasion. We're super excited to be featuring John and his book on the Vegan Mainstream Cookbook Club this week, just in time for Oktoberfest! This book may just inspire you to host a great vegan party of your own - to have fun with beer pairings, and to try out using beer in some fun and innovative recipes.
If you want to learn about healthy, vegan food the recently released Thrive Energy Cookbook by Brendan Brazier is a book you will want to add to your shelf. If you're an athlete, be inspired. If you don't consider yourself an athlete, don't be intimidated! This is not a book just for super athletes; it's a book for active people who want to be (or are already) healthy.
When I cracked open my review copy of Decadent Gluten-Free Vegan Baking by Cara Reed a few weeks ago, the first thing I wanted to do was take it down to one of our local coffee shops where a year ago I had THE most disgusting GF vegan muffin I had ever tasted. Don’t get […]