As to avert early Holiday Meltdown, I’m planning out my vegan cooking strategy for Thanksgiving through New Year’s Day. So, I thought I’d share my sources of inspiration in this delicious list of my Top Vegan Cookbooks for the Holidays. These are listed in no particular order.
The Real Food Daily Cookbook by Ann Gentry
The Lentil Walnut gets raves every time I make it. There’s deep layers of umami with the ume, miso and toasted walnuts. Omnivores have been known to embarrass themselves after eating this dip by shamelessly consuming hippie vegan food… and liking it. This pic of the pâté was taken at the Santa Monica Real Food Daily during my visit a few months back.
Artisan Vegan Cheese Miyoko Schinner
Once you make home-made vegan cheese, you’ll turn your nose up to the store-bought stuff and wonder why you ever bothered with it. Smoked provolone makes for a tasty appetizer paired with heirloom tomatoes,grilled zucchini and fresh herbs. And if you want to go all out, drizzle the vegan brie cheese with bee-free honey ,then top with toasted nuts before serving. You will need to round up some funky ingredients like agar agar and carageenan for these recipes. Once the pantry is stocked, you can make dairy-free cheeses that melt and stretch and get all ooey gooey.
Vegan for the Holidays Zel Allen
I tried the recipe for Chewy Ginger Cookies last year and can’t wait to make them again. Just the right amount of sweetness and spice and a wonderful chewy texture. This year, I’m making Thanksgiving Phyllo Pie and Chestnut-smothered Brussels Sprouts for the un-Turkey Day spread.
Vegan Pie in the Sky Isa Chandra Moskovotiz
My friend Danielle sent me this as a gift last year and I am slowly conquering my irrational fear of baking with the help of Isa’s fool-proof recipes. Try the Pumpkin Cheesecake or Salted Maple Pecan Pie for Thanksgiving. And by the way,have you seen the new “Make it Vegan” cooking series she’s doing with Breville? The Rosemary Chocolate Chip Cookies look awesome.
The Sexy Vegan’s Happy Hour at Home Brian L. Patton
YouTube sensation The Sexy Vegan puts his twist “extraordinary food from an ordinary dude” twist on the art of the appetizer. Whip up sliders, satay or little ethnic bites and enjoy with the perfect cocktail. I think the Rigatoni Poppers are pure genius.
Vegan Chocolate: Unapologetically Luscious and Decadent Dairy-Free Desserts Fran Costigan
If you’re wild about chocolate this is the book for you. Fran has done all the testing, measuring, baking and perfecting to bring you decadent dark sweets without dairy, eggs, white sugar or cholesterol. All vegan, all incredibly indulgent. Be careful not to drool over Chocolate Ganache Sacher Cake on the front cover.
As I’ve mentioned earlier, I have an irrational fear of baking. Colleen not only demystified vegan baking for me but addressed and solved all of my baking FAIL issues in the “Troubleshooting” pages of her book. Recipes like Cinnamon Coffee Cake or Chocolate Chip Scone are easy to follow and make for awesome vegan food gifts during the holidays.
Sticky Fingers’ Sweets: 100 Super Secret Vegan Recipes Doron Petersan
You don’t need visit to D.C. to enjoy the amazing vegan Sticky Buns from Sticky Fingers Bakery. Just open the cookbook to page 116 and create the magic at home. For a little holiday baking flair, try Cranberry Ginger Scones, Pumpkin Whoopie Pies or Peppermint Brownies.
Pumpkin Spice Latte, Holiday Trifle, Nuts for Hot Cocoa, and Absolutely Perfect Pumpkin Pie …more than 100 vegan recipes to satisfy your holiday sweet tooth from Chef Chloe Coscarelli. Have you tried her Cupcake Wars’ Award-Winning Chocolate Orange Cupcakes with Candied Orange Peel?
Vegan Desserts: Sumptuous Sweets for Every Season Hannah Kaminsky
I’m switching up the usual Thanksgiving desserts and diving into the No-Bake Pumpkin Crème Brûlée and Chai Poached Pear this year. You can check out Michelle from Vegan Break making the Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcakes from Hannah’s first cookbook My Sweet Vegan.
Vegan Holiday Kitchen Nava Atlas
More than 200 festive recipes to inspire you for Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas and all the potlucks and parties in between. Doesn’t Ravioli with Sweet Potatoes and Sage sound like a fantastic Fall dish? Save room for the Cashew Chocolate Mousse Pie
I Am Grateful Recipes and Lifestyle of Café Gratitude Terces Engelhart
Recreate some of your favorite Cafe Gratitude recipes at home for the holidays. I keep a stash of almonds in my pantry and whip up the “I Am Happy” almond hummus for impromptu parties or as an easy potluck take along.
The Artful Vegan:Fresh Flavors from the Millennium Restaurant Eric Tucker
Despite several recent trips to San Francisco, I’ve managed to miss out on dining at Millennium every time. But I’ve whipped up several dishes from the cookbook, and my favorite is the trifecta of Fall ingredients brought together in one outstanding appetizer…prepare to swoon over Butternut Squash Cakes with Roasted Chanterelles and Pink Pearl Apples.
The Tipsy Vegan: 75 Boozy Recipes to Turn Every Bite into Happy Hour John Schlimm
I’m a gal that enjoys a cocktail (or two) with a meal. If I can infuse a boozy libation into the meal, even better, double bonus. Since there are no kidlets involved in my Christmas morning, I’ll be opening presents while enjoying a big slice of Hotta Frittata with Chopped Jalapeño Pepper and a Bloody Queen Mary. It’s always 5 o’clock somewhere in the world, right?
Vegan Food Gifts Joni Marie Newman Get in touch with your inner crafty self and learn how to DIY your way through the gift giving season.
You can purchase the cookbooks in print or Kindle versions via my Amazon store here.
Which vegan/vegetarian cookbooks have recipes that make it onto your holiday table? Please leave me a comment with your favorites!
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