Praise for Celebrate Vegan"Gather, rejoice and feast: Dynise has all the dining milestones covered, joyfully so. Her Italian mojitos should be a tradition for every holiday!"– Terry Hope Romero, author of Veganomicon and Vegan Pie in the Sky "Celebrate Vegan is a must-have book for anyone that loves to eat! Dynise makes every occasion a celebration, with 200 deliciously fabulous vegan recipes to celebrate holidays big and small."– Julie Hasson, author of Vegan Diner Praise for The Urban Vegan"The Urban Vegan is fresh, hip, and intelligent, and simply perfect for everyone – from the city dweller who wants to do a vegan dine-in to the rural cook who yearns to sample the vegan delicacies a large urban centre has to offer." – Dreena Burton, author of Eat, Drink and Be Vegan "With an engaging, down-to-earth tone, but quirky and charming, Balcavage delivers the best of the world's flavors to your kitchen, from Western Europe to the Middle East, and back home to Philly favorites."– VegNews "You don't have to convert to veganism to appreciate Balcavage's healthy, Easy-to-make recipes."– GRID "Dynise Balcavage's "The Urban Vegan," is less fussy, more funky, with vegan versions of sophisticated eats. It also requires specialty ingredients, but delectable dishes such as millet-crusted mushroom-leek pie and cherry-chocolate chunk scones are easy to make." – The Seattle Times, Food and Wine section "The Urban Vegan: 250 Simple, Sumptuous Recipes from Street Cart Favorites to Haute Cuisine is by Dynise Balcavage, who details life as a city vegan on her blog, UrbanVegan.net. Selections range from Marsala mushroom crepes and sweet-potato gnocchi with basil cream sauce (made with soy milk) to minty mojitos and sherry-infused pate (made with cremini mushrooms and pecans, rather than goose liver). As she puts it, newer recipes have transformed vegan cooking from "oat cuisine" to "haute cuisine."– Winston-Salem Journal "The Urban Vegan: 250 Simple, Sumptuous Recipes from Street Cart Favorites to Haute Cuisine by Dynise Balcavage is one of our absolute favorite new cookbooks!"– GIrlyGirl Army
From the Back Cover
Traditional and contemporary plant-based recipes for holiday celebrations year-round Food and holidays go hand in hand, but for many vegans, cooking celebration menus can be stressful. Now, from the author of The Urban Vegan, comes this gathering of flavorful, animal-free celebratory recipes, both traditional and contemporary, using seasonal ingredients. Celebrate Vegan covers the spectrum of holidays from across the globe―public, religious, and even quirky, lesser-known holidays―and includes recipes for important milestones, such as birthdays, weddings, and anniversaries, as well as menus for everyday celebrations like Girls' Night In, Snow Day, Tailgate Party, and Slumber Party. Easy-to-follow recipes, cooking tips, and holiday lore make this a book for seasoned chefs and cooking novices alike.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Unique recipes..Nov. 16 2011
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I'll start by saying that I have an omnivore's house (as if my sign-on didn't give that away), So I make no claims of being vegan, but I do incorporate veganism / vegetarianism heavily into our diet. That said, I really like this book because as if the holiday's aren't stressful enough, there is alway one dietary restriction to incorporate into the meal. This is a great book to add to the library. The serving sizes are large to accomodate larger groups, the dishes are simple and easy to make.
I started with the Thai-Centric Mac & Cheese because I saw it demonstrated on her blog and the recipe intrigued me. Easy to make, meat-eater husband thought it was wonderful and took a big batch in for leftovers. Recipe was also easy to cut in half, since I wasn't sure how we would get through 8 servings.
Just like her last book, well thought out. Great read. Good book.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Make holidays delicious againNov. 11 2011
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Holidays are nerve-wracking, and they always surround food. Now there's a recipe for disaster. We have to pretend to enjoy some relatives' tried and tired traditional recipes, we're tempted by things we know we shouldn't eat, and there's the celebratory push to overindulge. Advocates of health, environment, and compassion have told us for years that we need to change our ways, but they just haven't made it taste good.
Throughout her career Dynise Balcavage has created countless recipes that focus on extraordinary flavors and on food as a shared experience. Her new cookbook "Celebrate Vegan: 200 Life-Affirming Recipes for Occasions Big and Small" highlights 200 recipes, many entirely new dishes and some surprising alternatives for existing ones. The recipes are entirely free of animal products and by-products, so no meat, dairy, or eggs, making these foods healthier than other items we consume around the holidays - and all year. But don't think this vegan health food is anything less than you would expect to find at your favorite restaurant; Ms. Balcavage is a published cookbook author and has given cooking demonstrations in the US and in France. Yes, she helps show French people how to cook.
Celebrate is divided into six primary recipe sections: 1. New Year Celebrations 2. American Celebrations 3. International Celebrations 4. Religion-Based Celebrations 5. Milestone Celebrations 6. Everyday Celebrations Of particular relevance now (November) are recipe sub-sections including Thanksgiving, Diwali, Guy Fawkes Day, Barbados Independence Day. Coming up next month (December) are recipe sub-sections Kwanzaa, Festivus, Hanukkah, and Christmas. So much to choose from! Celebrate helps all of us prepare delicious, seasonally-appropriate dishes for nearly any occasion. No more confusion before that big pot-luck at work! And what a great way to explore a world of flavors with your family.
Celebrate is a huge helping hand for vegans worried about that next family get-together. Now you'll have amazing dishes to bring - foods that taste so good no one will realize what a difference they make to the world. They'll just be enjoying them. Celebrate is also a great help for family members and friends who will be hosting vegans and aren't sure what to prepare. Try a few of these dishes and you'll find yourself coming back to this book for yourself.
There's nothing intimidating here; the majority of the recipes have limited ingredients lists and preparation is usually just three or four steps. To help further, each recipe in Celebrate is labeled with icons indicating fast, frugal, kid-friendly, make-ahead, or omnivore-friendly. "Omnivore-friendly" recipes are ones that produce tastes and textures that most people should be familiar with, so these are generally safe bets for those more traditional, less adventurous relatives we see around the holidays.
Some favorite spots in Celebrate include the Hoppin' John recipe for New Years that includes an excellent wine pairing idea. Happily replace your fatty old mac n' cheese with Celebrate's Thai-Centric Creamy Mac - unbelievably good. On the fourth of July or any day, the Old Bay Cakes are delicious. Anyone for the Chocolate-Hazelnut Polenta Budino, Spicy Seitan Wings, Earl Grey Cookies, or Zucchini "Linguine With Lemony Spinach Pesto? How about Seitan Kebabs With Smoky Yogurt Dipping Sauce? Uh oh: Brownie-Gianduja Cake With Chocolate-Gravitas Frosting and Avocado Ice Cream. Wow! It's hard to believe how simple these dishes are to prepare, and how utterly delicious they smell, taste, and feel. After several days exploring the recipes of Celebrate Vegan you'll wonder how you made it through the holidays without this book.
12 of 16 people found the following review helpful
EhNov. 13 2011
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I loved Balcavage's first book, Urban Vegan, so I was really looking foward to this one. While the recipes aren't bad, they're really nothing special either. I've also had some major technical problems with some, like the vegan crab cakes made with tofu falling apart completely. I haven't given up hope completely yet, but so far I've been pretty disappointed.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Celebrating vegan is a sheer delight!Dec 10 2011
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Celebrate Vegan is great book for vegans who may wonder what to bring and cook for their family get-togethers. The author has some amazing dishes that taste so good no one will realize that they are vegan. They will just enjoy the creations one has prepared. There's nothing intimidating here in this book as the the majority of the recipes have limited ingredients and preparation is usually just three or four steps. To one even more, each recipe in the book is labeled with icons indicating fast, frugal, kid-friendly, make-ahead, or omnivore-friendly.
Some tasty recipes thus far in the book (which I've made) are the Hoppin' John (recipe for New Years that includes an excellent wine pairing), the Thai-Centric Creamy Mac, and the Old Bay Cakes. The Chocolate-Hazelnut Polenta Budino, Spicy Seitan Wings, and Zucchini "Linguine With Lemony Spinach Pesto are also very good! It's almost hard to believe how simple these recipes are to prepare, as well as, how they smell and taste. Celebrate Vegan will most certainly get you through any holiday (with stress-free cooking) or any other day of the year that you will be tempted to use this book!
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
A must have for your cookbook collection!Jan. 4 2012
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I love Dynise Balcavage's The Urban Vegan, so I was super excited to hear that she was working on a new cookbook. I was even more excited when it arrived and could start cooking from it! Celebrate Vegan is chock full of recipes for just about every holiday you can think of. The recipes are divided into 6 sections: New Year's Celebrations, American Celebrations, International Celebrations, Religion-Based Celebrations, Milestone Celebrations and Everyday Celebrations. (I like that everyday celebrations includes links like "Sick Day" and "Snow Day"!) There's an icon key to let you know if the recipe is fast, frugal, kid-friendly, something you can make ahead and/or omnivore friendly. I really think most of these recipes are omnivore friendly, so this is the perfect book for celebratory meals for family and friends who might not all have the same dietary needs. And the recipes all look so good that you won't want to wait until a special occasion to make them!