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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Lyons Press; First edition (Nov. 1 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0762770678
  • ISBN-13: 978-0762770670
  • Product Dimensions: 23 x 19 x 2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 408 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #931,730 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Unique recipes.. Nov. 16 2011
By Hunter's Wife - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
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.
12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Eh Nov. 13 2011
By C. Vegan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
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.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Make holidays delicious again Nov. 11 2011
By Rob Ralston - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
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.

Until now.

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.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Celebrating vegan is a sheer delight! Dec 10 2011
By J. Paschal - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
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!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Celebration Time Indeed Nov. 15 2011
By T. Palmer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Celebrate Vegan is a wonderful compendium of recipes, not just for holidays, but for any occasion or none at all. As a recipe tester for this book, I had the pleasure of trying out many of the recipes and I can assure you that you will be pleased. There's something to suit any palate, be it "quick and easy" or selections of haute-cuisine. I highly recommend this book as a valued addition to any cookbook repertoire.


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