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Celebrate Vegan: 200 Life-Affirming Recipes For Occasions Big And Small Paperback – Nov 1 2011
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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.See all Product Description
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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.
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.
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!