The Vegan Table: 200 Unforgettable Recipes for Entertaining Every Guest at Every Occasion Paperback – Jun 1 2009
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About the Author
A recognized expert and thought leader on the culinary, social, ethical, and practical aspects of living vegan, Colleen Patrick-Goudreau is an award-winning author of seven books, including the bestselling The Joy of Vegan Baking, The Vegan Table, Color Me Vegan, Vegan's Daily Companion, On Being Vegan, and The 30-Day Vegan Challenge. She is an acclaimed speaker and beloved host of the inspiring podcast "Food for Thought," which was voted Favorite Podcast by VegNews magazine readers.
Colleen has appeared on national and regional TV programs--including the Food Network, CBS, PBS, and FOX. Interviews with her have been featured on NPR, Huffington Post, U.S. News and World Report, The Chicago Tribune, The Miami Times, Pacifica Radio, and Rodale News--and in countless publications, blogs, and podcasts.
Her recipes have been featured on Epicurious.com and Oprah.com, and she is a featured guest on Delicious TV's Vegan Mashup, a program that recently aired on public television in 41 states. Colleen is a regular contributor to Perspectives on KQED, NPR's San Francisco affiliate, which reaches 830,000 listeners weekly.
“The Vegan Table leaves nothing to be desired—Colleen Patrick-Goudreau is the Martha Stewart of the movement!”
—Rory Freedman, author of #1 New York Times bestseller Skinny Bitch
“The doyenne of compassionate living has done it again, delivering a beautiful, thoughtful, intelligent book brimming with delectable, cruelty-free recipes and clever entertaining ideas. Colleen Patrick-Goudreau truly is a star in the vegetarian universe.”
“It's delightful, it's delicious, it's a de-lovely book!”
—Sarah Kramer, author of How It All Vegan (
“Colleen Patrick-Goudreau has done a great service to the vegan community with her books The Joy of Vegan Baking and now The Vegan Table. The decadent recipes and colorful photographs in her books show the world how sublime veganism can be!”
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Patrick-Goudreau, Colleen. The Vegan Table: 200 Unforgettable Recipes for Entertaining Every Guest at Every Occasion. Fair Winds: Quayside. Jun. 2009. c.304p. photogs. index. ISBN 978-1-59233-374-5. pap. $19.99. COOKERY
Patrick-Goudreau’s attractive second cookbook (after The Joy of Vegan Baking: The Compassionate Cooks’ Traditional Treats and Sinful Sweets) features seasonal menus for occasions ranging from “Romantic Dinners for Two” to “Feasts for the Holidays.” Her sophisticated but mostly uncomplicated recipes will appeal to nonvegans and vegans alike, and dozens of sidebars offer tips on entertaining, information on ingredients, and more. -- Library Journal, June 2009
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Colleen's desire to create a cook book on vegan entertaining came out of a passion to offer ideas, tips, and tools for occasions that have become meat-, egg-, and dairy centric. She has remained true to her mission of compassion and offered recipes and menus for the holidays that are free of animal exploitation.
One of the things that I love most about Colleen's book, The Vegan Table, is the organization of the book. Not only are the menus and parties systematically grouped by season but also by the size and formality of the occasion. Colleen has recipes and menus for romantic (or platonic) dinners for two, casual meals for four to six, and formal dining from six to ten. And if that is not enough there are menus for special occasions and excuses to party which include buffets, appetizers and finger foods.
Want to fancy-up your party? The seasonal design of the of the menu extends beyond cooking adding simple design touches to your home when you entertain. Not only that but ever wonder what flowers you can include on your plate? Colleen lets you know what flowers are edible.
Some of my favourite recipe ideas are: frushi (aka fruit sushi), blackberry pecan crisp, beet bundt cake, strawberries and wine, honeydew melon in coconut milk, and truffles. Hmmm, are those all desserts?Read more ›
The best thing is, anyone can make these recipes. You don't have to be a seasoned chef -- I'm fairly new to cooking and I made the sweet potato and peanut butter stew -- it was so delicious I couldn't believe I'd done it myself. The instructions are easy to follow, the ingredients easy to obtain - the results will please anyone - even meat-eaters.
If you are a vegan you simply must have this book. If you are not a vegan, give the book a try and see what you've been missing!
One thing that bothered me when I first bought it was the slightly schizophrenic way of putting the recipes together - or so this was my immediate impression. However, upon reading and using the book the recipes are put together in a way that is easy to read and with menu recommendations, which is excellent! The normal organization for a cookbook is for the appetizers, entrees and side dishes to go together, and while The Vegan Table maintains this, it is exceptional for specifically placing complementary meals in groups. Thanks Colleen!
One thing I missed from Colleen's "Joy of Vegan Baking" book was the enormously entertaining and enlightening introduction regarding Vegan replacements. For example in her baking book she included information on why certain egg and milk replacements work and when they are good to use, etc. I would have liked to see this with cheese/meat replacements - for the information value only.
All in all, great book - highly recommended!
Most recent customer reviews
Fantastic book. I have anxiety about entertaining my non-vegan friends and family (which is essentially of them) because I want to showcase vegan food in the best possible light;... Read morePublished 16 months ago by holly
Colleen Patrick-Goudreau is a great vegan cookbook author but this is not a good everyday cookbook. Pass unless you host or attend a lot of large events.Published on April 17 2014 by Nicole K.
This book was my transition lifeline as I went from an animal based diet to vegan over night. Not sure if you are an inexperienced cook or if you are not experienced cooking from... Read morePublished on Oct. 28 2013 by Jenns
I have Colleen's other cookbook, The Joy of Vegan Baking which i just love.. this one doesn't impress me as much. Read morePublished on Jan. 22 2012 by Under Ether
This book was great. I find many vegan cookbooks to be too similar to each other. This book was full of less typical recipes which I like better. Variety is the spice of life :).Published on Nov. 27 2011 by Ali
I made several recipes from this book and it is one of the best vegan cookbooks there is. There is a lot of healthy recipes, and easy as well.Published on Jan. 25 2011 by MellieF
As someone who is just starting vegan diet I enjoyed the book. There ae still some recipies that seem a bit too intimidating for me but I could cook a lot and they tasted great. Read morePublished on March 22 2010 by I.B.