Sunday, November 23, 2014

Vegan Holiday Cooking from Candle Cafe Celebratory Menus and Recipes from New York's Premier Plant-Based Restaurants Joy Pierson, Angel Ramos, and Jorge Pineda

This collection of vegan holiday recipes—the first of its kind from award-winning chefs—elevates plant-based fare to a new level. With fresh, inventive menus for Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year's Eve, Lunar New Year, Super Bowl Sunday, Valentine's Day, Passover, Easter, Cinco de Mayo, and Independence Day, this cookbook blends favorite traditions with a modern sensibility. Tantalizing dishes include Sweet Potato Latkes with Almond Crème Fraîche for Passover; Porcini-Crusted Seitan with Glazed Cipollini Onions and Mushroom Gravy for Thanksgiving; and Red, White, and Blue Margaritas for the Fourth of July.

Now home cooks can entertain in the spirit of New York’s premier vegan restaurants, Candle Cafe, Candle 79, and Candle Cafe West. With forewords by Alicia Silverstone and Laura and Woody Harrelson, plus sumptuous photography throughout, this festive cookbook invites vegans and omnivores alike to gather around the holiday table and enjoy.

My Impressions

This book has some delicious, mouth water vegan foods that were simply incredible and easy to make! I have a hard time finding good quality vegan cookbooks that are centered on the holidays that will not cost you an arm and a leg to prepare for your family, but this group of authors managed to do just that! My kids and I loved picking out and preparing different appetizing meals, drinks and desserts throughout this book. Some of our favorite recipes were the Braised Cranberry-Orange Tofu; Quinoa Vegetable Cakes; Sweet Fried Dumplings with Blood Orange-Ginger Sauce; Passion Fruit Creme Brule and Pumpkin Seed-Crusted Temph with Roasted Ginger-Maple Sweet Potatoes and Cranberry-Orange Relish!! Yes, it tasted even better than it sounds!

The measurement conversion charts at the back of the book were a life saver on several occasions, giving great advise on volume, temperature, length and weight. We also got tons of useful information from the very informative and well put together Resource Guide at the back of the book. This lovely little guide gives you tons of web sites that you can visit for ordering, preparing and great meal plan tricks and tools.

Broken down into ten menu sections that cover sports, Lunar New yYar’s, Valentine’s Day, Passover, Easter, Cinco de mayo, the 4th of July, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s. At the start of each menu the author's give a small paragraph about what you can expect and then they lay out the menu on the following pages. The book is chalked full of beautiful illustrations that will have the best foodie drooling.
About the Author: 
Nutritional counselor Joy Pierson established the Candle Cafe and Candle 79 restaurants with her partner, Bart Potenza. They have also developed a growing catering and wholesale business and are the authors of The Candle Cafe more

Disclaimer: I received a copy of the book from the publisher via blooging for books program. I was not required to give a positive review.

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