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Fall and Winter Vegan Cookbook Lineup

October 3, 2009


Every year about this time I get super excited about cookbooks, because one thing my family is fond of giving at birthdays and Christmas is books. With my own library of more than 50 vegan cookbooks, it’s not like I need any more of them. After all, I am one of those annoyingly indecisive people who just can’t make a decision about what to cook or what to order at a restaurant when there’s too many options at hand. But with the amazing run of vegan cookbooks that’s come out in the last few years, who wouldn’t be excited about more of them? There’s so many coming down the pipe, and there are several I am very excited about. And so, without any further ado, feast your eyes on these soon to be published vegan cookbooks.

The Urban Vegan

The Urban Vegan: 250 Simple, Sumptuous Recipes from Street Cart Favorites to Haute Cuisine
Dynise Balcavage
Published: October 1, 2009

Just the mention of “street cart favourites” in the title got me excited about this one. Published just two days ago, The Urban Vegan is a culmination of Dynise Balcavage’s vegan creation inspired by her culinary adventures in more 30 countries, as well as her experiences at home in Philadelphia. A vegan briefly in the 1980s and the again four years ago, her perspectives on international vegan food and traveling as a vegan will likely make for some interesting and promising recipes.

The Conscious Cook

The Conscious Cook: Delicious Meatless Recipes that Will Change the Way You Eat
Tal Ronnen
To be published October 6, 2009

Most famously known at the vegan chef who cooked for Oprah during her (ridiculous *cough*) 21-day vegan cleanse in 2008, Tal Ronnen is a and classically trained French chef whose first cookbook seems to promise not only luscious pictures but also some pretty fancy gourmet vegan dishes. Apparently a big fan of Gardein’s mock meats, it seems that Ronnen’s recipes seem to be focused on taking well-loved non-vegan dishes, such as Oysters Rockafeller, paella, steak sandwiches and fishcakes and making vegan versions to woo even the staunchest, vegan-hating meat eater.

Vegan Comfort Food

Quick and Easy Vegan Comfort Food: 65 Everyday Meal Ideas for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner with Over 150 Great-tasting, Down-home Recipes
Alicia Simpson
To be published October 10, 2009

Growing up in California, Alicia Simpson never dreamed that she would be able to go vegan and give up her love for Mexican food and her family’s traditional American Southern soul food. Yet, three years after becoming vegan, Simpson, the founder of Lici’s Sweet Treats Organic Bakery in Atlanta and author of the blog Vegan Guinea Pig, has taken her favourite comfort foods and joined the ranks of women of colour in showing how tasty and easy to make vegan soul food can be.


Flying Apron's Gluten-Free & Vegan Book

Flying Apron’s Gluten-Free & Vegan Baking Book
Jennifer Katzinger
To be published October 11, 2009

Well-known in the Pacific Northwest for its wheat-free and gluten-free goodies, Flying Apron Bakery in Seattle, Washington, has been satisfying the munchies of vegans and non-vegans alike for several years now. And, finally, Stephen and I don’t have to drive to Seattle to get a taste of some of the lovely offerings from their amazingly extensive menu. As I’ve been contemplating moving toward more of a gluten-free diet, this is one cookbook and I am definitely going to take a gander at.

500 Vegan Recipes

500 Vegan Recipes: An Amazing Variety of Delicious Recipes, From Chilis and Casseroles to Crumbles, Crisps and Cookies
Celine Steen and Joni Marie Newman
To be published November 1, 2009

What a way to celebrate World Vegan Day! Celine Steen, the genius behind the immensely popular vegan cooking blog Have Cake, Will Travel, is *finally* coming out with a tome of recipes. Her amazing baking talent has long left me with stars in my eyes. Her Twitter motto-bike, bake, eat, repeat-explains how she’s stayed a thin baker. In the case of Celine’s baking, the saying “never trust a skinny baker” definitely doesn’t apply.

Vegan Cookies Moskowitz RomeroVegan Cookies Invade Your Cookie Jar: 100 Dairy-Free Recipes for Everyone’s Favorite Treats
Isa Chandra Moskowitz and Terry Hope Romero
To be published November 10, 2009

Is there really any place in vegandom left that hasn’t heard about who these two lovely ladies are? We hope not. And if you’ve heard anything about the awesomeness that is Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World, then this little book needs no introduction.

Lickin’ the Beaters 2: Vegan Chocolate and CandyLickin the Beaters 2 Moffat
Siue Moffat
To be published December 1, 2009

As if Siue Moffat wasn’t busy enough as filmmaker, zine maker, video activist and an entrepeneur, she’s also an accomplished vegan cookbook author who has written her second cookbook of vegan desserts, the first being Lickin’ the Beaters: Low Fat Vegan Desserts. While there may be a plethora of recipes for vegan cakes, cookies, and other baked sweets, Siue’s second book focuses on vegan candy and offers up veganized versions of much loved childhood treats such as lollipops, saltwater taffy, pralines, and peppermint patties. Yum!

Cook Eat Thrive TienziCook, Eat, Thrive: Vegan Recipes from Everyday to Exotic
Joy Tienzo
To be published January 2010

Another very well known vegan blogger, Joy Tienzo’s been cooking up a storm of unique vegan food over at veganjoy since 2006 and is much loved by many Vegan Freaks. If her version of chevre and her recipe for Hazelnut Cherry Brownies with Port Glaze doesn’t send you running for the nearest grocery store for ingredients, then you don’t want this book. But seriously, you want this book.

And, though not too much information is available yet, Dreena Burton is currently working on her 4th cookbook, Isa Chandra Moskowitz is testing recipes for a low-fat cookbook, Terry Hope Romero, co-author with Isa on Veganomicon, has a Latin Vegan cookbook set to be published in April 2010, and Sarah Kramer has recently started testing on an upcoming brunch book.

12 Comments leave one →
  1. October 3, 2009 1:40 pm

    Gah! I am a cookbook addict, so no doubt many of these will find their way to my shelves (not that I have any shelf space left!). So many recipes, too little time to make them all! 😉
    It is fantastic that we have so many books available to us! It makes me all warm and fuzzy on the inside.

  2. October 3, 2009 2:12 pm

    WOW! So many to take in a once! It’s so nice to have so many vegan cookbooks to choose from nowadays, there is no excuse not to be!

  3. October 4, 2009 5:47 am

    mighty case of blushing over here. I’ll be sure to come read your lovely words whenever my spirits are down! thank you so much for the love.

  4. October 4, 2009 11:15 am

    oh nooo, i want them all!!! 🙂

  5. October 4, 2009 2:55 pm

    Now I’m gonna have to go and buy all of these. Thanks a lot! Hee hee.

  6. October 5, 2009 4:18 am

    thanks for those, there were a few on the list I’d not heard of and now I’ve got a couple more books pre-ordered! Can’t beat a shiny new vegan cookbook, it always brightens up my day! Thanks again.

  7. Heather permalink
    October 5, 2009 4:46 pm

    I have a serious cookbook addiction too. I can’t wait for Isa’s cookie book!

  8. October 5, 2009 8:06 pm

    Glad to be of service! 🙂

  9. October 6, 2009 4:31 am

    I just got Urban Vegan and the only issue I have with it is that everything looks so amazing that I can’t even decide where to begin! I seriously picked dinner last night by closing my eyes and flipping to a random page. I can see this becoming my “go to” cookbook. I think it will satiate my need to buy the rest of the amazing cookbooks that are coming out…for now.

  10. October 6, 2009 6:58 pm

    I’m so happy that everyone enjoyed the post so much. I love cookbooks so much, I actually take them to bed to read sometimes, so I thought I’d share the cookbook love. Plus, all the cookbooks coming out really show in a stunning way just how awesome vegan food has become. Yayayayayayay!!!

  11. veganhomemade permalink
    October 7, 2009 9:02 am

    Wow, thanks for all this great info! I will surely be purchasing many of these when they come out, not that I need any more cookbooks either…

  12. November 24, 2010 12:42 pm

    Alright! Ready to jump in the kitchen with one of these cookbooks. It’s hard to prepare for breakfast so I think I’ll be with this “Quick and Easy Vegan Comfort food.” I just love it!

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