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The Joy of Vegan Baking: The Compassionate Cooks' Traditional Treats and Sinful Sweets Paperback – October 1, 2007
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About the Author
Colleen Patrick-Goudeau 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, and The 30-Day Vegan Challenge. She is an acclaimed speaker and a multimedia host, beloved for her entertaining and unparalleled cooking shows, her informative videos, and her inspiring podcast, "Food for Thought," which was voted Favorite Podcast by Veg News magazine readers. Colleen is a regular contributor to National Public Radio and has appeared on The Food Network and PBS. Visit her at www.joyfulvegan.com
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Top Customer Reviews
This is not a "health food" book, although the recipes are cholesterol-free, lactose-free and healthier than the average non-vegan recipes. Instead, it's a book that helps you understand how easy it is to bake without eggs and dairy.
My favorite part of the book is the section on milk, butter and egg substitutes, some of which do indeed make the recipes healthier (e.g., using ground flax seed and water rather than egg replacer, using almond milk rather than soy milk for those of us trying to minimize our intake of soy, or using date sugar rather than white sugar). There are loads of tips and "Food Lore," which are interesting trivia tidbits that provide a historical context for the food. Perhaps most helpful, however, are the "Troubleshooting" pages that list the most common problems and their likely origins. Finally, the Appendices will save you a lot of time because the author has already organized your pantry and utensils for you and tells you exactly what you will need (/need to buy), and she includes a glossary, lists of what to substitute if you don't have the pan that's called for, and most fascinating to me, a section on the difference between baking soda and baking powder (I always wondered about that).Read more ›
Update: I promised an update once I had tried some recipes--yum! I've made the chocolate chip cookies, the lemon bars, the apple pie with the flaky pie crust, the pumpkin pie with the pecan crust, the light lemon bundt cake, the blueberry orange bundt cake, the lemon cheesecake, and...my favorite...the German apple cake. From the ingredients, the cake doesn't appear to be anything out of the ordinary, but it certainly is. I couldn't get enough. The chocolate cake (with her chocolate frosting) was the best I've had--moist, "chocolatey", light and fluffy.
In response to the comment on my original post, I wanted to add that while the quality of the recipes are obviously an important part of any cookbook, other characteristics are important too. Is it easy to read? Do the recipes use easy-to-find ingredients? Is the layout attractive? Am I, as the reader, given "bonus" information above and beyond the recipes? The answer to all of these for the Joy of Vegan Baking is yes!!
My vegan friends, you can make a delicious pie crust with walnut oil, whole wheat pastry flour and water...and the ingredients don't have to be COLD. You can make fabulous scones with agave nectar and no egg replacer. Please go beyond these tired recipes and BE CREATIVE! Purchase this book if you love all-purpose white flour, Earth Balance spread and Ener-G egg replacer in everything you make.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I've made the chocolate chip cookies. So good. The second time I made I used coconut oil. It have the cookies so much flavor. I can't wait to try more recipes from this bookPublished 28 days ago by phiffany De Ramus
My favorite! It's my most abused cook book because it gets so much use, I haven't made a recipe I didn't enjoy.Published 1 month ago by DG
I bought this book for a friend who is vegan. I also bought her The Vegan Table by the same author. She loves both books and uses it very often. I recommend this book.Published 1 month ago by G. Ryan
Colleen's recipes have never failed me once and this book holds no exceptions! Everything I've made from this book has been delicious and even superior to its non-vegan... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Allison
I love this cookbook. Every recipe I have tried has been excellent (and I've tried many). In fact, I made the light lemon bundt cake tonight - another hit. Read morePublished 2 months ago by C2
very tasty and tempting. can't wait to make some of these cookies.Published 2 months ago by Patricia M Gabrish
surprisingly good sweet treat recipies in here. we have made manything from this book and none came out bad :). very happy with itPublished 4 months ago by lady phoenix
I have had this book for 5 years. It is a great cookbook! Recipes are easy to follow. I absolutely love it!Published 4 months ago by Krishna Mangala Granger
I love this book. The recipes are amazing and the beginning is inspirational! I can't get enough of this lemon cheesecake with the Graham cracked crust!Published 4 months ago by paisley fao