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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
More About the Author
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, U.S. News and World Report, The Chicago Tribune, The Miami Times, Pacifica Radio, Rodale News, and in countless blogs and podcasts. Her recipes have been featured on Oprah.com and Epicurious.com. She lives in Oakland, CA with her husband and two cats, Charlie and Michiko.
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
surprisingly good sweet treat recipies in here. we have made manything from this book and none came out bad :). very happy with itPublished 12 days 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 14 days 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 19 days ago by paisley fao
I love this and all of Colleen's cookbooks. I made her chocolate fudge for Christmas and it was a hit to all my non vegan family. No one noticed any difference. Read morePublished 1 month ago by alysah28
Colleen Patrick – Goudreau has absolutely changed my life with her podcast and her recipes! Because of her I transitioned to veganism about six months ago. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
This is my all-time favorite baking cookbook (vegan or not!). I have reached for this cookbook countless times, and every time the recipes are easy to follow and turn out... Read morePublished 2 months ago by cristina
All of my favorite recipes have been from this author. :) Love the banana muffins!Published 2 months ago by Alison Lange
I'm a baking klutz...if it can be ruined, I can find a new way to do so. Add that to the fact that I have to adjust recipes on the fly due to living at high altitude. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Laura C.