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Vegan Chocolate: Unapologetically Luscious and Decadent Dairy-Free Desserts [Kindle Edition]

Fran Costigan
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Book Description

It can be difficult to find truly indulgent vegan desserts—especially chocolate. But for the first time, chocolate cakes, brownies, truffles, puddings, ice creams, and more are within reach: dairy-free, organic, fair-trade, and sublime.

Author, baking instructor, and vegan powerhouse Fran Costigan has dedicated years to satisfying her sweet tooth while keeping it vegan. Through experimentation and long hours in the kitchen, she’s recreated some of her favorite chocolate desserts as better-for-you interpretations that pass the taste test: Bittersweet Chocolate Truffles (with a variety of flavor variations), a Brooklyn Blackout Layer Cake, a Sacher Torte, even chocolate Moon Pies! Her detailed instructions make for professional-quality outcomes every time: it’s like a personal baking class, right in your kitchen.

The perfect gift for anyone with a sweet tooth, Vegan Chocolate is sure to become an instant classic.



Editorial Reviews

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“Regarded as the authority on cruelty-free chocolate anything and everything, Costigan’s baking book (bible?), with its myriad tips and tricks, is not to be missed."
—The Daily Meal

“Delve in, and Vegan Chocolate becomes a kind of cake itself, prepared to perfection and dense with flavor. Packed with vibrant photos by Kate Lewis, the book itself appeals sensually in addition to its valuable info. Costigan has finally gotten the top-of-the-line packaging her work has always deserved…. This new, sumptuous book is an appropriate summation of more than a decade of sweet-tooth expertise.”
—Philadelphia Daily News

“When those of us of the grains, beans, and veggies persuasion want to indulge in a sweet treat, it has to be something spectacular—and preferably chocolate! There's no better guide to the world of delectable chocolate desserts than Fran Costigan; that they happen to be egg- and dairy-free is icing on the vegan cake. A feast for all the senses, Vegan Chocolate sets the bar at a new level for home cooks as well as chefs.”
—Nava Atlas, author of Wild About Greens and Vegan Holiday Kitchen

"Fran's infectious passion for chocolate radiates from these voluptuous yet amazingly approachable recipes. From breakfast smoothies to show-stopping desserts and even nightcaps, Fran finds a way to sneak a little chocolate bliss into every corner of your day. Warning: these hedonistic recipes aren't for the faint of heart! (I admit it. I actually licked page 92.)"
–Dynise Balcavage, author of Pies and Tarts with Heart and The Urban Vegan

“I am an ardent proponent of clean, unadulterated flavors. Years ago I've eliminated milk and cream from my chocolate cakes to achieve a truer flavor statement. From a culinary standpoint, Fran Costigan demonstrates the same desire for purity. With scientifically-based explanations and the refined palate of a trained pastry-chef, she teaches both amateur and professional cooks how to make amazing desserts without any animal sources. Not only are the recipes safe for the vegan lifestyle and allergy sufferers, they stand on their own as ambrosial desserts.”
—Ron Ben-Israel, owner of Ron Ben-Israel Cakes and host of Sweet Genius

“Fran Costigan's Vegan Chocolate is the holy grail of sweet, plant-based treats! This cookbook is destined to be a treasured baking classic for all kitchens.”
—Kris Carr, New York Times bestselling author of Crazy Sexy Kitchen

“Fran is a pioneer of the vegan baking world. Her recipes have been extensively tested to perfection. As a fellow chocoholic, I am thrilled that Fran is sharing her extensive collection of decadent chocolaty creations with the world. Any vegan will feel like a kid in a candy store flipping through the mouthwatering pages of this book. Bravo Fran!”
—Chloe Coscarelli, cookbook author and winner of Food Network's Cupcakes Wars

“I’m still drooling thinking about the chocolate ‘plant-strong’ wedding cake Fran made for our wedding.”
—Rip Esselstyn, best-selling author, My Beef with Meat; The Engine 2 Diet

“Are you swooning yet? You will be when you dig in to the luscious recipes in this book: they're downright delectable and simply the best chocolate treats you'll ever experience. The most astounding thing is that not one of these recipes has eggs or dairy in them, so they're not only crazy-delicious, but they're good for the soul!”
—Kathy Freston, New York Times bestselling author of The Lean and Veganist

“Fran Costigan absolutely delights with her book Vegan Chocolate. This expansive cookbook—filled with drop dead gorgeous photos and decadent recipes—will inspire chocolate lovers everywhere to get into the kitchen and create something extra-special.”
—Allyson Kramer, author of Great Gluten-Free Vegan Eats

"As always, Fran Costigan's recipes are beguiling and tempting to make (and even more so, to eat!) even to one who is not a vegan pastry cook. I'm ever impressed with what Fran has been able to do without the usual ingredients, like butter and eggs, and have it come off so well. These are recipes based on skill and passion for good chocolate desserts, the best combination possible.”
—Deborah Madison, author of Vegetable Literacy and Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone

“Anyone who loves chocolate desserts, whether they follow a vegan diet or just want to try something new and different, will be thrilled with the results of Fran Costigan’s recipes. Fran is a natural baker in many senses and her desserts sing out real flavor and quality with every bite. And I love the fact that some recipes are gluten free too – now everyone can enjoy chocolate cakes, pies, tarts, ices, and confections!”
—Nick Malgieri, author of Bake and Nick Malgieri’s Bread

“A treasure… Chef Fran Costigan raises the vegan chocolate bar to such great heights that everyone will be shown a luscious path to confectionary nirvana. Chef Fran's talent and wizardry are gifts to be shared. We cherish and savor all her decadent creations.”
—Bart Potenza and Joy Pierson, owners of Candle Café, Candle 79, and Candle West

“Fran Costigan’s stunning new book is a game changer. Vegan Chocolate is a delicious book, filled with clearly written user-friendly recipes, inventive techniques, and practical information. Nothing is missing from these sumptuous chocolate desserts except the dairy, eggs, refined sugar, and cholesterol. With an Opera Cake and a Bûche de Noel, truffles, ice creams, simple cookies, and more, transitioning over to vegan eating has never been more tempting. This book has earned a permanent place in my kitchen!”
—Tal Ronnen, New York Times Bestselling author of The Conscious Kitchen

“Take a chunk of dark chocolate, a spoonful of sugar, and put it in the pan with Fran, and what you get is a collection of divinely inspired, sophisticated desserts that make me ponder only one thing: which one to make first? Will it be the classic Opera Cake, Mocha Crème Brûlée, or one of the ridiculously tempting truffles? Vegan dessert books may abound, but only Fran Costigan reveals the true meaning of chocolate: it may seem rich, indulgent, and even sinful, but as I dip my finger into a bowl of Chocolate Panna Cotta, I realize it is ever so necessary.”
—Miyoko Schinner, author of Artisan Vegan Cheese

"This book is much more than just a cookbook and definitely a must-have in any kitchen. Whether or not you are a vegan, cooking newbie or just love chocolate, you’ll find it comprehensible and stunning."
—elephantjournal.com

About the Author

Fran Costigan is an internationally recognized culinary instructor, recipe developer, and innovative vegan pastry chef , and the author of two cookbooks. A graduate of the New York Restaurant School and the Natural Gourmet Institute, Fran was a pastry chef in both traditional and vegan kitchens. Today Fran teaches her distinctive courses (including her Vegan Baking Boot Camp Intensive ®) in New York City at the Institute of Culinary Education and at the Natural Gourmet Institute. She lives in New York.

Product Details

  • File Size: 15892 KB
  • Print Length: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Running Press (October 22, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00E257TLC
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #158,293 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Vegan Chocolate October 9, 2013
Format:Hardcover
Just received my copy last night and all I can say is "WOW" I took Fran's Bootcamp Vegan Baking course at the Natural Gourmet Institute in New York, and Fran goes above and beyond to make sure all her recipes are just over the top delicious, eye appealing and wanting you asking for more. I dove right in this morning and made the low fat hot chocolate..so decadent and delicious..noone would every guess it's low fat. I plan on spending a few hours with a cup of tea and getting lost in the world of vegan chocolate. The recipes and pictures will have you spending many hours turning your kitchen into a chocolate shop. Nothing wrong with a little chocolate now and again, and with this book in hand you will become a master.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover
I will say that I was a tester for this book so I have tried a fair amount of these recipes and had the pleasure of making them with the guidance of Fran. She has made this book such an incredible masterpiece. I knew it would be great but it far exceeded my expectations. Fran has such a vast amount of experience and knowledge with all things pastry and a love for chocolate and it shows. The book is brimming with information to help you succeed and each recipe is clearly written and explained so you will have no problems. The ingredients are easy to find and there are lots of ideas for substitutions whether they be for allergies or lifestyle (oil free) or just taste preference. Fran has used wholesome ingredients and yet the desserts always taste rich and indulgent. The book itself is beautiful, I feel bad putting it on the bookshelf. There are lots of full color photographs to show you what you aiming for and just to make you drool!

Some of my favorites are the legendary Chocolate Cake to Live For, Chocolate and Olive Oil cake (my mother requested it for her birthday!), Blondies, Magic Cookie Bars, Low fat and Luscious Hot Cocoa as well as the Quick and Easy Homemade Hot Cocoa, Chocolate Chunk Banana Bread Pudding, Brooklyn Blackout Cake (my husband's favourite), Chocolate Pecan Cranberry Coffee Cake (decadent spin on a classic), Creme Fraiche Truffles (I couldn't stop eating them!), Mocha Creme Brûlée (so rich and creamy), Chocolate Almost Instant Pudding and the Raspberry Chocolate Silk Tart.

I have to point out our two very favourite recipes. The Buche de Noel is a standout! It is incredibly tasty and while it seems intimidating to make, Fran has broken it down into manageable steps in order so you have a plan of attack.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
The fact that I find myself writing a review of a cookbook is pretty humorous. I've been a musician all of my life and am quite comfortable writing reviews of music and arts-related projects that I think people need to be aware of, but a cookbook? That's something my awesome chef of a wife is much better qualified to do. On the other hand, it's always a joy to share something you love with other folks, and I LOVE this cookbook.

Since we began eating plant-strong/non-animal/vegan (whatever you'd prefer to call it), the one food category we've missed most is dessert and, in particular, chocolate dessert. There are lots of wonderful things you can create with fruit, but when the cacao/chocolate desire springs up, black bean brownies don't quite fit the bill.

While vacationing at the Chelsea Market in NYC, we wandered into a book store that emphasized local authors. Surveying the stacks, my eye was drawn to the cover and the seeming dichotomy of the word 'Vegan Chocolate' imposed over a beautiful photo of an amazing chocolate iced chocolate cake.

Next to the Happy Herbivore cookbooks, Fran Costigan's book is the best investment we've made. The book has a variety of recipes from very simple and reasonably quick 'Double Chocolate Chunk Cookies,' to a multi-step layered 'Chocolate Cherry Miroir Cake,' both of which are fabulous. Obviously Costigan has invested much time experimenting to come up with these perfect recipes. And one if the most rewarding things is that, if you don't tell folks these are vegan recipes, I can almost guarantee they won't notice...they're simply excellent, rich and (occasionally) decadent desserts.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Blackout Cake Was Wonderful March 11, 2014
By Emmy
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I bought this cookbook to make a healthy, vegan chocolate cake for my husband's birthday. I made the Blackout cake and it was wonderful. The author does an excellent job of explaining "tricks" to bake a successful cake. I discovered that making her vegan cake was actually easier than making a "normal" cake with eggs. Sometimes chocolate cake doesn't taste like chocolate, but the blackout cake had a rich flavor. He absolutely loved it, and so did the rest of the family. I am looking forward to trying the vegan truffles, and trying some of her other cakes. The pictures look delicious!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Never judge a book by it's cover. November 21, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
I confess... I would have dismissed this jewel if it wasn't because my dear friend bought it for me.

This book has made me a baker. There is no better resource I have found on unadulterated, pure vegan desserts. Comprehensive for the ambitious home chef, yet simple enough for anyone to follow.

I collect kitchen books, yet there are very few that I treasure, and this one has become one of them.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Delicious, Decadent and Healthy
Fran Costigan uses the highest quality and also health supportive ingredients to create delicious chocolate desserts. Read more
Published 20 days ago by Ginger Joan
5.0 out of 5 stars The Recipes I Tried Were Impressively Delicious,,,
A publisher sent a copy of Fran Costigan's Vegan Chocolate for my review and opinions. This cookbook is gorgeous coffee table art. Read more
Published 25 days ago by Kelly Klepfer
5.0 out of 5 stars A feast for the eyes
Beautiful cookbook, with a lot of information on technique for working with chocolate. Highly recommend for the serious chocolate fan!
Published 1 month ago by Chilly Willy
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW! The best dessert book ever!
This book is fantastic. The pictures are great to give you a guideline, the explanations / recipes are precise and informative, and if you were not making dessert, just looking at... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Sandra Starritt
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible beyond expectations
How can a vegan chocolate cake be BETTER than a "normal" chocolate cake? When Fran Costigan has designed the recipe, it can be -- and is. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Ann L. Weber
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book!
Beautifully produced and the recipes are delicious. I can see that alot of time and testing went into the preparation of this book!
Published 1 month ago by H. Efner
5.0 out of 5 stars Vegan Chocolate
What can I say? It is so delicious, that you gain weight just by looking at the pictures. If there is any book better, I'd have to see to believe it. Wow!!!!
Published 2 months ago by pat007
5.0 out of 5 stars Look no Further! Best Chocolate Cookbook, no need to mention VEGAN
I am a homemaker who loves to bake. Few years back, I was fortunate to find Fran Costigan and learned how to make my first Vegan Cake for a function at my church. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Bangin
5.0 out of 5 stars Got this as a gift for a friend - she and her family love it!
Vegan baking is a challenge but this book rises to the challenge! I've only tasted four recipes from the book, but they were all delicious.
Published 2 months ago by Sinead NiC
5.0 out of 5 stars masterpiece
I Iove spending time creating in the kitchen and own at least 50 cookbooks, and I have to say this book is a new favorite. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Liv
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More About the Author

Chef Fran Costigan
Meet the "Queen of Vegan Desserts"

Chef Fran Costigan is an internationally recognized culinary instructor, author, and consultant whose innovative recipes marry healthy eating with sumptuous tastes. Fran uses organic and minimally processed ingredients to make rich moist cakes, flaky piecrusts, delightful cookies and bars, creamy puddings and much more. All are white sugar, trans fat and cholesterol free, and absolutely delicious.
Fran's first cookbook, More Great Good Dairy Free Desserts Naturally, offers a complete course in exceptional desserts that satisfy vegans and omnivores alike. Her highly anticipated new book, Vegan Chocolate: Unapologetically Luscious and Decadent Dairy Free Desserts (Running Press) launched fall 2013.
A graduate of the New York Restaurant School and the Natural Gourmet Institute, Fran worked as a pastry chef in both traditional and vegan kitchens, before moving into the teaching kitchen over 20 years ago. Home cooks and professionals enjoy her lively classes, which include the Costigan Vegan Baking Boot Camp Intensive®, and she presents demonstrations and workshops at events throughout North America and Europe.
Fran has made her celebrated "Chocolate Cake to Live For" on Fit TV, and her Organic Vegan Twinkies on ABC Nightline and on Fit TV. An advisory board member of the New York Coalition for Healthy School Food, Fran is also a member of the New York Women's Culinary Alliance (NYWCA), Women Chefs and Restaurateurs (WCR), the International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP), and the Authors' Guild.

For more information visit: www.francostigan.com or contact Fran at info@francostigan.com

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