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Vegan Food Gifts: More Than 100 Inspired Recipes for Homemade Baked Goods, Preserves, and Other Edible Gifts Everyone Will Love Paperback – October 1, 2012
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"Vegan Food Gifts is the most beautiful and heartfelt book I've seen in forever. It will give you warm fuzzies... that you can pass on to your loved ones!"—Isa Chandra Moskowitz, co-author of Veganomicon, Vegan Pie in the Sky, and many more
"Move over Martha! Joni's clever book is chock-full of yummy recipes and crafty ideas. It's a gift that literally keeps on giving, ethically and deliciously."—Dynise Balcavage, author of The Urban Vegan and Celebrate Vegan
"The way to a person's heart is through their stomach and Vegan Food Gifts has hit the happy belly jackpot. With this beautiful book, your holiday gifts are sorted and birthday baked goods are locked and loaded. This book is a must have!"—Melissa Elliott, author of The Vegan Girl's Guide to Life
About the Author
Joni Marie Newman is the author of â??â??The Best Veggie Burgers on the Planet, Vegan Food Gifts, Fusion Food in the Vegan Kitchen, and coauthor of â??â??500 Vegan Recipes, The Complete Guide to Vegan Food Substitutions, Hearty Vegan Meals for Monster Appetites, and â??â??Going Vegan. Joni is well-known in the vegan community and frequently speaks at vegan conferences, cooking demos, and other events. She also blogs at JustTheFood.com and likes to spread the vegan love on Twitter @JoniMarieNewman.
Celine Steen is the co-author of 500 Vegan Recipes, The Complete Guide to Vegan Food Substitutions, Hearty Vegan Meals, Vegan Sandwiches Save the Day!, Whole Grain Vegan Baking, The Great Vegan Protein Book, and the upcoming The Great Vegan Grains Book. She is the founder of the award-winning blog Have Cake, Will Travel (www.havecakewilltravel.com).Joni Marie Newman is the author of The Best Veggie Burgers on the Planet as well as the co-author of 500 Vegan Recipes, The Complete Guide to Vegan Food Substitutions, and Hearty Vegan Meals for Monster Appetites. A Southern California native, she lives in Orange County with her husband, three dogs, and cat. Visit her online at http://www.justthefood.com.Celine Steen is the founder of the award-winning blog Have Cake, Will Travel (http://www.havecakewilltravel.com). After over a decade of vegetarian eating, she decided to switch to a vegan lifestyle. Fearing it might mean the end of all good desserts, she decided to start making her own, for lack of ready-made and affordable options offered in her hometown. She lives in Bakersfield, CA.
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Top Customer Reviews
This is a gorgeous book with an easy to read layout and beautiful full-page photos. It's full of everything you need to get yourself going in the area of food gift giving, from gift box templates and copiable gift tags to recipes and canning instructions. Each recipe includes ideas on how to gift the finished product, and all of the just-add-water recipes are accompanied by a cute illustrated card that can be photocopied and attached to the finished product. All of the recipes use easy-to-find ingredients that omnivores won't think are "too weird" to try, and every project has a key rating level of difficulty, cost and speed of completion. There's also a list of sources to find jars and other crafting supplies, which makes the gift giving process even easier.
From the crafty projects, I loved making the accordian folded cookbook and the little recipe box as well. They take a bit of time and patience but are worth it. The truffle boxes are easy to make and once you get the hang of them you can pump them out. People will love the personal touch you add to gifts for this Christmas for sure!
The illustrations and copy-able recipe cards are adorable. The photography by Celine Steen is perfection. It has the perfect feel and tone to it and you get to see what the finished products can look like. I can't think of any one who wouldn't love to get these as gifts or even a copy of the book itself!
Another great book by Joni!
While the main thrust of the book is built on the idea of making tasty vegan edible gifts for the people in your life, frankly this is a wonderful book to have simply for your own day to day use! Every facet of creating gift bags, boxes, even kits are laid out in lovely and exact details. How to package, wrapping ideas, where to find unique jars and pretty ribbons, and the basics of canning & preserving are covered so no detail has been left unexplained.
I ~WILL~ be making quite a few of these for gifts for the upcoming holidays (as well as making several of the kits for future birthdays, anniversaries, and welcome wagon opportunities - this really is an equal opportunity gift collection) but, as I'm sure loads of folks will be raving about that aspect of the book, I want to cover something that perhaps might be not as obvious but makes this book all the more spectacular.
Personally, between a few health issues, a hopefully soon to start potential pregnancy, and a life becoming more and more packed by the day, I find myself trying to find more healthy, tasty, and homemade convenience items to start tucking on my shelves and in my pantry. The "Just Add Water" section is, simply put, brilliant for just that need.Read more ›
Joni has lots of DIY in the beginning of the book for making your own gift tags, gift bags, baking cups, loaf pans, and more. Joni clearly wants any recipe gifted from this book to look and taste like a labor of love, even if the recipes aren't fussy -- thank goodness for that!
I think my favorite chapter (it's hard to pick just one!) would be the "just add water" chapter. I've enjoyed putting all sorts of ingredients into mason jars and attaching a label with instructions for how the gift recipient can make the recipe his/herself! Instant mocha mix, blueberry oatmeal chocolate chip cookie mix, hearty pasta coup with chik'n mix, cheesy potato soup mix...... there's plenty more and it's all yummy!
This is why I gave the book 4 stars instead of 5:
(1) I really feel this book could have benefited from a well organized table of content list with a full recipe list OR a recipe list on each chapter's page. An index just isn't the same nor an adequate substitute for a recipe list.
(2) I have never canned before, but I felt some additional instructions or guidance would have been nice. But then again, this is not a canning book. Joni does recommend reading a PDF file and also recommends a specific canning book to read (both referenced on page 137). But there are instructions & pictures to get you started if you want to jump right in.
(3) Also, some of the recipe yields are odd such as 12 or 14 muffins, or a range of 12 to 16 muffins.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I really enjoyed this book. I would give it 5 stars but because I am an avid canner I feel some of the canning recipes are not safe. So try them at your own risk. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Katie J.
Great book with everyday and special occasion recipes. Nice chapter on packaging your food gifts. I really enjoyed the extra tips and photos.Published 2 months ago by Kindle Customer
We love this book for so many reasons. First of all, it’s gorgeous. Lots of color photos. And it has great ideas. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Live and Let Livingston
This is the all around book for vegan recipes and pretty ways to package them. It includes printables, patterns and templates. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Stefanie G.
There a couple of gems but many of the items require access to specialized ingredients that are unavailable in my area.Published 17 months ago by Madeline
From reproduceable gift tags to creating custom boxes (note: I am superbly noncreative and I was able to recreate them) to some delicious recipes-cool lemon cookies that bring a... Read morePublished 18 months ago by doe mora