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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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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Fair Winds Press (October 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1592335292
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592335299
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.5 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #693,804 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I really dislike malls and impersonal gifts, so during the holidays I often bake and make gifts for those on my Christmas, list but I've always wanted to amp my gift giving craftiness up a little with fancy wraps, homemade jams and those mason jars full just-add-water cookie mix that are so prevalent on Pinterest. This just might be the year that I do just that, as I'm now armed with Joni Marie Newman's Vegan Food Gifts.

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.
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I will say I was a tester for this book and made a lot of what is in it. I was in my crafty element making not only the recipes but also the creative packaging ideas. The book is full of tasty treats that you will end up having to make another batch for yourself because you won't want to give them away like the three different popcorn seasonings and the Twigs and Berries. I also loved the Lavender Lemon Curd and Orange Basil Marmalade. If you haven't canned before there are lots of instructions to make you feel confident and you can always make smaller batches and just eat them up right away. It won't be hard to trust me! The Cowgirl Blackening Rub is the best, it is tasty on tofu and tempeh but also works great mixed into mayo for a spicy sandwich spread. I also loved the Coconut Curry Simmer Sauce. It tasted great cooked with cubed tofu and served with rice. Other highlights are the Lemon Coolers, Flavoured Oils, Salted Caramel Sauce, Italian Spiced Parm and Hearty Pasta Soup with Chick'n. Everyone I have fed that soup to has loved it! The Mashed Potato candies were the surprise hit. Who knew you could make candy with mashed potatoes?!

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!
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I got my copy this afternoon, and it's already developed a well-worn look. The whole book is a bristling mass of post-it flags, stickynotes, and hastily jotted notes cross referencing back to a note-book I started ~just~ to plan out which recipe will be made first, how many, and suggestions to who they will work for as gifts. I already know that, by the end of the next week, I'll have ordered myself a 2nd copy to keep safe for the years - and that's pretty amazing for a book I've only owned for 8 hours!

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.
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Vegan Food Gifts would be an amazing addition to your cookbook collection. This is a year round cookbook, not just for the gift-giving winter holidays. Whip up a recipe and share the results with your friends and family to show them that vegan is oh so yummy!

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.
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