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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Arsenal Pulp Press (November 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1551521695
  • ISBN-13: 978-1551521695
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.5 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #603,604 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

With its quintessentially vegan-sounding recipe names—Apple-Hemp Muffins, Balsamic-Garlic Flax Oil (to dip with bread), Millet-Amaranth Porridge, Vicki’s Hummus-Quinoa Casserole—this cookbook certainly has a specific audience. But vegan readers are in for a treat, because Burton (The Everyday Vegan) has compiled a trove of (mostly) fast and easy recipes for dishes that promise to deliver flavor and texture, and use fresh produce as well as whole grains (like kamut, brown rice, quinoa and millet), beans (including adzuki, kidney, navy and chickpeas) and flours (such as spelt, barley and oat). All dishes are animal-free, and many are wheat-free, as well. In addition to the recipes (which run the gamut from appetizers to main dishes to desserts), there are sections on feeding vegan babies and toddlers, and a helpful glossary that explains such ingredients as blackstrap molasses and hemp seed nut butter.
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Dreena proves that it doesn't take huge amounts of culinary training to learn how to prepare delicious vegan meals. Vive le Vgean! gives you everything you need to get going, all in one fun and inviting book
—Eric Marcus, author of Meat Market:Animals, Ethics and Money (Eric Marcus)

Delicious, unique, and fun recipes make Vive le Vegan! the perfect cookbook for vegan families.
—Erin Pavlina, (

Enthusiastically recommended for vegans, vegetarians, and even meat eaters with an interest in giving their cholestoral levels a break now and then.
—Wisconsin Bookwatch (Wisconsin Bookwatch)

The great thing about Vive le Vegan! is that the recipes are easy to follow.... For committed vegan with families, Vive le Vegan! will be a welcome addition to the kitchen shelf.
—Vancouver Humane Society Newsletter (Vancouver Humane Soc)

Vive le Vegan! welcomes a new vegan cook with open arms.... this is a book to grow into, and a good companion for years of culinary adventure. Vive le Vive!
—VegNews (VegNews Magazine)

Homemakers magazine names Vive le Vegan as one of its 5 Favorite Vegetarian Cookbooks:
While many vegetarian recipes are heavy on cheese and other dairy ingredients, vegan cooking offers the added challenge of omitting all animal products. Not only does Burton meet this challenge with her recipes, but the book also offers many wheat-free and soy-free recipes for those with allergies to these common ingredients. This is her second vegan cookbook (the first was The Everyday Vegan), and it was inspired by her experience as a vegan mother, learning how to provide nutritious, animal-free and delicious food for her daughter. She shares what she's learned about vegan parenting in the chapter "Feeding Your Vegan Baby and Toddler." And as any busy parent will love, the majority of recipes are designed for the time-challenged.
—Homemakers (Homemakers)

Dreena Burton author of the much beloved The Everyday Vegan, has outdone herself.... The recipes are simple, highly nutritious, and most importantly, delectable.... Vive le Vegan! is a marvelous recipe book but also serves as a guide for healthy vegan eating, with information on feeding vegan babies, how to cook grains and beans, and interesting hemp foods. A must for all serious vegan chefs and new veggies alike.
Earthsave Canada newsletter (Earthsave Canada newsletter)

Vegan cookie challenge: In the chocolate chip category, there was a clear winner. Dreena, the queen of cookies, did not disappoint. Her homestyle chocolate chip recipe from Vive le Vegan stood out against the competition. The judges described being transported back to their childhoods by Dreena's moist, chewy and chocolaty delights.
Lifelines (Toronto Vegetarian Association) (Lifelines (Toronto Vegetarian Assoc) 2007-11-30)

This book is a wonderful resource for the vegan family and those who are looking for wheat free alternatives or wheat free recipes. It also has a whole section at the end for feeding babies and toddlers with a lot of great information.
Vegan Family Style blog (Vegan Family Style 2009-12-31)

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This is one of my favorite cookbooks.
Michelle Verbeeck
I would HIGHLY recommend this book to anyone who is interested in healthy eating.
Don Speedy
Her recipes are very easy to prepare, and very very tasty!

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60 of 63 people found the following review helpful By Melanie on April 8, 2005
Format: Paperback is an informative book on healthy living. Besides numerous nutritious recipes for breakfast and brunch, baked goods, sauces, spreads, soups, main courses and other things, Burton provides advice for "Feeding Your Vegan Baby & Toddler" which is divided into age groups for 6-9 months, 9-12 months, 12-18 months, 18-24 months and 2+ years. In the section "Additional Notes for Feeding Baby" Burton discusses organic foods, prepackaged foods vs. home-made and food preparation tips.

Another helpful section that offers practical information is "Cooking Guides & Notes" where the author provides guides to cooking grains and beans and other "Cooking Notes." A comprehensive glossary is also useful.

Burton's support of hemp foods is a welcome addition to this recipe book and will hopefully encourage other cookbook authors to feature this nutritious food in their books. Not only does Burton include a section on "Hemp Foods," but she also mentions the importance of hemp in the Introduction.

"This is one of the few cookbooks you will see that features hemp products. Hemp seed nuts and nut butter provide complete protein and essential fatty acids that we can only get from our diet. Hemp seed oil is also rich in the essential fatty acids." (page 14)

Another interesting aspect of Burton's book involves the relatively small number of recipes that contain soy. Burton's reason for minimizing her use of soy is simple. "I suspect that many vegetarians and vegans rely a little too heavily on soy, and while I still include it in my family's diet, no one food should be consumed excessively." (page 14) Burton also includes numerous wheat-free recipes and recipes which feature a wheat-free option.

It's nice to see that vegan recipe books are becoming more popular.
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37 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Aimee McNally on April 17, 2005
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I borrowed this cookbook from our library and love it. The recipes are simple and delicious. I made the Sweet Potato Curry dish for a potluck and received a lot of compliments. I like the format too. The font is very easy to read and the text is not crowded; it's easy on my eyes. She puts comments at the beginning of every recipe, which I really like to read. Also, she includes notes and alternatives in the margins, also wheat-free notes. It does not use a lot of tofu. I have been a vegetarian for 15 years and have used many cookbooks. I have three children under the age of 5 so simplicity and healthy foods are a priority when I cook for my family. This book is one of my favorite cookbooks because it helps me simplify my busy life.
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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Chef Julie B on February 18, 2005
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This is a terrific cookbook!! I tried several recipes from this cookbook as a culinary student taking my final baking and pastry class and they were great, they even converted to larger yields without a problem. Especially good is the recipe for homestyle chocoalte cip cookies, they are as good or better than the butter and eggs type, even my non-vegetarian friends in class were impressed. Other recommended recipes include the coconut lime cookies, three bean curry tomato soup and miso-curry roasted potatoes.
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful By A. A. Nichols on December 11, 2004
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I bought this cookbook about 2 weeks ago and have since made several recipes out of it, all of which have turned out great. My favorite is the canellini bean and yam hummus, which is SO good that I could eat it daily. This is a great cook book for anyone, whether youre a new vegan, longtime vegan, lazy vegan or not vegan at all. The recipes in the book are for the most part simple, dont rely too heavily on soy and dont require the use of really obscure ingredients. I also like that most recipes are wheat free or have wheat free options. This cookbook is definitely going into my rotation.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Amber on October 19, 2005
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I am so glad I bought this book because now I finally have truly good recipes for vegan sweets. Dreena, unlike other authors that shall remain nameless, actually TASTED her cookies and brownies before putting them in a cookbook! I have made the Peanut "Better" Cookies, Double Chocolate-Almond Explosion Cookies, and the Fudgy Brownies, and they were all delicious and had great texture. I promise you can not tell the difference between these and butter & eggs recipes. I also made the Chipotle Veggie-Bean Burritos (alas, woman cannot live on cookies alone) and they were great. Get this book, as well as her other one, The Everyday Vegan.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful By ascent magazine on July 27, 2006
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When I was handed this cookbook and saw the word "vegan" in the title, I scoffed. Vegan recipes? How complicated can that be? Granola Soup? Soy-Carob Casserole? Ha! But oh, how I was soon eating those words - and eating some truly succulent vegan meals.

Vive le Vegan! is a follow-up to Dreena Burton's first cookbook, The Everyday Vegan, which featured vegan cooking as something that can be done at home. Having had children since the release of Everyday Vegan encouraged Burton to make an updated vegan cookbook, slightly more family oriented. The recipes in Vive le Vegan! are designed to take less time out of a parent's busy schedule, and there is even a back section of the book devoted to bringing up your own little baby vegan. It contains year-by-year advice on what vegan foods are best for the baby at that time, as well as how they are prepared. Burton raised both of her children using this very schedule.

As a non-vegan, I find it hard to believe that you can make "normal" vegan food. I mean normal as in simple things that you can pronounce and that don't take a whole day to prepare. The author explains that most people share my presumption that cooking vegan translates into preparing gourmet cuisine. But Vive le Vegan! contains simple recipes like chocolate chip cookies and rosemary potatoes. At the same time, Burton stresses that the recipes are not so simple that they lack taste.

I was curious about just how simple these recipes could be, so I tried them. A great aspect of this cookbook is that most of the ingredients can actually be found in a grocery store. Some newer grocery stores even have health food sections for some of the more specialty ingredients.
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