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Amazing and Beautiful She's Outdone Herself!!,
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This review is from: Vegan Holiday Kitchen: More than 200 Delicious, Festive Recipes for Special Occasions (Hardcover)
I've been using Nava's recipe books for many years. She's never steered me wrong. I don't know her personally, but she has always responded to my emails quickly and with warmth. So I ordered this book pre-publication. In the meantime, since some of the recipes have appeared on her website VegKitchen as well as some other vegan websites, I was able to test some of the recipes in this book. The recipes are made with easily obtained ingredients. The steps are simple and use some short cuts (canned beans) without compromising integrity. (Vegan substitutes for dairy are minimal and often optional; she does not include recipes for seitan meat substitutes and explains why in a nonjudgmental way.
The photographs are beautiful. The organization of the book begins with Thanksgiving (the All-American holiday) and goes on to include both Christian and Jewish holidays. She even includes both Sephardic and Ashkenazi variations for the Jewish Holidays. Unlike many writers who do this, Nava is conscious of the differences between the two and includes only one item in her Sephardic Passover section that would not be consider kosher for Passover for Ashkenazi families.)
Her sections on Summer entertaining, Brunches, Appetizers and Potluck dishes round out this beautiful and useful book. T
This book would make an excellent gift for any vegan, vegetarian, or aspiring vegan or vegetarian. In fact, I'd recommend it as a gift to anyone who loves food
My husband and our meat eating Shabbat guests often prefer my vegan main and side dishes from Nava's other cookbooks and I'm sure the same will be true of recipes from Vegan Holiday Kitchen
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Initial post: Apr 9, 2012 7:53:28 PM PDT
Linda M. Burrell says:
This is a follow-up to my original review. This book has not disappointed. We've used it many times and always with success. I did run into one problem when I didn't read the chocolate orange cake recipe closely enough. The style of this book's editors is not to list water in the ingredients list, but to include it in the directions. I skimmed the directions too rapidly and at first omitted the water. I did add some, but not quite the amount needed. A bonus was that I emailed Nava and she set me straight about my mistake. She's not only an excellent cook book creator, but kind and accessible as well. I've taken my own advice and purchased one as a housewarming gift.
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