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The Complete Idiot's Guide to Vegan Baking (Complete Idiot's Guides (Lifestyle Paperback)) Paperback – April 5, 2011

4.6 out of 5 stars 16 customer reviews

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Editorial Reviews

About the Author

Donna Diegel served as the pastry chef at four upscale country inns in New England and was a commercial caterer and founder of a commercial baking concern in Vermont. She teaches vegan cooking, writes for several food websites including Baking and Desserts, Providence Food Examiner, and the National Food Blog Examiner, and has self- published two vegetarian cookbooks. She also reviews cookbooks and is a member of "Operation Baking Gals".
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Product Details

  • Series: Complete Idiot's Guides (Lifestyle Paperback)
  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: ALPHA (April 5, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1615640576
  • ISBN-13: 978-1615640577
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.8 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #836,686 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I can confidently say that this is the only vegan baking book you'll ever need in your cooking/baking book library. I've tried quite a few of the recipes and they have turned out delicious. They definitely don't taste like the vegan baked goods you find in stores. WAY better. The textures are perfect, the recipes are flawless and the author's helpful hints, tips and write-ups make you feel like a baking pro. I have a bunch of vegan friends where I live and I'm definitely passing the word around about this book.

Thank you for finally putting out a fantastic recipe book that brings vegan baked goods to a whole new and delicious level.

I'm sure that the review above me with the one star meant to be 5 stars, considering their glowing review. :)
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I, myself, am not a vegan, but my husband is. He loves his sweets and when he converted, that is what he missed the most. We found a vegan baked-goods stand at our farmer's market, but it gets pretty pricey very quickly. I am learning to prepare vegan more and more everyday, but baking was always a fail; until I got this book out of the library.

FINALLY!! We were both very pleased with the results. My husband because he loved the finished product, and was able to enjoy his treats again. Me, because I take pride in my cooking/baking and was finally able to make something I could be proud of! When friends come over, I dont tell them they are eating vegan treats until after the fact. They are all pleasantly shocked.

I had to buy the book. Worth every penny.
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This is the baking cookbook that vegans have been waiting for!

Donna, an experienced vegan baker, has written and tested over 150 delicious savoury and sweet vegan baking recipes using healthy ingredients that will appeal to both vegan and non-vegan palates.

I have made quite a few recipes with great success! The recipes are well written and easy to follow. One of my favourites is Mocha Cake. Made with a combination of chocolate and coffee, this is one moist, decadent cake.

I really recommend this cookbook. It is just not just a vegan baking book, but also a guide to healthier baking for everyone. It surely should be added to the baking section of anyone`s cookbook collection.
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I bought this book when it first came out and have been very pleased with the outcome of all the recipes that I have tried. Most people that hear "vegan baking" think dry and tasteless. And to be honest, some recipes that I have made BEFORE getting this book are just that. THESE recipes are FAR from that, and the ones that I have tried taste as good as any regular recipe, but are healthier for you, which is a bonus!

The author, Donna Diegel, adds a nice description to each new chapter. The tips and notes that go along with the recipes are very helpful and add some tidbits that you might not have known.

What I like the most about this book is the fact that Donna has added all kinds of breads, rolls and pastries to round out the collection. Also included are Strudels, Turnovers, Tarts and Galettes; all of which will make your mouth water and you will be anxious to try them all. They are easy to understand and just as easy to bake.

I recommend this book to everyone. Long time vegan cooks as well as beginners, and non-vegan bakers as well. If you aren't Vegan, and just want to try a healthier type of baking, this is the book for you, too!
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I checked this book out from the library, and like it so much that I bought it. The recipes taste great, and do not require lots of hard to find ingredients. The molasses cookies are delicious. You would never guess that they are vegan. I would recommend this book it you are looking for simple baked items that taste great.
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I have many food sensitivities and I love to bake, so right off the bat it is very hard for me to find cookbooks that cater to my issues. This wonderfully written book covers everything for me!! The recipes are not only easy to follow, but they are beyond delicious! If you follow a vegan diet and love baking, then this is the book for you!
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I have baked several recipes from this book and everyone was excellent. I checked it out of the library and am about to wear out my six weeks! So I am going to have to buy one, I have been vegan for awhile, but these are some of the best cakes and baked goods I have found. One gripe, no biscuit recipe... for that you have to go to [...]the book is flawless.
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I have followed this author's blog - spatulas, corkscrews and suitcases - for years, so I was really excited to see that Ms. Diegel had written a book. The blog does feature vegan recipes which I, have always found to be fantastic, but having an entire book by Ms. Diegel with nothing but vegan is a true delight. I've already tried two of the recipes, and true to her roots, they are fabulous -- tasty, easy, fun and loved by all, vegan and non-vegan's alike. Buy the book, you won't be disappointed.
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