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The Joy of Vegan Baking: The Compassionate Cooks' Traditional Treats and Sinful Sweets Paperback – October 1, 2007
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About the Author
A recognized expert and thought leader on the culinary, social, ethical, and practical aspects of living vegan, Colleen Patrick-Goudreau is an award-winning author of seven books, including the bestselling The Joy of Vegan Baking, The Vegan Table, Color Me Vegan, Vegan's Daily Companion, On Being Vegan, and The 30-Day Vegan Challenge. She is an acclaimed speaker and beloved host of the inspiring podcast "Food for Thought," which was voted Favorite Podcast by VegNews magazine readers.
Colleen has appeared on national and regional TV programs--including the Food Network, CBS, PBS, and FOX. Interviews with her have been featured on NPR, Huffington Post, U.S. News and World Report, The Chicago Tribune, The Miami Times, Pacifica Radio, and Rodale News--and in countless publications, blogs, and podcasts.
Her recipes have been featured on Epicurious.com and Oprah.com, and she is a featured guest on Delicious TV's Vegan Mashup, a program that recently aired on public television in 41 states. Colleen is a regular contributor to Perspectives on KQED, NPR's San Francisco affiliate, which reaches 830,000 listeners weekly.
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Top Customer Reviews
This is not a "health food" book, although the recipes are cholesterol-free, lactose-free and healthier than the average non-vegan recipes. Instead, it's a book that helps you understand how easy it is to bake without eggs and dairy.
My favorite part of the book is the section on milk, butter and egg substitutes, some of which do indeed make the recipes healthier (e.g., using ground flax seed and water rather than egg replacer, using almond milk rather than soy milk for those of us trying to minimize our intake of soy, or using date sugar rather than white sugar). There are loads of tips and "Food Lore," which are interesting trivia tidbits that provide a historical context for the food. Perhaps most helpful, however, are the "Troubleshooting" pages that list the most common problems and their likely origins. Finally, the Appendices will save you a lot of time because the author has already organized your pantry and utensils for you and tells you exactly what you will need (/need to buy), and she includes a glossary, lists of what to substitute if you don't have the pan that's called for, and most fascinating to me, a section on the difference between baking soda and baking powder (I always wondered about that).Read more ›
Update: I promised an update once I had tried some recipes--yum! I've made the chocolate chip cookies, the lemon bars, the apple pie with the flaky pie crust, the pumpkin pie with the pecan crust, the light lemon bundt cake, the blueberry orange bundt cake, the lemon cheesecake, and...my favorite...the German apple cake. From the ingredients, the cake doesn't appear to be anything out of the ordinary, but it certainly is. I couldn't get enough. The chocolate cake (with her chocolate frosting) was the best I've had--moist, "chocolatey", light and fluffy.
In response to the comment on my original post, I wanted to add that while the quality of the recipes are obviously an important part of any cookbook, other characteristics are important too. Is it easy to read? Do the recipes use easy-to-find ingredients? Is the layout attractive? Am I, as the reader, given "bonus" information above and beyond the recipes? The answer to all of these for the Joy of Vegan Baking is yes!!
My vegan friends, you can make a delicious pie crust with walnut oil, whole wheat pastry flour and water...and the ingredients don't have to be COLD. You can make fabulous scones with agave nectar and no egg replacer. Please go beyond these tired recipes and BE CREATIVE! Purchase this book if you love all-purpose white flour, Earth Balance spread and Ener-G egg replacer in everything you make.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book came out in 2007. At that time, this was a great reference for vegan baking, but vegan baking has come a long way since then. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Anna
I'm a nanny of two wonderful children. My little one is allergic to dairy, purchase this book and she is really happy she gets to eat a cupcake like her big brother. Read morePublished 1 month ago by johnny
Wish I had read the negative reviews. The recipes are lack-luster and I am unimpressed with the things I've made. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Anonymously Me
I'm not a vegan. My daughter is allergic to milk and eggs, and I started looking for a vegan cake recipe so she could have a birthday cake. Read morePublished 3 months ago by M. Kehoe
This a fantastic cookbook! Colleen Patrick-Goudreau cover all the basics, clears up any questions or confusion about how to bake, vegan. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Bella Veronica
I've made the chocolate chip cookies. So good. The second time I made I used coconut oil. It have the cookies so much flavor. I can't wait to try more recipes from this bookPublished 5 months ago by phiffany De Ramus
My favorite! It's my most abused cook book because it gets so much use, I haven't made a recipe I didn't enjoy.Published 6 months ago by DG