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Vegan Desserts: Sumptuous Sweets for Every Season Hardcover – May 11, 2011

4.5 out of 5 stars 32 customer reviews

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About the Author

Hannah Kaminsky is the author of My Sweet Vegan and Vegan Desserts, and creator of the award winning blog Bittersweet. She is a baker, writer, and photographer. In addition to authoring cookbooks, she has written for VegNews and Desserts Magazine, done photography work with Nibble, worked as a creative consultant and cook for Health in a Hurry, and has also created recipes for VitaSoy. Her blog Bittersweet has won awards from The Well Fed Network, Veg Bloggy Awards, and VegNews magazine. Kaminsky lives in Fairfield, Connecticut.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing (May 11, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1616082208
  • ISBN-13: 978-1616082208
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 7.9 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.9 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #157,477 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Wow- I LOVE this cook book! I first heard about author Hannah Kaminsky on her vegan blog. I initially bought this book for her vegan French Macaron recipe. This isn't the coconut American macaroons, it's the French macaron that is typically made with egg whites. I don't know how she did it, but Hannah perfected the recipe. My French Macarons came out beautifully. I really appreciate Hannah's attention to detail. Her directions are very clear and easy to follow, so even if you are not a pro, if you follow her directions, you will bake like a pro. She even explains the importance of steps that she knows that lazy people (like me) are going to try and skip. =) My advice: when baking- follow the recipe! =)

This book is just beautiful. I love it and it makes a lovely gift. The book is made with really nice paper and each recipe has a full color photo! It almost looks like a high quality coffee table book, it's that well done! Hannah is a great photographer and I appreciate that she put so much time and effort into her baby, this amazing book.

The recipes are all amazing! The book is divded by seasons so you can make a special dessert based on special occasions. This book has it all: cakes, bars, cookies, ice cream, there is something for everyone. I'm excited to try the Stuffed Cider Donuts- they look incredible! I also really appreciate that the recipes are easy, there are no crazy hard to find ingredients or fancy machinery. It's something that anyone can do and vegan or not, will enjoy. Hannah proves that vegan baking can be easy, fun, and more importantly- delicious! I will be using this book for many years to come. Btw- I appreciate the awesome price point! Thank you Hannah!
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Format: Hardcover
I first discovered Hannah Kaminsky by means of her Bittersweet blog; and I immediately pre-ordered her last book, My Sweet Vegan: passionate about dessert without reading a single review. Her blog recipes are just that good! I have always found her recipes to be well written and straightforward and suitable for any cooking ability: novice to pro. My Sweet Vegan was always the family favorite for desserts...until now!

Vegan Desserts is a lovely collection of photographs and recipes that leap far beyond 'creative'. Avocado Creme Pie? Spiced Beet Cake Bites? Sweet Basil Shortbread? Olive Oil Ice Cream? Skeptical? Then read the recipes and savor the photographs and you will be convinced! For the more timid, the book also has the familiar favorites, too, with a lot of updated and clever adaptations.

This is a book every one will love, vegan or not (non-vegans will never believe that desserts this good are actually vegan!) and it is an excellent gift choice, too. The photographs are professional and absolutely drool-inducing. And I love that the book is divided into seasonal favorites and seasonal availability of the main ingredients: Spring, Summer, Autumn & Winter. The book includes an allergy index, tips, substitutions, troubleshooting and a lot of other extras, too. Bonus: another dog treat recipe!

I dove right into this book (my husband has a sweet 'husk', rather than a sweet tooth!): Mexican Chocolate Creme Caramel and Mojito Sugar Cookies for Cinco de Mayo week, Banana Split Cheesecake and S'Mores Pie and baking in the oven right now is the Golden Saffron Pound Cake. Never a fail!
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Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
The Rum Raisin Brownies alone make this cookbook worth it, but every recipe I've tried from Hannah Kaminsky's Vegan Desserts has turned out perfectly.

Almost every recipe is accompanied by beautiful photos of the finished product. What's more the recipes are grouped by season, with lite, sparkling popsicles, ice creams, cupcakes, tarts, "blondies", cookies and poached fruits for spring and summer, and luscious truffles, trifles, cheesecakes, sweet breads, layer cakes and muffins for fall and winter. There's even a treat you can bake for your dog! How cool is that?

I've yet to find a recipe that is off in measurement or wasn't tested enough - if you follow the directions to the letter, these treats are a breeze to make.

One thing to note: a whole bunch of these treats call for alcohol. Brandy, Rum, Vodka, Liqueurs, even Wine, though in many you can substitute extracts. If you don't like a boozy hint to your desserts that is something you may want to consider.
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It's beyond me why this author isn't way more famous.
I love Isa Chandra Moskowitz as much as anyone for savory dishes but often find her dessert recipe ratios off. Her toppings are a little liquidy, the cupcakes a little flat, the cakes a wee bit spongy.
Baking requires a steely, exacting temperament and attention to food science and details. Hannah Kaminsky is the Martha Stewart style harda** vegan baking has been waiting for. These are not simply veganized Betty Crocker recipes with margarine instead of butter. I think she put a lot of thought in to getting things just right.
Instead of key lime pie there's key lime coconut ice cream. Instead of red velvet cake loaded with food coloring there's a dark purple black velvet cupcake with blackberries. All the recipes have a unique spin to them.
* If it matters to you there are tons of photographs and the book is beautifully designed.
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