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Vegan Desserts: Sumptuous Sweets for Every Season Hardcover – May 11, 2011
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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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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.
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!
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.
I love how the recipes are organized by season BUT I wish there was a second table of contents that grouped the recipes by type. It would be easier to search! I also wish the index were a little more comprehensive. For example, under cookies in the index, have a subcategory listing the cookie name and page number instead of just all the pages cookies appear on. That way I don't have to flip to every page to find the cookie recipe I want (if I cant remember the specific recipe name to look up). I have the same problem with Colleen Patrick Goudreau's Vegan Table (recipes are organized by season and number of servings so they're hard to search through!).
The thing I like most about this book is the creativity of the recipes. I wouldnt suggest it to someone looking for basic vegan desserts (e.g., chocolate chip cookies). I would absolutely recommend it to a more adventurous cook who wants to get away from the same old flavors and recipes and wants to try more interesting seasonal ingredients, especially dishes that would impress at a dinner party. The book is beautiful too!
I recommend this book highly, vegan and non-vegan alike, everyone will find something great in it!