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Vegan Desserts: Sumptuous Sweets for Every Season Hardcover – May 11, 2011
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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!
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!
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 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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
First off, let me say that I'm not vegan (I'm vegetarian). However, I do have a number of friends who are and a number who are aspiring to be. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Sirhin
I haven't tried anything other than wanting a replacement for whipped egg whites. It worked for what I needed. Read morePublished on June 18, 2014 by Sewingwiz
This book has some quick and easy recipes. Really like the information on what to substitute if you are vegan.Published on May 8, 2014 by Ahhmeetah
This cookbook is full of delicious vegan dessert ideas. Since I am a dessert fan, I look forward to delicious treats.Published on April 5, 2014 by Bisqit
Just for cracking the vegan code for Macarons, she deserves 5 stars. Because of her, my children have finally tasted allergy-friendly Macarons and meringue kisses. Read morePublished on August 13, 2013 by Dewunderrock
Photos for every recipe! Easy to follow and best yet, vegan french macarons. They are hard to make, but totally worth the effort when it comes out perfect. Hooray for Hannah!Published on January 18, 2013 by linda tran