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Vegan for the Holidays: Celebration Feasts for Thanksgiving Through New Year's Day Paperback – July 1, 2012

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Zel's imaginative recipes bring elegance and flavor to the festive table. Vegan for the Holidays, with its delicious creations all garnished to the max, makes Thanksgiving through New Year's joyfully memorable. This is the go-to holiday cookbook not only for savvy vegans, but also for everyone with a desire to eat healthier. --Rory Freedman, author of Skinny Bitch, Skinny Bitch in the Kitch, and Skinny Bastard

Fabulously festive, Zel's recipes add a pleasant and surprisingly broad array of flavors and creativity to the typical holiday fare. With her intensive attention to detail and healthy decadence, she will enrich your celebrations with this plethora of delicious and highly nutritious possibilities! --Julieanna Hever, MS, RD, CPT: author of The Complete Idiot's Guide to Plant-Based Nutrition

Vegan for the Holidays is a treasure-trove of creative, delicious, and seasonal recipes. With this book in hand, there's no reason to hesitate to invite even the most confirmed meat eaters for holiday feasts. --Reed Mangels, PhD, RD; nutrition editor Vegetarian Journal

Fabulously festive, Zel's recipes add a pleasant and surprisingly broad array of flavors and creativity to the typical holiday fare. With her intensive attention to detail and healthy decadence, she will enrich your celebrations with this plethora of delicious and highly nutritious possibilities! --Julieanna Hever, MS, RD, CPT: author of The Complete Idiot's Guide to Plant-Based Nutrition

Vegan for the Holidays is a treasure-trove of creative, delicious, and seasonal recipes. With this book in hand, there's no reason to hesitate to invite even the most confirmed meat eaters for holiday feasts. --Reed Mangels, PhD, RD; nutrition editor Vegetarian Journal

About the Author

Zel Allen partners with her husband Reuben to publish Vegetarians in Paradise, a popular online vegetarian magazine that spotlights ZelÂ’s humorous illustrations and innovative recipes. She is also author of The Nut Gourmet cookbook and has contributed travel and food articles in Vegetarian Journal.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Book Publishing Company (TN) (July 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1570672849
  • ISBN-13: 978-1570672842
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 7.9 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,283,290 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By J. Mitchell on July 18, 2012
Format: Paperback
I was a recipe tester for this book so I had an early chance to see what is in it.

As the description says, it offers recipes for the winter holidays. Some of the recipes are for time-consuming special dishes that will make a holiday table more festive. But most of them are for dishes that are easy enough to enhance the daily table as well as the holiday table.

The recipes offered for the New Year's Soup and Chili Bash would also make a perfect Super Bowl party--two kinds of chili, four kinds of soup, and lots of things to munch on while watching a game.

I am especially fond of soups and hearty stews, and there are plenty of each in this book. The Butternut, Beet and Apple Soup is gorgeous and delicious. The Curried Kabocha Soup is another favorite, as are the Sweet and Sour Cabbage Borscht, the Curried Pumpkin-Peanut Soup, the Mulligatawny Vegetable Soup. The Carrot and Sweet Potato Tzimmes could be a main course by itself, as could the Mushroom-Barley Cholent.

This is a book with a care for healthful eating. Zel often calls for brown rice or whole wheat flour. I usually replace white rice or white flour with those anyway, so it is nice to have the recipe optimized for those ingredients.

The recipes are largely low fat. Many have no added fat at all, and others have only a small amount. There are several fat-free salad dressings and one salad dressing with fat only from the ingredient tahini. Most of the desserts have added oil or margarine, but it is hard to come up with low fat desserts beyond a fruit salad.

The book is very attractive. Not every recipe has a photo, but there are eight pages of color photos throughout the book with several dishes shown on each page.

The layout is nice.
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I thought that Vegan for the Holidays would be the perfect book with Thanksgiving and Christmas coming up, but I wasn't really impressed. With recipes for Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanza and New Years, there are creative menus for each of the winter holidays. There aren't lots of pictures, however, so it is really hard to visualize what they should look like (especially when they have names like Jolly Green Christmas Tree, Santa's Swanky Salad, Shiitake Tornadoes in Cashew-Cream Sauce and Mushroom-Barley Cholent).

The book definitely has some creative recipes, such as the Harvest Succotash, Tomato Pine-Nut Pie with Sweet Potato and Nut Crust and the Christmas Carrot Wreath. It does, however, have lots of repeated flavors. For example there are multiple recipes featuring Brussels sprouts, cranberries, sweet potatoes, and beets. While these are delicious, they are used in almost each of the holiday menus, so there isn't really a great deal of diversity between Thanksgiving and Christmas, for example.

Any time a new vegan cookbook comes out, I enjoy testing out a few recipes, and there are definite winners here (the Garlicky Roasted Caulflower, Pear and Walnut Compote with Choc-Wafers, and Jamaican Rice and Peas are all really good). Also, as a bonus, there are a number of recipes that are soy-free (always a plus). I just didn't think that this was as original holiday cookbook as I had hoped it would be.
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First of all, you don't have to be vegan to love Vegan for the Holidays by Zel Allen. I'm not a vegan or a vegetarian, and I have enjoyed many of these tasty dishes. In this recipe book, you will find vegan versions of almost every holiday comfort food - from pumpkin pie to posole and from pistachio cookies to pomegranate punch. Zel explains each recipe in an easy-to-understand format. I'm not the most experienced cook, but I made the Holiday-Ready Apple Crisp for a dinner party and everyone went back for seconds! Those of you who are fans of Zel's vegan blog, Vegetarians in Paradise, will definitely want a copy of this beautiful cookbook.
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Vegan for the Holidays, like Zel Allen's first book, The Gourmet Nut, appears to be a collection of down-to-earth recipes by somebody's Vegan mother. User-friendly, easy to comprehend and with several composite photos of beautifully styled food, Vegan for the Holidays is so much more than just some wife and mother's cookbook. It contains glorious, well-researched recipes that eliminate the need to satisfy through meat.

Separated into popular holiday chapters, every winter holiday meal is covered. For example, you don't have to be Jewish to cook her Hanukah recipes. And it doesn't have to be Hanukah. Traditional favorites such as cholent (a sabbath standby for Orthodox Jews) and Latkes (potato pancakes), re-imagined with beets and tofu, whets one's veggie taste buds.

In Vegan for the Holidays there is holiday comfort food for celebrants of Christmas, Kwanzaa and more. Zel's recipes are apt to make you forget that Grandma was your favorite cook.

If you desire to try cooking Vegan, this book is a great place to begin your culinary journey!

Chef Scott Sachs
Teacher, Healthy Cooking
Kaiser Hospitals
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Vegan for the Holidays has over 110 recipes that are much too good to wait for the holidays to enjoy. Following her highly successful book The Nut Gourmet, chef Zel Allen has given us a collection of delicious dishes that answer the question "What do I serve for any holiday that's both vegan and captures the holiday spirit?"

The five holidays featured are Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and New Years. But most of the recipes are ones you'll want to savor all year round.

The recipes are easy to follow for both those who are just beginning to prepare vegan meals and the experienced cook who is looking for new and exciting dishes. 150 pages of recipes, a short introduction, beautifully photographed color pictures of many of the dishes, and a comprehensive index make this book an essential part of any recipe collection.

Dr. Neal Pinckney, Author: The Healthy Heart Handbook
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