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Vegan Pie in the Sky: 75 Out-of-This-World Recipes for Pies, Tarts, Cobblers, and More Paperback – October 25, 2011
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VegNews, September/October 2011
“Isa. Terry. Pie. Those three words are pretty much all you need to know…Vegan Pie in the Sky is a veritable smorgasbord of dished desserts…One of the most highly anticipated vegan-baking tomes since Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World. Or Vegan Cookies Invade Your Cookie Jar.”
“The icons of hip vegan cuisine tackle the heavyweight champ of American dessert: pie…Bursting with an ‘anyone-can-do-this’ approach and a defiant ‘non-vegans-won’t-be-able-to-tell-the-difference’ attitude, they provide dozens of recipes for classic fruit pies, cobblers, crisps and cheesecakes. Vegan cooks can look forward to whipping up a pear and cranberry galette that will even have their carnivorous relatives scarfing down a second slice at the next family gathering…More than just a niche guide, this mouthwatering collection of desserts will satisfy even the most reluctant reader.”
“A drool-worthy cornucopia of pies.”
Tucson Citizen, 10/24/11
Library Journal, 11/3/11
"Expect demand for this book, which vegans will reach for as often as other bakers consult Ken Haedrich's Pie.”
“[A] treasure trove of 75 recipes for delectable pies and other such goodies…Get a copy.”
Library Journal, 11/15/11
Mesquite Local News, 11/13/11
Publishers Weekly, 11/28/11
“Moskowitz and Romero…offer bakers a wide variety of crusts to build on—from the traditional pie crust to chocolate, graham cracker and even buckwheat…The duo deserves plaudits for their user-friendly approach as well as their ability to keep scarcer ingredients to a minimum.”
The Pastry Sampler (blog), 11/22/11
“Provides fun and tasty desserts for any diet…While this cookbook is obviously geared for vegans and those who would like to create desserts that are completely animal-free, this is also a good baking book on its own. The baking tips throughout the book on the subject of pies are sound, the color photos are appetizing, and most recipes use ingredients already found in many family pantries so sourcing out special ingredients is unnecessary…Vegan Pie in the Sky shows readers that vegan baking can embody the use of fresh ingredients and finish them in a tantalizing way—that just happens to be completely animal-free.”
Syracuse New Times, 11/30/11
“Luckily for readers, the authors lead the book with a chapter titled ‘Essential Pie Ingredients.’ They walk prospective bakers through creamy things, flours and starches, sweeteners and fats—all in keeping with their vegan sensibilities.”
“Renowned vegan chefs Isa Chandra Moskowitz and Terry Hope Romero have done it again with Vegan Pie in the Sky…[A] delightful little cookbook…The authors sprinkle their signature wit throughout every page, so readers will be laughing even as their mouths water in anticipation of which delicious treat to try first. With recipes for every pie you can think of, and several you’d never even thought to try, this cookbook is destined to become a go-to guide for home bakers everywhere.”
“Offers more than just the fruit pies that spring to mind when you first think ‘vegan pie.’”
Midwest Book Review, February 2012
“Learn to produce buttery pie crusts without butter, creamy pies that don't rely on dairy products, and innovative pies from S'mores Pie to Sweet Potato Brazil Nut Crunch Pie. Vegan lovers can have desserts traditionally packed with diary with the appealing adaptations here, recommended for any vegan cookbook collection.”
“The recipes themselves are very well explained…The title of this book may be Pie in the Sky, but making your own perfect pies will be very achievable after reading this.”
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Let me repeat that: vegan cheesecakes without faux cream cheese! They aren't soy-free, and take a little extra effort to make, but they are delicious and worth your time.
There aren't too many hard-to-find ingredients in this book, but there are a few that are key to many of the non-fruit pies: agar powder and coconut oil. Coconut oil is a little pricey, but you can make many pies with one jar. Agar powder can be found in health food stores, asian food stores, or on the internet if you don't have the former two in your area.
But there are also crusts and pie fillings that require no fancy ingredients, if you want to make vegan pie with your grandma you can do so with a shortening or olive oil based crust and frozen fruit. There really is a pie for every person in here.
Some favorites that i've made include:
Strawberry Rhubarb Crumb Pie
Pumpkin Pie Cheesecake
Raspberry Lime Rickey Cheesecake (this was a big hit with family)
Chocolate Peanut Butter Cuplettes
Ginger Peach Pandowdy
Little Lemon Mousse Pies
Summer Fruit Buckle Cake
Rad Whip (awesome vegan whipped-cream topping)
I will also add pictures to the gallery so you can see for yourselves.
And even if you're an omnivore, you don't need to be scared off by the thought of vegan desserts. For many of these pies, I'd have never known they were vegan if I hadn't been told beforehand. They're all satisfying and delicious.
It's a useful, well-written cookbook - especially for vegans, naturally - but also for good anyone interested in learning more about the art of crafting pies (without having to deal with circumference and diameter). And it's a fun read, too! If you like a little wit 'n' banter in your recipes, you'll love Isa and Terry.
With 75 pies in the book, Vegan Pie in the Sky could fill your pie-hole for over a year (I'm just making the assumption that you'll make a pie a week, more if you're hungry), so you get a wide variety. The recipes range from the adventurous (chocolate olive oil shortbread crust? The idea freaked me out... but after trying the crust I give it a pie-five) to the traditional (Cosmos Apple Pie - and I usually don't even like apple pie, but this one is out of this world), so it'll satisfy every palate.
Pie it up!
I must say that I'm not a huge "sweets" fan, but I enjoy baking for others. The first recipe I made was The Blueberry Ginger Hand Pies. The recipe makes 8 and all were gone in less than 24 hours...2 people mind you.
I would recommend this cookbook to anyone, vegan or not.
Some favourites: The cappuccino mousse pie, pucker up raspberry pie, curried macaroon pie, grasshopper pie, raspberry lime cheesecake, boston creme cake pie, salted pecan pie, and oh gosh...so many more. If you are allergic to nuts or gluten free, there is still a ton of stuff for you in this book! I especially love that the cheesecakes don't rely on store-bought vegan cream cheese, and the rad whip is better than any store-bought vegan whipped cream you are lucky enough to come across.
This is my favourite book in the Isa/Terry dessert trilogy, and that is saying a lot. I would also say that it is the most user-friendly. Some of you might be like me and you can't ice a cupcake or form a perfect cookie dough round to save your life. Pie has your back for impressing everyone, regardless of whether they are vegan or not. Go get it! Pie pie pie.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I loved the book. It is full of fantastic recipes that my 11 year old loves to bake. She has an egg allergy and is so happy that she finally gets to make it, and eat her pie too!Published 1 month ago by L.Tomas
Very good recipes. Vegan and non vegan friends love the pies i made from this book.Published 4 months ago by joe rock
This was given to me as a gift. I am Vegan and was looking for dessert recipes and my daughter in law hit this one right on the head! Thank you.Published 6 months ago by Susan G.
I am a huge fan of the Moskowitz/Romero cookbooks, so I am definitely biased. :) Pies and tarts were always really daunting for me in the kitchen, particularly the crusts. Read morePublished 6 months ago by slashfemme