|All the recipes I want to make from "Let them Eat Vegan." [Incidentally Pablo, pictured in part, also gives it two paws up]|
Tonight, I post with an air of nostalgia, harkening back to the early days of the Blogosphere, in keeping with my Vegan MoFo theme of Back to Basics. When I first became vegan and started my original blog in 2006, plant-based cookbooks and blogs were few and far in between, and pervasive social networking was just a twinkle in Mark Zuckerberg's Ivy beleaguered eye. Back then, we just wrote about eating vegan and commented on each others' posts. Today just to keep pace, we blog, tweet our posts, take Instagram shots, add pins of all of the above on Pinterest, and then update our Facebook timelines. [Never mind sleep.]
Over the years, I've seen plant-based "flavors du jour" come and go. But Dreena Burton was here from the start, walking the walk and talking the talk. She was already a vegan superstar in 2006, and frankly, anyone who has written a vegan cookbook or hosted a blog since then has Dreena, and a few other women [notably Jo Stepniak, Bryanna Clark Grogan, Isa Chandra Moskowitz and Terry Hope Romero] to thank for developing the foundation techniques and positivity that inventive new vegan chefs have built upon.
Dreena and I become "blog friends' over the years. I've followed her work with interest, and she's always been amazingly encouraging and generous. My copies of her cookbooks are all dog-eared and full of notes. Since they are mainstays in my massive cookbook library [which I recently culled from almost 200 to about 100], you can imagine how tickled I was when Let Them Eat Vegan! recently came out, with gorgeous photos by the talented Hannah Kaminsky. To celebrate Dreena's fabulous 4th book, I'm hosting a giveaway contest. More on that after the review.
Let Them Eat Vegan! The Review
|Triple-Threat Chocolate Coconut Macaroons. Easy to make. Easier to eat!|
|Chewy-gooey. What's not to love?|
|Smoked paprika sexies up your tahini|
|Walnut-Pecan Balls. I "smooshed" this one and ate it as a slider.|
The verdict? This is Dreena's pivotal work, to date. I love the accessibility of her tasty recipes: genuine, down-to-earth, crafted from whole foods, using ingredients most of us already have on hand. Talk about Back to Basics! And if you are avoiding soy, wheat or nuts, take heart. Dreena went out of her way to include variations for many common allergens and irritants.
Try Dreena's recipe for Walnut-Pecan Balls...and scroll down to enter the contest. You NEED this book in your collection!