Two of my favorite words in the English language are “vegan” and “chocolate”, Fran Costigan’s cookbook Vegan Chocolate: Unapologetically Luscious and Decadent Dairy-Free Desserts was on my wish list long before I even set eyes on it. Once I got my hands on it I was pleased to find that it’s even more lusciously gorgeous and drool-worthy than I imagined. Vegan Chocolate is a beautiful hardcover book packed with the most stunning, mouthwatering photos of cakes, pies, cookies and other melt-in-your-mouth chocolatey treats that I’ve ever seen. Beware – you may be tempted to eat the book’s pages.
I did a little work for Fran last summer while the book was in production, so not only was I able to get a sneak peek at this masterpiece, I also got to sample some of her decadent homemade chocolate treats: brownie bites, truffles, ice cream shell, chocolate hazelnut spread, cake, ganache and more. Each one was better than the last and this chocoholic always went home happy.
As a vegan I’m often asked if it’s possible to make dessert without eggs and dairy products, and I’ve also had people tell me that they could never be vegan because they could never give up chocolate. (Chocolate is vegan by nature, but the way. It’s not vegan when candy bar manufacturers add milk and butterfat to it.) In Vegan Chocolate Fran proves that not only is it possible to make luscious vegan desserts, but they can be rich and sinfully chocolatey as well. This book is packed with recipes for chocolate cakes, pies, cookies, brownies, truffles, puddings, ice creams, drinks and more. I can guarantee that you can win over even the most die-hard carnivore with any one of them.
Fran begins the book with a list of ingredients that are helpful to have on hand for vegan baking, as well as a list of kitchen equipment essentials. She also includes a chocolate primer with information on storing chocolate, what the different percentages mean and the different types of chocolate. Each chapter begins with Fran’s tips for successful treats, troubleshooting recommendations, and helpful information such as how much frosting is needed for a sheet cake and how to make cake crumbs for decorating. Kate Lewis’s photos of Fran’s creations are works of art, and this book should be on display on your coffee table, rather than tucked away in your bookcase.
Vegan Chocolate is a must have for any chocoholic, avid baker, and vegan foodie and it makes a great Valentine’s Day gift. Be sure to check out our interview with Fran too!
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