Book Review and Giveaway: Vegan Divas Cookbook

Megan Teet January 16, 2014 239
Book Review and Giveaway: Vegan Divas Cookbook

vegandivas-hc-cUnlike most cookbooks, I read the entire Vegan Divas Cookbook all the way through. Normally I will only read parts of the first section then flip through the recipes to see if anything pops out at me, then I will put the book on the shelf and forget about it. This book kept my attention from the very first page.  Most cookbooks don’t start out with personal stories and struggles. Nor do they come with comprehensive and knowledgeable ingredient lists. This book will keep your interest and make you want to whip out your mixing bowls and turn the oven on – and get baking!

 

Vegan Divas 1The book starts out with the Fernanda Capobianco’s story of growing up in Brazil, but knowing the personal need to become as fully vegan as possible;  it isn’t every book that brings you an authors ethics and personal standards.  Following her story is a comprehensive list of pantry items, both gluten free and not, with explanations of why you should have the items on hand, then heads on into some amazing sounding breakfast and brunch items.  After that? Look out, because we are heading into sweets territory and boy do they look and sound amazing.  And decadent.  And super easy.  One of the worst things about a cookbook are that the recipes have too much going on in them to make them realistic. Or make me want to make them. If the ingredient list is too long or directions too complicated then I don’t even think about trying them.  These recipes however are not intimidating at all. I mean just check out the Passion Fruit “White Chocolate” Mousse on page 122.  So super simple and easy and with a different flavor than I have seen before – passion fruit!

 

Vegan Divas 2Using her Brazilian heritage in her recipes really comes through in the different spices and add-ins in her amazing baked goods.  Oatmeal Raisin Chili Cookies or Spicy Gingersnaps, anyone?  Who would have thought to add chili powder to oatmeal cookies or black pepper to gingersnaps?  Or making more tropical flavors come out in her baked yummies, like the Pineapple Squares or Mango Pineapple Cake.  With different ingredients like these, Fernanda’s cookbook stands apart from other books that I pick up at stores and put down.  Her knowledge comes through in her different baking recipes – makes me want to travel to NYC and have her make me something.  Even though I don’t eat chocolate I would definitely be eating her Vegan Divas Chocolate Layer Cake if Fernanda made it for me!

 

After all those luscious baked goods come a few breads then on to the real food.  The good food.  Like the Roasted Kabocha Squash with Peanut Sauce; I have never had this type of squash but Fernanda describes it as between pumpkin and sweet potato – yep, I am definitely trying this with the peanut sauce.  And the Vegetable Sushi Rolls?  I have had this on my list to make for a while now, but haven’t wanted to try it.  She explains how to make the rolls from cooking the Japanese rice all the way through the rolling; this is another one of her recipes that sound easy for sure.  She also had the classic American dish, Macaroni and Cheese, with a different way of making it “cheezy” than I have seen. 

 

Vegan Divas 3The book ends with some Vegan Basics, like pie crusts and frosting.  Ever wanted to know the different toasting times for roasted nuts?  That’s in the Basics section, along with a how-to guide for making almond milk.  Add in a few sauces and a vinaigrette and you have one awesome cookbook on your hands!  One of the best things about this entire book are The Savvy Diva tips.  While making different items is fun and sometimes enlightening, it can also be worrisome that you are making it right, or it won’t taste like what the recipe is supposed to be.  Fernanda starts each recipe with a little tip on the flavor combo or her reasons for making things.  It is a fun read, and the Savvy tips after some of the recipes are super helpful also.

 

This book was an awesome read, and gave me some good recipes to try out.  Needless to say, it did not get put on a shelf and get forgotten!

 

We have a copy of The Vegan Divas for one lucky Chic Vegan reader. Follow the instructions below to enter. U.S. residents only, please. Contest ends at midnight EST on Sunday, January 26th. Good luck!

 

239 Comments »

  1. JANELLE January 21, 2014 at 2:19 pm -

    Vegan beet cake.

  2. Michele Marie January 21, 2014 at 3:25 pm -

    I love love love vegan key lime pie!

  3. Kellie January 21, 2014 at 4:19 pm -

    My favorite vegan baked good is pumpkin cookies.

  4. Frank January 21, 2014 at 4:43 pm -

    Baked Oatmeal cupcakes

  5. Mary Britanak January 21, 2014 at 5:26 pm -

    carob chip cookies

  6. Арина Елена January 21, 2014 at 6:26 pm -

    Vegetarian pizza

  7. Lisa January 21, 2014 at 6:50 pm -

    I am new to being vegan and haven’t made any baked goods yet. So I have not had a chance to find a favorite, but looking forward to having that change.

  8. Tammy January 21, 2014 at 8:45 pm -

    Vegan Cupcakes baby!

  9. Anneliis January 22, 2014 at 12:17 am -

    I’ve never had a vegan baked good before but I’m sure I’d love them.

  10. LAURA January 22, 2014 at 12:19 am -

    My favorite is the carrot cake sandwich cookie from Munch restaurant in Oak Park, IL :) Better than any other vegan dessert I’ve ever had!

  11. Taylor January 22, 2014 at 3:43 pm -

    vegan banana bread! I just made a vegan version from my mom’s recipe a few weekends ago(posted about it on my blog) and it turned out just as good :)

  12. Retromodgirl January 22, 2014 at 10:49 pm -

    Vegan Cheesecake.

  13. Robin Allen January 23, 2014 at 12:51 am -

    pumpkin muffins!!!!!!

  14. Amy January 23, 2014 at 11:15 am -

    Vegan carrot cake! Delicious. :)

  15. Meg Sandoval January 23, 2014 at 11:39 am -

    Cauliflowerl pizza crust

  16. Meg Sandoval January 23, 2014 at 11:40 am -

    Cauliflower pizza crust

  17. Brandy Kaufman January 23, 2014 at 11:44 am -

    Vegan Oatmeal Cookies :)

  18. Crystal Tremblay January 23, 2014 at 12:26 pm -

    Vegan Tiramisu!!

  19. GinaD January 23, 2014 at 8:52 pm -

    no bake chocolate oatmeal cookies

  20. jac January 24, 2014 at 8:26 am -

    Cake. It’s always cake!

  21. vanessa January 24, 2014 at 5:38 pm -

    Vegan biscoff no bake oatmeal cookies.

  22. melissa January 24, 2014 at 5:42 pm -

    Teriyaki tempeh with broccoli over brown rice

  23. Tara Jensen January 24, 2014 at 5:42 pm -

    I love baking, and I have discovered so many great vegan baking recipes! One of my favourites is Pumpkin Cheesecake! So delicious!!!

  24. Irka Seng January 24, 2014 at 5:44 pm -

    vegan donuts

  25. Carla January 24, 2014 at 5:44 pm -

    Vegan homemade pizza

  26. Emma Hobbs January 24, 2014 at 5:46 pm -

    My favorite Vegan baked good is sweet potato pie cups. It’s a raw date, maple syrup, pecans, walnuts, almond and spices with assert potato pie filling and a sweet sara vegan marshmallow icing :) Devine!

  27. Jana January 24, 2014 at 5:52 pm -

    Vegan peanut butter cupcakes

  28. Jen January 24, 2014 at 6:30 pm -

    My favorite vegan baked good so far is Chloe Coscarelli’s celebration cake. It’s not exactly healthy, I know, but it’s delicious and totally fooled my mom.

  29. Alaina January 24, 2014 at 6:57 pm -

    Coffee Cake

  30. Stacy Cacao January 24, 2014 at 7:38 pm -

    Cake of course!

  31. kristy January 24, 2014 at 10:46 pm -

    grilled and stuffed eggplant

  32. deninaM January 25, 2014 at 3:36 am -

    Vegan key lime pie!!!

  33. HK January 25, 2014 at 5:20 am -

    vegan chocolate caramel cheesecake!

  34. Hannah January 25, 2014 at 1:22 pm -

    My favorite vegan baked good is vegan buckeye cupcakes!

  35. tuki January 25, 2014 at 3:36 pm -

    i love vegan homemade peanut butter cups!

  36. April January 26, 2014 at 9:49 pm -

    I visited Yogaville and loved all the vegan food. My daughter is sufferong from eczema and I was told a vegan/gf diet could help.

  37. rachel meklemburg January 26, 2014 at 10:14 pm -

    I love vegan cupcakes and peanut butter cookies!

  38. Korie B. January 26, 2014 at 10:28 pm -

    Vegan chocolate and fruit jam cookies!

  39. Karin S January 27, 2014 at 12:27 am -

    choc chip banana bread pudding. from veganomicon!

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