Cookbook Gift Guide

Holiday Cookbook Gift Guide

Cookbooks make great gifts. So, I have complied this round up to make it easier for you to select great cookbooks to give as gifts this holiday season. The first one on my list is Miyoko Mishimoto Schinner’s Artisan Vegan Cheese. I’ve been meaning to order this book ever since it was first published in August. Miyoko has taken a few ideas from the raw food movement and pushed them a few steps forward. Vegan Peasant had a few requests this year for raw food canapés so expanding our repertoire of fermented raw nut cheeses from Miyoko’s new book will be a great place to start. Another of Miyoko’s books that I have in my collection is the New Now and Zen Epicure, the photos are scary, but the recipes are pretty solid. Thank goodness food photography and presentation has come a long way. Here’s a video of Miyoko being interviewed for Happy Cow:

 

Viva Vegan!

Viva Vegan! by Terry Hope Romero

Viva Vegan!I don’t own any of Terry Hope Romero’s cookbooks yet, but if I did this would be the one I’d start with. Frijoles negros, arroz blanco, plátanos maduros, you really cannot go wrong with Latin food. Anyway, I might be biased as some of these ingredients are also shared in Caribbean cooking, which I grew up on. Certain cuisines lend themselves well to vegan foods, Latin food, especially due to the liberal use of fresh herbs and spices. These recipes will ensure you get to liven up your pantry by adding a few new spices you may not have tried before.

Chloe’s Kitchen is a New York Times best seller. Last year, Chloe was in London to promote her first cookbook at both Ms. Cupcake and Fat Gay Vegan’s monthly Vegan Drinks event. I recently found out that she interned at Millennium Restaurant in San Francisco, which is probably the best vegan restaurant in the world. Some of you may know her from the Food Network’s Cupcake Wars. Trust American TV producers, lol, to put two words Cupcake and Wars together that are diametrically opposed. Check out part two of an episode of Chloe on Cupcake Wars.

As you can see here she naturally excels in the pastry arts. Annoyingly, part 5/5 is missing, but you can probably guess who won. Chloe has another book coming out in February 2013 that’s just desserts. I might just have to pick that one up too ☺.

Crazy Sexy Kitchen

Crazy Sexy Kitchen by Kris Carr’s with Chad Sarno

Crazy Sexy Kitchen is Kris Carr’s latest book and collaboration with Chad Sarno of Saf Restaurant fame. I only recently found out about Kris Carr through twitter. The focus is on preventative health and wellness. With this collaboration, I would expect the recipes to be more involved, but I’m sure the time spent in the kitchen coming up with these crazy creations will be both nutritious and delicious.

Veggie Stan is Sally Butcher’s second cookbook brought to you by the owners of Persepolis in Peckham, London. Some of you may remember the Iranian New Year’s Supper Club we hosted back in May 2011. Inspired by our trip through Iran in 2009 and looking for an excuse to have an alternative New Year’s celebration we hopped on our bikes and cycled over to Persepolis. While picking up a few provisions for the supper club dinner, we picked up a copy of Sally’s first book Persia in Peckham. With Veggie Stan, you shouldn’t have to ‘veganise’ the recipes, as Western Asia and Asian foods in general tend not to be cheese heavy. Although a cheese similar to Turkish halloumi is used in Iranian cooking. These books are also great for the witty commentary and illustrations.

There is something here for everyone.

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