31 December 2010

The top five vegan cookbooks released in 2010

Indeed 2010 was a great year in the world of vegan cooking. Over the past 12 months, many fabulous books were released featuring a variety of cuisines, flavors, and styles. The following are my top-5 picks:

Color Me Vegan by Colleen Patrick-Goudreau
This is a beautiful cookbook, with dishes set out by color and, thus, by nutrients those individual colors offer the consumer.As with Patrick-Goudreau's other cookbooks, the dishes are delicious and impressive.

Kansha: Celebrating Japan's Vegan and Vegetarian Traditions by Elizabeth Andoh
Another gorgeous cookbook, this one includes exotic recipes that will have you hunting in all the local Asian grocery stores for the ingredients. Presentation is important in Japanese cuisine, so be prepared to spend time on serving the final product as well as the preparation.

Skinny Bitch: Ultimate Everyday Cookbook by Kim Barnouin
Barnouin separates herself from the usual Skinny Bitch duo and creates a lovely and informative collection of simple, yet nutritious vegan recipes. Look for recipes shared by other vegans that help create a cumulative selection of dishes to choose from.

The Vegan Girl's Guide to Life: Cruelty-Free Crafts, Recipes, Beauty Secrets, and More by Melisser Elliott
Elliott has a great way of laying out all the facts about animal food production, such as factory farming and the dairy industry, without coming across pretentious or accusatory. After the first chapter, any omnivorous reader will ask his or herself: why am I not vegan again?

Viva Vegan: 200 Authentic and Fabulous Recipes for Latin Food Lovers by Terry Hope Romero
These dishes are delicious! You may find yourself hunting around town for Latin-based spices for these recipes, but it is well worth it in the end.

Tell us - - what are your favorite vegan/vegetarian cookbooks of 2010?

Geanna Marek | @greenvegnliving
Geanna was born and raised in veg-friendly Portland where she currently works as a freelance writer and librarian assistant. She is also currently acquiring the pre-requisites needed to apply for a Master’s degree in nutrition. In her spare time, she enjoys gardening, exercising, reading, knitting, and cleaning. Find Geanna at greenveganliving.com.

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