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Grilled Romaine Bowl

Grilled Romaine Bowl

Grilled Romaine Bowl, Epic Vegan cookbook by Dustin Harder, Photography by Ashley Madden

Are you into playing with your food? Epic Vegan does just that, encouraging home cooks to think outside of the box. Author Dustin Harder, host and creator of the original vegan travel culinary series, The Vegan Roadie, is your culinary coordinator for the adventure ahead, sharing recipes that everyone from beginner cooks to experienced chefs can create at home.

How does it work? Recipes are built from the ground up, so you can stop at just the biscuit, or go beyond to the Deep Dish Brunch Pizza with Garlicky Cheddar Biscuit Crust—the choice is yours! Also included are recreations of fast-food classics, like Norito’s Los Tacos and Cray Cray Bread (you know you can’t resist). Every creation is a flavour sensation guaranteed to wow your friends and your taste buds. The level of indulgence is up to you to decide!

What does an Epic Vegan recipe sound like? Here are just a few examples:

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Blood Orange and Beet Salad with Fennel and Walnuts

Blood Orange and Beet Salad with Fennel and Walnuts

Photography © Dorling Kindersley

Not a fan of tofu? Don’t worry: this vegan cookbook is packed with 150 healthy, delicious recipes that will appeal to adults and children alike, using grains, pulses, and other natural meat- and dairy-free alternatives as base ingredients. You’ll find options for every meal of the day, whether you’re looking for quick lunchbox ideas for vegan kids or preparing a big dinner for the whole “multivore” family.

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Chestnut Layer Cake with Hazelnut Nougat

Chestnut Layer Cake with hazelnut nougat

Photography by Brigitte Sporrer

Want tasty vegan, vegetarian, eggless, or dairy-free bakes? This book is packed with vegan baking recipes that are quick, simple, and delicious.

Authors Daniela Lais and Jérôme Eckmeier are longtime vegans with a passion for cooking, teaching you to bake irresistibly good treats such as gooey vegan brownies, light and fluffy vegan pancakes and eggless cakes, or a smooth and creamy vegan “cheesecake.”

Use their clever tips to avoid disappointing, dry, or unrisen results, and follow their instructions to make your own everyday vegan substitutions for mainstream baking ingredients such as cream cheese and buttermilk. Even if you’re a beginning baker, Easy Vegan Baking will help you triumph in the kitchen.

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Tiramisu

Tiramisu

Photography by Simon Smith and Peter O’Sullivan

Vegans and vegetarians everywhere will have the best holiday period ever with Gaz Oakley’s fantastic alternatives to the traditional turkey and trimmings. Gaz is an expert in bold flavours and textures, so everyone can enjoy a spectacular centrepiece and amazing food throughout the festive season.

Gaz talks you through the menus and the planning, from Christmas morning breakfast like Sweet Potato Waffles and Tofu Benedict, through to a show-stopping lunch with the likes of Ultimate Christmas Wellington, “Turkey” Roast and Festive Nut Roast Wreath served with all the trimmings: “No Pigs” in Blankets, Hasselback Potatoes and Fluffy Yorkshire Puddings—all rounded off with spectacular dairy-free desserts including Boozy Tiramisu and “Brioche” Bread and Butter Pudding. There are vegan versions of mince pies, Pavlova, and even a “cheese” board for after! (more…)

Sticky Toffee Pudding

Sticky Toffee Pudding

Photography by Nassima Rothhacker

In Happy Food, Bettina Campolucci Bordi shares a collection of easy and delicious plant-based recipes that anyone can incorporate into their busy life. Whether you’re looking to eat more veggies or have decided to turn vegan but don’t want to compromise on taste, this is the book for you.

Bettina’s philosophies are simple: she believes that food is meant to make you happy! Whether it’s love at first sight because a dish looks so colourful and delicious, or at the first hit of flavours when they burst into your mouth, everything you eat should put a smile on your face. With recipes including Hearty Buckwheat Waffles, a tasty Korean Pancake, a delicious yet quick One Pot Curry in a Hurry, and the decadent Hazelnut Bites, Bettina proves that nutritious food doesn’t have to be restrictive. (more…)

The best thing I ate this month – June 2015

the best thing I ate this month  - June 2015

I’ve never brimmed with excitement at the thought of onion rings. But when the server enthusiastically praised this usually humdrum starter, I thought I’d give it a go. Who knew that onion rings would become an object of my obsession for weeks to come?

These ‘Playful Onion Rings’ are coated in chickpea batter and puffed quinoa which lend them their crunchy texture. I found myself ingesting one and then succumbing to the temptation of another and yet another. Crispy, airy and never greasy, this is a superstar dish all on its own. Sauced with a refreshing chipotle avocado dip as well as a spicy mayo dip, these vegan and gluten-free onion rings transformed into something unmistakably scrumptious.

This dream inducing and divine creation is courtesy of Pure Kitchen Ottawa. And it was the best thing I ate this month.

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Product Review: Sencha Naturals

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By now, you’ve probably heard from far and wide that green tea is good for you. Green tea is thought to do all kinds of things from helping to prevent cancer and heart disease, to aiding with weight loss and freshening breath. The fine folks at Sencha Naturals recently sent me a box of their green tea products to sample (perhaps they knew something I didn’t?)

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