Food52 Vegan: 60 Vegetable-Driven Recipes for Any Kitchen by Gena Hamshaw

4 Stars!

An essential collection of hassle-free, vibrant vegan recipes, from the author behind Food52's wildly popular The New Veganism and Vegan Lunch columns.

Omnivore or vegan (or anywhere in between), we’re all looking for memorable, flavorful dishes to cook for ourselves and the people we care about. If those recipes happen to be healthful, nourishing, and friendly to vegetarians and vegans, even better.

With her wildly popular New Veganism column on Food52, Gena Hamshaw has inspired home cooks  to incorporate plant-based recipes into their everyday routine—and even gained some nutritional yeast and cashew cheese converts. This vibrant collection of all-new recipes plus beloved favorites from the column—along with exquisite photography and helpful tips throughout—will show all of us innovative ways to cook with fresh produce and whole foods.

From Savory Breakfast Polenta to Cauliflower and Oyster Mushroom Tacos to Ginger Roasted Pears with Vanilla Cream, these recipes are delicious, dependable, and deeply satisfying. Cook from this book just a couple of times and you’ll soon find yourself stocking up on coconut oil, blending your own nut milks, seeking the sweetest tomatoes at the market, and looking at plant-based dishes in a whole new way.

GENA HAMSHAW, who has written the New Veganism column on Food52 since 2012, is a certified clinical nutritionist and the author of the book Choosing Raw. Gena has been published in O Magazine, VegNews, and Whole Living Daily. She lives in New York City, where she is completing her masters degree in nutrition at Columbia University and leads workshops and cooking classes.

Let me start by saying, I am not Vegan - I am a vegetarian. The difference, in case you don't know is that a Vegan does not eat any animal products (eggs, milk, cheese, etc.) I do eat eggs, cheese and milk products.

I thought this book was an excellent resource! Lots of great recipes. Lots of pictures. There is actually a picture for every recipe. My only negative was a lot of the recipes I personally would not use. A few I would, but really, not many. On the other hand - my daughter loved it! And she thought her and her hubby would use most of the recipes in here. So, just a difference of opinion.

The chapters are broken up in the usual way -
Appetizers & Snacks
Main Dishes
Here are a few recipes I marked -
Baked kale chips - I have always want to do this since I grow kale in my garden
Crispy roasted chickpeas - I don't grow chickpeas, but they just sounded yummy!
Peach crumble coffee cake
Creamy tomato soup - I am a big soup person!
Sweet potato and peanut stew with kale
Zucchini quinoa cakes
Chai-spiced bread pudding

I plan on passing along my copy of this to my daughter who will enjoy it much more than I will.
I would actually love to try one of the author's other books - "Choosing Raw: Making Raw Foods Part of the Way You Eat" This one looks great!

Thank you Blogging for Books for sending me this cook book for my honest review!

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  1. I haven't written my review yet. I have the ebook format. We really enjoyed the 'Snow Pea, Cabbage, Mizuna Salad with Smokey Tempeh' Great summer main dish salad! I used Arugula instead of Mizuna.

    1. Oh! Great, thanks for that. I'll check it out!

  2. This cookbook would be a real treasure. Such a great resource and something which I would love.