Eat, Drink and Be Vegan

August 11th, 2008 · Lisa · book review, Review · Comments

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For months I have salivated over the photos on Dreena Burton’s blog as she shared the results of many days spent testing recipes for her newest cookbook Eat, Drink and Be Vegan. Finally, this collection of new recipes focused on celebration foods, has arrived on the shelves. Dreena shared, that after the success of The Everyday Vegan and Vive le Vegan she had planned to take a break from creating a new cookbook but the enthusiasm and encouragement from fellow vegans visiting her cooking blog inspired her once again to share her kitchen creations with us all. And I for one, am thrilled to have 150 new Dreena dishes to try.

Eat, Drink and Be Vegan provides delicious meal ideas that are ideal for sharing with others at potlucks, parties and your own dining table. Her recipes make entertaining with exciting meals both easy and nutritious. As a mother of two, Dreena’s flavours appeal to both young and more developed taste buds. I appreciate that this cookbook, like her others, relies on whole foods, including natural sweeteners, whole grains and plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables. Dreena also reflects the growing interest in raw foods with the edition of numerous living foods recipes, including a raw Caesar salad dressing. This collection includes an entire chapter of recipes devoted to that ubiquitous vegetarian delight ‘hummus’. Breakfast recipes, appetizers, sauces, soups, sandwiches, mains and an extensive desserts chapter round out the rest of this tome.

When I first picked up this book I was feeling a little under the weather and immediately whipped up a pot of “Mellow Lentil Sniffle Soup”. I was really impressed by the subtle curry flavour that continued to develop as I enjoyed this soup over a couple of days spent on my couch. Once the soup had performed its magic, I had the energy to tackle a few more of Dreena’s recipes and with friend’s help was able to sample the “Mango Sassy”, “Cumin Lime Tofu”, “Cinnamon Lime Quinoa with Apricots and Almonds”, “Lemony Cashew-Basil Pesto on Pasta” and the “Cinnamon Sweet Tortilla Strips”. We were amazed by how quickly the recipes came together, using ingredients we had on hand and each one turned out to be full of flavour. The Cinnamon Tortilla strips reminded me of Cinnamon toast treats from my childhood and literally took moments to prepare. If you have become a fan of Dreena’s baked tofu marinades, the Cumin Lime recipe will be a nice new addition to your repertoire. After experimenting with just a few of the ideas that this cookbook offers I became excited about all the culinary adventures I have ahead of me as I work through this new collection. I can’t wait to try the “Thai Chick-Un Pizza”, “Veggie Tempeh Muffuleta”, “Breakfast Crepes” and of course all the new varieties of decadent cookies that Dreena is known for. For any one hoping to eliminate gluten from their diets, for this cookbook, Dreena has kindly developed a gluten-free version of her now famous, Homestyle Chocolate Chip Cookies.

If you have enjoyed Dreena’s recipes in the past or if you have been looking for a cookbook that will provide you with easy entertaining ideas that will impress your friends of all ages-then pick up your own copy of Eat, Drink and Be Vegan. When you whip up a batch of “Chocolate Mint Melties“ or `Bad But Good Bars“ please call me-I am always available to celebrate eating decadent, delicious, cruelty-free treats.

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