Let Them Eat Vegan!

July 15th, 2012 · Lisa · book review, Review · Comments

Do you remember a few years ago when the last Harry Potter book was about to hit shelves? Lines of people dressed in cloaks were filling the blocks around bookstores and street parties broke out at midnight when the thick tomes full of exciting discoveries were securely held in the grips of enthusiastic fans.
I didn’t line up for Rowling’s release. I enjoyed the series but my favourite authors tend to toil over steaming pots of grains rather than cauldron concoctions, but I can relate to the masses who anxiously anticipate the adventures a great new release affords. When an author I adore is working on a new cookbook I can’t wait to discover the creative new dishes they will inspire me to conjure.

This kind of affection is saved for those kindred connections when a cookbook authors has developed the dishes that have found a way to infiltrate the sensory memory of my life. Dreena Burton created the pancakes I fell in love over on Sunday mornings, the nut dip that brought me fame in Toronto’s potluck culture, and the cookies that made me feel like being vegan would never again taste like a sacrifice.

Although Dreena has already shared so many spectacular recipes through the pages of The Everyday Vegan, Vive le Vegan and Eat, Drink & Be Vegan, when I heard she was once again in testing mode I was ecstatic. I should have been content to remake all of her classics, sipping lemony chickpea soup on the porch with my friends throughout my golden years – but no…I demanded more of Dreena’s delights.

The arrival of Let Them Eat Vegan, sparked a shopping trip and a post-it note party. I was marking up all the recipes I wanted to try but when that started to feel futile (marking every page is pointless, Lisa), I decided to prioritize.

Dreena offers me a challenge that few authors rival. She celebrates whole food ingredients. Instead of searching through the pages for a healthful dish to test, every recipe she offers is packed with nourishing nutrients and pleasure for the palate. Let Them Eat Vegan contains 200 recipes designed with feeding a family in mind. Which means, not only will the flavours delight eaters with sensitive or mature palates – but it is the kind of food you want to feed the people you love.

Let me give you some examples:

Steel-Cut Oats in an Instant! A spectacular answer to hectic mornings when you need a satisfying start.

Kale-slaw with Curried Almond Dressing If you haven’t yet pledged your devotion to this leafy green goddess this is the dish to try. You will finally discover what all the fuss is about.

Warmly Spiced Quinoa Chickpea Stew with Figs Can you think of anything more comforting during a summer storm than a spicy bowl of chickpeas, quinoa and figs?

DJ’s Hummus Salad Dressing spread over steamed kale. Dreena understands the importance of creamy, sauces in the vegan diet. We’re willing to live joyfully on plants – just give us a delicious dressing and we’re all smiles and sunshine. Thank you Dreena – you always deliver the goods 🙂

Finally, desserts. If you haven’t yet discovered the prowess of Dreena Burton to create the most spectacular sweets then please add this to your bucket list. These Raw Chia Bars with Coconut Cream Cheese Frosting could satisfyingly serve as my last meal. Simply heavenly.

This just a glimpse into the goodness that Let Them Eat Vegan offers. You will simply have to pick up a copy and begin your own delicious affair with the brilliant Dreena Burton. I wish you and yours many memorable meals of oven-sweetened beets with sage, pumpkin chickpea cauliflower curry, and a scoop of chai peanut butter ice cream.

We’re all so lucky that Dreena has decided to share her magic with the world. You can try out her recipes and stay on top of her kitchen adventures on her blog. If you get over there quickly you might even win a copy of Let Them Eat Vegan!


  1. Posted July 15, 2012 at 9:38 pm

    Lisa!  I am speechless – almost.  My heart is filled with happiness reading your review.  I almost don’t know where to start.  Let’s see…  To begin, you are a gifted writer with how you have woven a story into a cookbook review – most charming.  Next, your photos are captivating and beautiful – true photographic artistry.  Finally, as I said in my post about Summerfest, when I met you at that conference I felt this radiating joy.  It’s this calm, joyful energy that you have that is enchanting.  And, you have brought me even more joy with this glowing review – it is especially fulfilling knowing that you, personally, are enjoying these recipes with the vast culinary experiences you have had.  

    I am gushing over this review.  Please know how much it means to me, and how fortunate I feel to have connected with you in person.  My sincere gratitude, sweet Lisa.  <3

    • Posted July 16, 2012 at 7:38 pm

      Thank you Dreena. I’m touched that the review meant so much to you. I really enjoyed playing with the recipes in LTEV – I know it has become a favourite cookbook of my Mom and sister-in-law already. I wanted to write something that would truly convey your culinary genius. Honestly, I am in awe of you. xo

      I feel very blessed to have you on team vegan and now to call you a friend. I hope our paths will continue to cross.

  2. Christa
    Posted July 16, 2012 at 2:40 pm

    What an incredible review! Your picture are stunning, and I can assume capture the recipes beautifully. I have entered her giveaway, and crossing fingers and toes that I’ll win! I have been intrigued by Dreena’s cookbooks for a very long time, even before I considered vegetarianism let alone vegan, which says a lot. I will certainly pick up her books if I don’t win!

    • Posted July 16, 2012 at 7:35 pm

      Christa, I’m wishing you lots of luck in the giveaway. I love her recipes and I have no doubt you will too. Thank you for your kind words about my review and photos – writing this blog has become a labour of love.

  3. Posted July 16, 2012 at 4:32 pm

    Those chia bars look amazing!!  I’ve been wanting some of Dreena’s books for a while.  Unfortunately our B&N doesn’t carry them so I can’t flip through the pages before purchasing.  I adore her maple banana bread recipe from her website, though! 

    • Posted July 16, 2012 at 7:39 pm

      Lauren, you must ask B&N to order them in. Dreena is a superstar. I have no doubt her recipes would be a great match for your palate and food philosophy. 

  4. Posted August 16, 2012 at 2:19 pm


    Like you I was so excited for this cookbook.  I thought I was the only one who took out her post it pad and started marking what to make ( quickly realizing one pad wouldn’t do).  I’m glad to hear I have company.  I haven’t made many recipes from this book as life has been crazy and my cooking has been nill recently.  I have made the warmly spiced chickpea stew with figs and loved it!  My mother happened to come over when I made it and she couldn’t stop eating it.  Kept commenting that it must have taken a lot of time to make and how wonderful it was.  That put a huge smile on my face.  Reading this review I want to run home and start cooking.  Thanks for the inspiration!

    • Posted September 12, 2012 at 7:12 pm

      Excellent, mission accomplished 🙂

  5. Posted September 12, 2012 at 4:08 pm

    This review has me drooling! That hummus dressing sounds divine, plus that dessert.. Oh my. Great job!

    • Posted September 12, 2012 at 7:12 pm

      Thank you! I’m so glad you enjoyed the review. I love Dreena’s desserts. She’s a genius.

  6. Posted September 6, 2013 at 7:06 am

    Beautiful photos! The hummus salad dressing looks so creamy and delicious!

  7. Paul Holyoake
    Posted September 16, 2013 at 6:35 am

    I’m on diet. So hungry now J
    vouchers for

  8. Cailee Joy
    Posted October 8, 2013 at 3:36 pm

    Wow!! Can I just say that everything looks incredibly delicious!! Yum, yum… whoever thinks eating vegan is ‘flavorless’ needs to read this post!!

    • theveganlisa
      Posted October 9, 2013 at 7:26 am

      I’m so glad you enjoyed the post Cailee!

  9. Corinne Rice
    Posted January 13, 2014 at 6:32 pm

    Haven’t been to your blog in a while, but was instantly reminded of why I love it so much- B/c it’s so awesome! and you are the sweetest! Miss you girl- hope we can get together some day soon!!

  10. Posted January 15, 2014 at 3:35 am

    OMG those raw chia bars with coconut cream cheese frosting look soooo good 🙂

  11. Anita
    Posted September 12, 2014 at 7:51 am

    Hello Lisa!
    Amazing pictures popping up when I entered your website, well done. I am hot on your Raw Chia Bars With Coconut Cheese Frosting.

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