Cookbooks for Christmas

Guess what I got for Christmas?  A pair of shiny new cookbooks!  I was a little surprised when I received them, but then I remembered how I’d shown both of the books to my fiance a few weeks ago.  This year I guess the little hints paid off!  There is nothing better than getting a new cookbook.  I love opening it for the first time–the scent of the paper and ink, the stiff binding, the pages white and not covered in cocoa, flour, or oil…

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C is for Cookie

First up is Vegan Cookies Invade Your Cookie Jar, the newest creation by my idols role models Isa and Terry (I like to think that if we met, we would immediately be on a first name basis with each other).  This book is the same size and format as Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World, but instead dishes out kickass cookies and brownies.  I have to confess, I’ve been trying to eat healthfully and stay away from sweets, so I waited for the right occasion to crack this puppy open.  I’m glad I’ll be able to share this stuff with friends at a New Year’s Eve party instead of having to eat it all myself!  So far I’ve tried three recipes:  chocolate chip cheesecake brownies, no-bake Swedish chocolatey balls, and chocolate cut-out cookies.  All three turned out great!  I can’t wait to try some of the recreations of popular cookies–the book contains versions of Cowboy Cookies, Samoas, Caramel DeLites, and Nutter Butters–but I couldn’t be more pleased with the other recipes as well.  I am especially looking forward to trying the MACAROONS!

This book is sure to become another mainstay in my kitchen.  VCTOTW is one of my standbys whenever I need to make something for a party or potluck, but I think this new book might put up a good fight for the spotlight.  As said before, it’s organized the same as the cupcake book, so things are easy to find and the photos are interspersed throughout the book to tempt you into making nine recipes at once.  As I flipped through the recipes I found myself thinking, “Ooh!  I have all those ingredients!” many times.  With few exceptions, these cookies and brownies can be made with ingredients most of us already have in our pantry.  So pick up a copy of the book and be prepared to bake whenever the mood strikes!

book cover

1000 Vegan Recipes

The other book I received is 1000 Vegan Recipes by Robin Robertson.  I wanted to love her previous book Vegan Planet more than I did, and sorry to say it only sees occasional use in my kitchen.  But I do enjoy the creativity, flavor, and variety in Robin’s recipes, so I was excited to see this new book.

It doesn’t disappoint!  This thing is a friggin encyclopedia.  If you’ve ever been asked “What do you eat?” by a non-vegan, this is the perfect gift for them.  It contains everything from sauces to desserts, with a number of ethnic recipes as well as some good down-home type dishes.  In fact, there are so many recipes I hardly know where to start.

So, in the spirit of Julie & Julia, I’m thinking I may attempt to make all 1000 recipes…

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