by Shannon Blankinship
In Vegan Brunch, the idea that breakfast foods are impossible on a vegan diet has been quashed as you attempt to choose what to make for your next gathering that will impress as well as delight. In Appetite for Reduction, Isa takes all of her basic recipes and makes them low fat. She transforms "Shepherd's Pie" into an upside-down lentil based and caulipots-topped savory and hearty entree substituting the traditional mashed potatoes and beef. What you can do with a protein packed can of chickpeas and this book is amazing!
In Veganomicon, Isa delivers the “bible” for vegan cooking. Every question is answered, and the basics are all covered. Isa knows about a good dessert too. The book Vegan Cupcakes Take Over The World is a game changer including the Margarita Cupcake and Banana Split Cupcakes. Vegan Cookies Invade Your Cookie Jar has something for every occasion, minus animal butter, milk and eggs. In Vegan Pie in the Sky, Isa has done the work of converting traditional pie recipes requiring 4-6 eggs into a vegan masterpiece. Maple Pecan Pie (made with tofu!) is as good as any of your grandmothers pecan pie dishes and deserves front row at the Thanksgiving table.
Her most recent book Isa Does It seals the deal on the vegan lifestyle. There is no excuse not to begin supplementing even a totally carnivorous diet with some of these recipes, and truly begin to change the world.
Find your chef inspiration and maybe you will also see that being vegan isn't giving up anything, but gaining an entirely new and delicious perspective.