If you’re one of The Edgy Veg’s 200,000 YouTube subscribers, chances are you probably already have a copy of the new cookbook. And if you’re not familiar with Candice Hutchings and her approachable, indulgent, and delicious vegan recipes, then The Edgy Veg cookbook is the perfect introduction.

With over one hundred recipes, The Edgy Veg has something for everyone, whether you’re cooking for vegans, vegetarians, or omnivores. In fact, Candice created this collection of recipes and techniques for her husband, James, on his journey to becoming a vegan.

“Living a vegan lifestyle does not have to be isolating and every recipe can be enjoyed by anyone regardless of their diet-preference,” said Candice.

While you’ll still find recipes for salads and smoothies, you’ll also find vegan versions of General Tso’s chicken and crispy Buffalo wings, not to mention samosas, Jamaican patties, and kimchi fries. I also love that this book features recipes for some vegan staples like pesto, gravy, hollandaise, and aioli.

“Many vegan cookbooks focus on eating healthy, while we focus on entertaining and indulging your taste buds, inspiring new experiences, and helping you to vividly remember past ones.”

 

photo credit: Brilynn Ferguson

 

Because the temperature has been dropping outside, I went straight for the #SweaterWeather Pumpkin Sage Soup, which would make a great addition to your holiday dinner menu. All the ingredients were easy to find and the only thing you need other than a pot is a blender. I’m already counting down to next summer so I can whip up a batch of Thank You Very Matcha Ice Cream.

I admit that some of the recipes might look a little intimidating at first, particularly if you’re a beginner. But Candice has a way of breaking everything down into easy-to-follow steps, and her laid-back, quirky style makes cooking way more fun. And if you’re just starting out with vegan cooking, Candice has some advice:

“Take the process one day at a time. If giving up everything is too scary, start by eliminating one item at a time until you learn how to cope with that transition. Don’t be too hard on yourself and make it a fun and curious experience instead of a daunting one.”

 

The Edgy Veg is available in the Toronto Vegetarian Association (TVA) Resource Centre for only $27, including tax (plus an additional 10% off for TVA members), open Wednesdays 6-9 and Saturdays 1-4 at 17 Baldwin Street, second floor.

You can also find it online and in bookstores, where it retails for $32.95.

The Edgy Veg: 138 Carnivore-Approved Vegan Recipes
256 pages • 7.75″ x 10.5″ • Index
Hardcover
More than 100 colour photographs
ISBN 978-0-7788-0581-6
$32.95 CA