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If you’re like me and have come across Elephantastic Vegan recipes on Pinterest and Instagram, then you’re going to want to pay a visit to your local bookstore sometime soon, because the creators of that site (aka Bianca and Sascha) have a new book out. It’s called The Veginner’s Cookbook: The Ultimate Starter Guide for New Vegans and the Veg-Curious, and much like the blog, it’s full of simple recipes that you actually want to make.

This book is perfect for anyone transitioning to a vegan diet or even for those of us always on the lookout for new vegan recipes to try. The Veginner’s Cookbook has over 75 recipes from categories like basics, breakfast, soups, main meals, breads, snacks and party foods, sauces and dressings, and of course, desserts.

My favourite section is breads because it has a multi-purpose bread recipe that can be used to make a loaf, buns, English muffins, breadsticks, and pizza. Genius. Also, I’ve made the cilantro flatbread several times and it’s my new go-to accompaniment to curries. This section also has recipes for tortillas and a sunflower flaxseed loaf.

There are plenty of snack recipes as well, including five variations of homemade crackers, cheesy dill popcorn, and crispy sweet ‘n’ salty chickpeas.

Much like the other recipes in this cookbook, the desserts are simple and delicious. Like the life-changing frozen chocolate or the eat-in-one-sitting apple strudel, each with only three easy-to-find ingredients. There’s a recipe for a chocolate-covered almond cake that looks like it might become a new favourite of mine, not to mention the apple pie muffins that I’m already excited to make this fall.

In addition to the recipes themselves, I really appreciate Bianca’s Kitchen Hacks which are sprinkled throughout the book. They are there to provide some tricks and shortcuts for the vegan cook, like how to test baked goods for doneness and how to blend hot liquids. Sascha’s Landmine Situations will guide you through your first steps of veganism, plus there’s a handy list of essential pantry, freezer and fridge staples for new vegans.

Take a peek inside the cookbook at Elephantastic Vegan, then pick up a copy of The Veginner’s Cookbook, available online and in bookstores now.

The Veginner’s Cookbook: The Ultimate Starter Guide for New Vegans and the Veg-Curious 
by Bianca Haun & Sascha Naderer
Skyhorse Publishing
ISBN 978-1510729476