Vegan cooking for the holidays
Care of Florence McCambridge
Whether this is your first time cooking a vegan meal for the holidays or you’re just looking for some new menu ideas, The Vegan Holiday Cookbook: From Elegant Appetizers to Festive Mains and Delicious Sweets by Marie Laforêt has got you covered. It’s full of recipes and full-colour photos for spreads and hors d’oeuvres, soups and mains, not to mentions sweets and even festive cocktails. Many of the recipes included in this book are gluten-free, and the author has also included a helpful section listing them by category.
I really appreciate the variety of recipes in The Vegan Holiday Cookbook, particularly in the section on appetizers, an often overlooked category that is particularly important at this time of year. Some standouts include the Foie Gras-Style Terrine made with shiitake mushrooms and tofu, the Blinis with Carrot Gravlax, and the elegant yet simple Squash Truffles.
When it comes to dessert, this book does not disappoint. In addition to gingerbread and shortbread, there are some showstoppers like the Frozen Tiramisu Log, Chestnut Creme Brûlée, and a Snow White Layer Cake that looks almost too good to eat.
I like to make my own menu but if you’d rather take out the guess work there’s a page of themed menu ideas ranging from a buffet fit for a crowd, to a simple feast you can put together in no time.
The Vegan Holiday Cookbook: From Elegant Appetizers to Festive Mains and Delicious Sweets by Marie Laforêt is in bookstores and online now.
And you can also look out for these great vegan cookbooks focused on holiday recipes:
The Superfun Times Vegan Holiday Cookbook: Entertaining for Absolutely Every Occasion (only $35 including tax at the TVA Resource Centre! Retails for $42 plus tax elsewhere)
by Isa Chandra Moskowitz
Vegan Holiday Kitchen: More than 200 Delicious, Festive Recipes for Special Occasions
by Nava Atlas and Susan Voisin
Vegan Holiday Cooking from Candle Cafe: Celebratory Menus and Recipes from New York’s Premier Plant-Based Restaurants
by Joy Pierson and Angel Ramos
Also make sure to check out some of our holiday tips for veg food and gifts for the holiday season!