A few weeks ago I was contacted by Alisa Marie Fleming from the Go Dairy Free website and asked to review a few books, My Sweet Vegan by Hannah Kaminsky and Go Dairy Free by Alisa herself. What a wonderfully generous opportunity, right?! When the books arrived in my mailbox, I immediately cozied up on the futon with a blanket and started reading. I had the pleasure of meeting Hannah when she was in Portland in 2008 for a book signing event at Herbivore. She was so sweet and made treats for everybody to enjoy, including some yummy whoopie pies! Since I already own a copy of My Sweet Vegan, I will be having a giveaway soon (everybody can enter too!!!). But first I want to review Go Dairy Free.
Go Dairy Free is an incredible resource for vegans, vegetarians, and any individuals wanting (or needing) to reduce/eliminate dairy from their diet. The book begins with an introduction about dairy (what it is, why we don’t need it, allergies, etc) and ends with an abundance of wonderful recipes! In between are chapters about eating dairy-free away from home, grocery shopping, and dairy alternatives. There are plenty of tips, links, and recommendations for both online and offline reading resources too. This book is so well organized!!! I marked about a zillion recipes to make! Time is seriously disappearing in my life but I still found enough to make a few recipes (well actually, Tim made the second one, but still…):
Light Apricot Scones – Oh my goodness, these are delicious!! I made them twice, once for Tim and I to enjoy and once for a vegan bake sale. They are so simple, quick, and addictive.
Sesame Soba Noodles – Insanely quick, healthy, and so very tasty. If you are pressed for time this is the perfect recipe for lunch or dinner. It’s also a great meal for adaptability, you can add veggies, tofu, tempeh, other seeds… Whatever your lil’ non-dairy heart desires!!!
I have marked plenty more recipes to try from Go Dairy Free: Oatmeal Blender Waffles, Peanut Buttery African Stew, Sunflower Seed Cheese, Cashew Gravy, and Portobello-Ricotta Ravioli just to name a few!!! Yummy sounding stuff, right?
I have been enjoying Go Dairy Free so much that it keeps moving from my cookbook shelf to my bedroom to my living room and back to the cookbook shelf… Repeat, repeat, repeat. If you don’t own a copy of Go Dairy Free, you should. It is so packed full of tips, and I love tips!!!
I hope to have a review of My Sweet Vegan posted before the end of the week. Keep your eyes peeled because I will be giving away a copy (thanks Alisa!!) to one lucky reader. It would make a super gift for the holidays (or for yourself of course!).
Keep cozy in the cold if you live in the Northern Hemisphere, or cool in the heat if you live in the Southern Hemisphere. Go have some tea and a scone.