Things Vegans Fry

Things Vegans Fry by Chef Johnna GaleDoes it seem like most people equate “vegan” with “healthy” as in “healthy diet” or “healthy alternative” or “healthy lifestyle”? Let’s be clear: not all vegan food is healthy and not all vegans want to spend all their time eating healthy foods. That’s why we have vegan candy and desserts and snack foods and, even fried foods.

For vegans who are seeking the occasional indulgence in crunchy, oily, fried foods, there’s a cookbook for you.  Things Vegans Fry: Crunchy Comfort Food for Vegans is now available as an ebook. Chef Johnna Gale spent years developing and testing recipes for a variety of deep fried foods. The result is over a dozen recipes for tater tots, fries, and potato chips.

Want to know how to fry mushrooms or tofu? Or world cuisine like falafel, pakoras, and sopapillas? They are all there, along with toppings and dipping sauces — all vegan and all gluten-free.

Next time you’re looking for a guilty pleasure, try one of the recipes in this book. It’s available on Amazon for use on all Kindle devices and apps.


The New Milks

The New MilksWhen looking for a vegan-friendly cookbook, it helps if it is at least free of dairy products. That’s exactly what Dina Cheney gives us in The New Milks. All the recipes use almond, hemp, oat, coconut, flax, cashew, and even pumpkin seed milk.

All of these milks can either be made yourself or found on the grocery store shelf. Almond, oat, and hemp milks are usually the easiest to find at the grocers. When I first heard about this book I thought it was going to teach me how to make nut milks. Actually, it’s about how to use these new milk products instead of cow’s milk.

It turns out this is extremely useful information for me. I haven’t used cow’s milk for more than a dozen years in cooking and baking. The author shows new ways to use these milks. I’m excited to try some of the unusual milks like pumpkin seed. I’ve attempted making my own almond and soy milks. We’ve decided over the years that it’s an even cost to either make your own or buy them.

I’m eager to taste the recipes in this book. While most of the breakfast recipes are out (they use eggs), I’m giving the Vichyssoise made with cashew milk and the Vegan Blueberry Cream Tart a try.

The recipes are simple to follow, with step-by-step instructions. Cheney includes dietary tags for each recipe to help guide you in making the correct choice for your particular dietary needs.

Vegan, dairy-free, paleo, and gluten-free diets are all represented.



V is for vegan

V is for VeganIn an age that is loaded with books on vegan cooking, how to become vegan, what not to eat, and advice for the new vegan, V is for Vegan comes to us with a straightforward tactic: here’s some food. Cook it. Eat it. It’s vegan. It’s good.

The author, Kerstin Rodgers, has created a book that anyone can enjoy. Looking over the recipes it is obvious that almost anyone can create this food (13 things on Toast is probably my favorite). Rodgers even explains what you need to have in your pantry to cook the recipes in this book.

Rodgers has been writing about food for quite a while over on Ms. Marmite Lover. She is also the instigator of The Secret Garden Supper Club in the UK, teaches many classes, and enjoys traveling. She has won numerous awards for her writing.

I did enjoy the recipes in this book. As someone who creates recipes myself, it’s a pleasure when I can follow along and be successful. The layout of the book is fun and playful with dual colored pages. One teensy, tiny complaint: many of the photos are dark or “busy.” This seems to be the way of producing recipe photos these days. Just thought I’d make a note of it.

The book is laid out in sections, so if you want to look up snacks (my favorite), or dinner recipes, just turn to those sections. I can’t imagine not wanting to make any of this food. I was drooling a little while skimming these tasty items. There’s even tacos! Tacos in the UK!

Unboxing a Cookbook

I think it’s appropriate that the first video we produced for Things Vegans Cook is an unboxing video of a cookbook. We had the opportunity to review V is for Vegan by Kerstin Rodgers, an award-winning food writer from Britain. This is the second edition of the book; it seems to be pretty popular.

When I got the package in the mail I was so excited. I seized the opportunity to record my delight in receiving and opening this delivery. I hope you enjoy watching as much as I enjoyed recording this video.

If you would like us to review your book here on this website, you can contact us and we’ll look at what you have to offer. It has to be in line with TVC’s philosophy, we are all about what vegans cook. Maybe we’ll make another unboxing video!

Thanks for watching — and check back on Friday for our review of the book.


But I Could Never Go Vegan!

But I Could Never Go VeganToday’s Book: But I Could Never Go Vegan!: 125 Recipes That Prove You Can Live Without Cheese, It’s Not All Rabbit Food, and Your Friends Will Still Come Over for Dinner By Kristy Turner of Keepin it Kind Blog

Sometimes we need a road map, and as a new vegan you probably have lots of questions and are wondering “how can I make all that great food?” Well, Kristy Turner has the answer. Her book is full of great recipes that any new vegan can follow and duplicate. Using familiar ingredients and sound cooking techniques, this blog author shows you how to make tasty and appealing meals for the whole family.

Follow along over at Keepin it Kind (, where she talks about her own story of becoming a vegan (not all of us were raised 100% vegan) and the challenges she faced. You can even add your own story if you want.

Main Street Vegan by Victoria Moran

mainstreetveganWe are a couple of months into the New Year and, If you’ve committed to a vegan diet, getting healthy or even just trying to eat better, here’s a little bit of inspiration for you. A book by Victoria Moran called Main Street Vegan.

Moran is an author, nutritionist, and vegan lifestyle coach. She is also the creator of the Main Street Vegan Academy. She has been an outspoken voice in the world of veganism for many years, and an advocate of eating a whole foods diet.

IN this book, subtitled “Everything You Need to Know to Eat Healthfully and Live Compassionately in the Real World,” Moran backs her work up with facts and a lifetime of sustaining herself and her daughter on a vegan diet. She shares this passion in the, available through amazon. You can visit her website for more information.