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Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Cooking with The Vegan Holiday Kitchen

Vegan Holiday Kitchen cookbook by Nava Atlas

If you are in need of some delicious, beautiful holiday recipes, look no further than Vegan Holiday Kitchen by Nava Atlas.  My cousin referred me to this book last Passover after reading an article about it in a magazine.  I purchased it and was immediately delighted with all of the elegant dishes to choose from.  The title is appropriately named.  It says "holiday" and it means it!  From secular (Thanksgiving, Independence Day) to religious - Christian and Jewish (Christmas, Passover, Rosh Hashanah, Hanukkah, and Easter), she's got the whole calendar covered.  The book also includes chapters on Summer Entertaining, Brunches, Potlucks and Appetizers.  As a vegan who entertains A LOT during any holiday, this book is a gold mine.

I am still cooking my way through this book.  There is so much to discover.  Here are my favorite recipes so far.

Soup and Salad:
Massaged Kale Salad with Cranberries and Cashews
Vegan Matzo Balls

Main Dishes:
Quinoa and Lentil-Stuffed Golden Squashes
Spinach, Leek and Potato Matzo Gratin
Moroccan-Flavored Tofu with Apricots and Olives

Side Dishes:
Maple Pecan Sweet Potatoes
Quinoa Pilaf
Seven Vegetable Couscous
Sweet Noodle Kugel

Pumpkin Cheesecake with a Hint of Chocolate
Chocolate Matzo Brittle
Just-as-Sweet-as-Honey Cake

For this holiday season, I plan to try Hot Artichoke and White Bean Spread, Sweet and Spiced Pecans, and Traditional Latkes (vegan style).

Check out this wonderful cookbook and let me know what you think!