Saturday, 6 December 2014

Vegan Bites Cookbook

I know as a vegetarian, when you attend a buffet it can either be a feast or a barren land, depending very much on who is catering and how much consideration has gone into veggie supplies.  So, I do sympathise with vegans who no doubt have the same issues as me, if not more, when it comes to buffet grazing.
A really useful book has come my way which is called Vegan Bites by Celine Steen and Tamasin Noyes published by Fair Winds Press and outlines lots of snacks and buffet items aimed for the vegan demographic.
The book has been written for an American readership primarily and this is noticeable in the use of language and also a number of the ingredients listed are items that are found in the US as opposed to the UK, but I am sure this can be overcome with a little research to find alternatives.  But in essence, the recipes and principles are universal and are denoted in both US and UK measurement scales.
Very user-friendly, the language used is informal and although there aren’t supporting pictures for each recipe (which I find very handy if that is the case), there are symbols present which indicate if a recipe is:  ‘Make Ahead’, ‘Quick & Easy’Gluten Free’ which is great for those on time restraints and/or for those with allergy issues.
For larger events, like a buffet for example, the book has some menu suggestions which would make an ideal guide for anyone catering en masse for a vegan party and no doubt some of the dishes would lend themselves as main course options (if ingredients are adjusted accordingly).
Recipes include: Black Lentil Endive Cups, Mediterranean Meatless Balls, Jamaican Jerk Tempeh Skewers to name a few.
All in all, a handy book for vegans, for those catering for vegans or for anyone that wants to try some meat-free/dairy-free options.  A good reference guide, especially as Christmas feasting becomes a focal point this time of year.

Notes:  Published by: Fair Winds Press.


Disclosure:  This post was written following kind receipt of a complementary copy of:  Vegan Bites by Celine Steen and Tamasin Noyes.  This review was conducted honestly without bias and I was not required to produce a positive review.  For further details of my PR policy, please see the Press, PR & Food Writing page of this website. 

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