Gluten-Free Vegan Comfort Food
Susan O'Brien, photos by Lara Ferroni
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Gluten-Free Vegan Comfort Food: 125 Simple and Satisfying Recipes, from Mac and Cheese to Chocolate Cupcakes
Susan O'Brien, photographs by Lara Ferroni
Da Capo Lifelong Books
248 pages
February 2012
rated 4 of 5 possible stars

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Gluten-Free Vegan Comfort Food presents a collection of easy-to-make recipes for satisfying savory and sweet meals and desserts. In her sequel to Gluten-Free Vegan, author Susan O’Brien has created a well-organized, informative, cookbook filled with recipes to gratify those who have dietary restrictions or simply want to eat healthily.

O’Brien uses lists and simple explanations to highlight aspects of a gluten-free and vegan diet: which foods to avoid, and how to stock a pantry. O’Brien also breaks down the foods, such as chia seeds and tempeh, that haven’t been included in her previous books, and goes into more detail about the differences in flours, oils, egg replacers, milks, vegan cheeses and sweeteners. The author also provides information on Genetically Modified foods and promotes the use of organic foods and support of local farmers markets. This clear introduction equips the reader with the information to stock the kitchen with the various products and embark upon the recipes, which are divided into nine sections each featuring between twelve to twenty recipes.

  • Ideas for Breakfast includes everything from old-time favorites like banana nut bread and French toast to pumping waffles and raw cinnamon rolls.
  • Snacks and party favorites features snack bruschetta and edamame hummus to chocolate power balls and peanut butter-chocolate chip fudge.
  • Kids Favorites includes the usual kid standbys like grilled cheese sandwiches, pizza, chocolate cupcakes and fried “chicken” nuggets.
  • All-American Sides offers favorites like baked beans, roasted beets and cornbread with green chilies.
  • Soups and Salads includes recipes for mushroom soup, navy bean soup and mock egg salad.
  • Family classics includes recipes for layered polenta, eggplant parmesan and meatless meatballs.
  • Ethnic favorites includes mango guacamole and falafel patties as well as vegetable pakoras fritters.
  • Delightful Desserts offers recipes for apple pie, key lime pie and peach ice cream among other mouth-watering delights.
  • Everything Else includes salad dressings and sauces like avocado mayo, pesto sauce and caramel sauce. This section also includes recipes for creamy cashew milk and a juicer recipe for a detox drink filled with fruit and vegetables.
These recipes are presented cleanly in a clear font, with the ingredients appearing in one column and the directions in the other. Most of the recipes are laid out in three steps, though some—like the coleslaw recipe—have one step, or seven steps as in the pie crust recipe. Despite some spelling errors such as the use of Chile (the country) instead of chili (the fruit), the steps and tips on vegan and gluten-free cooking are boiled down to the basics to make this an easy reference and cookbook. Four stars.

Originally published on Curled Up With A Good Book at © Maya Fleischmann, 2012

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