Our Favorite Things: Vegan Holiday Kitchen

As a vegan, I used to feel left out of holiday dinner celebrations. For years, my family would meet at a gorgeous lakefront restaurant for Thanksgiving. There were tables filled with turkey, turkey gravy, butter-laden mashed potatoes, stuffing with bacon…and side salad, oh thank goodness! Ranch dressing? You gotta be kidding me….

Conversely, some of my friends used to think who the heck wants to go to a vegan Thanksgiving? That just doesn’t sound….traditional…or good for that matter. Tofu, salad, and beans? You gotta be kidding me….

But times have changed and culinary creativity has blossomed. In our home, we find a way to accommodate multiple diets. By choosing seasonal, wholesome ingredients, we can make everyone happy.

This year my brother will be roasting Cornish game hens for the meat eaters and I will make a chestnut, sweet potato and sage tart for the vegans and vegetarians. We will also be sharing some really special vegan dishes from Vegan Holiday Kitchen by Nava Atlas.

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I recommend this book for vegan entertainers…and those who entertain vegans. The dishes are flavorful, well balanced, and easy to make.

Vegan Holiday Kitchen is organized by, you guessed it, holiday! And it starts with my favorite – Thanksgiving. It also includes Christmas, Hanukkah, Passover and Easter, to name a few.

The pages are full of mouthwatering dishes like Spiced Vegetable Peanut Soup, Sweet Potato Biscuits, and Hearty Lentil and Mushroom Shepherd’s Pie.

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Today the world offers a lot of really wonderful resources for vegans. This book is one of them. Along with tasty recipes, there are gorgeous photos and interesting reflections on holiday traditions.

That’s what makes Vegan Holiday Kitchen one of our Favorite Things.

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