Let Them Eat Vegan! Cookbook Review

Let Them Eat Vegan by Dreena Burton

Let Them Eat Vegan! is the latest cookbook by Dreena Burton. The cover promises “200 deliciously satisfying plant-powered recipes for the whole family” and it doesn’t fail to deliver on that promise.

Let Them Eat Vegan! focuses on whole foods. Dreena Burton resists the temptation to make meat substitutes, sour cream substitutes, and so forth. Instead, the ingredients are allowed to shine on their own. Convenience foods can be great, but it’s even better to use common ingredients and not try to track down, say, xanthan gum.

This cookbook has also moved away from white flour and, to some extent, soy. Many of the recipes have notes on how to adjust them for a soy-free or gluten-free meal.

Nearly all the ingredients can be found in your average grocery store. For the occasional ingredient that might be hard to find, like the plantains in the Caribbean Fusion Stew, the author suggests easy to find alternatives – in this case, waxy potatoes or a combination of white potatoes and yellow sweet potatoes (not orange sweet potatoes).

The cookbook is divided into eleven chapters:

  1. Breakfast bites and smoothies
  2. Salads that make a meal
  3. Proud to be saucy and dippy
  4. Vegan soup for the soul
  5. Side stars
  6. Your main squeeze: casseroles, one-pot wonders, and tarts
  7. When burgers get better
  8. Good pasta belongs on a plate – not the wall
  9. C is for cookie, that’s good enough for me
  10. Let them eat cakes, pies, and puddings
  11. Dreena dazs

Yes! The last three chapters are desserts. Yum. Dreena dazs has nine ice cream flavors and one soft serve, with plenty of ideas for additions and changes to try.

Let Them Eat Vegan! is a worthy addition to a cookbook shelf. It has a wide selection of simple, yet elegant vegan recipes.

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