Let's Party - Vegan Style
For those of you who are into entertaining or needing to bring some fixings to your next get-together, the vegan cookbooks on this list will help you learn to prepare an easy and healthy feast. Best of all, you and your guests will be stuffing yourselves up with nothing but delish plant-based treats.
Plant-Based Eating by Meredith Sayles Hughes.
More than a cookbook, this book is a guide to help you develop, with no rigid rules or dogma, a healthy dietary routine that satisfies your body.
As we worry more and more about the food that comes to our table, this book is a good starting point to become food informed, evaluate what you think about food, and make up your mind about your eating habits. The book explains in easy terms how in the US and around the world, agriculture is dominated by large industrial farms. Did you know that in these farms, every aspect of raising livestock – from birth and feeding to slaughter - is mechanized?
This book will make you look at food differently but, as the author admits, "experts and cookbooks can offer guidance, but it is up to you to make up your mind."
Vegan Finger Foods: More Than 100 Crowd-Pleasing Recipes for Bite-Size Eats Everyone Will Love by Celine Steen and Tamasin Noyes.
In case you are confused, finger foods are those small bites of food needed to soak up cervezas at any party. This book is packed with cruelty-free recipes of small bites containing a wide array of exciting flavors.
Check out my favorites: Corn Fritters with Tomato-Thyme Gravy (p.47), Mean Bean Taco Cups (p.79), and Pad Thai Summer Rolls (p.88).
The strength of this book is that plenty of the dishes can be prepared beforehand. Try some of the recipes and you will surely bring into existence a mini-buffet for the taste buds.
Thug Kitchen: Party Grub by Thug Kitchen, LLC
The second book from the creators of Thug Kitchen, this is perhaps the only healthy cookbook that you will need to throw a superb party. There is a complexity of the recipes range in difficulty and complexity in the recipes, ensuring that new cooks and well-seasoned ones will be able to pick and choose.
The cookbook is filled to capacity with healthy recipes for "badass" sides, casseroles, spreads, snacks and cocktails. Among my favorites are the tasty recipes for Panzanella (p.94), SoCal Gourmet Carrot Dogs (p.144), and for a mouth-watering Tempeh and Spinach Calzone with Almond Ricotta (p147).
POWERbowls: All You Need in One Healthy Bowl by Kate Turner
Trying to find the right complements for a nutritionally complete and totally balanced meal? Want to make your buffet table look attractive?. Let's talk about Power bowls because that's what they are all about.
The book gives step by step instructions on creating your own Power bowls which, in a nutshell, are nothing more than throwing in or placing side-by-side in a bowl layers of grains, veggies, nuts, seeds, tasty dressings, and a power-packed protein source. I tried the vegetarian sushi and was pleasantly surprised by how it came out!
At your next party make sure to provide the bowls and let the guests select their ingredients. Power bowls are the new craze. Join the trend!
Roberto's New Vegan Cooking: 125 Easy, Delicious, and Real Food Recipes by Roberto Martin
Looking for quick and healthy flavorful recipes? Then this is the book for you. Chef Roberto Martin cooked for Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Ross and his cooking style is a blend of his Mexican heritage with his classical French culinary training. The cookbook brings some of his amazing recipes that use basic, easy to find, ingredients.
The low-carb raw taco wraps (p.78) are perfect for snacking and a breeze to make. Prepare a batch of Not Your Grammy's Green Bean Casserole (p.154), a dish that will leave your guests asking for seconds. For dessert, try the Rustic Apple Pie (p.217), it serves 10 and leftovers (if any) last for 1 week in the fridge.