Healthy Happy Vegan Kitchen by Kathy Patalsky (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, April 28, 2015)
Kathy Patalsky’s latest cookbook perfectly matches her “Healthy.Happy.Life.” brand: “This food-filled, wellness-seeking, happiness-embracing adventure starts in your kitchen and ends wherever you wish” (10).
Patalsky was initially drawn to a plant-based lifestyle out of her love for animals and became a vegan in 2002; however, while this collection of over 250 vegan recipes “are rich in life, rather than death,” (10) the sins of the current meat and dairy industries are not the focus of this upbeat, cheerful cookbook. Patalsky welcomes “New vegans, savvy long-time vegans, non-vegans, part-time vegans, wannabe vegans, and even ‘I will never be’ vegans” (11).
Her role is a culinary playmate, and to facilitate this role she includes a list of helpful kitchen tools (most will be familiar to any home cook, except possibly “nut milk bag”) and staples for the vegan pantry (which may be less familiar). The recipes are grouped loosely by course.
Breakfast offerings include Cranberry-Nut Farro Porridge and Peanut Butter Toasted Coconut Oatmeal Bars. Old stand-bys are reinvented, like the Eggless Salad Sandwich and the Toasty Tuxedo Grilled Cheese. As expected, salads, soups and veggie burgers abound, but with a twist: Sweet Potato Veggie Burger with Avocado or the BBQ Peanut Burger. Veggie Sides are truly side dishes, entrees deserve to be front-and-center, and desserts are just as tempting as any bakery. Each recipe lists calories, carbs, fat, protein, fiber, vitamins and minerals. Healthy Happy Vegan Kitchen celebrates how a plant-based diet is not only spiritually fulfilling, but physically satisfying as well.
Thank you to Shelf Awareness for bringing this book to my attention!