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Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2012-01-02
- Reviewer: Staff
With the explosion of vegan cookbooks on the scene, there are more meatless Monday options than ever, and this book, from the winner of the Food Network’s Cupcake Wars, is an accessible addition to the fold. Coscarelli’s focus is comfort food, and she reboots classic meat and dairy dishes with plant-based formulas. Her pantry is the foundation: international ingredients like mirin and tahini mingle with trendy health food staples like coconut oil and agave nectar. As in so many vegan cookbooks, there’s some proselytizing—and an introduction from a doctor inviting readers to try a vegan diet. For the most part, though, Coscarelli lets her food speak for itself. Crispy potato leek patties with a tofu-based lemon dip; falafel sliders with avocado hummus; and those award-winning cupcakes (ginger nutmeg spice with vanilla “buttercream” and date caramel topping) are welcome surprises. Meanwhile, creative workarounds such as cheesy broccoli soup made from soy milk and nutritional yeast flakes; spaghetti Bolognese made with mushrooms, beans, and walnuts; and fudge made from coconut milk will please even stubborn eaters. A good choice for the newly converted looking to replace their nonvegan favorites. Photos. Agent: Eric Lupfer, WME. (Mar.)