Cookbook review | Vegan Pizza | Recipe Renovator
Today I’m reviewing Vegan Pizza: 50 Cheesy, Crispy, Healthy Recipes By Julie Hasson. The book contains 50 recipes for vegan pizza “cheeses” and a variety of toppings and sauces. She does feature one gluten-free crust as well.

Cookbook review | Vegan Pizza | Recipe Renovator

Layout and design:

The book is designed in a style I’ve seen with a few other publishers of vegan books: matte-finish paper, brown ink, green pages and imagery. The fonts are all sans serif. I am not a huge fan of food images that are screened back on green. I think they are far more appealing as either black-and-white or sepia-toned. I know it’s a way to make the printing less expensive.

Hasson offers an introduction that includes setting up for making pizza (pantry, equipment, useful tips). Chapters include Dough & Crusts, House-Made Meats, Cheesy Sauces and Spreads, The Classics, Farmers’ Market Pizzas, Not Your Usual Suspects, Global Flavors, Sweet Pizza Pies.

Photography:

The book uses photographs of ingredients like grains, kale, or tomatoes, printed with a green filter (not in full color). As mentioned above, for many foods this makes them look unappealing. The cover photographs of four pizzas look great.
Cookbook review | Vegan Pizza | Recipe Renovator

Recipes:

The gluten-free pizza dough includes either hard apple cider or gluten-free beer, which sounds very interesting. “Meats” include pepperoni crumbles, burger crumbles, and garlic soy curls. (All contain soy.) Here are some of the other recipes: cheddary cashew cheese sauce, garlic sausage and onion pizza, smoky wild mushroom and potato pizza, peanut barbecue pizza, bibimbap pizza, coconut caramel pizza.

What I liked about the book:

If you’re a big pizza fan and don’t have eating restrictions beyond being vegan, this would be a terrific book to add to your collection.

I wasn’t so keen on:

Although a gluten-free crust recipe is provided, the other recipes do not indicate whether they are gluten-free or not. Nutritional analysis is not provided, which would be helpful for low-sodium eaters.

Recommended for:

vegans and vegetarians, pizza lovers looking for new ideas and flavor combinations (celiacs if you really know your ingredients)

Not recommended for:

Migraine, paleo, or low-sodium diets, people newly gluten-free

A note about my cookbook reviews: In the past, I tested at least three recipes from each book, took photos, and described my experience. Due to my dietary limitations (extremely-low-sodium for my Meniere’s Disease and trigger-free foods for migraine relief), it is no longer possible for me to test the recipes and do them justice.

Required FTC disclosure: I received one copy of this book from the publisher for the giveaway on October 31st.
Here’s the book if you want to see more: