Vegan Holiday Kitchen cookbookI am so excited to be able to share this cookbook with you. The author, Nava Atlas, donated a copy of her Wild About Greens cookbook to our Cookies for Cody auction. This one came to me as a review copy, and I wanted to wait until fall to do a giveaway with it. It’s called Vegan Holiday Kitchen: More than 200 Delicious, Festive Recipes for Special Occasions and it’s going on my permanent cookbook shelf. SWEEPSTAKES IS NOW CLOSED.

Corn Pueblo PieOne of the recipes I tested was this Pueblo Corn Pie in the Thanksgiving section. While it did take one hour and 45 minutes to prep and bake, it was a hearty dish that is now Husband Tested and Approved. We both would have like a little more spice, but using the cornmeal to create a tamale-like crust was delicious.Lemon BarsI also made these Lemon Coconut Bars from the Easter section for a baby shower and they were a huge, huge hit. Even people who don’t like coconut liked these, and several people asked me for the recipe. My friend who had the baby also received the Roasted Root Vegetable Salad, Hearty Lentil and Mushroom Shepherd’s Pie (which her bacon-loving husband pronounced Delicious!), and Black Rice with Corn and Cranberries.

What I liked: The book is gorgeous… high-quality paper, many full-color beautiful photos by Susan Voisin, beautiful cover. It feels like a rich gift. The layout is clear and easy to read. I love that it’s not just for fall and winter holidays. She includes those plus the Jewish holidays, Easter, Independence Day, and general brunches and party foods. She is truly an inventive recipe developer, with some unusual and creative flavor combinations. Most of the recipes use very little salt, but the flavors are so well developed you don’t miss it at all.

I wasn’t so crazy about: The Corn Pueblo Pie is similar to recipe I have made for a while now, and it was definitely lacking kick and salt to the one I make. I thought the Citrus Dressing suggested for the Roasted Root Veggie Salad was okay but didn’t knock my socks off. However, I don’t have any critiques of the book overall. Those are personal preferences and I’m looking forward to trying more recipes in the future.

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Have you ever hosted a vegan holiday dinner, or at least had vegetarians attend? What did you serve?

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Here is the book if you want to check it out in more detail…