Wednesday, November 19, 2008

My Sweet Vegan

I love cookbooks and cooking. So do my husband and dairy-allergic daughter. Since Katherine is just learning to read, she is especially drawn to cookbooks with color photos. At age seven, she knows that while they may look good, many of the foods in our cookbooks are not safe for her to eat. She cheerfully comes up with substitution suggestions, and Scott and I try to figure out how to make dairy-laden recipes safe for her.

Poppy Seed Cupcakes with Lemon Curd Filling

When I received a copy of My Sweet Vegan in the mail this past weekend, it was so much fun to hand it to Katherine and say, "All of these recipes are dairy free. Which one do you want to make first?" Katherine looked at the beautiful, full-color photos of rich and creamy and chocolate-y and caramel-y desserts and said, "ALL of them? I can eat them all?"

Silken Chocolate Mousse Cake

Yes, you can, Katherine. And so can the egg allergic and vegans. You can all enjoy Whoopie Pies and Bananas Foster Cake and Pumpkin Pecan Pie. Katherine and Scott chose a dessert to make--Chai "Cheese" Cake, and I was sent to the store for Tofutti Better Than Cream Cheese and tofu. She can't wait to make something else, and we can't wait to help her.

Caramel Macchiato "Cheese" Cake

A few of the ingredients are a challenge for us to find in our small town right now, such as brown rice syrup and dairy-free soy yogurt. But we are working on it, and since we are not vegans or allergic to eggs, we can use ingredients like honey and eggs (and dairy-free sour cream) if we're stuck.

At just $15.61 on Amazon for a 184-page cookbook with a full-color photo of each and every recipe, I think this is a great gift idea for the dairy-allergic, or egg-allergic, or vegan person on your list.
My Sweet Vegan: passionate about dessert

Written for Go Dairy Free.


  1. Those poppy seed cupcakes are so cute!

    This made me so happy for Katherine. A whole book of recipes - all for her!

  2. Wow, that looks like a great cookbook. I love cookbooks that are full of wonderful pictures like that. What a great opportunity for Katherine too.

  3. Just added it to my book wish list!

  4. oh wow! looks great. Now, if only it were gluten free and vegan LOL!

    These would all work for my daughter though since she is only dairy-free... oy, "only"... as if that isn't enough of a hoop to jump through!!!! LOL.

    ok, sorry - laughing now because the "eye test" spam filter is the word flakers, not sure why that is really funny to me. LOL!!!

  5. Wow, that comment had a lot of LOLs and !!!! I think I've maybe had enough coffee for the day already (and it is only 11:30 in the morning).


  6. Great find! Thanks for sharing!

  7. Oh I bet your daughter was OVER THE MOON with that cookbook! How exciting for her to be able to pick. What a great gift that was for her!

    I've heard pretty good things about this cookbook around the blogosphere and look forward to reading what you have to say about the recipes, too!

    Thanks for sharing!

  8. I was thinking of getting this book, but ended up getting the Vegan Cupcakes take over the world. Now it looks like I'll get this one, too! Thanks for the recommendation.

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  10. The soy yogurt in our grocery store contains dairy. What's up with that?

  11. love that! it is great to have our kids pour over the pages, wondering which one to make first. the photos look amazing. will have to try the book out.

  12. Mmmm, they look good! Have you looked at the Ultimate Uncheese Cookbook? That's got lots of great recipes for non-dairy. There's a recipe for cheese sauce mix that tastes like alfredo sauce when served over noodles!

  13. I have this book on my wishlist. :) I know that at 4 years, Kayla's eyes light up when she learns that something is safe for her. It both gives me joy and pain. I'm glad she's having fun cooking the delicious-looking and tasting desserts!