Another Sunday, another cookbook! I’ve actually been looking forward to this review because Chloe’s Kitchen, by Chloe Coscarelli, the first all-vegan winner of Cupcake Wars, is without a doubt one of my favourite books out there.
If you aren’t familiar with Chloe, you can have a look at her website!
Chloe has published two cookbooks (I’ll get into the second one in a later post) at the age of 25, which is no small achievement. While she’s obviously got quite a talent for cupcakes, Chloe’s Kitchen also contains numerous mouth-watering savoury recipes, many of which we have incorporated into our regular dinner rota. Unfortunately, I don’t have many pictures of her creations, because I’m not a very good photographer and her dishes tend to end up a bit messy, at least when I’m cooking. You’ll just have to take my word for it!
Of all the recipes we’ve tried, my three favourites would be the Double Double Drive-Thru Burgers, Pancakes for Dinner and Peanutty Perfection Noodles. I could live off of these three meals for the rest of my life. I wasn’t too keen on the Jalapeño Corn Poppers or the Avocado Pesto Pasta which is so often praised on vegan forums. The former were just too much, the latter is a bit tasteless. But apart from those two, everything we have tried has turned out brilliantly.
In terms of the book’s layout and structure, I can only say that I think Chloe and her publisher have done exceptionally well. The book is very stable for a paperback, which I find important for something being thrown around a kitchen all day. There are pictures for almost every recipe, all of which are glossy, colour, full-page sized shots and all the recipes are clearly structured and easy to follow. I also absolutely love that this is a ‘complete’ cookbook, with every type of food from starter to main, party foods to desserts. Combined with the fact that the meals in this book are a bit more conventional than those found in many other vegan cooking bibles, this means that Chloe’s Kitchen is the ultimate book for someone interested in or just converting to vegan cookinAlthough I think that this book is probably not the perfect every-day cookbook for the more health-conscious among us, as it does use a good amount of fat and sugar, it is definitely one that I would recommend. If you’re just starting out, these recipes are perfect for when you’re feeling like being indulgent. The fact that it rarely asks for typically ‘vegan’ ingredients like soya yoghurt or flax seed is a huge bonus if you’re still a bit bewildered by all the strange substitutes out there. For seasoned vegan cooks and bakers, making the recipes a bit more healthy should be quite a simple task. We all know that you don’t have to use the entire amount of oil a recipe calls for when frying onions ;).
Do you own Chloe’s book? What do you think of it?