The 100 Best Vegan Baking Recipes by Kris Holechek is a book I received about a year ago as a gift. Needless to say I was thrilled, cookbooks are possibly one of my favourite presents ever (take note, it’s my birthday in November (-; ).
It’s quite a simply laid-out book, soft-cover, no pictures and overall somehow reminding me of a school textbook.
Content-wise, however, it’s definitely worth the £7.19 Amazon price tag. While I wouldn’t say they’re the 100 BEST recipes out there (it’s mostly basic stuff), they are pretty good. I use this book fairly regularly and, so far, have only had one major failure (Chocolate & Pear Galette. Steer Clear) which I think is more than okay compared to some other books out there. While the Pizza Dough isn’t as good as the one from Vegan With A Vengeance, the other bread recipes I’ve tried are quite amazing and I’m really keen to test out the ones that haven’t made it to my oven as of yet.
Although I’ve mentioned I wasn’t too keen on the presentation of The 100 Best Vegan Baking Recipes, I do feel I need to give Kris Holechek a lot of praise for the way she has structured the book as well as for the amount of care that went into small details. For instance, she includes an entire chapter on vegan baking with children which, if I understood correctly, is filled with recipes producing quantities for Easy-Bake Ovens. I don’t think they’re too known over here in the UK (if you don’t know what an easy-bake oven is, google it. All my childhood dreams came true when I was given one), but when I was living in the USA as a child, these toy ovens were all the rage. I love the idea of being able to replace the ridiculously over-priced and over-processed mixes with vegan, child-sized alternatives.
She also rates all the recipes by difficulty, using whisks instead of stars (how cute is that?) and includes some more advanced recipes like Pain au Chocolat, which I haven’t tried yet but am very excited to make for breakfast the next time we have company.
Overall, I think this is a great all-round baking book. I don’t think I would have bought it for myself because it looks so boring (I’m shallow, I know), but I’m really glad I was given it as a gift, because I like it quite a lot and it has a few recipes in it that I’ve not found anywhere else.