COOKBOOK REVIEW – Sweet Vegan by Emily Mainquist

A few weeks ago I came home to a package on my doorstep.  I thought it was a book from my mother, but when my son opened it (don’t all kid’s love to open packages?) he started jumping up and down with excitement.  While the book my mom was sending me sounded good, I knew it wouldn’t elicit this reaction from my son.  It turns the publisher of Sweet Vegan sent me a copy of this beautiful cookbook written by Emily Mainquist to review.

Sweet Vegan is an absolute feast for the eyes.  My son, a lover of cookbooks, asked me if he could read it for his reading that day and I was happy to oblige.  That night after putting the kids to bed I sat down with the book.  The photography is amazing and the recipes feel do-able by all.  The dessert on the cover shows an edible chocolate bowl that on first glance one would assume to be very complicated, however upon reading the instructions one is very motivated to make the recipe for themselves because it is written in a fool-proof manner.

I like that Sweet Vegan also contains some gluten-free recipes as well as a few raw dessert recipes.  The other day when my daughter got out of school early we had some bonding time in the kitchen (I love cooking with the kids) and made the Gluten-Free Chocolate-Chip Zucchini Bread Squares.  While she initially balked at the idea of zucchini in her chocolate bread, I explained that she would not taste it and that it’s purpose was to create a moist cake.  She LOVED the end result as did my son and husband.  This was a home-run recipe.

While the recipes are not Super-Hero, this is a cookbook that I will continue to refer back to as it is much healthier than standard SAD (Standard American Diet) dessert cookbooks out there.  For example, I can see myself making the monkey bread or cinnamon rolls for breakfast during the holidays or the Chocolate Ganache Cake for my own birthday.

I recommend this well-rounded vegan dessert cookbook and am very happy that it landed on my doorstep.

For more information about the Emily Mainquist, click here.

To buy the cookbook, click here.


Filed under Books, Product Reviews, Vegan, Vegetarian

10 responses to “COOKBOOK REVIEW – Sweet Vegan by Emily Mainquist

  1. The cover certainly looks appealing to a chocolate lover like me!

  2. Just bought the book for my daughter, Kimmy Jo, for her apartment which she moves into this fall. Thank you Grettie!

  3. I love the cover photo! The cookbook is on my wish list now 🙂

  4. just ordered mine – glad to hear such good things about it. Emily lives in Baltimore and I met her by chance shortly before the book was published. Cant wait to try her recipes! thanks for sharing

  5. So, I am looking for a “2 book gift set” for my nephew. I’ll be ordering another of the Sweat Vegan books for the deserts. Any book suggestions for the main course?

  6. I ordered them. Thank you. He will be thrilled!! Also, I know how to spell “Sweet” & “Dessert”

  7. Shannon

    Have been a little disappointed that some of the ingredients are not vegan! Gingersnaps? Chocolate sandwich cookies? Unless she has access to vegan brands that the rest of us don’t know about, these items are not vegan. 🙁

  8. Tess

    Very Disappointed just made carrot cake from sweet vegan, FOLLOWED recipe bought everything vegan, cake just crumbled into a mess, expensive waste of ingredients.
    I also used to cook for a living so please tell me what went wrong.
    VERY Disappointed

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