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Sam, the popular vegan blogger and artist of the blog, It' Doesn't Taste Like Chicken has recently released her new cookbook Fuss Free Vegan! I am so excited to share this book with you!
Vegan Comfort Food Please!
What I love most about this book is that it celebrates the basic ingredients. There are no exotic hard to pronounce ingredients in any of her recipes. I was able to make a few dishes without ever once going to the store because I already had the ingredients on hand. Also the recipes are things you recognize just vegan versions of them. I am talking mac and cheese, nachos, pizza, cookies, brownies, grill cheese sandwiches, pancakes, waffles and yes even bacon! This cookbook makes a great book for those transitioning and it's budget friendly!
Other reasons why I love this cook book....
- Every single recipe has a drool worthy photo. Every single recipe! Not only that, Sam being that she is an artist, did all the graphics and font for the book as well. She clearly a has a natural born talent for art and photography. This is the first cook book I ever owned where there is a picture for every single recipe (I am so happy about that. Can't you tell>? lol). A lot of time and care went into the creation of this cookbook so you know you'll get your money's worth.
- There are NO faux meats or faux cheeses! Now I am not anti any of those things (I use them in my recipes, some brands I refuse to live without). But I do believe they should be eaten in moderation. Besides the fact that convenient package products can be pretty hard on your pocket, they lack essential nutrients you can only get from whole plant based foods. Fuss Free Vegan Cookbook is exactly what the name suggest...it's fuss free, simple, and delicious!
- Recipes for different events and occasions. The book contains a section at the end where it gives you meals suggestions based on the event and occasion. Having a game party? There are recipes for that. Thanksgiving gathering? There are recipes for that; sure to convert your omnivore friends and family.
- It inspired me! As I mentioned above, Sam did all of the cooking, photography and font herself! I talked about in my food blogging income reports how I had reached burn out and it's been a journey coming back from that. But when I received this book in the mail with Sam's personal note I started to get my spark back. I am truly forever grateful. I bet she had no idea that her writing a cookbook would help bring someone out of burn out. By her doing her purpose it helped me continue to want to do mine!
OK so are getting hungry yet from all these recipes? You should! I decided to feature a holiday treat for you to make this year. Take a look at these Fudgy Double Chocolate Brownies below.
FUDGY DOUBLE CHOCOLATE BROWNIES
- 1 cup vegan chocolate chips
- ½ cup vegan butter
- 1 cup white sugar
- ½ cup non-dairy milk such as soy or almond
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ½ cup all purpose flour
- ¼ cup cocoa powder
- 1 ½ teaspoon baking powder
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ½ cup chopped walnuts optional
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Grease an 8- x 8 inch baking pan.
- In a small saucepan, melt together the chocolate chips and butter, making sure to remove the saucepan from the heat just as it's finished melting to ensure you don't burn the chocolate.
- Pour the melted chocolate into a mixing bowl. Add the sugar, non-dairy milk, and vanilla and mix well. Now add the flour, cocoa, baking powder, and salt and mix until combined. Finally, add the walnuts (if using).
- Pour the batter into the prepared baking pan and bake for 30-35 minutes, until the brownies are pulling away from the sides of the pan and a toothpick inserted the center comes out with just at a few moist crumbs on it. Let the brownies cool and set overnight. This is the key to perfect gooey brownies.
- To store, let the brownies cool completely, then cover with foil or plastic wrap and keep at room temperature for the best texture. For longer storage put in an airtight container and store in the fridge.