Wednesday, 20 November 2013

Book Review - Cheers to Vegan Sweets

In Cheers to Vegan Sweets, Kelly continues with the creativity and sense of fun which can be found in her earlier work (The Vegan Cookie Connoisseur, reviewed here) and takes it further. The recipes and the photos (as in her previous work) are all hers and I find the quality of both her writing and photography to have matured and improved no end. Awesome to see.

This is a really pretty book, loaded with the colourful and the quirky, sweet treats all based on drinks. The recipes are grouped into 8 logical chapters, though there are some recipes which could be equally at home in more than one, are laid out 1 to a page, are easy to follow, and introduced with interesting but not overly chatty headers. There is an introductory chapter touching on basic ingredients, equipment and trouble shooting, none of which is out of place.

Working through the recipe chapters I have compiled a list of the recipes which have tickled my fancy the most -
Chapter 2 - the breakfast bar: Apple Cider Cinnamon Rolls
Chapter 3 - the cafe: Irish Coffee Pudding Pie
Chapter 4 - the lemonade stand: Rosewater Lemonade Cupcakes
Chapter 5 - the soda fountain: Root Beer Float Whoopie Pies
Chapter 6 - the holiday table: White Chocolate Nog Truffles
Chapter 7 - the bar: White Raspberry Chardonnay Bundt Cake
Chapter 8 - the cocktail lounge: Pina Colada Tres Leche Cake

I like very much that there is always a non-alcoholic option given! I also like that its not just baking - but treats and desserts including ice-cream, fudge, beverages and the like. There's just so many decadent looking options!

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