This cookbook is broken up into 20 sections that cover topics like:
- I could never give up cheese
- Where would I get my protein?
- What about brunch?
- I’d miss pizza
- You can’t bake without butter or eggs!
- Wait, is chocolate vegan?
With each section filled with enticing recipes that give answer to these excuses once and for all.
Some of the things I love about But I Could Never Go Vegan are:
1. Beautiful food photography. Almost every recipe is accompanied by Chris’s stunning, mouth-watering photography. For me this is a big factor in determining whether or not I will buy a cookbook and/or how often I will run to it for inspiration and motivation. Additionally there are step-by-step photos throughout the book which I find hugely helpful and is especially a great aspect for new vegans.
2. Creative and inspired recipes. Among the 125 recipes in this book you will find BBQ Bacon Burger (cover photo), Caramel Apple Stuffed French Toast, Chocolate Stout Chili Fries, Salisbury Seitan Phyllo Pouches, and Dulce de Leche Ice Cream. And it doesn’t stop there. Nearly every recipe in this book is something new and wildly original. The only problem…there aren’t enough meals in the week to eat everything at once.
3. The book begins with two sections: “But vegans use all sorts of crazy ingredients!” and “Don’t I need a bunch of weird appliances?” The first section provides cooking/prep instructions for the basics (beans, grains, nut butters) as well as a thorough list of ingredients. More than just listing, Kristy explains what to look for in each ingredient and how they should be used to enhance flavor and taste.
4. Can’t I be pescatarian instead? Among her sections, an entire chapter is dedicated to vegan fish recipes like Orange-Miso Mushroom Scallops, Artichoke Crab Cakes with Sriracha Tartar Sauce, and Beer-Battered Faux Fish & Chips. I’ve never had that much success is veganizing fish recipes but from the looks of these photographs (and my confidence in Kristy as a recipe developer) it looks like she has and I can’t wait to get some of this faux-fish in my mouth!
5. But probably the most significant reason that But I Could Never Go Vegan is already one of my favorites is the very personal feel to the book. Just like reading her blog, Kirsty opens herself up to her readers through her gift of words and the love that was put into this book, saturating every page. Please don’t think I’m crazy, but I actually shed a few tears when I read the “gratitudes” she wrote to her husband Chris.
But I Could Never Go Vegan is a beautiful, beautiful piece of work and one that I think everyone should have on there bookshelf.